Build a Memorial Day Weight Loss Burger 0
Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer. It is also the start to the summer grilling season. Are you ready with your picture-perfect weight loss burger? Do you know which low-carb, low-calorie, and other diet-friendly fillings, toppings, and wraps you will use to create your burger? The BariatricPal Store has the ideas you need to thrive on Memorial Day and every cookout this summer.
The Need for Caution: Waistline-Busting Burger Bombs
Are you wondering just how bad a burger can be? Brace yourself. A “classic” burger with a full-fat beef patty and bun can have 500 to 700 calories and 30 to 50 grams of carbohydrates. With toppings such as crispy onions, cheese, special sauce, a second beef patty, or bacon, a burger can have over 1,000 calories and 70 grams of fat. That is just not going to work if you are going to lose weight.
The Meat of the Burger
Beef may be carbohydrate-free and keto-friendly, but it has certainly earned its reputation as an unhealthy food. Instead of high-fat beef, which is linked to heart disease, lean ground turkey works just as well. Other possible proteins to throw on the grill are chicken breast and veggie burgers. If you are craving a hot dog, try a fat-free or meatless one, guilt-free, or opt for a portobello mushroom if you need a low-calorie option.
Your waistline does not need a starchy, white hamburger bun, and neither do your taste buds. You can create a satisfying burger on a whole-grain, high-fiber bun or in a large lettuce leaf as a wrap. Or, try ThinSlim Hamburger Buns with 90 calories, 0 grams of carbs, and 14 grams each of protein and fiber.
Do you love a huge burger with all the fixings? There are plenty of ways to make your burger bigger without adding carbs. Always feel free to pile on lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, and any other vegetable you like. Grilled eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers add bulk, too. A bit of cheese can go a long way without adding many carbs, whether you like standard American or cheddar, or prefer blue or feta.
Dressing to Perfection
Dress up your burger with the right condiments to get that perfect taste, but without excessive fat or sugar. Mayo, aioli, and butter add extra fat, while you can get more sugar than you realize from condiments such as relish, barbecue sauce, and ketchup. You can do better! Calorie-free, carb-free condiments from Walden Farms include Ketchup, Mayo in five flavors, and Barbecue Sauce in four flavors can give you the taste you want. Mustard is another safe condiment.
The perfect burger not only keeps you happy, but keeps you healthy, too. The BariatricPal Store can help you turn that dream burger into reality. Happy Memorial Day!
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 Swaps for July 4 0
July 4 is around the corner. Are you ready to lose weight and enjoy delicious food? Yes, it is possible. Just take a few minutes to plan for it. With easy swaps, you can keep the taste, but ditch the calories and excess carbs and fat. Bonus: bring enough to share, and you might be the most popular guest at the party.
That kind of coleslaw has about 300 calories per cup, but we are not talking about that kind of coleslaw. Instead, go red, white, and blue with shredded purple (blue!) cabbage, slivered red beets, and white feta or mozzarella cheese. Toss your coleslaw with Italian Low-Calorie Dressing, and you have a flavorful side with calcium, fiber, and protein for under 100 calories.
When chips, pretzels, cereal, and chocolate candies are mixed, you get a mix of fat and sugar that is sure to add up to more than you should have in a meal, without even getting the benefits of protein and fiber. Instead, make your own protein-packed, low-carb party mix by combining your choice of Protein Pretzels, Protein Chips, and Protein Cereal. Nuts and popcorn are other great additions.
Adding sugary barbecue sauce is a quick way to turn a healthy protein into a regrettable choice. Instead of regular sauce, use calorie-free BBQ Sauce. It comes in Original, Honey, Hickory Smoked, and Thick and Spicy flavors, and has zero calories, zero carbs, and zero sugars. That adds up to zero regret.
Good old American brownies are a good old way to make yourself feel guilty and possibly jittery if you are not used to all that sugar. Instead, why not get your chocolate fix from Eat Me Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies? They are flourless and sugar free, and each one has 22 grams of protein to keep you full for hours. It is easy to share, since you can choose a box of 12 ready-to-eat brownies.
Start to finish, you can celebrate Independence with the best of them, while staying on your diet plan. The BariatricPal Store has the treats you need to enjoy the festivities and get your protein.
Ready to Lose Weight This Memorial Day? 0
Memorial Day traditionally includes parades and food. At your picnic, you may come face to face with thousands of calories. Tempting as they may be, you know they will destroy your diet if you give in. Your best bet to resist temptation while celebrating Memorial Day is to be prepared with your own great-tasting recipes that fit into your meal plan.
