Pop it Like it’s Hot

Who’s in the mood for Healthy Snacking? Humans of all ages love popcorn. It goes well with your favorite movies & TV series but it can also be fun to snack on at any time of the day… given of course that we tweak it a little to remove its shameful “junk food” label.

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A Healthy Alternative

Microwavable popcorn would never find its way to my bowl, simply because all food that travels through the microwave comes out nuked and stripped of nutrients. Instead, I prefer to go at it the old fashion way (no I don’t own a vintage popcorn machine). I simply take 5 minutes to pop it in a saucepan. I’m also aware that Corn is at the top of Genetically Modified food, so of course I buy organic grains. At my favorite healthy supermarket it goes for 50 cents per 100 grams. A great deal by all accounts.

What you’ll need

  • 100 grams or more of corn kernels (seeds)
  • 2 spoons of raw organic coconut oil
  • 2 spoons of fine herbs/sea salt blend like Herbamare – for seasoning
  • 1 medium saucepan

The amounts can vary based on how much you want to make… double everything (including the size of the saucepan) for bigger quantity.

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How it’s done

  • Place the saucepan on the stove top burner and add 2 tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil
  • Heat on high till the oil starts to jiggle – 2 min tops
  • Add the corn kernels to cover the entire bottom (not too thick) and cover immediately with lid
  • Watch them jiggle 🙂
  • As soon as they start popping lower to medium high
  • Watch the magic unfold, occasionally shaking the whole saucepan to make room for unpopped kernels to drop back to the bottom
  • The popcorn will rise quickly
  • Once you no longer hear popping, turn off and put aside to cool
  • Transfer into a bowl and add the salt blend to season
  • Voila! It’s ready to serve

Coconut oil adds a delicious buttery taste. If you like it extra buttery, by all means add more!

A Sweet Variation

In case you prefer sweet popcorn over salty or just want a bit of both, you can always skip the salt seasoning step and add raw honey or maple syrup instead.

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Adding Raw Honey Might Require Eating With A Spoon

And there you have it. All the goodness of popcorn without harmful ingredients. Everyone in my household is crazy about this snack. Even my cat Leo who gets a single popcorn each time I make it because he’s otherwise on a grain free diet :p

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Enjoy!

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