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Last-Minute Holiday Help from The BariatricPal Store

Last-Minute Holiday Help from The BariatricPal Store 0

There’s “getting late” on a few things, and there is “last-minute” on everything. The BariatricPal Store is ready to help you when you’re desperate on Christmas Eve. We have last-minute gifts and meal planning tips so you can save face and lose weight no matter how badly you procrastinated.

Last-Minute Gifts

You cannot go wrong with the classic last-minute gift: a gift card. Choose a Gift Card to The BariatricPal Store in values of $10 to $250 to show that special someone how much you care about their health. Of course, you can get yourself a gift card as a commitment to losing weight in the coming weeks and months. The card is delivered via email, so technically you’d even be early if you gave it to someone tonight, on Christmas Eve!

Another great gift for now and the future is a subscription to the BariatricPal Box of the Month Club. Choose from 1 to 12 months with increasing discounts for 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions. Each month’s box has a different assortment of sample and full-size choices of favorite and new products, such as protein foods and bariatric vitamins. Your reminder to your weight loss commitment will arrive each month at your doorstep!

Recipes and Meal Plans

Time can be one of the biggest barriers to weight loss if you find yourself unable to plan menus and develop healthy recipes and meals. The precious commodity of time can be even scarcer during the holiday season. Still, there is no excuse for letting the season get you down because if you are short on time, we can help.

Check our Recipes for easy, great-tasting, high-protein choices from Entrees and Sides to Beverages, Desserts, and Dips. They are practical, low in carbs, and suitable for everyday meals and snacks to more celebratory fare. Examples are Stuffed Mushrooms, Tuna Casserole, Dilled Green Beans, Black Forest Smoothie, and – wait for it – Double Deluxe Chocolate Fudge.

When you need a return to normalcy after a day or a few of holiday-related overeating, a simple Meal Plan can be just the thing. Look at the plan, eat it, and lose weight. It is simple! We have plans for Weight Loss, Maintenance, Post-Op Diet Progression for Liquids, Mushies, and Semi-Soft Diets, Back on Track diets, and more. Welcome back to weight loss!

Simple Solutions

Sometimes you do not anything fancy. All you want is to be satisfied with a sweet treat, since it seems as though everyone else is indulging. No worries! Try Protein Cakes and Cookies, Protein Bars, Protein Pudding, and Protein Chocolate Bars and Candies – all guilt-free and designed for weight loss diets.

Thursday Cheat Sheet: Easy Weight Loss Menu

Thursday Cheat Sheet: Easy Weight Loss Menu 0

What does Thursday mean in the weight loss world? It may be an uneasy time when your good intentions and pre-cooked meals from earlier in the week are long gone, but it is too early to let loose on your diet for the weekend. Here is a day’s menu that has all the characteristics you need to stay on track: easy and quick, great-tasting, and high in protein and fiber. Welcome to Thursday!

Breakfast: Cereal

Select your favorite from our Protein Cereal collection, and you cannot go wrong. You’ll get a low-sugar, high-protein choice that comes in a single-serving bag so you are not tempted to eat the whole box. Mix it with cottage cheese or yogurt, and stir in some fruit and/or nuts, and you will have an instant protein and fiber-filled breakfast with calcium and antioxidants.

Consider:

  • Honey Nut with strawberries
  • Rich Cocoa with bananas
  • Cinnamon Crunch with apple and walnuts

Lunch: Soup and Salad

Enjoy the classic pairing without the classic load of fat grams from creamy soups and salad dressings. Try a 12 to 14-gram Protein Soup such as Cream of Tomato or Broccoli, Chicken with Pasta, or Corn Chowder. Then pair it with a green salad topped with a Low-Calorie Dressing and crumbled Roasted Broad Bean Snacks, with  ra instead of croutons. That’s a filling, low-calorie lunch with long-lasting satiety.

Dinner: Vegan Chicken Curry

Nobody wants to choose between flavor, convenience, and weight loss – so don’t! Vegan Chicken Curry is ready in minutes directly from your pantry. It has textured chicken-like protein pieces, real turmeric, coconut flavoring, and vegetables, and a Thai-inspired flavor, but it has none of the guilt that comes with Thai take-out.

Each entrée has 120 calories, 15 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber, making it a filling meal with few calories. There is room to serve it with a side of vegetables, brown rice, or Protein Pasta to turn it into a hearty dinner you can feel good about.

Snacks: Creamy, Crunchy, and Chewy

Satisfy all your cravings with creamy Protein Pudding, crunchy Protein Chips, and chewy Protein Bars. The chips and bars are ready-to-eat, while the pudding needs only water. Flavors range from the classic to the novel:

  • Pudding in Chocolate, Vanilla, Dulce de Leche, and Caramel Caffe Latte
  • Chips in Ranch, Barbecue, Pizza, and Sea Salt & Vinegar.
  • Bars in Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla Crisp, Lemon Crisp, and Chocolate Mint.

