a family favorite: popcorn!
One of my family’s favorite snacks is POPCORN.
It’s one of my kids’ favorite after-school snacks. We also love to have a big bowl on the weekends when we sit down to watch a movie as a family. And it is always a crowd-pleaser when we have people over — even my 9-year-old nephew who refuses to eat almost everything loves it!
Now we aren’t talking about microwave popcorn or movie theater popcorn which is full of all kinds of harmful chemicals and carcinogens. I would recommend keeping that to a minimum. 🙂 But home-popped popcorn can be a fabulous treat!
We like to pop our popcorn on the stove in our Whirly Pop using only three ingredients: popcorn, coconut oil and Himalayan pink salt. The coconut oil gives the popcorn great flavor and gives a little something for the salt to stick to. Using an air popper is another great option, especially with some melted organic butter drizzled on top.
Let’s look at some of the potential health benefits of this popular snack:
- Natural whole grain - complete food package provided by nature
- Dietary fiber from the bran and the kernel
- Minerals, B complex vitamins, and vitamin E
- Polyphenols - the hull of the kernel contains a surprising amount of polyphenols - one of the more powerful types of antioxidants. Antioxidants are powerful defense agents that scavenge and eliminate free radicals, the by-products of cellular metabolism that are associated with a variety of diseases.
- Look for organic and non-GMO. (Corn is almost always GMO if the package does not specifically state non-GMO.)
- Helps with healthy brain function
- Good for heart health
- Strengthens your immune system
- Improves digestion, promotes nutrient absorption, and increases metabolism.
- More polyphenols
- Multiple type of healthy fatty acids
- Saturated fatty acids — the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties.
- Polyunsaturated fatty acids - linoleum acid
- Monounsaturated fatty acids - oleic acid
Himalayan Pink Salt
- Mined from ancient sea beds that are not contaminated with modern environmental toxins
- Unlike white table salt that has been stripped of all its natural nutrients, it contains more than 60 trace minerals
- Supports thyroid and adrenal health
- Aids in overall hormone balance for men & women
- Supports a healthy metabolism
I’ve talked before about all the confusing, contradictory health information that is swirling around out there. Everyone seems to have a different theory about how you should eat to be healthy. But one common thread from almost all the various experts I’ve studied, no matter their dietary theory, is to focus on filling our diets with whole foods from good sources. Popcorn, with coconut oil and pink salt (eaten in moderation with a wide variety of other nutrient-dense foods) can be a delicious option to add to your family’s snack repertoire.
Sidenote: I firmly believe that each person is unique, and that while there are general health principles that apply to everyone — like eating whole foods as close to their natural state as possible — we each must become experts in how to best care for ourselves. You may find that popcorn doesn’t sit well with your digestive system, or that is has too many carbs for your current lifestyle. The best thing you can do is experiment to figure out which foods are optimal for your body at different times throughout your life so that you can feel your very best. This is just one option to try — do what feels right for you!
If you would like some help in figuring out which foods might be best for you right now, I’m happy to help!