• Research suggests that snacking has increased in the US since lockdowns began.*
  • A new popcorn company, Opopop is revolutionizing the microwave popcorn industry.
  • Opopop's unexpected flavors and new way to pop have completely reinvented popcorn as we know it.
  • Read our full review below or visit Opopop.com for more information

Unsurprisingly, Americans have been snacking more with recent lockdowns and being stuck at home.

A long-time popular snack in America is popcorn, and the new popcorn on the block is like no other we have tried before: Opopop. This brand is so different from the usual bags of microwave popcorn you'd see in your local grocery store. Their Flavor Wrapped™ Popcorn Kernels are shaking up taste buds and putting Opopop in a league of its own.

After hearing some of the flavors, our editors were very curious about Opopop, so we tried it out. Here is how our Opopop experience went:

Opopop
Flavor Wrapped Popcorn
Gluten-Free & Non-GMO
Use code POPME10 at checkout for 10% off!

We ordered the Opopop Discovery Kit which includes their dishwasher-safe, BPA-free silicone bright-yellow popper and lid, and a family-sized serving pouch of each of their flavors: Vanilla Cake Pop, Cinnalicious, Maui Heat, Chedapeño, Fancy Butter, and Salty Umami. It even includes a Test Launch pouch of their Flavor Wrapped™ Popcorn Kernels so you can get your microwave's timing right before you try their other flavors.

It's safe to say we have never tried popcorn with these flavors before, some of them sounded kinda crazy, but we were sick of the over-buttered and boring salted popcorn we were used to. Not to mention, Opopop is gluten-free and non-GMO.

It was packaged so neatly and we were curious when we noticed that it included ice packs, which apparently makes sure the kernels don't melt during shipping (similar to chocolate). Each kernel is pre-covered in flavored seasoning, so the flavor is fresh and evenly distributed once it's popped. We also realized we'd never seen unpopped flavored kernels before! They're usually hidden inside the bag, but it was really fun to see the colored kernels, pre-popping.

To make the popcorn, just pour the kernels into the popper and microwave it! We were dying to try Vanilla Cake Pop, so that was up first, and it was really yummy! The whole kitchen smelled like a bakery. (Side note: Opopop sells scented candles of their popcorn flavors!)

Sweet without tasting synthetic and a great way to curb a sweet tooth. We were able to eat it straight out of the popper and simply put it in the dishwasher after.

The next flavor we tried was Maui Heat. If you like spicy food, you'll love this. It was hot but still had a sweet taste to it - fruity pineapple, spicy paprika and cayenne makes for an unexpectedly perfect mix. Not a combo you would expect to be delicious, but it is.

Next up, Cinnalicious, which according to the packet, should be eaten in the AM. It tastes exactly like a sweet cinnamon roll, so why not have it for breakfast? Our favorite flavor is probably the Chedapeño - a mix of cheese and jalapeño makes for another delicious spicy flavor.

Their Fancy Butter and Salted Umami both have just the right amount of butter or salt. The Salted Umami was far from the blandly salted popcorn we got before, without being too salty. And true to the words on the packaging, we couldn't stop eating it and we're not sure why.

After our editors taste-sampled every Opopop flavor, it's safe to say that our view on microwavable popcorn has changed from a dull snack to an exciting treat. Opopop truly are shaking up the industry, and we'll definitely be subscribing to get our Opopop delivered regularly and save 10%!

You can get your Opopop Discovery Kit with a microwave popper, a Test Launch pouch of their Lightly Salted flavor, and every other flavor for just $40. They also have Choose Your Own Adventure packs where you can choose 3 flavors and get 6 family-size servings of each flavor. Check it out, you won't regret it!

Update: Opopop have a special offer for our readers! Use code POPME10 at checkout for 10% off your order!

*Source: https://covid.joinzoe.com/us-post/lockdown-snacking

I don't know about you, but 2020 really got away from me.

And I'll freely admit that I've developed some pretty bad habits while cooped up at home. And I must get rid of them before they take over my life.

So, I put together 3 simple goals - I want to be more attentive to my food purchasing habits, be less sluggish, and make sure to eat healthy meals. After some research, I found something that will help me achieve my goals by replacing them with 3 good habits, so I'm signing up for Splendid Spoon.

Splendid Spoon is a meal delivery service that offers super tasty, ready-to-eat, plant-based soups & grain bowls, low-sugar smoothies, immune-boosting wellness shots, and an inventive selection of delicious noodle bowls.

With nutritious, low-calorie, vegan meals like Kale Pesto Noodles, Tangy Ginger Noodles, Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles with Broccoli & Turmeric, and more, canceling those 2020 bad habits will be effortless.

