Recipe Makeovers: Healthy Recipe Makeovers: Zesty Wisconsin Parmesan Popcorn

Like cheese popcorn but want a lower-cal version than the store-bought cheese popcorn? Try this popcorn, made with real cheese.
Per serving: 63 calories, 3 g fat and 240 mg sodium.
Saves: 97 calories, 10.4 g fat and 297 mg sodium.

Author: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board - www.eatwisconsincheese.com
Date: December 20, 2012

Suggestions: Remove unpopped popcorn kernels, particularly if serving small children.

Serves: 8 person(s)
Yield: 8 x 1 cup servings

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 0 mins
Extra Time: 5 mins (for pre-popping the popcorn and melting the butter)

Ingredients:

    The ingredients in store-bought cheese popcorn generally include cheddar cheese powder, artificial flavorings, salt and oil-popped popcorn rendering it quite a fatty, salty snack.

    This zesty Wisconsin Parmesan Popcorn made-over recipe shaves off fat, calories and salt by replacing oil-popped popcorn with air-popped, and reducing the amount of added salt. Plus by using real cheese, instead of cheese powder, the flavor is enhanced.
  Recipe Makeover

    8 cup air-popped popcorn (about 1/2 cup kernels)
    3 Tbsp buttery spread, melted (such as Smart Balance)
    1/4 cup grated reduced-fat Wisconsin Parmesan cheese
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1/2 tsp salt

  Traditional Recipe

    8 cup oil-popped popcorn
    6 Tbsp melted butter
    1/2 cup cheddar cheese powder
    1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
    1/4 tsp black or white pepper, or to taste

Directions:

    Place popped popcorn in large bowl. Drizzle melted butter over it and toss lightly. Quickly stir in cheese and seasonings. Toss to mix.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

MakeoverTraditional
Calories:63 cals160 cals
Kilojoules:265 kJ670 kJ
Fat3.0 g13.4 g
Carbohydrates7.8 g6.7 g
Protein1.8 g2.4 g
Cholesterol3.8 mg30.4 mg
Sodium240 mg537 mg
Saturated Fat1.0 g7.4 g
Fiber1.2 g0.9 g
Calcium33.0 mg64.0 mg
Total Sugars0.1 g1.6 g

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