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Post Workout Snacks to Fuel Your Weight Loss Efforts 0

When you commit to losing weight and getting healthy, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about starting an exercise program. At this time of year, you’re not alone! Forbes reports that gym memberships increase by 20 percent in January, and over 50 million Americans belong to a gym!

But how does that affect your weight loss and meal plan? How do you eat to lose weight while supporting your activity? The tricks are to get in the right types and amounts of nutrients, and time them right. That’s why the post-workout snack is so important.

Why a Post-Workout Snack?

Your body is best able to use nutrients right after you’re finished working out. That means muscle recovery and refueling are both more effective when you eat right after you’re done. That helps you get ready for tomorrow’s workout. Without a post-workout snack, you may feel tired or sluggish the next day and have more trouble getting moving.

Aim to have a snack within 15 to 60 minutes after your workout. That can mean packing a snack in your gym bag or car so it’s ready to eat on the go. At the very least, it’s best to plan ahead so you already know which snack you’ll have.

Protein…and Carbs

Almost everyone knows the importance of protein. It’s what your muscles are made of. Getting enough protein after a workout lets your muscles repair the minor damage you did during the workout. A good amount is about 15 to 30 grams.

What is less widely known is the importance of carbohydrates after working out. Carbs are a major source of fuel for your body. When you get in some carbs after a workout, it’s like restocking your body’s fuel supply. A good amount is up to 120 grams.

A Few Power Combos

What does that combo of protein and carbs actually look like in practice? Here are some ideas for post-workout snack.

Smart snacks can keep your weight loss on track by boosting metabolism and keeping up energy. After workouts, the right combo of protein and carbs can help muscles recover and restock your fuel stores so you feel great again tomorrow. Plan a little and depend on The BariatricPal Store for your post-workout power options!

Craving Fast Food? Make Your Own Healthy Breakfast Swaps 0

Mid-winter is a busy time for many of us. We’re back in full swing after the holidays, and often buried deep in work and family obligations. On top of that, it’s time to lose a few of the extra pounds that might have crept back during the holidays!

How can you lose weight while you’re crunched for time in the mornings? And how can you keep it delicious at the same time? Make a few easy swaps for fast food breakfasts!

As promised in our blog post of December 17, here are some more healthy swaps for your favorite fast food items! These breakfast ideas are high protein, calorie-controlled, and easy for anyone to make, plus they’re satisfying and great-tasting. Give them a try!

McGriddles

That breakfast sandwich with sausage, cheese, and egg sandwiched between two pancakes is pretty irresistible. The problem is that it doesn’t really fit the description of a healthy weight loss breakfast. It can have nearly 600 calories, a day’s worth of unsaturated fat, and 15 grams of sugar. All that, and it only has 19 grams of protein.

If you’re looking for a better nutritional bargain, try making your own using BariatricPal Hot Protein Breakfast – Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Pile your filling onto a single pancake. For your filling, use two cooked egg whites, a slice of fat-free cheese, and turkey bacon. For under 300 calories and a tiny amount of saturated fat and sugar, you get over 30 grams of protein.

Coffee and a Bagel/muffin

When you’re starving but leaving the house in a rush in the morning, nothing’s more tempting then going to the coffee shop for a coffee and a bagel, muffin, or pastry. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless you’re not keen on starting your day with 500 to 1,000 calories and 100 grams of sugar, and you don’t mind the 10:00 a.m. midmorning energy crash.

Here’s a better idea if you’re hoping to avoid the crash, stay within your calorie limits, get some protein, and be more energized so your metabolism stays up. Grab a coffee and a muffin. Just make sure it’s the right kind of each. Choose BariatricPal Hot Protein Drinks Classic Cappuccino or Decaf Cappuccino and pair it with Quest Nutrition Protein Bar – Banana Nut, and you’ve got an instant breakfast for 270 calories, 4 grams of sugar, and 35 grams of protein. Not bad!

Eggs, Pancakes, and Hash Browns

It’s a classic breakfast combo, but a potentially devastating one for your waistline. A side of eggs can cost 200 calories, while omelets can run you over 500 calories. That’s before you even get to the pancakes at 500 calories a stack, not to mention the hash browns to seal the deal at over 1000 calories.

If you’re craving a big breakfast, why not start with a BariatricPal Vegetable Omelet for 100 calories and 15 grams of protein, and pair it with BariatricPal Hot Protein Breakfasts – Blueberry Pancakes for another 100 calories and 15 grams of protein. Satisfy your potato cravings by whipping up some “cauliflower hash browns,” using cauliflower florets instead of potatoes. This high-fiber, high-protein breakfast can keep you going all morning.

A healthy breakfast can be one of the keys to your weight loss, and it may not be as difficult as you might think to grab a healthy, great-tasting meal. Hopefully these ideas will provide inspiration and motivation to start your day off right!

Eating for Weight Loss to Start 2016 0

Happy Monday! Seriously. We know most Mondays aren’t so welcome when they’re the beginning of the work week. But this Monday, the first working day of the year, may be different. If you’re like millions of Americans, even if you’re not exactly looking forward to going to work, you’re dreading it a little less.

