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I have the fondest of memories enjoying popcorn as a snack especially in the evening with my parents as a child; it was almost a nighttime ritual. My parents would make popcorn, I’d stand and stare anxiously and dance around the kitchen waiting for it to finish popping, most of the times eyes glazed towards watching the corn pop in fascination. We’d pour the perfectly popped kernels into a giant bowl and pass it amongst the four of us while sitting on the couch watching movies unwinding from the day. I absolutely love this memory- to this day, whenever I think of popcorn, my dad pops into mind (ha pun intended) because he’s the biggest popcorn lover of all. Some of the toppings were quite inventive (I’ll give my parents credit on this one), topping popcorn with shredded fresh cheese, grated parmesan, cinnamon, black pepper, spices, loads of butter, and good ole’ sea salt. Nowadays, living dairy free and a bit more health conscious than my 6-year old self, I’ve transformed my childhood popcorn favorites into a more sophisticated group. Meet the delicious foursome taking back popcorn: Matcha Dark Chocolate, Herb & Cheeze, Turmeric Spiced, and Cinnamon & Sea Salt.

Popped Corn = popcorn

One of the many things I’ve learned about myself during this process of writing my first cookbook, is that you’ll have some recipe/idea failures and you’ll have REALLY amazing ones pop up out of no where- hence these four flavors of popcorn. These recipes also came at a really good time- writing a cookbook or diving into anything that requires 100% of your heart and soul, can be overwhelming and stressful just as much as it is exciting, gratifying, and completely fun; these recipes were a way for me to travel back to childhood memories that afternoon in my kitchen and just have some damn fun with recipe making! So much so that I took the rest of the day easy, turned off my work mind that seems to be running fairly fast paced these days with the growth of Nutrition Stripped…and phoned my family to chat and catch up. This day was a great day. And to top it off, these recipes were intended for the cookbook, but I was feeling all mushy and love-y that I had to share these with you all here on the blog as soon as possible, I hope that you all will have as much fun in the kitchen making these with your friends and family and hope that it’ll bring back memories for you or create new ones. So, onto the popcorn, let me introduce you to the foursome taking popcorn back!

Popcorn, Four Ways | Nutrition Stripped

Cinnamon & Sea Salt

Cinnamon is delicious but it’s also great to combine with carbohydrate or starch rich foods, such as corn or popcorn because of it’s ability to help your body balance blood sugars that naturally rise when we eat sugar or carbohydrate containing foods. So think of giving yourself a little boost of blood sugar balance by adding cinnamon to your popcorn. I love the combination of sweet and salty, so naturally I was drawn to make slightly sweet yet salty popcorn using one of my favorite spices, cinnamon. It’s simple, straight to the point, and delicious. You can also add a drizzle of honey on top just before serving to increase the sweetness.

What you’ll add to the “Perfect Popcorn Every Time” recipe below: 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I love Ceylon variety) + 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt, adjust each spice to taste. Toss to combine and adjust seasonings to your taste.

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Turmeric Spiced

Anti-inflammatory popcorn? Adding ground turmeric, which you all know is an obvious favorite of mine, mixed with warming spices and sea salt to give this popcorn a Indian and Moroccan vibe with a boost of anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. The combination of sweet drizzled honey on top of a pretty robust flavored popcorn is heavenly! Just get ready for sticky fingers and have a damp paper towel nearby…oh, and don’t rub them on your clothes or the turmeric will stain.

What you’ll add to the “Perfect Popcorn Every Time” recipe below: 2-3 teaspoons ground turmeric + 1 teaspoon ground cumin + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander + 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes + 2 teaspoons sea salt. Adjust all seasonings to your taste; I prefer a lot of turmeric and red pepper flakes so I normally add more. Add these ingredients right after the popcorn has popped, I find stirring these ingredients into the same pot very easy and helpful for evenly coating all the popcorn. You can always use a little extra coconut oil to help the spices evenly coat. Lastly, drizzle honey on top right before serving.

