Obvious but not so obvious healthy and easy snack!
If you, like me, are on a quest to find nutritious food but always struggle with the easy snacks in between meals, these are the solutions.
First of all, do not, I repeat, DO NOT BUY PACKAGED POPCORN; besides the obvious reason of full of fat and conservatives, but also the extreme amount of sodium that these packages have is outrageous.
Benefits of cooking your own popcorn include first of all controlling the portion; if you are to buy packaged popcorn, you are likely stuck with at least 80 to 100 grams which sum up to almost 600 calories IF it’s non-fat! If you make your own popcorn at home you control your quantity, oil, and salt.
Salt is also one of the things you may want to consider popping your own popcorn. Nowadays mostly everything that needs to be kept longer at the supermarket is basically stuffed with excessive amounts of sodium. This is the responsible for high pressure on some people because it holds excessive fluid in the body and it may increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, and osteoporosis (Livescience.com)
Oil is also an interesting factor. Personally, I enjoy the coconuty flavor of popping my popcorn with coconut oil. But some may not. Nevertheless, cooking popcorn with coconut oil also increases the calories and fat by DOUBLE! Hence, the recommendation is vegetable oil.
1 teaspoon oil
Nutritional Yeast (optional)
Heat a pot of your preference. I usually do a medium bottom pan if doing for more than just me or a medium saucepan for just me.
Add the oil carefully and move around the pan as to cover it all.
Add the corn and try not to overlap them. Cover the pan.
Give it 5 minutes and listen to it start popping. When the popcorn has reached the lid turn off the heat and carefully transfer to a bowl. Immediately add salt, if desired, and the nutritional yeast.
Enjoy with friends and family!