Establish a Spending Plan

When you don't plan, you end up spending more all in the name of convenience. How many times have you bought a new umbrella mid-downpour because you forgot to check the weather? Getting organized, setting a weekly budget, and planning for the coming days will ground you in the here-and-now.

Starting at about $9 a serving, Splendid Spoon's meals are delivered straight to your door. Nutritious and yummy smoothies arrive ready-to-drink and make mornings easy-peasy. Even better, their grain bowls and soups involve zero prep - simply pop them in the microwave and enjoy.

Splendid Spoon
Ready-To-Eat Healthy & Vegetarian Meals
Delivered to Your Door

Eating Healthy Has Never Been Easier:
Join Splendid Spoon Today!

Banish Food Waste

I never want to look at another rotten onion. I keep telling myself that one day I'm going to learn how to cook that produce that's molding on the bottom shelf of my fridge. But . . . that just never happens. On average, Americans waste nearly a pound of food per day!!! Clearly, I'm not alone here.

Splendid Spoon's Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner Reset Plan is designed to take the stress out of your week by sending you 5 smoothies, 5 soups & grain bowls, 5 noodles, and 5 light soups. You'll never have to think about overbuying at the grocery store again!

Their meals are super flavorful and leave you feeling full and energized. My absolute favorite is the Green Goddess Quinoa Bowl with broccoli and spinach - packed with good stuff like iron and folic acid.

Splendid Spoon's meals are perfectly pre-portioned. You'll never have to worry about overeating or wasting ingredients, and you'll cut down food waste.

More Plant-Based Meals

I could never give up my grandma's meatballs, but I definitely could cut back on the amount of meat and dairy I consume. Proud flexitarian over here.

Although soy and faux meat can be great alternatives, there's plenty of protein and satiating nutrients to be found in plant-based food.

The 3 biggest hurdles with Western diets are high levels of sodium, a lack of fruit and veggies, and a downright absence of grains. This can all be remedied by eating with a plant-based mindset. You don't have to go full-on vegan, but a diet rich in plants has amazing benefits for your health.

Splendid Spoon's meal plans feature a wide range of GMO-free superfoods like hibiscus, matcha, acai, and turmeric that keep your mind and body functioning at its best. And their smoothies have acai (strengthens immunity and boosts energy), spirulina (jumpstarts endurance), and baobab (great for your skin!).

Their subscription is super flexible. Simply choose ready-to-eat meals delivered right to your doorstep weekly, every other week, or once a month. Plus, you can pause or skip at any time.

With such a wealth of recipes and cuisines to sample, say buh-bye to 2020's bad habits and hello to 3 good habits that will help us through whatever's out there.

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TV

Anthony Bourdain's 5 Best Moments

The late, great Anthony Bourdain would have been 65 today.

Anthony Bourdain

The late, great Anthony Bourdain would have been 65 today.

The smooth-tongued TV culinary master unfortunately took his own life back in 2018, but he left behind a legacy full of great moments, both with the food he ate and with the people he'd charm along the way. The best way to pay tribute to such a brave explorer is to revisit the moments that only Anthony Bourdain could capture. Whether it be stressing over what to order at Waffle House, or gorging on a hot bowl of noodles with a former president, Bourdain succeeded in leading a life unlike anyone else's. Here are some of his best moments from over the years.

Bourdain Spends Christmas In The Philippines

When Anthony flew to Manila for Christmas, he visited the sprawling Philippine city to not only take in the sites but to deeply connect with the people. He spent dinner with a woman named Aurora and her massive family, highlighting Aurora's unshakeable maternal spirit throughout the years. She had spent three decades cleaning houses and babysitting in order to financially support those she loved, one of whom was Bourdain's director on Parts Unknown.

Bourdain used Aurora's story to then highlight the massive diaspora of migrant Filipino workers who would often leave home for years before returning. Aurora's children, who were now all middle-aged, were finally being given the opportunity to get to know their mother after decades apart. Her sacrifice was inspiring, and Bourdain highlighted it in a poetic way only he could.

Bourdain Tries Waffle House For The First Time

"It is indeed marvelous," Bourdain said of Waffle House. "An irony-free zone where everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts. Where everybody, regardless of race, creed, color or degree of inebriation is welcomed." Never has anyone described the drunken debauchery of Waffle House with such grace, but that was Bourdain's bread and butter. He was always able to describe the grimiest parts of the human experience with elegance. On Bourdain's first trip to the fast-food chain alongside legendary chef Sean Brock, he gorged himself on the legendary guilty-pleasure food, while reminiscing on why places like Waffle House are the lifeblood of America.

