Time-Out from Holiday Stress, Weight Loss Included

Time-Out from Holiday Stress, Weight Loss Included 0

'Tis the season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, to spread holiday cheer, to buy and wrap gifts, to attend holiday programs, and to continue family traditions, all while keeping up with your regular duties, such as work, school, family, and healthy living, of course.

‘Tis the season, indeed. Do you need a break? Here is why stress is harmful and ways you can lower your stress to stay on your weight loss path.

Risks of Stress

Stress gets to you. The dangers of stress are not just in your head. They are real. Too much stress can make you anxious and jittery. It can keep you from sleeping and bump up your blood sugar. It can interfere with concentration, so you have trouble getting to the gym and keeping your resolve to say no to sugar and carbs. Is this happening to you?

Where Is Stress Coming from?

The stress that can be harmful is not only from obvious, overwhelming circumstances such as losing a job or getting into a bad argument with a family member. Harmful stress can come from being too busy, not getting enough sleep, and feeling pressure to please others. Sound familiar?

Nutrients for Stress

Many vitamins and minerals are necessary to properly manage stress, so taking a Multivitamin and Mineral supplement is a good insurance policy against deficiencies. Some nutrients are more closely tied to stress and are commonly deficient, and you may want to look into a product with extra magnesium and calcium to help relax your mind and muscles.

Sharpen Your Focus

You may need laser focus to accomplish all your tasks and stay on track with your diet. For help, turn to Zen Essential Oil Infused Lip Balm. It soothes and prevents parched, chapped lips, which is already a boon after weight loss surgery or during the cold, dry winter months. This lip balm has peppermint and lavender oils to help you focus better while you stay relaxed and calm. By the way, this one is a great stocking stuffer.

A Hot Sip

Millie’s Sipping Broth was not specifically designed for this time of year, but it might as well have been. Curling up with a hot drink is itself comforting and it forces you to take some time for yourself. These steepable bags can rejuvenate you and boost focus with their base of green tea and flavors such as Curry Spice, Spicy Tortilla, Thai Lemongrass, Tomato Basil, Delight Pho, and Smoky Facon. Each flavor is gluten-free and vegan and is available in a 3-pack, 9-pack, or as part of the Variety Pack.

A Hearty Instant Meal

So much is going on these days that it can be hard to get a good lunch during a busy day or a healthy dinner at the end of a long day. An Instant Protein Entrée can give you the weight loss meal you need, while saving valuable time and effort to reduce stress. They can keep you from feeling deprived when you have high-protein, low-carb options such as Turkey Chili, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Gravy with Beef Pot Roast.

A bit of a break can make the difference between staying on track and regretting your choices, so give yourself one!

 

Weight Loss Flavors of Fall: Mushrooms

Weight Loss Flavors of Fall: Mushrooms 0

It is time for another flavor of fall to help you lose weight. This time, we want to introduce you to mushrooms!

Mushrooms for Weight Loss!

Mushrooms are almost designed for weight loss. A cup of mushrooms has only 21 calories and almost no fat. Mushrooms are filling, delicious, and versatile, so you can use them in your favorite recipes. Just make sure you use them right, because they can certainly make you gain weight if you choose certain preparations – fried and breaded mushrooms, for example, have 5 times the calories and carbs, 10 times the fat, and less protein than plain mushrooms.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup is one way to get your mushrooms, and regular cream of mushroom soup is one way to self-sabotage your weight loss efforts. A cup has about 200 calories and up to 20 grams of fat, with 5 grams of protein. In comparison, Cream of Mushroom Protein Soup has 90 calories and 15 grams of protein per serving. It is ready in seconds using water.

  • 7 packets per box.
  • Add extra mushrooms if you like.
  • 1 gram of fat.

Beef Stroganoff

Classic beef stroganoff with mushrooms and cream sauce has 300 calories and over 20 grams of fat, and that is before adding the pasta. An order at a restaurant can have 600 to 1,000 calories and 50 grams of carbs. Quicker and just as easy is a Beef Stroganoff Protein Entree with 260 calories, 21 grams of protein, and less than half the fat and carbs.

  • Ready in minutes in the microwave.
  • Shelf-stable – store in your pantry.
  • High in iron.
  • Real beef and mushrooms.

Mushroom Omelet

What better way to start your day than with high-protein eggs and a dose of fiber and flavor from veggies and mushrooms? Don’t get tricked by those healthy-sounding restaurant omelets. They can have over 500 calories. Instead, Vegetable Protein Omelet has real eggs, parmesan cheese, and mushrooms, in a tidy 100-calorie package with 15 grams of protein.

  • Make in minutes in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Add extra mushrooms or cheese if you like.
  • 10% of the daily value for vitamin C.
  • 3 grams of carbs.

Mushrooms

Are you ready to cook your own fresh mushrooms? Do it the healthy and tasty way with Simply Organic Flavor Spray. You can grill or bake your mushrooms, then spray on your favorite flavor, such as Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Cilantro, or Lemongrass. Serve your mushrooms over chicken or with ground turkey, or mixed into Protein Pasta.

