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Lose Weight on National Cheese Pizza Day

Lose Weight on National Cheese Pizza Day 0

Today marks National Cheese Pizza Day, but take a second before you dive into a pie with 200 to 400 calories per slice. There are plenty of high-protein, low-carb choices to get the flavors you love. What is more, pizza tastes even better when it comes guilt-free. Here are some top pizza picks from The BariatricPal Store.

Pizza Protein Chips

Cheesy pizza, meet crunchy chips! The result is Pizza Protein Chips, without the excess starch, grease, and calories in pizza and potato chips. Instead, Pizza Protein Chips have 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of dietary fiber, no unhealthy saturated or trans fats, and only 11 grams of net carbs. They are a ready-to-eat snack and are ready to be dipped in yogurt-based dip or guacamole, low-fat bean dip, or tomato sauce for an extra pizza flavor. 

They come in single-serving bags as a single bag, 7-bag pack, or case of 80 bags. Other Protein Chip flavors include Ranch Crunch and Sea Salt and Vinegar.

Pizza Protein Puffs

Margherita Pizza Protein Puffs offer another choice for a crunchy snack with a classic pizza flavor. They have real garlic, tomato, and onion powder, and you can have them by the handful since they are so light. Each cup has 120 calories and 21 grams of high-quality protein, with only 2 grams of carbs. They are also calcium-rich.

You can have these puffs on their own or mix them with yogurt or cottage cheese for a heartier snack. Protein Puffs also come in Nacho Cheese, Garlic Parmesan, Sour Cream and Onion, Mesquite BBQ, and Jalapeno Cheddar flavors. Each canister has 10 servings.

Pizza Jerky

Italian Jerky Pizza Snack Stick offers a meaty bite with a pizza flair in a low-carb, high-protein package with no napkin needed. Each hearty beef and pork stick is packed with tomato and Italian flavors such as onion, garlic, and oregano. The serving has 7 grams of protein, 110 calories, and 2 grams of sugar. It can be stored or taken anywhere as a ready-to-eat snack.

The Italian Jerky Pizza Snack Stick comes in a single-serving stick and is also available in a 3-pack and 6-pack. Other Italian Jerky flavors include Porchetta and Alfredo.

Make Your Own Pizza

For National Pizza Day, why not It is easy to make your own low-carb, high-protein pizza when you use Low-Carb Bread such as Carb-Free Hamburger Buns or Low-Carb Paleo Wraps. It can stay low-carb with chopped tomatoes and basil, simple olive oil and garlic, or Calorie-Free Pasta Sauce in Alfredo, Garlic and Herb, or Tomato and Basil flavors, plus mozzarella or another favorite cheese, then tons of veggie toppings. Anchovies, grilled chicken pieces, or Italian-seasoned ground turkey can add extra protein.

Pizza is back on the menu with careful choices and delicious helpful products, and the weight loss fun continues beyond National Pizza Day. The BariatricPal Store has plenty of other fare to satisfy your craving for any flavor without going off your weight loss diet.

Pack a Protein Peanut Butter Lunch

Pack a Protein Peanut Butter Lunch 0

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year. As students go back to school, you may again get into the habit of packing lunches. Whether or not you yourself are a student, you may want to take the time to think about some healthy weight loss lunches.

Peanut butter is a good go-to for sack lunches, and Powdered Peanut Butter can enable you to enjoy peanut butter while you lose weight. Each 2-tablespoon serving has 5 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat, which is only 25% of the calories and 15% of the fat as in regular peanut butter. You can use it as a protein powder or turn it into a spread by mixing it with water.

These are some ideas for great-tasting lunches that are easy to make, full of protein, and supportive of weight loss.

Peanut Butter Sandwich

You want to know: “How can I eat a peanut butter sandwich on a low-carb diet?” We have you covered! Spread your Powdered Peanut Butter on Low-Carb Protein Bread, choosing from varieties such as sliced bread, hamburger buns, and bagels, and flavors such as Plain, Onion, Rye, and Cinnamon, and Everything. 

Skip the sugar-laden jam and save 12 grams of added sugars per serving when you use fresh fruit, such as banana slices or blueberries, or Walden Farms Calorie-Free Fruit Spread. It is available in Apricot, Strawberry, Cranberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, Apple Butter, and Grape flavors. Pack some veggies and a hard-boiled egg if you like, and your lunch is complete!

