Caramel Goodness, Guilt Free
Is caramel on your mind? It is no wonder! With Halloween just around the corner, candy is everywhere. One particular favorite is caramel: ooey, gooey, sweet, creamy caramel. Caramel that is off limits if you are cutting sugars and calories and trying to lose weight. Wait – is caramel really off limits?
No way! It is if you are talking about the traditional caramel chews, caramel chocolate bars, and caramel flavored coffee drinks, since they will give you a dose of sugar without the protein and other nutrients you need. But The BariatricPal Store has other ideas! We’ve left the flavor and fun, added some protein, and taken away the extra sugar in our caramel products.
Now, you can enjoy Halloween season with the rest of them, and lose weight at the same time! Here are a few ideas to get your fix.
Caramel Protein Bars
Some of the classic candy bars are based on caramel, whether the caramel is packaged with peanuts, crisped rice, chocolate, cookies, or nougat. These favorites have a downside that you know well: too many calories, and not enough nutrition.
You can do better! We’ve packaged caramel with its classic companions, but made over the nutritional facts. The results are BariatricPal Protein Bars with 12 to 15 grams of protein in each. They are reduced-calorie and reduced-sugar, with choices including Caramel Brownie with Vanilla Coating, chocolate coated Caramel Nut and Caramel Crunch, and Caramel Delight. Yum!
Snack time can be a dieter’s biggest challenge. You need to get enough protein to satisfy you, while staying away from too many calories or too much sugar. The stakes are even higher in October, when you can find candy tempting you wherever you are. Don’t let snacks be your downfall this year!
Instead of caving into temptation to reach for “just a few” mini caramel chews or fun size candy bars, arm yourself with caramel snacks. BariatricPal Peanut and Caramel Coated Protein Puffs Snacks have a liberal coating of caramel and peanut butter, making them sweet, salty, and satisfying. These soy delights come in single portion bags with 150 calories and 15 grams of protein.
For another option, crunch on Proti Snax Chocolate Caramel Granola. These crunchy sweet clusters are mixed with chocolatey chunks and caramel swirl. They are made with real whole grain oats, but are low carb and low sugar. Each packet has 130 calories and 11 grams of protein. Hint: they also make a great breakfast alone or mixed with yogurt!
Caramel Caffe Latte
A caramel flavored coffee drink from a coffee shop can cost you 45 or more grams of sugar and hundreds of calories, without delivering much protein. We have just the thing for you if you have found yourself paying the heft diet price, or if you have longingly passed up on these favorite caramel coffee treats.
BariatricPal Caramel Caffe Latte Shake or Pudding delivers the taste you want along with 15 filling grams of protein in a manageable package of 100 calories and only 4 grams of sugar. You can enjoy it any time on the weight loss journey. Stir it into 8 ounces of water if you are on a liquid diet or just want a shake, or use less water to turn it into a thicker pudding if you are eating pureed foods or solid foods. You can use it as a snack or dessert, or even a meal replacement since it has over 20 essential vitamins and minerals.
Caramel Calcium Chews
Caramel Calcium Chews are a prime example of having your cake and eating it, too. You would swear you are eating candy, but you are not getting one gram of sugar. Instead, these aspartame-free chews deliver essential nutrients to keep you healthy.
Each chew provides 500 milligrams of bone-building calcium. It also has 500 IU of vitamin D3, which you need for bone health, heart health, and even proper regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure. These chews can turn taking your vitamins from a chore into a treat.
No way should you have to miss out on the season’s fun just because of your diet. Just make a few smart choices, and you can indulge while losing weight. The BariatricPal Store has a full range of great-tasting caramel flavored products that can keep you full, nourished, and satisfied, so check them out!
- Alex Brecher