Have these great-tasting snacks on their own or paired with a nutritious partner – try pudding with fruit or nuts, chips with hummus or cottage cheese, and bars with fruit or a cheese stick.

Sometimes, a few meal and snack ideas that taste great and are easy to prepare are enough to keep you on your diet for one more day. That’s what we hope we helped with today – because when it comes to weight loss, one day at a time works. Happy Thursday!

Post-Thanksgiving Meal Plans to Get Back on the Weight Loss Fast Track

Post-Thanksgiving Meal Plans to Get Back on the Weight Loss Fast Track 0

 

Did Thanksgiving turn out to be a bit more than you bargained for? Were the leftover stuffing and pies calling your name a bit too loudly the rest of the weekend? Are you looking for help getting back to normal as the holiday season continues?

Don’t worry. Thanksgiving defeats almost everyone, and it is not the one or a couple days that matter in your weight loss journey. What is important is that you get right back to your good eating habits, and The BariatricPal Store has help you can use in the form of meal plans that are low in carbs and sugar, and high in protein. They’re easy to follow, and filled with great-tasting meals and snacks that you will look forward to.

Back on Track Meal Plan

You can feel bloated and overly full after Thanksgiving. If you’ve strayed too far from your plan for the whole long weekend, you may even need help remembering exactly how to build the “right” daily menu for yourself. A “back-on-track” meal plan can help you get back to where you need to be as the scale starts to move down again and you get back in the habit of making the good daily choices.

We have over a week’s worth of sample menus in our Back on Track Meal Plan. Each day includes 3 meals and 3 snacks, and it provides about 1,000 calories and at least 65 grams of protein. You’ll enjoy a combination of simple recipes, such as Protein Pasta with chicken and broccoli for dinner, and ready-to-eat snacks, such as Turkey Jerky.

Pouch Reset Meal Plans

Pouch Reset Meal Plans can help if you think you may have stretched your pouch or sleeve after gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery. They can retrain you to get back to the smaller portion sizes that will help you lose weight. That’s helpful after Thanksgiving and when you are facing the rest of the holiday season, when overeating is all too easy.

Our 48-Hour Pouch Reset Meal Plan is a great idea for breaking a streak of out-of-control eating – does that sound accurate for Turkey Day?! It starts with a liquid diet and finishes with a small, healthy meal. Great-tasting items include a Vanilla Protein Shake, Cream of Tomato Protein Soup, and sugar-free Hot Protein Cocoa.

The 2-Week Pouch Reset Diet follows the same principles as the 48-hour plan, but you move more slowly. It starts with a clear liquid diet, then to full liquids, mushies (pureed foods), semi-solid, and finally full solid foods. Each stage has great-tasting and easy meals and snacks, such as Chicken with Pasta Protein Soup with cauliflower and brown rice, Protein Cheesecake Pudding, and a Vegetable Protein Omelet.

Maintenance Meal Plan

One strategy for success to get through the holidays is to plan to cut yourself a little slack. Instead of aiming for rapid weight loss, you might follow a Maintenance Meal Plan. It can be a little more realistic while temptation is everywhere, so you can gain confidence as you hit your goals during these weeks.

Each day has about 1,400 calories plus over 65 grams of protein, spread over 3 meals. You can add snacks if you like. Items include a Spicy Oriental Chicken Protein Entree, Salted Toffee Pretzel Protein Bars with 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, and a breakfast parfait with Honey Nut Protein Cereal. With low-carb, high-protein meals this easy, you’ll have no trouble sticking to your holiday health resolutions.

Weight Loss Help Delivered with These Bariatric Meal Plans

Weight Loss Help Delivered with These Bariatric Meal Plans 0

How frustrating is it to want to lose weight but not know what to eat? Do not let confusion stand in your way! Our Bariatric Meal Plans have sample menus and tons of tips for what to eat at any point in your weight loss journey, whether you are a bariatric surgery patient or not.

Liquid, Pureed, or Solids

You may be on a liquid diet before surgery or after, or if you are trying to get a good start on weight loss. After weight loss surgery, you’ll also need to work through a pureed foods and semi-solid foods diet before you get to eat a full solids diet. We have plans for all of those, along with appropriate calorie and protein counts for each stage

Plans for Any Goal

Are you losing weight before surgery? Have you made it to your maintenance diet after hitting goal? Are you trying to get back on track after straying a bit? We have the plan for you! We can even help you out if you are looking for the perfect Pouch Reset plan.

Easy Foods to Prep or Purchase

Our plans are easy to follow. They don’t require gourmet cooking. They are all based on a combination of store products that are ready-to-eat or ready in minutes, plus easy-to-prepare fresh, healthy foods. You can also go to our Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Lunch and Dinner, and Healthy Snack pages for ideas on how to vary the plans even more.

