Five Valentine’s Day Must-Haves for Weight Loss
Valentine’s Day should be a time of love, but it often turns into a holiday filled with feelings of deprivation or guilt. There is simply too much sugar around! This year, turn Valentine’s Day into a time for celebration and weight loss when you arm yourself properly with these goods.
Chocolate Coated Snack Puffs
The candy comes out long before Valentine’s Day itself, and it is hard to resist taking one or two chocolate candies every time you pass by the bowl. Give yourself a hand by stocking up on Chocolate Protein Puffs. They have a rich creamy chocolate coating surrounding a hearty protein filling.
Each serving has 15 grams of protein and less than half the sugar of standard chocolate candies. They have as much calcium as cottage cheese, and a good dose of iron, too. They are a snack you can feel good about!
500 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat, and 30 grams of sugar. Can you say, “Sexy?” No way! “Bloated” and “Guilty” are more like it when you have a slice of regular cheesecake. Not so with Creamy Protein Cheesecake. It has 120 calories, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, and 0 grams of added sugar, not to mention 15 grams of protein.
Make it using just water and serve it on its own, or serve it over ½ a crumbled graham cracker and with sliced strawberries for a 200-calorie dessert.
What is it about sandwich cookies that screams “Valentine’s Day?!” Maybe it is the symbolism of the two cookies coming together in a partnership. Or maybe it is just that they taste so good that it only makes sense to have them on this day of sweet treats.
For whatever reason, you should be able to indulge, but not at the cost of the trans fat and sugars in regular sandwich cookies. Protein Sandwich Cookies have 18 grams of protein, 7 grams of dietary fiber, and 0 grams of added sugar per serving. Maybe it will be love at first sight!
Bouillon may not seem so romantic at first glance, but consider what you can do with it. It can be the foundation of French onion and tomato soups, the magic flavoring ingredient for mashed cauliflower and roasted vegetables, and the moistening ingredient in roasted meats and meatloaf. Take your nutritionless bouillon up a notch with Protein Soup, such as Chicken or Beef Bouillon or Tomato Soup. You will get 15 grams of protein per serving.
Curl up after dinner to sip hot chocolate, and you are simply begging for an upset stomach and a barrier to weight loss, unless you are sipping Protein Hot Chocolate. Flavors such as Classic, Marshmallows, Mocha, and Mint have 15 grams of protein and almost no sugar. It is an easy way to end the night on a good note.
- Alex Brecher