Super Bowl Party Central 0
The Big Game is on Sunday. It is the second-biggest eating day of the year (after Thanksgiving, if you’re wondering). That can only mean one thing: weight loss. Stick around The BariatricPal Store for ideas, and this might be the healthiest Super Bowl Sunday of your life.
Super Bowl Sunday is almost synonymous with chicken wings. Go right ahead, but make a few changes from your usual fried, fatty fare. Try coating strips of skinless chicken breast not with regular, carb-laden breadcrumbs, but with Panko Pork Rind Breadcrumbs that add 9 grams of protein per half-ounce. Bake your “fried chicken” and know you are getting protein without grease from frying oils.
Pizza also ranks high on this day, as Super Bowl Sunday has been the top day of the year for delivery. Again, we say, “Go for it!” as long as you make a few smart moves. For instance, choose Pizza-Flavored Snacks, such as Crunchy Protein Snacks or Pepperoni Snack Sticks, and save yourself the trouble of 30 grams of carbs per slice (that’s 240 grams per pizza…).
If nothing but pizza will do, you have plenty of options for a low-carb crust. Use a portobello mushroom or half an eggplant, or add protein by using High-Protein Brown Bread as a crust. Then pile on the tomato sauce or diced tomatoes and basil, olives, veggies, and anchovies or diced chicken breast.
Come on in and grab yourself a bite. Just make sure to skip the chocolate candies, potato and tortilla chips, and cocktail wieners. What does that leave? It leaves all kinds of flavors and textures to experiment with.
A snack mix, or a few different snack mixes, can make everyone feel welcome without giving them a sugar overload before kickoff. Select a few items to create each mixture of sweet, salty, savory, or spicy flavors. You might consider:
- Protein Chips
- Protein Cereal
- Protein Cookies
- Cheese Snacks
- Protein Chocolate and Candy
- Nuts and peanuts
You can always lighten up your appetizers by skipping the doughy and fried foods. Plain skewers give plenty of options. Try combos such as:
- Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil
- Mushrooms and ground turkey meatballs
- Apple chunks and cheddar cheese
The BariatricPal Store cannot guarantee that your favorite team will win, but we can promise lower-sugar desserts that may make your Super Bowl Sunday a success regardless of the winner. Protein Brownies, Cookies, and Cake, and Protein Hot Cocoa, are sure hits.
The Super Bowl comes only once a year, so be sure to embrace it fully! Enjoy your favorite flavors and skip the guilt as you down protein without trans fats or sugar. Just consider The BariatricPal Store your Super Bowl Party Central!
Thanksgiving Weekend Hacks 0
Thursday Pie Day
Sure, Thanksgiving is Turkey Day, but let’s focus on what really matters at this moment: the pies. You probably have turkey or another source of lean protein to focus on for the main course, but what about when dessert time comes? Do not give into the pecan and pumpkin pie while adding 1,000 calories to your meal.
There is no need to despair. You can quickly turn any Protein Pudding into a pie for yourself or for the table if you use multiple packets. Try flavors such as Chocolate Cream, Chocolate Salted Caramel, or Strawberry Cream and count on 15 grams of protein and only 100 calories per serving. Now you can truly be thankful on Thanksgiving!
Wake up early and hit the stores for Black Friday and…eat your way through the day? That cannot be a good thing, unless you make smart swaps. Instead of…
- Sugar-laden mocha latte from a coffee shop, try Protein Mocha in a ready-to-use bottle.
- Cinnamon rolls at the mall, try a Cinnamon Roll Protein Bar.
- A carb-laden, fattening sandwich from the food court, try a sandwich with High Protein Spread on Protein Bread.
- Pretzels at the mall, try Honey Mustard Protein Double Bites.
If you would prefer to skip the lines but catch the deals, you can always stay home and order from The BariatricPal Store online. You can find the healthy foods you need without temptations leading you astray.
Saturday – Hello, Christmas Season!
Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional start of the holiday season. That can mean not only decorations and gifts, but also Christmas flavors. You can enjoy the flavors with choices such as Gingerbread Cake. It has 5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein per serving to prevent blood sugar spikes. You can have this freshly made treat in minutes. It has only 130 calories, making it an ideal snack or dessert. Feel free to use all the sugary cookies and candies you want when making a gingerbread house, but choose protein gingerbread for eating!
Sunday: Football Friends
As the weekend draws to a close, it is time to relax and maybe watch some football with friends. You may not feel like cooking, but that does not give you an excuse to fall prey to delivery and unhealthy snacks. Instead, set out your own low-carb protein munchies, such as Protein Chips, Protein Chips, and Protein Cookies. If those last bites of Thanksgiving dinner are still on your mind, chow down on Thanksgiving Turkey Jerky for a blend of sage, cranberries, and turkey flavors.
