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Make-Your-Own Microwave Popcorn

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. πŸ™‚

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. Β 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… πŸ™‚

I woke up this morning early to get a run in, and it was a good one!

Distance: 4.00 miles

Duration: 38:50

Avg. Pace: 9:42 min/mile

Avg. Speed: 6.2mph

Calories: 475

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?

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13 Responses

  1. I spritz a little cooking spray on my air popped popcorn and sprinkle some paprika and salt on it.

  2. They make a chocolate mint vita top!? I must find that. I usually snack on pretzels and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese, or a chocolate vita top with peanut butter. I’ve never been a huge popcorn fan just because I hate digging it out of my teeth.

  3. I’m jealous of the early morning run! I think this week has me missing them!

  4. genius! i love the brown paper bag idea…super cute for parties and stuff too πŸ™‚ let’s see…lately i actually haven’t been snacking a lot, although carrots and almond butter are a big favorite!

  5. What a good idea! I hate how expensive microwave popcorn is, but sometimes I’m just not in the mood to put it on the stove like my mom used to do. This is an awesome alternative!

  6. What an awesome idea! I definitely need to give this a try. I love popcorn. Seriously…love it.

  7. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks!! I usually buy the TJ’s low fat mini bags, but making my own would save money and extra add ins.. I’ll have to try it some time!

    I love to put taco seasoning or parm cheese on mine for a treat!

  8. wow! i never realized you could do popcorn like that! love it, thanks for sharing!!

  9. I’ve heard of dampening the bag, is that necessary? I thought it was for steaming purposes.
    I’ll have to try this, although I do pop my popcorn on the stove with a couple of tsps of butter or olive oil, and usually about 1/4-1/3 cup, because Ryan will eventually say he want some.

    My favorite topping – Nutritional Yeast and salt and pepper – you must try it! It gives it a buttery flavor without the calories!

  10. Never thought to make my own microwave popcorn! Thanks!

  11. Oooohh – I haven’t had brown bag microwave popcorn in AGES! It is so yummy! Just add a dash of salt when it comes out & it’s all set.

  12. Popcorn is my go-to snack. I haven’t bought microwave popcorn in over 2 years. Instead I buy kernals and do it on the stove with canola oil. It’s so easy this way because I can put a serving in a zip-lock bag and take it to go.

  13. No. Way.

    I didn’t know you could microwave regular popcorn!!!

    You just changed my life. I am SO excited!!!

    I realize this may sound sarcastic, but it totally isn’t… I’m so excited πŸ™‚

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