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Winter Comfort Food for Weight Loss 0
Comfort food can be calling as winter wears on, but what happens to weight loss when you heed the comfort food call? You’re liable to hit a plateau or even gain some weight if you go for standard fare such as mac and cheese, grilled cheese, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and hot cocoa.
The BariatricPal has a better idea for weight loss. Turn to our comfort food suggestions instead, and you can feel satisfied while filling up and losing weight.
Pasta, Pasta, Pasta
Mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and lasagna are high on any list of comfort foods. They also have the nutritional stats you would expect from top comfort foods. A big serving can easily approach 1,000 calories and have 50 to 100 grams of carbohydrates.
Instead, try an instant Protein Pasta Entrée. Some of our cheesier favorites are Nacho Cheese Pasta and Cheesesteak Pasta, while Spaghetti and Meatballs and Vegetable Lasagna hit the spot for classic pasta favorites without the carbs, and with a hit of protein to help fill you up. These instant meals are ready faster than delivery or even frozen meals!
Grilled cheese takes you back to childhood or to any time when your cares were further away. You can replicate the classic by using high-fiber, low-calorie bread and fat-free cheese slices. You can make it even creamier by spreading fat-free cream cheese on the bread before grilling your sandwich. Other variations are a high-protein grilled cheese sandwich with all-natural turkey slices, and a colorful version with spinach or basil leaves and tomato slices.
Of course, there is always space and time to serve your grilled cheese with Cream of Tomato Protein Soup for an extra 80 calories and 15 grams of protein. You will be guaranteed a warming meal!
Fried Chicken and Biscuits
Yes, this one is for real! Fried chicken and biscuits from a fast food chain or restaurant can cost you well over 500 calories, not to mention a load of carbs and unhealthy saturated fats, but you can do better by making your own. Coat skinless chicken with a mixture of egg whites and yogurt, and swap Protein Rusk Bread for regular breadcrumbs. Then bake your chicken instead of frying it for a crispy but tender treat.
For the biscuits, there’s an easy way to save time, calories, and carbs, and get a boost of protein. Just use Carbquik Complete Biscuit and Baking Mix. Add water and you can have freshly baked biscuits in under 15 minutes – with 2 grams net carbs per serving!
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
You’re liable to think of mashed potatoes and gravy when you think of fried chicken and biscuits, or, if you are like us, mashed potatoes and gravy can be a comfort food in itself. A big bowl of the real stuff can have more carbs and fat than you need in a day. The BariatricPal Store has a better offering.
Cook up two-ingredient Mock Mashed Potatoes made with Protein Chicken Bouillon and cooked cauliflower. You’ll already be getting 5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. Add Instant Chicken Gravy, and you will be looking at a low-carb, high-protein comfort food. Not bad!
Hot cocoa is a classic go-to when you are ready to relax at night. However, creamy milk, a scoop of chocolate, and a load of sugar, not to mention marshmallows, combine to make hot cocoa a sugar bomb that is more likely to wind you up than calm you down.
A better choice for your waistline and ability to sleep is Protein Hot Cocoa. Each serving has only 80 calories and no more than 2 grams of sugar, while giving you 15 grams of protein. Select Classic, Classic with Marshmallows, Mint, or Raspberry Hot Cocoa, or go a little farther afield with Vanilla Cappuccino, Mocha, or Amaretto.
Looking to Go a Weight Loss Tear? How to Get Started! 0
You are committed to losing weight. You are ready to give up the bad habits that got you to where you are, and you want to eat healthy and feel good. But where do you even start? How do you put together a meal plan and fix yourself the meals and snacks you need, when it can all be so confusing, you may be short on time, and you are not sure you can – or want to – give up flavorful meals and craveable snacks?
The BariatricPal Store has help for you. We can get you started with meal plans, meal and snack ideas, and quick and tasty meals and snacks that make your life easier. Just remember to check with your doctor before trying a new diet!
Weight Controlling Meal Plans for Anyone
Meal planning can be anything from a hassle to downright confusing, but our Meal Plans and Menus can get you started regardless of your specific weight loss needs. Each of our meal plans comes with calorie and protein counts so you know what you are getting into. All you have to do is select the meal plan that’s right for you and follow along. These are the meal plans we offer. Each has over a week’s worth of daily menu suggestions.
- Weight loss surgery menus for the pre-op and post-op liquid diets, pureed foods (mushies) diet, and solid foods diet.
- Maintenance diet to prevent regain after hitting goal weight.
