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.

Mother’s Day Brunch the Weight Loss Way 0

Mother’s Day brunch celebrates Mom. Moms work hard, and have a lot to show for it with wonderful children. Brunch can be a wonderful opportunity for family time, but it can be a disaster for your waistline. It does not need to be, though. Keep your waistline in check and enjoy good food and family this year! Here are some ideas.

The Pancake Brunch

Protein Pancakes let you have a short stack without piling up the carbs. These low-carb pancakes have up to 15 grams of protein per serving and they are ready in minutes, so Mom does not need to spend hours in the kitchen on her special day. Enjoy plain, blueberry, carrot spice, and more flavors. You can also use many of our protein pancake mixes to make waffles for a nice alternative. Serve them with healthy additions such as eggs, berries, nuts, or Greek yogurt.

Savory Brunch

If a sweet brunch is not your preference, go the savory route instead. Skip the bacon and cheesy potatoes, and get your favorite flavors instead from healthier fare. Try Protein Omelets in vegetable or bacon flavors, plus sides and toppings such as low-fat cheese, vegetables, and turkey bacon or sausage. You can even make a southwestern-themed brunch with a southwestern-style protein omelet along with diced tomatoes and grilled peppers, salsa, and fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

A Hot Drink

Extend the occasion as you sip on a hot drink, but don’t let your guard down and down an excess of sugar and calories with sweet coffee drinks or hot cocoa. Opt for Hot Protein Drinks instead and cut the sugar while boosting the protein. You can get 15 grams in a serving of cocoa in flavors such as marshmallow, classic, and mint, or cappuccino.

Enjoy your brunch and your family while knowing you are doing your part to keep yourself healthy for years to come. You can even finish off the brunch with a family walk to keep the spirit of health and togetherness around. Happy Mother’s Day!

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.

Healthy Father’s Day Fare at the BariatricPal Store 0

 

Family gatherings can lead to diet disasters, but they don’t have to. You have a chance to come up with some crowd-pleasing healthy fare with Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, especially if you have the good fortune of spending some time with your father, a father figure, or the children in your life. Here are some ideas for keeping the crowd happy while keeping your waistline in check.

 

Salsa Dip

 

Who doesn’t love chips and salsa? Anyone who’s on a diet, that’s who! Until now, that is. Ditch the tortilla chips with 20 grams of carbs per ounce for BariatricPal Protein Chips, Tasty Bites, Crunch Os, or Zipper Snacks with up to 15 grams of protein per packet. Serve them with a simple recipe for high-protein Salsa Dip, and you’ll wonder why you never made your own salsa before. Get the recipe for Salsa Dip here.

 

Stuffed Zucchini

 

Pass the love around when you bring a platter of stuffed zucchini to the table. It has a tasty and hearty beef filling with a delicious tomato sauce to drizzle on top, but none of the fat and carb you might worry about with regular stuffed zucchini. Substitute ground turkey or soy crumbles for the beef if you like. Get the recipe for Stuffed Zucchini here.

 

Mock Mashed Potatoes

 

The sides make the meal, so you might as well give the crowd what they want. At least, you can tell them you’re serving mashed potatoes instead of Mock Mashed Potatoes. In reality, your guests will be asking for seconds…of cauliflower pureed with high-protein bouillon. Good trick, right? Get the recipe for Mock Mashed Potatoes here.

 

They’ve been too polite to say anything up until now, but they’ve been waiting for it since they got to the table: dessert. And you won’t disappoint when you offer up Creamy Peach Parfait. Just mix up some instant protein pudding and serve it with ripe summer peaches or canned peaches. Don’t be afraid to help yourself, since the whole serving has 140 calories and 16 grams of protein. Get the recipe for Creamy Peach Parfait here.

 

You may be taking your weight loss journey on your own or with a family member or two, but there’s no reason you can’t share a meal with everyone this Sunday. Have fun with these recipe ideas, and Happy Father’s Day!

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