Grocery stores are now stocked with plenty of healthy popcorns popped with coconut oil, kale, chia, what have you.. Most of them are healthy and quite tasty! But also pretty expensive… Well, popcorn doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy! Its super easy to make your own, and make it however you’d like. You just have to be equipped with the right tools.
This popcorn I made with coconut oil, Udo’s oil, nutritional yeast, and a little salt and pepper.
This popcorn is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free ! The Udo’s oil gives it a nice buttery taste and the nutritional yeast gives it a yummy cheesy taste. (think cheesy as in Smart-Food popcorn, not American cheese).
Popcorn itself is an awesome snack for its low-calorie, high fiber, and a whole-grain! Being so healthy by itself, lends a great opportunity to make it “super-healthy” with what you top it with.
Udo’s oil is full of healthy omega-3, 6, and 9’s ! Awesome fats that are good for your skin, full of anti-inflammatory properties, as well as great antioxidants.
Nutritional yeast is popular especially with vegans, for it gives a nice “cheesy” flavor to things. Whats awesome out this food is that it is a complete protein! Its a good source of fiber, as well as B-vitamins. Sometimes it is fortified with B-12 which is important for those who live a dairy and meat-free life.
So here’s the recipe:
DIY Healthy Popcorn
- 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- 1 tbsp Udo’s Oil
- 3 shakes of Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast
Put coconut oil and kernels into a sauce pan and cover. Turn to medium heat. Shake pan every few minutes to prevent popcorn from burning.
Pop until popcorn “pops” are 1 to 2 seconds apart. Then remove from heat.
Dress with Udo’s oil, nutritional yeast, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
You can adjust the ratios to fit your tastebuds.
*DO NOT pop with Udo’s oil. Udo’s oil is not heat stable and is only to be used for dressing purposes.