Need Help Hitting your Protein Goals after Weight Loss Surgery? 0After weight loss surgery, you are very limited with the types of drinks you can have. We all know that soda and sugary drinks are off limits. If you are like me, it can be hard to just drink water all day every day. I have a solution for you!
Snack Idea after Bariatric Surgery: Chocolate & Caramel Protein Granola 0I am a snack person! This is not always the best thing after weight loss surgery because it can be easy for us to get off track. I am constantly looking for snacks that won’t break me. I work a lot which means I am not always the best about eating nutritious meals. It is important for me that I find foods that I can easily take on the go that will help me hit my goals for the day.
Which Vitamins Should You Get? 0
Protein is just the start of the list of nutrients you need for health and weight loss. The list gets long and complicated once you add the essential vitamins and minerals, but you cannot afford to skip any of them. The BariatricPal Store is doing everything possible to make it easy for you to select the nutrients you need in a form you love to take. Just check with your doctor about which nutrients you need, then pick them out at the store.
Vitamins by Type of Weight Loss Surgery
Each type of weight loss surgery puts you at risk for different nutrient deficiencies. Our vitamin packs for the Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band, and Duodenal Switch are based on the latest ASMBS guidelines for bariatric surgery patients for each type of surgery. It can get confusing to try to figure out whether you need extra vitamin A, iron, calcium, and more, so we put the packs together to save yourself a headache.
Patch, Capsule, or Chewable?
Some people like getting it done with a capsule; others may enjoy a candy-like chew in a chocolate or fruit flavor. Still others may prefer to skip swallowing any form of vitamin – and that is what patches are for. We have all the vitamins and minerals you need in whatever form you prefer.
Multivitamins and More
A multivitamin is like an insurance policy against nutrient deficiencies. The foods you eat provide a lot of those vitamins and minerals, but a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement gives you solid doses of the full range of nutrients. This can be helpful if your diet is not perfectly balanced every single day – and let’s be realistic: whose diet really is perfect every day? The multivitamin and mineral is also practically a necessity when you are losing weight, since your total food intake may go down.
With a full-force multivitamin, why would you need even more? There are plenty of situations that can cause you to need extra amounts of certain vitamins and minerals. Women may need more iron. Older adults may need more calcium. Weight loss surgery patients can need more calcium, iron, B12 and more. Your best bet is to check with your doctor, then come back to The BariatricPal Store and pick up what you need.
Specialty Formulas and Patch Packs
You do not need to stop at the bare necessities for deficiency prevention. Some nutrients can work together to offer various benefits. We’ve put together specially picked packages to help you feel better, perform better, or ward off health problems in the future. Check our Patch Packs for energy, sleep, metabolism, active lifestyles, and even inner and outer peace!
Show that you put your health first by giving your body the nutrients it needs every day. Check with your doctor and then choose the vitamins and minerals that will keep you in tip-top shape and losing weight.
Caramel Goodness, Guilt Free 0
Is caramel on your mind? It is no wonder! With Halloween just around the corner, candy is everywhere. One particular favorite is caramel: ooey, gooey, sweet, creamy caramel. Caramel that is off limits if you are cutting sugars and calories and trying to lose weight. Wait – is caramel really off limits?
No way! It is if you are talking about the traditional caramel chews, caramel chocolate bars, and caramel flavored coffee drinks, since they will give you a dose of sugar without the protein and other nutrients you need. But The BariatricPal Store has other ideas! We’ve left the flavor and fun, added some protein, and taken away the extra sugar in our caramel products.
Now, you can enjoy Halloween season with the rest of them, and lose weight at the same time! Here are a few ideas to get your fix.
Caramel Protein Bars
Some of the classic candy bars are based on caramel, whether the caramel is packaged with peanuts, crisped rice, chocolate, cookies, or nougat. These favorites have a downside that you know well: too many calories, and not enough nutrition.
You can do better! We’ve packaged caramel with its classic companions, but made over the nutritional facts. The results are BariatricPal Protein Bars with 12 to 15 grams of protein in each. They are reduced-calorie and reduced-sugar, with choices including Caramel Brownie with Vanilla Coating, chocolate coated Caramel Nut and Caramel Crunch, and Caramel Delight. Yum!
Snack time can be a dieter’s biggest challenge. You need to get enough protein to satisfy you, while staying away from too many calories or too much sugar. The stakes are even higher in October, when you can find candy tempting you wherever you are. Don’t let snacks be your downfall this year!
