No Nukes!

Many of our kitchens are equipped with them. They are convenient- heating and cooking things in a matter of minutes. But, is it really worth it to use the microwave?
The way microwaves heat; by causing water molecules in the food to resonate at very high frequencies and eventually turn to steam, causes changes in¬† the food’s chemical make up.

Studies have shown that foods heated in a microwave oven have a reduction in vitamin content and vegetables often lose their potent antioxidant compounds.

 Another issue exists when heating foods in plastic container or papers. Studies have shown that carcinogens present in these products leach into the food when microwaved- compounds like BPA, benzene, toluene, PET (polyethylene terephthalate)- you get the idea!
Additionally, microwaves emit dangerous radiation at levels higher than what was previously thought.
So, in a nutshell, avoid microwaving. If you have one in your home, use it for extra storage!

It is so easy to heat up food on the stovetop, in the oven, or in a toaster oven. Yes, you have more clean up to do, but your health matters; and having good health in today’s world is not convenient!

POPCORN!

Popcorn is the quintessential microwave food.
You can make it on the stovetop just as easily, and believe me, it is worth it! Microwave popcorn is usually full of weird chemicals, additives, colorings- you don’t need it!!
Be sure to get some organic pop corn for this!
3 TBSP coconut oil
1/3 cup pop corn kernels
Covered saucepan (about 3 quarts)
Sea salt
Any extra toppings like melted butter; and if you want to get fancy and have flavors, you can make savory popcorn by sprinkling curry powder, turmeric, cayenne.- Or make it sweet with some honey or maple and coconut oil! But, whatever you do, don’t forget the good quality salt!
Heat the oil gently in the pan. Test 3 or 4 kernels to see if they will pop. If they do, add all the kernels. Cover the pan and remove it from the heat for about 30 seconds (this allows all the kernels to heat up so they can pop all together!)
Return the pan to the heat. Shake the pan over the heat source, keeping the lid slightly ajar. Shake until you stop hearing the pop. Transfer to a bowl and season!

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