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Herb & Cheeze

I had to share a classic everyone will love and that involves cheese coated popcorn…sans cheese! Nutritional yeast is the star ingredient here making this cheesy yet flaky popcorn. The combination of fresh herbs and pops of red pepper flakes is incredibly delicious- it’s by far Bennett’s favorite and he’s a HUGE cheese lover! Added bonus, it’s full of protein and B vitamins. Also remember, nutritional yeast isn’t an active form of yeast, so those of you with any yeast overgrowth of yeast allergies can most often get away with using this without any issues.

What you’ll add to the “Perfect Popcorn Every Time” recipe below: 1/2 cup nutritional yeast + 2 tablespoons olive oil + 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley, rosemary, and chives + 2 teaspoons sea salt + top with red pepper flakes. Nutritional yeast loves to stick to things, so adding more oil will help this process and note it’s completely normal for some not to stick and fall to the bottom of the bowl. Just scoop it up with your hands! Add these ingredients right after the popcorn has popped, I find stirring these ingredients into the same pot very easy and helpful for evenly coating all the popcorn. You can always use a little extra coconut oil to help the spices evenly coat.

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Matcha Dark Chocolate

I confessed my love of matcha tea last week, so it’s no surprise it’s showing up in a completely unique way, in popcorn! The flavor is nutty, sweet, and slightly bitter from the combination of dark chocolate and tea, a really lovely combination though.

What you’ll add to the “Perfect Popcorn Every Time” recipe below: 3 teaspoons matcha tea powder + 1 teaspoon sea salt. Add these ingredients right after the popcorn has popped, I find stirring these ingredients into the same pot very easy and helpful for evenly coating all the popcorn. You can always use a little extra coconut oil to help the spices evenly coat. For the chocolate sauce: 1/2 cup cocoa powder + 1/4 heaping cup coconut oil + 1 tablespoon maple syrup melted in a small saucepan just to combine. Lastly, drizzle melted raw chocolate on top right before serving.

Popcorn, Four Ways | Nutrition Stripped

Making the PERFECT batch of popcorn is a skill that takes a little time to practice, but be patient and before you know it you’ll pop an entire batch with no leftover kernels and not one burnt piece, trust me I can do this every time! A couple tips, listen to the time in between each pop towards the end and use your nose- if you smell any burning you’ve already burnt some and the burnt flavor most likely is throughout the batch. Here’s a quick primer on how to make the perfect popcorn every time.

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Perfect Popcorn Every Time
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Learn how to make the perfect popcorn every time, four ways including herb and cheez, matcha dark chocolate, turmeric spiced, and cinnamon sea salt. GF VGN
Ingredients
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels (use organic, non-GMO)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a large and deep pot on high heat, make sure the pot is hot before adding coconut oil, then allow the coconut oil to heat (about 30 seconds), then add popcorn kernels into the pot.
  2. Immediately cover with a tight lid and vigorously shake back and forth over the stove/heat source. This will ensure you're distributing the heat evenly, not burning any kernels and allowing the already popped kernels float to the top.
  3. Continue moving the pot back and forth (to and away from you) quickly and constantly until all kernels have popped.

Popcorn, Four Ways | Nutrition Stripped

The downside of popcorn these days is the quality of corn. Sadly the agriculture of most corn, soy, and wheat found in the US have become very low in quality over the years, many of these being heavily sprayed with pesticides, chemicals, or modified in some way. It begs many to question the correlation between these mass produced, genetically modified foods and the top sources of food allergens for most individuals (corn, soy, wheat, gluten, etc.); and herein lies the controversy about GMO’s, you have one camp who’s all for it, seeing no harmful or negative effects in humans; and then the other camp who avoids it like the plague. In my personal opinion and nutrition expertise, I recommend limiting if not avoiding GMO’s all together- I don’t want to treat my body like a science experiment. Popcorn and corn can be incorporated into a healthy and nourishing whole foods diet just like other starches and vegetables, it’s a good source of insoluble fiber. The key is the quality of the product you’re using and your individual preference. When making these popcorn recipes I highly urge and recommend you to use only organic and non-GMO sources popcorn kernels. Here are some of my favorite brands: here, here, here, and here!

