What Am I Eating? Trader Joe’s Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken

I’m an avid Trader Joe’s shopper and have recently stumbled across their “heat and serve” lemon pepper grilled chicken. I especially like it in the summertime when it’s too hot to stand in front of the grill. This chicken is pre-packaged with two chicken breasts in it, all you need to do is heat and plate them! This product comes in two flavors: balsamic vinegar and rosemary, and lemon pepper. When you are low on time but still want lean protein in your meal, this is a good choice. For a typical 3oz serving of chicken, there are 100 calories,
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NJBC Eats: Orzo Summer Salad

Salads made with the traditional lettuce and tomato can get monotonous after a while so I decided to create my own version of an Orzo Summer Salad. What I love about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can add in any of your favorite veggies – bell peppers, cucumbers or whatever you have available. This recipe even works great for meal prep as nothing gets soggy. You can prepare this salad the night before and bring it to work with whatever extra protein you’d like such as grilled chicken or chicken sausage.  I typically like to serve it
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Healthy or Not: Old Tyme 647 Buns

As the warm weather approaches, many of us look forward to a classic summer barbecue.  Aside from the traditional high protein foods – chicken, steak, hamburgers and hot dogs –  cookouts include many side dishes, and of course, carb-heavy hamburger buns and hot dog rolls. When patients ask about bread substitutes the first thing I recommend is lettuce wraps or tossing their protein over a salad but, in situations where the roll or piece of bread seems like a must, Old Tyme 647 bun products can be a bariatric-friendly option.  This line of products are lower in calories and net
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Healthy or Not? RightRice

RightRice is a new rice product on the market. It is a rice substitute made out of just five ingredients: lentil flour, chickpea flour, rice flour, sunflower oil, and sea salt. These ingredients make it higher in protein and fiber compared to traditional white rice. Protein helps to keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Fiber is important for healthy digestion.   In a standard serving size of ⅓ cup of dry RightRice there are 180 calories, 25 grams of net carbohydrate, 5 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. To put it into perspective, regular white
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NJBC Eats: Egg Muffins

Not consuming enough protein at breakfast can make it challenging to reach your protein goal by the end of the day. Since protein is at the forefront of a bariatric diet, we recommend that patients aim for 20 – 30g per meal. Egg muffin cups are a perfect grab and go breakfast to help reach this goal. They are high in protein and can be loaded with vegetables of your choice. I like to add onions, peppers, spinach, and broccoli. It is a good way for me to clear out any remaining vegetables in the fridge, and keeps the recipe
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Bariatric Friendly Fast Food Options

  When you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight, knowing what to order from a fast food restaurant can be challenging. Patients often ask for advice on bariatric-friendly options at some of their favorite fast food chains so I reviewed a few menu options and broke it down so you can go to your favorite spot feeling prepared to make a healthy choice. RELATED: Does having weight loss surgery mean giving up my favorite foods? Chick-fil-A:  Chick-fil-A’s grilled chicken nuggets are a great choice for a few reasons. They provide 80 calories, 1 gram of carbohydrate, 2 grams of
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Healthy or Not: Special K Cereal

  Kellogg’s Special K Protein is one of the cereals that patients ask about when looking for healthy options. Although this cereal is higher in protein than the average cereal, which is good to help maintain body mass, it is still fairly high in carbohydrates. The Upside Special K Protein Cereal has a few flavors that include Honey Almond Ancient Grain, Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch, and the standard Special K flavor. Each of these cereals contain at least 9 grams of protein, with the Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Honey Almond containing 15 grams. This is much higher than their standard
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