Weight Loss Swaps for July 4
July 4 is around the corner. Are you ready to lose weight and enjoy delicious food? Yes, it is possible. Just take a few minutes to plan for it. With easy swaps, you can keep the taste, but ditch the calories and excess carbs and fat. Bonus: bring enough to share, and you might be the most popular guest at the party.
That kind of coleslaw has about 300 calories per cup, but we are not talking about that kind of coleslaw. Instead, go red, white, and blue with shredded purple (blue!) cabbage, slivered red beets, and white feta or mozzarella cheese. Toss your coleslaw with Italian Low-Calorie Dressing, and you have a flavorful side with calcium, fiber, and protein for under 100 calories.
When chips, pretzels, cereal, and chocolate candies are mixed, you get a mix of fat and sugar that is sure to add up to more than you should have in a meal, without even getting the benefits of protein and fiber. Instead, make your own protein-packed, low-carb party mix by combining your choice of Protein Pretzels, Protein Chips, and Protein Cereal. Nuts and popcorn are other great additions.
Adding sugary barbecue sauce is a quick way to turn a healthy protein into a regrettable choice. Instead of regular sauce, use calorie-free BBQ Sauce. It comes in Original, Honey, Hickory Smoked, and Thick and Spicy flavors, and has zero calories, zero carbs, and zero sugars. That adds up to zero regret.
Good old American brownies are a good old way to make yourself feel guilty and possibly jittery if you are not used to all that sugar. Instead, why not get your chocolate fix from Eat Me Guilt Free Chocolate Brownies? They are flourless and sugar free, and each one has 22 grams of protein to keep you full for hours. It is easy to share, since you can choose a box of 12 ready-to-eat brownies.
Start to finish, you can celebrate Independence with the best of them, while staying on your diet plan. The BariatricPal Store has the treats you need to enjoy the festivities and get your protein.
- Alex Brecher