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Smart Restaurant Eating with the Bariatric Menu Request Card

Smart Restaurant Eating with the Bariatric Menu Request Card 0

Bariatric surgery changes your life, but it should not put an end to the good times, such as going out to eat with friends, family, or coworkers. You need a strategy going into those meals to avoid getting way more food than your small stomach can handle, and preferably to avoid paying a lot for food you cannot eat.

The Bariatric Menu Request Card offers help. This card lets wait staff know that you are a bariatric surgery patient and are medically forbidden from eating too much. Restaurants that accept the card may allow you to order smaller portions and pay less. This is how the card may work. 

Order Half a Meal

You can use the Bariatric Menu Request Card to order half of a meal. Some restaurant meals have 1,000 to 1,500 calories, so ordering half makes sense. More sensible yet, consider putting half of your half-meal away for later. If the regular meal has 1,200 calories, for example, ordering half and putting half of that away for later will leave you with a reasonable 300 calories. 

Order from the Children’s Menu

The Bariatric Menu Request Card may enable you to order The kid’s menu can include smaller portions of items, but be cautious about what you order. Common items on kid’s menus include unhealthy mains such as burgers, corn dogs, mac and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken nuggets, sides such as French fries, sugar-sweetened flavored yogurt, and cookies, and drinks such as juice and chocolate milk. 

Many restaurants are improving the health of their options for children. Look for: 

  • Grilled chicken
  • Peanut butter (skip the jelly) on whole-grain bread
  • Turkey and/or cheese on whole-grain bread
  • Baby carrots
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Fresh fruit
  • Bottled water

Order from the Senior’s Menu

The Senior’s Menu, often reserved for adults over 55 years, usually offers smaller portions, at lower prices, than the regular menu. The menu items are often the same as those on the regular menu, so you still need to be choosy about what main course and sides you order. Look for...

  • Grilled or roasted chicken turkey, or fish
  • Chicken noodle or vegetable beef soup
  • Fresh fruit
  • Side salad or steamed vegetables
  • Water or hot tea or coffee

As usual, avoid breaded chicken and fish, pasta dishes, sides such as mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, rice, and onion rings, and soft drinks.

Get a Discount on Buffets

If you can only eat a few ounces of food at a time, why should you pay as much for an all-you-can-eat experience as someone who makes three trips through the buffet line and still has room for dessert? Buffet restaurants that honor the Bariatric Menu Request Card may offer you a discount. As you fill up your plate, watch for lean proteins and plain vegetables, while avoiding high-calorie choices such as:

  • Potato, pasta, and other mayo-based prepared salads
  • Bacon and other processed meats
  • Fried chicken and fish
  • Breads, baked goods, and desserts
  • Pasta, rice, and potato dishes
  • Casseroles
  • Stuffing 
  • Creamy soups
The Bariatric Menu Request Card can enable you to get bariatric-appropriate meals at restaurants without paying for extra food that you cannot eat. You can use the card not only to save money, but to motivate yourself to order right when you go out. Restaurants are part of life, and they can be part of your healthy post-op life.
Snack Away with Simply Snackin' Jerky

Snack Away with Simply Snackin' Jerky 0

When it comes to snacking, you have to be very careful as a weight loss surgery patient. There are some things that should be off limits as they don’t provide any nutritional value. Jerky is a perfect snack for a bariatric patient as it is low in carbohydrates but high in protein. I am a huge fan of Slim Jim but I knew there had to be a healthier choice out there. Luckily, I found a brand that offers tasty snacks with awesome stats!

Simply Snackin’ offers a variety of different flavors that will keep you coming back for more. I tried a number of the flavors and they all had similar stats at 60 calories, 1g fat, 2g sugar, 3 carbs, 10g protein. The consistency of the jerky is nice as it is not too thick, but also not too thin. Some of them are a little sticky but nothing too extreme. Many of the flavors had some sort of fruit in them which was a nice flavor biting into.

