Healthier food. Hmmm, is that a loaded word or what. We certainly see it bandy around everywhere. I am not even sure what that means. I mean, I am still learning so much on what is healthy and what is not. I do not even think there is one simple answer for everyone. It only makes sense, we are all so unique and different. It seems to me, we would all need different things. I have hesitated to use the term healthy on my blog because it is such a loaded word. Also how I use the term healthy, may not be the same way you do. But since I am using it here on Storybook Woods, I figured I better say something about it ;-)
To me healthy is not low- fat, low carbs, low anything (although those can be good things. But then again cannot) To me healthy means not messed with, in as purest form as possible. I feel nature did a pretty good job and does not need us replacing it. So when I cook, I look for items that have not been messed with, striped to much. This is one of the reasons I use evaporated cane, rapadura, ect. as a sweetener instead of white sugar. Yes, it has been processed but not as much. It still retains some of the vitamins, minerals, and so forth. To me that would make it healthier. I try to use whole grains instead of grains stripped of their nutrients, like white flour. I avoid process food because of bad fats, artificial flavorings, dyes and Lord knows what else.
So when you see a recipe on my blog with something like brown rice syrup it is not just me using some weird new product (well it might be a little of that !!) but it is probably because it is a "healthier", purer version of something else. For example in the recipe below instead of using corn syrup, I use brown rice syrup and instead of brown sugar I use rapadura. I received several e-mails from readers saying they had not heard of these items. I encourage you to read up and study. Really it is a win- win thing. You will have heather food but also tastier food. Now it is not necessarily cheaper and that is hard. I have found ways to save money. Costco, Trader Joe's, bulk section, sales, even sometimes Grocery Outlet. I also order from Azure, a bulk co-op. All these help but it is still not as cheap. But some things are just priceless and worth the money spent.
Lastly I really think this recipe taste better the "healthier" way. I love the molasses intensity of the rapadura and I really love the malty taste from the brown rice syrup. I encourage you to try a "healthier" sweetener if you have not before xox
Mircowave Caramel Popcorn
4 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup rapadura
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1. Put popped popcorn in a large paper sack and set aside.
2. In a microwave safe bowl add the rest of the ingredients except the baking soda. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in baking soda. Be careful it is very HOT. Pour syrup over popcorn. Hold bag shut and shake several times. Pour popcorn on cookie sheet and let cool.