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!
Oh, Weight Loss, Will You Be My Valentine? 0
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate what you love most: what gets you through each day, what you look forward to at work and at home, what comforts you and makes you happy. You know what we’re talking about. Oh, sure, there’s your significant other, but what really makes you tick? It has to be…food.
This Valentine’s Day, why not indulge in everything you love the most? Just make it healthy. Here are our suggestions for the foods you love while you lose weight.
It is almost embarrassing to admit how much we love cereal. After all, it is simple and not terribly special…until you start cutting carbs and cereal does not make the cut. Our solution: Protein Cereal. Each serving has up to 15 grams of protein and little or no added sugars. Each serving is individually packaged, so there is no risk of eating the whole box without noticing.
Choose your favorite flavor, such as Honey Nut, Rich Cocoa, and even Chocolate Caramel Granola. Have it on its own or in milk or yogurt. You can even add nuts and fruit to make it the breakfast of your dreams.
Lunch: Tuna Salad and Potato Chips
That creamy tuna salad with 400 calories, over half of them from fat, is a thing of the past, but be honest: is it still haunting your dreams? Here is one solution: tuna salad made with non-fat Greek yogurt, celery, chives, mustard, and chopped dill pickles. Eat in in hard-boiled egg halves or cucumber boats, or do what you really want to do: eat it straight. You can swap eggs or chicken for the tuna.
Make it a truly loveable lunch with Protein Potato Chips in your favorite flavor, whether Ranch, BBQ, or Salt and Vinegar. Then finish up with a bag of cookies – Protein Cookies, of course. It’s a throwback to your carefree childhood.
Dinner: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs may have been one of the first dishes that you fell in love with, so why cut it off now? You can do it the easy way with Spaghetti and Meatballs Instant Entrée with 16 grams of protein, or let out the chef in you by starting with High-Protein Fettuccine and adding your own turkey meatballs and spaghetti sauce. Either way, you will be cutting the carbs and upping protein.
Whatever else happens this Valentine’s Day, make sure your day includes some love for your food, along with some weight loss. You’ll feel better all around!
Five Valentine’s Day Must-Haves for Weight Loss 0
Valentine’s Day should be a time of love, but it often turns into a holiday filled with feelings of deprivation or guilt. There is simply too much sugar around! This year, turn Valentine’s Day into a time for celebration and weight loss when you arm yourself properly with these goods.
Chocolate Coated Snack Puffs
The candy comes out long before Valentine’s Day itself, and it is hard to resist taking one or two chocolate candies every time you pass by the bowl. Give yourself a hand by stocking up on Chocolate Protein Puffs. They have a rich creamy chocolate coating surrounding a hearty protein filling.
Each serving has 15 grams of protein and less than half the sugar of standard chocolate candies. They have as much calcium as cottage cheese, and a good dose of iron, too. They are a snack you can feel good about!
500 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat, and 30 grams of sugar. Can you say, “Sexy?” No way! “Bloated” and “Guilty” are more like it when you have a slice of regular cheesecake. Not so with Creamy Protein Cheesecake. It has 120 calories, 0.5 grams of saturated fat, and 0 grams of added sugar, not to mention 15 grams of protein.
Make it using just water and serve it on its own, or serve it over ½ a crumbled graham cracker and with sliced strawberries for a 200-calorie dessert.
What is it about sandwich cookies that screams “Valentine’s Day?!” Maybe it is the symbolism of the two cookies coming together in a partnership. Or maybe it is just that they taste so good that it only makes sense to have them on this day of sweet treats.
For whatever reason, you should be able to indulge, but not at the cost of the trans fat and sugars in regular sandwich cookies. Protein Sandwich Cookies have 18 grams of protein, 7 grams of dietary fiber, and 0 grams of added sugar per serving. Maybe it will be love at first sight!
Bouillon may not seem so romantic at first glance, but consider what you can do with it. It can be the foundation of French onion and tomato soups, the magic flavoring ingredient for mashed cauliflower and roasted vegetables, and the moistening ingredient in roasted meats and meatloaf. Take your nutritionless bouillon up a notch with Protein Soup, such as Chicken or Beef Bouillon or Tomato Soup. You will get 15 grams of protein per serving.
Curl up after dinner to sip hot chocolate, and you are simply begging for an upset stomach and a barrier to weight loss, unless you are sipping Protein Hot Chocolate. Flavors such as Classic, Marshmallows, Mocha, and Mint have 15 grams of protein and almost no sugar. It is an easy way to end the night on a good note.
Valentine’s Day at The BariatricPal Store: Show Your Love 0
Happy Valentine’s Day from The BariatricPal Store! As Valentine’s Day approaches, you can get ready with some healthy ideas that taste great and keep you feeling sexy instead of weighted down. You will feel better when you finish the day proud of yourself and satisfied compared to bloated and overly full. Here are some of our suggestions for a romantic evening.
Stay in for Some Romantic Together Time
Cooking your own Valentine’s Day meal together can be an experience that strengthens your relationship with your significant other. You can make it intimate and delicious without making it too heavy. Browse through our Recipe section for low-cal, high-protein ideas. We suggest:
- Fondue with blanched cauliflower florets or asparagus spears dipped into Cheese Dip.
- Swiss Steak with Dilled Green Beans.
- Almond Meringue Cookies.
A Box of Chocolates…for Health Reasons, of Course
You are not alone if you cannot imagine a proper Valentine’s Day without a box of chocolates. However, the standard chocolate nuts, chews, and truffles are off limits after weight loss surgery and when you are on a strict diet. A single piece 100 calories and 10 grams of sugar, with virtually no protein to redeem it.
Luckily, you can have your chocolate and eat it, too, when you get chocolate from The BariatricPal Store. You will not even feel like you are compromising taste for health when you get to choose from a range including Crispy Chocolate Caramel bites with 13 grams of fiber and no sugar added, and Triple Chocolate Protein Cookies with 15 grams of protein.
A Gift Card Hits the Spot
You cannot go wrong with a gift card. It gives you the power to get exactly what you want, and in the case of a gift card to The BariatricPal Store, it can be your ticket to trying new, great-tasting protein products that help you lose weight and keep you away from unhealthy temptations. What better way to show your love? It is delivered electronically so it makes a great last-minute gift.