Sugar-Free Thanksgiving Sides and Sweets 0
What are your plans for Thanksgiving next week? With some careful planning and a few good choices, it is not too hard to find good weight loss options on the table. For example, turkey is a zero-carb, high-quality protein food, and a green salad with dressing on the side can give you the chance to fill your plate without expanding your waistline.
But what about the sweeter side of Thanksgiving? Sweet potato casserole and pumpkin and other pies can be as essential to the meal as a turkey if they are part of your annual tradition. You do not need to skip them if you want to stick to your weight loss plan this year. Just make a couple of smart swaps.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potatoes are superfoods according to many lists, but not so much when served in sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and marshmallows. A serving of candied yams or sweet potato casserole with marshmallows can have 50 grams of sugar and 400 calories. Why?! Instead, sweet potato casserole can be high in protein and low in added sugar.
Vanilla Protein Powder mixed into water can add sweetness without sugar, as well as adding protein. Milk, plain yogurt, or fat-free sour cream instead of water can add creaminess without fat or carbs. Topping it off with pecans is a heart-healthy, low-carb choice to keep the dish traditional-tasting. To further cut calories and carbs, acorn squash is a good choice instead of sweet potatoes since it has half the calories and carbs per cup.
What could possibly be better than pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving? What if you were to eliminate the excess sugar and switch from simple pumpkin pie to decadent pumpkin cheesecake? Here is how.
Make 2 servings of Cheesecake Protein Pudding per guest and divide it in half. Stir canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice into half the protein pudding. Place the plain pudding into individual cups or a larger pie tin, and cover with the pumpkin mixture. Compared to pumpkin pie with crust, you just saved 50 grams of carbs and 25 grams of sugar per serving!
As American as apple pie may be, it’s really not healthy if you opt for a slice with 600 calories, 30 grams of fat, and 30 grams of sugar. Why would you, anyway, when there are so many other choices? Pure baked apples with cinnamon are already pretty sweet and satisfying. Otherwise, Protein Powder mixed with a bit of water and drizzled over the apples and cinnamon before baking can turn the apples into a true treat. If you are missing the crunch of the crust, try mixing sliced or chopped cinnamon protein baked apples with walnuts, pecans, or toasted oats.
Thanksgiving can be healthy and low-sugar even if it includes sweet and satisfying dishes. The BariatricPal Store is there to help as you plan for a healthy, happy holiday!
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