Today is National Popcorn Lover’s Day!  Who knew?  There’s a day for everything. . . Anyway, an email from Sur La Table let me know about the occasion so I decided that popcorn would be my kids’ after-school snack.  I don’t do microwave popcorn – I’m really trying to stay away from microwaves as tough as it is – plus, making real popcorn is simple, quick and healthy.

I use coconut oil instead of canola.  Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat (medium-chain triglycerides) unlike saturated fat found in animal products.  Make sure to buy organic and virgin coconut oil (Trader Joe’s has one).

Popcorn is a great whole-grain snack, just be sure to get organic kernels so you don’t end up with GMO’s (more on that later).  The bad rap that popcorn gets is from the gobs of butter and salt added, not the popcorn itself.

There’s no need to own a popcorn popper to make homemade popcorn, I use my soup pot.  Add 1-2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil to the bottom.  Evenly distribute ½ cup popcorn kernels on the bottom of the pot, cover and heat over medium-low.

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It won’t take too long to start popping. . . when you can count 2-3 seconds between pops, quickly empty the popcorn into a large bowl.  I top with a tablespoon or so of melted Earth Balance spread.  Enjoy!  My kids and I did!

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