It’s National Popcorn Day! Can you guess what this post will be about? Yep, popcorn recipes for TrimHealthyMama.
First we have to get one thing out of the way for people new to the THM plan:
Can you have popcorn on TrimHealthyMama?
Popcorn is totally fine on THM in an “E” setting. Just don’t eat more than 4-5 cups, and don’t drizzle it with butter (unless you’re ok with a crossover, otherwise, keep the butter to under a teaspoon to stay in “E” mode).
Now that I have been eating it this way, I actually prefer it to the butter-soaked variety. The flavor of the popcorn comes through better and it has a nicer crunch.
If you want a bit of variety, try spraying your popcorn with coconut oil cooking spray, then sprinkling with cinnamon and Gentle Sweet, or cayenne pepper or chili powder.
I also love my popcorn topped with nutritional yeast. It has a delicious cheesy taste similar to Parmesan.
Parmesan Popcorn – Speaking of Parmesan though, as long as you use less than 1 Tablespoon of the kind in the green can, you’re safely in E fuel mode.
Here is a roundup of some more delicious popcorn recipes, all TrimHealthyMama friendly.
Sweet and Salty Sugar-Free Popcorn – simply made with stevia and mineral salt.
Caramel Popcorn – a crossover, but still on plan.
If you love all things peanut butter, how about Peanut Butter Popcorn? Just spray your popcorn with cooking spray, add a couple teaspoons peanut flour along with a bit of Gentle Sweet and mix well.
Mexican Chocolate Popcorn: Sprinkle on cinnamon, a dash of cayenne and a teaspoon each cocoa powder and Gentle Sweet.
Maple Popcorn – Use maple flavoring for this one to keep it sugar-free! Mix a tsp maple flavor with your popcorn along with Gentle Sweet and mix well.
Curry Popcorn – spray your popcorn with coconut oil spray, then sprinkle on your favorite Curry powder and a bit of powdered ginger. If you really love Indian spices, try sprinkling on garam masala, turmeric and red pepper flakes.
Spicy Cowboy Popcorn – wouldn’t this be fun to eat while you watch your next Western? Just sprinkle garlic powder, cumin and cayenne (or, chili powder) on top of air-popped popcorn. I hear popcorn tastes amazing dipped in salsa. Haven’t tried it yet.
Sriracha Popcorn – This spicy sauce, I hear, is delicious on top of popcorn. Add a bit of salt first, then sprinkle away.
Apple Pie Popcorn anyone? Careful, this recipe is a crossover, but I imagine it would be just as tasty if you cut that coconut oil down to make it an E.
Do the same for Pumpkin Spice Popcorn – spray with coconut oil or butter spray, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and Gentle Sweet.
Wasabi Popcorn – love the taste of sushi? How about a tiny dab of powdered wasabi and a sprinkle of soy sauce on your popcorn?
Ranch Popcorn – Sprinkle mineral salt, garlic powder, parsley, pepper and onion powder on your popcorn for a Ranch flavor with no fat.
Love this idea to make your own Skinny Pop – you’ll need to buy a $1 spray bottle, but you’ll be able to enjoy butter on your popcorn! (Just keep it to under 1 tsp per serving)
Dorito popcorn – oooh, I cannot wait to try this one! Sounds delicious. All the flavor, none of the crap and guilt.
Stevia-Sweetened Kettle Corn – ooh, kettle corn!
How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn
Microwave popcorn is filled with yucky ingredients and is wildly overpriced. Popcorn kernels are cheap, making popcorn a budget snack. There’s no reason to buy it when homemade microwave popcorn is so easy to make!
You simply put 1/4 cup of kernels in a paper bag, fold the top over twice, and microwave on high for about two minutes or so, until you hear the popping slowing way down.
I prefer to make my popcorn on the stove.
How to Make Stove Top Popcorn
I put 2 Tablespoons coconut oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan on medium, and add 3 popcorn kernels. Put a lid on the pan. When the first kernel pops, add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels and put the lid back on. Shake gently. The popcorn will start popping. Listen carefully and remove from heat when the kernels almost stop popping. Add mineral salt and enjoy!
This recipe makes enough for a family, about 8-10 cups. Eat 2 cups and you’ll stay in E fuel mode.
Need an air-popper? Air poppers allow you to make popcorn with no fat at all!
p.s. Popcorn is a great snack and a healthy complex carbohydrate. It’s high in fiber. One cup of air-popped corn contains 30 calories and practically no fat. Go ahead and enjoy popcorn on THM – 4-5 cups at a time, with less than a teaspoon added fat and all the extra flavorings your imagination can come up with! Popcorn is another way to make sure you’re getting enough E meals and snacks.