Thanks so much for all your congrats on yesterday’s post. I’m EXTREMELY excited about this job because I know it was created for me  Nick and I celebrated last night with some gelato (you know, that “60 calorie gelato”…haha). We then watched the Bachelorette and I realized why I LOVE the show so much. It lets the world know that men can be just as petty, jealous, emotional, and pathetically “in love” as women! It’s GREAT! These men are so vulnerable and with some alcohol, a bunch of guys, a lot of time, and a camera, their true sides really show and it’s hilarious (and sometimes really sad). Do you watch the Bachelorette??

Experiments in the Kitchen

According to the FODMAPs diet (the diet I am on to help reduce my symptoms of IBS and fructose malabsorption) I am not allowed to eat garlic. This has been tough for me, but at the same time it’s easy because garlic really does cause me to get bloated and gassy! It’s crazy. What I can consume, however, is oil infused with garlic (because the part that I malabsorb is not the actual garlic flavor, it’s the garlic itself).

So I decided to make my own garlic infused oil……

I wanted to make garlic infused oil for my popcorn (I love garlic-tasting popcorn). Typically garlic infused oil is made with olive oil, but olive oil is sensitive to heat and light (which is why it should be stored in a cool and dark place) and extra virgin olive oil (which comes from the highest quality, hand-picked olives) should only be used in cold dishes likes cold pastas, salads, or dipping oils. I chose canola oil because I wanted to use this to make popcorn. By the way, have you ever been confused about the different terms for olive oil? They are being re-regulated. Check out more information here.

So I chopped up two garlic cloves and dropped them into about 3 T canola oil. I let the chopped garlic sit in the canola oil for ~1 day (24 hours).Health Benefits of Canola Oil

Canola oil is made from rapeseed. Is is a good source of the omega-3 fatty acid Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), which is converted (in very small amounts) to DHA and EPA (the same heart and brain-healthy Omega-3s found in fish). It bears a health claim that says it can help reduce the risk of heart disease due to it’s very low concentration of saturated fat. It’s also a good source of monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat may help reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol, but too much may also reduce your HDL (good) cholesterol. This is just another of the many reasons why my motto is “Everything in moderation”. That includes healthy foods. But of course the term “moderation” means something slightly different when you are talking about healthy foods.

So, Why Does Popcorn Pop?According to the book “Why Does Popcorn Pop”, by Don Voorhees, popcorn has a moisture content of about 13.5%. Popcorn also contains a food storage layer (which is found in all whole grains) called the endosperm. This is a tough layer that can resist the buildup of steam pressure within the kernal when heated. It isn’t until the kernal reaches about 400 degrees (approximately) that the endosperm ruptures and causes the kernal to expand to about 35 times its size. I don’t know though, my popcorn typically expands about ten times its original size, not 35! What about yours?

It’s truly amazing. Here is my popcorn (~ 5 T) with my garlic infused canola oil (~ 1 tsp).

BEFOREAFTER!

Definitely not 35 times the size. Well, maybe, when you look at it as a whole. But each kernal isn’t 35 times the size, that’s for sure.I definitely noticed a hint of garlic flavor, but not enough to suit my taste. Next time I plan on adding about four garlic cloves, instead of two. Nick will really love me then! haha

Coming Up

Tomorrow I am giving a presentation at a local business on “Eating Healthy On a Budget”! I’m pretty excited to get out and actually do some work! Tomorrow I will be posting some of the steps I take to be healthy and watch my calories/portions when I eat out. I may also be able to give you more information about my new job. We’ll see.

Thanks for reading everyone, and have a great day!