This was posted one morning by Gretchen, a member of our No More Regain - BE Facebook Group. It was thoughtful and has made a great impact on many others. It may ring true for YOU!
I love Summer Zucchini and this is hands down my favorite dish!
Fast and tasty! I love Asian flavors and these little meatballs taste like dim sum dumplings or pot-stickers.
It was easy to blame weight for all that was bad in life or did not turn out as hoped. No wonder we feel the pressure as we unzip and remove the 'fat suit'.
If you love fresh tart puckery lemon, then you will love this simple sugar free lemon pudding. It is one of Ty's favorites.
I have a sweet tooth and this is one of the best tasting desserts I make. Plus you can't beat the calorie and carb count at near zero. Get out your glass bowl so you can learn 10 Minute Speed Set!
Saturday was my nephews birthday and my sister in law spent a great deal of time making her ‘Paleo Carrot Cake’ so we could *ALL* celebrate with cake. Her cake was beautiful and made with lots of love, BUT its a sugar bomb.
If you have had bariatric surgery, chewing or craving ice is not just a funny habit, it is a common sign of a serious iron deficiency.
Listen to your body.
If you think you can take gummy vitamins and casually sample shakes after you get home from Sleeve surgery... you'll have scalp showing and be dog tired faster than you can lose your first hundred pounds.
'How many pounds have you lost?'
Amazing flavor - a perfect sugar free cocktail using ingredients most restaurant bars have on hand. Cin cin!
My Grandmother was the best cook, this simple salad is one that I remember from parties she hosted.
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It was 33 degrees here in Fort Lauderdale this morning, and the entire world was procuring ingredients for soup at Whole Foods. I was no different as I picked up some fresh and perfect ingredients for classic New England chowder.
The salad makes the super moist salmon even more delicious and creamy for a perfect post op meal.
Salmon is very simple to cook, moist and easy to eat for those who have had bariatric surgery. It is also a beautiful plate for a sit down holiday meal.
There are times when everyone has had to resort to counting change from the can in the closet. Whether rich or poor, we still have to put supper on the table. These are from my budget files for times when I need to stretch too few dollars into some big meals.
THIS ONE IS ASSEMBLED ON THE FLY FROM THE FRIDGE. ANOTHER PERFECT BARIATRIC SMALL MEAL!
Here is an easy one if you are one of those post ops who cant finish a restaurant meal.
Remember that Deviled eggs can be lightened up by using Plain Greek Yogurt in place of the Mayo.
These taste like the cheesy part of a lasagna or ravioli. I like to keep it clean and simple. Delicious with simple marinara spooned over a portion in a small dish.
Sweet Pepper and Cheese Frittata
After eating our way to 300 pounds and having major surgery to help fix things, we wouldn't want to inconvenience ourselves with dieting, would we?
Ask an Italian... Calabro is by far the best brand, followed by Polly-O... Sargento is grainy.
With all due respect, you overcook chicken, rendering it dry and tough and hard to digest. Open your mind, follow a simple tip or two and you will be amazed by the difference in your very first attempt. I have this one covered!
We've been eating the WRONG foods for a lifetime, how do we suddenly know what's right?
Obviously, all carbs are not created equal. If we were all brilliantly well versed in nutrition and effortlessly made great choices, we would not have needed bariatric surgery. Drop the Mic.
Amazing flavors... tomato, parmesan, Italian herbs and even pepperoni. Tons of flavor with 100 calories per Pizza Cloud, 3 carbs and 1 gram of fat. Absolutely simple, yet flavorful perfection. PIZZA CLOUDS ROCK!
I roast my turkey breast side down, so it is very moist, plus the creamy Greek yogurt blended with a touch of mayonnaise for tang creates the right texture for a bariatric post-op. Grapes add sweetness and curry powder adds zestiness and snap!
Remember when you were a kid and you hung onto that dollar because you wanted to make sure you spent it on something good? Same thing here. You don't want to spend your valuable pouch space on bread when the tuna is the protein star.
I had a large wooden salad bowl in my office and once a week would assemble the ingredients for this salad. I love the way the cooked egg yolk blends with the dressing when it's tossed. It's super filling, tasty, good for you, easy to make on top of a desk and feeds a whole slew of people. I love this salad and so will you!
Sriracha is star ingredient in this easy sauce that really goes on anything, a turkey burger, steak salad, dipping sauce for shrimp, or sauce for salmon. Great stuff.
After bariatric surgery its not the Quantity but the Quality. I can easily eat high protein steak if it is lean and tender.
A member of our BariatricEating Support Group on Facebook asked if we could create a bariatric friendly version of an Amish broccoli carrot salad she loved that is traditionally made with a sweet tangy mayo sour cream dressing. Admin Alison Garcia took on the task and came up with a lighter yet delicious salad!