Healthy, fresh foods should be cornerstones of your diet for health and weight loss, which is why mushrooms are an ideal choice. Check out The BariatricPal Store for mushroom and more inspiration to stay on track while loving your diet.

Weight Loss Duals: Thai Chicken Curry

Weight Loss Duals: Thai Chicken Curry 0

The great thing about weight loss is that you can eat fabulous food as you hit your goals. Is this a surprise to you? Take Thai food, for example. In this episode of Weight Loss Duals, we compare BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry to Thai curry that you might get from a restaurant. The winner? You can decide.

Taste

Taste comes first, but luckily the healthy choice stands its ground here. BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry has classic Thai flavors with spicy heat and cool coconut in a creamy sauce. The dish is packed with real spices, including turmeric, pepper, and paprika. Always flavorful, never greasy – can your local Thai joint guarantee grease-free?

Weight Loss Potential

A close second to taste is the nutritional profile, and BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry wins hands-down. When it comes to weight loss potential, consider calories, carbs, and protein, not to mention portion control.

  • 120 calories
  • 15 grams of protein
  • 8 grams of net carbs
  • 5 grams of fiber

The biggest factor in weight loss for many people is portion control, and restaurants tend not to help with that. An order of Thai curry can be 4 to even 8 times the size of BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry, which has a single serving that you can polish off with no worries.

Healthy Vegan Ingredients

BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry is, well, vegan. That means it has no red meat or animal fat, dairy, or cholesterol. In comparison, restaurant-made Thai curry can have all of those, and in large amounts. BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry gets its protein from soy, which is a complete protein. You can also be assured that this curry is free from MSG.

The Convenience Factor

Fast food is hard to beat when it comes to convenience, but BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry may have the edge here. You can get it from packet to table within 5 minutes, which is less than it takes to call or text in an order and pick it up from a Thai joint as near as next-door. You can enjoy your BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry anywhere, instead of needing to find the nearest Thai restaurant, and you do not even need a fridge to store it.

Sides and Extras

Let us say that you go to a Thai restaurant and order a few extras, such as an egg roll or potstickers and a side of fried or steamed rice or pad thai. Opt for a standard lunch special with an additional order of soup and a dessert, and your meal can have over 1,000 calories before you count the curry!

BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry has just that: curry. You can stop right there with your 120-calorie meal or snack, or add a healthy side or two. You can even turn it into a weight loss feast with:

The grand total for your feast can be under 300 calories. Now that is a nice weight loss strategy!

So…what is the verdict? Does BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Curry or does restaurant Thai food win? Consider the flavor, nutritional facts, and convenience, and you can decide!

Vegetable Chili and Your Shrinking Waistline

Vegetable Chili and Your Shrinking Waistline 0

What are your biggest weight loss challenges? Hunger? Giving up foods you love? Portion control? Lack of time to cook? No more need these get in the way of your grand weight loss plans. The BariatricPal Store has great-tasting, easy-to-prepare, high-protein foods to satisfy every craving any time of the day. Consider High-Protein Vegetable Chili Light Entrée.

Vegetarian Protein-Packed Chili

Each serving of High-Protein Vegetable Chili Light Entrée contains 15 grams of protein. Protein is a filling nutrient that can delay hunger for hours as it slows digestion and stabilizes blood sugar. Protein takes more energy to digest than carbs and fat, and protein is also necessary for maintaining lean muscle mass as you lose weight to maintain your metabolism. This chili has 100% plant-based, vegan protein.

Great Ingredients and Taste

A hearty bowl chili may not seem to fit into a weight loss plan when you consider the calories and fat in a typical serving, but you do not need to give it up to lose weight. High-Protein Vegetable Chili Light Entrée may be a “diet meal,” but you would not guess it from its taste and ingredients. It has a warm, barely spicy flavor of cumin, onion, and chili flavorings, and is made with real red beans, red bell peppers, and tomatoes.

Nutrition for Weight Loss

“Control” is the name of the game with weight loss; in particular, calorie control and portion control can be the most rewarding. Each serving of High-Protein Vegetable Chili Light Entrée has only 100 calories, and you never need to worry about portions since it comes in single-serving packets. Enjoy the chewy chunks of “beefy” soy protein, knowing you are having a cholesterol-free meal that is also free from saturated fat.

Instant Snack or Meal

A bowl of High-Protein Vegetable Chili Light Entrée can be ready in seconds with just water and your microwave or stove. Have it as a meal or snack whenever the mood strikes. It can be a complete meal or snack on its own, or you can get creative with some healthy combos. For example…

  • Use it as a topping for Protein Chips to make nachos.
  • Top it with fat-free sour cream and low-fat cheese.
  • Pour it on a baked potato and add chopped broccoli.

Each box of High-Protein Vegetable Chili Light Entrée contains seven individually-packaged servings.

