Bananas for Weight Loss!

Bananas for Weight Loss! 0

At The BariatricPal Store, we love celebrations, and we have no problem making up for them if we missed them! Today, we’re marking National Banana Lover’s Day, which was officially August 27. We’re not marking it with starchy bananas, sugary smoothies, or fatty banana splits. We have some way better ideas for enjoying delicious bananas and losing weight at the same time.

Protein Shake or Pudding

A banana milkshake can cost you half a day’s worth of calories, a day’s worth of artery-clogging saturated fat, and four days’ worth of sugar. That is not the case with BariatricPal Tropical Banana Protein Shake or Pudding. It has the creamy banana goodness you are looking for, with only 100 calories, 5 grams of sugar, and no saturated fat. Just mix a single-serving packet into 4 to 8 ounces of water, and enjoy your 15 grams of protein and your essential vitamins and minerals.

Protein Bars

Banana bread sounds like it could be healthy, but…don’t do it! It is a mixture of starchy and sugary carbs, baked with some calorie-adding fats. Why would you bother with banana bread when you could have BariatricPal Banana Bread Protein Bars? Each one has 3 grams of net carbs, 150 calories, 15 grams of protein, and even 3 grams of fiber! Bonus: a guilt-free chocolate drizzle and base.

Protein Gelatin

Regular gelatin is a little deceptive. It seems like a “light” dessert, but it delivers a dose of sugar. Even sugar-free gelatin is lacking in the nutrient department, since it has no protein. BariatricPal Strawberry Banana Protein Gelatin has the same great flavor, but none of the sugar. Instead, you get 16 grams of protein to keep you full and nourished.

It’s never too late to celebrate a holiday, so dive right into National Banana Lover’s Day with fun and great-tasting protein products from The BariatricPal Store!

Vanilla Pudding: Your New Best Weight Loss Friend?

Vanilla Pudding: Your New Best Weight Loss Friend? 0

Some people say vanilla is boring, but we say it is only boring if you are! Love the sweet, creamy taste on its own, or mix it with all kinds of additions to give it character for whatever mood you are in. We think one of the best ways to get your vanilla fix is in the form of BariatricPal Vanilla Protein Pudding or Shake mix, since it fits into your diet, tastes great, and is convenient for your lifestyle. That makes it easy to celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day today!

Fits into Your Plan

Vanilla pudding is so simple and seems so innocent, but it can be bad news for your diet. A half-cup serving can have 23 grams of sugar, which is about the amount in a cup of regular soda. Worse, you are likely to take far more than a half-cup when you are serving yourself. That amount of sugar, especially without protein to slow down digestion, can lead to sugar spikes and later cravings.

BariatricPal Vanilla Protein Pudding or Shake avoids these problems. It has only 3 grams of sugar per serving, plus 15 grams of protein to satisfy hunger for longer and to prevent blood sugar spikes. Each serving has only 80 caories, and do not have to worry about overdoing it since it comes in individual single-serving packages.

Instant Treat for Liquids, Pureed Foods, and Solid Foods Diets

BariatricPal Vanilla Protein Pudding or Shake is suitable for any stage of the pre-op or post-op diet. Make the pudding by mixing the mix with 4 ounces of water. And, you can still have the great flavor if you are not eating solid or mushie foods yet. Just mix the powder mix with 6 to 8 ounces of water to make a thick shake that fits into your liquid diet as you get ready for weight loss surgery, you are recovering, or you are trying to jumpstart weight loss.

Make It Your Way

Vanilla pudding is great on its own. You can also use your imagination to change the character of the pudding. Try it in all kinds of combinations! Here are a few ideas.

  • Sprinkle cinnamon, decaf instant coffee granules, or cocoa powder onto your pudding.
  • Mix it with ½ sliced banana and/or ½ ounce walnuts or other nuts.
  • Dip Chocolate Fudge Chip Biscotti into it.
  • Mix peanuts and strawberries or grapes into it to make PB&J pudding.

