Independence Day Party Snacks 0
For July 4, a casual cookout or picnic is the norm, and that can mean tons of snacks. Chips, cookies, and other grab-and-go snacks can be disastrous if you have sticky fingers and a case of the munchies, but they do not have to be. Your best defense may be to arm yourself with alternative choices: think high-protein, low-sugar, and just as delicious. The BariatricPal Store has what you need for the big day.
Chips and Other Crunchies
Hydrogenated oils, refined starches, and salt: yum! At least, that is what you get with regular potato chips. You can do better. Protein Chips at The Bariatric Pal Store come in all-American flavors such as Ranch, Barbeque, and Pizza, but without the all-American dose of trans fat and refined starches. Instead, count on a dose of protein and fiber.
Meat and Cheese
Salty snacks can be hearty and satisfying, and The BariatricPal Store offers the most bang for your snacking buck. Meat Snacks come in all-natural varieties and are made with meats from turkey and beef to venison and elk, and in flavors from Original and Teriyaki to Sweet Chipotle and Buffalo Wing. Our Cheese Snacks are crunchy, low-carb treats made with the finest cheeses and herbs.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are among the quintessential American foods, and a logical choice to celebrate the country’s Independence Day. Unfortunately, they may be a reason why Americans are among the most overweight people in the world. Instead of the sugary version, choose low-sugar, Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies with real cocoa, vanilla, and eggs. They have up to 15 grams of protein per cookie so you can feel satisfied without a sugar high.
Creamy, Cold, and Sweet
Nope, not ice cream. That is, not unless you are looking for an extra few hundred calories and several grams of fat. Instead, opt for Protein Pudding with up to 15 grams of protein and a minimum of fat and sugar. Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry are swaps for the classic ice cream flavors, but you can easily go for more decadent Chocolate Salted Caramel, Hazelnut Cocoa Cream, or Lemon Raspberry. Just mix a single-serving packet with water and chill it until it is time to eat. Bonus: It’ll keep longer in a cooler than ice cream will!
This July 4 and for the rest of the summer, get your snacking game on! You will get extra flavor and protein while staying interested in your weight loss diet, so what is not to love?
Weight Loss Swaps for July 4 0
July 4 is around the corner. Are you ready to lose weight and enjoy delicious food? Yes, it is possible. Just take a few minutes to plan for it. With easy swaps, you can keep the taste, but ditch the calories and excess carbs and fat. Bonus: bring enough to share, and you might be the most popular guest at the party.
That kind of coleslaw has about 300 calories per cup, but we are not talking about that kind of coleslaw. Instead, go red, white, and blue with shredded purple (blue!) cabbage, slivered red beets, and white feta or mozzarella cheese. Toss your coleslaw with Italian Low-Calorie Dressing, and you have a flavorful side with calcium, fiber, and protein for under 100 calories.
When chips, pretzels, cereal, and chocolate candies are mixed, you get a mix of fat and sugar that is sure to add up to more than you should have in a meal, without even getting the benefits of protein and fiber. Instead, make your own protein-packed, low-carb party mix by combining your choice of Protein Pretzels, Protein Chips, and Protein Cereal. Nuts and popcorn are other great additions.
Adding sugary barbecue sauce is a quick way to turn a healthy protein into a regrettable choice. Instead of regular sauce, use calorie-free BBQ Sauce. It comes in Original, Honey, Hickory Smoked, and Thick and Spicy flavors, and has zero calories, zero carbs, and zero sugars. That adds up to zero regret.
Good old American brownies are a good old way to make yourself feel guilty and possibly jittery if you are not used to all that sugar. Instead, why not get your chocolate fix from Eat Me Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies? They are flourless and sugar free, and each one has 22 grams of protein to keep you full for hours. It is easy to share, since you can choose a box of 12 ready-to-eat brownies.
Start to finish, you can celebrate Independence with the best of them, while staying on your diet plan. The BariatricPal Store has the treats you need to enjoy the festivities and get your protein.
Happy Fourth – Now Plan Your Own Independence! 0
Happy Fourth of July! Independence Day is for parades, concerts, baseball games, fireworks…and weight loss! Wait – what does weight loss have to do with the final approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776? Well, just as July 4 marked a start of America’s path towards independence from the British Empire, this date can mark the start of – or your recommitment to – your own weight loss journey towards independence.
By staying committed and consistent, you can find out how good it feels to gain your own independence from weight-related health problems, from any doubts about your ability to control your own body, and from others’ judgment about your weight. Any successful war needs a battle plan, so here is some help with your own path to independence.
Set Your Goals
You’ll never stick it out through a hard battle if you don’t have a reason to do so. Setting your goals can keep you focused and motivated so you know why you’re working so hard every step of the way. Then match each goal with an action plan. For example, if your goal is:
- To lose weight, your action plan might be to stick to your calorie goals each day.
- To get weight loss surgery, your action plan might to schedule a consult with the surgeon and practice a pre-op diet.
- To feel more energized, your action plan might be to eat more protein snacks and get your vitamins.
Make a Meal Plan
Take it from us if you haven’t already found this out yourself: weight loss is a lot easier when you know ahead of time what you will eat. If you leave yourself scrambling at mealtimes and snack times, you’re bound to fall for convenience foods and fast food. In contrast, eating the right foods is way easier when all you have to do is check your meal plan and follow through with whatever it says.
You can build your own meal plan if you like. Just make sure it has the right number of calories for you and your goals (ask your doctor if you’re not sure) and include plenty of protein and other healthy foods. If you’re not sure about making your own plan, just use one of ours and tweak it to meet your needs.
Stock Your Pantry
You can’t eat right if the right foods aren’t on hand. The BariatricPal Store can do wonders for your weight loss plan as you stock up on the essentials. Keep great-tasting protein bars, shakes and powders, and fruit drinks around for filling nourishment whenever you need it. Low-carb, high-protein meals can be only minutes away when you order calorie-controlled favorites like cold and hot cereals and omelets, pasta dishes, and tasty entrees. Don’t forget to select Subscribe and Save on select products for a discount and to be sure you won’t run out of the essentials.
You wouldn’t send your troops into battle if they didn’t have the nutrients they needed, would you? Why would you even think about trying to lose weight without your vitamins? It doesn’t have to involve pills and capsules, although we certainly have plenty of those if that’s how you like to get your vitamins. You can get your bariatric and other vitamins as chewables, liquids, and even patches that you don’t need to swallow. The BariatricPal Store has multis, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and everything in between.
As the saying goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” With these little steps towards thinking ahead and getting your battle plan underway, you can gain independence in your own way. Hitting goal weight can make you more confident, healthier, and feeling freer to embrace life however you want.