Exploring New England's Heroin Epidemic

In a more somber episode back in 2015, Bourdain explored northern Massachusetts, which was and still is deeply struggling with a heroin epidemic. Bourdain touched on his own experience with heroin, and explained not only his own relationship to the drug but small-town America's relationship to it as well.

Stopping By a Strip Club With Alton Brown

In an episode titled "The Layover" back in 2013, Bourdain dove face-first into Atlanta's cuisine, and capped off a successful evening at the Clermont Lounge with Alton Brown. The two chefs took shots out of plastic cups, and even met a gorgeous lady named "Blondie," who was proclaimed to be the unofficial mayor of Atlanta. The best part is probably when Bourdain said the Clermont Lounge "should be a national landmark."

When He Visited Iran

When Bourdain visited the war-torn country of Iran, he offered a gorgeous, authentic look at Iranian culture. He visited the abode of an Iranian art gallery owner and was fed a feast of delicious Persian food such as sour cherry rice with meatballs and chicken. Needless to say, Bourdain was shaken by the flavors and warmth he received. "Iran does not look, does not feel, the way I expected," he admitted.

  • Research suggests that snacking has increased in the US since lockdowns began.*
  • A new popcorn company, Opopop is revolutionizing the microwave popcorn industry.
  • Opopop's unexpected flavors and new way to pop have completely reinvented popcorn as we know it.
  • Read our full review below or visit Opopop.com for more information

Unsurprisingly, Americans have been snacking more with recent lockdowns and being stuck at home.

A long-time popular snack in America is popcorn, and the new popcorn on the block is like no other we have tried before: Opopop. This brand is so different from the usual bags of microwave popcorn you'd see in your local grocery store. Their Flavor Wrapped™ Popcorn Kernels are shaking up taste buds and putting Opopop in a league of its own.

After hearing some of the flavors, our editors were very curious about Opopop, so we tried it out. Here is how our Opopop experience went:

Opopop
Flavor Wrapped Popcorn
Gluten-Free & Non-GMO
Get 20% OFF With Code POPMONTH20

We ordered the Opopop Discovery Kit which includes their dishwasher-safe, BPA-free silicone bright-yellow popper and lid, and a family-sized serving pouch of each of their flavors: Vanilla Cake Pop, Cinnalicious, Maui Heat, Chedapeño, Fancy Butter, and Salty Umami. It even includes a Test Launch pouch of their Flavor Wrapped™ Popcorn Kernels so you can get your microwave's timing right before you try their other flavors.

It's safe to say we have never tried popcorn with these flavors before, some of them sounded kinda crazy, but we were sick of the over-buttered and boring salted popcorn we were used to. Not to mention, Opopop is gluten-free and non-GMO.

It was packaged so neatly and we were curious when we noticed that it included ice packs, which apparently makes sure the kernels don't melt during shipping (similar to chocolate). Each kernel is pre-covered in flavored seasoning, so the flavor is fresh and evenly distributed once it's popped. We also realized we'd never seen unpopped flavored kernels before! They're usually hidden inside the bag, but it was really fun to see the colored kernels, pre-popping.

To make the popcorn, just pour the kernels into the popper and microwave it! We were dying to try Vanilla Cake Pop, so that was up first, and it was really yummy! The whole kitchen smelled like a bakery. (Side note: Opopop sells scented candles of their popcorn flavors!)

Sweet without tasting synthetic and a great way to curb a sweet tooth. We were able to eat it straight out of the popper and simply put it in the dishwasher after.

The next flavor we tried was Maui Heat. If you like spicy food, you'll love this. It was hot but still had a sweet taste to it - fruity pineapple, spicy paprika and cayenne makes for an unexpectedly perfect mix. Not a combo you would expect to be delicious, but it is.

Next up, Cinnalicious, which according to the packet, should be eaten in the AM. It tastes exactly like a sweet cinnamon roll, so why not have it for breakfast? Our favorite flavor is probably the Chedapeño - a mix of cheese and jalapeño makes for another delicious spicy flavor.

Their Fancy Butter and Salted Umami both have just the right amount of butter or salt. The Salted Umami was far from the blandly salted popcorn we got before, without being too salty. And true to the words on the packaging, we couldn't stop eating it and we're not sure why.

After our editors taste-sampled every Opopop flavor, it's safe to say that our view on microwavable popcorn has changed from a dull snack to an exciting treat. Opopop truly are shaking up the industry, and we'll definitely be subscribing to get our Opopop delivered regularly and save 10%!

You can get your Opopop Discovery Kit with a microwave popper, a Test Launch pouch of their Lightly Salted flavor, and every other flavor for just $40. They also have Choose Your Own Adventure packs where you can choose 3 flavors and get 6 family-size servings of each flavor. Check it out, you won't regret it!

