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Making your own Popcorn

I won’t re-create my rant as to how shocked I am on how easy it is to make your own popcorn is in this post but to summarize who knew!  You can make your own popcorn and all you need is a stove, pot with a lid, kernels, and oil!

Making your own popcorn can help you control that what you are putting into your body is all natural, fresh, and organic.  Another interesting tidbit about popcorn that I learned from the Wild Rose Detox meal plan (source: http://wildroseproducts.com/en-CA/kit/d-tox-program ) is that popcorn is an Alkaline forming food which is easier on your body during the digestion period. I know many people have told me that popcorn is a healthy snack so I did a quick Google search to find out why.  According to C-Health on canoe.ca, popcorn contains huge doses of the antioxidant polyphenols  and has even been deemed the “perfect snack food” since it truly is 100% unprocessed whole grains (source: http://chealth.canoe.ca/channel_health_news_details.asp?news_id=32715&channel_id=159 ).

The above article also goes on to suggest that air popped popcorn is the lowest calorie option, but for those of us without a popcorn machine the next best option is making it yourself with oil.  Making it yourself also puts you in control to use a healthy oil option such as coconut oil.

Then comes toppings – popcorn itself is healthy, especially with no toppings.  However there are many options to dress up this healthy snack, although depending what you put on it could really throw the healthy option out the window.  If you are looking for a treat and can spare some extra calories dress it up with toppings!  If you can’t then eat it plain, it is equally delicious!  Or use simple low calorie toppings such as lime juice with cayenne pepper, or try adding cinnamon!  If you can spare the calories you can try out the Sea Salt & Caramel Popcorn recipe in the snack category for a real delicious treat (https://prayseekfind.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/sea-salt-caramel-sticky-popcorn/).  Another friend of mine also suggested drizzling chocolate on top to get your chocolate fix without eating a whole bar!

The possibilities are endless!  I hope to continuously add popcorn snack options to this blog so stay tuned!

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Ingredients:

  • Oil (whatever you prefer)
  • Kernals

Steps:

  1. Lightly coat the bottom of a medium to large pot with the oil of your choice (hint: make sure you choose a pot with a lid)
  2. Pour in just enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pot
  3. Shake the kernels to ensure they become coated with the oil
  4. Cover the pot with the lid and turn on medium heat (please don’t forget the lid step, otherwise you may have quite the mess in your kitchen to clean up)
  5. Wait patiently
  6. You will start to see and hear the popcorn popping; once the pot starts to become full you can shake your pot or lift it slightly off the burner to avoid burning any of the popcorn that has already popped while you wait for those stubborn kernels to join the party!
  7. Use your instincts to know when it is done, remove from the heat and check and you can always reply to the heat if there are still more kernels that need to be popped (also note that even when you remove from the heat the pot will still be hot enough for more kernels to pop so exercise your own caution)
  8. Pour your popcorn into a bowl, or little baggies to enjoy now or later
  9. Add any toppings as you desire (keeping in mind they do impact the nutritional information)!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: For 4 servings (1 cup each)

Calories: 55g; Total Fat: 3.1g; Saturated Fat: 0.5g; Sodium: 97.2mg; Potassium 24.8mg; Total Carbohydrates 6.3g; Dietary Fibre: 1.1g; Sugars 0.1g; Protein 1g

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NutriBullet

I have been a huge sceptic of juicing! How can it be healthy to only drink the juice of fruits and vegetables? Especially when the skin can provide so much nutrients and with some juicers it omits this part of the fruit and veggies. I also wondered about how this might affect my metabolism since I would assume in juice form there isn’t much work for my body to do to break it down?

One of my friends was looking into diet options and decided to get this juicer called the NutriBullet. I didn’t want to hear much about it as I was staying away from diets. My mind was often closed to her suggestions of possibly getting one myself as I was only open to life changes at this point. When we met up I saw her and noticed some huge differences!!! Her skin was much clearer and her hair was thicker, and she did look like she had slimmed. I was pretty impressed with her results and have to admit I was finally a little more open to hearing more about the NutriBullet! She explained how she used it and then she just throws whole fruits and vegetables into the blending cups and then adds seeds or nuts and it blends the entire thing into a juice! She went on to explain they have lids so she can make a few at a time and then bring them to work to enjoy on her drive in and drive home.

At this point my mind started to wander and I was finally open to the idea of getting one! Later that week I purchased one and everyone in my family soon followed! Even people at my work have bought them.

I personally still don’t believe in an all juice diet but I have used this to my weekly meal plan to ensure I am always getting the suggested serving of fruits and vegetables every day. A huge plus is this juicer includes all parts of the fruit and vegetable that you put in. Important disclaimer: only add what you would normally eat, some skins and seeds are not considered safe for human consumptions! Another huge benefit is that I can get vitamins into my body naturally that will be quickly absorbed in a liquid form.

I use the NutriBullet in many of my recipes, it has two attachments so I use the milling blade to make my own flours and the juicer blade to make smoothies, sauces, and soups! There are other tools that would work in its place that I would like to try but so far the NutriBullet is what I have found works best in my kitchen until I can explore some of the higher priced items.

There are many other countless benefits but I will let you discover them on their website linked below.

Check out the NutriBullet site to see if this is something that would work for you too: http://www.nutribullet.com/