Food & Nutrition

The Best Types of Popcorn to Eat on WW

These filling options are perfect for movie night or any time you’re in the mood for a snack.
Published April 22, 2019

Popcorn and a movie—it’s a classic combo. If you’re wondering whether you can continue to eat it while following the WW program, you’re in luck: Because popcorn can be surprisingly low in PersonalPoints™, you’re welcome to dig in during your weight loss journey and rest assured that the snack won’t stand between you and your goal.

Part of what makes the crunchy kernels a great weight loss food is the fact that popcorn is a whole grain, so it’s naturally high in filling fiber. While certain types of popcorn, like movie theater popcorn that’s heavy on the butter, can cost you more Points®, sticking with air-popped varieties means that you won’t have to stick to a skimpy portion: A serving size of popcorn can be two (or more!) cups.

Another reason why popcorn is a superstar snack is the fact that it can hit the spot no matter what flavors you’re in the mood for: Want to nosh on something savory? Sprinkle on our Cheesy White Cheddar Popcorn Seasoning. Got a sweet tooth? Mix in a few chocolate chips, dried strawberry slices, or try our Buttery Caramel Corn Popcorn Seasoning.

The bottom line: There are many delicious popcorn options that can fit into your budget. In fact, WW offers three crowd-favorite picks: Butter, Sea Salt, and White Cheddar. So choose a film or TV show, get comfy on the couch, and enjoy some WW popcorn or one of these weight loss-friendly picks below.

Other Budget-Friendly Value Popcorn Picks

These finds are all total pop stars:

Best Microwavable Popcorn: Jolly Time Healthy Pop, Butter

PersonalPoints value for five cups popped: 3, Amazon.com

Get that freshly popped taste in just a few minutes with this 94-percent fat-free microwave popcorn.

Best Bagged Popcorn: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn in Sea Salt

PersonalPoints value for four cups: 4, Amazon.com

This bagged popcorn is big on flavor and low on PersonalPoints, and with nine servings in each bag, there’s enough for the whole family.

Best Portion-Controlled Popcorn: Skinny Pop Popcorn

PersonalPoints value for a 1-ounce bag: 3, Amazon.com

A strategic way to stay within your budget while snacking: Reach for these single-serving bags of popcorn, which are flavored with just the right amount of salt.

Best Buttery Popcorn: Act II Butter Lovers Microwave Popcorn

PersonalPoints value for 3 ½ cups popped: 4, Amazon.com

The buttery taste of movie theater popcorn without leaving home? Yes, please!

Best Kettle Corn: Orville Redenbacher's SmartPop! Kettle Corn Popcorn

PersonalPoints value for a 1.16-ounce bag popped: 3, Amazon.com

The slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor combo hits the spot when you’re in the mood for something sugary.

Best DIY Popcorn: Orville Redenbacher’s Original Gourmet Yellow Popcorn Kernels

PersonalPoints value for 7½ cups popped: 3, Amazon.com

Pro popcorn tip: Use an air popper device like the WW Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper to turn a scoop of kernels into fresh popcorn in just minutes.

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