Did you know that popcorn is a wholegrain? Where’s the shocked emoji face when I need it! Though I’m putting out a quick nutrition disclaimer out now (sorry not sorry…) the emphasis is on fresh, preferably air-popped popcorn, just in case you happen to be reading this phone in hand at the cinema snack bar, shaking with excitement, eyes on stalks and about to breathlessly order an extra large popcorn thank you very much. Ok, I am genuinely sorry, that sucks. Unfortunately, the cinema popcorn is usually dosed in a serious amount of salt and extra calories, and that’s only the savoury kind. Luckily for us though, making our own popcorn at home is so incredibly easy and much cheaper as well, yay!
You can easily air-pop your own popcorn by putting the kernels into a container in the microwave, but in this recipe, I’ve gone old school and used a small amount of oil in a pan. The freshly popped corn is then tossed with warm garlic oil, salty parmesan and fragrant thyme, and if you haven’t quickly popped a stray popcorn into your mouth by this point I’ll be impressed! It’s a great little snack to have ready to go in a small container or in ziplock bags. I would recommend keeping this recipe of popcorn in the fridge because of the garlic oil.
Mix it up: try using freshly chopped rosemary instead of thyme. OR, if you’re lucky enough to have some a little bit of truffle oil (my favourite!) would be heavenly!
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do! What’s your favourite healthy snack? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.