Food & Nutrition

Low calorie popcorn that actually tastes good (5 I’ve tried and love)

Published by Finn Hayden

Popcorn is often marketed as a great healthy alternative to crisps, and there is no denying that generally speaking, popcorn is much lower in calories and fat compared to crisps. Having said that, that's certainly not the case for all popcorn, especially the varieties which are covered in things like sugar and chocolate.

Luckily though, there is a lot of low calorie popcorn out there which is ideal as a snack at home or at the cinema. We wanted to round up the best low calorie popcorn that we've tried, let's get into it:

Metcalfe's sea salt

At 78 calories per pack, the Sea Salt popcorn from Metcalfe's was one of the lowest calorie popcorn options that we could find which was readily available to buy. Made with just a pinch of sea salt, this popcorn is actually really tasty, particularly if you enjoy savoury tasting popcorn. As well as being low in calories, it's also gluten free and suitable for vegans, so overall a great no-fuss choice. Learn more and buy it here -

Metcalfe's sea salt popcorn

Proper corn sea salted

We actually included the crisps from the Proper brand in our guide to the best low calorie crisps we've tried, and the popcorn from this brand is also very low in calories. With just 88 calories per bag, this sea salted popcorn from Proper is very tasty but still manages to be well under 100 calories per bag. We also love that this popcorn is high in fibre which helps you to feel fuller for longer, and it's also very simply made with just 3 ingredients - Wholegrain Corn, Rapeseed Oil, and a pinch of Sea Salt. Learn more and buy it here -

proper corn sea salted

Metcalfe's sweet 'n' salt popcorn

With just 96 calories per bag, the Metcalfe's sweet 'n' salt popcorn bags are a great low calorie option who likes their popcorn with a bit of sweetness and saltiness. As well as being low in calories, this popcorn is also totally vegan and gluten free. You'll actually find this popcorn stocked in most branches of Caffe Nero, and it makes for a great alternative snack to the various cakes and pastries there (which, despite being delicious, we try to avoid). Learn more and buy it here -

Metcalfe's sweet 'n' salt popcorn

M&S sweet popcorn

It's always nice to have a low calorie sweet popcorn option, and at 76 calories per bag, this sweet popcorn from M&S definitely fits that description. We love how simple it is, made from just Corn, Sugar, and Rapeseed Oil, and we love that it's gluten free too. We also like that it's a multipack, so rather than eating the whole large bag, you can eat one small bag and feel pretty satisfied. Overall this popcorn is a great lower calorie option, learn more and buy it here -

M&S sweet popcorn

Co-op salted popcorn

We're often raving about how good the own-brand food from the Co-op is, having recently given the pizza from this supermarket the top spot in a guide. We feel similarly about this salted popcorn, which is very tasty and surprisingly low in calories at just 116 calories per 25g. Learn more and buy it here

Co-op salted popcorn

Waitrose sweet popcorn

Just like M&S, you can pretty much always rely on Waitrose to produce excellent own-brand food products. This sweet popcorn from Waitrose is not only very tasty, but it's also low in calories at just 103kcal per 20g serving. It's not quite as low in calories as some of the other options we've included in this list, but given how good they taste we're pretty impressed. Learn more and buy them here -

Waitrose sweet popcorn

Hopefully, this guide helps you to find a great tasting low calorie popcorn to snack on. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions which are even lower in calories! If you're interested similar guides, check out our guide to the best low calorie ice cream you can buy.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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