‘Tis the season for over-indulgence and rich, sugary and fatty foods, right? Well, not necessarily. You can still have some of the holiday food but if you mixed it in with other whole and unprocessed foods you might be surprised to discover that your cravings for the less than healthy choices may decrease.
In this fast-paced world we’re in, everything is made for us to be as quick and convenient as possible. Food is one of the things that demonstrates this the most. Companies are always looking for ways to make food products slicker, easier and faster and the resulting casualty often ends up being food itself. I bring up convenience foods because I like snack foods. One of my favorite snack foods is popcorn. I love popcorn. I mean, I reeeallly love popcorn. I make it probably three times a week as a snack. I make it for myself and for my kids, as well. It’s a healthy and simple way to eat whole foods that are filling but also delicious.
While I love popcorn, I never use microwave popcorn. It’s just simply not good for you. First of all, the reason that the popcorn slips out of the bag so easily is because the inside of the popcorn bag is lined with Teflon. Teflon has been linked to cancer and birth defects and it is definitely not something you want to be ingesting into your body. Along with the teflon, the flavorings are full of chemicals, as well.
The good thing to know is that you can have delicious and nutritious popcorn the old-fashioned way! You can pop it yourself! I don’t have an air popper (I’m jealous if you do!) so I just pop it on the stove. If you haven’t ever done it before, here’s an easy video on Youtube that gives you step-by-step instructions for yummy, fresh stove-top popcorn.
In my home, we like to have our popcorn a couple of different ways. For me, I keep it simple: butter and salt. My older daughter, however, likes to have “Ballard House Popcorn.” This isn’t some exotic popcorn but rather popcorn that we had when we went through an open house at the Ballard House in Maine. The Ballard House was a beautiful birthing center where I gave birth to my daughter and I took her there when she was older to see where she was born. It was named after the famed Maine midwife, Martha Ballard. Sadly, it’s no longer used as a birthing center but the memories live on and also their famous yummy popcorn. Here’s what our “Ballard House Popcorn” looks like.
I asked for the recipe when we were there because the popcorn was delicious and had flavors I’d never tasted before. The secret ingredient: nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is yeast that is deactivated and is yellow in color and has a slight cheesy flavor to it. It is packed with protein and vitamins and has no sugar, gluten and is dairy-free.
There have been concerns with some people about yeast and candida. Candida is a type of yeast and is present in our guts. Many in the alternative health world attribute the proliferation of candida in our guts to a host of health problems. Even though nutritional yeast is a yeast it is deactivated so it is not able to reproduce in your body.
Here’s my recipe for yummy Ballard House Popcorn
- 1 cup of organic popcorn to be popped on the stove
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill
- Salt to taste
The toppings can be adjusted to how you like. That’s how I cook everything. You make it and if you like more butter, add it. Same with the other ingredients.
Live well and be happy!