Enjoy this healthy, delicious and unique Seaweed Popcorn Recipe!
Have you been bored with the regular popcorn recipes? Are you looking for interesting popcorn recipe ideas? Why fret when I’m here! Today I’ve got an out-of-the-box easy popcorn recipe for all of you! I’m sure the title must have piqued your interest, leaving you wondering whether Spicy Seaweed Popcorn is actually what you think it is. Before we understand how to prepare a great healthy seaweed popcorn recipe, let’s get to know about the recipe’s star ingredient – seaweed, a little better.
This recipe revolves around seaweed, and I have particularly chosen this ingredient because it is healthy and has a fantastic flavor. Seaweed is food for marine life, but humans started experimenting with seaweed as an ingredient in many recipes, thanks to its outstanding health benefits. Today, seaweed delicacies are popular across the world. The highly versatile taste of seaweed makes it a great addition to dishes like sushi, soups, stews, salads, and smoothies.
Why choose a seaweed popcorn recipe?
Seaweed contains high amounts of Iodine and Tyrosine, which work to regulate the thyroid hormones. The thyroid is a vital gland in our bodies. It contributes to control the growth, reproduction as well as repair of damaged cells in the body. The lack of iodine can cause fluctuation in weight, extreme fatigue, and swelling of the neck over some time. Seaweed helps to ensure our bodies get just as much required iodine.
Along with essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, manganese, and copper, seaweed is also a powerhouse of Omega-3 fats. It contains a substantial amount of B12, helping us replenish the water-soluble vitamin constantly. The presence of antioxidants helps counter free radicals in the body, thus helping prevent damage to cells. Excessive free radicals in the body are attributed to a range of lifestyle illnesses such as heart ailments and diabetes. For additional protection from free radicals, seaweed also offers antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E.
Why the fiber in seaweed is so beneficial?
Fiber present in seaweed is beneficial to maintain gut health. A slight imbalance in the good and bad bacteria in the body can lead to different illnesses (that may or may not be related to the gut). However, when we consume fiber-rich foods such as seaweed often, we don’t need to worry about any gut-related health issues.
The fiber in seaweed does not contain any calories, but it undoubtedly helps the stomach stay full for a longer time. This is particularly beneficial for those looking to achieve their happy weight. Seaweed also contains high levels of fucoxanthin, which helps reduce body fat.
The nutritional content of seaweed also helps prevent heart ailments. Most heart diseases are caused due to excessive blood clotting. Seaweed contains ample quantities of fucans, which help prevent blood clotting. The alginate content in seaweed also contributes to regulating blood sugar levels. This helps to reduce the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.
Now that we’re well aware of the fantastic benefits of seaweed, it’s time to get started with the flavored and healthy of this Seaweed Popcorn Recipe:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil cold-pressed
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- 1/2 cup seaweed of your election nori, dulse, or a mixture! cut into small pieces
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- Place a large stockpot over high heat; when heated, add the coconut oil.
- Once the oil has melted, add the popcorn kernels and shake the skillet to distribute evenly. Cover the pot and allow the kernels to pop, frequently shaking to secure the seeds pop evenly and prevent burning.
- Once the kernels have popped, remove the pot from heat and uncover.
- Place the popcorn in a large bowl; sprinkle the nutritional yeast, sriracha and seaweed crumbles over the popcorn and toss with a spatula until thoroughly mixed. Enjoy!