Work aside, you’re almost certainly looking forward to normalcy. Your schedule gets back to normal, the extra relatives go home, and you don’t need to go gift shopping any more. Best of all, parties are out, and healthy eating is back in style. That’s great news for your weight loss!

Here are a few tips to keep you on the right track this year.

Be Prepared

Being caught off guard can lead to bad things, like online orders at pizza places and trips to the drive-through. You don’t need to plan every meal all the time, but you can have some basic staples on hand so you can get something high-protein and low-carb whenever you need it.

-Protein bars and shakes make great last-minute meals and snacks.

-Instant protein oatmeal and protein cold cereal can start your day off right.

-Low-calorie, instant delicious meals can keep you motivated and losing weight.

-Protein snacks and desserts can keep you from diving for the bad stuff.

Throw Fresh Foods into the Mix

Fresh, unprocessed foods are the way to go. You can’t go wrong when you base your diet on lean proteins, vegetables, and fruit. That doesn’t mean you need to slave away in the kitchen for hours, or avoid all kitchen helpers. The most sustainable way to go may be to mix your own fresh ingredients with meal helpers to create low-calorie, high-protein meals and snacks. Here are a few ideas.

-Instant protein oatmeal or protein cold cereal plus a piece of fruit.

-Vegetables, beans, and chicken added to Protein Soups.

-Protein Pretzels or Chips dipped into Greek yogurt.

-A fresh green side salad served with any Protein Entrée.

Take Your Vitamins

When you’re losing weight, you can be at higher risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The BariatricPal Store is your source for bariatric vitamins, including multivitamins, calcium, vitamin D, folic acid, iron, and vitamin B12.

Additional supplements can boost health along with vitamins and minerals. Fiber drinks can help you stay regular, along with reducing hunger and lowering cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fats are good for your heart, and probiotics are healthy gut bacteria that can help keep your metabolism in balance. Biotin is a B vitamin that may help with every weight loss surgery patient’s fear – losing hair.

The BariatricPal Store is behind your weight loss and healthy eating efforts, and our products can make weight loss easier. They help keep you full, they’re easy to store and prepare, and they’re delicious – so you never need to feel deprived on your diet. Check out the store and commit to the healthy 2016 you’re dreaming of!

Happy National Spaghetti Day! 0

Keep reading for a coupon code to use at checkout!

Happy National Spaghetti Day, which was January 4 in case you didn’t know. Think you can’t enjoy a plate of pasta when you’re trying to lose weight? You’re right, if you’re thinking of a plate of pasta with 1,000 or more calories and 100 grams of carbs. But you’re dead wrong if you go with some of our suggestions.

Here are some guilt-free ways to enjoy spaghetti while you lose weight. They’re high in protein, and low in calories and carbs, and easy to throw together. And, you can get a 10% discount on pasta from The BariatricPal Store when you use coupon code Protein10Noodles through January 20 when you check out.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

We had to start with the classic. And it’s so good, we have two takes on it. The first idea is to prepare BariatricPal Very Low Calorie Fettuccini High Protein Pasta. Make Sloppy Joe Mix and form it into meatballs. Then toss with BariatricPal Very Low Calorie Pasta Sauce Flavor Pack – Tomato Parmesan, and enjoy!

You’re still in luck if that recipe takes too long for you or you just don’t feel like cooking. Just go for BariatricPal Protein Entrée – Spaghetti Bolognese. This delicious mix of pasta and meaty tomato sauce is ready in minutes. You just need to add water.

Spaghetti Tuna Casserole

Remember that creamy, satisfying dish your mom used to make? This recipe for spaghetti tuna casserole gives you the flavor and comfort of that dish, but only a fraction of the calories, carbs, and fat.

All you have to do is prepare 2 packages of BariatricPal Fettucine Alfredo Pasta according to the package directions. Then add a half-cup of yogurt and a can of chunk light tuna in water. Bake in a shallow pan for 10 minutes at 375 degrees, then sprinkle the top with crushed BariatricPal Crunch O’s Lite Bites – Sour Cream and Onion. Bake for another 3 minutes to form a crispy topping.

You can substitute leftover chicken, turkey, or ground beef, turkey, or soy crumbles for the tuna. Serve it with a side of steamed broccoli, or bake your veggies right into the casserole.

Low Carb Chow Mein

Chow mein may not technically be spaghetti, but it’s worth celebrating anyway, especially when it fits into your diet. Start by rinsing and draining a package of Quest Nutrition Spaghetti Pasta. Then cook chicken breast or tofu in 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Cook your protein, and set it aside.

Add another teaspoon of oil to the skillet, and lightly cook a cup of diced vegetables. They can include water chestnuts, bell peppers, bean sprouts, snow peas, carrots, or any of your other favorites. Toss in seasonings such as soy sauce, garlic powder, ginger, black pepper, and, if you like heat, sriracha sauce. Or, just use Asian Inspired Very Low Calorie Pasta Sauce Flavor Pack.

Mix the ingredients together, and serve!

