Have you ever seen the ingredients in those convenient, prepackaged bags of microwave popcorn? Diacetyl? Hyrdrogenated oils? No thank you! According to CBS News, diacetyl has been linked to “respiratory problems” and “Alzheimer’s.” I don’t know about you, but I would prefer to keep that ingredient out of my diet as much as possible. No more microwave popcorn when I go to the store. From now on it will only be popcorn kernels for me.
I recently discovered an even easier way to have homemade popcorn fresh and hot in my bowl every time I sit down to watch a movie. Sure you can pop your kernels on the stove and while that is a great way, it does take a little extra time and dirties a couple more dishes than I prefer to clean. Here is my new favorite way to pop up some popcorn for a light and healthy snack that is full of fiber and whole grains:
DIY Microwave Popcorn
¼ cup whole grain popcorn kernels
1 small brown paper bag
Kelapo Coconut Oil, melted for topping
Your favorite toppings
Fill brown paper bag with kernels.
Fold bag over 3 or 4 times.
Place bag upside down in microwave, making sure it is steady so it doesn’t fall over during microwaving.
Microwave for 3 minutes or until you hear the kernel popping slow down to about 2 seconds between pops.
Pour popcorn into a large bowl and drizzle with coconut oil and your favorite toppings. Toss to coat.
Enjoy your healthy snack and movie!
Some of my other favorite toppings are cinnamon, garlic powder, pepper, Cajun seasoning, Parmesan cheese, or just a dash of salt. What is your favorite popcorn topping?