Peanut Butter Snack Box

A snack lunch can be just the thing if you are a bariatric surgery patient who cannot eat large meals, you do not have time to sit down for a lengthy lunch, or you simply love snacking. Pack enough Powdered Peanut Butter as a dip for your snack items, such as:


Peanut butter is a great ingredient in dinner recipes, so you can make a little extra and take your leftovers for lunch. Powdered Peanut Butter can work in dishes with Protein Pasta. One option is simple Asian-inspired noodles with Powdered Peanut Butter, chili sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. You could also consider making pasta salad with peas, shredded cabbage and carrots, chicken or shrimp, and soy sauce, and placing the leftovers in a Low-Carb Wrap.

Pack a weight loss lunch with Powdered Peanut Butter, and you can be sure of getting high-quality ingredients and great taste. Choose from a 6.5 or 16-ounce jar, and consider trying the Chocolate flavor, too. Powdered Peanut Butter is just one more product from The BariatricPal Store that can help you lose weight more easily.
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!

Easy Lunches for Away from Home 0

On average, Americans get one-third of their calories away from home, with many of these calories consumed at lunch during the workday. One of the most logical ways to support your weight loss is to pack your own healthy meals so you are not dependent on restaurants. In fact, meals from restaurants tend to be bigger, higher in artery-clogging saturated fat, and lower in dietary fiber than meals you make at home.

When you pack your own lunch, you get to control everything from portion sizes to food groups. The downsides can include setting aside the time to make your lunch and figuring out what to take, but it’s actually not so hard. Here are some tips for packing convenient and healthy lunches that make you excited for lunchtime.

Easy and Nutritious Components

There are plenty of good sources of protein you can easily pack, such as canned tuna and sardines, all-natural deli meat, and roasted soybeans or chickpeas. If you have a fridge at work, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, and last night’s leftover meatballs are all possibilities. If you have a microwave, you can take Protein Entrees and Soups. There’s always room to satisfy your sweet tooth if you take Protein Pudding or Protein Cereal.

Round out your lunch with some healthy carbs to help fuel a productive afternoon. Whole fruit such as apples, tangerines, and oranges is about as easy as it gets. You can fill up on low-calorie, nutrient-dense veggies such as baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and bell pepper strips. Whole-grain crackers and baked squash or sweet potato fries are also easy options.

Use Containers Wisely

Perfectly sized containers with tight-fitting lids give you the freedom to pack whatever you want for your lunch. Bigger containers are ideal for green salads and raw veggies, and tiny containers can hold the dressing until it’s lunchtime. Use medium containers for cut fruit and fruit salads, cooked beans, cottage cheese, and leftovers such as stir fry. Medium-small containers are good for lean proteins such as cooked chicken and fish, and starches such as sweet potatoes. Small containers work nicely for avocados, nuts, and other calorie-dense nutrient powerhouses.

Bariatric Portion Plates can be helpful for putting together a balanced meal with good portions for weight loss surgery patients. They come with cutlery, and you can heat or refrigerate them depending on what’s on your menu for the day.

Enjoy Healthy Swaps

Your childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread may have way too many carbs and calories to fit into your current meal plan, but you don’t have to deny yourself completely. You can always make healthy swaps. For example, instead of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you can try:

-peanut butter with apple slices.

-a peanut butter and jelly protein bar.

-peanut butter and strawberries or banana slices on a slice of low-carb bread.

You can also swap Protein Chips for carb-laden potato chips, Protein Pretzels for starchy regular pretzels, and  Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies for the sugary ones of your schooldays. There’s no need to miss out on your favorite tastes!

Stash Some Staples

No matter how well prepared you are, you may come across days when you don’t have much time to pack a lunch or you simply forget. Plan ahead, and you’ll never be without some healthy choices at mid-day. You can easily stash staples in your drawer at work or in the breakroom pantry. The following examples pack a nutritional punch and do not need refrigeration.

Packing a lunch can be one of the simplest and most effective steps you can take for weight loss, and it’s not that hard. With a little prep and some easy meal solutions, you can pack great-tasting meals that fit into your diet plan and leave you feeling satisfied and proud.

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