Whether you are a savoury or a sweet girl, air-cooked popcorn is definitely the #1 snack out there, and not only is it super low in calories at just 31 per cupful, but also it is high in antioxidants. So does it really get any better? Oh yes, as it is also super cheap.
Popcorn in the past has got lots of bad press, as most shop-bought examples, as well as those famous tubs served at cinemas, are cooked in fats, oils, sugars, and lots of other little nasty chemicals.
Yet you can make it so easily yourself, and here’s how.
Buy the raw popcorn kernels, then either invest a little in an air popcorn maker (the one I use cost less than 4 Costa Coffee lattes), or you can simply make it by yourself ! To do this you:-
- Measure ¼ cup of your raw pop-corn kernels into a table-mat sized paper bag.
- Loosely fold the end of the bag so the kernels don’t fall out.
- Microwave on a high heat for around 2.30-3.30 minutes, or until you can hear the popping has stopped – it will vary depending on your microwave. While you are patiently waiting, do some squats.
- Leave for a few seconds, then very carefully remove from the bag, and there is your popcorn.
Now the hard bit is deciding on your toppings !
Coriander and Rock Salt (rock salt is healthier than table salt): in a bowl finely chop some coriander leaves, then squeeze the zest of a lemon, and mix with a little rock salt.
Pink Indian-Spiced: just add a pinch of cayenne spice and a few crushed pink peppercorns. Mix them together to create a spicy topping.
Maple and Ginger: take a little ginger spice and mix with a teaspoon of maple syrup, ready to pour on your popcorn.
Honey and Sesame: this is my favourite, just take 1 teaspoon of honey and drizzle over your popcorn, then sprinkle on a pinch of sesame seeds. These stick to the honey, giving you the perfect healthy sweet crunchy popcorn.
Anti-aging topping: which is a sprinkling of maple syrup, then a pinch of coconut, and a sprinkling of chia seeds.
Popcorn lasts for ages if you keep it in an airtight container, so you can be Miss Preparation and do a big amount, and be snack-prepared for the week ahead.
Let me know what you topped yours with?
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