Enjoy these high-protein, low-calorie, guilt-free pasta recipes in honor of National Spaghetti Day. Don’t forget to order your ingredients at The BariatricPal Store. Use coupon code Protein10Noodles when you check out to receive a 10% discount on eligible pasta products at The BariatricPal Store! The coupon is good through January 20, 2016.

Happy New Year from BariatricPal! 0

Happy New Year! We hope 2016 is the year you achieve many of your hopes and dreams. We hope to be a part of your success in the coming year. Here’s just part of how we’re working towards helping you lose weight and be healthy.

The Bariatric and Weight Loss Food and Supplements You Need

Weight loss is about planning ahead. That includes having the right foods and supplements on hand. We have you covered so you can lose weight and keep it off while staying nourished, energized, and healthy. Come to The BariatricPal Store first for top-quality brands and these products:

-Protein bars, shakes, smoothies, and powders.

-Instant, single-serving high-protein breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees.

-Great-tasting protein chips, pretzels, and other snacks.

-Delicious low-carb, high-protein cakes, cookies, and puddings.

-Foods for each stage of the pre-op and post-op diets.

-Multivitamin, B vitamins, calcium, vitamin D, iron, and other bariatric vitamins in chewable, liquid, tablet, and capsule forms.

-Fiber, omega-3, biotin, and other health supplements.

-And MORE!

The Best Deals and Service

We don’t just sell the best products. We sell them at the best prices – guaranteed. We’ll match any online competitor’s price so you know you’re getting the best deals. With programs and promotions like free shipping, subscribe and save, sales, and coupons, we are confident our products are the best deals on the web.

We’re also committed to providing the best service, because we value your business. We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions any time.

The Social Support to Keep You on Track

Don’t underestimate the value of information and social support. We know how important it is, and that’s why we hope you will visit – or keep visiting – the BariatricPal forums. It’s where to go for peer to peer support when you have questions about weight loss surgery, surgeons, recipes, and weight loss. Membership is free!

As you work towards setting yourself up for success in 2016, we hope you will keep BariatricPal in your plans. We want to be here for you however we can in your weight loss journey, from before surgery through maintenance and beyond, and from social support on the forums to offering you healthy and delicious products in The BariatricPal Store. Cheers!

Craving Fast Food? Make Your Own Healthy Swaps 0

This time of year can be tough for anyone. No matter how much you love visiting or hosting relatives, going to parties, and holiday shopping, the change from your usual routine can get draining. You may crave your normal life.

It’s tougher when you’re trying to lose weight. On top of the family, gift, and other usual stresses of the holidays, you need to find healthy foods to eat. Fast food is awfully tempting when you’re busy and tired, but you know that’s the wrong choice!

The right choice? Make your own healthy swaps. Here are a few fast, high-protein, low-calorie, and delicious ideas, with more to come in the future.

Breakfast Sandwich

Here’s a bad way to start the day: pack some fatty processed meat (bacon or sausage), eggs, and cheese into a high-carb tortilla, croissant, or biscuit, and call it breakfast. Here’s a better (aka: higher protein, lower carb) way to get your metabolism going in the morning.

Prepare a BariatricPal Vegetable Omelet and add an ounce of shredded low-fat cheese. Puree it if you’re still in the Mushies post-op diet stage. If you’re in the soft foods post-op stage or you’re low-carbing it, you’re ready to eat! Otherwise, you can add your egg and cheese to a high-fiber English muffin half.

Killer Burrito

When you go to a Mexican restaurant, the “killer” part of the burrito refers to the calories, carbs, and fat in a typical burrito loaded with beef, rice, cheese, and sour cream. When you choose BariatricPal Nacho Cheese Pasta or Beef and Bean Enchiladas, “killer” refers to the taste and great nutritionals. Feel free to top your healthy enchiladas with Greek yogurt and avocado slices, and add a crunch with BariatricPal Lite Double Bites – Cheddar Cheese chips instead of tortilla strips.

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

Give yourself an afternoon lift with a fruit and yogurt parfait. We’re not talking about the kind with 4 grams of protein and whose top ingredients include sugar, starch, and fructose. We’re talking about the kind that’ll keep you satisfied until your next meal, without the hit of sugar.

Use non-fat, no sugar added Greek yogurt as a base. Mix in a serving of BariatricPal Apple Cinnamon Crunch Cereal, and add a cup of freshly sliced fruit. That’s all! It’s just as fast as going through the drive through, but you get 21 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.

Italian Night

What happens when you get home tired and hungry? Don’t hit the macaroni and cheese, or go to your local Italian restaurant for a plate of carbs you’ll regret for days. Instead, try something a little easier and way healthier. Whether it’s Spaghetti Bolognese, Spicy Cheese n’ Pasta, Vegetable Lasagna, or Fettuccini Alfredo Pasta, a BariatricPal entrée has the protein you need, minus the carbs and calories.

Give yourself a treat and take a well-deserved rest during the holidays or anytime during the year. There are always easy meals you can make using simple ingredients and items from The BariatricPal Store. You can feel good knowing you’re giving your body the nutrition it needs, while you’re taking the break you need.

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