Keep It Poppin’ (My Kettle Corn Obsession)
Aug18

Keep It Poppin’ (My Kettle Corn Obsession)

I used to drive all the way to the Main Street Farmer’s Market in Santa Monica.  Park my car.  Go for a 30 minute run. Pick up my bag (or 2, or 3) of kettle corn.  Then drive home. Do you remember the little white bags they’d fill up with fresh kettle corn, and then stick it in a plastic bag and tie it up with a wire tie?  If I convinced myself to only buy one or two that week, chances are I’d find myself at the Westwood Farmer’s Market on Wednesday buying another bag. When I say I was obsessive, I’m not kidding! Then I joined Weight Watchers and discovered that my little white bag—overflowing into the clear plastic bag, neatly tied with a wire tie—was FIFTEEN POINTS.  Not worthy! Eventually, after LOTS of sugar snap peas (zero points) and carrots (zero points) during the day to make up for my kettle corn habit at night, I decided to try Orville Redenbacher’s 94% fat free kettle corn instead.  Not quite the same experience, but at 3 points a bag (on the old points system), it was a much better value than the regular kettle corn. And then began the new habit of an entire bag of “diet” kettle corn… every single night. If I was out for dinner or at a family gathering, everything was compared to my 3-point kettle corn at night, and nothing measured up to my alone-time with my kettle corn.  I know, seems pretty sad.  For me, that huge bag of popcorn every night was filling an emotional void; it was pretty much my boyfriend!  Only when I found the love of my life did I manage to completely kick the habit. Then one day, Sam’s mother sends him home with a large sample of Angie’s Kettle Corn from Costco.  (Does this woman have it in for me or what?)  He didn’t quite get it when I told him that I have a thing for kettle corn!! Back to Basics Now when I need to get back on track, the first thing I change is to go back to my 94% fat free Kettle Corn as a nighttime snack. It’s on my Top 10 Weight Watchers Power Foods list. There’s nothing quite like it when you’re craving a sweet-and-salty fix! The difference is that now I really only need a 100 calorie bag. Before, the huge bag was just feeding myself emotionally and was a habit that I wasn’t willing to break. I find that the danger with the big bag varieties is that once you’ve had one cup, it’s far too easy...

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Oatmeal Squares Giveaway & TWO Coaching Spots left!
Jul21

Oatmeal Squares Giveaway & TWO Coaching Spots left!

Peeps of all ages are telling me how much they looove Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares—which were right at the top of my Best Weight Watchers Travel Snacks post a few weeks ago.   My #1 Travel Snack because they: taste like home-baked healthy goodness remind me of my Traditional South African Oatmeal Crunchies (my most searched and shared recipe, and most requested by friends and family) are kid friendly don’t melt in the car are just the right size to tide you over to the next feeding (and fit in your purse) are only 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus each are waaay more “worthy” than spending 10 points on baked goods (You probably saw them on my Starbucks & La Boulange Picks and Points post) are heart-healthy Today I’m kicking off a GIVEAWAY of a box of delicious Corazonas Oatmeal Minis. The lucky winner will soon have 11 Peanut Butter (my fav) and 11 Chocolate Chip squares show up at their doorstep. (Now that’s a fun package!) See below for details.   Summer Coaching Special I had a fantastic response to my Summer Coaching Special and have loved connecting with each and every new person. I only have TWO spots left, so if you’re interested make sure to contact me ASAP. I’m afraid I cannot take on more than ten new clients, so once the last two  spots are taken that’s it for the summer intake.   Here’s how to enter the Corazonas Giveaway (SO EASY): Subscribe to my OrnaBakes newsletters (if you haven’t already) Simply scroll to the top of the page and enter your email address (which I will NEVER share or abuse!) Visit my Best Weight Watchers Travel Snacks post and leave a comment with your favorite travel snacks, and let me know that you’re entering to win the Corazonas Giveaway and tell me where you shared the post. (see next) Share the Best Weight Watchers Travel Snacks post on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest (only one is necessary, but the more the merrier!) The winner will be randomly selected on Thursday July 31st in a subsequent post. The winner will then have 24 hours to get in touch with me, or a new winner will be randomly selected. US-only So… what are you waiting for? Celebrate healthy travel snacks with me today… Go to the post and enter the...

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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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Sweet & Spicy Asian Tuna Salad, with Quinoa
Jan12

Sweet & Spicy Asian Tuna Salad, with Quinoa

This no-cook, low fat, Asian-inspired salad will become your go-to, healthy lunch! I love that I can eat the whole, delicious bowl on Weight Watchers Simple Start without counting points! If you are counting points, the whole salad will only cost you 6 PointsPlus!   Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is one of the healthiest, high-protein ancient grains. It can be a bit of a pain to make, so now that Trader Joe’s has a ready-cooked, frozen version, it’s a great time to try it!   I LOVE the single serve pouches of StarKist Tuna Creations, Sweet & Spicy (2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus). Delish on a bed of lettuce with any Asian dressing, or even with Kraft Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing.   Substitute any chunk light tuna in water, or salmon in water, if you’re doing Weight Watchers Simple Start (or Simply Filling) to keep it all Weight Watchers Power Foods. (Though I think it’s a worthy 2 PointsPlus!) – or – Change it up with Trader Joe’s Organic Marinated Teriyaki Tofu in place of the tuna!   – or – Cut up a Dr. Praeger’s Asian Veggie Burger (3 PointsPlus) I found these awesome burgers at Whole Foods Market, but you can check availability or order them online >>   If you can’t find Broccoli Slaw, any cole slaw mix will do. I’m a huge fan of Trader Ming’s Fat Free Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette, but any low calorie Asian-style dressing will work! 1 PointsPlus for 2 tablespoons (or zero points on Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling)   My other fav is Litehouse Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing, which I found at Ralph’s Market with the refrigerated dressings. Click here for the Litehouse Foods Store Locator >> (I’m thinking Trader Joe’s might just have re-bottled this exact dressing and slapped a Trader Ming’s Label on it!) 1 PointsPlus for 2 tablespoons (or zero points on Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling)   What’s your favorite low calorie Asian Dressing?   Sweet & Spicy Asian Tuna Salad, with Quinoa 2014-01-12 19:37:34 Serves 1 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for the whole salad. Write a review Save Recipe Print 436 calories 68 g 20 g 7 g 26 g 1 g 227 g 58 g 2 g 0 g 5 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 227g Servings 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 436 Calories from Fat 65 % Daily Value * Total Fat 7g 11% Saturated Fat 1g 6% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 3g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 20mg 7% Sodium 58mg 2% Total Carbohydrates 68g 23% Dietary Fiber 10g 39% Sugars 2g Protein 26g Vitamin A11%Vitamin C127% Calcium10%Iron39% * Percent Daily...

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