Simple pleasures, simple snacksApril 20, 2011
I must have been lugging the drying rack full of cloth diapers out into the backyard when I spotted these beauties. They kinda stopped me in my tracks – something so simple and pretty, so effortless. They’d just appeared out of nowhere.
Stopped. Smiled. I might have even taken a deep breath.
Been kind of crazy around here, if just in my mind. I don’t know, something about a newborn keeps a mom on the edge of her seat. At least this mom. I’ve been appreciating more than ever the small things that bring a smile in between feedings, crying fits and poopy diapers.
A hot shower. A cup of tea. Gorgeous flowers in my neglected backyard. Mmmm.
And this. Popcorn.
Who doesn’t smile at the sound and smell of those popping kernels? I smile even more knowing that it’s a healthy snack – one I can grab handfuls of and feel good about. It costs next to nothing to buy organic popcorn kernels in the bulk bin section, and it takes about 10 minutes to pop ‘em up on the stove.
Popcorn is a great snack that we enjoy during my 21 Day Detox, by the way. And there’s still time for you to join us – we start up the program on April 30th. Get more details and sign up here.
I’ve written about popcorn before. I was sort of inspired to make it all gourmet at the time. Now I just want it simple. So here it is:
Simple stovetop popcorn
I use my big soup pot – seems much too large but once popped it’s almost full!
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup organic popcorn kernels
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. whatever seasoning you have within reach (chili powder, garam masala, nutritional yeast, dried thyme)
Over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add 3 kernels and cover with lid. Wait for them to pop, then add the rest of the popcorn. Cover and shake to evenly distribute over bottom of pot. Cook until there’s 5 seconds between pops, then take off heat and add salt/seasonings. Mix with a big spoon. Alternatively, pour popcorn into a brown paper bag, add seasonings and shake. Let cool before storing in plastic.
You guys often ask if my husband likes to eat healthy or how I trick him into it. Well, everyone loves popcorn. If I leave a bag out on the counter, he’ll go for it and not think twice about the lack of Doritos in the house.
What are your go-to healthy snacks?