popcorn poppers in schools

Asked November 10, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

I am working with a PTO group in need of a new popcorn popper for the school. Since we are trying to teach students that popcorn with a small amount of butter and salt can be an everyday food it would be nice to have healthier popcorn being sold at school. Do you have suggestions for a way to do this? The larger poppers on line seem to all require oil (they could use canola oil).

Cowlitz County Washington

1 Response

Popcorn is an excellent snack for students. It is important to serve students a proper portion size, so they learn about serving sizes, especially for snack items. I think using canola oil is just fine. My suggestion to you would be instead of butter and salt, look for other seasonings to flavor the popcorn. You can choose anything from savory, spicy or sweet. There are a lot of commercial blends that are available, but you can make your own as well. Be sure to check for salt in the commercial blends before you use them. Here are a few links to websites for some great low calorie, low sodium ideas to pop up the flavor of your popcorn. http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=23_ways_to_top_your_popcorn_for_under_150_calories http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/healthy-butter-substitutes-popcorn-3881.html

Happy Popping!