Weight Loss Thanksgiving Menu at The BariatricPal Store

Weight Loss Thanksgiving Menu at The BariatricPal Store 0

Are you ready for Thanksgiving next week? The plans include where you will be, who will be there, and what you will need to cook or bring. Have you also made your plans for what to eat? Skinless roast turkey is a great start, as it is carb-free, lean, and high-protein, but what will you eat with it? A plate filled with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and creamy casserole can have 1,000 or more calories before going for seconds or having dessert. 

It is not worth it! Instead, opt for some swaps available at The BariatricPal Store. Here are a few of our ideas.

Stuffing

Eating a stuffed turkey can make you feel like a stuffed turkey yourself, as each serving of bread-based stuffing has about 20 grams of carbohydrates. Instead of high-carb cornbread stuffing in your turkey, Low-Carb Cornbread baking mix can be base for a low-carb stuffing. Each serving has 5 grams of dietary fiber and 1 gram of net carbs, along with 80 calories. 

Make the cornbread with water or milk, then let it dry and add your favorite ingredients, such as thyme, sage, sausage, nuts, cranberries, celery, and onions, for a delicious, guilt-free stuffing. Each box has 12 servings.

Green Bean Casserole

What are you serving with your turkey and stuffing? You may want to beg your family to have a traditional green bean casserole, since it is creamy, satisfying, and oh-so-healthy. The regular recipe may not be a true “vegetable,” but your overhauled green bean casserole can truly be healthy with a few substitutions to the regular recipe.

First, using Cream of Mushroom Protein Soup instead of full-fat cream of mushroom soup can add 15 grams of protein per serving without a load of fat. Then, Pork Panko breadcrumbs are a carb-free alternative to regular breadcrumbs, and with ingredients including pork rind and sea salt, you can bet that they add a ton of flavor to any casserole. 

Pork Panko comes in 3-ounce and 16-ounce bags, and each of those is available in a single pack or 6-bag pack. Cream of Mushroom Protein Soup is available in boxes of 7 single-serving packets.

Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving may not be complete without mashed potatoes, but why should your waistline take the hit? A cup of mashed potatoes can have 30 grams of carbohydrates. The extra starch is not what you need on Thanksgiving! Instead, Protein Mashed Potatoes have only 13 grams of net carbs per serving, along with 3 grams of dietary fiber and 11 grams of protein. 

They come in single-serving packets that you can make with just water for a great-tasting, instant side dish. Protein Mashed Potatoes come in Sour Cream and Chives and Garlic flavors. You can also turn them into a casserole with ingredients such as parmesan or cheddar cheese, diced broccoli florets, or Pork Panko.

Thanksgiving can be a delicious holiday that includes gratitude for health and weight loss, and the menu can reflect your good intentions. Eat up, enjoy, and have a wonderful, guilt-free holiday!

Warming Protein Entrees for Cool Nights

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On Sunday morning, Daylight Savings Time ended and Standard Time returned for most of the country. That means it will now be good and dark at dinner-time, and, as winter nears, chilly or downright cold. Warming dinners may be just what the doctor ordered, but not if those meals are high-carb and high-calorie.

The BariatricPal Store has tons of instant Protein Entrees that are portion and calorie-controlled, plus high in protein. They are shelf-stable, ready in minutes, and great-tasting. Here are four entrees that can make weight loss easier this season.

Five Bean Casserole

Casseroles can be as warm and comforting as anything, but they are less satisfying when they leave a side of guilt from heavy ingredients or they take too long to bake. Five Bean Casserole is made with wholesome ingredients and it can warm you up without filling you out. 

Five Bean Casserole has lentils, red, white, garbanzo, and black beans, along with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and spices for great taste and hearty textures throughout. Each single-serving entree has a moderate 240 calories and 11 grams of protein to stave off hunger. It also has 10 grams of fiber, which can lower cholesterol and blood sugar, but is often hard to find while losing weight.

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna takes comfort food to a new level as it combines with starchy pasta and cheesy goodness. That comforting effect can come at a cost of 1,000 calories and 50 grams each of carbohydrates and fat, which could leave you tossing and turning all night. 

BariatricPal Vegetable Lasagna has only 250 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of fat. It has no artery clogging red meat, but it has full flavor with real parmesan and romano cheeses, and tons of spices. Each serving of Vegetable Lasagna has 11 grams of protein and is a good source of calcium and iron.

