What are your plans for this summer? For millions of Americans, summer is going to be a blast compared to last year when the COVID-19 pandemic was raging. This year, instead of staying at home, summer may involve being out and about. That means snacks will be part of summer!
If you are trying to lose weight or you have had bariatric surgery, choosing the right snacks is important to get you to your goals. While sugary fare and typical starchy snack foods will not do, there are all kinds of low-carb and high-protein alternatives that can keep you satisfied. The BariatricPal Store has a whole range of the best summer snacks to keep you on track with your weight loss goals and make sure your summer is as fun as you deserve!
Are you supposed to say good-bye to potato chips, tortilla chips, and pretzels because of their high carbohydrate content and effects on your blood sugar and weight? You do not need to eliminate them from your meal plan. Just choose lower-carb varieties.
Protein Chips, Protein Pretzels, and Protein Puffs are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, and available in favorite flavors. Examples include Original, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Honey Mustard, Ranch, BBQ, and Sour Cream & Onion, so you don’t have to feel deprived while you eat healthily.
Yes, there are more choices for every crunch craving! The following are all low in carbohydrates and high in delicious-ness.
A tub of cookies or a pan of brownies is common late at night around the campfire or at a picnic, but those types of sweets are only good for weight loss when they are a little more controlled. Protein Brownies, Protein Cookies, and Protein Cereal can hit the sweet spot with little or no sugar while everyone else is chowing down on something that does not fit on your diet.
If a hot dog on the beach is not quite what the doctor ordered for weight loss, maybe a Meat Snack is. Meat Bars and Jerky come with different meats, including beef, bison, ostrich, turkey, elk, and chicken. Flavor profiles include teriyaki, apple bacon, cranberry, and pepper, just to name a few.
For days or weeks after bariatric surgery, you may be on a pureed or soft foods diet. Getting enough protein is even more important during this time, but it can be more challenging. Along with Protein Shakes, options include Protein Pudding and Protein Gelatin. They require only water to make them, and they are ready quickly. You can take them anywhere since they come in boxes containing multiple single-serve packets.
The BariatricPal Store is always finding new ways to make weight loss easier and more fun. Summer snacks are definitely on the list! As you make your summer plans, be sure to plan your healthy snacks to keep your energy up and weight loss going strong.