Do you have a favorite “go to” snack? I love love love popcorn. I have loved popcorn since I was a kid. I can remember my mom buying the microwave popcorn by the cases. Do you remember when kettle corn came out? OMG I was in heaven. Golly now you can get just about every flavor of popcorn. Of course I would not touch most of it today now that I know how it is made and all the chemicals that are in it. Thankfully I am not the only one who loves this healthy snack and there has been lot of improvements with how they make the flavored popcorn. (No trans fat is the biggest) You can still find the nasty stuff in the movie theaters and on the shelves at your grocery store so be careful when you are selecting your popcorn.
To me the best way to eat popcorn is plain popcorn out of a bag cooked in coconut oil (Costco carries this now) and then topped with a little ghee. We eat popcorn probably 3-4 times a week. I will never pop corn in the microwave again unless I am doing it this way. The one thing I like about this way of making popcorn is that you can do it totally naked. OMG no not you naked the popcorn people, gesh what kind of blog do you think this is?!
Our favorite way to make it is with this machine. We have tried them all trust me. Because we use so often, we have to get a new one every few years. They are not pricey so it is cool. I like the way the bar stirs the popcorn and moves the coconut oil around, coating each and every kernel. Mike is the master popcorn maker in our house. He does it best but I am giving him a run for his money.
Did you know that popcorn is actually really really good for you? Not that movie theatre crud but the homemade kind without all those chemicals. Here are some interesting nutrition and fun facts about my favorite snack.
- It is a whole grain food
- It is low calorie (Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup; oil-popped popcorn has only 55 calories per cup.)
- 3 cups of popcorn will give you 3.5 grams of fiber
- Loaded with the polyphenols (antioxidants)
- The oldest ears of popcorn ever found were discovered in the Bat Cave of west central New Mexico in 1948 and 1950. Ranging from smaller than a penny to about 2 inches, the oldest Bat Cave ears are about 4,000 years old.
- In 1519, Cortes got his first sight of popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Aztecs. Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of their gods, including Tlaloc, the god of rain and fertility.
- Americans today consume 16 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. The average American eats about 51 quarts.
- Popcorn was very popular from the 1890s until the Great Depression. Street vendors used to follow crowds around, pushing steam or gas-powered poppers through fairs, parks and expositions.
- One of the ancient ways to pop corn was to heat sand in a fire and stir kernels of popcorn in when the sand was fully heated.
- Because home storage and handling can affect the moisture content of popcorn — and therefore the popability — opened packages of raw kernels should be stored in airtight containers until used. Stay away from storing popcorn in the refrigerator. Air inside a refrigerator contains very little moisture and can cause the popcorn to dry out.
- Popcorn has no artificial additives or preservatives, and is sugar-free. (Love this one)
Ok now if you don’t want to just get that popper out now and make some fluffy popcorn I am not sure what is wrong with you! If you are doing the 21 Day Fix, popcorn is a fantastic way to get a yummy and healthy snack in. You can have 3.5 cups and toss in a few pieces of fried fruit and toasted nuts all for just one yellow. WOOP WOOP