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Saucepan Popcorn Recipe & Healthy Back to School Snack Ideas

August 23, 2011

Since school just started back, I am trying to start the year off right. I try to be creative and point my kids in the right direction when it comes to packing healthy lunches and providing after-school snacks that are good for them. My three children love this recipe for Saucepan Popcorn which is so easy and healthier than the other popcorn alternatives. Here are some other quick ideas for when you are in a hurry that have a nice balance of protein, fiber and carbohydrates:

Healthy Snacks Ideas for Kids:

Trail Mix

Homemade Smoothies

Homemade Granola

Healthier Banana Bread

Other Ideas:

Reduced Sodium Cottage Cheese with fruit

Whole grain crackers with cheese

Greek yogurt with honey and fruit

Apple and Skim Milk

Almond or Peanut Butter and Banana

Hummus with carrots and celery Nut Butter on graham crackers

Hard boiled eggs

Saucepan Popcorn

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Yield: 6 cups
Ingredients
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 cup popcorn kernels
Preparation
1. Combine Parmesan and salt in a small bowl.

2. Heat the canola oil and 2 popcorn kernels in a saucepan over medium-high heat. When 1 or 2 of the kernels pop, reduce heat to medium and add remaining kernels. Cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the popping subsides, about 2 minutes. Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, sprinkle with the Parmesan mixture, mixing well.



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16 Responses to “Saucepan Popcorn Recipe & Healthy Back to School Snack Ideas”
August, 23 2011at 08:45 pm
we all love popcorn! can't wait to heat my saucepan!
marla says:
August, 24 2011at 07:42 am
Excellent snack ideas girl! I bet your kids love when you pick them up from school :)
Jeanette says:
August, 24 2011at 09:07 pm
My kids start school next week, so thanks for sharing all these wonderful snack ideas...I know I'll be referencing this to get me started!
August, 25 2011at 09:24 pm
great ideas! These sound like great "after work" snacks to me :)
August, 27 2011at 08:10 am
I love making fresh popcorn - it's so much cheaper that the ready made stuff. I like making it in a saucepan with a glass lid - it makes it so much more exciting! Never thought to put Parmesan cheese on it - I normally just stick to a shake of salt.
August, 23 2011at 07:14 am
Such a fun glass for a smoothie. I'll have to try the popcorn too.
Sarah says:
August, 23 2011at 09:04 am
great looking recipes and ideas! So helpful
Mike says:
August, 23 2011at 09:04 am
Great blog Alison! It's definitely my favorite one I have seen
Lisa says:
August, 23 2011at 09:11 am
Can't wait to make these for my kids. Heading to the store this morning. Thanks for your awesome recipes and ideas
August, 23 2011at 10:16 am
Everything sounds & looks awesome - kids or not, I'm in!
August, 23 2011at 11:12 am
Not just for kids...I've been eating more popcorn to fill me up instead of reaching for something else...like another slice of that cake I just made!
Maria says:
August, 23 2011at 02:47 pm
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
August, 23 2011at 03:43 pm
i love that these would work for the kiddos + adults alike, especially adults like me to eat 5-6 smaller meals a day rather than 3 big ones. that popcorn sounds delish!
August, 23 2011at 07:12 pm
These are great take to work snacks also!
September, 22 2011at 03:34 pm
[...] a variety of almonds, pecans and walnuts, adding more protein. Make this even healthier by using my Saucepan Popcorn recipe to pop your popcorn. It’s so easy and uses no microwave. Be careful, this can get very [...]
January, 01 2012at 11:51 am
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