Vegetable Stew with Beef

Meat and potatoes are the combination that hits home for so many people. Put them in a stew, and there is nothing not to love, except the nutrition in red meat and starchy potatoes. Have your stew and eat it, too, with Vegetable Stew with Beef.

Made with real beef and potatoes, Vegetable Stew with Beef has only 170 calories in the whole thing. It has carrots, onions, and peas, in short, everything you might want in beef stew, and only 21 grams of carbohydrates compared to 14 grams of protein. For extra protein, top it with fat-free greek yogurt or cheddar cheese.

Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

Creamy sauce, starchy noodles, and fatty beef are the classic components of beef stroganoff, but that is not so comforting! Enter BariatricPal Beef Stroganoff with Noodles for those same flavors and textures without the same diet-breaking stats. 

Beef Stroganoff with Noodles has 260 calories and 21 grams of protein, along with 8 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbs. It has real beef, noodles, tomato paste, and sour cream, so your mind can be at ease knowing the ingredients are wholesome. 

Check The BariatricStore for these and plenty more Protein Entrees to make weight loss easier and more delicious. Our selections are for lunch and dinner, and we also have hot and cold protein breakfasts to make your weight loss day complete.

Safe Catch Elite Tuna at The BariatricPal Store

Safe Catch Elite Tuna at The BariatricPal Store 0

Today is a good day for anyone who loves great-tasting, healthy food, needs to lose weight, and has no time to spare in the kitchen. Safe Catch Elite Tuna can be an instant snack or meal, and it is protein-packed and carbohydrate-free. See how you can add this superfood to your healthy diet plan!

Maximum Nutrition 

Safe Catch Elite Tuna has 21 grams of protein in each pouch, or 14 grams in each 2-ounce serving. It has 60 to 120 calories per serving and 0 grams of carbohydrates, making it an easy choice for a high-protein, low-carb diet for weight loss after bariatric surgery or any time, or for any weight loss diet. It is packed with B vitamins, which support normal metabolism and energy production, and selenium, which promotes antioxidant activity.

Tuna is known as a fatty fish that is an excellent source of heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Conventional processes such as pre-cooking, machine-processing, and rehydrating can lead to loss of omega-3 fats, but Safe Catch Elite Tuna is hand-cut, hand-packed, and slow-cooked to retain nutrients.

Great Taste and Versatility

Safe Catch Elite Tuna comes in five great-tasting flavors for any mood.

  • Original with nothing but tuna and salt
  • Chili Lime with avocado oil, chili pepper, lime oil, and orange peel
  • Citrus Pepper with lemon peel and oil, garlic, onion, and pepper
  • Garlic herb with garlic, rosemary, oregano, and basil
  • Tandoori with coriander, cumin, ginger, cayenne, and paprika

With such delicious flavors, Safe Catch Elite Tuna is designed to be eaten out of the pouch, but it goes great with other foods, too, for a bigger snack or a more substantial meal. Mix it with avocado or yogurt to turn it into tuna salad to put on crackers, a bed of lettuce, or baked sweet potato slices. Safe Catch Elite Tuna can go into a shirataki noodle salad with peanut sauce and vegetables, or be part of a breakfast bowl with black beans and mango salsa.

Safe, Sustainable and Nutritious

Some kinds of tuna present a dilemma: should you eat it for its lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3’s, or avoid it because of mercury or environmental concerns? Safe Catch Elite Tuna avoids this dilemma. It has mercury levels well below the thresholds set by the FDA and by Consumer Reports for pregnant women and children.

Furthermore, Safe Catch Elite Tuna is sustainably sourced from free school skipjack tuna and without using fish aggregating devices. With large loads and proprietary methods, Safe Catch Elite Tuna is produced with less impact on the environment.

Safe Catch Elite Tuna comes in single-serving packs and you can buy them 1, 6, or 12 at a time. There is also a Variety Pack with all five flavors. Stock up to have great-tasting, ready-to-eat protein on hand whenever you need it!

Safe Catch Elite Tuna is one of those practically perfect finds: great-tasting, good for you, good for the environment, and super convenient. This weight loss find is a treat, but surprise: it is not the only practically perfect weight loss product at The BariatricPal Store. Browse around and see what floats your boat!