Try BariatricPal Vanilla Protein Pudding or Shake for a snack or dessert, or as part of a meal. Nobody needs to know if you choose to have vanilla pudding for breakfast if you are losing weight!

BariatricPal Chocolate Shake: Weight Loss Your Way 0

You probably know how important protein shakes can be for keeping you full and revving metabolism, but are you making the most of your shakes? Take the chocolate protein shake, for example. It’s a classic, but you will only get the most if you choose the right one for you and use it to your advantage. BariatricPal Chocolate Protein Shake and Pudding can help you reach your goals, and here are some tips for using it.

A Low-Carb High-Protein Treat

BariatricPal Chocolate Protein Shake and Pudding only seems like an off-limits treat. Each packet has 90 calories and 15 grams of protein to help tide you over until your next meal or snack. And, it has only 1 gram of sugar so it can fit into your low-carb diet and it will not spike your blood sugar levels.

Use the shake on a liquid diet or a pureed foods diet, or include it in your regular solid foods weight loss diet. Just blend it with 6 to 8 ounces of water for a creamy shake, or use 4 ounces of water for a thicker pudding.

An Instant Meal or Snack

You are busy. You do not feel like cooking. You are running late because of a long meeting at work or a traffic jam. Life happens, but it does not have to get in the way of weight loss. Instead of skipping a meal or heading for a fast food joint because you are starving, grab a packet BariatricPal Chocolate Protein Shake and Pudding.

Endless Possibilities for Enjoyment

You can have BariatricPal Chocolate Protein Shake and Pudding on its own, or vary it a little. Try one of The BariatricPal Store’s recipes such as Grasshopper Shake or Fudgilicious Smoothie, or make your own concoctions with ingredients such as milk or almond milk, peanut butter powder and banana. You can even add it to pancake mix or oatmeal for a chocolate-flavored breakfast treat.

Creamy, delicious, and healthy: that’s the ideal combination for a weight loss food, and that’s what you get with BariatricPal Chocolate Protein Shake and Pudding. Enjoy it, and enjoy the numbers on the scale going down as you get your chocolate fix!

Back to Basics with Protein Shakes 0

Protein is the nutrient with the spotlight on it, and it can help you lose weight. Protein shakes can help you meet your requirements whether you are on a pre- or post-op weight loss surgery diet, on a liquid diet to kick start weight loss, or on any sort of diet that focuses on protein.

They are easy and great-tasting, so what is not to love? The only problem may be choosing one, so we have put together a quick start-up guide to protein shakes so you can get the protein you need in a great-tasting package.

What to Look for in Your Shake

Not all shakes and shake mixes are created equal, but how do you choose from among all the possibilities online and in stores? Start at The BariatricPal Store. You can be confident that we have selected each of our products to make sure they are suitable for weight loss.

Check the nutritionals of any shake you are considering to be sure it is truly high in protein and low in sugars. Do not be tricked by some stores that sell high-sugar shakes and pass them off as protein shakes. You’ll want at least 12 to 15 grams of protein in each serving, and more can be better, especially when you are using your shake as a meal replacement. Minimize the sugar and carbs if you are trying to keep your calories down.

Don’t Forget Flavor!

You have to love your protein shake if you are going to keep it as part of your regular weight loss plan. It may take a few tries to find the flavors you love, but you will know when you get there! You might find you enjoy classics like chocolate and vanilla, or maybe a smoothie such as Strawberry Banana may be more your thing. You might want to try a Variety Pack to try a few different flavors without committing to just one.

Tub, Packet, or Bottle?

Protein Powder Tubs, Protein Powder in Packets, and protein power in Ready-to-Shake Bottles all have their places. You can keep any of them on hand in your kitchen or at work or in your car; just add water and shake. You can stick single-serving packets in a gym bag, or stash one in your purse or pocket to take with you anywhere. A ready-to-shake bottle is self-contained; just add water, shake, and drink from the bottle. No dishes necessary!

