Healthy Habits for the Busy Back to School Season Part 3: Meal Prep

  The registered dietitian team at New Jersey Bariatric Center are big on planning ahead, especially when it comes to hectic schedules that can mess with even the healthiest of food intentions. Here are some great make-ahead options that can be quickly reheated when you walk in the door from work, school, activities or wherever your day takes you.      Egg Muffins or Crustless Quiche – These are some of our favorite recipes that we created for using  leftover protein and veggies. For a snack anytime of day or for a meal, mix with eggs and your favorite type
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Healthy Habits for the Busy Back to School Season Part 2: Healthy Quick Stop Options

  At New Jersey Bariatric Center, we understand how hectic weeknights can be between the evening commute, after school activities, and having a healthy dinner. When you’re running low on time and need a quick meal for the whole family, stopping at a fast casual restaurant can be the most convenient option. Here are some healthier quick stop options to choose from:   Dunkin/Starbucks – Try the Dunkin Turkey Bacon Wake-up Wrap (180 calories, 10g fat, 13g carb, 1g fiber, 8g protein) or Starbucks Egg White and Roasted Red Pepper Egg Bites (170 calories, 8 g fat, 11 g carb,
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Healthy Habits for the Busy Back to School Season Part 1: High Protein Snacks

As the lazy days of summer wind down, the back-to-school shuffle starts. Homework, fall sports and extracurricular activities are enough to interrupt even the best healthy meal intentions. At New Jersey Bariatric Center we understand the challenges of eating on-the-go, so we’ve put together part one of a 3 part series on effective ways to tackle the demands of the back to school routine while staying on track with your health goals.  Don’t Leave Home Empty-Handed One of our most consistent pieces of advice is don’t leave home empty-handed. Pack a few healthy snacks for yourself and your family and
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Staying on Track When Food Costs are High

Many households are feeling the impact of higher food costs. Foods that benefit our bodies such as chicken, eggs, low-fat dairy and green veggies are rising in costs and impacting our wallets. Higher food costs don’t have to derail your progress toward becoming a healthier you, with planning you can maximize nutrition without emptying your wallet. Here are some tips. Utilize Curb Side Pick-Ups Shop using the curbside pick-up or delivery option at your grocery store. This way you can buy only what’s on your list. This method can help you cut down on impulse purchases you might  make if
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Is Ginger Ale Considered Soda?

One of the most interesting things I’ve heard in my years as a registered dietitian is the idea that many people don’t consider ginger ale to be a type of soda. They are often surprised when I tell them that it is. Let’s take a closer look at ginger ale to review its ingredients and understand why it deserves to be in the same category as soda.  What is Ginger Ale? Ginger ale is a carbonated beverage flavored with the spice, ginger or an artificial ginger flavor. Commercial varieties, like Canada Dry and Schweppes, are typically sweetened with artificial sweeteners,
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What am I eating? Trader Joe’s Eggwich Sandwich

For busy mornings when I just don’t have time to cook I was able to find a quick and tasty breakfast option – Trader Joe’s Eggwich breadless breakfast sandwich. It’s a turkey sausage patty topped with cheese in between two egg patties. It’s nutritious, easy to prepare and it “feels” like you’re eating a sandwich, just without all the carb heavy bread.   They come individually frozen in a box of 2 and can be heated up in a toaster oven or microwave. My kids and I tested both preparations and liked the toaster oven version a lot better but the
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What am I eating? Turkey Bacon

Lean protein is the cornerstone of a healthy diet, and I’m here to share one of my favorite foods that makes it easy to grab protein anytime of day. Wellshire Farms Uncured Fully Cooked Turkey Bacon is quick to prepare, delicious and always in my fridge. I like that this adds variety and a ton of flavor to many different dishes. It’s lean, crispy and good to crumble over salads for lunch and dinner. This turkey bacon can also be added to an omelet for extra protein or even as a snack with some low-fat cheese and a piece of
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NJBC Eats: Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken

During the colder months, my family and I crave warm and hearty meals. I am a huge fan of the slow cooker and this Fiesta Chicken recipe is always on rotation at my house. It’s easy to make, with minimal ingredients. My favorite part about this recipe is that it freezes well and makes great leftovers. It’s perfect for meal prep, too. To keep this dish low carb, try serving it over shredded lettuce or cauliflower rice with ⅛ cup shredded cheese and a dollop of guacamole.   Yield: 8 servings Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 5-8 hours Ingredients:
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How to Reset After Holiday Eating

  If you’ve overindulged this holiday season and are looking for a fresh start this New Year, you’re not alone. With lots of holiday gatherings, it’s hard not to veer off track a little bit. Rather than searching for a quick fix, cleanse or product, let’s look at some steps to take if you’re trying to get your health back on track or resetting after the holidays.   Resist the urge for a quick fix. Cleanses, fad diets and juice fasts are everywhere in the new year but we all know they don’t work in the long run. Set an
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Healthy or Not? Schmidt Old Tyme 647 Lower Carb Bread

Bread! It’s often one of the hardest foods to give up when following a low-carb diet. I was recently introduced to Schmidt Old Tyme 647 bread while on a trip with family. Named for its nutrition profile – 6 grams net carbs, 40 calories and 7 grams of fiber per slice – this line of bread, rolls and English muffins are said to have the same taste and texture as their higher carb counterparts. While the calories and carbs per serving are higher for some items like rolls and English muffins, this low calorie, high fiber bread sounds like a
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