Dark Chocolate Strawberry Protein Shake

  Switch up your traditional breakfast with this super simple and festive Dark Chocolate Strawberry protein shake. With ingredients you probably already have at home, you can make a protein packed meal perfect for Valentine’s Day.      Ingredients: 1 scoop chocolate protein powder  (We used 2 scoops Celebrate deep chocolate protein powder) 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1 cup unsweetened almond milk Ice (if using fresh strawberries) Directions: Blend unsweetened almond milk, strawberries, and protein powder. Ice is optional.
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Tackle Super Bowl Game Day the Weight Loss Surgery Way

  Did you know the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving? Or that the average fan will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks? And yes, that’s just from snacks, not including actual meals. So how can you prepare for the Super Bowl?  Here are some tips to survive the Super Bowl without consuming over a days’ worth of calories at one party. Don’t go to the party hungry. Make sure that you consume a breakfast and lunch high in protein.  Start off with some egg whites
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Improving Your Relationship With Your Scale

Do you find yourself hopping on the scale every morning? Maybe you’re the person who only weighs themselves once a week or maybe you don’t weigh yourself at all and go by the fit of your clothes. I know of some people who, disagreeing with the results on the scale, decide to move the scale over, thinking the floor is somehow throwing off the reading. After weight loss surgery, our relationship with our scale is no less complicated than it was before surgery. Patients often ask me how often they should weigh themselves and my answer to them is that
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NJBC Eats: Easy Rosemary Chicken Salad

  I was getting tired of eating the same thing for lunch everyday so I decided to make my own chicken salad. This chicken salad recipe which provides you with over 20g of protein can be a delicious addition to your weekly lunch menu. You can turn this simple recipe into chicken salad lettuce wraps, enjoy it with cucumbers or celery and more. If you don’t like fresh rosemary, fresh dill is a great alternative that I have also used.   Easy Rosemary Chicken Salad Yield: 5 servings Ingredients: 3 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about ¾ pound)
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New Year, New Commitment to Guidelines for New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Patients

After the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, shouts of “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” often turn to whispers of New Year’s resolutions. Weight loss continues to be one of the most popular resolutions there is. Thankfully weight loss is one goal you’ve already checked off your list. So what does New Jersey Bariatric Center®‘s doctors and dietitians tell Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve patients to concentrate on in the New Year? Three things: maintenance, maintenance and maintenance. Weight loss surgery is a tool, and just like any other tool, it needs to be used correctly for it to be effective in
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NJBC Eats: Holiday Chocolate Peppermint Protein Shake

    Are you bored with your current protein shake? Since it’s the holidays, try spicing things up with this chocolate peppermint protein shake recipe to get you in the holiday spirit.      Ingredients: 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (look for less than 10 grams of carbs, 20-40 grams of protein per serving)  1 cup of milk or water (may use skim or 1% milk, unsweetened almond milk, or Fairlife Ultra-Filtered Milk) ¼ tsp of peppermint extract or 5 drops of Peppermint Sweetleaf Sweet Drops (or to taste)  Ice  Instructions: Blend all ingredients until smooth and enjoy. For
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Healthy or Not? Carrots

            Some of you may be wondering why I’m writing an article with carrots as the subject of healthy or not.  Too often when discussing vegetables, people say that carrots are too high in sugar so they avoid them. I’m here to tell you about the many benefits of eating carrots.  First, let’s take a look at the nutrition facts for one large carrot:  Carrots vs Other Vegetables                                                       
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On-The-Go Breakfast – Dunkin’s New Breakfast Bowls

Forgot your breakfast at home when rushing out the house?  If so, take a look at the DD Smart Menu at Dunkin’ which offers some healthier options when on-the-go.  You can try the Veggie Egg White, Egg & Cheese, or Ham, Egg & Cheese all on an English Muffin. If you want to reduce the carbohydrates, you can choose to eat only ½ of the English Muffin.  Another option would be any of the Wake-Up Wraps. All of these choices are under 400 calories.    At participating stores, you may see their newer Power Breakfast Sandwich which features a veggie egg
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Healthy or Not? Starkist Chicken Creations

When you see the name StarKist you may think tuna, but have you heard of their new Chicken Creations?  With only 70 to 90 calories and 9 to 10 grams of protein, this is a great grab-and-go snack when you’re short on time and looking for something to keep you fueled and satisfied.  With flavors like Buffalo Style, Chicken Salad, Ginger Soy, and Zesty Lemon Pepper, there is something for everyone’s taste buds. Keep in mind that the Buffalo Style and Ginger Soy flavors are considered high in sodium so be mindful of your total sodium intake for the day.
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Spring Into Season With These New Protein Shakes

  Our dietitians stress the importance of consuming protein at all your meals.  Not only does it help to keep you feeling full and satisfied, but it also fuels your body and keeps your hair, skin and nails healthy. After weight loss surgery,  women should consume 60 to 80 grams a day while men should have 80 to 100 grams a day. While healthy foods such as lean meats, chicken or fish are great choices, protein shakes are another strong option that are quick and easy to make when on the go.   At New Jersey Bariatric Center, we welcomed
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