Healthy Twist on a Faithful Snack

-Toni Sicola, Executive Editor, Health and Wellness Professional

I’ll bet when you started following the “Whole Grains”-themed blogs this month, it didn’t occur to you that popcorn is actually a whole grain. Well, it is! Air popped or stove-top popcorn is a great whole grain snack, especially in combination with some other healthy and delicious oils and seasonings. Have a look at popcorn’s nutritional value here.

Also, a side note, microwave popcorn doesn’t boast the same health benefits that air or stove-top popped does. In fact, it’s really not good for you, period. Here’s a list of 7 foods that experts won’t eat. You’ll find microwaved popcorn ranks in at #3!

The recipe for today packs in all the nutritional value of popcorn and slows down the potential glycemic effects by including omega 3-rich flaxseed oil in addition to nutritional yeast, a good source of protein, minerals, and B vitamins. You can alter and add to this recipe in nearly endless ways, just stick to the basic ingredients and then throw in your favorites!

Buffalo Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes  (I like this one)
  • 1 to 1.5 tbs flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 tsp  Franks Red Hot  – I like the original, but use whatever you like (increase to 1 tsp if you want a little more kick)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 1 tsp celery seed (optional)
  • 1 tbs coconut oil or high-heat cooking oil, only if you don’t have an air popper (remember, the oil quality matters for your health. Have a look at our blog on fats.)

Directions:

  1. Pop your popcorn, either on stove top or in air-popper and place in a large bowl. (here are simple instructions for stove-top popping)
  2. In a small bowl, add flaxseed oil, Franks, salt, cayenne, and celery seed.
  3. Mix thoroughly
  4. Slowly pour mixture into popcorn while constantly tossing popcorn using tongs or a spatula
  5. Repeat with nutritional yeast flakes

Voila! Delicious and Nutritious! Enjoy!

This should be enough for 3 or 4 healthy snacks.

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