My husband and I participated in our first sprint triathlon this past weekend and I think we’re hooked! It actually wasn’t a full Sprint, it was 1/4 mile swim, 6 mile bike and a 2 mile run. I loved all the training that Scott and I did together in the early morning hours, but the distances weren’t so long that it took us away from the family for long periods of time. The race started at 7am. That morning I drank a glass of room temperature water right when I woke up to get things moving(others might drink coffee, but warm water does the trick just as well…green smoothies work too but a little too well, in my opinion and I didn’t want that much liquid in me for the race), and then I had a half piece of whole wheat toast with coconut oil spread over top, and half of a banana.
The month leading up to the triathlon we went on a sugar fast, though we still ate some honey sweetened treats. I may have made our peanut butter cookies and no-bake cookies more than once :). Smoothies were also a favorite and refreshing treat when we were feeling like we wanted something sweet. This Berry Banana Smoothie and this Pina Colada Smoothie are delicious.
Normally on a weekend night, we might watch a movie and have some popcorn with strawberry Aussie licorice, my personal favorite, but since we’re not doing sugar, we held off on the licorice but still ate a good amount of popcorn. When we’re popping for our entire family, we’ll usually use the air popper as it pops so much and quickly. But when there’s not as many to share with, or when your family just feels like doing something a little different, you can make your own home made microwave popcorn with just popcorn kernels and a brown paper lunch sack.
All you do is put the popcorn kernels in your paper lunch bag and fold down the top 3 or 4 times. Place the bag in your microwave and cook for 2 minutes, or until the pops slow down and there are a couple of seconds in between pops; watch it carefully after the first minute because things can turn bad very quickly. You can eat it plain as is, or you can melt coconut oil or butter and pour it over top and sprinkle it with a little salt. Clean up is a breeze, just throw away the bag, and I love that you don’t get all the additives and fake butter that accompanies the store bought microwave popcorn. Enjoy!
Home Made Microwave Popcorn
1/4 c popcorn kernels
1 brown paper lunch bag
optional toppings: 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil or butter and salt
Put popcorn kernels in a paper lunch bag and fold down the top 3 or 4 times. Place the bag in your microwave and cook for 2 minutes, or until the popping slows down and there are about 2 seconds in between pops. You can eat it plain as is, or you can melt coconut oil or butter and pour it over top and sprinkle it with a little salt.