Mother’s Day Brunch the Weight Loss Way 0

Mother’s Day brunch celebrates Mom. Moms work hard, and have a lot to show for it with wonderful children. Brunch can be a wonderful opportunity for family time, but it can be a disaster for your waistline. It does not need to be, though. Keep your waistline in check and enjoy good food and family this year! Here are some ideas.

The Pancake Brunch

Protein Pancakes let you have a short stack without piling up the carbs. These low-carb pancakes have up to 15 grams of protein per serving and they are ready in minutes, so Mom does not need to spend hours in the kitchen on her special day. Enjoy plain, blueberry, carrot spice, and more flavors. You can also use many of our protein pancake mixes to make waffles for a nice alternative. Serve them with healthy additions such as eggs, berries, nuts, or Greek yogurt.

Savory Brunch

If a sweet brunch is not your preference, go the savory route instead. Skip the bacon and cheesy potatoes, and get your favorite flavors instead from healthier fare. Try Protein Omelets in vegetable or bacon flavors, plus sides and toppings such as low-fat cheese, vegetables, and turkey bacon or sausage. You can even make a southwestern-themed brunch with a southwestern-style protein omelet along with diced tomatoes and grilled peppers, salsa, and fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

A Hot Drink

Extend the occasion as you sip on a hot drink, but don’t let your guard down and down an excess of sugar and calories with sweet coffee drinks or hot cocoa. Opt for Hot Protein Drinks instead and cut the sugar while boosting the protein. You can get 15 grams in a serving of cocoa in flavors such as marshmallow, classic, and mint, or cappuccino.

Enjoy your brunch and your family while knowing you are doing your part to keep yourself healthy for years to come. You can even finish off the brunch with a family walk to keep the spirit of health and togetherness around. Happy Mother’s Day!

Holiday Pancake Brunch for Weight Loss

Holiday Pancake Brunch for Weight Loss 0

The holiday season is in full swing, and healthy eating often goes out the window. Some of the main culprits are being too busy to cook well, lacking healthy and great-tasting alternatives, and being uninspired. Those are no longer excuses when you opt for pancake brunch at The BariatricPal Store!

A regular pancake breakfast can easily contain over 1,000 calories and load you down with hundreds of grams of carbs and 100 grams of fat. No, thank you! Have your friends or family over for a holiday get-together, and get in the pleasure and satisfaction while skipping the guilt by starting with Protein Pancakes.

Pancakes at the Center

We believe pancakes should slim you down, not fill you out. Skip the pancakes with 20 or more grams of carbs per serving, and opt instead for Protein Pancakes. They have 15 to 20 grams of protein no matter which flavor you get, from Classic and Chocolate Chip to Cinnamon Apple and Blueberry. You will not need to spend hours getting ready for your brunch, since these instant mixes take only minutes to prepare.

Just Like the Real Thing

When you start with Protein Pancakes, you can have brunch just like the real thing…but without doing damage to your waistline. You can:

  • Whip up a batch of Protein Pancakes, and add your favorite fixin’s. Just be sure to choose the right ones. For example:
  • Serve fresh fruit instead of jam.
  • Top your pancakes with sugar-free syrup and Greek yogurt instead of regular syrup and butter.
  • Cook up some instant Protein Omelets instead of serving sides of bacon or and eggs.
  • Try baked sweet potato slices instead of hash browns.

Protein Pancakes – with a Twist

You can stave off holiday blues and have a hearty brunch even if pancakes aren’t your thing. You can make the healthiest and possibly best-tasting doughnuts you’ve ever had by combining Protein Pancake mix with eggs, fat-free sour cream, and milk, and baking your doughnuts or doughnut holes in the oven. Or, make a treat inspired by carrot cake by baking a blend of Carrot Spice Pancake Mix with eggs and milk, and topping the bars with a mixture of fat-free cream cheese beaten with vanilla Greek yogurt and your choice of sweetener.

Relax before the Holidays to Lose More Weight

Relax before the Holidays to Lose More Weight 0

By now, the holiday season is well underway. For too many of us, the season brings not only joy, but also stress. You can experience stress from pressures to overeat, holiday gift shopping, and busy schedules packed with holiday parties and rendez-vous with family and friends. Unfortunately, stress often leads to overeating and weight gain. Don’t let it happen this year!

A Leisurely Sunday Brunch

There is something magical about Sunday brunch. It is a time to relax with family or friends as you let last week’s stress go and you gear up for the coming week. The trouble with most Sunday brunch is the effect on your waistline. You are almost sure to drive up your blood pressure, blood sugar, and stress levels if you indulge in standard fare such as bagels and cream cheese, doughnuts and danishes, pancakes and hash browns, and bacon and eggs.

So how do you put together a Sunday brunch that relaxes you and keeps you on track? You can still have a delicious spread. We have a few suggestions for foods you can include to keep calories and carbs in check, while getting a good dose of protein to start your day.

  • Protein Oatmeal with 100 to 120 calories and 15 grams of protein.
  • Fresh fruit, such as berries or melon, with plenty of antioxidants and dietary fiber.
  • Protein Pancakes in flavors such as classic, blueberry, or chocolate chip, with 15 grams of protein, served with all-natural turkey bacon.
  • Vegetable or Veggie and Bacon Protein Omelets, with 15 grams of protein, and ready in minutes.

Some Comfort Food for Dinner

There’s nothing more powerful for wiping away the stress of the day and getting you ready for a good night’s sleep than a dinner with comfort foods. There is a catch, though: too much fat and sugar at dinner can keep you from sleeping as well at night, and that can add to your stress. Classics like mac and cheese, lasagna, and hearty chili can be off limits if you make them using standard recipes.

A better idea is to keep your comfort food high-protein and calorie-controlled. Protein Pasta Entrees such as Nacho Cheese Pasta, Lasagna, and Spaghetti and Meatballs can hit the spot without hitting you with a load of carbs. Our Vegetarian Chili is healthy, hearty, and filling, and we even have Protein Entrees that can hit the spot if you are craving a Mexican or Asian-Inspired meal. For dessert, try freshly baked Protein Brownies with 120 calories and 15 grams protein, or Protein Cookies in your favorite flavors.

Curb Your Cravings Guilt-Free 0

What’s the absolute worst thing about dieting? For a lot of us, it’s saying “No” and “I can’t have that” to almost everything that sounds good. Chocolate? Too sugary. Cereal? Too many carbs. Chips? Not a chance, with those carbs and that fat – and the chance you’ll eat the whole bag.

But wait – who says can’t you have those things, and more? Certainly not us! BariatricPal says you can have the tastes you love while losing weight. Sometimes, being able to enjoy the taste or texture of a treat can be enough to remind you that “I can do this” and, better yet, “I AM doing this!” So here are a few “craveables” to consider when your diet is getting you down.

Chocolate

A lot of us know that chocolate makes life worth living. We also know some of the stats, like 35 grams of sugar in a chocolate bar, 500 to 1000 calories in a milkshake, and almost no protein to speak of. You’re really asking for a sugar-high and a disappointing weigh-in!

Enter BariatricPal chocolate options. Choose from all sorts of bars such as Rockie Road, Chocolate Crisp, and Triple Chocolate; satisfying and steamy Hot Chocolate; thick and creamy Chocolate Shakes, and Chocolate Chip Cookies They’re all high in protein, low in sugar, and low enough in calories to fit into any diet.

Cereal

Cereal can be a trigger food if you’re the type to sit down with a box and eat the whole thing. Luckily, you can feel good eating an entire packet of BariatricPal Protein Cereal, since you’ll be getting under 130 calories and 10 to 15 grams of protein. Choose from classic flavors such as Honey Nut, Cinnamon Crunch, and Cinnamon Vanilla.

Chips

These crunchy devils really sneak in the carbs and fat. It’s bad enough if you “can’t eat just one,” but what if you “can’t stop before the bag is gone?” No worries. Get your crunch on with favorite flavors such as Sour Cream and Onion, BBQ, and Pizza. The serving is the entire bag, so you don’t even need to try to stem your craving.

Enchiladas

Think again if you thought Mexican flavors were out if you wanted to lose weight. Skip the local Tex-Mex joint, and head for your pantry instead. How does Chicken Enchilada Verde with Corn and Beans sound? Within minutes, you can be eating a pair of enchiladas stuffed with seasoned chicken and smothered in a hearty chile and corn sauce. Along with the protein, you’ll be getting a good dose of fiber to keep you feeling full for hours.

Pasta

Everyone knows that pasta is bad news on a weight loss diet. Those carbs will spike your blood sugar and then let it plummet, leaving you feeling shaky, hungry, and wanting more. But you can thank BariatricPal for turning pasta into good news for your diet. It’s high in protein and low in carbs, so it signals your body to keep dropping the pounds. Enjoy choices such as Fettucine Alfredo, Spaghetti Bolognese, or Gluten-Free Pasta.

All of these choices are high in protein, low in carbs, and calorie-controlled, so you can enjoy them without guilt. Browse our store for these and other foods to fight cravings and keep weight loss right on track.

Weight Loss Breakfast or Brunch for a Summer Morning 0

All too often, breakfast gets shoved aside. At worst, you run out the door without eating. If you believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, you may at least grab a bar or shake to get you through the morning. There’s nothing wrong with that – you’ll get your protein that way! – but sometimes, it’s nice to be able to relax and enjoy breakfast.

Trouble is, having a leisurely breakfast or brunch can often lead to way too many calories, carbs, and saturated fat – maybe even more than you need for the whole day! It doesn’t have to, though. Forget the bagels, syrup-laden waffles, bacon, and coffee cake. Instead, get your protein and stick to your calorie budget with these tips. And the icing on the cake? You can get your brunch together without slaving away in the kitchen for hours.

