Best Weight Watchers Travel Snacks
Jun05

Best Weight Watchers Travel Snacks

Do you feel like when you’re in an airport… or in the air… or in the car (fill in the blanks)… the calories (and points) somehow don’t count…? A little planning can stop you from making poor choices—en route and at your travel destination. Stay happy, healthy, and in control on your vacation! Here are my Top Healthy Travel Snacks Please PIN, SHARE, TWEET it! Remember, sharing is caring. 🙂   Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares (My #1 Travel Snack!) This is my favorite packaged snack—period. I especially love the minis because they’re just big enough to satisfy a craving, and only cost 2 – 3 points. (Try a Peanut Butter Mini with a cup of tea or coffee… mmmhmmm good. You’ll think twice before purchasing a pastry!) 2 – 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per bar Where to Buy: Corazonas.com Use coupon code ORNABAKES25 for FREE SHIPPING over $25! Amazon Corazonas Minis at Costco Corazonas Oatmeal Squares (full size) at Ralphs/Kroger, Whole Foods Market, Gelsons Market (California)   BelVita Breakfast Biscuits I’m pretty much ready to eat from the minute I’m awake, so if I’m in some hotel room and have to wait for hours till we’re in a restaurant eating, I’m… shall we say… not my most pleasant self! That’s why I always pack something to tide me over. 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for 4 biscuits (It’s always less points if you share!) Perfect for sharing with hungry cousins on Safari in South Africa. (Sorry to those of you in the back who never got any.) Where to Buy: Costco, Target, pretty much everywhere   Or NEW from Kellogg’s – To Go Morning Biscuits  (only 4 WW PP for four delicious biscuits) Where to Buy: Amazon, Ralph’s (Kroger)    Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins Make these delicious, healthy muffins ahead, pop them in the freezer, and you’ll have portable breakfast for the whole family. 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per muffin Click here for the super-simple recipe >>   Luna Fiber Bars These are not the sexiest bar around, but they are tasty and satisfying, and get you to the next meal. (What is the sexiest bar around, you might ask…? For me that would have to be a PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch, but I don’t usually spend 6 points on a bar when there’s food to be eaten!) 3 PointsPlus per bar Where to Buy: Target, Ralphs/Kroger/Whole Foods What’s your bar of choice?   Peanut Butter Sammy There’s nothing worse than spending 20 points on a BBQ Chicken Sandwich and greasy chips that you don’t even like, so I always pack an emergency meal. A teaspoon or two of peanut butter (1 WW...

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Quick and Healthy Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins
May29

Quick and Healthy Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins

These moist and tasty muffins are SO quick and easy, and good for you too! Pop them in the freezer for a quickie breakfast-to-go, or fab for kids’ lunches.   Only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for one low fat, high fiber, super-satisfying muffin!   I was pumped to find Toasted Oat Bran at Trader Joe’s. I’ve always been a huge fan of its creamy texture—kind of like Cream of Wheat meets Oatmeal. If you don’t live near a TJ’s, never fear, you’ll find it at most markets next to the oats. It’s delish for breakfast—or even as a late night snack. And since it’s a Weight Watchers Power Food, it’s ZERO POINTS if you’re following the Simple Start or Simply Filling plans.   What is Oat Bran?  I was surprised to discover that Oatbran isn’t just the ‘husk’ of the oat, but is contained in the outer layer of the ‘groat’ which remains after the shelling process. (Confused? So was I!)   Click here for the full explanation from Mornflake >>   Here’s my version of the Oat Bran Recipe on the back of the Trader Joe’s container. They have a nuttier, denser texture than traditional blueberry muffins (a/k/a cake!). And they’re, of course, waaaaay better for you!   Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List (with WW Power Foods & PointsPlus) >>   Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins 2014-05-26 17:23:04 Yields 12 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per muffin. Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 15 min 110 calories 22 g 0 g 3 g 4 g 0 g 67 g 119 g 11 g 0 g 3 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 67g Yields 12 Amount Per Serving Calories 110 Calories from Fat 30 % Daily Value * Total Fat 3g 5% Saturated Fat 0g 2% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 119mg 5% Total Carbohydrates 22g 7% Dietary Fiber 3g 11% Sugars 11g Protein 4g Vitamin A1%Vitamin C2% Calcium8%Iron6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 2 cups Trader Joe's Oat Bran, uncooked 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup fat free milk (or 1 or 2%) 2 egg whites, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 3 tablespoons honey 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries Instructions Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 12 medium muffin cups with paper baking cups or spray bottoms only with no-stick cooking spray....