Halloween Horrors? Not at The BariatricPal Store! 0
Have you figured out what Halloween treats you will be having this year? If not, it is about time to do so. Otherwise, you may find yourself munching on whatever happens to be around, and you know that cannot be a good thing for your diet! Your standard candy bar can have over 20 grams of sugar and almost no protein.
Last week’s blog post described some chocolatey, fruity, and marshmallow-y treats to try instead of sugary candy this year. Now, we want to tell you about some of the BariatricPal Store’s other choices for Halloween haunting. Here are some of our candy bar-inspired protein bars that you can take to any party or nosh on while trick-or-treating or answering the door.
BariatricPal Caramel Nut Protein Bars
A chewy and nougaty core, a sweet and soft caramel ribbon, and a creamy and rich chocolate coating…there is a reason why some candy bars are more popular than others! Just swap the standard 30 grams of sugar and 4 grams of protein for 4 grams of sugar and 12 grams of protein, and you can have the same great taste in a BariatricPal Caramel Nut Protein Bar.
Oh Yeah! Almond Bliss Bars
What is the name of that coconut almond candy bar? Oh, never mind, it does not matter, since it has 20 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. A better choice to get your coconut fix, your crunchy almonds and your indispensable chocolate is Oh Yeah! Almond Bliss Bar. It has 0 grams of added sugars and 20 grams of protein. To make it even more filling, it has 8 grams of dietary fiber.
Bariatricpal Vanilla Caramel Crisp Protein Bar
Is there too much chocolate around? Try a Bariatricpal Vanilla Caramel Crisp Protein Bar for a bit of a change. It has a sweet caramel core dotted with crisp rice treats, surrounded by a creamy vanilla coating. The bar has no added sugar, 160 calories, and 15 grams of protein, along with a bonus 5 grams of fiber for extra hunger suppression. The delicious taste belies its nutrition since the bar has over 15 vitamins and minerals. Could it be…Halloween weight loss magic?
BariatricPal Chocolate Crisp Protein Bar
Let’s go back to those classic bars and flavors. A chocolate bar with crisp rice cereal comes to mind. You might feel the need to banish the thought quickly if you are concerned about that sugar, but BariatricPal Chocolate Crisp Protein Bar lets you have the sweet chocolate and crispy rice nuggets without the guilt. Each bar has 15 grams protein and 12 grams fiber to keep hunger away for hours, and the bar has only 5 grams net carbs. You can save it for Halloween night, or start eating your chocolate when you first wake up on Halloween. Why wait?
Cinco de Mayo – Weight Loss Treasure! 0
Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s officially the celebration of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but the day has taken on a life of its own. No problem if you are not Mexican – it’s a chance to enjoy your favorite Mexican-inspired flavors no matter your background. And, no problem if you’re losing weight – The BariatricPal Store has what you need to keep losing weight while you get the flavors you love. So, welcome to the fiesta!
Chips and Salsa
Authentic or not…who cares? The party starts with chips and salsa – but not that kind of chips! Instead of starchy, fried tortilla chips, try Protes Spicy Chili Lime Protein Chips! Made with pea protein isolate to get 15 grams of protein, the entire bag has 120 calories and no saturated or trans fat.
If you’re loving the healthy start to your Cinco de Mayo, take your health kick a step further with a smart dip. Red, green, bean, and corn salsas are all good choices, and you can try making your own Protein Salsa with 20 grams of protein! It has fresh tomatoes, onion, and peppers, too, so it’s packed with nutrients.
With 600 or more calories apiece, a taco salad just isn’t worth it. But if you’re craving crisp lettuce mixed with Mexican flavors, try our Mexican Salad with beef or Mexican Chicken Salad. They’re packed with protein, low in carbs, and easy to make – oh, and absolutely delicious! Feel free to top them with salsa, non-fat sour cream or cheddar cheese, or avocado slices.
Never feel deprived when you have the option of selecting high-protein sweet treats that fit into your weight loss plan. A fried churro may be out of reach, but what about Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Logs instead? The entire bag has 140 calories, 12 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber, plus the same cinnamon spiciness you look for in a churro.
Or, you could opt for Dulce de Leche Protein Pudding next time someone offers you the caramelized goodness of tres leches cake. You will still get creamy sweetness, but without the 20 or more grams of sugar. Instead, add water to the mix and stir to get a dessert with 90 calories, 3 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein.
The nice thing about losing weight is that it’s so…delicious! At least, it is when you turn to The BariatricPal Store for inspiration. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Sure Weight Loss Bets for March Madness 0
Are you looking for a sure bet for weight loss? Look no further than the NCAA Basketball Tournament. All the upsets that happen during March Madness can make it seem like nothing is certain, but we beg to differ. You can always find a high-protein, low-sugar treat at the BariatricPal Store. Now your tourney-watching party can be complete as you keep losing weight!