The BariatricPal Store has other Protein Entrees, from Nacho Cheese Pasta to Sloppy Joe to Vegan Chicken Curry. They are all high in protein and flavor, and low in calories and carbs, to help keep you excited about your diet. After all, weight loss can be fun!

National Lasagna Day

National Lasagna Day 0

What do you think of when you hear that National Lasagna Day is on July 29? Cheesy goodness, satisfying pasta, and too many carbs and calories may come to mind. What if you could keep the cheesy goodness while avoiding the extra carbs and calories? The BariatricPal Store has ways you can get your lasagna fix and stay right on track with weight loss.

Instant Entrée

BariatricPal Vegetable Lasagna is the epitome of comfort food. It has cheesy layers sandwiched between pasta and hearty meaty filling. You can grab it right from your pantry and have it ready within minutes in the microwave or on the stovetop.

The catch is that it is not traditional comfort food. Instead, it has only 250 calories. It has fiber and protein, and it is low-carb. The filling is meatless, and it is made with real veggies and parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella, and romano cheeses. Serve it alone or with a side salad or bruschetta on Protein Rusk Bread with 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per 110-calorie serving.

Can You Say…“Voodles?”

“Voodles” may not be the technical term for swapping Veggies for nOODLES, but you get the point. Cut the lasagna noodles, and instead use your favorite veggies. Grilled or roasted zucchini and eggplant slices may be most common, but bell peppers and yellow summer squash do the trick just as well.

Bigger Is Better

As long as it fits into your diet, bigger is better. It is more filling and more satisfying. There are some tricks to making “bigger” fit into your calorie budget.

  • Go lean with protein: choose extra lean ground turkey or soy crumbles, not fatty ground beef or Italian sausage.
  • Cut the fat from cheese: fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese, ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella save you loads of calories.
  • Pile on the veggies: actually mix them in. Try spinach, cauliflower, carrots, or broccoli.

Shape May Be Overrated

Depending on the context, shape may or may not matter. We absolutely agree that shape matters when it comes to your own shape, if you are trying to lose weight and keep it off. But we venture to say that the shape of the pasta does not matter! Here is what we are getting at: choose Protein Pasta instead of regular lasagna noodles, and your lasagna suddenly drops carbs and calories.

All you have to give up is the shape. Instead of using wide, flat lasagna noodles, make your dish with fettuccini. Each serving has only 100 calories and 6 grams of carbohydrates, including 3 grams of net carbs, plus a whopping 20 grams of protein. You can still layer it with cheese, veggies, sauce, and meat for a gourmet lasagna.

Mix Up the Meats and Cheeses

Keep your taste buds guessing by making a different version of lasagna every time. Use lean ground turkey, soy crumbles, or even Vegetarian Joe mix. Try cottage cheese and ricotta for fillings, and top your dish with mozzarella, parmesan, or even crumbled Protein Cheese Crisps for a satisfying crunch.

Everyone needs a treat sometimes, and these lasagna ideas can make you feel like you are getting one without going off your meal plan. Great recipes can help you stick to your good intentions by giving you nutrition and taste at the same time.

 

 

Share the Love and Health on Father’s Day

Share the Love and Health on Father’s Day 0

Happy Father’s Day from The BariatricPal Store! We can help you find gifts that will help the father figures in your life lost weight and love their diets. Men can be tough, but great-tasting food is the way to their hearts and health.

Treats for the Trail

Support an active lifestyle with protein snacks that hit the spot. Nothing says, “guy food” like Meat Snacks, and you can feel good about them when they are all natural, low-carb, and made from different choices including beef, turkey, and ostrich. Cereal is another man-pleaser, and you can skip pitfalls like too many carbs and eating the whole box when you choose BariatricPal Protein Cereal. Protein Bars are perfect for the gym, while Protein Chips let a sports-viewing session stay healthy. All of these are portable and packaged in single-serving units so snacking is easy and portion-controlled.

Easy Peasy Weight Loss Meals

You do not have to be a gourmet chef to enjoy great-tasting meals, and you can lose weight at the same time. The path to becoming the healthiest possible father may include instant meals that are high in protein, low in carbs, and stellar in taste.

Cereal and milk, minus the extra starches and sugars that can put a damper on weight loss.

Protein Soup plus some Cheese Snacks for extra crunch and flavor.

Protein Entrees including Spicy Oriental Chicken and Chicken Enchilada Verde that are even easier than take-out.

Customize Dad’s Weight Loss

A gift card to The BariatricPal Store lets Dad choose his favorite weight loss treats, satisfying his cravings with choices such as Chocolate Protein Bars, Honey Nut Protein Cereal, or hearty Beef Stroganoff. Let him choose, because anything he picks out at The BariatricPal Store is designed for better weight loss.

Show Dad, and any other role model in your life, that you care about his health and wellbeing, not to mention his quality of life, with great-tasting and healthy gifts. The BariatricPal Store has the flavors and nutritional products you need.

 

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