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Top 7 Trader Joes Salads
May24

Top 7 Trader Joes Salads

Have you ever stood in front of ALL THOSE SALADS at TJ’s and then left without even getting one? (Yup, I have! But I’m a libra, so I don’t do well with too many options.) If you find the choices a tad overwhelming… I’m here to help!   All Salads are Not Created Equal People mistakenly think that having a salad means they’re eating healthy, but in fact some salads can pack way more fat and calories than a sandwich—or even a burger!   My Top 7 Healthy Trader Joe’s Salads   Trader Joe’s Citrus Chicken Salad (My fav!) $3.99 Tastes just like Thai Green Papaya Salad!!! If you’ve never tried one at a Thai Restaurant I highly recommend it. The shredded green papaya (i.e. unripe) and daikon radish give it that same delicious crunch, and the wonderfully light citrus dressing only has 2.5 grams of fat for the whole packet. (I only use half.) I personally could do with a little more chicken, but then I’m a hi-protein kind of girl. You could always add a little extra chicken breast if it’s not filling enough. It has cilantro in it, so if you’re not a fan this one’s not for you.   All Weight Watchers Power Foods, except for the dressing Only 2 PointsPlus (for all the dressing) if you’re doing Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling 7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for the whole container (if you’re counting points)   Carrot & Cilantro Bulgar Grain Salad NEW $3.49 LOVE the turmeric garbanzo beans on top, and I usually pick garbanzos out of salads! Very fresh, light and “carrot-y”.   6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for the whole container   Shrimp & Surimi Salad with Louie Dressing $3.99 FAVORITE Simple Start to-go lunch! Lots of lettuce, so very filling. The only thing that isn’t a Weight Watchers Power Food is the dressing—which surprisingly only adds 2g fat and ONE Point!   All Weight Watchers Power Foods, except for the dressing Only 1 Weight Watchers Point (for the dressing) if you’re following Simple Start or Simply Filling 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for the whole container, with dressing (if you’re counting points)   Trader Joe’s Chicken & Roasted Beet Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Fabulous salad. The lovely feta add richness, so just a little of the dressing and a sprinkle of salt takes it to extreme deliciousness!   8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for the whole container with all the dressing (5 points without dressing)   Crisp Pasadena Salad with Chicken (Best for sharing) $3.99 The package claims that the dressing is to die for—and it is! I love that there’s no onion...

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Two Dinners and a Movie
May12

