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Avoiding Sweet Indulgences Over Thanksgiving

So by now, most of you are prepared for Thanksgiving; maybe not physically but mentally we have all prepared ourselves for what our Thanksgiving will look like. For some, it will be de-carbing your holiday meal and serving a healthier version to your friends and family members. Others will prepare by bringing their own low…

Healthy Holiday Tips

Losing weight during the holidays can be challenging, however, when there is a will there is a way! For a second think about all the things you associate with the holidays. Food? Family? Friends? Holiday treats? Changing your holiday focus can significantly impact your dietary choices during this special time of the year. Below are…

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ingredients 1 sugar-free/diet hot chocolate packet 1 scoop BariEssential PRO Vanilla Bliss protein powder 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa Splenda, to taste 1/2 cup water 1 tbsp Sugar-Free Salted Caramel Torani Syrup 2 tbsp Sugar-Free Redi-Whip Directions Add hot chocolate packet and protein powder to 1/2 cup hot water and stir until all clumps are dissolved….

Healthy Holiday Tips for Staying on Track

The holidays can bring temptation in areas you would never imagine, from tempting treats at work to making holiday favorites with your family, just getting through the holiday season can be a diet battle. Your healthy lifestyle does not have to be sabotaged during the holidays. Below are a few tips and tricks to help…

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

It’s almost time for the spookiest day of the year! For years, Halloween has received a bad rap for being the holiday that encourages children and their families to eat lots of candy; this does not have to be the case. Below are a few tips to help you and your family celebrate Halloween without…

Bariatric Friendly Ways to Add Pumpkin to Your Diet

  Ways to add pumpkin to your diet and still stick to your meal plan! Pumpkin flavored coffee (ex: Dunkin Donuts OR Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice) Add pumpkin spice to your coffee grounds before brewing. Add sugar-free pumpkin flavoring to sugar-free hot chocolate, coffee, or apple cider (ex: Torani Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie syrup) Pop…

Post Bariatric Sample Meal Plan +…

Planning ahead is a major component in reaching your weight loss goals. It will help you to stay on track with your diet, avoid diet downfalls and help you cut cost at the grocery store! Follow the steps below to successfully plan a healthy menu for your week! 1. Download your Meal Planning Template –…

How to Avoid Coffee Shop Treats

Coffee shops can be very tempting places to grab a quick snack, especially when hunger strikes! It can be especially hard to maintain self control with all of those pastries and donuts in viewing sight. If you are heading in to grab a cup of coffee, keep in mind that you should be waiting at…

Warm Beverages to Enjoy This Fall

With the cooler weather up us, the desire for warm beverages quickly increases. I figured it would be best to cover a favorite topic of mine, COFFEE (and other warm beverages of course). Do not be fooled, even coffees can cause your weight loss to stall. Liquid calories can be a silent enemy, in that,…

Easy Chili

Ingredients: -1 lb 93% lean ground beef -1 can pinto beans -1 packet low-sodium chili seasoning Directions: Brown hamburger meat in a skillet until cooked through. Add chili seasoning and recommended amount of water (you can find this on the chili seasoning packet depending which one you choose). Add pinto beans and simmer for 10…

Crab Spread – Pureed Food

Ingredients: -1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese -1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese -1/4 cup light mayonnaise -1 Tbsp. Bari-Clear Protein Powder -1/4 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese -1 Tbsp. hot mustard -1/4 tsp. horseradish -1 tsp. garlic powder -1 can shredded crab meat Directions: Place cream cheese, cottage cheese, and crab meat into a food processor/blender…

Cheesecake Protein Pudding – Pureed Food

Ingredients: -1 cup plain Greek yogurt -1 scoop Bari-Clear/ Bari-essentials Vanilla Protein Powder -1 pkg sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Greek Style Egg Salad

Ingredients: -4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped -2 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion -1 Tbsp. black olives, -1/4 cup diced tomatoes -2 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise -2 tsp. low-fat milk -salt and pepper, to taste -2 Tbsp. fat-free crumbled feta cheese Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth.

No-noodle Cheese Lasagna – Pureed Food

Ingredients: -3/4 cup fat free or 2% cottage/ricotta cheese -1/4 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce -1/4 tsp oregano -1/4 tsp basil -2 egg whites -1/4 cup 2% milk mozzarella cheese Directions: Mix cottage/ricotta cheese, egg whites, oregano, basil together and place in an oven proof dish. Pour marinara on top of mixture and top with…

Lemon Ricotta Creme – Pureed Food

Ingredients: -1- 15 oz. container of low-fat/fat-free ricotta cheese -zest of one lemon (or orange) -1-2 tsp. lemon extract (or orange extract) -1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract -4 packets of Splenda Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Pintos and Cheese – Pureed Food

Ingredients: -1 can of Pinto beans with onion -2 tbsp. shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese -1-2 Tbsp. low-sugar enchilada sauce -1 scoop Bari Clear Protein Powder Directions: Place pinto beans with onions, enchilada sauce, and Bari-Clear into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into dish and cover with 2 tbsp. of shredded 2% milk…

Squash Casserole – Pureed Foods

Ingredients: -1 can of squash with vidalia onion -2 Tbsp. of fat-free cream cheese -1/2 tsp of garlic powder -salt & pepper, to taste -1-2 tsp butter buds -1 Tbsp. shredded 2% milk cheddar cheese -1 scoop of Bari-Clear Protein Powder Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, pour into dish,…

Buffalo Chicken – Pureed Food

Ingredients: – 1 can of chicken – 1 Tbsp. low-fat blue cheese crumbles – 2 Tbsp. light ranch dressing – 1 tsp. buffalo sauce – salt & pepper, to taste Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Egg Salad – Pureed Recipes

Ingredients: -2 eggs -1 tsp of light mayo -1/2 tsp of spicy brown mustard -salt & pepper, to taste Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Simple Chili – Soft Protein Foods

Ingredients: -1 lb. ground beef -1 packet low-sodium chili seasoning -1 can pinto beans with jalapenos *optional: plain Greek yogurt, 2% milk shredded cheese Directions: Brown ground beef; Add low-sodium chili seasoning packet (& water [according to seasoning packet]) and pinto beans to beef. Cook until chili seasoning is absorbed; top with plain Greek yogurt…

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