Eat the Whole Bowl Popcorn
If you have bags of microwave popcorn in your pantry, then you also have a class of chemicals called perfluorochemicals (or PFCs) that has been linked to cancers, thyroid disease, ADHD and reproductive system damage. You probably also have the fake butter flavor of diacetyl, which has been linked to serious lung damage in popcorn factory workers (sometimes referred to as "popcorn lungs"). You also have hidden trans fats (at least until the mandated phase out occurs). And petrochemicals in the plastic linings of many microwaved products.
Not to mention the prevalence of artificial colors (Yellow #6 and Red #40, anyone?) which have been linked to hyperactivity and caused adrenal tumors in rats.
There is certainly more in those bags of popcorn than meets the eye!
But don't despair.
I have a recipe that will get you through many a movie, gatherings with friends and playdates. It is one of the most requested in my house. Often by my husband, who will ask new friends, "Have you TRIED Jen's popcorn??"
And then he insists that I stop whatever I am doing and make a batch of it.
Luckily, it's super easy and so delicious, I'm happy to make it anytime.
In this recipe, instead of plastic and carcinogens, your body gets a dose of folic acid and B-12 (as well as 15 other minerals and 18 amino acids) from nutritional yeast, which also lends a cheesy, buttery flavor. And it gets iodine (a nutrient many of us are deficient in) from the kelp flakes, which satisfies our cravings for saltiness. We avoid lots of added fat by air popping the popcorn kernels, which are inexpensive to buy organically in bags.
This recipe does contain one of the few processed foods I stock regularly in my fridge: Earth Balance. I like it because it is vegan, GMO-free, trans fat-free and gluten-free. My family likes the taste.
If you want to keep it strictly whole foods, you can substitute the same amount of melted coconut oil for the Earth Balance. And if you don't stock vegan butter or coconut oil in your house, you can use regular organic butter instead and you will still be way ahead of what you get in those microwaved bags!
Eat the Whole Bowl Popcorn serves 4 or more (or less!)
1/2 cup organic popcorn kernels 2 TB Earth Balance Soy Free buttery spread 1 tsp kelp flakes 1 TB nutritional yeast
Pop the kernels in an air popper.
Melt the Earth Balance in a small sauce pan over medium heat, being careful not to burn it. Drizzle it over the bowl of popcorn, tossing to coat evenly.
Sprinkle on the kelp flakes, followed by the nutritional yeast and enjoy!
Just don't pass the bowl to your family and go back into the kitchen to make yourself a cup of tea or when you return you may be greeted by an empty bowl! And three smiling faces.
Not that that has ever happened to me.
Okay, it totally has.