Pretzels for Every Shrinking Waistline During National Pretzel Month 0
October is National Pretzel Month, so thank goodness for Protein Pretzels. Otherwise, you might be tempted to eat high-carb, low-protein pretzels to celebrate. With Protein Pretzels, you can try different ways of getting your pretzel fix without even thinking about breaking your diet. Here is how!
Pure Pretzels for Pretzel-Lovers
The BariatricPal Store has a variety of Protein Pretzels for all tastes. Stick with Original flavor in twists and sticks, or try French Toast, Jalapeno Honey Mustard, or Honey Mustard Bites. Whatever you choose, you are sure to get a reduced-carb snack with 12 to 15 grams of protein and unlimited taste and crunch. Some types are gluten-free, too.
Try your pretzels on their own or however you normally love pretzels. They are great with cheese, peanut butter, fruit, or grape tomatoes, or you can try them crumbled into salads for a low-carb crunch. They come in single-serving packets that are ready to eat, anytime, anywhere.
Those snack mixes with pretzels, cereal, chocolate candies, and crackers may taste great, but they can come at a heft carb and sugar price. Instead, make your own snack mix with low-carb, high-protein ingredients by mixing some plain or flavored Protein Pretzels with any of your favorite protein snack foods, such as nuts, peanuts, dried soybeans, or any of the following.
- Protein Cereal with flavors such as Chocolate, Cinnamon Vanilla, and Honey
- Protein Chips and Puffs ranging from Ranch and BBQ to Nacho Cheese and Jalapeno
- Protein Cheese Snacks with cheesy flavors in each bite
- Protein Bean Snacks with variations such as Sriracha, Chili and Lime, and Sea Salt
- Chocolate Coated Protein Puffs
Bring your great-tasting snack mix to a party to pass around, or keep your mix to yourself for a personal party while you snack. You turn your mix into a meal by eating it with fresh fruit or cottage cheese, or dipping it into a cream cheese or yogurt-based dip.
Do you think you cannot have soft pretzels anymore on a high-protein, low-carb weight loss diet? Think again! A soft pretzel ban may be in effect if it means going to the mall for a 400-calorie pretzel with 60 or more grams of carbs, but that is not the case when you make your own.
Choose any of our low-carb baking mixes, and put your own twist on soft pretzels. Then dip one in mustard, spread one with cream cheese, or slice one in half and use it instead of bread for a sandwich, such as turkey and cheese, peanut butter and banana, or tuna with lettuce and tomato. Anything goes when it is time to lose weight!Pretzels are a craveable salty snack, and one that can set you back in your quest for low-carb weight loss, unless you choose a smart snack such as Protein Pretzels. Experiment during all of October to celebrate National Pretzel Month, and who knows, maybe you will lose extra weight as you focus on high-protein, low-carb snacks to satisify those carb cravings!
Food Feuds: Regular versus KetoBrownies 0
Everyone knows what brownies are: irresistibly delicious, chewy, chocolatey delights that can do nothing but break diets with their calories and sugar. Right? Wrong. We beg to differ. Well, we agree with the taste part, but we present KetoBrownie Brownies as a brownie you can feel good about if you are on a ketogenic diet. In today’s food feud, we present regular brownies versus KetoBrownie Brownies.
A regular brownie can have nearly 300 calories and close to 30 grams of sugar, while KetoBrownie Brownies have 200 to 220 calories and 0 grams of added sugars. KetoBrownie Brownies have three times the protein as regular brownies, and contain 13 to 16 grams of fat. You could even say that KetoBrownie Brownies are designed for weight loss since they are pro-keto with no more than 4 grams of net carbohydrates.
Taste and Ingredients
Regular brownies do taste good, we admit, but there is something to be said for the 2 flavors in which KetoBrownie Brownies are available. Choose from Chocolate Almond that can satisfy your chocolate craving with cocoa, sugar-free chocolate chips, and almond pieces, and Blondie, with the classic and satisfying brown sugar flavor of blond brownies.
While sugar is the main component of regular brownies, KetoBrownie Brownies are sweetened with natural and calorie-free monk fruit. They also have whey protein, almond butter, and prebiotic fiber for a healthier gut.
