As the temperatures drop, we snuggle up on the couch under blankets to watch movies.  What is the most perfect food to go with movies?




how to make real popcorn


January 19th is National Popcorn Day.  How many of you have ever thought about what goes into microwave popcorn?  I didn’t have to do research to be concerned, but if you need some convincing –


Microwave popcorn contains partially hydrogenated oils which are full of trans fats.  Yes, the bad kind.  It also contains diacetyl and pentanedione which are chemicals “they” are researching due to possible connections to Cancer and Alzheimer disease.  Concerned?


Here are two options to make the popcorn yourself in a much healthier way.  And PS – both are quick and easy… and CHEAPER than standard microwave popcorn.


how to make popcorn recipe



The old fashioned way – on the stove top.  Pour 2-3 TBSP of oil in a sauce pan – enough to cover the bottom of the pan.  Cover the bottom of the pan with popcorn kernels.  Cover the top of the pan with a lid and  heat over medium high heat.  Shake occasionally to ensure the kernels don’t burn on the bottom of the pan.


how to make popcorn recipe


As it pops, pour into a bowl and continue to cover the pan until the popping has stopped. Season and salt (and butter) at your discretion and taste.


how to make popcorn recipe




For the times when you need a smaller amount of popcorn, for a snack for yourself, or even at the office.  Take a paper lunch bag.  Pour popcorn kernels to cover the bottom.  Isn’t this a funny picture… helloooooo down there……


how to make real popcorn


Fold the top over several times.  Heat in the microwave for two to two and a half minutes give or take until the popping stops.  You may have to experiment a few times with your microwave to get the right timing.


how to make real popcorn


Again, season and salt (and butter) at your discretion and taste.


how to make real popcorn


Much healthier, and honestly, I prefer the more natural taste of real popcorn over the chemical butter taste of the microwave bag.


how to make popcorn recipe



Recreate popcorn night at your house with these fun containers from


Now, I know that both methods take a little longer (like an additional minute or two) than throwing a bag of microwave popcorn into the microwave.  Is it worth it?  Do you eat microwave popcorn?  What are your thoughts on the chemicals?  Do you pop your own?  Would love to hear your feedback!


Love, hugs, and making small healthy changes.




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