Healthy Popcorn Trail Mix

Updated: May 26

This popcorn trail mix is one of the healthiest snacks you can make, especially if you need to escape a snack rut.

I’m a big fan of popcorn, in any shape or form, and this is definitely one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. It’s crunchy, sweet, and packed with nutrients and fiber. The banana chips and cranberries add an extra little something that I love.

Not only is it a filling and nutritious snack, but also a fun one that anyone can enjoy! Pack it for school, work, or as I often do, as an evening snack for movie night.

This is also a healthier alternative to store-bought popcorn or any other processed snack that contains way too much oil, sugar, and salt. Whenever possible, aim to make homemade snacks, especially if they’re so easy and quick to put together! This popcorn trail mix recipe takes only 8 minutes and delivers more than 8 cups of crunchy deliciousness to munch on throughout the week.


Details:


Yield: 8.5 cups

Prep time: 0 min

Cooking time: 8 min

Total time: 8 min


Ingredients:


½ tsp coconut oil

3 tbsp kennel corn

⅔ cup cashews

⅔ cup sliced almonds

¾ cup dried cranberries

⅔ cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup banana chips


Directions:


1. Heat a pot on the stove. Once it’s hot, add the coconut oil.

2. Turn the stove to low heat, add the popcorn kernels, and cover with a lid.

3. Once they stop popping (about 6-8 minutes), remove from the heat.

4. Add the popcorn to a bowl along with cashews, sliced almonds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and banana chips. And voila! It’s ready.


Notes:


- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

- Get a nice jar and a piece of fabric or twine to make a bow and you got yourself a quick and easy housewarming or holiday party gift!


Approximate cost:


$12. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only.



Nutrition:


* Popcorn is one of the world's healthiest and most popular snacks. It’s whole grain food high in several nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Popcorn is relatively low in calories and has a low energy density. Eating it in moderation may help with weight loss.


* Cashews: Research shows that eating nuts, such as cashews, can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. This may occur by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The fat in cashews is “good” fat, which is believed to help prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of stroke. The fat makes you feel full and satisfied and may help in managing weight. In one study, cashews reduced blood pressure and raised “good” cholesterol levels.


* Almonds are high in antioxidants that protect your cells from oxidative damage, a major contributor to aging and disease. They are among the world's best sources of vitamin E, which is linked to numerous health benefits. Several studies have linked higher vitamin E intake with lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. While nuts are low in carbs, they are high in protein and fiber. Also, studies show that eating almonds and other nuts can increase fullness and help you eat fewer calories.


*Pumpkin seeds are full of antioxidants that may help protect against disease and reduce inflammation. They are rich in magnesium - Healthy magnesium levels are important for your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, as well as heart and bone health. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of tryptophan, zinc, and magnesium — all of which help promote good sleep.


*Dried cranberries are high in fiber and may help prevent urinary tract infections. A study indicates a beneficial effect of consuming dried cranberries to reduce the number of UTIs in susceptible women.

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