elevate your snacking

Popcorn is easily one of my favourite go to snacks. It has been since I’ve been young. I think we’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like popcorn.

A lot of my snacking preferences have changed over the years, but when it comes to popcorn not much has changed on that front. One exception, perhaps is things are getting a little bit fancier in my kitchen as my general love (and knowledge) of food and cooking grows. Popcorn can really go so many ways which makes it the perfect snack to experiment on with flavours. Of course, all of my flavour combinations are made mindfully with the underlying goal of finding delicious snacks that double up a nutritious with nourishing components.

Whether it’s a snack or a hostess gift for an upcoming holiday party, here are my favourite go to flavour combinations as of lately.

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Organic Butter / Dill / Pink Himalayan Sea Salt / Nutritional Yeast

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This is definitely my most common combination: gently melted organic butter, topped with pink himalayan sea salt to taste, topped with dried dill and a generous share of nutritional yeast that lends a cheesy flavour and is a source of Vitamin B12.

Olive Oil / Rosemary / Pink himalayan seat salt / Garlic Powder

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Popcorn is a fast acting carbohydrate, so even though it is entirely possible to consume a huge bowl before the movie actually starts (I’m sure I’m not the only one), moderation should be applied even with air popped, healthily seasoned popcorn for the sake of our blood sugar. Adding a healthy fat like olive oil could potentially help slow down the release of glucose into the blood, but given the ratios between the carb and fat is this scenario it’s a safer bet to add another snacking element to your movie night like almonds or walnuts to eat alongside the popcorn and help slow things down, and of course practice moderation. Popcorn is probably one of the easier snacks to mindlessly devour.

Coconut Oil / Coconut Sugar or Stevia / Cinnamon

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Growing up one of my favourite ways to eat popcorn was carmel popcorn. Of course it’s delicious, but a total assault to our blood sugar levels. Coconut sugar has a slightly carmel like flavour, and is significantly lower on the glycemic index than your regular white or brown sugar. This is a lightly sweetened version that is reminiscent to the carmel corn I loved as a child.  Using coconut oil helps provide a bit of flavour already on its on, so a scant sprinkling of the coconut sugar / stevia is all required to help satisfy the sweet tooth that occasionally surfaces.

Beyond adding great flavour, studies show cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar which makes it the perfect addition to this sweet popcorn option. Alternatively, you could choose to completely omit the coconut sugar and just opt for the coconut oil and cinnamon instead. Still delicious!

I would love to know if you have a favourite way of seasoning your pop corn or if you decide to try any of these out!

Happy (and healthy) Snacking!

 

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