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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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!