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Smoothie and popcorn anyone??
I LOOOOVE to eat popcorn with a smoothie. Maybe it’s the whole salty/sweet thing, I don’t know. Either way, this is by far one of my favorite night time snacks. It’s filling but not too heavy.
Maybe you are thinking, Tiffany- how in the world can you “healthify” popcorn? Popcorn is on the list of almost every “healthy snack” list out there.
The ways that I “healthified” it are:
1. I made it in on the stovetop, not in the microwave. The jury is still out on the safety of microwave popcorn, especially in the “steam” that it releases when you open the bag.
However the fact remains that many microwave popcorn bags are lined with a coating that breaks down into perfluorooctanoic acid, a synthetic chemical. Also, the butter flavoring in microwave popcorn contains a chemical known as diacetyl. If you want the butter flavor, just use the real thing.(Read more here.)
If we are unsure about the safety of microwave popcorn, why not just spend a few minutes extra (and a few dollars extra) and make it on the stovetop?
2. I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil to cook the popcorn.
Here’s how ya do it:
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
Salt (to taste)
Melted butter (to taste)
1.Melt coconut oil (if not already liquified) in heavy pot or stove top popper on medium heat. Add 1-2 kernels.
2. Wait for the 1-2 kernels to pop. (Once they pop you know the oil is hot enough to pop the rest of the kernels.) Add popcorn kernels to the pan.
3. Place the lid on the pot but leave it slightly ajar to allow the steam (but not your precious popcorn :)) to escape. Shake the pot lightly until the kernels are all popped. (When the “pops” are about 3 seconds apart you know that the popcorn is done.)
4. Remove from heat and dump into a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt to taste and add butter to taste.
Note: I usually just put salt unless I am in a butter mood. When I am in a butter mood I melt about 1/4 cup of butter and drizzle over the popped popcorn.