Pasta: Star of Your Low-Carb Dinner 0
What would you have for dinner if carbohydrates and weight loss were not factors? Pasta is at the top of the list for many dieters, but it is off limits if you are watching your carbs, counting calories, or looking for protein as the centerpiece. Enter The BariatricPal Store’s collection of Protein and Low-Carb Pasta with varieties that include low-carb, high-protein, high-fiber, and low-calorie. You can make your dream pasta dinner and eat it, too!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
What better place to start than in childhood with spaghetti and meatballs? Organic Soybean Spaghetti can fill you up with 10 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein, but there is nothing to feel guilty about. It has only 9 grams of net carbs. Make your favorite recipe, swapping out fatty ground beef for lean ground turkey or vegetarian sausage, and notice how it tastes even better without a side of guilt. Each package has 4 servings.
If “low-carb” does not do it for you, what about, “carb-free?” Impastable Penne with 0 grams of net carbs and 55 calories can fit into even the most restrictive of low-carb diets. Try it baked with eggplant, tomato sauce, and parmesan, or toss it with olive oil, fish, and green beans. It comes in a single bag with 4 servings or a 6-bag pack.
Rotini Pasta Salad
Pasta salad can be a great-tasting, make-ahead, portable lunch, but what about those pesky carbs? Get rid of them when you use Impastable Rotini with 0 grams of net carbs. It has 55 calories and 36 grams of fiber to help keep you full all afternoon. Try it any way you like, such as:
- Greek with feta cheese, olives, and cucumber
- Creamy with yogurt, tuna, and tomatoes
- Caprese with tomato, mozzarella, and basil
- Hearty with chicken, artichokes, and parmesan
- Southwestern with beans, salsa, cilantro, and corn
Impastable Rotini comes in a single bag with 4 servings or a 6-bag pack.
Cheesy Mac in Minutes
You do not need to be any kind of chef at all to enjoy low-carb mac and cheese. All you need to add to a pre-measured, single portion of Instant Protein Entrée – Cheesy Mac is water. It already has real cheddar, romano, and parmesan cheeses and is ready in minutes. The serving provides 12 grams of protein and has 220 calories. Have it on its own or toss it with cooked broccoli for extra fiber or canned tuna for extra protein. Each box has 3 single-serving packets.
Check our other Protein and Low-Carb Pasta choices to see what fits your meal plan and inspires you. Nothing feels as good as eating great and losing weight.
Skinny Foods for Valentine’s Day 0
The typical Valentine’s Day foods can present a paradox. The very treats used to celebrate this day of love can make you feel bloated and sluggish. That has be the opposite of how you would want to feel when you are around that special someone or if you are simply trying to show yourself a little love. This Thursday, do yourself proud while enjoying seasonal treats to celebrate.
Start your meal with some appetizers, but do not throw off your entire day with excessive carbs, fat, and calories as you might get from spinach artichoke dip with chips, fried shrimp, or cheese fondue with bread.
Instead, try low-carb bruschetta made with Parisian Rusk Bread. Each serving has 110 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein, but only 5 grams of net carbs. Pile it with chopped tomatoes marinated with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and basil, and top with shredded parmesan to start your meal off tasting right without putting you over the top for the day.
A plate of fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti carbonara can pump up the love, but it can also pump up your waistline. If regular pasta is too heavy in carbs for your lifestyle, check out our selection of Protein and Low-Carb Spaghetti. Options include nearly carb-free shirataki noodles, protein pasta, and superfood black bean and mung bean pasta.
Try any of our diet-friendly pasta alternatives with a simple blend of olive oil, salt, basil, and parmesan cheese or tomato sauce with mushrooms and ground turkey. If you are on your own or do not feel like cooking, feel free to choose an Instant Protein Entrée such as Spaghetti Bolognese. It can warm your soul as you lose weight.
It is only natural to want to extend the evening with a hot drink, possibly while watching a movie. Do you know your little glass of hot cocoa can contain 300 calories and 40 grams of sugar? It may not seem so heart-warming once you know that!
Protein Hot Chocolate can provide the warmth and chocolate taste you want with barely any sugar. Each cup provides about 15 grams of protein and under 5 grams of carbs, allowing you to indulge without a sugar high before bed. Choose Classic, Marshmallow, Cinnamon, or another flavor to get your fix without paying a heavy price.
Let’s hear it for cheesecake as a great Valentine’s Day dessert. In just a few bites, you can down a day’s worth of saturated fat and sugar and a meal’s worth of calories. What is so great about that?
Try Protein Cheesecake Pudding instead if you really want the flavor but are too savvy to fall for the diet-busting pitfalls of regular cheesecake. Have it plain for 90 calories and 15 grams of protein in a few minutes. You can also make it fancier by topping it with sliced strawberries or raspberries and calorie-free chocolate sauce.