I hope you all enjoy this! I’d love to hear your childhood stories about popcorn if you have any memories you’d like to share. What were some of your favorite foods or nighttime snacks you’d make with you family?

xx McKel

Share your thoughts

  • Annie

    Yum! Popcorn is a go to snack for us, especially for movie nights! We usually top with grass fed butter, sea salt, and nutritional yeast. Looking forward to trying your variations!

  • Jana

    Hmmm … I am thinking of popping some corn right now, hehe! 🙂

  • Yum! These all look amazing! Looks like I’ll be having a popcorn party very soon!

    • Thank you, I hope you enjoy and be sure to share on instagram, etc. so I can see! #nutritionstripped xx

  • jamie

    this is awesome, thank you mckel! i always need new ideas for popcorn to sneak into the movie theater…ha!

  • sorayya

    These look absolutely amazing!
    Btw, McKel, I was reading Elite Daily last night and noticed they used one of your photos (I think!?). That’s awesome. Did you know that? http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/not-having-a-dad-doesnt-mean-daddy-issues/967755/

  • Lisa

    You forgot to add your brands (see a copy and paste below)

    When making these popcorn recipes I highly urge and recommend you to use only organic and non-GMO sources popcorn kernels. Here are some of my favorite brands: here, here, here, and here!

  • Natalie G

    I have such similar memories of the joys of popcorn when I was little with my mom-with butter and VELVEETA ://// And always in a gigantic metal bowl! And sometimes sitting on the porch in the rain 🙂
    Now it’s “Nooch” and other healthier toppings! 🙂

    • Oh, such a lovely story- I love that! Thank you for sharing. I hope you enjoy this upgraded “cheeze” popcorn then xx

  • Efren A. Serra

    Quite simple & original. Tack för det!

    • Thank you, I hope you enjoy and be sure to share on instagram, etc. so I can see! #nutritionstripped xx

  • Tone

    absolutely amazing 🙂 thank you

    • Thank you, I hope you enjoy and be sure to share on instagram, etc. so I can see! #nutritionstripped xx

  • nutritional yeast is seriously one of my favourites on popcorn. Love the addition of the herbs! Totally swooning over the colour of the turmeric spiced on too. xo

  • McKel! I love everything about this post! Popcorn is one of my favorite foods – in my world it’s its own food group. I can’t wait to try all of these, now I just need to figure out which one I want to try first. 🙂 Thank you for this post, and I’m glad you found some rest and refuge after creating these beauties.

    • Yey! I’m so glad you enjoy the ideas and really can’t wait for you to try them out yourself. xx

  • Ashley

    I would have taken a picture but it disappeared too fast!! I actually used the spices from your turmeric milk recipe and drizzled coconut oil and honey on top and its now all I want to eat!! SO delish! Thanks for the great ideas!

  • Thanks for sharing this picture on instagram tonight! i’m so excited to try the cinnamon and sea salt one…making a batch of it right now for movie night!
    xoxo

  • Match. Dark. Chocolate. *Jaw Drops*

  • This is a very cool recipe. I just finished a session with a client as I am also a nutritionist and I remembered reading this a while ago and thinking how amazing it looked. I have given her the link to your site and have encouraged her to make this popcorn as a great mid week healthy snack. Very cool!! http://www.reneesexton.co.nz

  • Amy

    I use an air popper for making popcorn – would you pre-stir these extras and add it to the bowl after or any suggestions on this?

    • McKel Hill

      I would stir them in after the popcorn is popped like I do with this recipe 😉

  • Anne

    I love your recipes, especially love new ways to make popcorn have more nutritious punch. I like to melt coconut oil with a bit of butter add some honey and some sea salt, warm it altogether and pour it on my popcorn. ❤️popcorn

    • McKel Hill

      I LOVE sweet and salty combo- great idea Anne! Thanks for sharing 😉

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