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Super Bowl Party Central

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.

Fried Chicken

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

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.

Can’t-Miss Munchies

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:

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

Sweet Success

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!

Last Minute Weight Loss Party Tips

Last Minute Weight Loss Party Tips 0

The Super Bowl is in 2 days. No doubt you are ready for the big game, but are you ready for the party? Do you have the snacks that will carry you through the game play, the commercials, and the halftime show, all while staying on your diet?

If not, no worries! Here are a few last-minute snacks to throw together that can stave off hunger and guilt so you can focus on what really matters: your victory dance!

7-Layer Dip

The ultimate dip has gone so wrong, until now. You can take in fewer calories and less fat with just a couple substitutions and no extra effort. Here are the layers.

  • fat-free refried pinto beans
  • fat-free shredded cheddar cheese
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • fat-free Greek yogurt mixed with chili and cumin
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced olives

Nachos Supreme

Is that cheesy, beefy crunch really worth 1,000 calories and a days’ worth of saturated fat and carbohydrates? Absolutely not, especially when you can have your nachos the low-carb, high-protein way, with great taste. Make Protein Cheese Sauce and Protein Salsa or regular salsa, ground turkey with Mexican or taco seasoning, and chopped olives, tomatoes, and jalapenos. Then, swap your typical fried, greasy tortilla chips for Chili Nacho Cheese Protein Chips for a high-protein, high-fiber, low-fat crunch.

Party Pasta Salad

Protein Pasta can give you a crowd-pleasing salad that only tastes like a diet-breaker. Try it with cubes of fat-free cheddar cheese and all-natural turkey, green onions, and fat-free mayo. Or, try it with watermelon, feta, mint, and cucumbers.

Skinny Dippers

Vegetables are best for mindless munching – snow peas, bell pepper strips, celery sticks, and broccoli florets are as tasty and attractive as they are low-calorie. Dig right in! For a flavorful protein boost, try Protein Chips in ranch, BBQ, and other classic flavors. Dip them in:

The Sweet Stuff

The age-old question: Should you cave into your sweet tooth, or should you stick to your weight loss plan? The new answer: Both!

You can go all-natural, high-vitamin, high-fiber, and naturally sweet with pieces of fruit on toothpicks, or serve fruit on platters with cheese. Or, puree frozen bananas and top them with pieces of pecans and dark chocolate.

For a sweeter sweet fix, choose a protein snack such as Chocolate Protein Puffs. Have them on their own, or use them to make a party snack mix with other ingredients, such as your favorite types of Protein Cereal and Krinkles, popcorn, and peanuts.

Weight Loss Winners for Super Bowl LII

Weight Loss Winners for Super Bowl LII 0

Super Bowl LII will be held on Sunday. The biggest football day of the year is also the biggest pizza delivery day of the year, and a top eating day, second only to Thanksgiving. Are you ready with your weight loss plan?

The prospect of being trapped, for the duration of a football game and halftime show, in a room with unlimited, high-calorie fare is enough to make anybody who is trying to lose weight quake in their boots. Your only defense, besides isolating yourself in a remote cave during the game, is to have healthier options available. Here are our high-protein, low-sugar picks.

Take a Dip

Do you really want to down 1,000 calories in the first few minutes after you walk in the door? If not, skip the chips, crackers, and fatty dips in favor of raw vegetables and guacamole or Protein Dips such as Protein Salsa, Protein BBQ Sauce, or Protein Veggie Dip with 9 grams of protein per serving. This may be one exciting kickoff!

Meaty Treats

Pigs in blankets have more fat and carbohydrates than protein, while sliders tend to be as satisfying as an appetizer and as calorie-laden as a main course. No, thanks! Make your own first-quarter waves with high-protein, low-carb treats, the way meat is supposed to be. Try making pigs in blankets with low-fat turkey links and Low-Carb Baking Mix, and meatballs with ground turkey and Protein BBQ Sauce.

Slide into Halftime

Thick, hearty chili can warm you up while the game is being played in the sub-freezing temperatures in Minnesota, but the nutrition facts of tailgate chili can have a chilling effect. A smarter move may be low-carb, high-protein Instant Chili Entrees with turkey or beans and vegetables. It could be a halftime show you’ll never forget.

Pretzels and Cheese Sauce

Pretzels and cheese sauce are standard fare for stadium and armchair fans alike, but you may not be cheering much when you feel the effects of the starch and fat. Skip the bloat, but keep the fun with Protein Pretzels and 5-ingredient instant Protein Cheese Dip. Or, use your cheese sauce for nachos with Protein Chips instead of fried, starchy tortilla chips. This can be a game-changing play!

Fresh-Baked Brownies

Why would you subject yourself to sugary, fatty brownies when you could make a fresh-baked Protein Brownie in a couple minutes? It has a quarter the sugar and 5 times the protein as a standard brownie, yet still has a rich chocolatey taste. It’s a victory!

Super Bowl Central at The BariatricPal Store 0

Are you ready for Super Bowl LI? We’re not talking about putting on your your fan gear and getting out the extra chairs and tables for your guests. We’re talking about being ready with your weight loss plan for Game Day on February 5.

The game is in less than two weeks, which means you’d better start thinking about your menu. Otherwise, you might end up like the average American who eats 2,400 calories during the big game. That does not mean you cannot enjoy yourself, though! The BariatricPal Store has foods and tips to keep you on your diet so you can feel good whether your team wins or loses on Super Bowl Sunday.

