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A Different Way to Get Your Protein

Tired of protein shakes?  Try protein ice cream!  What a fantastic sweet treat to get your 75g a day.  This recipe uses Nectar Grab ‘n Go…to try all their 17 fantastic flavors, try getting a variety pack here…

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Twisted Chocolate Cherry Protein Ice Cream

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Recipe by Better Bariatric, LLCA little sweet and a little tart make this protein ice cream the perfect frozen protein treat! Makes two servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1 packet Nectar Twisted Cherry protein powder
  • 1 single serving container Dannon Fit & Light Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 oz extra dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Cooking Directions

  1. Using a fork or whisk, mix milk and protein powder together in a small bowl.
  2. Gradually mix in yogurt, until throughly blended.
  3. Following your ice cream makers directions, add mixture to ice cream machine.
  4. During last two minutes, add in chopped dark chocolate.
  5. Enjoy soft serve or store in airtight container in freezer for up to 3 days.

185 calories, 4g fat, 23g protein, 12g sugars (from dairy)

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15 Best Ready-to-Eat Gastric Bypass Snacks

If you’re anything like me, you need food to be on had all the time.  I stash food around like a squirrel storing up for winter.  This keeps my blood sugar even all day, and keeps me from making any kind of convince store stops, or running through the nearest drive through.  I’ve already posted about great snacks that you can make/keep at home (read it here) but they aren’t all very portable.  So I scoured around, and found 15 of the top rated snacks that meet our protein needs, are low in sugars, and are portable!

#1:  Kay’s Naturals Gluten Free Protein Pretzels in Jalapeño Honey Mustard

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#2:  Pure Protein Crunch Chocolate

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#3:  Ostrim Snack Stick, Teriyaki

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#4:  Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie, Chocolate Chip

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#5:  New Whey Nutrition Protein Shots, Fruit Punch

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#6:  Caveman Chicken Bites, Applewood Smoked BBQ

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#7: Tanka Bar, Natural Buffalo Cranberry Bar

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#8: Crucha Ma-Me Edamame Veggie Snack, Lightly Seasoned 

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#9:  Power Crunch Bar

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#10:  Think Thin Protein Nut Bar, Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel 

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#11: Fit Joy, Frosted Cinnamon Roll

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#12: Quest Protein Chips, BBQ

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#13: Optimum Nutrition Protein Water, Icy Blue Raspberry

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#14: RAP Protein Gummies, Strawberry Flavor 

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#15:  Smash Pack, Fruit & Protein-Tropical Fruit

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So here’s my current fav 15…please comment below and let me know what you keep on hand for portable protein!

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Protein!

“What are you doing for protein?”  The one thing everyone seems to know about weight loss surgery is that we have to supplement with protein.  But what are the best ones?  The faves?  Everyone’s tastes are quite different.  I put out a Squidoo article of my favorites, but everyone has their own preferences.  One way to see what you like/don’t like without spending a ton of money is getting samples.

Some companies do give out samples with every purchase (yup, we do that!)  Some companies sell sample packs or single servings (yup, we do that too!)  If you are looking for something local, some stores like Walmart will take back opened protein containers if you end up not liking them.  Personally, I’ve always had the best luck with recommendations.  But once again, that’s just me 🙂

When you do find something you like, I still recommend not buying too much of one product.  After my bypass surgery, when on full liquids, I at tomato soup every single day.  After my liquid phase was over, I couldn’t eat tomato soup for like two years.  Stick to smaller packs of protein.  Variety is the spice of life and that applies to protein too!

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10 tips for family and friends

Even the most well meaning family members and friends can have a hard time being supportive after your bariatric surgery.  Here are 10 tips on what to say (and NOT to say) to someone you care about after their weight loss surgery.

  1. Don’t tell people I had gastric bypass without my permission!  Yes, this includes telling the waiter when we are in a restaurant!
  2. Ask how I am feeling, even if surgery was a few months ago.
  3. Don’t ask what size I’m wearing now.  Unless you’re planning on buying me a new wardrobe, it is not something I want to discuss.
  4. Don’t ask if I’m planning on having “all that skin” removed!
  5. Don’t ask if “that’s all” I’m eating.
  6. Don’t ask “can you eat all that”.  
  7. If you invite me to dinner, and I bring some of my own food, please don’t be offended.
  8. If I have a complication, don’t say “that surgery was a bad idea” or “I told you so”.
  9. Don’t tell me I look sickly, or need to gain some weight back.
  10. Please, don’t compare my weight loss with your cousins/friends/co-workers.  Everyone knows someone who had “that surgery”, but our journey’s are all different.

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