Dr. Praegers Kale and Black Bean Veggie Burgers (review)
Jun19

Dr. Praegers Kale and Black Bean Veggie Burgers (review)

I was so pumped to find Dr. Praeger’s Kale Veggie Burgers and Black Bean Burgers at my door that I decided to try them today!      My first time getting something on dry ice—I don’t know why that was so pleasing.   This big, giant box for two little boxes of burgers. (Not as green as the Kale Burgers. LOL)   I  am now verrry full. I made one of each to try, and they were both so delish that I ate them both! (Plus a side salad.) I just popped them in the toaster oven and ate them straight up, to get the full flavor.   Here’s the verdict:   Dr. Praeger’s Kale Veggie Burger (Gluten Free) With Quinoa I must admit, it did look a little “grassy” but actually tasted surprisingly delicious. Very fresh and light. Now would I slap this on a burger bun with ketchup? Definitely not. But next to a couple of fried eggs I think it would make for a tasty meal. 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus   Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Veggie Burgers Let me first say that I am not a fan of black beans. But I really enjoyed the taste and texture of this one—more dense and filling than the others. Very bean-y. And just enough if a kick. Fab with a fruity salsa and/or roasted red pepper hummus. Wrap in lettuce leaves for a low-carb sammy! 12 g protein to keep you feeling satisfied. 3 WW PP   My fav is still the Asian Veggie Burger. Click here for my Veggie Burger Chop Suey Recipe >>   Whole Foods Market carries a wide variety of Dr. Praeger’s products. And you can find the California Veggie Burgers at Trader Joe’s. The California Burger was my go-to dinner for many months when I first joined Weight Watchers. You can find my Veggie Burger Scramble recipe on my Trader Joes shopping List (next to California Burger) >>   But these two new ones could be making their way into heavy rotation!   Click here for where to purchase Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers >>   Simple Start/Simply Filling Unfortunately, since all of Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers have more than 2g fat, they’re not considered Weight Watchers Power Foods. But, if you’re doing WW Simple Start or Simply Filling, I think they’re definitely worth spending a few points on just to add some variety to what you’re eating. (Or I personally might not even count points if I was just having one of these as part of my healthy Simple Start meal. But shhhhh…. don’t tell anyone that I told you that!) BTW...

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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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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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TARGET List Launch!
Mar30

TARGET List Launch!

It’s been a great week at OrnaBakes! I’m not sure who’s been sharing my Guilt-Free Ricotta Cheesecake, but it’s reached 100 Facebook shares and rising rapidly—so if you’re one of my sharing angels, I thank you.   OrnaBakes is almost at 1000 Facebook likes too! If you aren’t one of them, please click here to like OrnaBakes on FB. It’s a great way to get realtime news and posts. Thanks. 🙂       I’ve been working like crazy on my TARGET List—adding pics and points, and mostly healthy choices. (You didn’t expect me not to share that I found Arby’s Curly Fries at TARGET, did you?!) I thought you’d get a kick out of behind-the-scenes at the photo shoot…  Please don’t judge me by what you see on Aja’s table! Some of my top picks are: PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter) Philippine Brand Dried Mango & Coconut (I know, so exciting!) StarKist Sweet & Spicy Tuna Laura’s Lean Beef Near East Pearled Couscous (NEW) Fiber One Chocolate Squares What do you buy at TARGET? PLEEZ add your favs in the comments, and share the list with your Weight Watchers buddies! If you really wanted to, you could even mention it at your next WW meeting! 😉   Click here for the complete TARGET Shopping List >> (I’ll be adding items regularly, so make sure to check back often.)   xoxo  ...

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Top 10 Weight Watchers Power Foods
Mar03

