DEC
03

Popcorn Trail Mix

Appetizers and Snacks, Giveaway, Kid Friendly Recipes | 79 comments

Growing up, popcorn was one of our favorite family snacks during movie nights together with my dad. We would settle in for one of our favorite movies or TV shows and my dad would fill a giant purple bowl with fresh, air popped (not microwave) popcorn and we’d all share it. My siblings and I are all grown now, but we still enjoy a big bowl of popcorn when we’re visiting Dad.

popcorn trail mix

While we probably enjoyed more than an ample serving of melted butter on top of our popcorn, without the butter popcorn is actually a relatively healthy snack and is a good way to satisfy the munchies. In fact, popcorn provides three times more fiber per 1-ounce serving than other snack foods, such as pretzels or potato chips and is considered a whole grain. Instead of the traditional popcorn and butter, try this Popcorn Trail Mix for your holiday snacking needs.

popcorn trail mix

Madeline and I enjoyed making this recipe for Popcorn Trail Mix together, and of course eating it for and afternoon snack! Whole grains, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are all part of a healthy snacking diet. This mixture combines sweet and salty for ultimate satisfaction.

Popcorn Trail Mix

serves 4-6

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Ingredients:

1 envelope Orville Redenbacher Natural Simply Salted 50% Less Fat, popped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2/3 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup diced dried apricots

Directions:

Sprinkle hot, freshly popped popcorn with cinnamon, tossing to coat evenly. In a separate bowl, combine the sunflower seeds, pepitas, almonds, cranberries, and apricots. Mix well. Toss the nut, seed, and fruit mixture with the popcorn. Divide evenly among 4-6 snack sized bowls.

If you’d like to chat more about healthy holiday snacks, join me at the #gno Twitter party on Monday, December 6 to chat about healthy holiday snacks. Click here for more details.

Before you enter the giveaway PLEASE read the rules.

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Giveaway (1 winner):

Orville Redenbacher Gift

  • Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn varieties (a mix of Light Butter, Cheddar, Kettle Corn, and Lime and Salt)
  • Popcorn Bowl from Crate and Barrel
  • Healthy Snack Recipe Mix-ins (Nuts, raisins, chocolates, dried cranberries, honey and recipes from the Orville Redenbacher’s website)

The Rules:

  • Tell me what your favorite HEALTHY holiday snack is.
  • Tweet the following: Check out #Orville Redenbacher’s #giveaway on @momitforward http://bit.ly/g1y4PR win healthy holiday snacks! http://bit.ly/hAM4Zl PLS RT
  • You may NOT enter using multiple email addresses. Automatic disqualification.
  • Additional entries must leave a separate comment.
  • Contest ends December 10, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Contest open to US States only.
  • Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond before disqualified and a new winner chosen.

Extra Entries: Additional entries can be earned by doing any of the following, giving you a total of 3 entries. Leave a separate comment for each of your entries.

  • Visit the Orville Redenbacher’s website and leave a comment on this post about what dish you would most like to prepare during the holidays.
  • Tweet the following: Looking 4 healthy snacks? Visit the #Orville Redenbacher’s site 4 ideas on how 2 snack healthy during the holidays! http://bit.ly/dEVaGf
This giveaway is brought to you by Mom it Forward and Orville Redenbacher. I was compensated for being part of the Healthy Holiday Snacks campaign.

Katie Goodman

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Cookbook Queen - December 03, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    My favorite healthy snack would have to be popcorn. Seriously.

    After I had my son, that’s how i lost my baby weight…I ate popcorn instead of chips or cookies!!

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    maggiewann - December 03, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    Just plain popcorn! No butter, no nuthin.

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    Cookbook Queen - December 03, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

    Tweeted!!

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  • 4
    Brenda Andrews - December 03, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    My favorite healthy snack is popcorn or freezedried fruit

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    Brenda Andrews - December 03, 2010 @ 2:58 pm
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    Brenda Andrews - December 03, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Caramel-Nut Popcorn Crunch
    Looks super yummy!

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    Brenda Andrews - December 03, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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    Cheryl W. - December 03, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    My favorite healthy snack is a handful of macadamia nuts and pecans.

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    Cheryl W. - December 03, 2010 @ 3:01 pm
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    Cheryl W. - December 03, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    From the Orville Redenbacher site, I would choose to make the Peanut Butter Popcorn Poppers.

