Popcorn and Health

Pop corn is a snack that has become especially popular within most malls or shopping centers. It is increasingly being consumed by both children and adults. However, mass-produced popcorn is often cooked with unhealthy fats so making them at home is much healthier where you can control how they are made. Not only is it a great after-school snack for the kids, but it can also be incorporated into a weight loss/healthy eating/lifestyle.

Popcorn is rich in protein which will make you feel full for longer periods of time.  Since it is a wholegrain, it is also rich in fibre which slows down digestion and keeps food cravings down.

INGREDIENT QUANTITY PRICE AT MBOGA MASTERS
Coconut Oil 1/3 teaspoon N/A
Unsalted Butter 1/3 teaspoon N/A
Sea/ Himalayan Salt   N/A
Black Pepper in Grinder   N/A

*N/A = Not YET available at Mboga Masters

Using extra virgin coconut oil to make the popcorn takes care of any fat worries because it is a super healthy fat and the sea/natural salt plus black pepper seasonings keep it clean while adding tonnes of flavor. The only slightly questionable ingredient is unsalted butter, which however when used in moderation adds a lot of flavor to popcorn while keeping them moist.

Method

  1. Gently heat the pot with 1/3 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/3 teaspoon of unsalted butter.
  2. Season your corn with a pinch of sea/Himalayan salt and a few grinds of black pepper.
  3. Put the 1 cup of seasoned pop corn into the pot and cover, medium-low heat and let it just pop.
  4. Listen very carefully as the cooking stops when the popping sound stops, immediately remove from the pan, DO NOT uncover, just let it rest for about 5 minutes and then serve, movie time J