There is no need to deviate from your weight loss goals when you want to celebrate. Just make smart substitutions. Have a healthy, Happy Valentine’s Day!
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!
Monday Morning, 2019 0
The holidays are over. The holiday treats are gone. Your weight loss resolutions are in full effect. That means that The BariatricPal Store is ready to party! Our mission is to help you lose weight and love the process, which means we must come up with great-tasting, easy, high-protein, low-carb foods. Here are some of our picks for hitting your 2019 goals and falling in love at first bite.
Pancakes and Waffles
Pancakes and waffles are the epitome of a relaxed, decadent breakfast. Use FlapJacked Protein Pancakes Mixes with up to 20 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber, and you get the weight loss and satisfaction benefits, too. Try Buttermilk, Chocolate, Oatmeal, Cinnamon Apple, and Chocolate Chip mixes to make pancakes, waffles, and even cake for breakfast.
If “no time” means, “no time,” FlapJacked Probiotic Protein Muffins may be for you. Microwave them in their cup for a high-protein, high-fiber breakfast with less than half the calories you might get in a bakery muffin but in gourmet flavors from S’mores and Peanut Butter to Cinnamon Apple and Lemon Poppy Seed.
Pizza Protein Chips
Nothing says, “Party!” like pizza and potato chips, so why not have both? Pizza Crunch Protein Potato Chips have the cheese, spices, and tomato flavor that you love in pizza and the crunch you love in potato chips. They also have 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber with only 130 calories. What you do not get from Protein Pizza Potato Chips is a load of refined starch, excess grease, and trans fats.
Eat them straight from the bag or dip them in guacamole or a Greek yogurt-based dip. Each bag has a single serving, so dig in and eat up, guilt-free! They come in a single bag or 7-bag pack, and other Protein Potato Chip flavors include Barbecue Crunch and Ranch Crunch. These chips take the sting out of being back at work.
On those days when all you want to do is bury your head in a box of sugary carbs, we are right there with you. We even supply the sugary carbs, minus the sugary carbs. That is because we are your responsible weight loss friend.
What in the world? It is Protein Cereal, the inner-kid-friendly, comforting, familiar carb glut at its low-carb, high-protein finest! Honey Nut, Cinnamon Crunch, Chocolate, Vanilla Almond, and French Vanilla are all there for you, ready to share in your post-holiday, back-to-real-life, pity party and ready to celebrate your weight loss in 2019.
As 2019 rolls along, we continue to support your weight loss efforts and your love of great food. We are ready for the challenge, so come by the store and bring home the good stuff!
Last-Minute Holiday Help from The BariatricPal Store 0
There’s “getting late” on a few things, and there is “last-minute” on everything. The BariatricPal Store is ready to help you when you’re desperate on Christmas Eve. We have last-minute gifts and meal planning tips so you can save face and lose weight no matter how badly you procrastinated.
You cannot go wrong with the classic last-minute gift: a gift card. Choose a Gift Card to The BariatricPal Store in values of $10 to $250 to show that special someone how much you care about their health. Of course, you can get yourself a gift card as a commitment to losing weight in the coming weeks and months. The card is delivered via email, so technically you’d even be early if you gave it to someone tonight, on Christmas Eve!
Another great gift for now and the future is a subscription to the BariatricPal Box of the Month Club. Choose from 1 to 12 months with increasing discounts for 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions. Each month’s box has a different assortment of sample and full-size choices of favorite and new products, such as protein foods and bariatric vitamins. Your reminder to your weight loss commitment will arrive each month at your doorstep!
Recipes and Meal Plans
Time can be one of the biggest barriers to weight loss if you find yourself unable to plan menus and develop healthy recipes and meals. The precious commodity of time can be even scarcer during the holiday season. Still, there is no excuse for letting the season get you down because if you are short on time, we can help.
Check our Recipes for easy, great-tasting, high-protein choices from Entrees and Sides to Beverages, Desserts, and Dips. They are practical, low in carbs, and suitable for everyday meals and snacks to more celebratory fare. Examples are Stuffed Mushrooms, Tuna Casserole, Dilled Green Beans, Black Forest Smoothie, and – wait for it – Double Deluxe Chocolate Fudge.
When you need a return to normalcy after a day or a few of holiday-related overeating, a simple Meal Plan can be just the thing. Look at the plan, eat it, and lose weight. It is simple! We have plans for Weight Loss, Maintenance, Post-Op Diet Progression for Liquids, Mushies, and Semi-Soft Diets, Back on Track diets, and more. Welcome back to weight loss!
Sometimes you do not anything fancy. All you want is to be satisfied with a sweet treat, since it seems as though everyone else is indulging. No worries! Try Protein Cakes and Cookies, Protein Bars, Protein Pudding, and Protein Chocolate Bars and Candies – all guilt-free and designed for weight loss diets.
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.
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.
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.
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.