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Yumbox Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School Weight Loss

Yumbox Lunch Boxes for Back-to-School Weight Loss 0

As summer draws to a close and school is starting in many parts of the country, it is a good time to think about weight loss, especially at lunch. Students, teachers, and parents with school-aged children at home may already be thinking about back-to-school lunches, but the back-to-school season may affect you even if not directly. Things tend to get busier when summer ends and everyone gets back from summer vacation. 

At this time, packing a healthy lunch can be even more important and challenging than usual. Your lunch hour may be cut short with extra work, and hectic mornings may mean you have less time to prepare and portion out a healthy lunch. Yumbox Lunchboxes and related accessories can help you stay on track with your weight loss program without hassle.

Portion Control for Lunches and Snacks

Yumbox Lunch Boxes are designed for you if you are a bariatric surgery patient or anyone who is following a smart diet to lose weight. Each box has five wells.

  • 2 cups, perfect for salad or vegetable stir fry with protein.
  • ¾ cup, ideal for cottage cheese, yogurt, whole-grain bread, or cooked chicken or vegetables.
  • 3 ½-cup wells, just right for tofu, beans, sweet potato, or brown rice.

There is also a small space for hummus, peanut butter, or salsa.

Yumbox Lunch Boxes come in a variety of colors to match your mood, personality, and outfit. Try purple or light or dark blue, green or pink. 

Portion-Perfect Snacks

Snacks on the go may be even more common than lunches away from home, and planning for them is just as important if you want to avoid last-minute fare, such as candy bars, crackers, and chips, with their sugars, starches, and fats. Yumbox Snack Boxes let you have your convenient snack without the excess carbs and calories.

Each box has 3 compartments with leakproof lids. The largest compartment has a ¾-cup capacity, while the smaller compartments are ⅓ cup. Pack your Yumbox Snack Box with some lean protein and high-fiber carbs or healthy fats for an energizing, waist-friendly snack.

Healthy Convenience

Anything to make healthy eating easier can only help, and Yumbox Products work. They let you plan portion-controlled meals and snacks without the hassle of measuring. They fit snugly into most thermal lunch totes so you can take them with you to work or school. The boxes are BPA-free and phthalate-free.

You can pair your lunch or snack box with other Yumbox Products to suit your needs better. For example, try the insulated cooler bag or lunch bag to assist with temperature control. You can also pick up some Gelato Ice Packs to keep cold foods cold until lunchtime.

Take your sack lunch to the next level with Yumbox Lunch and Snack Boxes. You can pack perfect portions of protein, vegetables, and other filling weight loss foods to make sure you can stay on track no matter how busy your day is.
Simpler Weight Loss with PortionMate

Simpler Weight Loss with PortionMate 1

Portion size may be the most important factor in weight loss. The right portions can keep calories and carbs in check while making sure your protein intake stays up. PortionMate Bariatric Care helps with that as you get measuring rings and a use guide.

Proper Portions, Effortlessly

The PortionMate Bariatric Care set comes with 6 measuring rings that allow you to measure your food without any hassle. These are the rings you get.

  • 1 cup (Green) - a great size for those low-calorie, nutrient-packed vegetables. If post-op, start with well-cooked, soft vegetables such as carrots or green beans before progressing to other vegetables, and possibly eventually to salad.
  • 3/4 cup (Yellow) - fill it with berries or non-fat yogurt.
  • 1/2 cup (Orange) - try cut fruit (very ripe and soft, such as melon, if you are still recovering from surgery), an antioxidant-rich starchy vegetable, such as sweet potato or acorn squash, or beans or lentils.
  • 1/3 cup (Blue) - just right for oatmeal, brown rice, or another antioxidant-rich whole grain.
  • 3 ounce (Red) - perfectly portioned for a 20 to 25-gram dose of high-quality protein from canned tuna, fresh fish, ground turkey, or chicken breast.
  • 1 ounce (Purple) - try nuts or peanuts (as long as you are eating solid foods diet several weeks or months after weight loss surgery), or have some cheese, olives, or avocado.

Put Protein First

Protein is a critical nutrient after bariatric surgery and when losing weight. After surgery, you need adequate protein to strengthen your immune system and allow your wounds to heal optimally. 

As you continue to lose weight, whether or not you are a bariatric surgery patient, you can use protein to delay hunger and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Adequate protein also allows you to maintain more lean muscle mass, which increases metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day.

You might aim for 65 to 100 grams of protein a day, with 15 to 30 grams at meals and 10 or more grams at snacks. How do you know if you are getting enough? How do you plan for it? Your PortionMate Bariatric Care set comes with the PortionMate Protein First Meal Planning Guide to assist with planning and tracking so you can always get enough protein.

Balanced Meals, Anywhere

What happens when you eat meals or snacks away from home? With PortionMate Bariatric Care, you can get the right portions and balance no matter where you are. You cannot carry a scale and measuring cups to a restaurant, but you can easily slip the PortionMate Bariatric Care rings into your purse or pocket to use at restaurants or a work when you order in. PortionMate Bariatric Care gives you flexibility so you can enjoy life as it happens without worrying about the details of measuring.

Anything to make weight loss easier can lead to greater success. PortionMate Bariatric Care is a tool that can make the difference for you. Take it anywhere to instantly get proper portions for nutrition and weight loss, and see how much simpler weight loss can be.
BariatricPal Portion Control Plate

BariatricPal Portion Control Plate 0

How much easier would weight loss be if you did not have to think about it so much? What if you had a plate that told you what to eat at each meal? Would you be able to stick to your diet more easily?

