What am I Eating? Collagen Peptides

  Collagen peptide powder seems to be the latest and greatest wellness trend at the moment. You may see people on social media adding the white, tasteless powder to their smoothies, protein shakes or coffee.Collagen peptide powder has become a daily staple for me and I’m excited to share how I use it to boost my nutrient intake. But first, what is collagen and how can we benefit from it?    What is Collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It acts like a strong and flexible glue that holds together many of our body parts like
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5 Healthy Ways to Show Your Valentine You Love Them

Another Valentine’s Day is upon us, and many of us will bestow thoughtful, heartfelt and (often) high-calorie gifts on loved ones to show much we care. At New Jersey Bariatric Center®, we work with patients every day who want to learn how to celebrate special occasions without unhealthy amounts of food.  So this year, skip the heavy dinner and giant box of candy and try one of these ideas instead: Show breakfast and lunch some love. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about dinner.  Start the day off with some heart-shaped whole grain pancakes and a bowl of fresh red
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Healthy or Not: Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Risotto

  Leave it to Trader Joe’s to take the cauliflower craze to a new level. This fall they debuted a frozen blend of riced cauliflower with butternut squash and cheese that mimics a risotto-like preparation. I’ve tried it a couple of times as a side dish alongside a protein like turkey or pork tenderloin and it’s pretty tasty. The question is, is it healthy or not? Let’s take a look at the ingredients and nutrition info.    The ingredients are fairly straightforward and recognizable. No preservatives or artificial additives are listed. INGREDIENTS:  Riced Cauliflower (Cauliflower, Water, Salt), Butternut Squash Sauce
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How to Navigate the Holiday Season

    Navigating the holiday season can be difficult, however, with a little planning you can celebrate without stress. Here are a few tips to help you make it through the holidays and still achieve your weight loss goals.     Eat slowly: Savor every bite. The holidays are a time to semi-indulge, but do so with intention. Chew thoroughly for optimal digestion and put down your fork to chat in between bites. Limit liquid calories: Alcoholic drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages can contribute a significant amount of empty calories to your diet. Alcohol consumption is also linked to increased hunger.
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6 Healthy Tricks for Tackling Halloween Treats

  Whether you’ve had weight loss surgery – Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve – or you’re just looking to  stay on track this Halloween, you don’t have to be scared by the thought of easy access to bowls of candy. With these healthy Halloween tricks and treats, you can celebrate Halloween without sacrificing all the fun.      Trick or Treat for the Exercise, Not the Candy                                                                  
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Eggs: Are they healthy or not?

In the past 30 years, the humble egg has been the subject of so much controversy it’s difficult to think of a more hotly debated food. While we certainly don’t need to eat eggs to survive, they are a versatile and affordable source of high quality protein for many people, bariatric patients in particular. If you’ve ever wondered if eggs are okay to eat, you’re not alone. It’s one of the questions I’m most frequently asked as a dietitian. Studies show mixed findings This past March, the authors of a published JAMA study issued a press release claiming their data
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Protein supplement intolerance

Strategies for Protein Supplement Intolerance You prepared in advance for your bariatric surgery, followed all the instructions on your checklist and stockpiled a 2-week supply of your favorite protein shake – only to discover it no longer appeals to you! You know how important protein is for postoperative recovery and safe weight loss, so what do you do now? Here are some strategies to try when taste changes or digestion issues affect your protein shake tolerance:     Try a different consistency – Sometimes a traditional shake is too thick when you’re newly post-op. Fortunately, there are a number of
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NJBC Eats: Dana’s Protein-Packed Quiche

  With winter in full swing, I’m excited to be in the kitchen cooking warm, comforting and healthy meals for my family. One of my favorite recipes is a spinach bacon quiche from Low Carb Maven that is made without a crust.  It also makes an ideal bariatric meal when you substitute unsweetened almond milk or 1% milk for the heavy cream. It’s so full of flavor you won’t miss the crust or cream one bit! You can also change up the vegetable and protein ingredients for whatever you have on hand. My kids like it made with ham and
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Sweetness Overload: Understanding Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners

    “Which one is better, sugar or artificial sweeteners?” It’s a question I am asked all the time by patients trying to make sense of confusing labels in the grocery store and the mixed messages in the media. Sugar is Sugar is Sugar…. the Metabolic Impact of Added Sugars Regardless of the type of added sugar you consume, the body breaks them all down the same way.  The consumption of added sugars has been linked to an increased risk for obesity, as well as an increasing risk factor for cardiovascular disease, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,
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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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