- Back-on-Track diet to get you losing weight again if you’ve hit a plateau or gone off course.
- Pouch Reset Plan diet to get you back in the groove after you hit a snag after weight loss surgery.
Great-Tasting Meals, Snacks, and Protein Supplements
Some of the biggest barriers to staying on your weight loss plan are hunger, boredom, lack of time to prepare the food you need, craving off-limits foods, and trouble with portion control. The BariatricPal Store has you covered with a range of high-protein instant meals and snacks to keep you interested and satisfied. They are great-tasting and satisfy cravings from crunchy and salty to creamy, comforting, and chocolatey.
Check out our:
- Protein Entrees including breakfasts, lunches and dinners, soups, and pasta dishes.
- Protein Snacks and Desserts including puddings, cookies, chips, and meat snacks.
- Protein Bars and Shakes to fight hunger anywhere, anytime.
Healthy Meal and Snack Suggestions
There are plenty of healthy meals and snacks you can make yourself from fresh foods and pantry staples. We have Meal and Snack Ideas for different calorie ranges for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Snacks. They are high in protein and other nutrients to keep you healthy as you lose weight.
Fear no more as you dive into your new weight control plan. The BariatricPal Store has support for your success, and we can’t wait to be your partner in weight loss.
Top Supplements to Feel Better in the New Year 0
The holiday season can lead all of us to overdo it even if we have the best of intentions. By the end of Christmas weekend, after a solid month or more of Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers, other holiday events, the actual Christmas or Hanukah holiday dinner, and New Year’s parties, almost all of us have eaten too much.
It is little wonder if you feel tired, bloated, or overfull, and are looking for a little relief. These are some top supplements at the BariatricPal Store that can help you feel better so you can get back to normal as soon as possible, and lose more weight.
Nature’s Water Relief
All that extra salt and sugar can throw off your water balance, leaving you feeling bloated and swollen. Your weight could be up a few ounces or pound. Nature’s Water Relief helps your body release extra with five natural diuretics: cranberry extract, buchu leaf extract from South Africa, cornsilk, uva ursi or “bear grapes” with natural anti-inflammatory properties, and java tea or orthosiphon leaf. You also get ginkgo biloba and potassium chloride to support healthier potassium balance.
Each container of Nature’s Water Relief contains 90 capsules. You can take 1 to 3 capsules per day.
The holidays can leave you feeling drained. To get back on track, you might be interested in energy boosters to get you through the day. BariatricPal Thermogenic Antioxidant Energy Powder Blend contains energy-releasing B vitamins, along with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and caffeine to give you that extra burst during the day. Feel energized and boost metabolism so you can lose more weight!
The powders come in lime, orange, and berry flavors, with 14 servings per box. Just add them to 12 ounces of water to use. Burn, baby, burn!
If you’re having trouble sleeping with all the excitement and shifts in your regular routine, sleep aids might help you get better rest at night. Natural ingredients such as melatonin can work with your body’s natural sleep and wake cycles to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Better sleep can help you feel more energetic the next day, which lets you burn more calories and make healthier food choices for faster weight loss!
Choose a patch, liquid drops, or melts to suit your preferences. You can also use these sleep aids to help you get over jet lag after your holiday travels.
Happy New Year from The BariatricPal Store! 0
Happy New Year! The BariatricPal Store wishes you the best for a happy and healthy 2017. We believe there is no reason you cannot make good progress towards your weight loss and health goals this year, and we support you entirely!
We are here for all of your weight loss needs in 2017. We want to help you get back on track after the holiday season, start a new weight loss diet, or succeed on your weight loss surgery journey. Here are some of the ways The BariatricPal Store is working with you to help you reach your goals this year.
Weight Loss Products You Need and Love
You need great-tasting, nutritionally appropriate foods to help you stick to your meal plan. We have what you need morning, noon, and night. Try instant Protein Breakfasts such as Protein Oatmeal, Omelets, and Pancakes, and Protein Entrees such as Pasta, Soup, Stews, and more. Protein Snacks such as pretzels, chips, and cookies can satisfy cravings without a carb load.
Boost your protein intake without adding sugar to your diet or stress to your day with Protein Bars and Liquid Proteins including shakes, smoothies, fruit drinks, and hot cocoa. Finally, make sure you are taking care of your vitamin, mineral, and other nutrient needs with Bariatric Supplements in forms you can use.
