Cheesy Popcorn

Here is a snack idea!

Sometimes you would like a snack but not sure what to get.

Have you ever thought how unhealthy the popcorn at the theatre is? Did you see the number of calories in one of the servings?  Most theatres have the calorie counts posted, so a large refillable popcorn at AMC is 1060 calories, I remember back in the days when my family and I would eat the entire bag before the movies and then go and get a refill so we have more to eat during the movies.

However, I am much wiser, now. When I go to the theatres, I purchase a large bottle of water that I can sip on during the movie and when I am at home I make my own and no not in the microwave.

This homemade popcorn has a nice cheesy flavor that you will enjoy!

Ingredients

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 cup popcorn kernels

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

Himalayan salt or sea salt  optional

Direction

1.Heat 2 Tbsp of coconut oil in a cast iron large pot.

2. Add popcorn kernels and mix so they are evenly spread.

3. On first pop, add the pot lid, I prefer to use a glass lid so you can see when popping is complete.

4. Once you don’t hear any more popping remove from heat and sprinkle nutritional yeast and salt I adding.

5. Add to a bowl and enjoy.

Note: I use all organic items when cooking and baking.

Want some school breakfast or snack ideas?

Hmm, what do I want to bring in my child’s classroom that I would also eat…

Have you ever signed up to bring something to your child’s classroom? As a mom, grandma, or guardian it is more than likely you did and several times I can imagine. When my sweet girl was in kindergarten I always was the mom who would volunteer to bring something that I know that I would not mind my child eating. Now twelve years later, senior year I am thinking the same way, of course, my eating habits have changed but the concept of what would something my senior would love to eat.

While there were donuts, milk, and yoohoo (chocolate drink) for breakfast, I signed up for fruits and thought this is the best, healthiest, the most nutritious item on the list 🙂  Guess what, it was!!  I scored big, the seniors ate all the fruits which consisted of strawberries, green and red grapes (see the beautiful colors above) while there were donuts left over I did not even get to a full cup of fruits remaining. Points achieved keeping my senior and her fellow classmates healthy!!;-)

Snack ideas
  • Fruits: Always choose fruits that can easily be picked up, eat quickly, and a bit firm such as grapes, strawberries or blueberries.
  • Veggies or fruit sticks: cucumber, carrots, celery, apple and dipped in hummus, peanut butter, or ranch dressing

Whatever you decide to bring, remember to think of the nutritional value of it, if there is no nutritional value then it’s a BIG NOOOO!!

Applesauce

There are some things we should never buy in a supermarket and applesauce is on of them. As a healthy sugar-free snack or used as a replacer for eggs, this applesauce is sure to please. This is better than any store bought applesauce you will ever taste, guaranteed.

Ingredients

8 apples* peeled and cored

1 cup water

1 Tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

Slice the apples very thin and place in a slow cooker. Add water and cinnamon (optional). Place in a slow cooker for 5 hours on high heat.  After 5 hours, use a potato masher for a chunky version or use an immersion blender like I used, for a softer applesauce.  Enjoy!!

* I used organic gala apples.

Cheesy Kale Chips

This is such an easy recipe that took me some tries before perfection. Looking for a healthy snack this one is for you.  This is better than a bag of chips, trust me I know!

Ingredients

5 lbs bag kale

1/2  tsp  Himalayan or sea salt (optional)

Nutritional yeast

Olive or coconut oil spray

Directions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat oven to the lowest temperature. My oven lowest temperature is 170 degrees.
  3. Wash the kale and remove stems, tear leaves into small pieces. I usually do the morning of. Have it soak in some apple cider vinegar for about 15 minutes then rinsed and placed on a countertop to airdry. This can also be done the night before.
  4. Place the pieces of kale leaves on a paper towel to remove any excess water. This step is VERY important. Once completely dry place in a single layer on lined baking sheet.
  5. Spray with coconut or olive oil.
  6. Sprinkle a generous amount of nutritional yeast and salt (optional).
  7. This takes some patience, but the result is a delicious bowl of chips. Kale chips are finished when they feel crisps right in the oven.

Estimated time is 45 minutes to an hour. I tried baking on a much higher heat however you would need to check it every couple minutes to avoid burning it. The lower heat works best.