Swap Unhealthy Potato Chips for Protein Potato Chips! 0Potato chips are one of my all-time favorite snacks. However, we all know how unhealthy they are. As bariatric patients, the last thing we need is the unnecessary carbs and fat found in potato chips. When I found the Healthwise Protein Potato Chips I was so excited. Could I really enjoy potato chips without all the guilt? Well, it’s true!
Cave into Cravings Part 3: Sweet and Salty 0
A craving can put you into a weight loss plateau if you give into it without thinking, so do not! Instead, take a few seconds to consider these healthier alternative answers to common cravings. You can get your sweet and salty fixes without adding too many calories, carbs, or fat grams to your day, and The BariatricPal Store can help.
Taste-wise, protein bars have a lot in common with candy bars and other sweet treats. They come in flavors from chocolate and peanut butter to caramel, coconut, vanilla, and lemon zest. They are sweet and satisfying. The difference is that Protein Bars are way better for weight loss, since they have more protein and less sugar. Choose your favorite flavors and textures, whether creamy, crispy, or chewy, and feel good about your sweet tooth.
What happens when the afternoon gets long and you just want something sweet to carry you through? Protein Cookies can do the trick way better than regular ones, since you will be skipping the excess of sugar, white flour, and saturated fats, and instead getting protein with a minimum of sugar. There is no need to compromise on taste or convenience, either. Enjoy ready-to-eat Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, or Biscotti in flavors such as Fudge Chip and Almond Chip.
Remember when pretzels were considered a good alternative to chips? That was before their carbs and refined starches became such an issue. Now, you can keep eating those salty friends as long as you choose Protein Pretzels, available in regular, Cinnamon Toast, and Jalapeno Honey Mustard flavors and with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Bonus: they are gluten-free, too.
Protein Meat Snacks
When nothing else will do, a Protein Meat Snack can be the answer. Lower in fat and calories than a standard sausage stick, these meat snacks are nearly pure protein, along with flavor, such as Teriyaki, Spicy Pepper, and BBQ. Say farewell to plain beef and artificial ingredients with these all-natural snacks that include turkey, elk, and ostrich options.
Follow your sweet and salty cravings. Just make they lead you in the right direction, on a path with less sugar and more protein. It is all here at The BariatricPal Store!
Too Hot to Cook, but Not to Lose Weight! 0
The heat of summer can make cooking pretty unappealing. Who wants to heat their house at the same time they’re cooking dinner? On the other hand, getting someone else to cook for you can be a mistake for your waistline if you are thinking about ordering in or going out.
The BariatricPal Store has plenty of great-tasting, high-protein meals that can keep you out of the kitchen while you keep losing weight. Each is shelf-stable, and you can make it in minutes with nothing besides water. Here are a few examples.
Breakfast: Bacon and Cheese Omelet
You could wait in line at the drive-through for an artery-clogging bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit, or you could have a Bacon and Cheese Omelet at home almost instantly. It is vegetarian, nearly sugar-free, and a source of 15 grams of protein. The omelet has only 100 calories, which leaves you room to add low-fat cheese for extra gooieness and calcium, or mushrooms or spinach for fiber or antioxidants.
Lunch: Vegetable Lasagna
Some of the most fun weight loss moments can come during lunch hour at work. Why? Your lunch hour is a time when you pull out a gourmet-sounding meal, make it in minutes, and show your coworkers how great weight loss tastes. Consider BariatricPal Vegetable Lasagna Protein Entrée with four cheese and real vegetables. The Vegetable Lasagna has 250 calories plus protein and fiber to keep you going.
Dinner: Chicken Enchilada Verde
Take a short trip south of the border to relax after a long day with Chicken Enchilada Verde. Get two chicken enchiladas wrapped in corn tortillas and smothered in a sauce with beans, tomatoes, and corn. With 290 calories and 5 grams of fiber, you can feel good about this little indulgence on its own or served with some salsa, guacamole, or nonfat sour cream.
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.
Bring Back the Toast and Lose Weight! 0
Are you trying to lose weight? No doubt you’re cutting back on bread, especially if you are on a high-protein plan. Bread has been the enemy of low-carb, low-protein, and low-calorie dieters, until now. The BariatricPal Store proudly offers Proti Snax Toast – Parisien Rusk Bread. Now you can bring back the toast guilt-free as you lose weight.
The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
Opt for white sliced bread, and you will get the majority of the calories from refined carbs, and almost no protein. You are just asking for a blood sugar spike and drop, followed by more hunger and intense carb and sugar cravings to follow. No, thank you! Instead, consider upgrading to Proti Snax Toast – Parisien Rusk Bread and skipping the excess refined carbs.
A Low-Carb, High-Protein Choice
Each serving of Proti Snax Toast – Parisien Rusk Bread has only 5 grams of net carbs. The 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber help keep blood sugar down and cravings away. Plus, the dose of fiber and protein helps keep you full for hours! The toast is easy to fit into your diet, with only 110 calories per serving.
All Kinds of Treats!
What can you do with Proti Snax Toast – Parisien Rusk Bread? You can make all kinds of treats to make your weight loss diet more fun. Here are some ideas:
- Start your day with toast, eggs, and turkey sausage.
- Spread them with goat cheese and top with arugula, tomatoes, or strawberries.
- Dip them into a mixture of fat-free cream cheese, cinnamon, and pumpkin puree.
- Use them as croutons for salads or Protein Soup.
- Top them with canned tuna or salmon.
There’s no end to the possibilities for Protein Toast, so start thinking about how you will use yours and place your order today! Each box of Parisien Rusk Bread contains 6 single-serving packets for easy transport and portion control.
Valentine’s Day at The BariatricPal Store: Show Your Love 0
Happy Valentine’s Day from The BariatricPal Store! As Valentine’s Day approaches, you can get ready with some healthy ideas that taste great and keep you feeling sexy instead of weighted down. You will feel better when you finish the day proud of yourself and satisfied compared to bloated and overly full. Here are some of our suggestions for a romantic evening.
Stay in for Some Romantic Together Time
Cooking your own Valentine’s Day meal together can be an experience that strengthens your relationship with your significant other. You can make it intimate and delicious without making it too heavy. Browse through our Recipe section for low-cal, high-protein ideas. We suggest:
- Fondue with blanched cauliflower florets or asparagus spears dipped into Cheese Dip.
- Swiss Steak with Dilled Green Beans.
- Almond Meringue Cookies.
A Box of Chocolates…for Health Reasons, of Course
You are not alone if you cannot imagine a proper Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolates. However, the standard chocolate nuts, chews, and truffles are off limits after weight loss surgery and when you are on a strict diet. A single piece 100 calories and 10 grams of sugar, with virtually no protein to redeem it.
Luckily, you can have your chocolate and eat it, too, when you get chocolate from The BariatricPal Store. You will not even feel like you are compromising taste for health when you get to choose from a range including Crispy Chocolate Caramel bites with 13 grams of fiber and no sugar added, and Triple Chocolate Protein Cookies with 15 grams of protein.
A Gift Card Hits the Spot
You cannot go wrong with a gift card. It gives you the power to get exactly what you want, and in the case of a gift card to The BariatricPal Store, it can be your ticket to trying new, great-tasting protein products that help you lose weight and keep you away from unhealthy temptations. What better way to show your love? It is delivered electronically so it makes a great last-minute gift.