With seperated families, we have 4 sets of grandparents to visit, each about a 5 hour drive (depending when we leave Ottawa). Rather than choose from such lovely establishments as McDonalds on the road, we try to pack our dinners.  I tend to get super snacky driving, and ussually cave in and devour a bag of chips. As an alternative, I’ve been popping a big ziploc of this absolutely delicious (in my opinion) and healthy popcorn:

 

Here is why its healthy:

Coconut Oil:

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc (from: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html  )

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is used in winter seasons as it is warm in nature. It cures common cold, cough and congestion of lungs, digestion troubles, toothaches, bad breath and diarrhea. Cinnamon is used in the treatment of type II diabetes and insulin resistance and reduces risk of colon cancer. (From http://www.organicfacts.net/nutrition-facts/herbs-and-spices/nutritional-value-of-cinnamon-and-nutmeg.html) 

Nutmeg:

Nutmeg cures stomach ache, diarrhea and helps to detoxify the body, reduces blood pressure and increases blood circulation. It is also good for digestion, reducing acidity, relieving vomiting, flatulence and is used as a medicine for respiratory problems. (http://www.organicfacts.net/nutrition-facts/herbs-and-spices/nutritional-value-of-cinnamon-and-nutmeg.html)

Ginger:

Ginger is one of the most ancient spices in the worldwide cuisine. It has become well-known for its various health benefits including: its ability to boost bone health, aide digestion, enhance sexual activity, and relieve pains related to menstrual disorders, nausea, and flu. (From: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-ginger.html)

Cardamom:

Cardamom is used to treat teeth and gum infections, digestive disorders, dysentery, constipation, congestion of lungs and throat problems. It is also used as an antidote for snake and scorpion venom bite. (http://www.organicfacts.net/nutrition-facts/herbs-and-spices/nutritional-value-of-cardamom-and-clove.html)   Cure for snakebite??? No WONDEER I love cardamom…I’ll save that story for another blog post 🙂

Sugar:  Um, it tastes good and makes me happy

Salt: Um, see above 🙂

Roadtrippin’ Power Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

½ cup pop corn
6 tbsp virgin coconut oil,
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tbsp sugar (I like using vanilla sugar which I keep on hand by putting used vanilla pods in a container with white sugar)
½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Mix  4 tbsp of coconut oil with the spices, sugar and salt, and put aside.
  2. Make the popcorn however you do normally using coconut oil as the base. If you don’t have your own technique, heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a heavy bottom pot with 4 kernels and cover with a lid. When the kernels pop the oil is hot enough(or use a popcorn maker of your choice as per its instructions.  Even air popping would work fine and be even healthier).  When the kernels pop add the ½ cup of popping corn.  Shake pot to stop the corn from burning. When the popping slows down it is ready!
  3. When the popcorn is ready, remove it from the heat, and transfer it to a large bowl.  Toss the popcorn with the spice/sugar mixture until it is evenly distributed.
  4. Enjoy!!!
  5. This is a big recipe so you might want to 1/2 it!

 

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