April 12, 2013
But popcorn the old way is still so good, and good for us! It's whole grain and high in fiber, and here's my favorite perk: researchers have recently measured high levels of polyphenols in the hulls, which may help prevent cancer. Yup, popcorn just won the awesomest snack award.
I absolutely love treating my kiddo to fun, delicious foods. I've never met a parent who doesn't. Popcorn is just one bit of proof that we can be conscientious while indulging our kids. Here's how to make the best popcorn for your favorite people on earth (Note: Since popcorn is considered a choking hazard, use care if you decide to serve it to toddlers):
1.) Buy organic kernels. Enjoy a pesticide-free snack. (It's worth mentioning that even conventionally grown popcorn is non-GMO, unlike most other kinds of corn.)
2.) Pop multicolored kernels. As a rule of thumb, foods that come in vibrant colors contain higher concentrations of antioxidants and polyphenols than do their paler counterparts. Naturally blue and red popcorn kernels look white when they pop and taste the same as regular popcorn, but they likely carry an extra nutritional punch.
3.) Air-pop your popcorn. You can do this in the microwave! Pour a half cup of kernels into a microwave-safe bowl, drape a slightly damp paper towel over the top, and microwave for 2-4 minutes. You can also still buy air poppers at Target or Amazon.
4.) Drizzle popcorn with real butter or cold-pressed oil. We love extra virgin olive oil and a tablespoon of nutritional yeast. Darwin says, "put some nooch in there!" Virgin coconut oil and curry powder taste great, too.
Here's my plug for nutritional yeast: don't make the mistake I made by writing off this flaky, mustard-colored yeast as weird hippie food. Or, just give up and accept that you're a weird hippie, so you can eat nutritional yeast. It is SO good on popcorn: crunchy and "cheesy". We use a tablespoon or two of yeast per 1/3 cup of kernels, added after popping.
OK, you're set! Now all you need is a movie. What are your favorite popcorn toppings?