Exclusive Offer: Get 20% Off Your Kit With Code POPMONTH20

Get 20% Off With Code POPMONTH20

*Source: https://covid.joinzoe.com/us-post/lockdown-snacking

Am Ende jedes Jahres reflektiere ich gerne, um zu überlegen, welche neuen Gewohnheiten ich im neuen Jahr starten und etablieren möchte. Dieses Jahr war absolut verrückt und ich muss leider sagen, dass ich in ein ziemliches Loch gefallen bin die letzten Monate. Das neue Jahr will ich deshalb frisch starten und plane dafür bereits, welche positiven Gewohnheiten ich 2021 in mein Leben integrieren möchte, damit das neue Jahr auch wirklich besser wird.

Hier sind meine Top 3 Gewohnheiten fürs neue Jahr und mein Plan, wie ich diese umsetzen will:

Neue Gewohnheit #1: Abwechslungsreichere Gerichte kochen

Eine meiner liebsten Beschäftigungen ist es, neue Gerichte und Rezepte auszuprobieren. Da ich natürlich dieses Jahr nicht oft essen gehen konnte, landete ich leider deutlich zu oft bei Tiefkühlware und Take-Away-Essen. Wie man sich vorstellen kann, wurde das irgendwann ziemlich langweilig und gesund war diese Ernährung auch nicht gerade.

Ein Freund hat mir dann HelloFresh empfohlen, eine Kochbox, die jede Woche Rezepte und vorportionierte Zutaten direkt zu einem nach Hause liefert. Tatsächlich kann man jede Woche selbst die Gerichte aus einer grossen Auswahl aussuchen, in der auch viel internationale Küche dabei ist. Es gibt indisch, thai, italienisch, spanisch, mexikanisch und noch viel mehr.

Das Chili con Carne mit Chorizo und Kichererbsen sah so fein aus und es wurde versichert, dass man jederzeit pausieren oder kündigen kann. Also probierte ich es aus und bin im Nachhinein wirklich froh, es getan zu haben. Ich habe gesünder gekocht und dabei noch jede Woche internationale Gerichte ausprobiert! Mein Favorit bisher ist der gebratener Halloumi im Fladenbrot. Einfach nur mega fein!

Neue Gewohnheit #2: Weniger Geld ausgeben

Obwohl ich dieses Jahr weder grossartig ausgegangen, noch gereist bin, habe ich trotzdem einiges an Geld ausgegeben, das meiste davon für Lieferdienste. Am Anfang erschien es mir noch praktisch, dass ich so seltener einkaufen muss, aber ich habe mich schnell daran gewöhnt und mein Konto hat ziemlich darunter gelitten.

Jetzt wo ich HelloFresh Boxen bekomme, spare ich einiges an Geld. Ich habe mich für den Fleisch & Gemüse Menüplan für 2 Personen mit 4 Mahlzeiten entschieden. Das kostet ab 8,99 CHF pro Portion (Die Hälfte von meinem Take-Away Essen) und ich kann die Reste für das Mittagessen am nächsten Tag verwenden! Die Gerichte haben immer die perfekte Grösse, ich muss so nie irgendwas wegschmeissen.

Neue Gewohnheit #3: In eine bessere wöchentliche Routine finden

Dieses Jahr war ich einfach nur faul. Nach ein paar Wochen Home Office stand ich immer später auf, habe viel weniger Sport gemacht und nur noch schlecht gegessen. Mittlerweile versuche ich wieder, rechtzeitig aufzustehen und vor der Arbeit eine Runde zu spazieren. So bekomme ich den Kopf frei und tue mir etwas Gutes.

Jetzt wo ich ausserdem wieder selbst koche, habe ich viel mehr Energie. Ich freue mich jeden Abend nach der Arbeit auf meine HelloFresh Rezepte. Dadurch, dass die Zutaten vorportioniert und die Rezeptkarten super einfach zu verfolgen sind, bin ich meistens in rund 30 Minuten fertig mit kochen.

HelloFresh hat meinen Alltag wirklich verändert. Ich spare Geld, esse ausgewogener und internationaler. Jede Woche Lebensmittel direkt an meine Haustür zu bekommen, ist einfach praktisch und spart mir einige nervige Trips zum Supermarkt.

Ich bin wirklich jedes Mal stolz, wenn ich vor meinen selbstgekochten HelloFresh Gerichten sitze. HelloFresh hat mir auf jeden Fall geholfen, bessere Gewohnheiten zu formen, ich kann es nur empfehlen.

