Flavors of Fall for Weight Loss: Cinnamon

Abby Dean

When you are losing weight, it often seems like each new season presents a new challenge. You might be faced with smoothies and ice cream in the summer, with cookies and fudge near Christmas, and with comfort food during the winter. In autumn, one of the downfalls can be foods made with cinnamon.

That’s a shame, because cinnamon itself is healthy as well as delicious. So, we’ve taken all that’s good about cinnamon, and combined it to make some high-protein foods you can feel good about eating. Dig in!

Cinnamon Protein Bars

No matter where you are or what you are doing, you have time for a BariatricPal Protein Bar. Try our bars in cinnamon flavors, such as Crispy Cinnamon and Raisins or Cinnamon Crunch with crispy protein bars dipped into yogurt coating. Our Oatmeal with Vanilla Yogurt bar is like a frosted oatmeal cookie, but without the sugar and calories you would expect. Each bar has 13 to 15 grams of protein and 150 to 160 calories.

Cinnamon Chocolate Hot Protein Drink

What better way to give hot cocoa a fall flair than adding a hint of cinnamon? BariatricPal Hot Protein Drink - Cinnamon does just that, giving you a rich chocolate flavor with real cinnamon spice added. At the same time, it has quite a different nutritional count than a coffee shop cinnamon drink! Each serving has 80 calories and 15 grams of protein.

Our cinnamon-flavored protein drink sure beats a cinnamon latte for 300 calories, and you do not even need to drive to a coffee shop to get it. Just add water and heat in the microwave or on the stove.

Hot and Cold Cinnamon Cereal

Don’t start your day off with a cinnamon roll or cinnamon coffee cake. The 500 calories and 35 grams of sugar just are not worth it! And why would you even want to, when you have choices like BariatricPal Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal and BariatricPal Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Cereal at your fingertips?

Each one has 15 grams of protein, helping make sure to fight hunger through the morning. Since they have only 100 to 120 calories, you can have them on their own or give them your own dash of style. Add diced apples to the oatmeal or any of your favorite fruit to the cereal for some fiber and antioxidants. Or, stir in some pecans, walnuts, or any nut to your hot or cold cereal. It looks like you’re mastering the secret to weight loss!

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Okay, dinner is over and you have a sweet tooth. You are trying to pass up temptations such as apple pie or pumpkin pie. Wait, why pass up dessert? Just reach for BariatricPal Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Each one has 15 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber for 155 calories. They are far lower in carbs and sugar than most desserts, and won’t leave you feeling bloated or guilty.

You can have a cookie for a snack or dessert, or even try one for breakfast! Have it on its own, or add to the fun. Spread it with non-fat cream cheese or dip it in cottage cheese for some extra protein and a creamy, salty contrast. You can also add berries or cut melon to your meal.

Make Your Own Cinnamon Treats

You can add cinnamon to all kinds of healthy foods to get your cinnamon fix. For example:

  • Sprinkle cinnamon on apples or pears and bake them. Top with oats if you want a bit more of an “apple cobbler” vibe.
  • Mix cinnamon and calorie-free sweetener (optional) with peanut butter.
  • Swirl pumpkin with cinnamon and calorie-free sweetener and non-fat cream cheese.
  • Use Protein Vanilla Pudding to make a Cinnamon Roll Supreme Shake.

The tempting smells of cinnamon and spice are everywhere in the fall, and they usually spell trouble for anyone who is watching their weight. You can resist the urge to dive into the sugary, fatty treats, and instead get your cinnamon fix with high-protein, low-calorie fare from The BariatricPal Store.

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