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Peanut Butter Popcorn!

Before I let you get to the amazing Peanut Butter popcorn, you'll have to endure me blabbing on about my speed workout today. Or...you could just scroll down. But I'll know. Don't ask how, but I'll know.

It was done on the treadmill, so I could control the pace, and essentially I matched each length of "recovery pace" (6.0) with the same distance at a hard/tempo pace (7.1-7.4).


I really loved this! When I do longer intervals (i.e. a mile) I need a longer recovery time, so this worked. One mile slow, one mile fast. 3/4 mile slow, 3/4 mile fast, and so on down the line. I can't remember sweating this much EVER on the treadmill. That's always a sign of a good workout to me!

Since you were so good and read all of my running nonsense you may now proceed to the good stuff. 
Lately two of my favorite snacks have been PB and popcorn. It was only a matter of time before I figured out how to combine the two. 

EASIEST RECIPE EVER:
-Pop microwave popcorn
-melt peanut butter
-drizzle melted PB on popcorn
-add in whatever you love- I used dried cranberries and some flax seeds


I promise you will not regret the 84 seconds it take you to make this. It really remind me of those popcorn balls I used to get trick-or-treating when I was a kid. Except they taste better, they're healthier, you can make one serving at a time (portion control!), and did I mention the PEANUT BUTTER?


Where do you do speedwork--treadmill, track, or outside with a Garmin?
If I have a designated "speed" day I definitely prefer the treadmill because it's easier for me to track my pace. 

What is your favorite way to eat PB? 
Off a spoon? Seriously, I love it any way I can get it! I love it in oatmeal, bread, and now popcorn!!

Comments

  1. Melted peanut butter on popcorn? Girl, you're a genius!

    I'm going to have to try this.

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  2. oh man, I'll eat pb any way, but this looks amazing!

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  3. This looks delicious! I, too, am a pb addict.

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  4. I love melted pb so I will definitely be trying this recipe out.

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  5. Mmmmmm....I know what my TV watching snack is tonight! I personally think PB goes great with just about everything. Having 3 kids, we manage to add it to everything cause it's the ONLY thing they eat!
    Haven't done any speed work yet but I am guessing the TM will be my way to go.

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  6. The speedwork looks really good. I've never tried before, it really intimidates me because I feel like I have no clue what I am doing. I don't suppose I could get you to adjust that chart a little for me, just lowering the mph a tad for a slowpoke? That popcorn sounds amazing, I can't wait to try it! My two fav ways to eat peanut butter are on spread on top of warm brownies or in a Reeses product.

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  7. YAY, I now have my workout for tomorrow planned!

    I am eating popcorn as I read this so I now know that you know but I don't know how you know!

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  8. Great speed workout, and I have totally got to try that peanut butter popcorn! Looks amazing.

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  9. I do speed workouts wherever I can access at that particular time-outside on the street, the HS track (if its open), or a treadmill. I usually do .25 mi intervals on the treadmill, but also find that when I do a ladder like you did the time goes by faster!

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  10. What a fantastic idea!!! I can't wait to try this out.

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  11. Thank you for this idea!!!!! Luckily I have PB, popcorn, and dried cranberries on hand, woohoo :)

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  12. popcorn is the smartest idea! throw some chocolate chips in there and that would be heavenly. love it!

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  13. Now I'll admit I skipped the popcorn part! I was studying the speed work section. I really want to start doing that. I'm so confused by it, so I just want to soak up all that you fancy runners do so I can learn from you!

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  14. Cute blog! Thanks for stopping by mine. Looks like our workouts are very similar, yoga and running!

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  15. nice i love the speed workout, and i do mine on the treadmill all the time that way i can ensure i'm hitting my paces

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  16. I prefer doing speedwork on the treadmill for the sake of pace control. Especially since I don't own a Garmin yet! lol

    I am LOVING how many runners are also PB lovers. PB is so great with so many things, but my all-time favorite is apple slices dipped in PB. :)

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  17. Nice job on the speedwork! I prefer the track, for some reason seeing how far I have to go seems to be more motivating? My second choice is the treadmill, even though I hate it, it gets the job done. I've done it with the Garmin but doesn't seem to be as effective. PB + banana is my ultimate combo.

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  18. omg that peanut butter popcorn looks so good!!! i will have to try it

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  19. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! And great speed work! :)

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  20. great recipe. I love the sweet and salty combo! and I love speed work on the treadmill for sure.

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  21. I definitely saving this workout to use soon! I've just started running, I've finally gotten to commit to it, so I'm going to work up there! Right now I do about 3 miles walking 1 minute of every 5, so hopefully 5 miles is only a couple weeks away.

    I can't believe you don't take breaks! Hopefully by the end of summer I will think I am crazy for saying that :)

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  22. YUM! That looks so good!! I have been eating a peanut butter and banana bagel every morning lately. Delish!!

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  23. I am SO making that!! Maybe with nutella since I'm obsessed with it right now! GUESS WHAT? You were mentioned in my blog today! http://tinyurl.com/3wns98j Check it out! More goodies to add to your side bar;) (Congrats btw!)

