The smell of popcorn likely conjures up memories of movie or game nights or simply warm and cozy evenings in front of the fireplace.
My girls always ask for popcorn when we have movie night and I'm happy to oblige because it's toxic free when you make it the right way.
Choose Air-Popped Over Microwave
I learned years ago that those buttery microwave popcorn packs aren't good for you.
It may be easy but it can be damaging to your health.
According to research published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just inhaling the chemical mixture in microwave popcorn can be bad for your lungs!
A study in the journal of Chemical Research in Toxicology revealed eating microwave popcorn may cause damage to your brain.
That's just from the ingredients not listed on the package.
If you read the ingredients you will find more unhealthy toxins.
The healthiest way to make popcorn is to air pop it. I bought an air popper similar to this one over 30 years ago.
Of course, I had to go to Walmart. You have the luxury of Amazon delivering it to your door. 🙂
My friend uses a pot on the stove which works great, too. I burn it when I've tried it.
Remember to always use GMO free popcorn and organic when you can find it.
Add Some Flavor
If you want a little spice with your popcorn, look no further than spices such as black pepper, chili powder and sea salt.
A couple of other tricks to make your air-popped popcorn tasty is to use natural yeast. It’s a great source of B-12 vitamins and provides a natural cheese taste.
Flavored olive oils are also great additions – and if you have a sweet tooth, try some dark chocolate and cinnamon on the hot, air-popped popcorn.
If you love buttered popcorn but don’t want the calories or the fat, try the Parmesan cheese for taste and added richness.
Try your own concoctions with popcorn for added taste and cutting calories.
Now This Is A Lot Of Popcorn
Theater rooms are now popular add-ons in new homes and no theater is complete without a popcorn popper.
There are several models available which mimic those in theaters and produce as many as 3-gallons of popcorn at a time.
You can make your own movie popcorn in healthier versions.
If you don’t have enough room for a theater-type popcorn popper, check out the smaller versions in every price, shape and size you can imagine.
You can also choose the Wirley-Pop that cooks right on the stovetop. I would skip the microwave all together.
Don't forget to select at least GMO free corn and organic is even better.
It's Easy To Be Less Toxic
I realize it's convenient to grab the microwave bags at the store but really these days making your own popcorn at home is super easy.
The cost of an air-popper isn't that expensive and they last a long time.
Choose from electric or stovetop poppers – whichever meets your needs.
Get tasty and quality popcorn without all the junk in the microwave bags.
It's one more easy thing you can do to help your family live less toxic.