popcorn sampler ~vegan, gluten free~

The Popcorn Sampler…

The Popcorn Sampler ~vegan, gluten free~ A healthy after-school snack the whole family will enjoy~

Ever since my mother-in-law gave us an air-popper with a 5 pound bag of organic popcorn for Christmas, we’ve been hooked!  Popcorn has become one of Noah’s favorite snacks!  Depending on what you top it with, popcorn can be a very healthy snack!

Popcorn is a whole grain and has many nutritional benefits including a healthy dose of antioxidants and fiber!   I’m not talking about movie theater popcorn, which is usually dripping in fake butter and unhealthy additives.    Also, please steer clear of the microwave varieties that have a chemical laden coating in the bag.

The Popcorn Sampler ~vegan, gluten free~ A healthy after-school snack the whole family will enjoy~

Here are a few add-ins that turn popcorn into a perfect after-school snack!

Cinnamon Raisin Popcorn

2 cups air-popped organic popcorn

1 cup trail mix including raisins, dried cranberries, nuts and seeds

Dash of cinnamon and powdered sugar

Sprinkle of sea salt

Wasabi Pea Popcorn

2 cups air-popped organic popcorn

1 cup spicy trail mix including nuts, wasabi peas and rice crackers

Dash of cayenne pepper

Sprinkle of sea salt

Cheesy Garlic Popcorn

2 cups air-popped organic popcorn

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or organic butter

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Pinch sea salt

~ Gently warm olive oil over low heat, add garlic and saut√© until fragrant.  Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with cheese, parsley and add sea salt ~  For a vegan version, omit cheese and add a dusting of nutritional yeast ~

The Popcorn Sampler ~vegan, gluten free~ A healthy after-school snack the whole family will enjoy~

Healthy Hint:  Sneak these into the movie theater next time you go to see a show!