Quick Protein Oatmeal Breakfasts

Quick Protein Oatmeal Breakfasts 0

A healthy breakfast can help you lose weight by keeping hunger at bay, stabilizing blood sugar, and giving you more protein to start the day. With these benefits, you may be committed to having a good breakfast, but have you run across challenges such as lack of time, boredom, or lack of ideas? Protein Oatmeal can help.

Low-Carb Superfood

Oats are known for their soluble fiber and heart-healthy properties, since they lower cholesterol, but they are quite high in carbohydrates, with 20 grams per ounce. Protein Oatmeal has the best of both worlds, with whole-grain oats being the first ingredient, and with soy and milk protein contributing to the 14 grams of protein per serving. 

Basic Oatmeal

There is nothing wrong with simple. If you need a small breakfast (or snack) and are short on time, mix a packet of Protein Oatmeal with some hot water, and enjoy. Savor Classic, Apples and Cinnamon, Maple Brown Sugar, and Peaches and Cream flavors. You can throw a packet of Protein Oatmeal in your car or purse, or store them at the office, and make your oatmeal with hot water whenever you have a moment for breakfast.

Oatmeal with the Works

You can easily make your oatmeal into something more nutritious and more filling with some well-chosen toppings. Choose fruit for fiber and antioxidants and nuts and seeds for healthy fat and protein.

  • Chopped apples, blueberries, sliced peaches, bananas, or strawberries
  • Peanut or almond butter
  • Walnuts, sliced almonds, or pecans
  • Pumpkin, sunflower, or chia seeds

Power Breakfast Bowl

Protein Oatmeal can be the foundation of a savory breakfast bowl with all types of flavors and  textures. After preparing your oatmeal according to the package directions, add it to a bowl with any components you like. Examples include:

  • Fried or poached egg and/or egg whites
  • Cooked spinach or mixed vegetables
  • Lean ground turkey burger
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Avocado slices
  • Olives
  • Salsa
  • Fat-free yogurt
  • Garbanzo, black or fat-free refried pinto beans

Create your oatmeal bowl in a container and cover it with a tight-fitting lid if you want to take it on the road with you for breakfast.

Sweet Breakfast Bowl

A sweet breakfast bowl can help steer you away from doughnuts and sweet breakfast pastries if you have a sweet tooth. You can put together prepared Protein Oatmeal along with options such as fruit, yogurt, and nuts.

Protein Oatmeal comes in boxes of 7 single-serving packets. For other instant hot breakfasts that are low-carb, try Protein Omelets and Protein Pancakes. A good breakfast can help you build weight loss momentum to carry you through the day!
Pump up Your Summer Produce

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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.

Berries

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.

Greens

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.

Other Fruit

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!

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.
Post-Workout Snacks for Lean, Mean, Calorie-Burning Machines (You!)

Post-Workout Snacks for Lean, Mean, Calorie-Burning Machines (You!) 0

You may be killing it in the gym, but are you eating properly to support those tough workouts? What and when you eat after you exercise helps determine your recovery. Eating within an hour of finishing your activity helps your muscles recover fast and allows your energy stores to replenish faster. The results, such as lowering injury risk and feeling better at your next workout, let you lose more weight.

The ideal post-workout snacks provide protein for your muscles and carbohydrates for your energy stores. They need to be convenient and ready-to-eat or quick-cooking so you can eat them as soon as possible after finishing your exercise, even when you are at the gym or hurrying back to work. The BariatricPal Store has great-tasting post-workout snacks you can look forward to each day.

Protein Muffin:

The promise of FlapJacked Mighty Probiotic Muffins as your post-workout snack may be enough to get you through your workout. These muffins are so delicious that you will forget that you are eating them for their health benefits, including protein, fiber, and gut-healthy probiotics. Each one has about 20 grams of protein, 200 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams of fiber. Flavors include Chocolate Peanut Butter, S’mores, Cinnamon Apple, Maple Pumpkin, and so many more!

Peanut Butter:

Peanut butter is naturally rich in protein and fiber, but why deal with all of the calories when you can opt for Peanut Butter Powder instead? Each serving has 6 grams of protein, but only 40 calories, compared to 190 calories in a serving of regular peanut butter! Just mix it with water to turn it into a peanut butter spread to have with apples, a whole-grain piece of toast, or celery sticks, or add it to your favorite smoothie recipe. Choose from Original and Chocolate flavors. Each jar has 15 servings.

