If you are anything like me, there are certain times of the year that make you pause and re-evaluate your life, whether you want to or not.
One of these is around the New Year, when the haze, and permission, of happy holiday food indulgence starts to wear off.
For example, as we begin to roll in to January, the cover splash of healthy eating magazines at the front of the grocery line makes me want to remove items from my cart and the public eye, and covertly drop them in to the “changing your mind basket” below the candy display. This approach safely dodges the disaster of having these unapproved calories make their way on to my section of the conveyor belt, and keeps me running with the “in” crowd.
If I really want to purchase a guilty pleasure in the first quarter of the year though, I know that I have to take it to the self-serve line. In theory, this sounds like a good tactic, but for some reason it has not been working out that well of late. Nine times out of ten, it will cost you a price check visit from the grocery manager, and the embarrassment of getting caught red-handed with a mega-size Reese’s outside the month of October. Luckily, I am a pretty resourceful person, and I believe in Marie’s truth that everything is “figureoutable.”
Introducing… my new favorite guilt-free treat, to help you survive the gap between New Year’s and the fresh fruit season; when both the food choices and the living gets easier.
Image and link to Nordic Ware Popcorn Maker from Target.com
I have been hearing a lot lately about how toxic microwave popcorn is, and loved making the homemade version when I was a kid. As a result, I researched several different brands before, like the rest of the popcorn posse, landing on the Nordic Ware for $8.99. Here’s how we like to enjoy it:
Images and products from Target.com
You start by putting 1/3 cup popcorn kernels in to the base of the bowl. Any popcorn kernels will do, I just like this Pop Secret container because it makes for easy pouring. Then we top with two tablespoons of olive oil (again, any brand will work). Nordic Ware says you can skip the olive oil, but we think it gives a better flavor. Then you put the lid on and microwave it for 2-4 minutes. You end up with lovely, guilt-free popcorn you can eat right from the bowl.
Finally, we like to top ours to taste with sea salt out of the grinder, because grinders are fun! Our son also likes to add a couple tablespoons of melted butter. Even with the butter, it’s still much healthier without all the cancer-causing chemicals.
There are a couple of new flavorings we haven’t tried yet, that we are looking forward to. One is this Himalayan Pink Salt, nicknamed “pink gold” for it’s health benefits.
Product and image from Target.com
We also want to try this candied green pop from Skip to My Lou for St. Patrick’s Day.
Image and recipe found here at SkipToMyLou.org
Since we missed our chance to make it in to the Olympics this year, which are set to kick off August 5th 2016 in Brazil, maybe we will try our luck with these Olympic Popcorn events. We definitely need to step up the challenge, because our kids have already mastered how to catch popcorn in your mouth. 🙂
Image and games from OneSheTwoShe.com
Now that we have an endless supply of healthy popcorn, it might be time to try out Downtown Abbey. The show just had it’s series finale, so I’ll be looking for the reruns, since I haven’t seen it yet. I heard its fantastic, and that there is a character in the show that reminds our family of my grandmother.
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