Independence Day Party Snacks

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 Winners for Super Bowl LII

Weight Loss Winners for Super Bowl LII 0

Super Bowl LII will be held on Sunday. The biggest football day of the year is also the biggest pizza delivery day of the year, and a top eating day, second only to Thanksgiving. Are you ready with your weight loss plan?

The prospect of being trapped, for the duration of a football game and halftime show, in a room with unlimited, high-calorie fare is enough to make anybody who is trying to lose weight quake in their boots. Your only defense, besides isolating yourself in a remote cave during the game, is to have healthier options available. Here are our high-protein, low-sugar picks.

Take a Dip

Do you really want to down 1,000 calories in the first few minutes after you walk in the door? If not, skip the chips, crackers, and fatty dips in favor of raw vegetables and guacamole or Protein Dips such as Protein Salsa, Protein BBQ Sauce, or Protein Veggie Dip with 9 grams of protein per serving. This may be one exciting kickoff!

Meaty Treats

Pigs in blankets have more fat and carbohydrates than protein, while sliders tend to be as satisfying as an appetizer and as calorie-laden as a main course. No, thanks! Make your own first-quarter waves with high-protein, low-carb treats, the way meat is supposed to be. Try making pigs in blankets with low-fat turkey links and Low-Carb Baking Mix, and meatballs with ground turkey and Protein BBQ Sauce.

Slide into Halftime

Thick, hearty chili can warm you up while the game is being played in the sub-freezing temperatures in Minnesota, but the nutrition facts of tailgate chili can have a chilling effect. A smarter move may be low-carb, high-protein Instant Chili Entrees with turkey or beans and vegetables. It could be a halftime show you’ll never forget.

Pretzels and Cheese Sauce

Pretzels and cheese sauce are standard fare for stadium and armchair fans alike, but you may not be cheering much when you feel the effects of the starch and fat. Skip the bloat, but keep the fun with Protein Pretzels and 5-ingredient instant Protein Cheese Dip. Or, use your cheese sauce for nachos with Protein Chips instead of fried, starchy tortilla chips. This can be a game-changing play!

Fresh-Baked Brownies

Why would you subject yourself to sugary, fatty brownies when you could make a fresh-baked Protein Brownie in a couple minutes? It has a quarter the sugar and 5 times the protein as a standard brownie, yet still has a rich chocolatey taste. It’s a victory!

It’s Tailgate Time…While You Lose Weight 0

Whether you are a die-hard football fan or you love watching the baseball playoffs, there are a lot of chances for watching sports – and eating. When you head outside to tailgate on campus or on your front lawn, or you host a sports-watching party right in your living room, you are opening yourself up to all kinds of eating opportunities.

The good news is that each opportunity to eat is also an opportunity to make a choice that will help you lose weight. The better news is that it is not so hard. The best news is that The BariatricPal Store is here to help! Find tips and products to help you flourish right here, right now. 

“Hearty” Can Mean “Healthy”

Traditional tailgating food can be pretty hearty, and not in a heart-healthy way. You can cope by swapping recipes to keep great flavors while improving the nutrition. Here are some easy swaps.

  • Chili: use lean ground turkey and beans instead of fatty ground beef, or just choose BariatricPal Turkey or Vegetable Chili which is ready in minutes.
  • Cold cut platter: skip fatty pepperoni and salami, and instead choose leaner cuts such as all-natural turkey breast and low-fat cheese. Serve it with fresh fruit and veggies, too.
  • Fried chicken: bake it with a coating of high-protein Parisien Rusk Bread instead of breadcrumbs.
  • Sub sandwiches: use lettuce wraps instead of bread, and skip spreads such as mayo and butter.
  • Taco dip and chips: use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, low-fat instead of full-fat cheese, and non-fat instead of regular refried beans.

Crunch Your Way to a Home Run

Crunching may be part of the game, but weight gain doesn’t have to be. Regular potato and tortilla chips are laden with carbs and fat, but you can get a low-cal crunch along with a good dose of protein by choosing BariatricPal Chips in the flavors you love, such as sour cream and onion or barbeque.

You are in luck if you cannot imagine a baseball game without caramel coated popcorn and peanuts. While the regular version may have 23 grams of sugar per cup with only 2 grams of protein, each entire packet of BariatricPal Peanut Caramel Protein Puffs has less than one-third the amount of sugar, plus 15 grams of protein.

Ballpark food does not just have a “what” problem. There’s a “how much” problem, too! When you choose BariatricPal brand snacks, you not only get the protein you need without the extra carbs. You also get portion control, since most come in individually wrapped, single-serving packets.

Some Half-Time Protein, Anyone?

Food may be served during the half-time show or seventh-inning stretch, or there may be some sort of celebratory snack for a home run or touchdown. But you don’t have to indulge – except in the healthy fare. Choose hard-boiled eggs and Meat Snacks instead of cocktail weiners and sausages. When it’s time for something sweet, skip the sugary cupcakes and cookies, and go for Protein Cookies.

Can the Beer

Beer may seem indispensable to a good sports-watching party, but it has a steep price. Each 12-ounce bottle has 100 calories, all from carbs and alcohol with no protein. Worse, alcohl can make you let down your inhibitions as it relaxes you, so you are less likely to resist the fatty, sugary fare that is sure to be staring you in the face at the event.

If you’ve had weight loss surgery, you probably are not allowed to drink fluids while you eat solid foods – and that makes alcohol even more dangerous since you would be drinking on an empty stomach.

Down a moderate couple of bottles each game, and you may be a few pounds heavier by the time new World Champion in baseball is crowned. Plain water may not do it for you, but there are other ways to refresh yourself without breaking the calorie bank.

For example, check out our easy Beverage Recipes for great flavor combos with extra protein and less sugar. Apple Pie Shake combines some favorite fall flavors, while a Chocolate Cola Float is a perfect way to celebrate your team’s victory.

Any party can be challenging when you are losing weight, but you always have a choice. Give yourself a chance by planning ahead so you can be sure there are plenty of great-tasting, high-protein choices. By game time, your only concern will be rooting for your team!

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