Since it is Nutrition Month, I figured a post on small food changes would be appropriate. Over the past few months, I have been trying to replace certain not-so-good-for-you foods with some better alternatives and I thought it would be perfect timing to share them with you.
The first change we made was popcorn. We love popcorn and in the past we have bought boxes of microwave popcorn, sometimes even in bulk. So good and buttery!
One of the reasons why we loved this popcorn was how easy it was to make. You just pop a bag in the microwave, punch in 3 minutes and voila, popcorn ready to devour! But, it's not that good for you. I mean really, popcorn kernels soaked in butter and then vacuum sealed into a bag to sit on a shelf for months on end? A little more unappetizing. We were lazy though and so we kept eating this popcorn.
That is, until one day while searching Pinterest, I discovered such an easy way to make your own! It looked simple enough so I thought I would give it a try. Here's what you do: put 1/4 c. of popcorn kernels in a brown paper sandwich bag, fold over 2-3 times and stand up in the microwave. Pop for approximatly 2 1/2 minutes (or until the popping stops) and then remove. Dump into a bowl and drizzle melted butter over top with a sprinkling of salt. Easy right? (We tend to do two batches since we love popcorn but we discovered that popping it in 1/4 c. portions works better. We tried doing a 1/2 c. at a time but found that there were too many unpopped kernels left over and the bag got too full of popcorn it sometimes burst).
It is so good and still really easy! Plus, you can control how much butter and salt you put on your popcorn and can make it as healthy (or as unhealthy) as you want.
The next change I made was to stop using margarine or shortening...
So far it's been pretty easy to do and I'm feeling good about cutting out the not as good for you fats. Plus, who doesn't like butter?
My latest food change is still in progress. I'm trying to switch from white rice to brown rice but Dan isn't too keen on that idea. So to compromise, we are mixing them!
It's really quite simple to do and tastes really good, at least that's my opinion. I've been mixing basmati brown and white rice. If I want to make 1 cup of rice, I put 2 cups of water in a pot, bring to a boil, add my 1/2 cup of brown rice and then set the timer for 30 minutes. Once it beeps, I add in my 1/2 cup of white rice, give it a stir and set the timer for another 20 minutes. That's it!
Yes, it takes a bit longer but it's still easy to do and I love the results.
I'm pretty pleased with the small changes I have made so far and am still planning on doing more in the coming months. I'm just taking it one step at a time and feeling comfortable with each change before trying to start a new one. I don't want to get overwhelmed and give up, the plan is to make a habit out of these changes so that I don't go back to my old ways!
Have you been making any changes lately? They don't have to be food related, it can be anything. Forming a new good habit is never a bad thing.