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!
- 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.)
- 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)
- In a small bowl, add flaxseed oil, Franks, salt, cayenne, and celery seed.
- Mix thoroughly
- Slowly pour mixture into popcorn while constantly tossing popcorn using tongs or a spatula
- Repeat with nutritional yeast flakes
Voila! Delicious and Nutritious! Enjoy!
This should be enough for 3 or 4 healthy snacks.