Convenience and Practicality
KetoBrownie Brownies come pre-wrapped in single-serving packages, so you can take them anywhere and store them until you need them. Sure, you can find regular brownies ready-to-eat from any bakery or grocery store, and they are even fairly easy to make yourself if you have the ingredients and the time to spare in mixing, baking, and cleaning. Still, there is a problem: portion control. It is far too easy to taste one, and nibble another, and keep sneaking bites until you have had far more than a single serving.
KetoBrownie Brownies are ideal as snacks and desserts, or you can try them for breakfast if you like a sweet start to your day. Try that with regular brownies, and you may find yourself with an early sugar high and a mid-morning energy crash along with sugar cravings.
Those are the facts for KetoBrownie Brownies and regular brownies. You can decide which has the edge as you try to lose weight. You may just need to try KetoBrownie Brownies before you make your final decision!
Thanksgiving Weekend Hacks 0
Thursday Pie Day
Sure, Thanksgiving is Turkey Day, but let’s focus on what really matters at this moment: the pies. You probably have turkey or another source of lean protein to focus on for the main course, but what about when dessert time comes? Do not give into the pecan and pumpkin pie while adding 1,000 calories to your meal.
There is no need to despair. You can quickly turn any Protein Pudding into a pie for yourself or for the table if you use multiple packets. Try flavors such as Chocolate Cream, Chocolate Salted Caramel, or Strawberry Cream and count on 15 grams of protein and only 100 calories per serving. Now you can truly be thankful on Thanksgiving!
Wake up early and hit the stores for Black Friday and…eat your way through the day? That cannot be a good thing, unless you make smart swaps. Instead of…
- Sugar-laden mocha latte from a coffee shop, try Protein Mocha in a ready-to-use bottle.
- Cinnamon rolls at the mall, try a Cinnamon Roll Protein Bar.
- A carb-laden, fattening sandwich from the food court, try a sandwich with High Protein Spread on Protein Bread.
- Pretzels at the mall, try Honey Mustard Protein Double Bites.
If you would prefer to skip the lines but catch the deals, you can always stay home and order from The BariatricPal Store online. You can find the healthy foods you need without temptations leading you astray.
Saturday – Hello, Christmas Season!
Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional start of the holiday season. That can mean not only decorations and gifts, but also Christmas flavors. You can enjoy the flavors with choices such as Gingerbread Cake. It has 5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein per serving to prevent blood sugar spikes. You can have this freshly made treat in minutes. It has only 130 calories, making it an ideal snack or dessert. Feel free to use all the sugary cookies and candies you want when making a gingerbread house, but choose protein gingerbread for eating!
Sunday: Football Friends
As the weekend draws to a close, it is time to relax and maybe watch some football with friends. You may not feel like cooking, but that does not give you an excuse to fall prey to delivery and unhealthy snacks. Instead, set out your own low-carb protein munchies, such as Protein Chips, Protein Chips, and Protein Cookies. If those last bites of Thanksgiving dinner are still on your mind, chow down on Thanksgiving Turkey Jerky for a blend of sage, cranberries, and turkey flavors.
Halloween Horrors? Not at The BariatricPal Store! 0
Have you figured out what Halloween treats you will be having this year? If not, it is about time to do so. Otherwise, you may find yourself munching on whatever happens to be around, and you know that cannot be a good thing for your diet! Your standard candy bar can have over 20 grams of sugar and almost no protein.
Last week’s blog post described some chocolatey, fruity, and marshmallow-y treats to try instead of sugary candy this year. Now, we want to tell you about some of the BariatricPal Store’s other choices for Halloween haunting. Here are some of our candy bar-inspired protein bars that you can take to any party or nosh on while trick-or-treating or answering the door.
BariatricPal Caramel Nut Protein Bars
A chewy and nougaty core, a sweet and soft caramel ribbon, and a creamy and rich chocolate coating…there is a reason why some candy bars are more popular than others! Just swap the standard 30 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein for 4 grams of sugar and 12 grams of protein, and you can have the same great taste in a BariatricPal Caramel Nut Protein Bar.
Oh Yeah! Almond Bliss Bars
What is the name of that coconut almond candy bar? Oh, never mind, it does not matter, since it has 20 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. A better choice to get your coconut fix, your crunchy almonds and your indispensable chocolate is Oh Yeah! Almond Bliss Bar. It has 0 grams of added sugars and 20 grams of protein. To make it even more filling, it has 8 grams of dietary fiber.