Turn Your Shake into a Pudding

We have the solution for you if you’re tired of sip, sip, sipping on those shakes, but you’re still looking for a quick and easy source of protein. BariatricPal Protein Pudding has the same impressive nutritionals, but it is a thicker way of getting your protein. Each serving of most flavors has 80 to 90 calories and 15 grams of protein.

It is just as easy to make as protein shakes: just stir the contents of a single-serving packet into some water. You can enjoy flavors from chocolate and vanilla to banana, dulce de leche, and strawberry. You can even use Caramel Café Latte as a meal replacement, since it has 110 calories and over 20 vitamins and minerals.

Your Shake, Your Way

Adding water and mixing your shake is about as easy as it gets, but the possibilities become endless if you put a few more seconds into mixing up a shake with an extra ingredient or two. You can always start with scoop or packet of protein powder or shake mix, and go from there!

  • Yogurt, tofu, milk, or soy yogurt for extra protein.
  • Banana or pumpkin for creaminess and fiber.
  • Berries, or other fresh or frozen fruit for antioxidants and fiber.
  • Peanut butter or peanut butter powder for protein and creaminess.
  • Low-calorie sweetener and spices to taste.

Check out our recipes for more inspiration on how to use BariatricPal protein powders and shakes while keeping your meal or snack high in protein and low in sugar. You will find all kinds of taste combos, such as Chocolate Coco Nut Shake with Chocolate Protein Shake Mix and hints of almond and coconut extracts, Latte with Vanilla Protein Shake Mix and Proticcino Mix, Fruit and Nuts Smoothie with French Vanilla Shake Mix, strawberries and almond extract, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake with Chocolate Protein Shake Mix and peanut butter.

Protein shakes can be lifesavers on liquid diets and whenever you are trying to lose weight, and we have all the choices you need! Browse The BariatricPal Store for tubs, packets, and ready-to-shake protein powders in all kinds of flavors. These protein shakes can be another tool in your weight control toolkit.

Protein Shakes and Powders as Your Powerful Weight Loss Friend 0

You may know in your head that you need to keep your protein intake high, but it is not so easy to do. As you cut back on calories to lose weight, it can be tough to get in enough protein. You have extra obstacles if you are on a liquid diet. And, if you are a weight loss surgery patient, you may be facing trouble with your food tolerances, which makes it even harder to get in enough protein.

Protein helps reduce hunger, boost metabolism, and, if you are a weight loss surgery patient, help you heal faster after surgery. Getting enough is a high priority, and you may appreciate having a little bit of aid. BariatricPal Protein Shakes can deliver.

Classic Shakes

If you are unsure of where to start, BariatricPal Protein Shakes might be the right place. Try classic flavors such as creamy and refreshing Vanilla, rich and decadent Chocolate Cream, and sweet and bright Strawberry. Then branch out into fun flavors such as Coffee or New York Cheesecake.

No matter which you choose, you know you will be getting a good deal. They are calorie-controlled, low-carb, and sugar-free or low-sugar. There’s no question that they have plenty of protein to help fill you up and keep your blood sugar levels more stable. Each serving can have 15 or more grams of protein, with a minimum of calories and sugar.

Fruity Flavors without the Sugar

Fruit and fruit juice are known for being high in sugar. Order a fruit-flavored smoothie, and you can be looking at sugars not only from fruit and fruit juice, but also from ice cream, milk, or frozen yogurt.

Get the fruit flavors you are craving minus the sugar when you choose BariatricPal Fruit Protein Drinks or Protein Smoothies. Unlike fruit, they can have about 15 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of sugar. They are a calorie bargain, too, with as few as 80 calories in each serving.

Choose from flavors such as Aloha Mango, Wild Berry, Strawberry Banana, Pineapple Orange, and Strawberry Yogurt.

Hot Protein Drinks

Imagine sitting at your desk at work with a cup of mocha, and letting your coworkers know that the treat is part of your weight loss plan. There is also something very satisfying about curling up with a cup of hot chocolate after dinner and knowing that you are helping, not hindering, your weight loss efforts.