Voila, a smaller batch of goodness that is very easy and quick to make. Lightly brushing warm freshly baked doughnut holes with melted butter and rolling them in Cinnamon and Truvia keeps them soft and moist. They melt in your mouth! I even piped a few with a dab of sugar-free grape jelly. A wonderful Holiday dessert treat.
Just because we had surgery does not mean we have to forgo occasional sweets, as long as they do not have added sugar and are in line with our new way of life. These fit the bill!
Desserts are impossible to avoid - no one wants to sit without a plate while everyone eats dessert after a holiday meal... for the rest of their life.
This is a protein rich creamy egg and ricotta custard posing as a dessert. It makes a wonderful breakfast lunch supper, or TV watching family 'dessert'. I love this dish!
Is there anything better than a silky smooth dessert that you don't have to bake? No, there really isn't!
Over the years, studies and books have shown over and over that children from families who eat together do better in school, that eating whole fresh food is healthier, that eating sustainably will help to save the environment.
It is important that we have an open and honest discussion of holiday drinking so we not only know what to expect, but can handle ourselves like ladies and gentlemen and remain safe.
For many, morbid obesity is the outward symptom of something deeper; when paired with the fact that alcohol is absorbed at nearly full proof as there is little or no stomach digestion, you've got an ominous combination of circumstances.
These toasted nuts are off the chain. Since Ty’s family lives in the heart of prime pecan-growing region, I always have a big bag of pecans in the freezer. I make this recipe in a larger batch to take to a party as a gift for the hosts.
I love an occasional margarita but store bought mixer has a ton of sugar in it. Bottled sugar free margarita mix sucks - blech! I used to live in Mexico and once you have had a handmade 'real' margarita made with fresh lime, nothing else will do.
In this recipe pureed watermelon is added to the water! Once you try it, you will be excited to try these no sugar added ‘Aguas’ with strawberries and cantaloupe too.
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.
After you are doing well with eating soft smooth purees you will progress to soft foods which differ in that they are of a consistency what can easily be mashed with a fork. While is can be frustrating to be stuck in these special texture phases, advancing too rapidly into foods that are somewhat dense and hard can cause you to vomit and even result in food getting stuck.
First Fall Applesauce... make your own!
The Fresh Market was roasting Hatch Green Chilies in front of the store this afternoon and I picked up a big container to make this amazing cheesy puff. BE. Careful. to. not. get. DOWNWIND. of roasting chilies.
In the first stage after surgery patients should drink clear liquids; defined as liquids that one can see through.
We have TWO built-in portion control devices if we only use them. We have a pouch and a brain. Truth!
I am Italian so what can I say... I love an antipasto as its in my blood! My pink cheeks give away that I have had a little too much Prosecco in this photo but it was Thanksgiving! My signature Holiday Party dish served on my biggest platter.
A Shrimp Cocktail has meant the meal is special ever since The Sixties. This version bathes the shrimp and or crab in a creamy and slightly smoky chipotle sauce. The wow factor comes from serving them in a martini or wine glass. It's a super easy to eat dish that people really enjoy.
This one is so good, you will be famous for it. People will ask you IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR CHEESECAKE. Trust me.
All I have to say is wow! Serve this after a special occasion dinner and blow everyone's mind.
These are a sort of ‘meatloaf on a stick’ that I can cook in minutes using my grill pan. If you don’t have one, you can use a skillet or broiler. I like the bamboo skewers so no one at the table feels cheated that there isn’t a bun!
When you want the CRUNCH without the carbs.
One Perfect Bite! These are soooo good.
There are fresh wonderful choices that tickle the taste buds now that we no longer inhale our food in front of a TV or from the styrofoam container. Make your new choices from protein and healthy carbs. Be happy about the great food you CAN have... don't be sad about not eating bad choice foods.
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!
These are a crowd-pleaser for any special occasion and will be sure to put a smile on everyone's faces!
Season's Eatings! It's cute to think of it that way but what you may not realize is that we've entered a time of year that lands many post-ops on top of a slippery slope that ends in a failure to reach the goals they set for the year.
They are sweet and chewy and have zero sugar and lots of flavor. I make them in silicon molds and after an hour in the fridge they pop right out. They are shiny and beautiful and it doesn't matter if you eat every. single. one. of. them.
Make these incredible 'bariatric friendly' dishes for your Thanksgiving Day - Let's Cook!
This year let's make Thanksgiving about the day and the people and not buy in to believing that our worth is tied to a bowl of mashed potatoes that we *must* make.
Sometimes I even moisten some Inspire Protein Kitchen Pancake Mix with enough milk to make a couple of drop biscuits to place on the bottom of our bowls too!