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    Cheryl W. - December 03, 2010 @ 3:05 pm
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    March - December 03, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

    My favorite healthy snack: A half cup of maple yogurt with a small handful of toasted walnuts stirred in. Yum! I’m also a huge popcorn fan – my soul mate (hubby) calls it my soul food…

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    March - December 03, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

    From Orville’s site, I would most enjoy making Caramel-Nut Popcorn Crunch as a treat to munch on during the holidays, probably while watching awkward, old family movies.

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  • 14
    Kristen - December 03, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

    Looks like a delicious trail mix! I love fresh popped popcorn!

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  • 15
    Lynda - December 03, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

    my fav holiday snacks is plain yogurt with fruit chunks and nuts.

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  • 16
    Lynda - December 03, 2010 @ 3:50 pm
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    Lynda - December 03, 2010 @ 3:51 pm
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    Lynda - December 03, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    the Chewy Popcorn Bars looks perfect for everyday snacking!

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  • 19
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - December 03, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    My favorite healthy snack is nuts!

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  • 20
    Julie @SavvyEats - December 03, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

    My favorite healthy snack has to be an apple with peanut butter

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  • 21
    K. Rock - December 03, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    I love dried cranberries.

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  • 22
    K. Rock - December 03, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

    I would try the chewy popcorn balls.

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  • 23
    Terrae - December 03, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    My favorite healthy snack this time of year is apples.

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  • 24
    Terrae - December 03, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    The Berry Good Frozen Yogurt pie sounds like it would be good to try.

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  • 25
    daphne - December 03, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    I love salted mixed nuts!!
    I tweeted

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  • 26
    gina - December 03, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Favorite healthy snack: almonds!

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  • 27
    gina - December 03, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    Tweeted {@gknupp}

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  • 28
    gina - December 03, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    From the Orville Redenbacher site: The Gigantic Turtle Candies look amazing!

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  • 29
    Claire - December 03, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    Favorite healthy snack: homemade granola with soy milk!

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  • 30
    Claire - December 03, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

    From the Orville Redenbacher site: Naturally Simply Salted. yum!

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  • 31
    Heather Spooner - December 03, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

    Corn chips and salsa are my favorite healthy snack. At least, I think its healthy.

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  • 32
    Heather Spooner - December 03, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

    After visiting the Orville website, I’d like to try and make Chewy Popcorn Balls. I love cranberries!
    miyax15 at yahoo dot com

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  • 33
    Jenna - December 03, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    My favorite healthy holiday dish is the spiced granola my mom makes!!

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  • 34
    Danielle - December 03, 2010 @ 11:54 pm

    My favorite healthy holiday dish is winter fruit salad :)

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  • 35
    Danielle - December 03, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    Those Orville Power crunch bars look like a great idea for an easy on-the-go snack.

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  • 36
    CarolK - December 04, 2010 @ 12:34 am

    I love buttered and salted popcorn or oil popped popcorn. I also love to eat cheese or chocolate chips with the popcorn… Nuts and popcorn are primary snacks in our household.

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  • 37
    karen - December 04, 2010 @ 4:04 am

    First of all isn’t healhy and holiday snack a oxy moron? LOL! I guess mine would have to be…..cool veggie pizza.

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    karen - December 04, 2010 @ 4:05 am

    You did my diet a terrible injustice by sending me to the Orville Redenbacher site to look at recipes! Couldn’t make up my mind as to what sounded the best. But did pick these, popcorn chews, the turtle candies and poppin’ popcorn brittle.

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  • 39
    bunkycooks - December 04, 2010 @ 7:24 am

    Popcorn is one of our favorite healthy snacks. I also like to keep string cheese and fresh fruit for nibbling.

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  • 40
    alex - December 04, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    air popped popcorn!

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  • 41
    Teresa R. - December 04, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Sweet potato fries is my current healthy snack.

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  • 42
    Teresa R. - December 04, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    I was happy to tweet :)

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  • 43
    Teresa R. - December 04, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    I tweeted 2nd option too. TTRigell

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  • 44
    Teresa R. - December 04, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    The power crunch bars from the site is what I would love to try.

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  • 45
    Krista - December 04, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    I love eating homemade crackers topped with sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Delicious, and totally worth the invested time.

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  • 46
    Krista - December 04, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    The berrygood frozen yogurt pie looks AWESOME. I love pie, but I usually feel guilty if I eat a traditional crust. This recipe looks great!

