Healthy, Homemade Popcorn



Popcorn has become one of our favorite snacks, not only because its cheap and easy, but its a “whole food" that is actually very nutritious. It has very high levels of anti-oxidants (polyphenols) which helps neutralize free radicals (source) AND, its a good way to sneak some healthy fats into our diets  (i.e. coconut oil, grass-fed butter).  Every weekend, we make a big batch and snack on it all week. (I put it in gallon-sized Ziplocs).

Let me tell you why we try not to eat microwaved popcorn. While it IS delicious, it is not quite something I'd deem "healthy" when you break it down. Here are a few things to watch out for:

1. Perfluorooctanoic acid (the bag is lined with it), which is a chemical linked to infertility, cancer and other diseases in lab rats. 2. Diacetyl butter flavoring is highly toxic and linked to Alzheimer’s. 3. Partially hydrogenated oil (i.e. soybean, corn oil) which is not only GMO, but are the BAD fats linked to heart disease (causes inflammation in the body) and are one molecule away from being plastic (yum). BHQ (made from Butane), added to preserve freshness, has been linked to issues like ADHD in kids, asthma, allergies, and has been sited as a source of stomach cancer in lab rats. (source 1 & 2)
Another great reason to read your labels, Friends. 

BUT.... when homemade popcorn is THIS easy to make, there is no need for microwave popcorn. 
Homemade Stove-top Popcorn
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil (I get mine at Costco)
  • 1/3 cup Organic Popcorn kernels (I like this one) 
  • Sea Salt to taste (and Garlic powder if you want to get fancy)  
1. Put Coconut oil in large sauce pan on medium-high heat and put 2-3 kernels in while heating
2. When the kernels “pop,” pour the remaining popcorn kernels in (1/3 cup, or enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
3. Put the lid on the pan and wait for more “popping”
4. Shake the covered pan back and forth while popping so that it won’t burn
5. Once popping slows down, dump in a bowl immediately (so it won’t burn)
6. Salt to taste and stir to evenly coat.

We also bought this popcorn maker last year, and it has been one of Jacob's favorite thing to do with me  (since he can't really help me at the stove top). He sits on the counter and “helps” put the kernels in and watches eats as the popcorn fall out.  I've never seen anyone get so excited about popcorn in my life.


snack'n on the couch—his favorite pastime 

Happy popping! 

3 comments

  1. I love this stuff!

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  2. the stove top method is exactly how we do ours, too, and it happens at least once a week! you can also add a couple of cloves of garlic to the coconut oil as it heats (or slices of jalapeno if you like spicy) to change the flavor. my 18 month old loves to help make "pop pop," as he calls it!

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  3. okay, thats adorable! Love the idea of the garlic or jalapeƱos in the oil! Great idea! thanks ;)

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