We Love, Love, Love Popcorn in our house. In fact through both my pregnancies I ate bowlful after bowlful of popcorn (through my first pregnancy I think I lived on it!) - so the boys were even enjoying the healthy snack before they were born!
I admit that in the past most Popcorn we ate was of the Microwave variety. Since getting rid of our microwave recently though, I've started to cook popcorn on the stove-top and the flavor is oodles better and of course it's so much healthier too.
Popcorn is the perfect healthy kids snack and it's packed with more anti-oxidants than fruits and vegetables, which makes it's a snack that's really, really good for you too.
I had always been a little apprehensive to make Popcorn on the stove-top, I thought it would be too tricky, but it turns out it's really easy. And - the kids love seeing the corn pop on the stove top. (from a safe distance of course)
I make my popcorn with coconut oil. I love the coco-nutty flavor of the coconut oil and the health benefits are an added bonus. I find that the best method (and safest) for cooking popcorn with coconut oil is to heat the kernels up in the oil, rather than adding them later as is usually suggested. It works for me every time!
As well as serving Popcorn to the boys as a snack, I often serve popcorn as the carbohydrate portion of their meals. In this meal, I served the popcorn topped with butterflies that I cut from cheese, dark purple grapes (that look like black olives!), and a salad of spinach and mini tomatoes. (You may recognize this lunchbox - it also featured in last week's post "How To Get Your Fussy Eater To Try New Foods", highlighting some of the new foods my fussy Mr 4 now enjoys!)
1/2 Cup Corn Kernels
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Salt to taste
1. Place the corn and coconut oil in a large pot, with a tight fitting lid on the stove top. Turn the heat on to medium and shake the pot about frequently to prevent burning and ensure all the kernels are heated evenly.
2. Continue to shake as the kernels start to pop and keep shaking until all the popcorn is popped.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before carefully tipping into a large bowl and adding salt to taste.
Popcorn makes the perfect snack for October Unprocessed!
We like our popcorn lightly salted most of the time, but sometimes, for a special treat, will use popcorn in a fun recipe like Popcorn and Peanut Butter Cupcakes. How does your family enjoy popcorn? Plainly salted or with extra yummy flavorings? Please share and comment!
To recreate the above Bento Lunch Box or to create your own fun meals for your kids you'll need:
More Yummy Popcorn Recipes:
Chicken Bake with Popcorn
Chocolate and Popcorn Cupcakes
Popcorn and Peanut Butter Cupcakes
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