Smart Swap: Coconut Oil Popcorn

Let’s make something clear here, I LOVE LOVE LOVE popcorn. In college, I would eat a bag as a meal (that was before I learned to cook, no judging!). It was cheap and quick. Not to mention almost anyone can heat up a bag of popcorn (although waiting until the perfect moment to take it out before it burns can be tricky!).

And I bought the low-fat stuff, which I assumed at that time was relatively healthy (so wrong!). What’s wrong with that you might ask? Read on…

The big issue is when the popcorn in artificially flavored (as most of the bagged stuff is). Now, those of you who know me know I’m against pretty much all things artificial (especially when it comes to what I am putting in my body!).

The University of Minnesota conducted a study (Go Gophers!) on diacetyl, a chemical in artificial butter flavoring, linking it to respiratory problems and even, gulp, Alzheimer’s. Read more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57489905-10391704/diacetyl-chemical-in-artificial-butter-popcorn-linked-to-alzheimers-plaque-build-up/

And did you hear about this guy? He got “popcorn lung” from too much of the chemical. Popcorn lung! Who would’ve guessed.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/09/popcorn-lung-lawsuit-nets-7-2m-award/

Artificial ingredients are toxic to our health, and in my opinion should be avoided at all costs. So what’s your other option? To make it yourself! It’s seriously super easy.

I’ve been making mine with coconut oil (I promise it won’t taste like some strange tropical version of popcorn!). I’m not even the biggest fan of coconut, but you seriously can’t taste it. Or maybe you can a little. All I know is it is the most delicious popcorn I’ve ever tasted!

Coconut oil has had a bad rap in the past, probably because it is solid at room temperature (which freaks people out!) and high in saturated fat. However, it’s actually loaded with health benefits. And it’s not like I’m slurping up coconut oil at every chance I get, moderation is key here people :)

For a list of it’s benefits, check out more here:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil

If it’s good enough for Doctor Oz, it’s good enough for me!

Here’s how you make your own insanely delicious, super clean, popcorn:

Ingredients:
2 TBS. coconut oil (I buy Whole Food’s 365 organic brand)
1/4 cup popcorn kernels (organic preferably)
Salt to taste
 
Instructions:
Take a large pot with lid (I use a 3 quart pot) and place over medium heat on stovetop. Add oil and kernels. Place lid on. As popcorn starts popping, shake pot. When popping slows to a couple of seconds in between, turn heat off and pour popcorn into large serving bowl. Salt to taste (a pinch of sea salt is plenty for me). 
 

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Smart Swap: Coconut Oil Popcorn
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 2-4
 
A delicious, all-natural popcorn made with coconut oil.
Ingredients
  • 2 TBS. coconut oil (I use Whole Food's 365 organic brand)
  • ¼ cup popcorn kernels (organic preferably)
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Take a large pot with lid (I use a 3 quart pot) and place over medium heat. Add oil and kernels. Place lid on. As popcorn starts popping, shake pot. When popping slows to a couple of seconds in between, turn heat off and pour popcorn into large serving bowl. Salt to taste (a pinch of sea salt is plenty for me).

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