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.
These taste really really good and are assembled in minutes. Perfect party food and totally bariatric friendly. :)
The middle is California Roll Shrimp Bites and the dish on the left is Ham & Swiss bites with Honey Mustard.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
We are not going to really fool anyone, but this is a delicious dish in its own right! Our Faux Potatoes are the perfect texture. Yum.
A good tasting dish in its own right. Calling it pizza does not make it so, but this 'Pizza' flavored round is fresh, mild and has a cheesy goodness with none of the qualities for which cauliflower is disliked. I think you will like it if you don't go at it thinking you have found no carb pizza. Have reasonable expectations and you will love it!
If you think that people don't fight over the choice to eat the foods that led to their own obesity you would be wrong. What's worse is that people don't realize the real issues many post-ops face.
This one is so good, you will be famous for it. People will ask IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR CHEESECAKE. Trust me. Never has something so simple gathered so much attention and applause. Plus its sugar free. Boom.
Pair with a tomato-cucumber salad and a Ranch dipping sauce. Yum.
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!
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.
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.
Make these and serve hot at your next party. YUM YUM!
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!
It's Monday and its time for a little tough love if you are spending today with regret about the choices you made this weekend.
Mindset is HUGE. Everyone knows that.
But honestly what does that really mean? Is it attitude? Is it pretending life is a bowl of cherries?
Bobby Flay provided the base recipe but I have reduced and swapped out the sugar and part of the flour. It has no added sugar and is reduced carbohydrate. Its not calorie free but its a super moist and really flavorful pumpkin loaf to bake for your Thanksgiving celebration.
The Thanksgiving dish for a new Post Op or old Post Op or ANYONE for that matter. Just wonderful soft creamy pumpkin pie filling. Guild the lily with a squirt of Land O Lakes Sugar Free Whipped Cream!
Proudly add this Pumpkin Roll to the holiday dessert table and let everyone know it's sugar free and low in calories. Of course it's also Bariatric Friendly & Super Delicious!
Nothing says Thanksgiving like Pumpkin Cheesecake and this one just happens to be sugar free.
The BEST no cook recipe on the planet. A big bowl of fluffy pumpkin spiced mousse that tastes like it took substantial effort... super delish, super easy and no one will ever know its sugar free! Serve in wine glasses. Use a plastic bag with the corner cut off to get it in there neatly! Place three Murray Sugar Free Butter Cookies on the plate for a little texture and good looks.
Smooth dark flavors of late Fall!
Don’t worry - it's common as GI surgery makes the taste buds go crazy! While all will eventually calm down, you'll often find savory protein soup more to your liking than a much too sweet chocolate shake. Protein protein protein will heal you and keep you satisfied. Try this easy recipe!
If you are my age you probably recall a magical soup that warded off colds and made you feel warm from your head to your toes. Not sure if it was the delicious soup or the love that also went into that pot. Let's not lose this heritage recipe - teach your children that old fashioned chicken soup heals what ails you. It is super simple and uses just 5 ingredients.
When you try this super easy and delicious soup, you'll never be happy with canned tomato soup again! Give this one a try - it's a keeper!
A crunchy, golden snack, that is filled with fiber-goodness and can be flavored any way you like it.
Simplicity at it’s best. Blend a cup of salsa with grilled shrimp and have a meal fit for a King (or Mayan Goddess).
This is my ‘go to’ meal for breakfast, lunch, or supper. Yum. I also make this by substituting a big handful of baby spinach for the peppers.
This vegetable dish hits the spot. It's a great summer lunch or a light supper with a salad. Your post op meals DO NOT NEED TO BE ALL MEAT... lighten up and have some vegetables!
Telling someone that a food or dish is low carb, healthy, low calorie, fat free, even paleo is ‘the kiss of death’ for many people. Folks are afraid of ‘diet food', especially anything bariatric and sometimes wont even taste your food.
This stew speaks Fall! Tender, melt in your mouth, super flavorful, easy to eat and absolutely delicious. One of my favorite meals.
Any recipe that starts off with 10 Garlic cloves is a straight up win in my book.
This is perfect for an evening dessert on our patio! It is lemony, super moist and really delicious. My husband loves a slice of this cake with berries and whipped cream! Try it.
More than two months til Halloween and there's candy EVERYWHERE.
There is no Easy Button, there is no Magic Wand, there is No Pill. No one is going to save you, you have to save yourself!
There are different types of bariatric surgery and all kinds of program rules but it really boils down to just a few strong ground rules to follow that really apply to everyone – Lap Band, Sleeve or RNY.
A few fresh ingredients copycat that wonderful sweet & tangy Sloppy Joe flavor but the technique for cooking the meat is GENIUS. Soft tender beef that is the ideal texture for a bariatric pouch.
Getting started on any weight loss journey is a little intimating so we have 3 easy steps!
You are in the throes of DEHYDRATION, which is the number one post op complication that WILL land you back in a hospital bed.
IT’S ALL A MYTH
When I am running late for supper with nothing really planned, I stop for a half pound of large shrimp and a few salad ingredients. I can have this beautiful plate of food on the table in five minutes!
This simple two minute dish is easy to eat at any bariatric stage, contains high quality high protein, is low/no carb and TASTES LIKE LASAGNA! Do not be intimidated that we call it a crepe, its just an egg. Okay, so this is technically a Manicotti. Enjoy.
Frequently we have people who joined our groups asking for help to lose weight or their regain who fight with us to hang on to toast in their diets (or Tortillas, or Crackers, or Noodles or a bowl of Oatmeal) and get upset with us when we tell them NO.
A very rich tart that's perfect for a holiday. Serve a small slice with a few fresh raspberries for a beautiful dessert.
It's MONDAY and many are using today to get back on track!
How to Make the MOST Out of Your Weight Loss Support Group.
This version eliminates the 'frying' step, instead the eggplant is roasted, which concentrates the flavor. While not traditional, I love the added ricotta 'lasagna' layer that serves as the protein. I like the eggplant to shine, so I do not add too many herbs or spices. A wonderful dish!
One of the hardest situations Post-Ops face is relearning how to cook and feed their family.
You can literally have this in bowls on the table in ten minutes. Your family will love it too! Serve with turkey sandwiches for the rest of the clan.
This is also called Spatchcocking, I don't know WHY, but it is! I put the game hen on my cutting board and with my big chefs knife cut through the breast bone and then flatten it out. You can also ask them to do it for you at the meat counter in your supermarket. I love Cornish Game Hens, they are super juicy.
Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken
Learn to live without the bread, rice, tortillas, crackers and macaroni. Once you've tamed the habit, they become a choice instead of a compulsion and no longer rule you!
Jicama (pronounced HEE-kah-mah), also called a Mexican Potato and Mexican Turnip, is the name of a native Mexican vine and most commonly the plant's edible root.
I recently read a study outlining the habits of thousands of regular non-wls people who have lost significant weight and kept it off. There were a few interesting patterns that jumped out for me.
This Italian dessert is a light spoonful of soft gelled pudding that instantly melts into an explosion of smooth cream when it hits your tongue.
Super tender... you can mash the beef cubes with a fork. Perfect for bariatric eating. I serve with a side dish of pan roasted parsnips & carrots - boil peeled vegetables until tender and finish to golden in olive oil salt and pepper. Delicious.
Weekends can bring an especially tricky series of events that are more than just a little tempting.
There's a really popular trend sweeping our Facebook Support Groups, Meal Prepping!
A Perfect Blended Inspire Drink is what icing is to the cake - it puts it over the top!
On days we play golf with other couples, I sometimes make a no sugar sweet - just a simple brownie or cake I can serve with a scoop of Breyers No Sugar Vanilla.
This could be You!!
It is not arbitrary that you have been told to eat purées for a period of time - you have just had 85% of your stomach removed and have miles of staples creating your new stomach pouch. (okay so not miles but you get the point)
"I am going to share something with you all. It is not a ‘confession’ because I did nothing wrong, but I want to start a conversation." - Matt Frassica, Admin Bariatric Eating Support on Facebook
These brownies are over the edge for rich fudgy flavor and they are high in protein and low in carbs as they do not contain flour! They are actually healthy, but you don't want to tell anyone that. People judge.
