I have been reading and researching every possible way to provide my daughter with a food that tastes like popcorn as she is craving it. My daughter is ALLERGIC to CORN and it makes Snacking very hard. Everything she has come to know as normal has changed because of a newly found allergy! Now my son is allergic to corn as well!
It’s not easy to come up with alternatives and the brands often make it cost offensive to purchase products that are pre-made and packaged. Sourcing out new products and creating delicious eats for my daughter is what I do well and I thought I should share what I have found with you.
Gluten Free is not an easy food allergy to deal with and on so many levels it is emotional as well as physical. I have attempted to find foods that replace foods she loved and can no longer consume. Just as my son with severe food allergies needs to be accommodated with foods, my daughter does as well and this momma is hot on the trail of some pretty cool stuff.
Lavishly live healthy eating, with popcorn alternative (affiliate) for those with corn allergies.
Where To Look
I have done my homework and Googled till I can Google no more, but no one really has the same allergy combinations. For us, beating Gluten is one thing, but adding in the Corn Allergy takes this to another level. I have to really be smart about this and figure out how to not have corn in popcorn.(affiliate)
The substitute that I have found is simple and in fact readily available. While the substitute I have found does not pop NEARLY as big as regular popcorn, it sure does give the flavor that is reminiscent of popcorn which truly satisfies her.
Finding the foods in all stores is not always possible, but make sure to check Whole Foods as they are pretty good with sourcing foods that you can not normally find. In addition, my Go-To is Amazon because Amazon is Amazing!
The Corn Free Party
It’s not just Amaranth that is corn-free and popcorn like in fact, I have another substitute for you and this one is just as good, it is all in YOUR Preference. Meet Sorghum, it pops nice, but remember these are going to be 1/2 the size of popcorn. Again, my best friend is Amazon (affiliate) when seeking these foods. I simply, click and order.
Because my son has so many food allergies & my daughter as well, we use the one below this is the link to buy it–> Sorghum – You see it alleviates cross-contamination. If you do not have other allergies it won’t matter what brand you buy!
“Gerbs Allergen Declaration: Product is FREE from the following: Gluten, Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Soy, Eggs, Milk/Dairy, Fish, Crustacean, Mustard, and Sesame.”
POP Amaranth & Sorghum Yourself
Some use a pan and oil, me, I love my microwave and this great microwave popper!
If you are not about cooking this all on your own, always in a hurry and just want the corn-alternative in a bag, your answer is Mini Pops. Yes we have eaten this, yes we like it and yes it is worth every penny. It’s again, all about the preference, Homemade or store bought.
HEALTHY EATING ~ POPCORN ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE WITH CORN ALLERGIES
As a mom, I am willing to try anything that makes sense but I also bare in mind that my 14-year-old is not as willing to try new things! In order for her to try it, it has to look as good as I say it tastes.. You know teens–“prove it to me before I try it” I did prove it to her and she is so happy that we have introduced this to her diet as an alternative.
A popcorn-like substance
Have you heard of Amaranth? Now you have. I had read a magazine about 8 months ago at our Dr’s. office and never finished investigating, but now I have. Amaranth is able to be put on a stove with oil and popped and then seasoned with Salt. It is very good, not quite popcorn, but it is tasty.
At first, I thought I was the only one that knew about the Amaranth, but then I found this article on How to Puff Amaranth and I am excited. I will continue to post new alternatives for those who can not have POP CORN!
Between my son and my daughter, I keep on looking for the next best thing and I truly hope this helps you.
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