A Healthy Long Weekend: DIY Popcorn Bar

A Healthy Long Weekend: DIY Popcorn Bar

It's Monday, which means we're already thinking about the May long weekend. You too? Don't worry, we can get through this week together. Let's start by dreaming up DIY popcorn bars and all things wonderful. A popcorn bar is such a great way to encourage your clients to get creative with their snacking and they’ll love the playfulness you’re inviting into their meal planning with this fun DIY.

DIY Popcorn Bar

In case you missed it, we’re hosting a clean potluck for the May long weekend and we'll be letting you in on all the details to help you inspire your clients to enjoy a healthy holiday. We’ve already chosen several recipes from our top list of crowdpleasers we shared last week (can you guess which ones?).

We're going with a self-serve theme and topping it off with a homemade popcorn bar. When working with a nutrition professional, clients often forget to include play foods like popcorn! A DIY Popcorn Bar will give them permission to enjoy these foods in a fun way. They can dress up popcorn in so many ways and as a naturally vegan and gluten-free snack, it's perfect for guests with dietary restrictions.

DIY Popcorn Bar

Encourage your clients to make the popcorn on the stovetop. We get that it can feel like a bit of work but it’s really not so bad once they get the hang of it. They’ll feel so much more empowered when they ace it too! Here's our tried-and-true method of making popcorn so that it never burns or leaves your clients with unpopped kernels (always devastating).

Perfect Stovetop Popcorn

  1. Melt 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil in a deep pan on medium-high.
  2. Add 2-3 "test" kernels and cover your pan until they pop.
  3. Add 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels to the pan, cover and remove from heat for 30 seconds (ensures all kernels reach equal temperature).
  4. Return your pan to the medium-high heat with your lid tilted open to release some steam (keeps it crispy). Occasionally and carefully shake your pan while the kernels pop.
  5. Once the kernels stop popping, about 2 minutes, remove from heat and season as desired.

We made 3 separate base flavours for our DIY Popcorn bar: Sea Salt & Pepper, Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Honey "Parmesan". Have your clients keep their toppings clean and delicious with a mixture of dark chocolate chips, unsweetened shredded coconut, raisins and roasted seasoned nuts.

DIY Popcorn Bar DIY Popcorn Bar

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DIY Popcorn Bar

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Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Popcorn

  1. Make popcorn on the stovetop as directed above.
  2. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Sprinkle with 1-2 handfuls of chopped dark chocolate and toss gently.

Honey "Parmesan" Popcorn

  1. Make popcorn on the stovetop as directed above.
  2. While popcorn is popping, make your "parmesan" by blending 3/4 cup raw cashews, 3 tbsp nutritional yeast, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 3/4 tsp of sea salt in a food processor.
  3. Transfer your finished popcorn into a large bowl. Using the same pan, melt about 1/4-1/2 cup of honey (or maple syrup) on low (or residual heat from the pan).
  4. Drizzle melted honey over your popcorn and toss gently. Sprinkle about half of the "parmesan" mixture and toss gently.

DIY Popcorn Bar

And that concludes our segment on the best snack ever. Stay tuned for the lowdown on our clean potluck this May long weekend! We'll be sharing key tips to successfully throw a healthy party and way to encourage your clients to get their friends on board too.

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