Delicious Basics for the Strictest of Diets

If you’re on a post-op weight loss surgery diet or you’re in a serious weight loss mode, you’re probably looking for a minimum amount of calories with the maximum amount of filling protein. At the same time, great taste is a must so you stay motivated to stick to the plan! The BariatricPal Store has the basics for your breakfast.

Whether you choose BariatricPal omelets, pancakes, cereal, or oatmeal, each serving has about 100 calories and 15 grams of protein. They’re packaged in single servings so portion control is no problem, and you can make them in minutes on the stove or in the microwave. Guests may want a couple of servings for their breakfast, and with these nutritional stats, you might even want to pair up a couple of items. You can’t really beat a weight loss breakfast of Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal with a Southwestern Omelet.

Adding Some Healthy Accompaniments

When you’re at least a few months out from weight loss surgery, you’re in maintenance mode, or you’re opting for slow and sustained weight loss (hey, it’s what works according to research!), you may need to add a few more foods to your breakfast or brunch. You can easily create a balanced meal that stays under 300 or 400 calories and provides some badly needed nutrients like filling fiber and antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins A and C.

Here are a few options to consider serving.

-Salsa, avocado slices, and shredded low-fat cheese to put on your omelet.

-Fresh fruit for your oatmeal, cereal, or pancakes.

-Plain or vanilla Greek yogurt to top pancakes.

-Low-carb biscuits made with Carbquik and served with non-fat cream cheese.

If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, you can jazz up the dishes a little. For example, toss your eggs with diced tomatoes, spinach leaves, or mushrooms for a bulkier breakfast with almost no extra calories. Or, cook banana slices or berries into your pancakes. The sky’s the limit, even when your calorie budget is tight.

Hot Drinks to Sip

Sipping a hot drink can make your breakfast or brunch feel even more luxurious. It’s the perfect way to sit around the table for extra minutes with friends or family, or just the company you need when reading the Sunday newspaper alone at the dining room table. Skip the sugar when you go with BariatricPal Hot Cocoa drinks. Each has about 80 to 90 calories and 15 grams of protein. You can’t go wrong with flavors such as Marshmallow, Vanilla Cappuccino, and Chocolate Mint.

Whatever your weight loss or maintenance plans are this summer, you can hit your goals while getting maximum pleasure. When you need a break from a busy schedule, schedule a leisurely breakfast or brunch with the great-tasting foods that’ll keep your waistline happy. And don’t forget: a little walk before or after you eat will make the meal taste that much better!

Mother’s Day Ideas for Weight Loss: Yes, It’s Possible! 0

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Are you ready? Do you know how to show your love and give thanks to your mom and any other mother figure in your life – or how to receive thanks and appreciation if you’re a mom – without gaining an ounce? Hint: you don’t have to deprive yourself.

These are some great-tasting, low-calorie ideas that can save you hundreds of calories or more compared to some traditional Mother’s Day fare. They can work for you whether you’re a weight loss surgery patient, a dedicated dieter, or a faithful maintainer. As a bonus, they’re easy to whip up, and the whole family can enjoy them.

Breakfast in Bed

Ahhh…breakfast in bed may be the first thing you think of when you think of pampering your mom. The next thing you may think of may be the scale. What happens when you add up bacon and cheese frittata, toast with butter and jam, a muffin, and creamy coffee? We lost count of the calories, carbs, and fat, but we’re pretty sure it’s a lot.

Just make some simple swaps for a breakfast that’s friendlier to your waistline. Try BariatricPal Protein Pancakes with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt, or opt for a little more of a homemade flair by mixing up some waffles using low-carb baking mix. If Mom’s into more of a savory breakfast flavor, try serving a vegetable or bacon and cheese Protein Omelet topped with a little melted cheese. There’s no reason to skip the creamy coffee; just add a little protein and get rid of the sugar by choosing Protein Cappuccino!

Picnic in the Park

A restaurant brunch may be the tradition, but it may be a tradition that helped the pounds pile on. Unless you’re certain you can pass up the bagels, muffins, steak, sausages, and bacon, you may be better off staying away from the buffet table. Instead, why not head to the park with a healthy picnic basket?

You can pack a basket of healthy treats that everyone will love. Start with the simple favorites, such as hard-boiled eggs, carrot sticks, fresh fruit, and Protein Pretzels and Chips. Then, consider a few healthified versions of picnic must-haves. Try a two-ingredient version of Mock Mashed Potatoes, pass around salads like Marinated Mushrooms, and add some crunch to veggies dogs by topping them with Sweet and Sour Slaw. These recipes are all high-protein, low-carb, and easy.

For dessert, consider sugar-free ice pops if you have a well-insulated bag. Otherwise, Protein Cookies are a treat for the whole family, and a guilt-free indulgence for you. It will be a feast you can eat!

We hope you enjoy these or other great-tasting meals as part of your Mother’s Day celebration with your loved ones around. Thank you to all the moms out there who do so much for so many people, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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