Snack mixes take the cake at parties. Set out a few bowls of different snack mixes around the viewing area, and your guests will feel like they’ve won even before the party starts. Before you balk at the idea, since a regular snack mix is packed with carbohydrates and sugar, remember that you can swap ingredients for high-protein, lower-carb alternatives with just as much taste. Pick your favorites from:
- Any kind of nuts and peanuts.
- Protein Pretzels in Plain, Jalapeno Honey Mustard, and Cinnamon Sugar flavors.
- Protein Cereal in Cocoa, Honey Nut, Cinnamon Vanilla, Berry Chocolate Crunch, and more flavors.
- Cubes of cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
- Broad Bean Crisps.
Be creative as you put together your mixes. You can mix and match sweet and salty ingredients to make combinations to please all of your guests, and be pleased with yourself for the low-sugar solution. If you are too rushed to make your own mix, go for Protein Snack Mix – ready to eat from the bag.
You cannot throw a party without serving chips, but you cannot have chips if you are trying to lose weight. You can solve this dilemma with Protein Chips! The BariatricPal Store has every kind of chip you need, from Protein Potato Chips in Ranch, BBQ, and other classic flavors, to Chili Chips as a sub for tortilla chips. Or, opt for Cheese Snacks for a crunchy blast of cheese.
Dips come hand-in-hand with chips, but it will not be that easy to lose weight if you have regular creamy or cheesy dips with fat and calories galore. Satisfy your guests instead with dips they do not even know are good for them. Try:
- Guacamole or broccomole, using broccoli instead of avocado for a low-cal version.
- Hummus or bean dip.
- Protein dip from one of our Dip Recipes, such as Protein Salsa or Cheesy Dip.
We have you covered if no party is complete without dessert, but you do not want to sabotage your diet with sugar and fat. Instead, try Protein Cookies such as Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, or various types of Biscotti, or whip up a Protein Cake such as Chocolate or Fudge Brownie in minutes.
Whether your team wins or loses, you can guarantee fun times at your March Madness viewing parties, and you do not need to be thrown off of your diet. Stock up on great-tasting diet foods to serve, and good luck to your team!
Last Minute Weight Loss Party Tips 0
The Super Bowl is in 2 days. No doubt you are ready for the big game, but are you ready for the party? Do you have the snacks that will carry you through the game play, the commercials, and the halftime show, all while staying on your diet?
If not, no worries! Here are a few last-minute snacks to throw together that can stave off hunger and guilt so you can focus on what really matters: your victory dance!
The ultimate dip has gone so wrong, until now. You can take in fewer calories and less fat with just a couple substitutions and no extra effort. Here are the layers.
- fat-free refried pinto beans
- fat-free shredded cheddar cheese
- fat-free Greek yogurt mixed with chili and cumin
- shredded lettuce
- sliced olives
Is that cheesy, beefy crunch really worth 1,000 calories and a days’ worth of saturated fat and carbohydrates? Absolutely not, especially when you can have your nachos the low-carb, high-protein way, with great taste. Make Protein Cheese Sauce and Protein Salsa or regular salsa, ground turkey with Mexican or taco seasoning, and chopped olives, tomatoes, and jalapenos. Then, swap your typical fried, greasy tortilla chips for Chili Nacho Cheese Protein Chips for a high-protein, high-fiber, low-fat crunch.
Party Pasta Salad
Protein Pasta can give you a crowd-pleasing salad that only tastes like a diet-breaker. Try it with cubes of fat-free cheddar cheese and all-natural turkey, green onions, and fat-free mayo. Or, try it with watermelon, feta, mint, and cucumbers.
Vegetables are best for mindless munching – snow peas, bell pepper strips, celery sticks, and broccoli florets are as tasty and attractive as they are low-calorie. Dig right in! For a flavorful protein boost, try Protein Chips in ranch, BBQ, and other classic flavors. Dip them in:
- Yogurt-based dips
- Beefy Dip
The Sweet Stuff
The age-old question: Should you cave into your sweet tooth, or should you stick to your weight loss plan? The new answer: Both!
You can go all-natural, high-vitamin, high-fiber, and naturally sweet with pieces of fruit on toothpicks, or serve fruit on platters with cheese. Or, puree frozen bananas and top them with pieces of pecans and dark chocolate.
For a sweeter sweet fix, choose a protein snack such as Chocolate Protein Puffs. Have them on their own, or use them to make a party snack mix with other ingredients, such as your favorite types of Protein Cereal and Krinkles, popcorn, and peanuts.