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  24. I have yet to do a real track workout lol gotta put that on the bucket list! lol
    I love peanut butter, I could eat it with anything really, apples, bananas, bread, cereal, with a spoon straight out of the jar!

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  25. I can't wait to try this popcorn!!! And goodjob on your training today!

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  26. That sounds so good! I only have black pepper popcorn right now
    That might not be so good:(

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  27. I love reading the running "nonsense!"

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  28. I'm crazy...I kind of hate peanut butter. I think peanuts are the reject nut -- I LOVE almond butter, nutella, walnuts, macadamias, pistachios, etc. but no peanuts!!

    I love speedwork on the treadmill. I accidentally started doing it out of boredom on rainy days...and realized I was able to kick my butt way more than normal, because I love number games. I always try and "beat" my previous best miles per hour record. Right now I think the record to beat is about 8.4 miles in an hour!

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  29. This work out sounds great - I need to run 5 miles tomorrow and will probably try to pull this out! Thanks!

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  30. GREAT JOB ON THE WORKOUT!!! I am in dire need of speed workout but once it gets hard I check out...I'm so used to my comfort pace it's so hard for me to get out of that without dying! I like your idea...I should try that tomorrow...ummm and just in luck I have a 5 mile-r planned. LOL

    And the popcorn sounds yummy!

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  31. I love Skippy Natural on a saltine cracker or a fuji apple. Peanut butter is heaven on earth. Speed is not. I just added speed workouts and I hate them because they make me feel slow and near death. So far... I've done them on the track, but the ac controlled treadmill might not be a bad idea.

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  32. I prefer to do intervals and stuff on the treadmill too. I am horrible at keeping a steady pace outside...

    My favorite peanut butter vehicle is a good, crunchy piece of toast!

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  33. God, you and your creativity never cease to impress me! I really want to get into some more interesting food options.. there just never seem to be enough hours in the day for everything!!

    Another great workout - I haven't gotten hardcore enough for tempo/"real" workouts but this seems like something I would do for sure.

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  34. How is it that I've never thought of this before? Two of my favourite things combined into a bowl of delicious. You are a GENIUS! PURE GENIUS!

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  35. Have done this with pb and cinnamon. Hadn't thought of the cranberries. Nice!

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  36. I going to try the intervals and popcorn. Thanks for sharing

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  37. Thanks for stopping by my blog and allowing me to find yours. I have now found another blog to stalk. Can't wait to read more about your workouts and recipes.

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  38. Your treadmill workout looks great. I am actually going to copy it down and give it ago.

    Also, in your previous post on your upper-body workout, which by the way is great. I have been looking for things I could do at home without weights and had no idea where to start.

    You mentioned Russian Twists and Roll-Ups??? What are these????

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  39. Great speedwork,i like to do mine in a group session with the running club makes me work hard,i love peanut butter but not tried this sounds great i just love mine on toast :)

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  40. My kids ask me all the time if they can have a protein...and by that they mean big spoon of peanut butter or a boiled egg. :)

    I haven't done speed work yet, I'll have to get on it. I did improve my time yesterday though woo hoo!! 3 miles in 25:30 I think it was the 90 weather that kept me running.

    runningtobeskinny.com

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  41. Look at you with you popcorn idea! It's gluten free too I believe...hmmm ;)

    Agree that speedwork is so much easier on a treadmill, way less mind work!

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  42. Oh my gosh, you had me at peanut butter!! That looks amazing. I will be making that tonight!

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  43. i'm crazy obsessed with peanut butter! and popcorn! that snack sounds so delicious! my fave ways to eat pb are in oatmeal, on toast, and also on the spoon! :)

    i have a garmin watch but i still prefer doing speedwork on the treadmill. i just think its easier to set the pace and run it, otherwise i feel like i waste half of my energy checking my pace on my watch every 20 seconds!

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  44. I love pb in any form, so good! Thanks! :) I still really want to work up to that much mileage, but we're taking it slow right now, so I guess we aren't technically following the plan. But I can't wait until my long runs are up there!!

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  45. Ok... the speed workout was REALLY cool and awesome.
    But the peanut butter popcorn .... I totally forgot about what you wrote before! :)

    Gonna try that. YUM!!!!

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  46. Girl, I've been on a popcorn kick all week and this sounds like such a healthy refreshing treat from...um.... *blushes* butter popcorn. Hahahahaha. (:

    Vanessa @ Project Zen

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  47. I have been doing speed workouts on the treadmill but now that I will have a more official training plan I am thinking ill unearth my college running workouts which are done primarily on a field or track. My Garmin is currently broken :( so that is out of the question right now.

    I love pb on many things but I think in chocolate Brownies is the best. I would love to try out your snack because I have all the ingredients and it looks delicious - how do you microwave the pb w/o burning it? I have ruined more than 1 measuring cup trying to melt pb!

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  48. I think I'm going to try this tonight, albeit at a slightly slower pace. Made a little paper to bring with me and everything. Wish me luck!

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