(You had me at cheap and easy.)
Popcorn is #20 on the list of 44 Healthy Foods Under $1. Whenever I say “Does anybody want popcorn?”, applause and cheers erupt from my crowd of kids. I usually take that as a yes, and I often join in with the applause and cheering too because it’s so easy to make.
We get to call popcorn healthy because it’s a source of fiber and polyphenols – a type of antioxidant that is linked to cancer prevention. This article from Science Daily says high dietary intake of polyphenols are are associated with longevity. (Yay! Live long and eat popcorn!) This article agrees but also says the benefits of popcorn are often oversold.