Bariatricpal Vanilla Caramel Crisp Protein Bar
Is there too much chocolate around? Try a Bariatricpal Vanilla Caramel Crisp Protein Bar for a bit of a change. It has a sweet caramel core dotted with crisp rice treats, surrounded by a creamy vanilla coating. The bar has no added sugar, 160 calories, and 15 grams of protein, along with a bonus 5 grams of fiber for extra hunger suppression. The delicious taste belies its nutrition since the bar has over 15 vitamins and minerals. Could it be…Halloween weight loss magic?
BariatricPal Chocolate Crisp Protein Bar
Let’s go back to those classic bars and flavors. A chocolate bar with crisp rice cereal comes to mind. You might feel the need to banish the thought quickly if you are concerned about that sugar, but BariatricPal Chocolate Crisp Protein Bar lets you have the sweet chocolate and crispy rice nuggets without the guilt. Each bar has 15 grams protein and 12 grams fiber to keep hunger away for hours, and the bar has only 5 grams net carbs. You can save it for Halloween night, or start eating your chocolate when you first wake up on Halloween. Why wait?
Fun and Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes 0
FUN CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY!
BariatricPal Peach Mango Cooler
6 oz. Diet Lemon-lime soda
- Combine drink mix with soda and stir thoroughly. (Do not shake, unless you want a real party!)
- Pour over ice and serve.
70 calories; 2gm carb; 0gm sugar; 15gm protein
BariatricPal Yummy Guava Fruit Smoothie
1 Vanilla Ready-to-Drink Shake
3/4 cup diet cranberry mango juice
1 cup of frozen cubed peaches, mango and/or pineapple
1 tiny banana (3oz w/ skin), frozen
- Pour Ready-to-Drink shake into a blender.
- Add juice and frozen fruit to blender.
- Add 1/4-1/2 cup crushed ice to blender.
- Blend until well-mixed.
- Pour over ice, add straw and enjoy!
228 calories; 35gm carb; 20gm sugar; 16gm protein
BariatricPal Sassy Salsa Dip
1 pkg. BariatricPal Cream of Tomato Soup
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup vinegar
1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Hot sauce, as desired
Chili powder, as desired
1 cup water
- In a small bowl, mix together tomato, green pepper, green onion, vinegar, chili powder, and hot sauce.
- Heat water for soup and prepare soup as directed on packet.
- Combine vegetable mixture with soup.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
183 calories; 23gm carb; 1gm sugar; 17gm protein
Cinco de Mayo – Weight Loss Treasure! 0
Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s officially the celebration of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but the day has taken on a life of its own. No problem if you are not Mexican – it’s a chance to enjoy your favorite Mexican-inspired flavors no matter your background. And, no problem if you’re losing weight – The BariatricPal Store has what you need to keep losing weight while you get the flavors you love. So, welcome to the fiesta!
Chips and Salsa
Authentic or not…who cares? The party starts with chips and salsa – but not that kind of chips! Instead of starchy, fried tortilla chips, try Protes Spicy Chili Lime Protein Chips! Made with pea protein isolate to get 15 grams of protein, the entire bag has 120 calories and no saturated or trans fat.
If you’re loving the healthy start to your Cinco de Mayo, take your health kick a step further with a smart dip. Red, green, bean, and corn salsas are all good choices, and you can try making your own Protein Salsa with 20 grams of protein! It has fresh tomatoes, onion, and peppers, too, so it’s packed with nutrients.
With 600 or more calories apiece, a taco salad just isn’t worth it. But if you’re craving crisp lettuce mixed with Mexican flavors, try our Mexican Salad with beef or Mexican Chicken Salad. They’re packed with protein, low in carbs, and easy to make – oh, and absolutely delicious! Feel free to top them with salsa, non-fat sour cream or cheddar cheese, or avocado slices.
Never feel deprived when you have the option of selecting high-protein sweet treats that fit into your weight loss plan. A fried churro may be out of reach, but what about Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Logs instead? The entire bag has 140 calories, 12 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber, plus the same cinnamon spiciness you look for in a churro.
Or, you could opt for Dulce de Leche Protein Pudding next time someone offers you the caramelized goodness of tres leches cake. You will still get creamy sweetness, but without the 20 or more grams of sugar. Instead, add water to the mix and stir to get a dessert with 90 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein.
The nice thing about losing weight is that it’s so…delicious! At least, it is when you turn to The BariatricPal Store for inspiration. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!