Today's episode strings episodes 1 & 2 together into an action plan that you can use to get back on track without relying on "Motivation" alone to keep you honest!
Welcome to our Second Podcast Episode!
Stuffed Mushrooms are one of the BEST party appetizers out there...but I make the best. Here is the big secret you need!
A special Summer Shrimp Salad as a simple supper or small plate for guests... when its too hot to cook... assemble!
I am a very fast cook. I put my protein on the counter, find a few complimentary ingredients and make a great dish!
Greek Yogurt does not have to be SWEET. If you have ever said the words DOUBLE YOGURT SAUCE when ordering a Gyro, you will LOVE this dish. Its a dish of Tzatziki with shrimp.
We all look for that fast healthy tasty meal for a busy weeknight. This is it. Heaven in a bowl.
A hot summer evening with a cool Cobb style salad! On the table in 10 minutes with fixin's in your fridge. Super simple to make, delicious & bariatric easy!
Keep an open mind! This colorful salad is sweet and juicy with a salty bite from the cheese, and makes a great addition to any summer cookout.
Tender Steak Salad is filling and full of protein - part of the meal plan for our Inspire Diet program - delicious Bariatric Eating
This is one of the most delicious soups I have ever tasted. The light curry spice and flavor of roasted peanut is the perfect with the silky smooth pumpkin.
Keep these few items in your pantry for a night when you don't have time or you don't feel like heading to the store.
While in San Diego attending a bariatric surgeons conference, the four BE gals dined at Candela’s - one sip of this soup and it was LOVE!
Summertime has finally arrived in my neck of the woods so I start craving lighter, fresh meals.
By the time you straighten up the house and get your family settled, the aroma of this delicious meal will have them all at the table. Super easy, healthy and delicious.
Super simple and delicious soft food for bariatric post-ops.
Fun fact: You Do Not Need to Meal Prep to be Successful.
Welcome to our new Podcast!
You may have never had a chance of getting to your pie in the sky random goal. Here's how to set meaningful goals and get there!
Rounds of Zucchini that crisp up very nicely in a screaming hot oven or toaster oven. Make a basket to nibble for a family movie. Warm from the oven they are magic and your whole family will love them!
Left undiagnosed, a B1 deficiency can lead to loss of feeling in fingers and toes, then progress to coma and even death.
Patients who have had a surgical weight loss procedure, whether the Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Banding, or Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, require close monitoring of nutritional status, physical and mental well being for the rest of our lives.
We all look for a supper that is fast, delicious and has some nutritional merit. This is a wonderful meal even if you were not running short on time - that you can throw it together in five minutes is a gift.
IF you are searching for a way to make that jump from smooth creamy pureés to soft foods and have NO idea how to do it, please let me give you the gift of this recipe. It is a technique for braising that you can have in your pocket for the rest of your life. This meal is soft and delicious and makes chicken easy to eat for ANYONE. I promise.
- Susan Maria & Admin Rants
- BEST Bariatric Recipes
- FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
- Best Tips for Bariatric Survival
- 28 Days of Inspire Diet Suppers
- Best Main Dish Suppers
- Skinny Side Dishes
- Best Soups & Stews
- Best Thanksgiving Eats & Treats!
- Best Tasting No Sugar Desserts
- Staff Favorite Foods
- New Post Op? Read this!
- Inspire Diet Success Stories
- Real Talk, a Bariatric Eating Podcast
- Apple Brie Bacon Bites
- California Roll Bites
- Parmesan Creamed Spinach
- Crunchers Party Mix!
- Roasted Turkey - Breast Down
- Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce - 2 ingredients, superb recipe!
- Loaded Twice Baked 'Potatoes', Perfect for Your Holiday Pot Luck!
- Delicious High Protein Bariatric Friendly Mini-Meals - Volume 1
- How to Make Toasted Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds!
- Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie. To Crust, or not to Crust.
- SUPER JUICY TURKEY BREAST... FOOLPROOF for Thanksgiving!
- EPISODE 9: Food Shaming & Weight Loss Surgery
- Air Fried Coconut Shrimp With Creamy Pineapple Chipotle Dipping Sauce
- Jalapeno Party Poppers
- Party Time Bacon Wrapped Shrimp