Budget Microwave PopcornPopcorn has always been a go to snack for me because it’s a low calorie munchie and you get a lot of it per serving. In fact, most of the calories come from the toppings, which you can customize as long as you aren’t buying the prepackaged popcorn!

This method will not only save you money, but will also lower the calories by a lot. This is just one way to season the popcorn, you can choose your own. Generally you should put your seasonings on after cooking it rather than before to make sure the kernels pop better.


One plain brown paper lunch bag
1 toothpick
1/2 cup bulk popcorn kernels (if you store them in the freezer they’ll pop better!)
2 tsp coconut oil (melted)
1 tbsp. lemon pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder


Put your kernels in a small bowl and pour the coconut oil over them. Stir to coat them. Pour the kernels and oil in the paper lunch box and fold the top down twice. Use the toothpick to secure the top by poking it through the bag twice and “weaving” the toothpick in.

Microwave for three to three and a half minutes but no longer. You’ll have some unpopped kernels but it’s better than burning your popcorn! Be sure to listen to the popcorn and stop it if the popping slows.

You can eat it out of the bag or put it in a bowl. Sprinkle the lemon pepper and garlic powder over the popcorn, mix, and eat.