When I'm feeling a little funky I'm often torn between munching myself out of a bad mood and finding myself some superhealthy eats to uplift my spirits. It's really easy to faceplant myself into a plate of cookies or a pile of french fries, but it never makes me feel any better in the long run. In fact, it adds insult to injury by way of mixing guilt and bloating into the mix.
I've come to love (and often depend on) popcorn as a healthy snack. Richie is somewhat of a popcorn freak. There was a time in his life when he would actually go out to the movie theater around the corner to buy a tub of popcorn to bring home for movie nights. Seriously! Furthermore, he can literally finish a large tub of popcorn in the space of a movie. It's CRAZY! Though I certainly can't hang with his types, I have hopped on the popcorn bandwagon.
A couple Chanukahs ago, I bought Richie a popcorn popper for our apartment. Now we regularly make our own, homemade, Organic popcorn! It's supereasy and superyummy and superhealthy.
Here's the one we have (but our's is red, like everything else in our kitchen):
Just add a tablespoon of oil (I usually use Safflower) and a half cup of popcorn and push on! That's it! I make tons of different flavors like: "buttery" movie popcorn, cinnamon spice, and caramel (with butterscotch extract and roasted cinnamon peanuts). After the popcorn is popped, just pour a third of it into a bowl and spray it with "buttery" canola spray (see below), sprinkle some unrefined sea salt on top, mix, and repeat until it's all finished. For the other flavors, you can also coat the popcorn with spray and whatever you like, put it on a baking sheet, and bake it for 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees.