Skinny Foods for Valentine’s Day

Skinny Foods for Valentine’s Day 0

The typical Valentine’s Day foods can present a paradox. The very treats used to celebrate this day of love can make you feel bloated and sluggish. That has be the opposite of how you would want to feel when you are around that special someone or if you are simply trying to show yourself a little love. This Thursday, do yourself proud while enjoying seasonal treats to celebrate.

Bruschetta

Start your meal with some appetizers, but do not throw off your entire day with excessive carbs, fat, and calories as you might get from spinach artichoke dip with chips, fried shrimp, or cheese fondue with bread.

Instead, try low-carb bruschetta made with Parisian Rusk Bread. Each serving has 110 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein, but only 5 grams of net carbs. Pile it with chopped tomatoes marinated with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil, and top with shredded parmesan to start your meal off tasting right without putting you over the top for the day.

Spaghetti

A plate of fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti carbonara can pump up the love, but it can also pump up your waistline. If regular pasta is too heavy in carbs for your lifestyle, check out our selection of Protein and Low-Carb Spaghetti. Options include nearly carb-free shirataki noodles, protein pasta, and superfood black bean and mung bean pasta.

Try any of our diet-friendly pasta alternatives with a simple blend of olive oil, salt, basil, and parmesan cheese or tomato sauce with mushrooms and ground turkey. If you are on your own or do not feel like cooking, feel free to choose an Instant Protein Entrée such as Spaghetti Bolognese. It can warm your soul as you lose weight.

Hot Chocolate

It is only natural to want to extend the evening with a hot drink, possibly while watching a movie. Do you know your little glass of hot cocoa can contain 300 calories and 40 grams of sugar? It may not seem so heart-warming once you know that!

Protein Hot Chocolate can provide the warmth and chocolate taste you want with barely any sugar. Each cup provides about 15 grams of protein and under 5 grams of carbs, allowing you to indulge without a sugar high before bed. Choose Classic, Marshmallow, Cinnamon, or another flavor to get your fix without paying a heavy price.

Cheesecake

Let’s hear it for cheesecake as a great Valentine’s Day dessert. In just a few bites, you can down a day’s worth of saturated fat and sugar and a meal’s worth of calories. What is so great about that?

Try Protein Cheesecake Pudding instead if you really want the flavor but are too savvy to fall for the diet-busting pitfalls of regular cheesecake. Have it plain for 90 calories and 15 grams of protein in a few minutes. You can also make it fancier by topping it with sliced strawberries or raspberries and calorie-free chocolate sauce.

There is no need to deviate from your weight loss goals when you want to celebrate. Just make smart substitutions. Have a healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Holiday Cheer with No Weight Gain Fear

Holiday Cheer with No Weight Gain Fear 0

The holiday season is in full force. That means…it’s time to lose weight! Well, it also means it is time to eat great. Christmas cookies, cranberries, gingerbread, pumpkin spice latte, and hot chocolate: yes to all! Keep reading to find out how you can enjoy your favorite holiday fare without weight gain, and stop by The BariatricPal Store to discover more holiday treats.

Christmas Cookies

Admittedly, our cookies do not have fancy names like pfeffernusse and pizzelle. They also do not have the gobs of sugar and fat you would expect from delicious cookies. You will do much better to satisfy your need to nibble with Protein Cookies instead. Just like Christmas cookies, they taste great and come with flavors ranging from cinnamon and peanut butter to chocolate and almond. Unlike regular Christmas cookies, they are high in protein and low in sugar.

Cranberries

Cranberries seem to pop up only at this time of year. That can be a blessing if you tend to eat cranberries in the traditional way: doused with sugar. On the other hand, they taste so good and, without added sugar, are so good for you. Instead of cranberry sauce (50 grams of sugar per half-cup) or cranberry cookies (25 grams of sugar each), try any of our low-carb Cranberry Treats from Cranberry Lemon Protein Cookies and Bison Bacon Cranberry Epic Bars to Green Tea and Cranberry Protein Fruit Concentrates and Turkey Cranberry Sage snack strips.

Gingerbread

Spicy gingerbread captures the essence of the season, especially when you create a beautiful gingerbread man cookie, bake a festive gingerbread cake, or build a gingerbread house. You’ll do better if you can think of decorated gingerbread as nothing more than decoration, and come to The BariatricPal Store when you want to eat Gingerbread. We not only have Protein Gingerbread Cake Mix that you can bake fresh, but also Gingerbread-Scented Organic Spray-On Spice.

Hot Drinks

The holidays should be about spending time with loved ones. If you are lucky, your time together includes sipping on something sweet, hot, and seasonal. Less lucky is when you sip on full-sugar hot chocolate or pumpkin spice lattes. When you opt to get the chocolate and pumpkin spice flavors you love from Protein Hot Drinks, you can skip the sugar and count on up to 15 grams of protein in 80 to 100 calories. Hot Cocoa variations include Classic, Marshmallow, Mint, Mocha, and more.

This holiday season, lose weight and love your food. There’s no reason to deprive yourself. Just make smart choices, enjoy your favorite flavors, and feel proud when you step on the scale. The BariatricPal Store is here to help.

December Comfort Food

December Comfort Food 0

Comfort food is on the mind as December starts. That can mean only one thing: weight loss. Well, that is true if you choose smart. Here are our top picks for comfort food that is warming, hearty, satisfying, and good for weight loss.

Mac and Cheese

We cannot help but start the list with Mac and Cheese. It is ooey, gooey, and tops for comforting, but it can have There is something wrong with diving into a bowl of carbs, fat, and calories when you can get those same flavors without penalty. BariatricPal Protein Entrees: Cheesy Mac has romano, parmesan, and cheddar cheese and real pasta, with none of the excess of regular mac and cheese.

Each serving has 220 calories and 12 grams of protein to help lower the glycemic index and keep you full for longer after the meal. You do not even need to follow a recipe or order the dish. Just heat the entrée and enjoy your meal in minutes

Chili Your Way

A bowl of chili may have a lot of protein, but it also has enough serious carbs, fat, and calories to make it more discomforting than comforting. Instead of ordering or serving up a bowl with 300 to (gasp!) over 1,000 calories, serve yourself Protein Chili instead. You can choose single-serve Turkey Chili with Beans that you can heat and eat for a complete meal with 220 calories and 21 grams of protein. Another idea is to opt for a packet of Vegetable Chili with Beans with 120 calories and 12 grams of protein. All of our protein chili choices taste great and are ready in minutes for a guilt-free lunch or dinner.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli cheese soup is creamy, cheesy, warming, and oh-so-bad for you. Can you really feel comforted when you know that you are essentially sipping protein-less fat that sticks to your hips? Make these problems vanish with Broccoli Cheddar Protein Soup with real broccoli. It has 15 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat. The single-serving packet has 100 calories that you can make within minutes on the stove or using the microwave.

Skip the 100 to 200 calories’ worth of bread or croutons that may come with your soup and deliver an extra 25 or more grams of carbs. Instead, crumble low-carb Protein Cheese Snacks into your soup for an extra cheesy flavor with added crunch.

Chocolate with Chocolate and Chocolate

No way can a list of comfort foods be complete without something seriously chocolatey. Chocolate chip cookies are a nice start, but you can do better. Why stop at chocolate chips when you can bury them in a chocolate cookie and drizzle the whole thing with chocolate icing? Why would you add fat and sugar to your day when you can get a dose of protein instead?

BariatricPal Triple Chocolate Protein Cookies are chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks and chocolate drizzle. Each has 15 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, and 150 calories. They lend themselves to dessert, but we’ve been known to have them for snacks and even for breakfast. They go so well with peanut butter or with fat-free cream cheese and strawberries!

Stay warm and comforted this winter with soups, stews, chilis, and more. The BariatricPal Store has the high-protein, low-carb selections you need to stay on your diet, with the great flavors you need to stay satisfied. Happy eating!

Spooky Good Weight Loss Treats at The BariatricPal Store

Spooky Good Weight Loss Treats at The BariatricPal Store 0

Halloween is around the corner, so weight loss cannot be far behind. All those sweet, delicious candy-flavored favorites deliver protein without sugar, so this is the ideal holiday for weight loss. How could you possibly lose? The only way is if you choose candies from the wrong store. Go with The BariatricPal Store’s selection, and you can be sure each choice has been evaluated for taste and weight loss nutrition.

Simple Chocolate

Do you remember when the “good houses” were the ones that gave chocolate bars when you were trick-or-treating? Consider The BariatricPal Store one of the “good houses,” since it has Chocolate Bars in every guise – dark, milk, and plain, with almonds, peanut butter, and caramel, and with benefits such as protein, low-sugar, and calcium.

Gooey Marshmallow

Ooey, gooey marshmallow treats are a great choice if you want to go back to your childhood fantasy land. The only problem is that their nutritional facts – such as 40 grams of sugar and starch per cup – will not let you go back to those carefree days, unless you choose protein-packed treats such as Marshmallow Protein Bars.

Each bar has 15 grams of protein and less than half the carbs as a cup of marshmallows. They have a dark chocolate crispy cookie topped with gooey marshmallow, all surrounded by dark chocolate. Distinctly missing? A cloak of guilt. You can use them as a snack or meal with a full set of vitamins and minerals.

Fruity Gummies

For some kids, one thrill of Halloween is the chance to get as much sugar as fast as possible. Fruity gummies are a good way to do that, since an ounce has 17 grams of sugar and no protein or fat to slow the direct trip to your bloodstream.

Give into the kid in you, a little more responsibly, with Fruity Protein Gummies. They have the sweet, fruity taste you love, but with nutrition for your grown-up self. Each package has 180 calories and 10 grams of protein, with 1 cool gram of sugar. To make them even more filling, they have an unheard-of 27 grams of fiber. Try Papaya, Fantastic Fruit, Wild Berry, Kiwi, and Banana flavors.

Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter cups are to die for, literally, if you choose regular ones. A standard package of 2 cups can have 21 grams of sugar, which is nearly your day’s allotment. That’s a good way to drive up your blood sugar levels and increase cravings, which of course makes weight loss nearly impossible.

Chocorite Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cups have only 35 calories per piece, or 100 calories per package. They have 7 grams of fiber to help fill you up. That is a great way to satisfy that irresistible craving for sweet, rich chocolate and creamy, salty peanut butter.

Weight Loss Flavors of Fall: Apples

Weight Loss Flavors of Fall: Apples 0

Today is the first day of autumn, and that means deliciousness and weight loss. How so? Take apples, for example, since their peak season is beginning now. You already know how delicious crisp and juicy apples can be, but do you know how you can lose weight with their flavor? Read on…

Apple Pie Protein Bar

How bad is apple pie for your diet? Well, it has more of a “pie” than an “apple” effect. A slice of apple pie can have 300 to 600 calories, and over a day’s worth of sugar and saturated fat, with almost no protein. Instead, skip the baking, and enjoy the taste of pie in a Quest Apple Pie Protein Bar. It has only 190 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of saturated fat, and staves off hunger for hours with 20 grams of protein and 14 grams of fiber. Buy a single bar or a 12-pack.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

As the mornings get chilly, you can start your day off with Apple Cinnamon Protein Oatmeal. It has real whole-grain oats, apples, and cinnamon, without a load of sugar and carbs. Each packet has 15 grams of protein and 2 grams of sugar. Make it with water and have it as a quick breakfast or snack alone or with peanut, fruit, or yogurt. It comes 6 individual-serving packets per box.

Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal

If you do not feel like making oatmeal or you prefer a crunch in the morning or for a snack, try gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Choose from a multi-serving box, a single-serving packet, or a box with 6 single-serving packets.

Apple Protein Shot

Take an Apple Protein Shot with you, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you can have 15 grams of protein anytime, anywhere. It is a convenient protein boost for a post-op weight loss surgery patient or anyone who needs protein and essential amino acids in a quick 2.5-oz. shot without any sugar. Try 1 shot or a 6 or 12-pack.

Fresh Apples: The Real Deal

Good call if you are holding out for fresh, crisp apples. A medium apple has 4 grams of filling fiber, and did you know that eating apples was linked to better weight loss in a clinical trial? If you are concerned about the sugar in apples, just have them in small portions – say, ½ apple at once – and include a source of protein and/or fat with your apple. Try ½ apple…

  • Baked with a sprinkle of cinnamon and served with cottage cheese.
  • Sliced and served with PB2 Peanut Butter Powder or almond butter.
  • Toasted with low-fat cheddar cheese melted on top.
  • Dipped into Protein Pudding or yogurt.

Apples not only taste great, but lend themselves to weight loss. Check The BariatricPal Store for these and other protein products with apple flavors, and celebrate the beginning of autumn!

Protein Pudding and Shakes for Post-Op and Anytime Weight Loss

Protein Pudding and Shakes for Post-Op and Anytime Weight Loss 0

Protein and great taste are at a premium when weight loss is the name of the game. Weight loss surgery and hard-core weight loss efforts up the ante. Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack can help you meet the challenge. It tastes great, is convenient, and works on a liquid, low-carb, or other diet. Here’s the scoop!

Perfect Weight Loss Profile

Each serving from your Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack has 15 grams of protein. That’s protein your body can use to fight hunger, build muscle, and rev metabolism. All that protein comes in a neat package of 100 calories with no sugar. That certainly sounds like a fast track to weight loss!

Flavors to Love

Your diet needs to be delicious. Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack has one box each of the following flavors.

  • Strawberry Cream – sweet taste of juicy strawberries and cream, without the extra sugar and fat.
  • Vanilla Cream – creamy vanilla, plain, simple, and perfect.
  • Chocolate Cream – rich and satisfying to beat cravings without a drop of guilt or gram of sugar.
  • Mocha Cream – blend of coffee and chocolate to brighten your day without caffeine.

Vitamins for Post-Op and Diet Support

You have enough to worry about when you are recovering from bariatric surgery or you are seriously focused on weight loss. Let us worry about your vitamins and minerals to help you stay nourished. Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack has 24 essential vitamins and minerals that are carefully chosen based on being difficult to get from foods, quick to deplete, or necessary for health. They include:

  • B vitamins for energy and metabolism.
  • Antioxidants vitamins C and E, and selenium
  • Iron for healthy red blood cells.
  • Calcium for strong bones.

Protein Your Way Any Day

You can decide at the last minute whether you want a thick shake or a creamy pudding. Just mix a packet from your Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack into 10 ounces of water for a shake, or use 4 ounces for pudding.

You can use Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack however and whenever you like.

  • As a shake after weight loss surgery, on a liquid diet, or anytime.
  • As a pudding on a pureed or soft foods diet, or as a sugar-free dessert anytime.
  • As a vitamin-rich meal replacement as a shake or pudding.

Pair It!

Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack works nicely on its own, or you can build a bigger meal or snack around it. These are some nutritious and delicious combos to consider.

Explore your protein options and make weight loss easier with Protein Pudding and Shake Mix Variety Pack! It’s a smart idea to store it in your pantry so your protein is always right on hand when you need it.

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