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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NJBC Summertime Recipes: Dr. Goyal’s Strawberry Summer Salad

Next up for our summer recipe review is a Strawberry Summer Salad made by none other than New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Founder Dr. Ajay Goyal and his family. This refreshing dish includes fresh cucumbers and tomatoes to get your veggies in. When eating salad, it’s important to be aware what we put in and on it.  Often, a salad can be filled with a variety of healthy components yet once we load on the dressing, we can make the mistake of adding nearly 150 additional calories to our meal! (and that’s if we’re sticking to a small serving size of
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NJBC Eats: Dana’s Go-To Riced Veggies

A few weeks ago, I realized I was stuck in a vegetable rut. My family and I were eating the same carrots and broccoli repeatedly.  It was getting a little boring so I figured it was time for a healthy change. I discovered Green Giant’s Riced Veggies in my local supermarket, which made including vegetables as part of my family’s meals quick and easy. They’re also frozen in re-sealable bags so they’re always ready to throw into my favorite dishes or use as a low carb side.  My personal favorite is the Cauliflower Risotto medley. It pairs perfectly with grilled
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NJBC Summertime Recipes: BobbiJo’s Cowboy Caviar

Our summer recipe review kicks-off strong with Bobbijo’s Cowboy Caviar a vibrant dish with a black bean protein base mixed with a variety of colorful vegtables. Whether its black, garbanzo or pinto, beans are a great source of protein and fiber. Remember, for a bariatric diet, men should be getting 80 to 100 grams of protein and 38 grams of fiber daily while women should have 60 to 80 grams of protein and 25 grams of fiber. This salad can be loaded with all your favorite veggies like peppers and onions and can be eaten with some fresh celery sticks
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July 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: Eating Healthy for the Summer: Looking for fun and healthy new recipes to try? Join us this month as we provide a bunch of bariatric-friendly recipes perfect for bbqs, parties, or just a home cooked meal with family. Feel free to bring your own ideas! Springfield: Tuesday, July 17 @ 6:30pm at New Jersey Bariatric Center, 193 Morris Ave., Springfield Moderator: Meagan
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Healthy or Not? Your Favorite Summertime Dish

  Do you have a delicious summertime recipe to share that’s bariatric-friendly? If so, we want to hear from you! Starting July 8th, each week our registered dietitians will review a recipe submitted to determine if it’s “Healthy or Not?”   They’ll take a look at the nutritional content, and offer suggestions, if needed, so it fits into a bariatric-friendly diet. Every Friday, we will share a nutritionist reviewed recipe on Facebook, Twitter and our blog for everyone to try.   Send us your go-to summertime favorite recipe.  This is your chance to show off your skills in the kitchen and
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