This Vegan “Cheese” Popcorn Is Just As Addictive As the Movie Theater’s

Popcorn is one of those foods that always ends up on nutritionists' "healthy snacks" lists. When it's air-popped and plain, there are only 31 calories per cup, making it a popular go-to for noshing (mindless or otherwise). But here's the thing: Plain popcorn can be pretty, well, bland.

Well+Good Council member, Clean Food Dirty City creator, and wellness entrepreneur Lily Kunin is not down with settling for boring food because it's healthy—not one bit. So, she played around with a way to make popcorn flavorful without the gross chemicals you'll find in the microwaveable kind. Her secret: a mixture of nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic, and turmeric.

"Using just nutritional yeast is still tasty, but the topping often ends up at the bottom of the bowl," she says. "This mixture clings to every piece of the popcorn for the perfect umami cheesiness in every bite."

Watch the video below to see how to make it and get her recipe below.

Lily Kunin's vegan "cheese" popcorn


Recipe Notes

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