Bariatric Friendly Cinnamon Fall Treat

Bariatric Friendly Cinnamon Fall Treat 0

Are you a cinnamon fan? Now is the time of year where pumpkin and cinnamon flavors and scents are everywhere. If you are looking for treats to help you through this fall season, look no further!

BariatricPal’s Cinnamon Protein Baked Squares are so yummy! They are the perfect treat and you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it. For one square, there is 170 calories, 19g carbs, 5g sugar and 15g protein. Finding a treat with this low amount of sugar can be tricky, so I was super excited to find this bar.

The flavor is amazing. The cinnamon is very strong, which I love. The icing on top is my favorite and it gives the bar a nice, sweet flavor to it. I love that it isn’t too sweet and I especially love that the sugar is so low. Many times, when I find a treat that is lower in calories and fat, the sugar is insane and it gives me dumping syndrome. As a bariatric patient, it is crucial that you stay away from high sugar foods.

Another thing I like about these bars is that they can act as a breakfast as well. They resemble a coffee cake, which makes me so happy because coffee cakes are one of my favorite foods in the world.

If you are looking for a treat, or even something you could use as a breakfast, I highly recommend that you try these amazing cinnamon bars.\

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Greasy Foods Made Over for Weight Loss

Greasy Foods Made Over for Weight Loss 0

 

Greasy foods are oh, so delicious, and oh, so bad for you. You may be able to put the out of your mind most days, but sometimes the urge sneaks up on you. In honor of National Greasy Foods Day, we’ve compiled a few greasy foods along with alternatives that you can enjoy as part of your everyday weight loss diet.

Potato Chips

The nice thing about potato chips is how replaceable they are. Choose Protein Potato Chips, Krinkles, or Zippers, and you can save on trans fat and extra grease, plus get a bonus dose of protein. You have no need to worry about missing out on your favorite flavors, since they come in classics including Ranch, BBQ, and Salt and Vinegar.

French Fries

The quintessential grease-laden food, you can usually see the grease coming through the bag before you even get to your car. Instead, try baked zucchini, carrot, or parsnip fries, or even roasted green beans. They’re all great as a side for a low-carb naked turkey burger patty, and if you are feeling truly decadent and want chili cheese fries, top zucchini fries with Vegetable Protein Chili and low-fat cheddar.

Pizza

Pizza is so greasy that you might have used your napkin to blot the pools of excess oil off the top even before you were trying to lose weight! You are in luck, though, because there are tons of alternatives to a stuffed crust pizza with a day’s worth of saturated fat per serving.

Portabella pizzas with low-fat cheese

Cheeseless pizza on cauliflower crust

Pizza Protein Chips, Tasty Bites, or Veggie Puffs

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken may be finger-licking delicious, but – news flash – that goodness you’re licking off your fingers is grease. The starchy breadcrumbs coating your chicken or fish and the dipping sauce you’re using are not doing your waistline any favors, either. Slash fat and carbs with a Mock Fried Chicken, or if you are not ready to give up your thick breading, use Low-Carb Baking Mix instead of bread or flour. Check our Recipes for Protein Dips including BBQ, cheese-flavored, and sweet and sour.

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Nachos

Nachos have nearly everything: crunch, creaminess, starch, salt, and…grease! A satisfying makeover may be more feasible than you imagined when you use eggplant chips, roasted halved mini bell peppers, or Protein Rusk Bread instead of tortilla chips. Smother your base with Protein Cheese Sauce, and feel free to make your nachos “supreme” with ground turkey, olives, and fat-free sour cream.

One of the best parts about losing weight is that for every challenge, there is a solution. For every greasy food, there is a high-protein, low-fat counterpart that can fit into your diet. It can just take a little effort to find it.

 

Cave into Cravings Part 4: Chocolate

Cave into Cravings Part 4: Chocolate 0

We could not do a series on cravings without including a large segment on chocolate. It may be the most craveable flavor there is. It can also be one of the most dangerous, since it often comes in oversized packages along with fat, starches, and sugars.

The BariatricPal Store would never expect you to lose weight without chocolate. In fact, we have all kinds of ways for you to get your fix while keeping your diet low in sugar and high in protein.

Liquid Chocolate…Hot or Cold

Forget liquid gold. It’s time for liquid chocolate! Skip the milkshake with 100 or more grams of sugars, and look through our assortment of Chocolate Shakes instead. Many of them have 80 to 120 calories and almost no sugar, while giving you 12 to 15 or more grams of protein. Choose single-serving powder packets or ready-to-shake bottles, or multi-serving tubs.

A virtual stroll down our Hot Protein Drinks aisle may in store if sipping on a hot drink is more to your liking. Choose from classic hot chocolate or hot cocoa with marshmallows or hints of almond, raspberry, or mint. You can even find Irish cream and cinnamon-flavored cocoa.

Pure Chocolate

Sometimes, there is no substitute for a chocolate bar, plain and simple. That is why we offer BariatricPal Protein Chocolate Bars. They come in plain chocolate, white chocolate, and with crispies. They taste so good that you may not even notice that they are different from regular chocolate bars until you lose weight while eating them. Each bar has at least 10 grams of protein and no more than 160 calories.

Creamy and Crunchy Chocolate

Creamy cravings? Crunchy cravings? Can’t decide? We have the answer to both! Dig your spoon into Chocolate Protein Pudding, whether you choose classic, sweet chocolate, rich dark chocolate, or chocolate chip with marshmallows. Each packet has 12 to 15 grams of protein and 80 to 120 calories, and is ready in minutes.

For a crunchy chocolate fix, you cannot go wrong with Cocoa Protein Cereal. Keep it chocolate to the core with cocoa O’s, or add some other flavors with caramel chocolate granola or berries n’ chocolate crunch. They are all low in sugar and high in protein, so you can assume your day is starting off right both in flavor and nutrition.

Classic Desserts

A good dessert can put a satisfying end to your meal or day, so why give it up when you are trying to lose weight? We have an alternative if you are worried about a calorie count of 300 to 500 from chocolate cake, brownie, or cookie. Look through our collection of cookies, brownies, and cake mix to find High Protein Favorites such as chocolate chip cookies, soft-baked brownies, and double chocolate cake. They have up to 15 grams of protein, and well under 200 calories.

Chocolate and Friends

Chocolate makes everything better, so choose your favorite flavors and add chocolate! That is how we developed many of our Protein Bars. Whether you like caramel, coconut, peanuts, or graham crackers, you can find them with a rich chocolate coating. You can even get your peanut butter and jelly with chocolate!

There is no reason to deprive yourself on a weight loss diet, and we have the answers to your cravings. If it’s chocolate you are after, be assured that you can get your fill in any form you like, without going off your meal plan. Enjoy!

Cave into Cravings Part 3: Sweet and Salty

Cave into Cravings Part 3: Sweet and Salty 0

A craving can put you into a weight loss plateau if you give into it without thinking, so do not! Instead, take a few seconds to consider these healthier alternative answers to common cravings. You can get your sweet and salty fixes without adding too many calories, carbs, or fat grams to your day, and The BariatricPal Store can help.

Protein Bars

Taste-wise, protein bars have a lot in common with candy bars and other sweet treats. They come in flavors from chocolate and peanut butter to caramel, coconut, vanilla, and lemon zest. They are sweet and satisfying. The difference is that Protein Bars are way better for weight loss, since they have more protein and less sugar. Choose your favorite flavors and textures, whether creamy, crispy, or chewy, and feel good about your sweet tooth.

Protein Cookies

What happens when the afternoon gets long and you just want something sweet to carry you through? Protein Cookies can do the trick way better than regular ones, since you will be skipping the excess of sugar, white flour, and saturated fats, and instead getting protein with a minimum of sugar. There is no need to compromise on taste or convenience, either. Enjoy ready-to-eat Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, or Biscotti in flavors such as Fudge Chip and Almond Chip.

Protein Pretzels

Remember when pretzels were considered a good alternative to chips? That was before their carbs and refined starches became such an issue. Now, you can keep eating those salty friends as long as you choose Protein Pretzels, available in regular, Cinnamon Toast, and Jalapeno Honey Mustard flavors and with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Bonus: they are gluten-free, too.

Protein Meat Snacks

When nothing else will do, a Protein Meat Snack can be the answer. Lower in fat and calories than a standard sausage stick, these meat snacks are nearly pure protein, along with flavor, such as Teriyaki, Spicy Pepper, and BBQ. Say farewell to plain beef and artificial ingredients with these all-natural snacks that include turkey, elk, and ostrich options.

Follow your sweet and salty cravings. Just make they lead you in the right direction, on a path with less sugar and more protein. It is all here at The BariatricPal Store!

Cave into Cravings Part 2: Hot and Cold

Cave into Cravings Part 2: Hot and Cold 0

 

Cravings can be your downfall when you are trying to lose weight unless you know how to handle them. This part of the series gives you some better alternatives for your hot and cold cravings. Everything in this post will work on a liquid diet or a pureed foods diet, so it may be welcome news if you are a pre-op or post-op bariatric surgery patient or you are using a liquid diet to jumpstart weight loss.

 Hot Protein Drinks

Usually, a caramel latte, hot cocoa, or white chocolate cappuccino from a coffee shop is the same to your body as liquid sugar, but we are not suggesting you go without your favoring cuppa joe (or chocolate). Just make a smarter choice with BariatricPal Hot Protein Drinks, such as hot cocoa in flavors such as regular, marshmallow, mint, and raspberry, vanilla cappuccino, and mocha. They are all low in sugar and have up to 15 grams of protein. Now you do not even have to go to your favorite coffee shop to get that warming chocolate or coffee for your morning pick-me-up or sweet evening finish.

Protein Soup

Regular soup is often devoid of nutrients at best, and a source of extra fat and carbs at worst. A bowl of a days’ worth of saturated fat, while chicken noodle soup can deliver a few servings’ worth of refined carbs. BariatricPal Protein Soup has 15 grams of protein without the extra calories, carbs, and fat, and just a few of the flavors are Chicken Pasta, Cream of Mushroom, and Broccoli and Cheddar. Have the protein soup straight, or make it a chunky meal with cooked veggies and protein such as beans, lentils, or diced chicken or ground turkey, or

Protein Fruit Smoothies

Fruit smoothies can hit the spot when you want something cold and refreshing, but are they really worth their price tag of hundreds of calories and up to 100 grams of sugar? Protein Fruit Smoothies skip the sugar and pack in the protein, while delivering the sweet fruity refreshment you are craving. Think about strawberries, bananas, yogurt, and mango as you pick your smoothie flavor.

Your hot or cold craving solution is just seconds away with these protein options. All they need is some water and a stir, and you can have your guilt-free fix instantly.

 

Cave into Cravings Part 1: Creamy and Crunchy

Cave into Cravings Part 1: Creamy and Crunchy 0

 

Cravings can wreck your diet because they strike hard and are usually not for healthy foods, but a craving does not have to be your ruin. Just make smart choices to satisfy your craving, and continue on in your weight loss journey without guilt. These are some creamy and crunchy craving solutions that give you protein without extra sugar or starches.

Creamy: Protein Pudding

Pudding may be a childhood favorite that delivers comfort, but it also delivers a load of sugar. Choose instant Protein Pudding instead, with 80 to 90 calories, almost no sugar, and up to 15 grams of protein. Enjoy classic flavors such as Chocolate, Banana, or Vanilla, or go out on a limb with Dulce de Leche. They are all as creamy as the snack or dessert you remember from your school days.

Creamy: Protein Peanut Butter

Protein Peanut Butter Powder can give you the sweet and salty taste you remember as a dip, spread, or smoothie ingredient, or you can opt to get your PB fix in a Peanut Butter Protein Bar whether you go with pure peanut, chocolate coating, strawberry jelly, or another variation. You will be skipping the extra fat and calories from spoonfuls of peanut butter, while getting more protein and satisfaction.

Crunchy: Protein Cereal

Cereal is great, until you add up the carbs you got after you finish eating the whole box. Instead, go for single-serving packages of low-carb Protein Cereal in craveable flavors such as Honey Nut, Cinnamon Crunch, and even Rich Cocoa. Grab an entire bag for breakfast, snack, and even dessert, and you will still be within your daily limits while getting doses of up to 15 grams of protein per serving.

Crunchy: Protein Potato Chips

Like cereal, potato chips can be dangerous because of the temptation to eat the whole bag. Worse, they have a base of refined starch, and usually come with a load of unneeded fat. Choose Protein Chips instead, and you will be getting up to 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a low-fat, low-carb version. They are portion-packed in single-serving bags, so eat up! Ranch, Sea Salt and Vinegar, BBQ, and Tangy Tomato are among your protein-packed crunchy choices.

Creamy or crunchy, The BariatricPal Store has the answer to your craving, in a diet-friendly package. Stop by and find your favorite!

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