Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October Health Challenge: Popcorn

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 This morning my husband mentioned that I have handled this no sugar challenge better than in the past when I have tried it.  I have noticed the same.  I don't know why, but I don't seem to just crave sugar the way I did before.  It is great.  Hopefully that will continue through the month.  

I still have cookies in the freezer and ice cream as well.  To avoid the temptation, I find that if I plan a healthier snack ahead of time that I am much more able to work my plan instead of spontaneously looking for something because I want a snack.  I think that works best for me with meal plans as well.  If I have everything planned well, I can just work my plan and my emotions don't take over.  

Last night, we made some popcorn.  Knowing I have something that I can eat and enjoy makes me feel satisfied.

Popcorn is a whole grain and is also CHEAP.  So if you are on a strict budget, it is a great thing to have for a snack.  You just need to add in some time to get the hulls out from your teeth afterwards!  I find that if I slow down as I eat popcorn, it reduces the possibility of getting hulls.  

A word of caution, I know I am on the conservative side, but we didn't give our kids popcorn until they were 5 years old.  One of my husband's uncles was an ENT specialist and encouraged us not to because the majority of problems he saw with kids was popcorn and peanut related.  

I am glad that there are snacks out there that are both healthy and cheap.  It is a win-win situation!  

If you want a fun popcorn experience, there are cobs of popcorn that you can put in a bag and then put into the microwave and it pops off the cob.  

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