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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cinnamon Coconut Sugar Popcorn (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)






































The more time that goes by since the first day I started on this journey to good health in January 2012, the more relaxed I have become about food. Of course, it is essential to eat a diet that consists primarily of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans/legumes, nuts, and seeds, but I have also come to realize that indulging often is also really good for your health. I didn't always used to believe that though. At first, I cut out all sugar, even most fruits, and would rarely have dessert, or if I did, I would feel so guilty afterwards. I would also eat things that didn't taste good to me but sucked it up because it was healthy... but it wasn't delicious, and that was the missing piece. Let's be honest, we all want to eat food that tastes wonderful because we kind of have to eat everyday, so naturally we want it to be a pleasurable experience. But if you restrict yourself and eat foods that you don't really love, it's going to be difficult, if not impossible, for your healthy lifestyle changes to stick. This is because you will dread eating and then start to resent the process and more than likely go back to eating junk because you failed at staying committed to eating bland, dissatisfying foods, so you just give up on healthy eating entirely. Well, *truth bomb*, nobody can nor wants nor needs to stay committed to that.

The more I've let go of controlling every little thing that goes into my body, the happier I've become. I used to eat super healthy for a period of time then binge eat everything unhealthy in sight because I felt so deprived. That is absolutely not what good health is all about. If I allow myself something "bad" a few times each week, it actually helps me to stay on track with my healthier choices because I've created balance for myself. I really believe you'll avoid falling off of the wagon if you give yourself permission to indulge every week and not just once! For me, indulging is going to my favorite vegan bakery and ordering whatever looks delicious, having a pretzel, ice cream, brownies, whatever, as long as it's vegan of course. :-) Then, I get back to having my ultra-delicious green smoothies and other healthy meals that I love. *obviously, if you have a food allergy or sensitivity, I don't mean to indulge in those foods... just to be clear.

So, what am I trying to get at here? Well, go indulge in this cinnamon coconut sugar popcorn because you deserve it. And because it is actually tons better for you than kettle corn and most other sweets out there on the market. It is also ridiculously easy to put together and takes just a few minutes. I take this popcorn to the movies or just keep it as a snack for myself at home. I made it for a friend of mine recently when we went to the movies and they absolutely loved it. I don't know how you couldn't though when it contains these glorious ingredients: coconut oil, coconut sugar & cinnamon. You know, after tasting it, it immediately reminded me of the cinnamon sugar toast my dad used to make for me and my mom when I was younger... *lightbulb*... I'm going to have to find some gluten-free bread and sprinkle (maybe more than sprinkle) some cinnamon coconut sugar on it! Yes!

*Just promise me you will buy organic popcorn to ensure that it's not genetically modified. I buy mine at Whole Foods in a large bag as seen in the image below. It's Whole Foods' 365 brand. 


I don't necessarily recommend the reduced fat variety, it was just all that Whole Foods had in stock.


Cinnamon Coconut Sugar Popcorn
YIELD: 2-3 servings

INGREDIENTS
• 6 cups pre-popped organic popcorn
• 2 Tbs + 1 tsp unrefined coconut oil
• 1 Tbs + 1 tsp unrefined coconut sugar
• A few dashes cinnamon
• A few generous pinches fine sea salt

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well to coat. Adjust ingredients to your taste. Store leftovers in a large airtight container or in a gallon baggy, though it is best enjoyed fresh. Indulge! <3

"When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be." Molly Wizenberg

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