Instead of caving into temptation to reach for “just a few” mini caramel chews or fun size candy bars, arm yourself with caramel snacks. BariatricPal Peanut and Caramel Coated Protein Puffs Snacks have a liberal coating of caramel and peanut butter, making them sweet, salty, and satisfying. These soy delights come in single portion bags with 150 calories and 15 grams of protein.
For another option, crunch on Proti Snax Chocolate Caramel Granola. These crunchy sweet clusters are mixed with chocolatey chunks and caramel swirl. They are made with real whole grain oats, but are low carb and low sugar. Each packet has 130 calories and 11 grams of protein. Hint: they also make a great breakfast alone or mixed with yogurt!
Caramel Caffe Latte
A caramel flavored coffee drink from a coffee shop can cost you 45 or more grams of sugar and hundreds of calories, without delivering much protein. We have just the thing for you if you have found yourself paying the heft diet price, or if you have longingly passed up on these favorite caramel coffee treats.
BariatricPal Caramel Caffe Latte Shake or Pudding delivers the taste you want along with 15 filling grams of protein in a manageable package of 100 calories and only 4 grams of sugar. You can enjoy it any time on the weight loss journey. Stir it into 8 ounces of water if you are on a liquid diet or just want a shake, or use less water to turn it into a thicker pudding if you are eating pureed foods or solid foods. You can use it as a snack or dessert, or even a meal replacement since it has over 20 essential vitamins and minerals.
Caramel Calcium Chews
Caramel Calcium Chews are a prime example of having your cake and eating it, too. You would swear you are eating candy, but you are not getting one gram of sugar. Instead, these aspartame-free chews deliver essential nutrients to keep you healthy.
Each chew provides 500 milligrams of bone-building calcium. It also has 500 IU of vitamin D3, which you need for bone health, heart health, and even proper regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure. These chews can turn taking your vitamins from a chore into a treat.
No way should you have to miss out on the season’s fun just because of your diet. Just make a few smart choices, and you can indulge while losing weight. The BariatricPal Store has a full range of great-tasting caramel flavored products that can keep you full, nourished, and satisfied, so check them out!
Omega-3’s: Eat Fat to Get Slim? 0
Fat is the enemy. At least, that is what we were told for years. All fats were lumped into a single category, and uniformly labeled “bad.” More recently, though, the message has changed. Not all fats are created equal. While some fats are linked to weight gain and health problems, others may have the exact opposite effect!
Omega-3 fatty acids have gotten a lot of attention recently, and with good reason. They may help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and stroke. They are even linked to healthier brains and lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease!
What you may love most of all is that omega-3s are linked to lower body weights! That’s right – eating this healthy fat may help you lose body fat. Are you ready to see how you can make sure to get enough? Read on!
Fatty Fish: Indisputable Superfood
Fatty fish are among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids called EPA and DHA. Herring, salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, and mackerel are examples of great sources. Of course, they are free from carbs and have about 20 to 25 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, so they fit in nicely with a weight loss or weight loss surgery diet.
Experts recommend about 2 or 3 servings of seafood per week to help you hit your EPA and DHA goals. Here are a few easy ideas for getting them in.
- Make tuna (or salmon) salad with canned tuna (or salmon), non-fat yogurt, and diced celery and green onion.
- Bake any kind of fresh fish and serve it with a Low-Calorie Flavor Sauce and a side of cooked vegetables. Try trout with Lemon Herbs and green beans and roasted tilapia with Garlic and Herbs and cauliflower.
- Make a stir-fry with salmon, Asian-Inspired sauce mix, and stir-fry mix vegetables or broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, bean sprouts, and snow peas.
- Top High-Protein Parisien Rusk Bread with lettuce, non-fat cream cheese, a tomato slice, and anchovies.
Vegetarian Omega-3 Superfoods
You can also get omega-3 fats from a few plant-based sources, including flaxseed oil and flaxseeds, walnuts, and chia seeds. Snack on walnuts or add them to stir fry. You can also add walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds to smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal, or add crunch to salads with walnuts or flaxseeds.
Vegetarian sources of omega-3’s have a form called ALA. Your body can convert some ALA into DHA and EPA, but only a limited amount.
Omega-3 Supplements to Bridge the Gap
If you are among the majority of Americans who do not get your two servings per week of fatty fish, plus a good dose of walnuts and flaxseed in addition, supplements can come to the rescue. The tried-and-true method: Omega-3 Capsules with a citrusy flavor. Each softgel is coated so it is easier to swallow. The bottle contains 60 softgels, with 750 mg DHA and EPA in each.
