What Am I Eating? Tribe Dark Chocolate Hummus

  I always get asked by my patients, what can I eat if I’m craving something sweet?  Ideally, avoiding sweets is best, but you can have a treat here and there sometimes. If I’m craving something chocolate, one of my healthier “go-to’s” is Tribe Chocolate Hummus.   Let’s look at the nutritional information:   Low in fat and calories, this hummus is the perfect for dipping nutrient-rich fruit like strawberries, apples and more. Plus, there’s the added bonus of protein. I will admit that it’s easy to go overboard on the serving size and if you do, that’ll add up quickly
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Liquid Calories

How many meals do you eat a day? Chances are you said three without even thinking about it. Now quick – How many times a day do you drink? Don’t know? You probably had to stop and think about it.  There’s your morning cup of coffee, then maybe juice with your breakfast. A second cup of coffee at the office, an iced tea with lunch (“Oh and up-size that please since the large costs the same as the small.) and perhaps, a midday cup of coffee. At night a glass of wine while you prepare dinner, a soda with the
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What Am I Eating? Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Salad Dressing

What we add to our salad can quickly sabotage our “healthy” meal, especially if it’s a creamy dressing that’s high in calories and fat. I’m always on the lookout for an all-natural, low calorie salad dressing to amp up my lunches and, Trader Joe’s Green Goddess Salad Dressing fits the bill. This salad dressing isn’t filled with chemicals and preservatives. The main ingredients are water, avocado and apple cider vinegar along with some flavor-boosting spices. With only 20 calories and 2 grams of fat, it’s perfect as a salad dressing, dip, marinade and more. Let’s check out the nutrition facts
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Can You Eat Fruit After Bariatric Surgery?

Eating fruit is an important part of a healthy diet. Fruit consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes; lower blood pressure and; may protect against certain types of cancers. As consumers, we are told over and over that fruit is healthy, however, if you’ve had weight loss surgery and your stomach is smaller, you’ll want to choose your food wisely — focusing on protein and limiting carbs. Although fruits are packed with vitamins, they can also be high in carbs.  So, can you eat fruit after bariatric surgery? The short answer is yes, there is
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What Am I Eating? RD Kelly’s Go-To Savory Snacks

One of my go-to snacks are Parm Crisps. They’re great for when you want something crunchy that has protein as well. They’re made from 100% aged Parmesan cheese so they are naturally low in carbohydrates and high in protein. They have several different flavors: original, jalapeno, sesame, cheddar, sour cream and onion, and my personal favorite; pizza flavored!   Let’s look at the nutritional information: Serving size is 12 crisps: Calories: 100 Fat: 7g Sodium: 280mg Carbohydrates: 1 g Fiber: 0 g Sugars: 0 g Protein: 9 g Kay’s Crispy Parm Chips are another excellent snack choice. They’re conveniently packaged in
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Boneless Chicken Salad Medley

Ingredients 3 oz boneless, cooked chicken 1 cup mixed salad greens 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes 1/4 cup chopped purple onions 5 slices raw cucumber 1/4 of medium sized avocado Black pepper   Directions Grill or bake chicken.   Add to mixed greens, raw spinach or kale.   Mix in tomatoes, purple onions, cucumber and avocado.  Add black pepper as desired.   Add whatever low fat dressing you like and enjoy! Nutrition Information Calories: 266 Fat: 9 grams Carbohydrates: 6 grams Fiber: 5 grams Protein: 23 grams                                  
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Probiotics: Why Do We Need Them?

Everyone’s body has gut flora [also called microbiota], microorganisms that are mostly bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, usually the large intestine.  The bacteria in our gut flora can be beneficial for our digestion and can destroy harmful bacteria. However, sometimes the “good” bacteria in our gut flora is decreased when we take antibiotics, which can kill off all bacteria – the good and bad.  When you lose some of the good bacteria, probiotics can help replace them. Probiotics are also living microorganisms, bacteria or certain kinds of yeast.  There are many added health benefits including boosting your immune system, increasing
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Quick snack idea when you’re on the go

Being a busy Mom of 2 young kids, I am usually on the go a lot – whether it’s outside at the park or even just running after them in my backyard. When I’m hungry, finding a quick and healthy snack can be challenging.  As you know, grocery store aisles are filled with enticing packaging and lots of unhealthy choices. Knowing what to look for when reading nutrition labels can help determine the best options. Recently, I took a trip to my local grocery store in search of a healthy, nutritious and quick snack. I found this – Country Archer
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Healthy or Not? Our Little Rebellion Protein Crisps

  When you’re trying to follow a diet that is high in protein pre or post weight loss surgery, it’s sometimes difficult to find a satisfying, crunchy snack that fits the bill.   I stumbled upon Our Little Rebellion protein crisps one day while food shopping and wondered would these make the cut – can they be salty, crispy and high in protein?   So I checked out the nutrition facts:     Our Little Rebellion Protein Crisps Nutrition Information Sweet and Smokey BBQ Calories: 90 (per 24 chips) Fat: 2.5 grams Carbohydrates: 10 grams Sugar: 2 grams Fiber: 4 grams
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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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