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Warming Protein Entrees for Cool Nights

Warming Protein Entrees for Cool Nights 0

On Sunday morning, Daylight Savings Time ended and Standard Time returned for most of the country. That means it will now be good and dark at dinner-time, and, as winter nears, chilly or downright cold. Warming dinners may be just what the doctor ordered, but not if those meals are high-carb and high-calorie.

The BariatricPal Store has tons of instant Protein Entrees that are portion and calorie-controlled, plus high in protein. They are shelf-stable, ready in minutes, and great-tasting. Here are four entrees that can make weight loss easier this season.

Five Bean Casserole

Casseroles can be as warm and comforting as anything, but they are less satisfying when they leave a side of guilt from heavy ingredients or they take too long to bake. Five Bean Casserole is made with wholesome ingredients and it can warm you up without filling you out. 

Five Bean Casserole has lentils, red, white, garbanzo, and black beans, along with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and spices for great taste and hearty textures throughout. Each single-serving entree has a moderate 240 calories and 11 grams of protein to stave off hunger. It also has 10 grams of fiber, which can lower cholesterol and blood sugar, but is often hard to find while losing weight.

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna takes comfort food to a new level as it combines with starchy pasta and cheesy goodness. That comforting effect can come at a cost of 1,000 calories and 50 grams each of carbohydrates and fat, which could leave you tossing and turning all night. 

BariatricPal Vegetable Lasagna has only 250 calories, 39 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of fat. It has no artery clogging red meat, but it has full flavor with real parmesan and romano cheeses, and tons of spices. Each serving of Vegetable Lasagna has 11 grams of protein and is a good source of calcium and iron.

Vegetable Stew with Beef

Meat and potatoes are the combination that hits home for so many people. Put them in a stew, and there is nothing not to love, except the nutrition in red meat and starchy potatoes. Have your stew and eat it, too, with Vegetable Stew with Beef.

Made with real beef and potatoes, Vegetable Stew with Beef has only 170 calories in the whole thing. It has carrots, onions, and peas, in short, everything you might want in beef stew, and only 21 grams of carbohydrates compared to 14 grams of protein. For extra protein, top it with fat-free greek yogurt or cheddar cheese.

Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

Creamy sauce, starchy noodles, and fatty beef are the classic components of beef stroganoff, but that is not so comforting! Enter BariatricPal Beef Stroganoff with Noodles for those same flavors and textures without the same diet-breaking stats. 

Beef Stroganoff with Noodles has 260 calories and 21 grams of protein, along with 8 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbs. It has real beef, noodles, tomato paste, and sour cream, so your mind can be at ease knowing the ingredients are wholesome. 

Check The BariatricStore for these and plenty more Protein Entrees to make weight loss easier and more delicious. Our selections are for lunch and dinner, and we also have hot and cold protein breakfasts to make your weight loss day complete.

Fabulous Finds for a Healthy Father’s Day

Fabulous Finds for a Healthy Father’s Day 0

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16. Dad deserves to eat what he loves, but he also deserves to be healthy. The BariatricPal Store has great-tasting, weight loss-friendly items you can feel good about giving to Dad this year. Here are a few ideas.

Bacon Chips

Give Dad what he really wants: bacon. Just skip the heart attack that goes with it. With Kay’s Naturals “Pass the Peas” Protein Snacks, Dad gets a dose of heart-healthy chickpeas, but will never know it. Instead, these Maple Bacon-flavored snacks taste sweet, salty, and, well, manly.

Each ounce has 90 calories and 0 grams of saturated fat. In comparison, an ounce of bacon has 153 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat! Each serving of “Pass the Peas” Protein Snacks has 6 grams of protein, the same as in an ounce of chicken breast.

Protein Shake

How can you maximize your gains at the gym? Getting in some protein before and after a workout can boost energy so you can work harder, and speed muscle recovery so you can hit the gym tomorrow, too. A protein shake can do the trick, and Protein One delivers the taste and nutrients you need.

BariatricPal Protein One has 27 grams of protein and almost no sugar, but it tastes fantastic and is easy to use by mixing it with water, another beverage, or food such as oatmeal, yogurt, or cottage cheese. Try it once or twice a day before or after a workout or as a meal replacement or snack to get 28 essential vitamins and minerals and 5 grams of fiber per serving. It comes in Chocolate, Vanilla, and many more flavors. You can also add Unflavored to almost anything.

