We all love a crunchy snack in this house. Dog included. Crunchy… salty… sweet and salty… I grew up on plain potato crisps and there’s always been something soothing about the combination of crunch and salt.
Having spent many years working with occupation therapists to help Master A’s sensory issues, I now know that some of the attraction we have for crunchy things can be for the effect that this heavy jaw work has on our nervous system. Crunching can calm us. Chewing gum can have a similar effect.
So, given that the crunching can be helpful for our emotional and mental state, I wanted to find snack foods that were attractive to a sensitive palate but didn’t contain a proverbial chemical sh*!storm.
We’ve had a popcorn machine for so long I can’t work out how long. It has made countless batches of popcorn for us, friends, friends’ children and now our little man. He loves his popcorn, loves ‘good’ salt and is now convinced that Mum’s popcorn is better than anything you can get at the supermarket or cinema. [Read more...]