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When I’m at the top of my game, we have popcorn a few times a week. Sometimes it’s just a snack for Monkey Boy and I in the afternoon during quiet/nap time, other times we share it as a family whether watching a movie or just hanging out. It’s a great way for us all to connect with one another, have a snack that’s easy to make, eat, and clean up after, while also enjoying the health benefits.
Popcorn is great because it’s high in fiber, vitamin B complex, polyphenolic compounds (antioxidants), vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium. Popcorn has been linked to helping with cholesterol, regulating blood sugar, and improve digestion amongst other health issues related to free radicals.
The trick to enjoying great popcorn, besides the people you eat it with, is making it just right. Maybe putting a bag in the microwave seems easy and quick, but you’re really missing out on the fullness of flavor and even the health benefits when you do. Making popcorn can be a family affair and a lesson in cooking (i.e. science), too!
Start off with a good deep pan. Add some oil. A tablespoon or two will work. We typically use coconut or olive oil.
Turn the heat to medium and wait for the oil to melt/loosen. Be sure to have your pot’s lid ready and your popcorn close by.
Add in a few kernels and wait. You don’t want to put all the kernels in until you know your pan and oil are at the right temperature. This is why you only add a few kernels to start with.
Once those kernels pop (possibly out of the pan), you’re ready to add your kernels. Add about 1/3-1/2 cup of kernels.
Place the lid on, at an angle for venting purposes. Watch. And enjoy the look of excitement on your children’s faces as the kernels pop.
You’ll know the popcorn is done once the popping slows down and becomes less frequent. There’s an art to it, so just listen up or you’ll have burnt popcorn that’s not so tasty.
Pour that lovely popcorn into a big bowl for sharing.
We also add some Pink Himalayan salt (link here) and some butter. Be sure to use butter that only has 1 or 2 ingredients (cream and salt). To do this, just cut off some butter (I do it in small batches, about a tablespoon at a time) and melt it in the already heated pan.
Then pour it over the bowl. Shake the bowl to mix up the popcorn and add more butter as desired.
Now you have wonderful, healthy, delicious popcorn to share and enjoy!