The BariatricPal Portion Control Plate lets you create your diet at a glance. Designed by nutritionists and weight loss surgery patients and experts, the plate is an all-in-one guide to healthy eating after weight loss surgery. Here is an introduction to the BariatricPal Portion Control Plate and how it can help you lose weight.

Attractive, High-Quality Plate

The BariatricPal Portion Control Plate is a 10-inch plate that can guide your choices at each meal. It is made from melamine and is dishwasher-safe. The plate has divided sections, each with attractive pictures to make your choices easier on the spur of the moment.

Emphasis on Protein

After weight loss surgery and on many weight loss plans, protein is a focal point. It reduces hunger, helps stabilize blood sugar, and helps maintain lean muscle mass. The biggest section of the BariatricPal Portion Control Plate is devoted to healthy protein. Just look at the pictures to see ideas such as salmon, chicken, eggs, and nuts for the protein part of your meal.

Vegetables and Salad

Fill up on non-starchy vegetables and salads without getting many calories. Raw or cooked, vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and lower in calories than any other food group. The BariatricPal Portion Control Plate has suggestions such as carrots, eggplants, and cucumbers - but you can use your imagination to fill up this part of the plate!

Grains and Other Carbs

In the right portions and with healthy choices, carbs can provide needed energy and essential nutrients. The BariatricPal Portion Control Plate has space for a small serving of well-chosen carbs, such as whole grains such as whole-grain bread, pasta, or cereal, starchy vegetables such as acorn squash, corn, or peas, and fruit.

Sample Meals

You can use BariatricPal Portion Control Plate to make any meal balanced and portion-controlled without hassle. For example:

  • Breakfast - eggs and cheese (protein), spinach and tomatoes (vegetables), and whole-wheat toast (grain/carbs)
  • Lunch - roasted chicken (protein), salad with lettuce and mushrooms (vegetables), and half a baked sweet potato (grain/carbs)
  • Dinner - grilled salmon (protein), steamed broccoli (vegetables), and brown rice (grain/carbs)

Make meal planning and weight loss easier with the BariatricPal Portion Control Plate. It can save you time and energy and give you the proportion of nutrients you need on your post-op or low-carb diet. Get enough to have them at home and work so you can have that balanced meal anytime.

Coolers, Lunch Bags, and More for Weight Loss Meals On-the-Go

Coolers, Lunch Bags, and More for Weight Loss Meals On-the-Go 0

Making your own meals is one of the most important things you can do for weight loss, but what happens when you are not going to be at home? Your traditional choices were to order an unhealthy meal from a restaurant or bring along a portable snack to tide you over, but now you have better choices. Take your lunch or other meal in an insulated carrier with convenient options for keeping food cold and controlling portions. Here is how to get started.

Insulated Lunch Bag

The first order of business when packing a lunch is where to pack it. Yumbox Insulated Lunch Bag is the perfect simple solution – just pack, zip, and go. Put your healthy foods directly in the bag, or put them in the Bento Lunch Box and slip it into your lunch bag. The bag also fits a Gelato Ice Pack to keep your cheese, yogurt, or chicken cold for hours. It is easy to clean with a wet cloth. Choose from Navy, Magenta, or Navy with Birds.

Insulated Cooler Bag

Pack a larger meal with some drinks into a Yumbox Insulated Cooler Bag. It comes in handsome Cosmos Black with beautiful blue trim, and has a removable shoulder strap so you can carry it hands-free wherever you need to go, whether work, school, the gym, or on a day trip. The bag is 9” by 7” and 6” tall and has easy-pull zippers.

  • Designed to carry a Bento Lunch Box, snacks, and beverages.
  • 100% polyester
  • Free from BPA and phthalates

Pack up your protein, veggies, and water, and you can think of your Insulated Cooler Bag as your weight loss program for today!

Portioned Food Storage

You may know exactly which foods you want to pack to stick to your meal plan away from home, but do you have the right containers? Do you have containers that are the right size for the serving of each food you want to bring, that have tight-fitting lids, and that fit neatly into your compact lunch box?

The perfect container can make it so much easier to pack your perfect lunch, and Bento Lunch Box delivers. It has 6 compartments (or choose the 4-Compartment Panino) to encourage the variety you need for good nutrition, with the portion control you need for weight loss. It is compatible with the Food Tray Insert. Pack proteins, vegetables, fruit, cottage cheese, and even thick dips and condiments, then cover it and slip it into your lunch bag, and off you go!

Gelato Ice Packs

How can an ice pack help you lose weight? When it helps keep you away from fast food and calorie-dense last-minute snacks, it can be a weight loss blessing. Gelato Ice Packs can do just that. Keep yogurt, fruit salad, cottage cheese, and leftover chicken fresh throughout the morning. Use these ice packs in pairs for longer cooling effects.

  • Last for hours.
  • Non-toxic and free from BPA.
  • Come in a convenient 4-pack.

Snack Solutions

The Yumbox MiniSnack Box is ideal for guiding you to packing a portion-controlled, balanced snack. It has 3 compartments, so why not challenge yourself to pack one of these combos or another healthy snack you come up with yourself?

  • Berries, cottage cheese, and sunflower seeds.
  • Yogurt, apple slices, and walnuts.
  • All-natural turkey, low-fat cheese, and avocado.
  • Brown rice cakes, carrots, and peanut butter.

You can always have a healthy, balanced meal when you are on the go, and it can be convenient, too. Just stop by The BariatricPal Store to get picnic-ready!

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