The marketing used to 'trick' us into thinking something is healthy is crazy and unless you're good at reading food labels, it's easy to be fooled.
So today I will blog about popcorn and the yummy flavours I make at home.
The marketing used to 'trick' us into thinking something is healthy is crazy...it's easy to be fooled "
I'll start by noting that I buy the Popped Corn bag from Coles for $1.95 and this makes cups upon cups of popcorn - I don't even need to use it all to make a weeks worth of popcorn snack bags for everyone.. (that means theres some left over for movie night on the weekend too, yeah!)
Following the instructions on the back, I opt to use Coconut Oil in a saucepan for the 'cooking' oil - coconut oil has a myriad of health benefits (but that's a post for another time) and that's why I choose to use that instead of Vegetable Oil or the like.
I also get snack size snap lock bags (which can be re-used too if you like going the Eco path as much as possible OR, you can buy the biodegradable ones) which I use to portion out the Popcorn once it's finished.
Here are our favourite family flavourings:
Cinnamon + Coconut Sugar
You will need:
Sweet & Salty
You will need:
Chocolate Peanut Butter
You will need:
You may be wondering why I cook the popcorn in the oil, instead of air popping it (which you can do - I will explain that shortly).
When you buy the microwavable popcorn bags from the shops, or ready made popcorn - they are often filled with preservatives, or made with unhealthy oils. Then the healthier options that the shops have are just downright expensive!
However, if you would like to consume your fats with other foods during the day (like nuts, seeds & avocado) but would still like to enjoy the above toppings, you can also make the popcorn without the oil.
How? Instead of in a saucepan, all you need to do is get a big brown paper bag, place the kernels inside the bag and fold over twice at the top. Put the bag into the microwave, and depending on the strength of your microwave, cook for anywhere from 90 seconds to 4 minutes. As I mention in the method for the pan cooking - listen for the frequency of the popping and if it slows right down - they're done! You can then continue to make the toppings as listed and you can have the popcorn without the cooking oil.
An average serving size for the snack bags that I make, is approximately 1 cup. Fantastic as a mid afternoon snack, or for the school lunchbox (minus the peanut butter one - that ones a great movie night popcorn treat!)
So there you have it, healthy AND affordable popcorn goodness for home and the lunchbox that ticks all the right boxes. I hope you found this blog helpful in some way, or it has inspired you to make some popcorn for your family or even create some healthy variations of your own!
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