Great Protein Entrees for Weight Loss on National Vegetarian Day

Great Protein Entrees for Weight Loss on National Vegetarian Day 0

Today marks National Vegetarian Day, and it is a great opportunity to get all kinds of benefits. It can be healthy to cut back on animal fats and boost your plant-based high-fiber foods, better for the environment to eat plants instead of animals, and great for weight loss to eat more filling, less fatty foods. Plus, with BariatricPal Protein Entrees, going vegetarian for a day can mean more delicious and easier meals. Here are some choices!

Vegan Chicken Curry

First up is a meat substitute for anyone who is hesitant to try a day without meat. Vegan Chicken Curry has 15 grams of protein from soy, which is a high-quality, plant-based protein that makes a great meat substitute. It has real coconut oil, onions, garlic, and spices such as turmeric, black pepper, cilantro, and paprika. Each bite is a texture and flavor experience that can make you forget that it is vegan.

Each serving has only 120 calories and 8 grams of net carbs, but provides 5 grams of fiber along with the 15 grams of protein. You can make Vegan Chicken Curry in minutes just by mixing it with water and microwaving it or using the stove top. It is shelf-stable, so you can store it in your pantry at home or in your office lunch room or desk.  

Vegan Lentil Curry

Vegan Lentil Curry is another vegan curry option. This instant entree has real lentils, coconut curry seasoning, and vegetables, such as onion, tomatoes, and peppers. It is ready in minutes with nothing but a microwave or stovetop and some water. Each serving of Vegan Lentil Curry has 120 calories, 15 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and no added sugars.

Vegan Lentil Curry contains a superfood, lentils, as the second ingredient. Lentils may be linked to lower risk for heart disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes, possibly due to nutrients such as fiber, protein, and potassium. This quick lunch, dinner, or snack can be on its own or with extra vegetables or tofu for a boost of fiber or protein. Vegan Lentil Curry comes in 7-serving boxes.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Mounds of starchy pasta, chunks of fatty beef, and gobs of oily pasta sauce...there must be a better way! There is, with Spaghetti Bolognese. First, it is portion-controlled to help prevent you from getting a week’s worth of starch in one meal (no joke; it can happen at an Italian restaurant!). Each single-serving packet has 120 calories, 15 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber. It has vitamin A and C, and only 9 grams of net carbs.

All that, and Spaghetti Bolognese tastes great, too. It is made with real pasta, tomatoes, garlic, and other spices, and soy-based protein chunks are mixed into the sauce to provide satisfaction in every bite. It is great on its own, sprinkled with parmesan cheese, or served with any types of steamed vegetables or a side salad for a large, low-calorie, low-carb meal. Each box of Spaghetti Bolognese has 7 single-serving packets.

Check out The BariatricPal Store’s other vegetarian fare, including Protein Omelets, Vegetarian Chili, and Protein Stew. They are all high in protein and designed for weight loss diets. For those who need their meat, there are still tons of options with bacon, beef, fish, and chicken. Stop by - we have something for everyone!

Eight Ideas for Hamburger Buns for Low-Carb Weight Loss

Eight Ideas for Hamburger Buns for Low-Carb Weight Loss 0

What would you do if you were able to have as much bread as you wanted? Specifically, what if you could have as many hamburger buns as you wanted? The question is not just hypothetical because Carb-Free Hamburger Buns are carb-free and have 14 grams of protein each. Here are eight ways you can use them to stay on your diet while loving life.

Classic Burger

If a burger on a piece of lettuce isn’t your thing, Carb-Free Hamburger Buns can help. The burger is still low-carb when piled high with a patty, cheese, lettuce, and tomato, and grilled onions and mushrooms are also good options. Using a ground turkey or a veggie burger and low-fat cheese can reduce the calories.

Breakfast Burger

Why not lose weight with a burger for breakfast? A Carb-Free Hamburger Bun with egg whites, low-fat cheese, and a slice of pineapple can weigh in at under 250 calories. If you have a few calories to spare, avocado slices and a meatless breakfast burger can add flavor and oomph.

Garlic Bread (with cheese)

Carb-Free Hamburger Buns, spread with butter or olive oil and flavored with fresh garlic or garlic powder plus spices such as oregano and thyme, can turn into delicious garlic bread when you bake or toast them. Better yet is a gooey cheesy treat if you add shredded mozzarella before baking it.

