Happy very Last Day of August! How the heck did that happen?! I seriously cannot believe tomorrow is September… or that its 2010, but that’s a different story. 🙂
Yesterday I had one of my favorite snacks – microwave popcorn. But instead of using the prepackaged kind that is loaded with sodium and lots of other ingredients I can’t pronounce, I made my own! I’ve mentioned this before on the blog but wanted to show you how it works with just regular popcorn kernels and a brown paper bag…
First, measure out 3 tbsp of popcorn kernels and put them in a brown paper bag.
Next, fold over the top a few times so it keeps the kernels contained and the bag closed.
Put it in the microwave and select the popcorn setting, or else stand by for 2-3 minutes while it pops. They say you want to stop it when there’s 1-2 seconds between pops. That’s it! Then you have delicious additive-free popcorn that you can dress up however you like.
At home I usually spray a bit of olive oil and then add salt and pepper, but I’ve also done it with truvia and cinnamon if I’m going for sweet, or evoo and parmesan if I’m feeling sassy. I love making popcorn this way because it’s much better for you, only 1 point for the whole bag, and SO much cheaper than buying the prepackaged stuff!
I also had two wasa crackers (1 pt) with 1 light babybell cheese (1 pt) and sliced tomato (0 pts) for another snack.
Plus a few heaping tablespoons of dark chocolate dreams when i got home… I think I have a problem with that stuff. I have so much trouble sticking to a portion because it is just SO delicious. And whenever I find it on sale, I can’t resist…
Dinner last night was AWESOME. Wil cooked it so I can’t take credit, but it was a new fish I’d never heard of or tried before… Kingklip! It’s a firm white fish but still pretty flaky and had a mild flavor. It’s less firm than swordfish, but more firm than a Chilean Seabass. It kind of reminded me of Black Cod in flavor/texture. Wil coated the fish in lime thyme (farmer’s market find!), lemon zest, garlic gold, and salt and pepper and then cooked it in a pan with a little evoo. He also made a farmer’s market veggie stirfry with onions, yellow tomato, okra, and eggplant in nonstick spray, plus whole wheat couscous for a grain. He made a little sauce with nonfat greek yogurt and lemon juice to top it off with.
It was delicious!! It can be very nice having a chef for a boyfriend when he makes meals like this… 🙂
I woke up this morning early to get a run in, and it was a good one!
Distance: 4.00 miles
Avg. Pace: 9:42 min/mile
Avg. Speed: 6.2mph
My iPOD was out of juice (charging it now!) so I went out without music and it actually felt kind of good. It was nice to just soak in the surroundings and let my mind wander. I still prefer running with music for sure, but sometimes its nice to just “unplug” (even though I had my Garmin…)
After my run, I had a sliced up pink lady apple (1 pt) which were on sale for .99 cents a pound at Harris Teeter (!!!). I got 4 apples for under $2, which is so cheap in my neck of the woods.
Plus a chocolate mint vitatop (1 pt)
I was planning on having some almond butter too but didn’t end up eating it even though it was out. Maybe I ODed on the chocolate PB dreams last night (though I don’t think that’s acutally possible…)
Lunch was leftovers with a little twist. I took all the leftover veggies (onions, okra, eggplant, yellow tomato) (0 pts) and stirred in 1/2 cup couscous (1.5 pts). Then, for some protein, I added 1/2 cup of chickpeas (1 pt) and mixed it all together.
It was delicious! Veggies from the farmer’s market (all of them were from that or my CSA!) are soooo much more flavorful than what I buy at the grocery store. This dish was bursting with flavor but was so low point, I didn’t even realize it until I wrote about it just now. Crazy.
My friend Amber is coming over tonight for a Healthy Date! We haven’t had one of these in forever so I am soooo excited! We’re going to cook dinner and maybe work out, have a glass of wine, and chat. My favorite kind of night.
What are some of your favorite snacks lately? Have you ever made microwave popcorn like this before? What are you favorite popcorn toppings?