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  • 47
    Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer - December 04, 2010 @ 9:31 am

    I love that you added cute green pepitas to this, great idea!

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  • 48
    Amy - December 04, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    I love baked sweet potatoes!

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  • 49
    Amy - December 04, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    The buffalo stule hot popcorn snack looks really good

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  • 50
    Jillian - December 04, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    My favorite healthy holiday snack is home made cranberry granola.

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  • 51
    Emily - December 04, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    herbal tea. it’s warm and cozy and good for you too.

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  • 52
    robin - December 04, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Healthy snack huh? I love to eat cranberries during the holidays.

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  • 53
    Tickled Red - December 04, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Oooo…love the trail mix combo! My guys are trail mix nuts. I’m definitely making this for our next movie night.

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  • 54
    Kimberly B. - December 04, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    My favorite healthy snack is homemade trail mix. It has the usual nuts, sunflower seeds, & dried cranberries, as well as homemade cinnamon granola clusters, cocunut flakes & of cousre some peanut m&m’s to make it complete!

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  • 55
    Kimberly B. - December 04, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    After visiting Orville’s site, I’d have to say the chewy popcorn balls look yummy for Christmas!

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  • 56
    Catey - December 04, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    I love whipping up some fresh salsa!

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  • 57
    Shireen - December 04, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    love popcorn!

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  • 58
    Karen - December 04, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    My favorite thing is Gloggi. Its a Finnish red currant drink with spices. Its yummy. :)

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  • 59
    Meryl - December 04, 2010 @ 3:31 pm

    Popcorn with freshly ground black pepper.

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  • 60
    Sarah Jio - December 04, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    Such a smart idea! I’m going to link to this on my Glamour magazine blog, Vitamin G, on Mon. Hope to send some traffic back your way (great site!), and will give you credit for the photo–hungry for popcorn trail mix right now!

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    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — December 4th, 2010 @ 3:59 PM

      Thanks, Sarah – sounds great! I appreciate that.

  • 61
    Stanislav - December 04, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    This combination is fantastic, good idea. I look forward for your new posts.

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  • 62
    Jax - December 04, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    Popcorn with dried cranberries and a little bit of butter!

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  • 63
    Tran - December 05, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    My favorite healthy holiday snack? Is there even synch a thing? J/k!! It would have to be homemade granola.

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    Angela@spinachtiger - December 05, 2010 @ 10:24 am

    This is boring, but it’s what I eat one to two times a day during this time of year. Apples, sliced in big slices. Sometimes with a little peanut butter. My second favorite health snack is a handful of nuts combined with dried fruit.

    I tweeted…

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  • 65
    Chef Dennis - December 05, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    what a perfect snack for anytime of year! I love a good trail mix!

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    Cami - December 05, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    I tweeted!

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    Cami - December 05, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    I tweeted 2nd entry!

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  • 68
    Cami - December 05, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

    I would love to try those white chocolate popcorn chews! Yummy!

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    louise mellor - December 05, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    the color alone on this popcorn would keep you coming back for more and more… what a healthy change of pace for a snack- love it~!

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    Tricia - December 05, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

    My favorite healthy holiday snack is a mix of Cheerios, almonds, raisins or Craisins, pretzels, and sometimes for something a little sweet chocolate chips or marshmallows.

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    Baking Serendipity - December 05, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    I love popcorn and trail mix, but somehow never managed to combine the two. This looks fantastic! Healthy holiday snacks seem hard to come by, but my mom always always made us pistachio and cranberry snack bags when we were kids around the holidays. They were the perfect holiday colors :)

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  • 72
    Lindsay - December 06, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Plain popcorn with Sriracha hot sauce! Affectionately dubbed “Sriracha-corn” Delicious and spicy

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  • 73
    Valerie - December 06, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    My favorite healthy holiday snack is a mix of cherrios, goldfish crackers & raisins… lots of raisins! :-)

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  • 74
    Claire - December 08, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    Warming up chopped apples and then sprinkling them with cinnamon and just a tad bit of sugar is a delicious and healthy holiday treat! :)

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  • 75
    Claire - December 08, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    I would love to try the recipe “Chewy Popcorn Bars”!

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  • 76
    Peggy - December 11, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    Aww, just missed the deadline! This popcorn trail mix sounds so delicious!

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    Molly - February 27, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for the idea.

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    Louise - February 28, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    Congrats on being included in this Sweet Sixteen Collection. I followedd the “trail” to your trail mix! Thanks!

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