Homemade popcorn is a great go-to snack that is quick and easy to make. My husband Howard and son Ted love it with their Saturday lunchtime meal. Which is normally a cheese toastie. Unfortunately, I can no longer eat it because corn is actually a grain and I think I have a slight sensitivity to it. However, I don’t mind making it for the rest of the family as it’s a healthy snack that’s much better for the body than a bag of crisps.
Firstly, popcorn contains fibre, polyphenolic compounds, antioxidants, vitamin B complex and magnesium. It’s great for the digestive system because it’s a whole grain and has a very high fibre content. In turn, the high fibre content can help to keep the bowels regular.
Popcorn can also help to lower your cholesterol levels. Fibre also helps the body in another way by stripping off excess cholesterol from the walls of the blood vessels. The final role that the fibre in popcorn can have on the body is to help reduce blood sugar and insulin levels. Reducing blood sugar levels is a major plus for diabetic patients.
Another way to reduce blood sugar levels is to increase the intake of cinnamon. Cinnamon can reduce blood pressure and have a positive effect on blood markers for those with type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown to lower fasting blood sugar levels which can reduce type 2 diabetes.
As well as being great for helping with diabetes, cinnamon has been proven to fight fungal, bacterial and viral elements. It can help with lots of lung congestion issues and it can help to clear up mucus and encourage circulation.
The bonus for me is that it can help women with Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome. A study recently found that cinnamon reduced insulin resistance in women with PCOS, extending cinnamon recommended consumption from diabetic sufferers to anyone with an insulin resistance.
Cayenne Pepper is another great spice that has many uses and is a powerful compound. It is currently gaining popularity for helping to clean and detoxify the body. Cayenne pepper can help to ease an upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spacmodic and irritating coughs. It can also act as an anti cold and flu agent. Cayenne pepper aids in the breaking up and moving of congested mucus. Finally, this spice is well known as a digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, incresing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices.
So this popcorn recipe can help the body in many different ways. It will fill the body up, help with insulin levels and stimulate the digestive tract to ease the flow of enzymes and gastric juices. It’s a fantastic go-to snack or as a lunchtime treat with a sandwich.
Makes a lot
- Large saucepan and lid
- Small saucepan
- Popping corn x 50g
- Coconut oil x 3 tbsp
- Maple syrup x 2 tbsp
- Cinnamon x 2 tsp
- Cayenne Pepper x 1/2 – 1 tsp
- Start by making the coating for the popcorn.
- Put the small sauce saucepan on a medium heat.
- Next put coconut oil x 2 tbsps and all of the maple syrup, cinnamon and cayenne pepper into the saucepan.
- Stir until they are combined together.
- Set aside.
- Then using the large pan on a high heat melt the coconut oil and add the popping corn.
- Place the lid back on and shake vigorously until all the corn has popped.
- It may take a little time for the popcorn to start popping so don’t give up.
- Finally remove the corn from the heat and add the coating.
- Stir the popcorn round as you add the coating as it will spread more evenly throughout.
The popcorn is so easy and simple to make that it takes no time at all. As I have said, my family love it and it’s great to take on a picnic or as a snack in a packed lunch box. You can put it in an airtight bag or box and it will keep fresh for a few days. Ted would happily eat this instead of a sandwich occasionally. He loves it and I enjoy making it because it really is quick to do. However you decide to eat your homemade popcorn, as always, please enjoy.