Teriyaki Chicken with Mangoes and Black Bean Chicken with Red Bell Peppers and Salsa were by far my favorite flavors. The Black Bean one had a nice kick to it and the Teriyaki Mango one was a nice mix of sweet and savory. I was also a huge fan of the original flavor as it reminded me a lot of a Slim Jim.

There is a nice variety of flavors that include: Teriyaki Beef with Pineapple, Italian Chicken with Romano, Orchard Beef with Apples and Cherries, Venison with Cranberries and Cherries, Beef with Cranberries and Blueberries, and more! These are perfect snacks to keep on you when you are on the go. 

If you are a fan of jerky but need an option that is healthier, I highly recommend the Simply Snackin’ brand. Give it a shot and use code KIMH15 for 15% off your order!


Eat Clean with JiMMY! Bars

Eat Clean with JiMMY! Bars 0

Protein bars are one of the best snacks and meal replacement ideas after bariatric surgery. They provide a quick source of protein to help you stay on track with your protein goals for the day. I am always looking for more protein bars to try and I was extremely excited to try the JiMMY! Bars.

Before trying the bars, I reviewed the nutritional information and was pleasantly surprised to see how clean these bars are. The ingredient list is small, which means there is not a lot of added junk to the bars. They are all low sugar, high protein and are absolutely delicious!

I tried a few of the flavors and was highly impressed. The crispy consistency of the bars are very chewy and the flavors are very strong. The unique flavors are great because you can switch it up and not get tired of the bars.

They even have bars that aim to help certain things. For example, the JiMMY! Beauty White Chocolate Berry Bliss bar has a collagen boost to it which can help promote hair, skin and nail health. This one reminded me a lot of a fig and the consistency was a little different than the other flavors.

The Eye of the Tiger has 25g of protein and is focused on having more energy and recovering after workouts, including helping with muscle inflammation. The taste of this one has a strong peanut butter flavor and is a great source of protein after an intense workout.

Woke AF is in the cookies and cream flavor and it is known to give you energy and to help you feel awake in the morning. It includes caffeine from Guarana which is a natural caffeine plant. It also includes Omega 3 and MCT oils. Omega 3 oil may promote brain cell development and MCT oil may impact mental focus and performance. This is a great bar to have on hand, especially if you struggle to have energy in the morning.

All of the bars have an amazing flavor and are full of so much nutrition. As a weight loss surgery patient, you can’t go wrong with these bars!

Try yours today and use KIMH15 for 15% off your order!

In a hurry and don't have time to cook? Try these pre-made bariatric meals!

In a hurry and don't have time to cook? Try these pre-made bariatric meals! 0

Are you on the go a lot and don’t have time to cook? I know I am! I am constantly on the go and often times forget to make my lunch for work. I also don’t always have time to cook at night, which makes life after weight loss surgery challenging for me sometimes. Often when people forget their lunch, they go out for fast food at lunchtime. Unfortunately, this is not the best choice for bariatric patients as we can’t eat many things on fast food restaurant menus. There are certain foods we must make sure we are eating to stay healthy after weight loss surgery. These pre-made meals are perfect for bariatric patients!
Brrrr it's cold outside! Try this amazing Hot Chocolate Protein Drink!

Brrrr it's cold outside! Try this amazing Hot Chocolate Protein Drink! 0

We are getting close to winter which means temperatures are dropping fast. Hot chocolate is a favorite treat for the cold months, but unfortunately for bariatric patients, it is not the best choice. Most hot chocolates are full of sugar, which is detrimental for weight loss surgery patients. Fortunately, there is a better choice! BariatricPal’s Hot Chocolate Protein Drink is the perfect alternative to normal hot chocolate. At 80 calories, 3g sugar and 15g of protein, it is an amazing winter drink.
Are you bored of the typical protein bar flavors? Try these Salted Toffee Pretzel bars!

Are you bored of the typical protein bar flavors? Try these Salted Toffee Pretzel bars! 0

Protein! It is one of the most critical things needed after bariatric surgery because it supports healthy muscle function and metabolism. There are so many other benefits for eating a high protein diet, especially after weight loss surgery. Protein should be included in all of your meals after bariatric surgery and you should aim to get at least 80-100 grams per day.

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