If the scent of popcorn makes you absolutely weak in the knees, you are human.
Before I started my health journey, I used to love movie theater popcorn coated in butter and all of that salt- with a side of M&Ms.
While popcorn is technically a whole grain, there are few reasons I don't recommend it:
- consuming whole grains can spike your blood sugar, leading to energy crashes, cravings, and fat storage
- it's usually coated oil (or fake butter!) and heated, which oxidizes the fats and leads to inflammation
- corn is a top allergen and food sensitivity that can lead to inflammation in your gut and throughout your body
My cauliflower popcorn hits to spot for a salty snack without the accompanying blood sugar crash, fatigue, and cravings.
- 2 heads of cauliflower (sectioned into florets – don't make them too small)
- 1/4 teaspoon good quality salt
- 2 Tablespoons good quality oil, like cold-pressed olive oil
- Nutritional yeast
- Place the florets in a large bowl, sprinkle on the salt, and mix with your hands, making sure that a uniform mixture is spread over the cauliflower.
- Drizzle the oil over the florets, and mix again with your hands, massaging them for full coverage.
- Now start sprinkling the nutritional yeast over the top, and start mixing that in with your hands.
- Keep sprinkling in nutritional yeast and mixing with your hands. You will want a thick covering on your cauliflower.
- If you have a dehydrator, you can lay the cauliflower onto your dehydrator screens. Start your dehydrating temperature for 145 degrees for the first 20-30 minutes, then turn it down to 110 degrees and dehydrate for 10-12 hours.
This is just one version. Just like there are many types of popcorn, there can be many types of cauliflower popcorn. If you want a more savory taste, add some rosemary or thyme to your mixture. If you want a sweeter taste, you can add some stevia. Play with it!
If you want more blood sugar-balancing recipes like this one, please check out my guide here: http://www.hormonehackingbreakfastmenus.com/