Croutons

Toasted regular or cheesy garlic bread made with Carb-Free Hamburger Buns can be broken into smaller pieces to use as croutons to top salads and soups. They can make the meal heartier and healthier.

Bread Pudding

How can bread pudding, a sweet comfort food based on starch and sugar, be part of your weight loss day? Carb-Free Hamburger Buns make it possible by substituting for high-carb bread. Other ingredients can include milk or cream, eggs, calorie-free sweeteners, and sugar-free syrup, vanille extract, or spices for flavoring.

Casseroles

Carb-Free Hamburger Buns make a great substitute for noodles and rice in your favorite casseroles, such as broccoli and cheese, tuna, and spaghetti. They can add not only texture and volume, but also flavor, when spritzed with olive oil and seasoned with spices before use.

PB and J

Sticking to a weight loss diet can get you down if you have to give up old favorites, so why give them up? Carb-Free Hamburger Buns spread with Protein Peanut or other Nut Butter are still  low in carbs and can bring you back to the carefree days of PB and J sandwiches. For a sweet touch, Walden Farms Calorie-Free Fruit Spread, in Apricot, Strawberry, Cranberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, Apple Butter, or Grape, adds zero grams of carbs. Fresh fruit is another sweet option, and it adds fiber and antioxidants.

Sandwiches

Carb-Free Hamburger Buns make a great base for any kind of sandwich. The sandwich can be low-carb and high-protein with sliced turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato and mustard, or with tuna salad made with yogurt, celery, and diced tomatoes. Hummus with sprouts is a plant-based option.

Carb-Free Hamburger Buns come in packs of 6 buns and you can purchase a single bag or a 6-bag pack. Also check out the carb-free, high-protein Mediterranean rolls, hot dog buns, bagels, and sliced bread at The BariatricPal Store.
Avocados: Your Secret Weight Loss Tool

Avocados: Your Secret Weight Loss Tool 1

Avocados are delicious and high in fat and calories. That rarely adds up to a good weight loss food, but this time is different. People who eat avocados often tend to have lower body weights and higher “good” HDL cholesterol. This is what you should know about avocados, health, and weight loss, and ways to eat avocados in diet-friendly ways.

Avocado Nutrition and Effects on Weight

Avocados are different from other fruit because they are very high in fat and calories. An avocado has 45 calories per ounce (2 tablespoons) or 720 calories per lb., which is five times the calories as strawberries. Plus, each ounce has 4 grams of fat while most other kinds of fruit are fat-free. 

However, nearly all of the fat in avocados is of the heart-healthy monounsaturated type. Plus, avocados have three times the amount of fiber as strawberries and more than twice the amount as apples. They have vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium, which all tend to be short in people’s diets.

Guacamole

You can whip up guacamole with avocados, lime juice, garlic, onion, cilantro, and tomatoes. Puree it well if you are on a pureed foods or soft foods diet. Then, instead of dipping starchy, fatty tortilla chips into it, try raw veggies, Protein Chips or Bean Chips. You can have it as a snack or add some cheese, beans, and lettuce and call it a meal.

As a Topping

Avocados can make almost anything better. Try your own versions of Mexican favorites but without as many calories or as much starch as you might find in burritos, tostados, and taco salads. Use ingredients such as fat-free refried beans, fat-free sour cream, shredded chicken or seasoned tofu, grilled onions, salsa, lettuce, and tomatoes. You can also add a couple slices to eggs or salads, or top soup with sliced avocado just before serving it. 

In Smoothies

Try an avocado protein smoothie for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. You might want to add the following components. Just experiment to find combinations you like.

  • Avocado
  • Protein, such as tofu, Greek yogurt, or Protein Powder
  • Fruit, such as banana, strawberries, blueberries, or peaches
  • Vegetables, such as spinach, kale, or carrots 
  • Flavors, such as vanilla, cocoa, ginger or cinnamon

Mayo Substitute

Pureed avocados can be a healthy substitute for mayo. Use it as a spread on sandwiches, especially when you are using Zero Carb Bread or Protein Bread. You can also use it in recipes instead of mayo in recipes such as egg salad, Low-Carb Pasta salad, and tuna salad.

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