Easy, healthy popcorn!

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Me: “Hey babe. Want some popcorn with the movie?”

Mr. Nutritionnaire: “Sure”

Me: “Ok. I’m just going to make it on the stove.”

Mr. Nutritionnaire: “See you in an hour.”

This is pretty much how the conversation would go with my husband when I used to make popcorn for movie night. Don’t get me wrong-before this I used to make microwave popcorn all the time. But then I realized what was in it. And ew, trust me. Allow me to hit you with some mind-blowing knowledge:

“Natural and Artificial Flavours”

Sounds delicious right? Well…this can be a variety of products including diacetyl, which has an intense butterly flavor that has been linked to exacerbating Alzheimer’s disease. Employees in the factories that produce this butter flavoured stuff are incredibly susceptible to getting a disease nicknamed “Popcorn lung”. I don’t know about you, but nothing about that sounds yummy.

“Colours Added”

Colours? WHY? We all know what popcorn looks like, and we’re ok with it. It doesn’t have to be NEON yellow. Artificial colours have been known to carry potentially cancer-causing chemicals and others can cause allergic reactions and hyperactivity in pre-disposed children or adults. Yuck.

“TBHQ”

What is this? They can’t even spell it out because it sounds so bad for you…because it is. Tertiary Butylhydroquinone is an antioxidant made from butane approved by the FDA to be used as a preservative. It’s also used in varnish and lacquers. Oh great-I’ll take another handful of THAT.

Also, the bag ITSELF can be lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This can be also be found in teflon and can stay in the body for a super long time. When heated, it can be linked to cancer or infertility. These are just a few of the things in some microwave popcorns and I’m not even mentioning the absurd amounts of oil and salt.

So what do you do? Well, my solution was to use high quality ingredients and pop my own on the stove.  The thing is, and I hate to admit this to my husband, but it DID take a long time. And you had to shake the hell out of the pot on the stove but keep it on the heat so it was SUPER loud. And really, sometimes the popcorn tuned out a little…well, chewy.

Not a word I want to use when describing popcorn.

So I tried something else. And this will blow your mind. You will never buy another bag of microwave popcorn. And you will never stand over the stove, trying to get it just right…

Now, I know some people think the microwave is evil. So this won’t work for you if you don’t have one or don’t believe in using one. I have one, I’m careful with what I put in it, and I don’t put on a tin foil hat and stick my head in there. If you use it sparingly and don’t actually cook your meals in it…well, we all have our opinions. Moderation. That’s all I’m going to say.

On to the mind-blowing popcorn recipe:

Get your popcorn.

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Get a paper bag.

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Put 1/4 cup of kernels in the bag. That’s it. No salt, no oil. Just the kernels.

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Fold the top down twice and place it face down in the microwave.

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Let it pop for about 2 1/2 minutes (or until the popping starts to slow down…)

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and VOILA! You have a full bag of popcorn, fresh, fluffy and PERFECT. Maybe a few kernels still left in the bag, but come on! It couldn’t be easier.

No waiting, nothing artificial, just delicious hot popcorn!

Now you can add whatever you want. Of course, you could put a little salt and a drizzle of REAL butter…but here are some other very delicious options:

Italian seasoning and fresh parm

Coconut oil and jerk seasoning or curry powder

Smoked paprika and olive oil

Old Bay seasoning and lemon zest

Nutritional Yeast

Chili or chipotle powder

And those are just a few. Enjoy a healthier movie night and munch and crunch away!