It is possible with BariatricPal Hot Protein Drinks. Forget the mounds of sugar that typically come in a sweet, hot drink such as hot chocolate or mocha. Instead, rest easy as you think about the 15 grams of protein you’re taking in. Rather than worrying about the damage you are doing to your diet, the only thing you have to worry about is which flavor to choose, whether it is Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows, Raspberry Hot Chocolate, Mocha, Vanilla Cappuccino, or another of our decadent flavors.

The Exact Protein Drink You Need

Take your time browsing The BariatricPal Store for the exact protein drink you need. There is no need to settle. We have protein powders in packets and tubs, and even ready-to-shake bottles with your protein shake inside – just add water. Our shakes are ready for home or the road, so stock up to keep yourself nourished!

You can choose more substantial meal replacement shakes with more protein and tons of vitamins and minerals, or look for sample packs with a variety of flavors to try. We’re pretty sure we have what you need.

Getting in the protein you need while keeping your calories down can seem tough, but BariatricPal protein shakes and powders can help. You can take them anywhere and enjoy them at a moment’s notice. Once you take a look at the variety of delicious flavors we have to offer, you may forget that you are even on a diet.

Fabulous Finds at The BariatricPal Store 0

If you are like a lot of shoppers at The BariatricPal Store, you are a pretty efficient shopper. You know why you visited the store, and which are your favorite products. You may quickly chase them down, fill your cart, and head to the checkout page.

We love your efficiency, and value the choice you made to spend your valuable time with us! But we have a suggestion to consider next time you shop: browse the aisles. You never know which new products and different flavors you may find. For a start, here are a few fabulous finds at The BariatricPal Store that you might want to take a look at next time you are shopping.

Brownie

You are definitely not alone if you know that brownies can be your downfall. A single brownie can have 200 or more calories and 30 or more grams of sugar, not to mention no more than a scarce gram or two of protein. Worse, you are not likely to be able to stick to a single brownie when you pull a pan of brownies from the oven.

Enter BariatricPal Soft Baked Brownie Mix. It is your ticket to fresh-based brownies without all of the calories and sugar of regular brownies, plus they are packed with protein. Each brownie has 120 calories and 12 grams of protein, along with 5 grams of filling fiber. In other words, these brownies are your guilt-free ticket to a chocolatey, decadent treat. There is no need to fear eating the entire pan, either, since each packet of mix contains only a single serving.

Facon Bacon Sipping Broth

What?! It just may be time to celebrate, because now your liquid diet can include the irresistible flavor of bacon. You may be on a liquid diet before or after weight loss surgery, or when you are trying to jumpstart weight loss or go through a cleanse. Shakes, juices, and water can get pretty boring pretty fast, and leave you struggling to stay hydrated.

Millie’s Smoky Facon Sipping Broth may deliver exactly the help you need to get through your liquid diet with a smile. It is a green tea beverage infused with bacon flavors and herbs and spices. It has 20 calories, and is vegan, natural, and gluten-free. Millie’s Sipping Broth also comes in flavors such as tomato basil, Thai lemongrass, curry spice, and spicy tortilla.

You may love them so much that they become a regular part of your day, even when you are no longer on a strict liquid diet!

We hope you love these fabulous finds as much as we do, and find them to be powerful allies in your weight loss journey. Let us – and other shoppers at The BariatricPal Store – know what you think of them by leaving a product review once you try them. And don’t forget you can always contact us with a product request if you don’t see what you’re looking for.

Ready-to-Shake Protein Drinks

A protein shake is a protein shake, right? Well, not so fast. Some are higher in protein and lower in sugars than others, making them better choices after weight loss surgery and The protein drinks at The BariatricPal Store are the low-sugar, high-protein type.

But there’s one type of shake in particular you might want to check out: our ready-to-shake protein drinks. A single serving of protein powder comes in its own bottle. All you have to do is fill up the bottle with water or milk, shake it, and drink it. These shakes are ideal for when you are on the go or in a hurry, since you do not need to measure anything or clean a blender. Each shake has about 80 to 100 calories and 15 grams of protein, and they come in delicious flavors such as coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry banana.

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