Top 10 Weight Watchers Power Foods

Weight Watchers Power Foods are good for you, keep you feeling satisfied, and they’re delicious! Weight Watchers is encouraging members to eat more Power Foods with their new Simple Start Program (brilliant if you ask me).     WW Fact: Power Foods are selected not only because of their fat, fiber, protein, and carb content (which = points value) but also by their abuse potential (i.e. they’re less likely to trigger food cravings and derail you!) Here are some of my favorites…   Fiber One Original Bran Cereal My go-to breakfast—and TOP WW Power Food. Only $3.69 at Target ( Click here for my Target Shopping List) Mix it with fat free Greek Yogurt and milk for a long-lasting, super-satisfying breakfast. Add frozen blueberries for extra antioxidants. You can even crush it up to make breading! (My hubby would NEVER eat that, so it’s not something we do in my house, but many WW peeps do.) BTW: Fiber One 80 Chocolate Squares are the best non-power-food nighttime snack—only 2 PointsPlus for 3/4 cup.   Greek Yogurt (not just a food fad) Greek Yogurt has double the protein of regular yogurt, and even the fat free versions are thick and creamy, and very versatile.     Mix your favorite flavor with fat free milk to make Zoku Mini Pops—100% guilt-free fun! (Or puree strawberries, bananas, and plain Greek Yogurt) Adding it to my morning cereal gives me at least an extra hour before my stomach starts to growl (see above) Best mid-morning snack: Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt Blends (my fav is Toasted Coconut Vanilla) Sour Cream Substitute: Top Butternut Squash & Apple Soup or Quick Mexican Chicken & Hominy Soup for added protein and creamy tang.   Oats Don’t think of Oatmeal as just another breakfast food; it’s great for those times when you just need a warm bowl of comfort! Four of my Top Costco Picks involve oats. Microwave Quaker Oats with chopped apples, Splenda and cinnamon if you’re craving sweets at night. Minsley Organic Cooked Steelcut Oatmeal: BEST WW Breakfast-To-Go, or emergency office desk food. Coach’s Oats: Nutty, hearty, Steelcut Oats without the loooong cooking time. Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares: 2 WW PointsPlus for one heart-healthy delicious square. I’m obsessed with the Peanut Butter ones—don’t go anywhere without carrying one in my purse!  If you’re nowhere near a Costco, have no fear—you can purchase all of these oaty gems on Amazon! Got Prime? 🙂  -or- Try Oat Bran for a change! (It’s like Cream of Wheat meets Oatmeal) You can find delicious Toasted Oat Bran at Trader Joe’s >>   Polenta Love, love, love, polenta. It satisfies that carb craving without breaking the points bank....

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Veggie Burger Chop Suey
Jan26

Veggie Burger Chop Suey

This is such a fun, pleasing dish to eat—inspired by Dr. Praeger’s Asian Veggie Burgers. (LOVE!) There are SO many different ways to make it, so even if you haven’t seen the veggie burgers, or you’re not a fan of canned goods, read on! Taking the final pics was torturous, because the wonderful aroma was permeating the whole house, and all I wanted to do was sit down and gobble it up!     My new Twitter friend, Kimlai Yingling, saw my lovin’ tweet for these yummy Asian-flavored patties, and asked me to review them for her website, EatinAsian, including what I would do with them. (Review coming soon to EatinAsian) Which got me thinking… I prefer digging into a steaming bowl of tasty goodness with chopsticks (my secret weight-loss weapon), so my creation isn’t in typical “omelet” style—known as Egg Foo Yong. (But if you like it that way, have at it) Mine is more like Chop Suey—without the meat. Whatever you wanna call it, I’m telling you, it’s better than Chinese Take-Out! (And waaaaay better for you.) Each time you find a piece of veggie burger or egg it’s like hitting gold! The burger might break up a bit, revealing the plump, sweet peas and carrots, and spreading distinct ginger flavor throughout the dish.   The long (julienne cut) veggies give you a noodle fix.   You could add celery, scallions, mushrooms, cabbage, or even shredded carrots to brighten up the color. But I tried to keep it really simple and do-able—with pantry and freezer ingredients.   You’ll always find water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts in my pantry; for times when I’m out of veggies and feel like whipping up some Chinese Comfort Food! I wonder if it’s because my mother grew up in Shanghai and our family has long enjoyed Chinese Cooking. Do you usually keep Asian canned veggies on-hand? I’ll of course always take fresh bean sprouts over canned. The canned ones aren’t as crisp and they can be a bit sour, so make sure to rinse and drain well. You’ll find them in the Asian section of your local market.   TIP: Adding the sesame oil to the veggies—instead of cooking them in it—allows you to use less, but still enjoy the lovely, rich flavor.     I found Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods Asian Veggie Burger at Whole Foods Market. Click here to purchase at drpraegers.com >>   Too bad they don’t qualify for Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling (they would have to have 2g of fat or less, and these have 5), but TRUST ME these are worth the 3 PointsPlus! If...

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