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Inspired Air Fryer Sausage Balls

Inspired Air Fryer Sausage Balls

Susan Maria Leach  /  12/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

We all receive invitations to holiday mixers and gatherings and it is always a nice idea to walk into the door holding a dish of something to share with the revelers. I make it a point to take food that I am able to eat, BUT that tastes great so others can enjoy as well.

Christmas Day - A simple but delicious bariatric friendly menu

Christmas Day - A simple but delicious bariatric friendly menu

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/12/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Since it is Christmas I get a little fancy pants with the menu but I do keep it within the bounds for low carb and high protein. It takes a long time to get over the urge to make every dish as high calorie as possible 'because its Christmas'. I think I have arrived at that place after twenty years post op, a horrific regain and fresh second round weight loss.

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies - Sugar Free

Apricot Cream Cheese Cookies - Sugar Free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

These are the Christmas Cookies that were always in a big tin on my grandmothers kitchen table. I remember baking them with my mother every year and even though she's gone, these are the holiday memories I hope you are making with someone that you love. They are also delicious, flaky and sugar free!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels sugar free

Chocolate Covered Pretzels sugar free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Another really fun craft meets cooking adventure. A couple of dollars for ingredients in a tin from the craft store to create a gift from the heart for a diabetic dad or grandma! Merry Christmas.

Oatmeal Almond Crisps sugar free

Oatmeal Almond Crisps sugar free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

These sugar free cookies are excellent with a mug of YUM No Sugar Added Hot Chocolate on a chilly evening with your family! These cookies are not a calorie free food but they are an excellent holiday cookie to share with friends and loved ones.

Strawberry Jam Bars sugar free

Strawberry Jam Bars sugar free

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

I have a bag of Pecan Meal in my freezer procured on a trip to a Pecan Grove in Georgia last fall that feature a touch of Southern Pecan goodness. You can choose any flavor of Jam you would like, I had half a jar of Smuckers Sugar Free Strawberry! So I made Strawberry Jam Bars in my kitchen.

Apricot Hazelnut Streusel Bars, No Added Sugar

Apricot Hazelnut Streusel Bars, No Added Sugar

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

When we were getting ready to trim our own Christmas Palm tree, I decided that we needed some warm Christmas bar cookies to nibble with a mug of warm Inspire Dutch Chocolate Cake protein fixed as hot cocoa. Sure it was 75 degrees here in Florida, but holiday spirit isn’t about the temperature.

10 WLS Friendly, No/Low Carb, EASY & TASTY Party Foods

10 WLS Friendly, No/Low Carb, EASY & TASTY Party Foods

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

It's not fun to arrive at a party or gathering to discover there isn't any bariatric friendly food for you to eat. It's hard enough staying away from Cape Cod Potato Chips, Frozen Deep Fried Convenience Food trays, Little Sandwiches, Party Sub Ring, Chicken Wing Platters, Sushi Roll trays OR ENTIRE TABLES OF COOKIES AND DESSERTS... but when you don't have a choice, you have effectively succeeded in sabotaging yourself.

Artichoke Parmesan Spread

Artichoke Parmesan Spread

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This is a more flavorful lighter version of the hot dip on many menus. Mine is heavy on the artichoke and parmesan, contains ZERO cream cheese, yet tastes fantastic. All the flavors and creaminess of the original but without the five pound weight gain!

Roasted Cajun Turkey Thighs for 2 with Pan Gravy

Roasted Cajun Turkey Thighs for 2 with Pan Gravy

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

It is often just my husband and I for a holiday meal, so even the smallest whole turkey is too large, plus we both prefer dark meat. A perfect solution is to roast turkey thighs for our holiday dinner. Plenty for the meal and leftovers too!

Warm Brie with Preserves & Almonds

Warm Brie with Preserves & Almonds

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This is such a simple dish to take to a party or to serve at home. It takes ten minutes to put together, and when served at a party with crackers, sliced mini bell peppers, cucumber rounds, or even thinly sliced apples it is both satisfying and delicious.

Baked Apricot Glazed Ham with Maple Mustard Sauce

Baked Apricot Glazed Ham with Maple Mustard Sauce

Susan Maria Leach  /  11/11/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Just an old-fashioned glazed ham with a sweet spiciness that is perfect for your holiday party buffet table. Everyone will love this traditional ham! I like it thick sliced, each piece with a bit of glaze at the edge. The Maple Mustard sauce passed at the table kicks this main dish up at least two notches.

No Added Sugar EGGNOG - Ahhhhhh mazing!

No Added Sugar EGGNOG - Ahhhhhh mazing!

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/3/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

This tastes EXACTLY like the supermarket kind and takes 2 minutes. Make sure you buy a whole nutmeg to grate into and on top of this as that is the key to the flavor. There are packets of walnut looking whole nutmeg for .99 cents, Badia brand... in the spice section. Felix Navidad.

Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip

Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip

Susan Maria Leach  /  10/2/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Once you make this, you won't be able to eat the grocery store stuff from a shelf-stable bottle ever again. This is the ultimate Blue Cheese Dressing/Dip and it's actually GOOD for you. Greek yogurt is the key!

Warm No Sugar Cranberry Sippers

Warm No Sugar Cranberry Sippers

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

A really nice holiday drink that makes everyone feel as if they are part of the festivities... bariatric and diabetics can be left out of all the 'sugared' goodies, but this warm drink is calming, soothing, and really delicious.

Old Fashioned No Sugar Apple Pie. Insanely Good.

Old Fashioned No Sugar Apple Pie. Insanely Good.

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

The BEST No Sugar Apple on the Planet. Old Fashioned Apple Pie to serve to everyone who comes to Thanksgiving dinner at your home, or take to your Grandmothers for the holiday dessert table. The best part is that it is INSANELY good and no one will explode from sugar alcohols or think there is anything but love baked into this beauty. 

Turkey Gravy

Turkey Gravy

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

While you can buy gravy or gravy mixes, the really good stuff is made from scratch - this recipe is a foolproof hybrid. Soon you will be The Gravy Queen.

Caramel Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Free

Caramel Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Sugar Free

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/30/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

The dish stands on its own and goes beautifully with holiday turkey. The Starbucks Sugar Free Caramel Syrup adds incredible flavor without turning this into a high sugar, high calorie dish.

Roasted Turkey - Breast Down

Roasted Turkey - Breast Down

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Make a super moist turkey that everyone at the table will love and a Bariatric Post Op will be able to eat! The secret is UPSIDE DOWN... you have heard about it for years... this Thanksgiving give it a try. The difference is unbelievable!

Crunchers Party Mix!

Crunchers Party Mix!

Susan Maria Leach  /  9/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Next time you've got a gathering of friends break out a pretty bowl of Crunchers Party Mix to nibble and enjoy enjoy enjoy knowing you aren't cheating, you are participating! Guests will love it too. Mmmmm, salty, sweet, a touch of spice, nuts... perfect!