Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn

pumkin spice kettle corn
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Our pumpkin spice kettle corn is a salty, sweet, crunchy treat to kick off your holiday season.  It is a lighter take on a classic kettle corn—one free of refined sugars, that delivers big on taste, texture and satisfaction. This quick and easy recipe provides a whopping 10 grams of fiber. It comes together in 5 minutes or less and is the perfect snack for a movie night or a holiday get-together.  The touch of maple syrup adds a light sweetness that balances the punch from the anti-inflammatory spice mixture of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Heart-healthy almonds provide an extra crunch. So get ready for a scrumptious snack that will satisfy the whole family and keep you coming back for more!

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup almonds (or choice of nut or seed)
  • 4 cups air popped popcorn
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
  2. Melt the coconut oil with the maple syrup in a medium pot over medium-low heat.
  3. Pour the coconut and maple syrup over popcorn and top with spices and nuts. Mix to combine.

Almonds: Good source of riboflavin, manganese, and magnesium. A very good source of Vitamin E (antioxidant).

Corn: When buying corn make sure to buy organic non-GMO. You can also buy blue corn which is not able to be genetically modified. Due to corn’s high fiber content it can aid in digestive health. It’s a good source of carotenoids that can help promote eye health and polyphenols to protect our cells from oxidative damage. 

Maple Syrup: A sweetener that is an unexpected source of essential minerals for bone health, metabolism and brain functioning, with more nutrient value than regular table sugar. Raises blood sugar more slowly than regular sugar. Contains polyphenols to reduce inflammation and support a healthy immune system. The darker the maple syrup the more antioxidants it has. Note: Be sure to carefully read the food label when shopping for maple syrup. Many stores sell “maple-flavored syrups”, which is higher in refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup.

Cinnamon:  It has been shown to enhance motor function and normalize neurotransmitter levels. It can help improve insulin sensitivity and maintain stable blood sugar by interfering with numerous digestive enzymes that slow the breakdown of carbohydrates in the GI tract.

Nutmeg:  Increases levels of mood-boosting serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. It has also been shown to help relieve pain and relax blood vessels to lower blood pressure.

Ginger: Ginger’s bioactive compound 6-gingerol has been shown to have the ability to modulate cellular pathways to active in cancer prevention as well as a potential therapeutic application for treatment. It also improves lipid metabolism, which decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Highly effective against motion sickness, nausea and even morning sickness in pregnant women; also helpful for digestive health and chronic indigestion.  Can ease joint pain and stiffness due to anti-inflammatory propertiesCan lower risk of infections and boost the immune system.

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