Did you know popcorn is a complex carbohydrate? It is! Leave out the refined and processed bread and eat popcorn instead! Try it for picnics, for snacks, for breakfast! Remember to have a small amount of good quality protein such as eggs, organic poultry or meat, or wild fish, and vegetables, and for your carbohydrtate portion, have popcorn! If you are having a vegetarian meal with legumes such as chickpeas, having popcorn could be the grain in the complimentary combination for protein requirements. An example of this would be Chickpea Spread or Hummus with vegetables for dipping, and popcorn, an easy and complete meal.
There are so many options for seasoning your popcorn, savory or sweet. My favorite is the following recipe Special Popcorn (from Eat Away Illness page 52).
I buy organic popcorn in bulk, use a dry popcorn popper, and add my seasonings. In my book Cook Your Way to Health, I have two recipes for sweet versions – Caramel Corn and Maple Popcorn.
1 large bowl popcorn
1 tsp. – 1tbsp. Bragg’s All Purpose Liquid Seasoning
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup melted butter, ghee, coconut oil or hemp oil
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1. Mix butter, ghee or coconut oil with Braggs and mustard in a small saucepan over low heat and stir to dissolve. Do not heat hemp oil.
2. Pour over popcorn and stir until evenly coated, adding hemp oil if using.
3. Sprinkle yeast flakes over all and stir to combine.
Some ideas I’ve found in magazines:
curry, paprika and oil of choice
rosemary and celtic sea salt
turffle oil and parmesan cheese
fresh squeezed lime juice and paprika
equal parts butter and peanut butter, then add garlic powder, honey, and tamari to taste. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast.
yellow mustard to dip the popcorn in
seaweed flakes, toasted sesame seeds, and a dash of sea salt
sugar (use coconut sugar), salt, turmeric and cayenne
wasabi and turbinado sugar
maple syrup and cinnamon
sea salt and cracked pepper with chocolate chips sprinkled on top
Popcorn for snacks while travelling and picnics is easy to prepare, pack, and eat in place of junk food.
Author, Speaker & Registered Nutritional Consultant