You do not need to take a big pill to get your omega-3’s. Each package of Bariatric Advantage Sugar-Free Omega-3 Chew - Cherry has 60 chews, each one with 160 mg of DHA and EPA. They are free from aspartame, and have a sweet and juice cherry flavor. You will look forward to your heart-healthy treat each day!
Our PatchMD Omega-3 Plus Patch with EPA and DHA may be for you if you prefer to get your omega-3 through the skin instead of by swallowing a supplement. The package has 30 patches. Each patch supplies 700 mg EPA and 550 mg DHA. This patch also provides krill oil, black currant seed oil with ALA, and the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
Omega-3 fats can help keep your body functioning right. You can get them from your food by keeping an eye out for fatty fish and other good sources, and you can up your total with nutritional supplements in the form that works for you. Rest easy knowing you are doing your body good!
Probiotics: Healthy Gut for a Healthy You 0
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You know the basics of a diet to help you lose weight. It has to do with calories in versus calories out, managing your protein, carbs, and fat, and getting in enough vitamins and minerals to stay nourished. If you want to control weight as best you can, though, there is something else to consider in your diet: probiotics.
Probiotics are microorganisms that live in your gut. Far from being “germs” that make you sick, they are much closer to being your friends because of all the things they do for your health. As research continues, it even appears that probiotics may help you lose weight! Here are the basics of what probiotics can do for you and where you can find them. Hint: look no further than The BariatricPal Store!
Probiotics: Possibly More Familiar Than You Realize
There’s a good chance you have already heard of probiotics. They are in yogurt and some fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut. There are many different strains, or types, of these healthy gut bacteria, including strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
Benefits of Probiotics
For years, doctors have known that probiotics can protect against diarrhea that can come as a side effect of using antibiotics. They can also help with irritable bowel disease and indigestion. As scientists investigate further, they are finding more and more possible benefits of probiotics.
These are some of benefits that probiotics may provide. You may be especially interested in them if you are focused on controlling your weight and committed to preventing or managing some weight-related chronic conditions.
Lower body weight and healthier metabolism.
Reduced deficiency of vitamin K, vitamin B12, and folic acid, which can all be low in weight loss surgery patients.
Lower cholesterol levels.
Improved blood pressure control.
Better digestive regularity – which can be a big benefit when losing weight and after weight loss surgery!
Bariatric Advantage FloraVantage Chewable Probiotic – Strawberry
One easy way to get your probiotics is to opt for Bariatric Advantage FloraVantage Chewable Probiotic - Strawberry. With this sweet-tasting chewable, you can enjoy making your gut healthier. It provides 2.4 billion CFU of blend of strains known as “good” gut bacteria: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Each container has 90 chewable tablets.
If you prefer a fast-melting tablet, Barimelts Probiotic may be for you. It comes in smooth cherry flavor with 60 tablets to each container. These melts have no sugar. The probiotic strain in this product is Bacillus coagulans, and there are 5 billion CFU per tablet.
Feeding Your Probiotics to Support Better Growth
Feeding your gut bacteria? It may sound like a strange concept until you realize that your gut bacteria are living organisms that need food to survive. What do they like to eat? You can support their growth with a special kind of fiber that is known as a prebiotic.
Prebiotics are in foods such as asparagus, onions, garlic, bananas, whole wheat flour and bran, and dandelion greens. In case those foods are not on your daily menu, you can also get prebiotics right at the BariatricPal Store from these products!
- BariatricPal Peanut Pretzel Bar with 13 grams of protein and 160 calories
- Our Quest Bars with 14 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein in only 190 calories
- BariatricPal Thermogenic Antioxidant Energy Blend with over 200 nutrients, including omega 3, 6, and 9
- BariatricPal Liquid Advanced Multivitamin
- Nature’s Way Alive Liquid Fiber with Prebiotics with 5 grams of fiber and 10 calories per tablespoon
You want every advantage when taking care of your weight and health, and probiotics can give you an edge. If you are not already getting plenty of probiotics and prebiotics every day in your diet, The BariatricPal Store makes it easy enough to bump up your intake.
For the entire month of October, get 10% off Bariatric Advantage FloraVantage Chewable Probiotic - Strawberry and Barimelts Probiotic when you enter coupon code HealthyGut10 at checkout!