Meal Plans for Everyone
Sometimes figuring out what to do is half the battle. We already fought that part of the battle for you by creating our Bariatric Meal Plans. Find one or more weeks’ worth of menus for whatever situation or meal plan you are on, such as:
- Liquid Diet
- Pureed/Mushies Post-Op Diet
- Semi-Soft Foods Post-Op Diet
- Solid Foods Post-Op or Weight Loss Diet
- Maintenance Diet
- Back-on-Track Diet
- Pouch Reset Plan
Best Prices and Service on the Internet
We know you can choose to take your business anywhere online, which is why we work so hard to be your first choice. Here is a quick look at what we are doing to earn your loyalty.
- Friendly customer service, including instant chat.
- Best prices guaranteed through our price match policy.
- Fast shipping, free on eligible orders.
- Cash back by exchanging points you can earn through our BariatricPal Rewards program.
With services like this, why go anywhere else? We hope you don’t, because we value your business and want to see you succeed in the New Year!
New Year’s Party Survival Kit 0
We’re nearing the end of the holiday season, but there is another hurdle to get over before life returns to normal and it is easier to focus on weight loss. New Year’s Eve often presents plenty of opportunities for too much food, especially if you are hosting or attending a party.
Unlike Christmas, which often comprise sit-down dinners, New Year’s Eve parties can be less focused on a main course, and more focused on appetizers, drinks, and desserts. Here are a few finger foods and drinks you can enjoy to keep your waistline in check on this festive night.
There’s no need to stay away from the punch bowl tonight. Just make sure you serve yourself the right punch! For example, Fruity Punch has 15 grams of protein and only 5 grams of carbs. The recipe is simple to make, and it has a delicious mixture of strawberry, pineapple, citrus, and banana flavors.
There’s no need to go for mushrooms stuffed with breadcrumbs, bacon, butter, and full-fat cheese. Unless you have several hundred calories to kill, stick to low-carb protein Stuffed Mushrooms with 18 grams of protein per serving. With only 3 ingredients, you can make these in a jiffy and impress your guests. If you like, try varying the recipe by adding lean ground turkey, or trying different flavors of low-fat cheese such as parmesan.
Chips and Dip
It’s tough to stay away from the chips and dip, which are sure to be visible from the moment you walk into the room. Instead of trying to avoid the treat entirely, opt for low-carb Protein Chips in favorite flavors from Barbecue to Sea Salt and Vinegar. Salsa Dip and Cheese Dip are two weight loss-friendly choices that can keep you away from the creamy diet disasters.
Over the years, Protein Bars have saved many a desperate dieter from needing to choose between starving versus diving for the high-calorie fare at a party. Arm yourself with your favorite flavor. Then reach into your pocket or purse for that chocolate, peanut, caramel, lemon, or other great taste when you need to be rescued at a party.
Enjoy your final fling of 2016, and Happy New Year!
Clock’s Ticking: Your Last-Minute Gift Bailout! 0
Christmas is on Sunday – are you all set with your gifts? If not, we have the perfect choice for you: a gift card to The BariatricPal Store. A gift card will make it there on time for Christmas on Sunday, Hanukah which starts Saturday night, or anytime you need it.
The Perfect Gift Exactly When You Need It
The BariatricPal Store gift cards are delivered electronically and arrive instantly. That means you can send them at the last minute and still get them there in time for the big occasion. Instant delivery also makes them a great choice for a spontaneous “Just Because” gift.
Choose from cards in amounts from $10 to $250 for the perfect gift size. You can also choose to order a gift through our Subscribe and Save program. A new card will come each month. That means you can restock on favorites, try new ones, and order the exact right selection of products that will help you reach your weight loss goals.
Share the Joy of The BariatricPal Store
Weight loss is easier when you have a variety of great-tasting choices to include in your meal plan. Better yet is when they are at your fingertips and you can get them for the lowest prices. Introduce friends to The BariatricPal Store with gift cards so they can discover for themselves all of these benefits of our store. You may be their biggest weight loss help yet!
Sneak It onto Your Own List
Do you have a friend or family member whom you know has waited until the last minute to get you a gift? Do the procrastinator a favor and add The BariatricPal Store gift card to your list. It is a way to get exactly what you want without adding stress or guilt to the gift-giver’s life. That’s a win-win situation!
Have Fun on Christmas Morning
The fun is not over once the gifts are unwrapped. It is just beginning if you have a gift card to use. Spend a few minutes at The BariatricPal Store to see all of your choices for spending your card. Take a look at Protein Bars, Protein Entrees, and Protein Snacks, or head over to the Bariatric Vitamins department to see how you can boost your health today.