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'Cheesy' Popcorn

'Cheesy' Popcorn

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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4
Servings
218
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts
Servings4
Calories Per Serving218
Total Fat15g24%
Sugar0.9gN/A
Saturated9g46%
Cholesterol38mg13%
Protein8g16%
Carbs15g5%
Vitamin A121µg13%
Vitamin B126µg98%
Vitamin B67mg100%
Vitamin D0.3µg0.1%
Vitamin E0.5mg2.3%
Vitamin K1µg2%
Calcium6mg1%
Fiber5g20%
Folate (food)4µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)0.6µg0.1%
Folic acid180µgN/A
Iron1mg6%
Magnesium37mg9%
Monounsaturated4gN/A
Niacin (B3)42mg100%
Phosphorus49mg7%
Polyunsaturated0.9gN/A
Potassium47mg1%
Riboflavin (B2)7mg100%
Sodium104mg4%
Thiamin (B1)7mg100%
Trans0.6gN/A
Zinc3mg18%