Two Dinners and a Movie

You MUST see “Chef” by Jon Favreau—now playing in select movie theaters. Not just for foodies; though if you’re passionate about cooking—or eating— you will LOVE every minute of it! And wish you could jump right through the screen and devour every delicious dish… (See below for how you can actually make that happen!)     Filled with positive messages, this heartwarming comedy about a chef who quits his restaurant job to start a food truck, will inspire you to be true to yourself, and be the best you can be—as a writer, parent, artist, or whatever your passion. Most touching was the broken, workaholic chef’s relationship with his soulful young son—played by talented 10-year-old, Emjay Anthony, who had to keep up with improvised lines from Favreau and Leguizamo. The flick cleverly incorporates Twitter, showing how destructive—and influential—social media can be, and how naturally it comes to the youngsters. (I need a “Percy” to promote OrnaBakes!) And you might think twice before posting a nasty review about a restaurant—or movie—on Yelp! I had been dying to see Chef from the minute I saw the trailer, and hubby, Sam—who was not dying to see it—graciously agreed to indulge me. (No pun intended.) But alas, turns out that opening night on Friday, May 9th, was for limited release only, and not playing in our area. So instead of being at the movies, I was in usual my place on the couch, watching charmingly humble Pharrell Williams on Jimmy Kimmell. And then, next up… Jon Favreau promoting the ultimate ode to food! Well, when Sam saw that it co-starred Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Dustin Hoffman (yes, in that particular order), he was suddenly keen to go with me! (Interesting.) I then discovered on Facebook that Favreau was doing Q&A at the AMC Century City following the movie, the very next night! So… we snatched up the last two decent seats; got Granny on board to babysit, and less that 24 hours later… #bestdatenightever    Orna with Jon Favreau 5:30pm Happy Hour at Pink Taco (Owned by 31-year-old Harry Morton, of Morton’s Steakhouse family. Highly recommend!) 6:30pm Quick visit to the Container Store (sigh, love love love that store) 7:00pm Chef: Movie Tribute to Food 9:30pm Q&A and photo op with Jon Favreau 10:30pm BJ’s Pizza (I told you it was Two Dinners and a Movie…) What more could a girl want on the eve of Mother’s Day?   Q&A with Jon Favreau Hearing writer, director, and star, Jon Favreau speak openly and honestly about the movie—and his creative process—was deeply inspiring, so I wanted to share some of...

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Simple Sauteed Broccolini (Baby Broccoli)
May09

Simple Sauteed Broccolini (Baby Broccoli)

This way of making broccoli/broccolini/broccolette is reeeeeally easy, reeeeeeally healthy, and even your little ones will like it. Trust me—you’ll never make steamed broccoli again! My friend, Sloane, just invited me to do a recipe swap—which I was reluctant to do, because the last time I did it almost all the people I invited declined, and it seemed to be more trouble than it was worth. But since Sloane is a fabulous cook, I thought I’d give it a go. (Sorry in advance to the 20 friends who will soon be getting the invite from me!) And then to choose a recipe… where to even begin?! The instructions were for something simple–preferably that you make from memory. AHA! My Sauteed Broccolini! It MUST be good, because my other friend, Nicole, called me for the recipe after I made it for her and her two little darlings. (When you get a two, three, and four year old to eat your veggie dish, it’s a happy day!) Here are the little princesses making Valentine’s Cookies (That’s mine on the left)   And then I thought… if I’m typing this up to send out in a recipe swap, shouldn’t I be sharing it with the rest of you…? So here it is! What is Broccolini? Similar to broccoli, but with a milder, sweeter taste and smaller florets. Fun for kids to grab onto the long, thin stalks—especially if they have those pretty little yellow flowers, which BTW are edible. Though sometimes labeled “Baby Broccoli” it is not, in fact, “young broccoli”, but rather a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan (Chinese Kale), and is popular in Japan. I usually buy it at Trader Joe’s (fav TJ’s veg!)—but these days you’ll find cute little bunches of it in the produce section of most US markets. Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List (with Weight Watchers Power Foods and Points Plus) >>   At Vons (Safeway) look for Broccolette   I couldn’t live without my Masterclad 12-inch nonstick pan (I have two!)—look out for them at Costco trade shows, where they are heavily discounted. The one with the lid is perfect for sautéing and then steaming veggies. Click here for my Costco Shopping List >>   How to Smash Garlic Smashing garlic makes it easier to peel and releases its garlicky oils, which will flavor your olive oil just enough, and the larger pieces of garlic won’t burn as easily as little ones. Place the back of your chefs knife down on the clove and carefully give it a whack or two with your fist. Then slice off the end and peel. Have you...

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