I use to be addicted to artificial sweeteners to avoid calories until I got pregnant and then I just quit cold turkey! I never went back. We LOVE popcorn movie nights at our house, popcorn at movie theaters make me cringe and so do most store bought ones. Popcorn is actually a great whole grain with a decent amount of fiber. It is high in antioxidants and several other nutrients. It is the abundance of salt, butter and oil we drown it in that makes the "healthy" part questionable. One cup of plain air popped pop corn only has around 31 calories. That number quickly changes when you add all the extra toppings to it. I was introduced to the DASH Hot Air Popcorn Popper Maker by father in law and we have been obsessed ever since!!! I went ahead and purchased some organic popping kernels, a spray bottle with organic olive oil and some sea salt! I could control the amount of sodium and oil and watching it pop in our air popper never gets old! My love for popcorn returned! My kids all love to spray the olive oil and put their dash of salt in their bowls.
One day I decided to be daring and try a store bought microwavable kind for a quick healthier snack for all the kids playing outside and on the go. I noticed it had monk fruit in it, I was like what the hell is monk fruit?! Well turns out it is in fact a non calorie sweetner, so I was like GREAT! Another artificial sweetener that causes terrible side effects... but monk fruit has no known side effects it is from an actual fruit called "Buddha fruit" from Southeast Asia. I could bore you and tell you how they make it but hopefully you will take my word for it. It is healthy, it is good kettle corn and your kids will love it it is called "BOOM CHICKA POP"!!!