On the Grill
What do you think of when you think of a barbecue with hot dogs, ribs, sausage, and burgers? We think of calories, carbs, fat, and even nitrates in the processed meats. You can do better! For example, you can make Quick Chicken Kebabs wth peppers and mushrooms in minutes. Each recipe makes enough for 1 person, so just multiply the recipe by the number of people it needs to serve. Tender Flank Steak is an option for the health conscious beef lover.
You are in luck if you cannot imagine Memorial Day without fried chicken. Skip the traditional fare with its hundreds of calories along with trans fats and a serving of refined carbs from the breading. Instead, try your luck with Mock Fried Chicken with only 1 gram of carbs per serving.
Sides to Spur Weight Loss
Sides can sneakily turn a decent meal into a diet disaster. At a picnic, prepared salads such as egg salad, coleslaw, and overdressed salad can add up fast. Instead, try easy substitutes that are high-protein and low-calorie. Low-Fat Egg Salad and Sweet and Sour Slaw can be flavorful crowd-pleasers. For your light green salad, whip up some Tangy Tomato Salad dressing which has no guilt.
Wash It Down
Down a couple of cold beers, and you’re looking at hundreds of extra calories, loads of carbs, and a good chance of letting down your guard and eating way too much. What about soda? Not a great idea, unless you are looking for a sugar high followed by a crash and some more sugar cravings. Even diet soda can lead to more sugar cravings.
Instead, wow your friends and family with spectacular low-calorie, low-sugar refreshing beverages. Sip on a high-protein, low-carb Peachy Smoothie made with yogurt and fresh peaches, or make a Vanilla Lemonade. Any of our iced tea drinks can also do the trick.
Finish It Off
Ice cream bars and frosted cupcakes are going to set you back by hundreds of calories and enough sugar for a week. Look out, weight loss surgery patients, because these dangerous desserts can even cause dumping syndrome! That doesn’t mean you need to skip the sweet finish.
If you’re missing the cupcakes, just make your own high-protein, irresistible Peanut Butter frosted Cupcakes. Otherwise, orangey banana berry Frozen Fruit Dream might do the trick, since it’s cold, sweet, and nutritious. For a grown-up finish to your day, you can always opt for a Raspberry Slush spiked with just a tad of rum.
With a little planning on Memorial Day, this unofficial start to summer can mean a new start or rejuvenation of your weight loss program. Enjoy these ideas and remind yourself how good losing weight can taste!
Mother’s Day Ideas for Weight Loss: Yes, It’s Possible! 0
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Are you ready? Do you know how to show your love and give thanks to your mom and any other mother figure in your life – or how to receive thanks and appreciation if you’re a mom – without gaining an ounce? Hint: you don’t have to deprive yourself.
These are some great-tasting, low-calorie ideas that can save you hundreds of calories or more compared to some traditional Mother’s Day fare. They can work for you whether you’re a weight loss surgery patient, a dedicated dieter, or a faithful maintainer. As a bonus, they’re easy to whip up, and the whole family can enjoy them.
Breakfast in Bed
Ahhh…breakfast in bed may be the first thing you think of when you think of pampering your mom. The next thing you may think of may be the scale. What happens when you add up bacon and cheese frittata, toast with butter and jam, a muffin, and creamy coffee? We lost count of the calories, carbs, and fat, but we’re pretty sure it’s a lot.
Just make some simple swaps for a breakfast that’s friendlier to your waistline. Try BariatricPal Protein Pancakes with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt, or opt for a little more of a homemade flair by mixing up some waffles using low-carb baking mix. If Mom’s into more of a savory breakfast flavor, try serving a vegetable or bacon and cheese Protein Omelet topped with a little melted cheese. There’s no reason to skip the creamy coffee; just add a little protein and get rid of the sugar by choosing Protein Cappuccino!
Picnic in the Park
A restaurant brunch may be the tradition, but it may be a tradition that helped the pounds pile on. Unless you’re certain you can pass up the bagels, muffins, steak, sausages, and bacon, you may be better off staying away from the buffet table. Instead, why not head to the park with a healthy picnic basket?
You can pack a basket of healthy treats that everyone will love. Start with the simple favorites, such as hard-boiled eggs, carrot sticks, fresh fruit, and Protein Pretzels and Chips. Then, consider a few healthified versions of picnic must-haves. Try a two-ingredient version of Mock Mashed Potatoes, pass around salads like Marinated Mushrooms, and add some crunch to veggies dogs by topping them with Sweet and Sour Slaw. These recipes are all high-protein, low-carb, and easy.
For dessert, consider sugar-free ice pops if you have a well-insulated bag. Otherwise, Protein Cookies are a treat for the whole family, and a guilt-free indulgence for you. It will be a feast you can eat!
We hope you enjoy these or other great-tasting meals as part of your Mother’s Day celebration with your loved ones around. Thank you to all the moms out there who do so much for so many people, and Happy Mother’s Day!