NJBC Eats: Karen’s Pork Tenderloin

  “Chicken Chicken Chicken, – I’m sick of CHICKEN!” That’s what patients say to me following weight loss surgery.  So let’s talk about another healthy alternative- PORK TENDERLOIN. Pork Tenderloin is a lean small cut of meat that is perfect for roasting at a high temperature for a short amount of time and I’ve found the perfect way to cook it. I love to serve mine with a side salad or roasted carrots.    Related: 8 Ways to Make Tacos Healthier Remove the Silver Skin First, you need to prepare your tenderloin by removing the “silver skin”. To remove this,
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NJBC Eats: Karen’s Chicken Cacciatore

With the weather cooling down and schedules filling up fast, crock pot meals can be the most convenient way to get a healthy meal on the table. There’s nothing quite like a warm, home-cooked dinner after a busy day and this healthy Chicken Cacciatore is the perfect dish!  Related: 8 Ways to Make Tacos Healthier This meal is a huge hit with my family. The veggies are soft, the chicken is tender and it’s packed with flavor! I love to enjoy this Chicken Cacciatore as is or serve it over cauliflower rice. The leftovers also make for a great meal
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Protein Bites – Don’t Be Fooled

You are walking through the grocery store and see a package of Protein Bites and think to yourself,  ‘“hmmmm, those dietitians at the NJBC are always telling me to get more protein, I think I’ll throw these in my cart.  Hey, it even says made with all natural ingredients and there’s chocolate and bananas. This is great!” Hold on. Don’t be fooled. I put these in MY cart to show you how important it is to read the food labels so you can start to make better choices.  I also put a box of Entenmann’s Chocolate Donuts in my cart
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NJBC Eats: Karen’s Healthy Taco Tuesday

  When you have a busy schedule, it’s hard to find quick and easy ways to cut back on extra carbs and calories. As a working mom of 3 boys, I try to keep up with family traditions like Taco Tuesdays but with a healthier twist. How do I make Taco Tuesdays healthier? The answer is easy – red bell peppers! Red bell peppers are a great substitute for flour tortillas and fried taco shells. Here’s how to make it:   Cut two or three peppers in half and scoop out the seeds. They will look like little bowls once all
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NJBC Eats: Karen’s Typical Breakfast

My patients always ask me, “Karen, What do YOU eat for breakfast? I am so sick of eggs!” When I am looking for something that is going to keep me full and energized, I turn to my favorite cereal- Qi’a. I like to take two tablespoons of the cereal and mix it with a 1/2 cup of almond milk.  In the winter, I give it a quick blast in the microwave for 30 seconds to make a hot breakfast but you can also enjoy it cold.  If you are choosing not to use the microwave, let the cereal sit for
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