Friday, October 30, 2009

Workouts and Rewards

While searching the internet the other day, I came across a great site to help motivate for fitness. Shape Magazine has a virtual trainer that will provide you with exercises customized to your preferences, style of working out and level of fitness. The best part about it, is that it is free!

If you are looking to add exercise into your program, this is a great tool to sign up for.

On the recipe front, with Halloween coming up tomorrow, cookies, candies and all sorts of goodies will be front and centre. One favourite around our place is Old Fashioned Popcorn balls - a recipe that has been in our family for years. This low fat recipe is easy to make and better to eat!

Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls

24 cups air popped popcorn with unpopped kernels removed
1 bag regular or mini marshmallows
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar - firmly packed

Equipment needed
Hot air popcorn popper
Large bowl or roaster for mixing
Baking sheet
Wax paper
Wooden spoon or spatula
Small amount of butter or cooking spray for greasing hands
Plastic wrap - optional

1. Put popcorn in a large bowl or roaster and set aside.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
3. Lower heat to low and add in brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Approximately 2-3 minutes
4. Add marshmallows to mixture. Stir constantly so marshmallows do not burn.

5. Once marshmallows are melted and blended, pour mixture over popcorn.
6. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula. Let cool slightly until you can handle it comfortably.
7. Line baking sheet with waxed paper and lightly grease.
8. Grease hands with butter or cooking spray and form popcorn into balls.
9. Let balls cool on baking sheet for about an hour.
10. Wrap in plastic wrap and decorate to give as gifts or serve as treats.

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