{Nourish}: Spice Up Your Popcorn with a Shake, shake, shake!

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As the weather starts to cool I begin to crave comfy clothes, snuggles and snacking. I am so excited that my new(ish) home has a fireplace which is a luxury I have not had the pleasure of regularly enjoying since I moved out of parents house almost 20 years ago (whoa). I have to pause for an “I feel old” moment.

Okay, back to fires, snuggles and movies which feels more magical than thinking about my age…hahahaha. Movies and popcorn are the best of friends but sadly, most store-bought popcorns are crap. There I said it. Crap!  Don’t freak out though–popcorn is a whole food snack that can be purchased and or cooked in a variety of healthy ways– so put on your sweats, grab your slippers and get ready for some healthy noshing and relaxing! Sign me up!Corn is a nutrient-dense starchy vegetable that is rich in fiber and disease preventing anti-oxidants and phytonutrients like lutein which promotes eye health. The high fiber content promotes gastrointestinal health and improved glycemic control. It is important to note that corn is a common allergen…so…if you eat it and your don’t feel good…listen to your body and avoid it.

{Popcorn Do’s + Don’t}

Don’t…

  • eat pre-bagged microwave popcorn as the bags are lines with unhealthy chemicals
  • buy popcorn that boasts ingredients you cannot purchase in the grocery store and
    • avoid cottonseed oil and soybean oil (they are inflammatory)
    • artificial colors, flavors and really anything artificial

Do…

{Popcorn Making 101}

  • in a popcorn maker: place 1/3 cup kernels and 1 tbsp oil in a popcorn maker and simply turn on for two minutes or until the popping noise slows down. 
  • on the stove: Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a sauce pan on medium-high heat. Add 1/3 cup of kernels in an even layer in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat for 30 seconds.  Return the pan on the heated stove and listen for popping!  Shake the pan to prevent burning.  Once the popping sound slows remove the pan from the heat and pour the popcorn into a bowl.  
  • in the microwave: Toss 1/3 cup kernels in a bowl with salt and 1 tbsp oil. Pour the kernels into a brown lunch bag and fold the top of the bag down firmly. Pop for about 2 minutes or until the popping sound slows down. **Note: Keep an eye on your popcorn when it’s being popped to prevent risk of a fire! 

{Make it Fancy}

I like to think of popcorn as a blank canvas to which flavors and textures can be added. This can be accomplished quite simply and you can use ingredients you already have in the house.

  • Step One: place your popped popcorn into a seal-able paper or plastic bag
  • Step Two: Add a tablespoon of olive oil, melted coconut oil, walnut oil, avocado oil or even melted butter–yes, butter! Buy a pastured, organic option and enjoy every bite.
  • Step Three: add herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and more
  • Step Four: Shake, shake, shake!
  • Step Five: Happy Snacking

Smoked Paprika and Mulberry Blend (above): add 4-6 cups of popped popcorn to your bag with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon grade B maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1/4 cup dried mulberries–try Navitas Naturals (or any dried fruit). Shake, shake, shake then enjoy!

Curried, Coconut and Pumpkin Seed Blend (above): add 4-6 cups of popped popcorn to your bag with 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (red pepper flakes optional). Shake, shake, shake then enjoy!

Other Creative Combos:

  • olive oil + nutritional yeast + crumbled kale chips
  • walnut oil + cocoa nibs + cinnamon
  • olive oil + Parmesan + parsley
  • avocado oil + pumpkin spice + dried cherries + walnuts
  • butter + everything bagel seasoning (sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic and onion)

What is your favorite way to flavor popcorn?

 

Photo credit: Madison Carroll

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4 thoughts on “{Nourish}: Spice Up Your Popcorn with a Shake, shake, shake!

  1. Literally am ecstatic over this post! I am popcorns #1 fan- literally obsessed. Have you ever tried Nearly Naked- It’s popcorn, coconut oil and a little seat salt… #todiefor! I can’t wait to try these combinations- I know what’s on my agenda tonight! LOL!

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