Instant Dinner

It may not be quite the thing to have on Father’s Day, but there is sure to be a day when Dad needs a hearty meal - now! Beef Stroganoff with Noodles is just one of many BariatricPal Protein Entrees with great taste and a load of protein, but fewer than 300 calories and no unnecessary starches.

These entrees are ready in minutes and are a meal in themselves, so Dad can easily choose them instead of ordering in. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Green Pepper Steak, and Chicken Enchilada Verde are just a few of the other options.

Protein Cookies

Guys may love their meat and potatoes, but they may have a secret sweet tooth, too. To satisfy it, what about cookies? What about an entire bag of cookies? My Protein Bites cookies come in bags of 3 satisfying cookies. Eat one for 90 calories and 2 grams of added sugar, or have all three and get 24 grams of protein.

Depend on classics such as Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, and Chocolate Chip, or try Lemon Drops or Birthday Cake. They come in single packs or 8-packs. You can also get the Variety Pack so Dad has the cookies he needs for any mood.

Show the father figures in your life how much you care by giving them something they love and is convenient, but that is healthy and good for weight loss, too. It is possible when you shop at The BariatricPal Store. Happy Father’s Day!

December Comfort Food

December Comfort Food 0

Comfort food is on the mind as December starts. That can mean only one thing: weight loss. Well, that is true if you choose smart. Here are our top picks for comfort food that is warming, hearty, satisfying, and good for weight loss.

Mac and Cheese

We cannot help but start the list with Mac and Cheese. It is ooey, gooey, and tops for comforting, but it can have There is something wrong with diving into a bowl of carbs, fat, and calories when you can get those same flavors without penalty. BariatricPal Protein Entrees: Cheesy Mac has romano, parmesan, and cheddar cheese and real pasta, with none of the excess of regular mac and cheese.

Each serving has 220 calories and 12 grams of protein to help lower the glycemic index and keep you full for longer after the meal. You do not even need to follow a recipe or order the dish. Just heat the entrée and enjoy your meal in minutes

Chili Your Way

A bowl of chili may have a lot of protein, but it also has enough serious carbs, fat, and calories to make it more discomforting than comforting. Instead of ordering or serving up a bowl with 300 to (gasp!) over 1,000 calories, serve yourself Protein Chili instead. You can choose single-serve Turkey Chili with Beans that you can heat and eat for a complete meal with 220 calories and 21 grams of protein. Another idea is to opt for a packet of Vegetable Chili with Beans with 120 calories and 12 grams of protein. All of our protein chili choices taste great and are ready in minutes for a guilt-free lunch or dinner.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Broccoli cheese soup is creamy, cheesy, warming, and oh-so-bad for you. Can you really feel comforted when you know that you are essentially sipping protein-less fat that sticks to your hips? Make these problems vanish with Broccoli Cheddar Protein Soup with real broccoli. It has 15 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat. The single-serving packet has 100 calories that you can make within minutes on the stove or using the microwave.

Skip the 100 to 200 calories’ worth of bread or croutons that may come with your soup and deliver an extra 25 or more grams of carbs. Instead, crumble low-carb Protein Cheese Snacks into your soup for an extra cheesy flavor with added crunch.

Chocolate with Chocolate and Chocolate

No way can a list of comfort foods be complete without something seriously chocolatey. Chocolate chip cookies are a nice start, but you can do better. Why stop at chocolate chips when you can bury them in a chocolate cookie and drizzle the whole thing with chocolate icing? Why would you add fat and sugar to your day when you can get a dose of protein instead?

BariatricPal Triple Chocolate Protein Cookies are chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks and chocolate drizzle. Each has 15 grams of protein, 1 gram of sugar, and 150 calories. They lend themselves to dessert, but we’ve been known to have them for snacks and even for breakfast. They go so well with peanut butter or with fat-free cream cheese and strawberries!

Stay warm and comforted this winter with soups, stews, chilis, and more. The BariatricPal Store has the high-protein, low-carb selections you need to stay on your diet, with the great flavors you need to stay satisfied. Happy eating!

Weight Loss Flavors of Fall: Mushrooms

Weight Loss Flavors of Fall: Mushrooms 0

It is time for another flavor of fall to help you lose weight. This time, we want to introduce you to mushrooms!

Mushrooms for Weight Loss!