While sitting with my mothers sister Gail, who is a fabulous cook, she proclaimed 'Susan, this is the best pie I've ever had!' Wow, what a compliment!
Sugar free pineapple orange glaze for Christmas ham that is perfect for bariatric or diabetic family table. Absolutely wonderful crispy edges, moist texture. much better than a commercially glazed ham... this tastes homemade. If you are Ham for Christmas kind of folks, you will LOVE this version.
To Purée is to blend, grind or mash food until it is a thick, smooth, lump-free consistency. A Purée is a food that has the consistency of a soft creamy paste."
When you simply roast a sweet potato until softened, the outside skin separates from the bright orange inside that turns soft and sweet with a caramelized flavor. It is superb for Holiday Dinners. Plain. Jane. Sweet. Potato.
My husband is from Georgia and this was his request for Christmas dessert.
There's a reason why all fine restaurants have a Shrimp Cocktail on the Appetizer menu! Assemble this fabulous classic as your first course for the holiday meal - Easy, Delicious, Bariatric Friendly too!
My signature dessert is CHEESECAKE and I am a Cheesecake Queen of sorts. This recipe easy to make and I promise that yours will turn out just like mine!
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.
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.
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.
The best stuffing you will ever eat. Excellent combination of flavors and textures that is lower in carbs as well. If I am going to choose ONE carb to eat at a holiday meal this is the one that is pouch worthy.
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.
That behavior now embarrasses me. Almost twenty years after bariatric surgery, we eat much cleaner and prefer simple fresh foods - like NORMAL people.
We know that many of our Facebook Support Group members schedule surgery at end of the year to use up health savings accounts and take advantage of insurance deductibles. Then one day wake up and think 'What am I going to do about Thanksgiving and Christmas?' No worries. This is not our first rodeo..
The middle is California Roll Shrimp Bites and the dish on the left is Ham & Swiss bites with Honey Mustard.
These taste really really good and are assembled in minutes. Perfect party food and totally bariatric friendly. :)
Even those who say they don't like Spinach - this stuff is lick the plate good. If you are going to eat carbs, make them the vegetable kind. Use bites of this delicious dish to moisten your bites of turkey: a trick of bariatric eating.
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!
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!
This sauce is HEAVENLY! I start making it as soon as I see fresh cranberries in our market as it is wonderful blended with Fage Greek yogurt or spooned over pumpkin custard or cheesecake. I love tart-sweet and this is the best. Hard to believe just a couple of ingredients can taste this good!
Fully loaded with all the right flavors of 'sour cream', bacon, cheddar and scallions, this simple dish will be the first to disappear at your family holiday buffet table. THIS is what bariatric eating is all about - making a delicious dish that is easy for you to eat that the family will also LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Protein keeps us full, fuels weight loss, and gives us long lasting slow burning energy. We all know how it feels to hit the wall at 2 o'clock and protein snacks are the best way to keep moving. Here are some of our favorite bariatric friendly protein mini meals and snacks. We promise you wont get sick of any of these choices.
Mindless eating is a problem of obesity. It's not fair to just say 'DON'T SNACK' as that is not a realistic way to think people can live. It is more constructive to come up with things we can eat when everyone else is eating popcorn balls. This is a great snack food that doesn't slow weight loss and as a bonus has a lot of protein.
I use Splenda as it works well in custards. No need to reinvent the wheel here folks. This is simple goodness at its best. Make this with a crust OR WITHOUT depending on your use. My husband does not think it is PIE unless it has crust, so for holidays I make this pie using a Pillsbury All Ready Crust and it looks super homemade. (gasp, I would never use a frozen stamped crust.)
I promise you that you can be a star and pass along a new tradition to your family by following these easy 1,2,3 instructions. You will have the most delicious tender juicy turkey that you have ever tasted. It's not magic, it's called a meat thermometer but don't give away your secret.
This is an important message that many don't consider until it happens to them! Listen to a little bit of food for thought about how to STOP making things harder than they need to be.
The trick is to find the unsweetened coconut in your supermarket - it is often labeled as ‘dessicated’ or dried. Check the label and make sure sugar is not listed as an Ingredient. Mmmm, I love coconut!
Make these and serve hot at your next party. YUM YUM!
These take minutes to wrap and once you have tried them, you’ll be able to make a pan of these before a Party in 15 minutes. They are delicious with cocktail or barbecue sauce or plain.
Tilapia is a mild white fish that is also budget friendly. This is a perfect first try for your air fryer as this recipe is simple and delicious.
Catfish is firm moist and meaty. It is also a bargain at sale prices of under four dollars per pound and is farm raised in the USA!
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