Support Group Recap: Fall Back Into Good Habits

  Fall is in full swing. Gone are the summer graduation parties, barbecues and vacations when we might have indulged in some not so healthy eating habits or didn’t have the time to plan out our meals and pay attention to portion sizes as we hoped.  At September’s support group we talked about ways to fall back into good habits.  Here are our favorite tips the group came up with to get back on track: Attend Support Groups Having the right amount of support in your weight loss journey is crucial to long-term weight loss success.  Attending a monthly support
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NJBC Eats: Meagan’s 100-Calorie Protein Snack

We all know that time between lunch and dinner when the afternoon can start to drag and we find ourselves needing a pick me up.   Choosing a healthy protein-filled snack can be that pick me up that you need. After bariatric surgery, we stress the importance of not grazing so one good option for a snack would be Emerald 100 Calorie Pack Nuts.  My favorite are the Cocoa Roast Almonds so I can satisfy my chocolate craving! I particularly like these 100 calorie packs since they’re ready to go without having to measure which helps you to avoid grazing. Remember
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September 2018 Weight Loss Support Group

Join us for our FREE monthly Support Group meetings for bariatric patients, led by a registered dietitian. Each meeting includes a special topic or guest, a Q&A session and open talk about weight and wellness issues. This Month: How to Not Fall Back On Old Habits: With the Autumn season quickly approaching and the holidays around the corner before you know it, you might approach challenges in your weight loss journey that can lead you to fall back on old habits like more dinner parties, social gatherings or not having enough time in your schedule. Join us as we discuss
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Healthy or Not? Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

Cauliflower is  generating quite the buzz lately in local supermarkets, healthy food blogs and with dietitians everywhere. The latest in cauliflower-based foods – cauliflower pizza crust. But, is it healthier to eat than traditional pizza crust?  I decided to put it to the test and researched the different brands out there to see if they’re a healthier choice than flour pizza crust. Should you choose cauliflower crust to satisfy your next pizza craving?  The answer is yes if you’re looking to cut calories and carbohydrates, however not all cauliflower crusts are created equal.  Cauliplower crust for example, provides double the
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Navigating the Restaurant World: New Jersey Bariatric Center Nutrition Webinar Series

Navigating the Restaurant World How do I know the healthiest meal to eat when I’m dining out? What should I be avoiding? Learning the ins and out of the restaurant world can be a challenge but we have the tips you need you make the most out of your next dining experience. Join New Jersey Bariatric Center dietitian Meagan Butler as she teaches all you need to know about navigating the restaurant world and examples of healthy options from Italian to Mexican cuisine and everything in between. WHEN: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 6:30 pm WHERE: Online – Register at https://njbc.webinato.com/webcasts About
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NJBC Eats: Kelly’s Healthy On-The-Go Snack

What’s a good go-to snack when you’re out and about?  As a busy mom of two boys, it’s challenging at times to make healthy choices while constantly on the go. During a recent grocery store trip I needed something to curb my hunger when I stumbled upon Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame with Sea Salt. After just one bite, I was hooked!   Edamame is a recommended snack due to its rich source of protein and fiber. I was excited when I found this item as it’s easy to bring with you when taking the kids between sports practice, day
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Physical vs. Emotional Hunger: Understanding the Difference

  Hunger- It’s something we feel every day, but how much do we know about hunger, the different types and ways to tackle it? At our June support group NJBC dietitian Meagan Butler discussed ways to identify physical hunger versus emotional hunger, what triggers hunger and strategies to tell the difference between the two.     Imagine that you’re outside doing yardwork all morning into the afternoon.  You suddenly realize that you haven’t eaten in over four hours so you head inside to make a healthy lunch. You feel satisfied after eating and head back outside to finish gardening. This
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Healthy or Not? Pasta Alternatives

Chickpea, black bean or edamame pasta – are these pasta alternatives healthy or not? After bariatric surgery, having enough protein and fiber in your diet is important. Women should have 60 to 80 grams of protein and 25 grams of fiber daily while men should consume 80 to 100 grams of protein and 38 grams of fiber daily. Traditional pastas have a lot of carbohydrates and not a lot of the healthy nutrients we aim to have in our post-op diets. So, what about the new pasta alternatives now on the supermarket shelves – are they better for a bariatric
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NJBC Summertime Recipes: Dana’s Stuffed Bell Peppers

This week in our summertime recipe review, we’re taking a look at how to prepare a fresh and delicious meal for your family that doesn’t take up too much of time like dietitian Dana Babeu’s Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers from Genius Kitchen. With ground turkey as the lean protein, this recipe is low in carbohydrates making it a great choice for any bariatric diet. Ready in about 40 minutes, you’ll have a hearty meal that incorporates all the important food groups. Serve with a side of spiralized veggies for even more of a healthy boost to your dish. Ingredients 4
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NJBC Summertime Recipes: Kelly’s Summer Style Chicken

This week in our summertime recipe review, we’re sharing with you dietitian Kelly Beneduce’s spin on making chicken more in tune with the warm summer weather. This summer-style chicken dish is easy to make and takes advantage of all the delicious vegetables that are currently in season. This chicken dish is loaded with zucchini, squash and tomatoes, all vegetables that are in season in the summer. This recipe gives you a chance to explore the produce items available at your local farmer’s market and take advantage of incorporating fresh vegetables into your meals rather than frozen, pre-processed items.  For some
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