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National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

Jewel Osco Registered Dietitians


Oct 13th, 2015


While every day is a great day for celebrating popcorn, October is Popcorn Poppin’ Month because of the popcorn harvest which takes place each fall in the Midwest. Each year when the new crop is harvested, we are reminded that popcorn will always be a naturally fun snack for the entire family.

Popcorn Poppin’ Month is the perfect time to celebrate all things popcorn! It’s hard to believe a snack food that tastes so good can actually be good for you, but there’s no doubt that it is a perfectly sensible choice. Popcorn is a whole grain food, and we aim for half of our grains to be whole grains every day. It is also a high-quality carbohydrate source that is not only low in calories, but a good source of fiber.

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Credit: National Popcorn Board

Compared to many snack foods, popcorn may keep you feeling fuller longer and is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn provides only 30 calories per cup. When oil-popped, it contains only 55 calories. Even drizzled lightly with butter, it’s only 90 to 120 calories per cup. It’s easy to understand why there’s a month-long celebration for this American icon with popcorn’s irresistible aroma, connection to good times, budget-friendly price, and nutrition benefits. Join in the fun by making the popcorn recipes on the next page!

pop corn poppin

Italian Bread stick Popcorn


8-10 Cups popcorn, hot and fresh

1 Tbsp. dried basil

½ tsp. garlic powder

1 Tbsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil



In a small bowl, mix together basil, parsley, garlic powder, and salt. In a large with a lid, add the freshly popped popcorn. If using pre-popped corn, reheat the popcorn in the microwave until slightly warm, about 1 minute. Drizzle the olive oil over the warm popcorn and spice mixture. Close the lid and shake until the popcorn is evenly coated with spices. Enjoy!

Serves 4. Per serving: 128 cal, 7.5 g fat, 14 carbs, 2 g protein, 582 mg sodium

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2 Responses to National Popcorn Poppin’ Month!

  1. Natasha Potter 03/06/2016 at 9:14 pm

    It is?

    I never knew this! What kind of popcorn-fanatic am I? Well, I´m really excited about October.

    Thank you for educating me!

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