'Cheesy' Popcorn

'Cheesy' Popcorn
Christie Ellis


  • 5 Tablespoons  butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 Cup  popcorn kernels, popped
  • 3 Tablespoons  nutritional yeast, plus more to taste
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Much like broccoli florets drowning in a creamy dip, this "Cheesy" Popcorn is admittedly not an ideal choice nutritionally speaking, but it is delicious, satisfying, and made with real food, which is more than can be said for its microwaveable counterparts.

The key to its irresistible flavor? Nutritional yeast. Though common in vegan cuisine, this ingredient is not something most of us use every day. It's a deactivated yeast that is yellow in color, and it imparts a nutty, cheesy flavor when used as a condiment. It is low in fat and sodium and high in dietary fiber, protein, and B vitamins. In fact, the amount of nutritional yeast in a single serving of this prepared popcorn yields more than 100 percent of the recommended daily value of riboflavin, thiamin, and niacin. Combined with the dietary fiber inherent in the popcorn itself, it makes for a relatively healthy snack.

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In a large bowl, pour the butter over the popcorn kernels and toss so that the butter is evenly distributed. Add the desired amount of nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper and toss once more.


Calories per serving:

217 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 62g 95%
  • Carbs 60g 20%
  • Saturated 36g 182%
  • Fiber 20g 79%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 15g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 31g 62%
  • Cholesterol 153mg 51%
  • Sodium 27mg 1%
  • Calcium 21mg 2%
  • Magnesium 148mg 37%
  • Potassium 185mg 5%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 11mg 72%
  • Phosphorus 197mg 28%
  • Vitamin A 486µg 54%
  • Thiamin (B1) 29mg 1,933%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 29mg 1,714%
  • Niacin (B3) 169mg 845%
  • Vitamin B6 29mg 1,449%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 5µg 7%
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