Whenever my kids have friends over, the number-one requested snack is popcorn. It got me thinking: What if we take it a step further and add in some additional ingredients so that it becomes even more nutrient-dense, delicious, filling — and a mini lesson in carb-counting your own “cooking”? That’s when this recipe was born. It’s simple and contains easy-to-measure ingredients that teens can throw together on their own. Plus, it makes the perfect amount to share with a few friends.

Nutritional Information

Serves: approximately 4

Serving Size: 1 cup

  • Calories: 150
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 15g


  • ½ ounce (14 grams) peanuts
  • ½ ounce (14 grams) cashews
  • ½ ounce (14 grams) sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup dried banana chips
  • 4 dried apricots, cut into small pieces
  • 15 pretzel sticks
  • 3 ¾ cup (28 grams) packaged popcorn

How To Make It

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir.
  2. Measure out individual servings.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.