Aktualisieren: HelloFresh bietet unseren Lesern ein exklusives Angebot! Klicke auf diesen Link und erhalte 85 CHF Rabatt auf Deine ersten drei Lieferungen!

Am Ende jedes Jahres reflektiere ich gerne, um zu überlegen, welche neuen Gewohnheiten ich im neuen Jahr starten und etablieren möchte. Dieses Jahr war absolut verrückt und ich muss leider sagen, dass ich in ein ziemliches Loch gefallen bin die letzten Monate. Das neue Jahr will ich deshalb frisch starten und plane dafür bereits, welche positiven Gewohnheiten ich 2021 in mein Leben integrieren möchte, damit das neue Jahr auch wirklich besser wird.

Hier sind meine Top 3 Gewohnheiten fürs neue Jahr und mein Plan, wie ich diese umsetzen will:

Neue Gewohnheit #1: Abwechslungsreichere Gerichte kochen

Eine meiner liebsten Beschäftigungen ist es, neue Gerichte und Rezepte auszuprobieren. Da ich natürlich dieses Jahr nicht oft essen gehen konnte, landete ich leider deutlich zu oft bei Tiefkühlware und Take Away Essen. Wie man sich vorstellen kann, wurde das irgendwann ziemlich langweilig und gesund war diese Ernährung auch nicht gerade.

Ein Freund hat mir dann HelloFresh empfohlen, eine Kochbox, die jede Woche Rezepte und vorportionierte Zutaten direkt zu einem nach Hause liefert. Tatsächlich kann man jede Woche selbst die Gerichte aus einer großen Auswahl aussuchen, in der auch viel internationale Küche dabei ist. Es gibt indisch, thai, italienisch, spanisch, mexikanisch und noch viel mehr.

Das Chili con Carne mit Chorizo und Kichererbsen sah so lecker aus und es wurde versichert, dass man jederzeit pausieren oder kündigen kann. Also probierte ich es aus und bin im Nachhinein wirklich froh, es getan zu haben. Ich habe gesünder gekocht und dabei noch jede Woche internationale Gerichte ausprobiert! Mein Favorit bisher ist der gebratene Halloumi im Fladenbrot. Einfach nur mega lecker!

Neue Gewohnheit #2: Weniger Geld ausgeben

Obwohl ich dieses Jahr weder großartig ausgegangen noch gereist bin, habe ich trotzdem einiges an Geld ausgegeben, das meiste davon für Lieferdienste. Am Anfang erschien es mir noch praktisch, dass ich so seltener einkaufen muss, aber ich habe mich schnell daran gewöhnt und mein Konto hat ziemlich darunter gelitten.

Jetzt wo ich HelloFresh Boxen bekomme, spare ich einiges an Geld. Ich habe mich für den Fleisch & Gemüse Menüplan für 2 Personen mit 4 Mahlzeiten entschieden. Das kostet nur 6.25€ pro Portion (Die Hälfte von meinem Take Away Essen) und ich kann die Reste für das Mittagessen am nächsten Tag verwenden! Die Gerichte haben immer die perfekte Größe, ich muss so nie irgendwas wegschmeißen.

Neue Gewohnheit #3: In eine bessere wöchentliche Routine finden

Dieses Jahr war ich einfach nur faul. Nach ein paar Wochen Home Office stand ich immer später auf, habe viel weniger Sport gemacht und nur noch schlecht gegessen. Mittlerweile versuche ich wieder, rechtzeitig aufzustehen und vor der Arbeit eine Runde zu spazieren. So bekomme ich den Kopf frei und tue mir etwas Gutes.

Jetzt wo ich außerdem wieder selbst koche, habe ich viel mehr Energie. Ich freue mich jeden Abend nach der Arbeit auf meine HelloFresh Rezepte. Dadurch, dass die Zutaten vorportioniert und die Rezeptkarten super einfach zu verfolgen sind, bin ich meistens in rund 30 Minuten fertig mit kochen.

HelloFresh hat meinen Alltag wirklich verändert. Ich spare Geld, esse ausgewogener und internationaler. Jede Woche Lebensmittel direkt an meine Haustür zu bekommen, ist einfach praktisch und spart mir einige nervige Trips zum Supermarkt.

Ich bin wirklich jedes Mal stolz, wenn ich vor meinen selbstgekochten HelloFresh Gerichten sitze. HelloFresh hat mir auf jeden Fall geholfen, bessere Gewohnheiten zu formen, ich kann es nur empfehlen.

Aktualisieren: HelloFresh hat das Sonderangebot für Neukunden verlängert! Folge diesem Link für 55€ Rabatt auf deine Bestellung!