Be confident in your weight loss plan, and it will be easier to get started and stay on it. Make it easy and delicious, and the pounds will come off more easily than you may think. Our meal plans can keep you on the right track!

Menu to Beat the Monday Blues

Menu to Beat the Monday Blues 0

The Monday Blues are familiar to many of us, but we have a way to fight them. This delicious weight loss menu can get you excited for the entire day as you look forward to your next great-tasting meal or snack. Here are our picks for a fun Monday.

Chocolate Cereal

Chocolate for breakfast can get you out of bed with a smile. Grab a 120-calorie bag of Chocolate Protein Cereal with 15 grams of protein on your way out the door, or sit down to a full breakfast of cereal mixed into non-fat low-sugar Greek yogurt and fruit. It feels good to start your week with filling nutrients, great tastes, and no guilt.

Calming Morning Snack

Mornings can be hectic. A hot drink can be comforting. Instead of nursing a sugary coffee drink, try Protein Mocha with 80 calories and only 2 grams of sugar, plus 15 grams of protein to get you to lunchtime. You only need to add water to get a thick, delicious drink.

Sack Lunch to Remember

While your coworkers are hitting up the local fast food restaurant for some greasy fare, you can pull out your own high-protein meal that is just as easy and way more nutritious. Head to the break room to use the microwave to heat up some Cheesy Broccoli Protein Soup with 100 calories and 15 grams of protein. Top it with Protein Cheese Snacks and follow it up with an entire Double Chocolate Cake, and your coworkers will wonder why they bothered downing the fatty calories from the fast food joint.

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

You could head to the vending machine for a candy bar, but why would you when you can get your chocolate caramel peanut fix from a Caramel Nut Protein Bar with 12 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar? That is a much better choice if your goal is to suppress hunger until dinnertime.

The Grand Finale

Your Monday may have whizzed by, and it is already time for dinner. How can you go wrong with a hearty, cheesy, pasta meal ready in minutes? Protein Cheesesteak Pasta has soy nuggets, cheesy sauce, and protein macaroni in a mixture that contains only 110 calories. Round out your main course with a side salad or steamed broccoli, and follow it up with a Chocolate Chip Cookie – low-carb, of course!

 

Looking to Go a Weight Loss Tear? How to Get Started!

Looking to Go a Weight Loss Tear? How to Get Started! 0

You are committed to losing weight. You are ready to give up the bad habits that got you to where you are, and you want to eat healthy and feel good. But where do you even start? How do you put together a meal plan and fix yourself the meals and snacks you need, when it can all be so confusing, you may be short on time, and you are not sure you can – or want to – give up flavorful meals and craveable snacks?

The BariatricPal Store has help for you. We can get you started with meal plans, meal and snack ideas, and quick and tasty meals and snacks that make your life easier. Just remember to check with your doctor before trying a new diet!

Weight Controlling Meal Plans for Anyone

Meal planning can be anything from a hassle to downright confusing, but our Meal Plans and Menus can get you started regardless of your specific weight loss needs. Each of our meal plans comes with calorie and protein counts so you know what you are getting into. All you have to do is select the meal plan that’s right for you and follow along. These are the meal plans we offer. Each has over a week’s worth of daily menu suggestions.

  • Weight loss surgery menus for the pre-op and post-op liquid diets, pureed foods (mushies) diet, and solid foods diet.
  • Maintenance diet to prevent regain after hitting goal weight.
  • Back-on-Track diet to get you losing weight again if you’ve hit a plateau or gone off course.
  • Pouch Reset Plan diet to get you back in the groove after you hit a snag after weight loss surgery.

Great-Tasting Meals, Snacks, and Protein Supplements

Some of the biggest barriers to staying on your weight loss plan are hunger, boredom, lack of time to prepare the food you need, craving off-limits foods, and trouble with portion control. The BariatricPal Store has you covered with a range of high-protein instant meals and snacks to keep you interested and satisfied. They are great-tasting and satisfy cravings from crunchy and salty to creamy, comforting, and chocolatey.

Check out our:

  • Protein Entrees including breakfasts, lunches and dinners, soups, and pasta dishes.
  • Protein Snacks and Desserts including puddings, cookies, chips, and meat snacks.
  • Protein Bars and Shakes to fight hunger anywhere, anytime.

Healthy Meal and Snack Suggestions

There are plenty of healthy meals and snacks you can make yourself from fresh foods and pantry staples. We have Meal and Snack Ideas for different calorie ranges for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and Snacks. They are high in protein and other nutrients to keep you healthy as you lose weight.

Fear no more as you dive into your new weight control plan. The BariatricPal Store has support for your success, and we can’t wait to be your partner in weight loss.

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