Mushrooms are almost designed for weight loss. A cup of mushrooms has only 21 calories and almost no fat. Mushrooms are filling, delicious, and versatile, so you can use them in your favorite recipes. Just make sure you use them right, because they can certainly make you gain weight if you choose certain preparations – fried and breaded mushrooms, for example, have 5 times the calories and carbs, 10 times the fat, and less protein than plain mushrooms.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup is one way to get your mushrooms, and regular cream of mushroom soup is one way to self-sabotage your weight loss efforts. A cup has about 200 calories and up to 20 grams of fat, with 5 grams of protein. In comparison, Cream of Mushroom Protein Soup has 90 calories and 15 grams of protein per serving. It is ready in seconds using water.

  • 7 packets per box.
  • Add extra mushrooms if you like.
  • 1 gram of fat.

Beef Stroganoff

Classic beef stroganoff with mushrooms and cream sauce has 300 calories and over 20 grams of fat, and that is before adding the pasta. An order at a restaurant can have 600 to 1,000 calories and 50 grams of carbs. Quicker and just as easy is a Beef Stroganoff Protein Entree with 260 calories, 21 grams of protein, and less than half the fat and carbs.

  • Ready in minutes in the microwave.
  • Shelf-stable – store in your pantry.
  • High in iron.
  • Real beef and mushrooms.

Mushroom Omelet

What better way to start your day than with high-protein eggs and a dose of fiber and flavor from veggies and mushrooms? Don’t get tricked by those healthy-sounding restaurant omelets. They can have over 500 calories. Instead, Vegetable Protein Omelet has real eggs, parmesan cheese, and mushrooms, in a tidy 100-calorie package with 15 grams of protein.

  • Make in minutes in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Add extra mushrooms or cheese if you like.
  • 10% of the daily value for vitamin C.
  • 3 grams of carbs.

Mushrooms

Are you ready to cook your own fresh mushrooms? Do it the healthy and tasty way with Simply Organic Flavor Spray. You can grill or bake your mushrooms, then spray on your favorite flavor, such as Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Cilantro, or Lemongrass. Serve your mushrooms over chicken or with ground turkey, or mixed into Protein Pasta.

Healthy, fresh foods should be cornerstones of your diet for health and weight loss, which is why mushrooms are an ideal choice. Check out The BariatricPal Store for mushroom and more inspiration to stay on track while loving your diet.

New at The BariatricPal Store: Cheesy Chips, Chocolatey Chocolate, and Protein Curry

New at The BariatricPal Store: Cheesy Chips, Chocolatey Chocolate, and Protein Curry 0

The nice thing about losing weight is that nothing is off limits. Cheesy snack? Great! Chocolate-covered chocolate? Go for it. Chicken Curry? Why not? Just choose the right ones, and your source is The BariatricPal Store. You will find these and tons of other great discoveries on the New Products page, so check back often.

Cheesy Bundle

Snack attack – hooray! Skip the fatty cheese and the starchy, fried chips. Instead, head for a pick from BariatricPal Cheesy Chips Protein Bundle! You’ll keep down the calories and carbs, while bumping up the flavor and protein.

The Bundle includes:

You will get 10 or more grams of protein per serving, so you can be sure of delaying hunger for longer until the next time you eat. With the Bundle, you save over 25% compared to buying them separately.

Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Protein Bars

When you think about weight loss, think about chocolate bars with chocolate coating. Well, do not think about chocolate-coated candy bars with 30 grams of sugar and hardly any protein. Instead, think about something like BariatricPal Chocolate Protein Bars with Chocolate Coating. It is a chewy chocolate core with a creamy chocolate coating, made with real cocoa.

Each one has 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, so instead of spiking blood sugar and boosting cravings, they help satisfy hunger and cravings. They have 150 calories, making them the right size for a snack or even a meal replacement.

Vegan Chicken Curry

Some dishes have it all: delicious, easy to prepare, and diet-friendly. That is the case with BariatricPal Vegan Chicken Protein Curry. It has coconut seasoning and real turmeric, onion, tomato, and peppers, all mixed together with meatless high-quality protein.

Each serving has only 120 calories, so you can have it on its own or with a dollop of yogurt, a side of vegetables, or a sprinkling of cashews. It has 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of filling fiber, and no added sugars. Each entrée takes only minutes to heat, and you only need to add water.

Find these and other great new products at The BariatricPal Store to keep weight loss fun and interesting!

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