Wow! Sometimes I learn something new and it really surprises me.
Today, I made popcorn in the microwave.
No, I don’t mean that microwave popcorn you can buy at the grocery store that has long lists of artificial ingredients or other stuff that you don’t want to eat. I mean regular popcorn popped in the microwave. I had no idea how easy it is to do this.
I came across this in Food Matters by Mark Bittman and in the 100 Days of Real Food book (I’ve talked about both books before). A few weeks ago I bought a bag of just plain organic popcorn at Whole Foods. I also found so small brown paper lunch bags.
Today, I finally made the popcorn. Basically, I took a 1/4 cup of popcorn and put it in a bag. I chose to put in 1/4 teaspoon of salt, but that is optional. I folded the top down about an inch 3 times, then placed the bag on its side in the microwave. I then ran the microwave for about 3 minutes. Stop when you start having a few seconds between pops.
That was it! It came out perfectly. It was so good and was just as easy as cooking the microwave popcorn you get at the store. I had actually started buying bags of cooked popcorn instead. It usually has less additives than the microwave stuff, but it often has some and isn’t hot.
This was just dead easy. I can’t belief I ever spent money to buy microwave popcorn when this is so simple, is healthier, and cheaper.
While the popcorn was cooking I heated up 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil and sauteed a pressed clove of garlic. When the popcorn was done I tossed it with the olive oil and garlic and it was wonderful.
A short update on the eating more experiment. Yesterday, I had talked about eating more for a couple of days to see if that would help metabolism to get going again. Jillian Michaels has advocated eating 1800 to 2400 calories a day for 3 days to get through a plateau. At the time I posted I was going to eat between 1400 and 1500 calories yesterday (on Wednesday I ate just over 1900 calories), but said I was too chicken to do it for a third day.
I finally decided that if I was going to do the experiment, I should eat the way she suggested …or at least close to it. So, yesterday, I finished up just over 1600 calories. Today, I am aiming at 1800. I’m not sure if I will make it today or not. I didn’t go out to eat today so I’m just eating at home. I’ve had dinner as I write this and am just over 1200 calories for the day. So, I doubt I’ll be able to hit 1800, but I go to bed late so will probably be able to have a late night snack.
It was a little hard for me to decide to do this the third day. But, I’ve looked at my calorie deficit for the week and even if I do eat 1800 calories today I will still have enough of a calorie deficit for a half pound loss (I’m not weighing in tomorrow, but just saying the math would still be there for it). I did exercise today, so even eating 1800 calories shouldn’t do any real damage to it. Saturday I will go back to my regular eating and will find out soon if all this has helped.