Healthy Munchie Popcorn

One of my go-to comfort foods is this healthy munchie popcorn recipe. I enjoy the experience of munching out on popcorn AND I feel great after.

Let’s own it: the act and experience of eating food is comforting. I both practice and coach people about how to comfort without food; because come on, who does not want to be free of needing food for comfort? AND… as a conscious choice it is really enjoyable to ENJOY food.

This popcorn recipe is a staple for me. I enjoy it about once a week or a few times a month. I often will eat it for dinner followed by a simple green salad.

As always the ingredients matter. All popcorn IS NOT the same. There is a lot of non-organic GMO corn out there that is not like organic or even heirloom popcorn.

Packaged microwave popcorn has hydrogenated oils and additives that create extra work on our bodies’ detox organs. Most movie theaters also offer popcorn with these same troublesome ingredients.

If you have noticed the pattern of my food recipes, you will see that a big part of converting loved recipes is in the ingredients.


  • I/4 cup of organic popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (do you know this has great b vitamins and protein AND tastes cheesy good?)
  • Non-iodized salt (fine Himalayan or sea salt)
  • coconut oil *optional if you want to use in the pot


On the Stove

  1. Preheat a pot on the stove to high for one or two minutes.
    (Different stoves have different ‘high’, some stoves we literally turn as high as possible and some are more near the med-high range.)
  2. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil to the pot and put the entire cup of popcorn in the pot at the same time.
  3. Put the lid on the pot.
  4. Shake the pot every minute or so to allow the kernels to rotate and drop to the bottom.
  5. When the popping slows to 5 seconds between pops OR when you smell the slightest smell of ‘burnt’ remove from heat and pour into a bowl quickly.
  6. Dress the popcorn with ample olive oil, nutritional yeast, and sprinkles of salt.
  7. Stir the popcorn as you dress, taste, and adjust.

OR… Air Popcorn Maker

  1. Fill to line with kernels.
  2. Turn it on and let it fill up the bowl.
  3. Then dress in bowl.

Now that we have a home, we have an Air Popcorn Maker and use it instead of a pot on the stove. (We actually bought the air popcorn maker while living on the cruise ship and this became a staple meal.)


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