Tip 30 of January

Sitting in this weekend?

Why not try making your own popcorn instead of buying shop-bought packs that are full of unnecessary ingredients.

You can easily consume about over 700 kcals on a medium box of cinema sweet popcorn! Never mind the chocolate and fizzy drink you buy alongside it!

Whether you’re sitting in or heading to the cinema, why not make your own popcorn for a fraction of the price & the calories! And top it with whatever you want.

I made mine with a small amount of salt and drizzled with some Lindt 70% dark chocolate to give it the sweetness I like! Or to just try and stop me from throwing some maltesers into the mix…..we all know you do it too! 😂


All you need is:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • Sea salt
  • Dark chocolate (optional)


  1. Add the coconut oil to a pot and place the lid on top over a medium to high heat.
  2. Add 2 or 3 kernels only to begin with.
  3. When the pop, add the rest of the kernels and spread evenly on the bottom of the pot.
  4. Remove from the heat for 30 seconds.
  5. Place back on the heat with lid on, don’t make that mistake of leaving the lid off! 😀
  6. Leave the kernels to pop until there is a few seconds between each pop.
  7. Remove from the heat and place onto a baking tray with parchment paper.
  8. Heat the chocolate in the microwave.
  9. Season the popcorn with salt (can do this whilst in the pan cooking to spread evenly).
  10. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn and place in the fridge just until chocolate is set.
  11. Enjoy! 😀

Popcorn is not junk food – unless you buy pre-packaged sugary versions that are laden with calories.


Popcorn kernels are actually a great food to snack on, with under 100kcals per 3 cups (plain) air-popped popcorn, with under under 20g carbs (almost 4g fibre), 1g fat, 1mg sodium and just under 3g protein.

That is if you can eat it as it is, which is quite bland!


Adding butter will improve the taste of course, but just be sure to measure the amount you add & be aware of the fat and calorie content.

You can add some sea salt, again, just measure to be aware of the sodium content.

I added some salt & drizzled dark chocolate on mine which gave it the perfect sweet/salty taste that I prefer (recipe above).

In comparison to cinema style sweet popcorn (ODEON cinema’s large sweet popcorn has 1005kcals, 127g carbs (36g sugar) & 43g fat!), this version is by far the best alternative to decrease the calories without feeling deprived!

Alana xo

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