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This time of year it’s natural to crave comfort food. The trick is to find things that satisfy our need for energy and deliciousness without going overboard on junk.

Popcorn is one of the great “good-for-you” snacks — as long as it isn’t the oil-and-artificial-flavour drenched cinema stuff. Popcorn made in a hot-air popper, or a pan with a couple tablespoons of oil, is a fibre-rich snack with plenty of carbs for energy. It is also a great blank canvas for some fantastic taste combinations. Here are a couple worth trying…

 

Thai-style popcorn

  • Large bowl fresh-popped popcorn
  • Red chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • Salt

Season the popcorn with chilli and salt, then gently stir in the peanut butter till it softens.

Salt & vinegar popcorn

  • Large bowl fresh-popped popcorn
  • Sea salt
  • Malt or white vinegar

Season well with sea salt, sprinkle with vinegar to taste.

Cinnamon-sugar popcorn

  • Large bowl fresh-popped popcorn
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Mix the sugar and cinnamon, melt the butter over the corn then toss to coat.

Smoky black pepper popcorn

  • Large bowl fresh-popped popcorn
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • Smoked sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Pour the olive oil over the popcorn and toss to coat, season with black pepper and smoked salt to taste.

Share your favourite popcorn flavour in the comments!