I Like Popcorn for Breakfast


Recent research indicates that plain popcorn provides the goodness of whole grains, including fiber and antioxidants. One cup of plain popcorn provides 30 calories. If you Google the vitamin and mineral content, you will be impressed. To benefit from popcorn, just pop your corn, with no added ingredients. Then, use your imagination to create healthy, interesting toppings.  

I have been popping corn for decades in my old, and slightly tired, hot air popper. Rumour has it that newer hot air poppers aren’t as good as the old ones. This morning, I tested a new microwave corn popper, which doesn’t require oil. I placed ⅓ cup of popping corn into the special bowl and cooked it on high for 2 ½ minutes. Every kernel popped and the crunch was wonderful. The magic is in the perfectly vented lid. My mind flooded with creative ideas.

I added low fat mozzarella cheese over a small bowl of popcorn and ate it for breakfast. I have often served popcorn and cheese with wine before dinner. Today, I discovered it goes well with coffee, too.

Mid-morning, I added blueberries and a bit of yogurt to another bowl. I tasted it, loved it, and ate that, too. I had some Italian Seasoned Olive Oil on hand and splashed a little over some popcorn and decided that would be delicious as an appetizer, later in the day. In case you think I have become a serious popcorn addict, let me assure you, I was experimenting for this blog.

If you are craving crunch, there is no need to grab chips or cookies. Popcorn can be ready in 2 ½ minutes. I bought my microwave popper at my local specialty kitchen shop. I love it! I will be giving these poppers as hostess gifts this summer, filled with popped corn, of course.

I like seasoned popcorn floating on soup; imagine…basil-sprinkled popcorn on tomato soup. Remove the popcorn from the popper and heat your soup in the same big bowl. The instructions say this popper is great for heating soups and stews in the microwave, and that is true.  

Of course, if you want a fast dessert or a great gift idea, make my Popcorn in Caramel Sauce. As 95 year old Marjorie Haddock says, while helping herself to a little bag of this delicious snack, "Everything in moderation, Maureen." 

Comments (10)

  • Alamo Alamo October 11, 2022 at 08:01 am

    Wow what a great idea, I never thought we could use popcorn for our breakfast. I love your article because I also love Popcorn very much. Thank you for this beautiful article.

  • Pam Pacsay October 11, 2020 at 03:32 pm

    Hi Maureen :) ! I just found your site reading my latest issue of Prairies North, and have saved the wonderful soup recipes you share in the article - thanks so much!

    On the popcorn front, and being an avid popcorn muncher myself, I thought I'd share my favourite way to enjoy this satisfying snack food with you ;D

    I actually use a regular brown paper lunch bag to pop my corn - in my microwave it takes precisely 1 minute 34 seconds to pop a full lunch bag, although there are always a few 'old maids' rattling around in the bottom of the bag so I have to carefully scoop the fluffy popped kernels into my prepared bowl that has (optional) a good scoop of melted butter waiting :).

    I toss the popcorn lightly to coat (you don't have to use butter, but I do find it helps the next 3 ingredients stick to the popcorn better, and of course doesn't hurt the flavour if you like it . I've used olive oil occasionally too ;)).

    Then I sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese (a source of calcium and other good things), a shake of organic hemp hearts (good source of Omegas 3 & 6), and a couple of teaspoons of nutritional yeast (high source of B12).

    Not only do these toppings add to the nutritional benefits that popcorn brings to the party, but the combination is delicious!
    Happy popping! And looking forward to exploring more of your delicious recipes :D !


  • Audra Balion November 22, 2018 at 12:22 am

    I’ll have to try these with David

  • Paul Rolland August 27, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I woke up today with a taste for popcorn for breakfast. After reading the blog I made it and I sprinkled a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and shavings of goat feta cheese and turmeric.... DELISH!

  • Dianne Peterson July 8, 2015 at 09:38 pm

    I do love my popcorn, but I have to say I lean toward the traditional butter/salt topping.
    I enjoyed your sharing the "everything in moderation" comment of Marjorie's. She would often tell me that, while we were enjoying a cup of coffee with real cream!!! None of that skim milk or fake cream for her. Everything in moderation!! She was a great neighbour, I just need to make more of an effort to go visit her!

  • Marion Murawsky July 7, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I agree with everything you have written. Graham and Alison gave us one of those marvellous microwave poppers many years ago and our is still working. Love it!!
    Keep on popping!!!

  • Margaret Jones June 24, 2015 at 08:19 pm

    I'll be getting that popcorn popper so I can try out the breakfast suggestion.

  • Bev Gardner June 24, 2015 at 06:16 pm

    Popcorn is my favorite! I lean toward the savoury and the basil sprinkled popcorn on tomato soup sounds wonderful! You have inspired me to consider eating it for breakfast! Great ideas!! Thank you Maureen!

  • Gord Haddock June 24, 2015 at 06:02 pm

    No wonder the house smelt so good when I came home for lunch. Crazy breakfast though. I wonder what our grandkids would say if Grandma offered that to them for breakfast? I'm, thanks Grandma!

  • Rauncie Kinnaird June 24, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I am always amazed and love reading the blog. I love popcorn but I have been a traditionalist. You have inspired me to be creative. But first I will try the caramel popcorn recipe. It is sure to be a hit!

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