Remember the days when you could hang out at the bar, throw back a few, and laugh about it the next morning? After bariatric surgery, that’s not the case. However, the party isn’t over! High-Protein Mocktails can keep the party going, night after night, with no guilt and no addition to your waistline. Here’s the scoop.
Why Cocktails and Bariatric Surgery Don’t Mix
Cocktails are not the best choice for bariatric surgery patients because they can combine two elements that can get in the way of weight loss goals: alcohol and sugar. Alcohol is a problem because it contains calories (nearly twice as many per gram as carbohydrates) and because it lowers inhibition. That means you are less likely to resist high-calorie foods, such as sliders, wings, and brownies, that you would normally not even glance at.
Sugar in cocktails can be excessively high, adding unnecessary calories. It can come from fruit juice, syrup (a fancy word for what is basically sugary water), and white sugar. Down a few cocktails, and you can easily get several hundred calories from cocktails.
High-Protein Mocktails for Smart Drinking
Enter...High Protein Mocktails! They are completely alcohol-free, so they do not cause you to lose control and possibly overeat. They have 0 grams of sugar, so they do not wreak havoc on blood sugar levels. Plus, they contain 15 grams of protein to keep you full for longer. These mocktails are gluten-free, lactose-free, and soy-free.
They are made with hydrolyzed collagen, which is a more digestible form for your body. Collagen is often taken to strengthen muscles, bones, nails, and teeth, and is a key component of joints. These mocktails come in single bottles and 6-packs, and also are available in a Variety Pack.
The classic Cuban drink is so refreshing, with its mint, lime, rum, and soda water, but it is a clear diet disaster with its sugar and alcohol. Instead, sit back with High Protein Peach Mojito, which is completely sugar-free despite its sweet, tangy peach flavor.
Mix pineapple juice, coconut milk, and rum, and what do you get? You get a pina colada, which can have over 200 calories and 30 grams of sugar in a single 4-ounce serving. Have a few of them, and you may be putting blood sugar through the roof as you get intoxicated and start eating party snacks. Instead, Pina Colada High Protein Mocktail has the great flavors with none of the alcohol or sugar.
A margarita can be a great party drink, but what’s great about the effects of drinking carbs and alcohol? Those few moments of escape are hardly worth it! A Margarita High Protein Mocktail sure is worth it, though, as it tastes right without the bad stuff.
What’s a mocktail without something to nibble on? Potato chips, dips, and bacon-wrapped potatoes will not hasten your way to goal weight, but there are plenty of munchies that will. Protein Chips, Protein Pretzels, and Protein Cheese Dip are just a few choices that can keep you crunching away without adding extra carbs.
Everyone deserves to kick back and relax, and it doesn’t have to destroy your diet. Just choose High-Protein Mocktails instead of sugary, intoxicating cocktails, and keep those snacks high in protein and low in carbs. Staying healthy is the surest way to kick back and relax.