Non-Potato Chips:

Grab a healthy snack...such as potato chips! BariatricPal Protein Chips have 10 grams of protein and 14 to 16 grams of carbohydrates to show your body some love after a tough workout. These chips also have 5 grams of fiber, which is extra important after exercising because exercise boosts appetite and can lead to overeating to compensate. Choose from Barbecue Crunch, Ranch Crunch, and Sea Salt and Vinegar Crunch, to get the flavors you love without the extra starches and fats. They come in single bags, 7-pack boxes, and cases of 80 bags.

Healthy Carbs:

If you are looking for some of the world’s healthiest carb sources to refuel your body, Detour Smart Gluten-Free Protein Bars answer the call. They have 150 calories and their first ingredient is organic whole-grain oats, which are known for their heart-healthy properties. They have 10 grams of high-quality protein and have fiber from a prebiotic known as inulin. These bars are as delicious as they sound, with flavors including Blueberry, Banana Nut, Coconut, Cookie Dough, and Apple, and a yogurt coating.

Treat your body right so it can continue to perform for you and be a strong, calorie-burning machine to help you reach your weight loss goals. These post-workout snacks and more at The BariatricPal Store can help.

Snack Away with Simply Snackin' Jerky

Snack Away with Simply Snackin' Jerky 0

When it comes to snacking, you have to be very careful as a weight loss surgery patient. There are some things that should be off limits as they don’t provide any nutritional value. Jerky is a perfect snack for a bariatric patient as it is low in carbohydrates but high in protein. I am a huge fan of Slim Jim but I knew there had to be a healthier choice out there. Luckily, I found a brand that offers tasty snacks with awesome stats!

Simply Snackin’ offers a variety of different flavors that will keep you coming back for more. I tried a number of the flavors and they all had similar stats at 60 calories, 1g fat, 2g sugar, 3 carbs, 10g protein. The consistency of the jerky is nice as it is not too thick, but also not too thin. Some of them are a little sticky but nothing too extreme. Many of the flavors had some sort of fruit in them which was a nice flavor biting into.

Teriyaki Chicken with Mangoes and Black Bean Chicken with Red Bell Peppers and Salsa were by far my favorite flavors. The Black Bean one had a nice kick to it and the Teriyaki Mango one was a nice mix of sweet and savory. I was also a huge fan of the original flavor as it reminded me a lot of a Slim Jim.

There is a nice variety of flavors that include: Teriyaki Beef with Pineapple, Italian Chicken with Romano, Orchard Beef with Apples and Cherries, Venison with Cranberries and Cherries, Beef with Cranberries and Blueberries, and more! These are perfect snacks to keep on you when you are on the go. 

If you are a fan of jerky but need an option that is healthier, I highly recommend the Simply Snackin’ brand. Give it a shot and use code KIMH15 for 15% off your order!

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Eat Clean with JiMMY! Bars

Eat Clean with JiMMY! Bars 0

Protein bars are one of the best snacks and meal replacement ideas after bariatric surgery. They provide a quick source of protein to help you stay on track with your protein goals for the day. I am always looking for more protein bars to try and I was extremely excited to try the JiMMY! Bars.

Before trying the bars, I reviewed the nutritional information and was pleasantly surprised to see how clean these bars are. The ingredient list is small, which means there is not a lot of added junk to the bars. They are all low sugar, high protein and are absolutely delicious!

I tried a few of the flavors and was highly impressed. The crispy consistency of the bars are very chewy and the flavors are very strong. The unique flavors are great because you can switch it up and not get tired of the bars.

They even have bars that aim to help certain things. For example, the JiMMY! Beauty White Chocolate Berry Bliss bar has a collagen boost to it which can help promote hair, skin and nail health. This one reminded me a lot of a fig and the consistency was a little different than the other flavors.

The Eye of the Tiger has 25g of protein and is focused on having more energy and recovering after workouts, including helping with muscle inflammation. The taste of this one has a strong peanut butter flavor and is a great source of protein after an intense workout.

Woke AF is in the cookies and cream flavor and it is known to give you energy and to help you feel awake in the morning. It includes caffeine from Guarana which is a natural caffeine plant. It also includes Omega 3 and MCT oils. Omega 3 oil may promote brain cell development and MCT oil may impact mental focus and performance. This is a great bar to have on hand, especially if you struggle to have energy in the morning.

All of the bars have an amazing flavor and are full of so much nutrition. As a weight loss surgery patient, you can’t go wrong with these bars!

Try yours today and use KIMH15 for 15% off your order! 

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