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!
- Oil (whatever you prefer)
- 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)
- Pour in just enough kernels to cover the bottom of the pot
- Shake the kernels to ensure they become coated with the oil
- 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)
- Wait patiently
- 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!
- 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)
- Pour your popcorn into a bowl, or little baggies to enjoy now or later
- 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