In our house…we LOVE us some popcorn. I'd say we eat it 3+ times a week. How could we not when it's a terrific whole grain high in fibre that can be dressed up multiple ways to make it a sweet or savoury 'junk food' snack.
We make sure to get organic popcorn, as corn is one of the highest genetically modified crops. The best place to get that however, isn't in your average grocery store, unless you like shelling over mucho dollars for it. Check out your local health food store to see if you can order in a 25 pound bag and although that seems like a lot, you'll be surprised how fast you can go through that or, see if friends or family want to go in with you. There is approximately 2 1/2 cups in a pound of popcorn, meaning 5 big bowls worth of popcorn per pound. We pay $32 for a 25 pound bag which means each bowl costs us 26 cents for the popcorn. Sounds like a cheap snack to me!
One of our favourite sweet popcorn toppings is Honey and Butter. Wait! Don't run away if you can't have butter or don't like it for some reason. We're fortunate to have two jersey cows, so I make lots of butter, but I honestly can't tell you whether I rather this with butter or coconut oil. Both of them will rock your world. If you're new to coconut oil, don't be afraid that it looks a bit like lard! The fats in coconut oil are similar to those in breastmilk, and while you won't catch me drinking breastmilk, this means it's very digestible and absorbable to humans.
Raw, unpasteurized honey is a superfood! Isn't it so fun that a delicious tasty food can be so terrific for you?! It'll help reduce seasonal allergies and boost your immune system. So make sure not to overheat the honey and butter when melting them together so you still have all those amazing benefits.
The salt is optional…If I'm using coconut oil I like it. If you're using butter, check whether it's salted or not. Don't even try to use margarine! It'll make your popcorn all soggy and it doesn't have anything going for you nutritionally the way butter and coconut oil do!
We have an air popper, but if you don't, here is a way to do so on the stovetop without oil (http://www.livestrong.com/article/443084-how-to-cook-popcorn-without-oil/)
Honey Butter Popcorn
1/2 c popcorn kernels, popped
3 tbsp raw honey
3 tbsp butter or coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
Put popcorn in a minimum gallon sized bowl. (We actually use a 7 qt pot!) Melt butter and honey together JUST until melted. Add sea salt. Drizzle over the popcorn, then toss to coat.
This post was written by Kate, a guest blogger from Venison For Dinner!