Pump up Your Summer Produce 0
Almost everyone can benefit from eating more vegetables and fruit, and fresh ones are abundant in summer. You can often get great deals on high-quality, in-season produce at farmers’ markets and supermarkets alike. It is easy to stock up on fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals!
How can you turn so much produce into the high-protein, low-calorie meals and snacks you need? The BariatricPal Store has ideas and products that can help you incorporate more vegetables and fruit into your daily routine for better health and weight loss.
Tomatoes, Zucchini, Bell Peppers, and Eggplants
These vegetables seem to go naturally together because they are in season simultaneously and they complement each other in recipes. These are some ways you can use tons of these vegetables.
- Make pasta sauce with a base of tomatoes, olive oil, basil, onions, and garlic, plus bell peppers and zucchini to make it chunky. Serve it over Low-Carb or Protein Pasta.
- Roast bell peppers and eggplants stuffed with seasoned ground turkey or soy crumbles and topped with cheese.
- Add tomatoes and zucchini to scrambled eggs or omelets.
- Use your pasta sauce when making eggplant parmesan with Pork Panko for the breading.
Most berries are high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins, and are lower in carbs than some other types of fruit. Still, be sure to have them with a source of protein. Add blueberries or strawberries to Protein Oatmeal, or toss raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries into a smoothie with Protein Powder and almond milk. You can also mix berries into cottage cheese with nuts or seeds.
Spinach, kale, collard greens, and swiss chard are abundant and nutritious. They are easy to use, since they cook fast and you can add them to almost anything, including smoothies and soups. You can blend cooked spinach with yogurt and herbs for a high-protein dip, or make salads with Low-Calorie Salad Dressing and onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and beans, grilled chicken, or tofu.
Nectarines, watermelon, mangos, and other summer fruit can be irresistible, so why resist? They are excellent choices to satisfy a sweet tooth. You can also use them in recipes to get your fix without overdoing it. For example:
- Make fruit salsa with watermelon, mango, or peach with tomatoes and onions.
- Make marshmallow fruit salad with Calorie-Free Mayo, walnuts, and Sugar-Free Marshmallows.
- Make overnight oatmeal with milk or yogurt and cinnamon or vanilla.
Upping your fruit and vegetable intake can help you lose weight and improve your health, and summer is one of the easiest seasons to do so. You can eat fresh produce guilt-free when you put it in high-protein and great-tasting recipes. The BariatricPal Store has the aids you need to do that!
Fruity Summer Fun at The BariatricPal Store! 0
Do you think fruit does not fit into your weight loss diet? Think again! Fruit has plenty of fiber and a range of nutrients, including antioxidants and vitamins and minerals that give you energy and keep your heart healthy.
The problem with fruit is that they do not have much protein on their own, so they can bump up your blood sugar if you have them on their own. Instead, it is best to have them with some protein or healthy fats to keep blood sugar stable and keep hunger at bay. The BariatricPal Store offers some ideas for using summer fruit!
Watermelon in All Forms
Hopefully watermelon will make it onto your summer menu since it is so inexpensive, delicious, and nutritious. Each cup has 45 calories and no fat. You can turn it into a balanced side dish with feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, and diced basil, or have a watermelon entrée if you serve the dish on a bed of arugula.
If you are among those who prefer your watermelon to stay sweet, try Watermelon Protein Smoothie. It has a cool 16 grams of protein and is ready in minutes.
Chips and Mango Salsa
What? Chips and dip to lose weight? Absolutely…and fruit as well! Whip up mango salsa with mango, cilantro, lemon or lime juice, and bell pepper, and add diced jalapeno if you like heat. You can add or substitute strawberries, cantaloupe, nectarine, plum, or any other seasonal fruit that is on sale at the supermarket or fresh-picked at the farmers’ market. Skip the tortilla chips (who needs an extra 20 grams of carbs if there is hardly any protein along with it?) and dip Zipper Snacks instead. Their 15 grams of protein will help you stay full for hours.
If the thought of a peach smoothie makes you cringe, you have good reason. A large one can have over 100 grams of sugar – more than you should get in three days – and almost no protein! Switch around those stats with Peachy Smoothie with fresh peaches and Protein Pudding. Each serving has 110 calories and 15 grams of protein. It calls for diet cream soda, but if you cannot have carbonated beverages due to your post-op weight loss surgery diet, you can make it with any still beverage.
A “slushie” is a code word for “flavored sugar syrup over ice.” You get a blast of artificially flavored sugary liquid without even getting the nutrients in fresh fruit, and you can be sure that protein is nowhere to be found. If you are need a cold and refreshing fruity fix, Raspberry Slushie can do the trick. It is made with real raspberries and has 16 grams of protein per serving.
Next time you see tempting fruit for sale, you do not need to pass it up. Instead, pick out your favorites and work wonders with them by adding protein in these simple recipes. Eating fruit as you lose weight is just another summer wonder to enjoy.
Fresh Spring Salads for Weight Loss 0
Spring is a time of new growth, and there is no better way to celebrate than with the fresh produce that is in season. You can get sidetracked by sneaky high-calorie dishes such as salads with fatty dressings and cheesy veggie dishes, and sugary fruit desserts, but there is no need. The BariatricPal Store has ideas for easy ways to use those fresh veggies and fruits so you can keep losing weight while feeling the spring vibe.
Start your spring salad with…well…spring greens! Baby spinach, endive, romaine, and butter lettuce are just some of your options. Toss in crunchy raw veggies such as sweet snap peas, crisp radishes, and soothing sliced fennel. Then make your salad tasty and low-cal with BariatricPal Low-Cal Salad Dressing in Italian or Honey Mustard. Your salad can be an entire meal if you top it with some protein such as grilled chicken or shrimp or low-fat cheese, or toss it with beans.
These make great sides to a protein because they are low in calories yet filling and even elegant or beautiful. A pan of purple beets, orange carrots, and green broccoli makes a cheerful rainbow for your plate; just roast your veggies with olive oil and a little salt and pepper with optional garlic. Grill asparagus tips for a fancy-looking but simple side, or try Greek Green Beans made with BariatricPal Protein Tomato Soup for a new protein-packed twist on veggies.
Nothing dips better than fresh vegetables. You can make a beautiful vegetable platter with snow and sugar snap peas, young carrots, white and green asparagus, and radishes. There is no need for unhealthy dips. Enjoy hummus or guacamole, or try one of our protein-filled dips such as Protein Salsa or Veggie Dip.
Take some fresh fruit, turn it into pie filling, and bake in a pie crust, and what do you have? A sugary, fatty diet disaster, to be precise! Why turn your fiber-packed, antioxidant-rich fruit into a weight loss hurdle when you can enjoy a sweet and satisfying dessert guilt free? Eat sweet strawberries on their own or sliced and mixed with nuts and seeds, or make a reduced-calorie Waldorf salad with oranges, pineapples, nuts, fat-free yogurt, and low-carb Vanilla Protein Pudding.
Let the fresh flavors of spring put a spring in your step as you lose weight while enjoying great tastes. Avoid the pitfalls and have low-calories, fiber-filled dishes that help you appreciate spring even more.