Wings for Weight Loss

Wings are not the worst you can do when it comes to Super Bowl disasters, but you can still do better than greasy buffalo wings. Cut fat, carbs, and calories by making your own version of wings using skinless strips of chicken breast. Coat them in hot sauce and dip them in a mixture of crushed BariatricPal Protein Chips and optional seasonings such as onion and garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika before baking them on a sprayed baking pan. Serve your protein-packed chicken “wings” with Low-Calorie Honey Dijon Mustard Dressing or Barbecue Sauce and Spice.

DIY Pizza

Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest pizza delivery day of the year, but your waistline does not need to take the hit! If pizza delivery is an indispensable part of your family and friends’ Super Bowl party and you want to partake, make sure you order something for yourself. Your best bet is probably a salad with light Italian dressing or marinara sauce, or 1 slice of pizza with light cheese, extra veggies, and anchovies or grilled chicken.

Another choice is to skip the pizza delivery altogether and serve up the pizza flavors in another way. For an instant treat, there are low-carb Protein Pizza Potato Chips with 130 calories and 10 grams of protein. Otherwise, try spreading pizza sauce on button or portabello mushrooms or Protein Parisien Rusk Bread. Add cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings for apps that will please every guest – weight-conscious or not.

Chips and Dip

Mindless munching adds quite a bit of carbs and fat to the Super Bowl Sunday total. You can slash carbs and keep portions in check by dipping Protein Chips and Zippers or raw veggies instead of regular potato or tortilla chips.

While a little bit of guacamole is okay – after all, it has good fat and fiber in it – you can also serve lower-calorie choices. Make creamier dips with fat-free cream cheese and cottage cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese, and blend in cooked peas or broccoli to make them lower-calorie and more filling. You can also try making Protein Salsa and Protein Veggie Dip.

Sweet Cravings

These are sure to strike if you are prone to a sweet tooth, but you can fight every temptation with a better option. With a few simple substitutions, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your sugar consumption to a reasonable amount.

See a candy bar commercial? Whip out your protein bar. Smell the chocolate from a pan of brownies? Have your own hot Protein Brownie in minutes. Jealous of everyone who is munching on the snack mix with chocolate candies? Make your own mix with Chocolate Caramel Granola, Protein Cereal, and Chocolate Coated Protein Puffs

Your Super Bowl can be a healthy and happy event as long as you plan ahead. You do not need to do much cooking or feel deprived. Just check The BariatricPal Store for the protein products and recipes that can get you through the day!

Dips n’ More: Healthy Super Bowl Ideas 0

The nation’s biggest sporting event is coming up. Are you ready for Super Bowl 50 on February 7? It doesn’t have to be a diet-busting event. Even if you are going to or hosting a big party, you can keep your choices in check. Here are some ideas for a healthy Super Bowl 50.

Dips and Dippers

What’s a party with plenty of dips? You don’t have Skip the saturated fat and extra calories, and dig into some of these healthier dips instead.

-Guacamole with avocados, garlic, lime juice, and jalapenos. Swap in pureed peas or broccoli for some of the avocado to cut calories a little.

-Beefy dip with BariatricPal Protein Beef Bouillon. Add 16 ounces non-fat cottage cheese, ¾ cup salad dressing, ¼ cup vinegar, lemon juice, black pepper, dill, chives, parsley, and curry powder.

-Salsa dip with BariatricPal Protein Cream of Tomato Soup, ½ cup each of vinegar, chopped tomato, chopped onion, and chopped green pepper, 1 cup of water, and red pepper flakes.

Your guests may demand chips, and that’s fine. For yourself and your more health-conscious buddies, vegetables are a good go-to. Go for celery sticks, carrots, bell pepper strips, cucumber coins, and broccoli and cauliflower florets, and you’re sure to come out way ahead.

Super Bowl Must-Haves

There are a few almost essential ingredients for a Super Bowl party. One of them is chili. Make your own healthy version using 2 packages of BariatricPal Protein Cream of Tomato Soup, 12 ounces ground turkey, 1 cup of green peppers, 2 cups of tomatoes, 1 cup of onions, ¾ cup water, 1 tablespoon each of cumin and chili powder, and 2 packets of calorie-free sweetener.

And what about chicken wings? Try a healthified fried chicken version using 8 ounces of chicken breast. Coat with a mixture of BariatricPal Protein Soup Chicken Bouillon, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Then cook the chicken in a lightly oiled skillet. You can dip this mock fried chicken in homemade protein barbecue sauce made with BariatricPal Protein Cream of Tomato Soup, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 packets low-calories sweetener, ¼ cup boiling water, and garlic powder. 

You can’t skip dessert when you’re having a party, but there’s no need to spend your daily calorie budget on brownies and cupcakes. Instead, you could make peanut butter cookies with a package of BariatricPal Protein Chocolate Chip Pancakes, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 packet of calorie-free sweetener. Or, make a creamy peach parfait with a package of BariatricPal French Vanilla Shake/Pudding and ¾ cup cold water, and topped with ¾ cup peaches.

If you don’t feel like baking, just munch on something ready-made, like BariatricPal Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Wafers.

Refreshing Drinks

Don’t even think about reaching for a sugar-laden soda or a carb-filled beer. Try a refreshing low-sugar, high-protein fruit drink or a creamy shake. You can liven up the party as much as your imagination allows. For example, try a black forest smoothie with BariatricPal Swiss Chocolate Shake/Pudding, cold water, and cherry extract.

The Super Bowl brings tons of fun and excitement, but way too many calories if you’re not careful. If you are, though, you can enjoy great-tasting snacks and an exciting game without breaking the calorie bank. Have fun!

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