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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NJBC Supermarket Finds: Dannon’s Two Good Greek Yogurt

  Recently, a friend asked me if I saw Dannon’s new yogurt – Two Good Greek Low-Fat Yogurt – that only has two grams of total sugar.  I thought to myself, how is it possible to only have 2gm of sugar since yogurt has naturally occurring sugars from milk?  Curious for some answers, I did some research. I discovered that Dannon developed a patent-pending, slow-straining process that removes most of the sugar from milk that’s used to make yogurt, resulting in less sugar.     Here’s how it works: 1) Dannon adds active cultures to the milk, which breaks down
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NJBC Eats: Meagan’s Healthy Pasta Alternative

In continuation of Kelly’s post about healthy pasta alternatives, I have to share my go-to dinner of Explore Cuisine Black Bean Spaghetti with Classico Tomato and Basil Sauce.   I like to save this meal for a night when I work late since it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Since the spaghetti is made from only black beans, one serving provides 25 grams of protein, which means you don’t have to prepare any other protein source.  Of course there’s nothing like homemade tomato sauce, but if you don’t have time to make your own, the Classico Tomato and Basil
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Celebrating 2018’s Non-Scale Victories

  In any weight loss journey, it is important to set realistic and achievable goals to keep you motivated. As 2019 is quickly approaching what better way to reflect on this past year than giving thanks for achieving some of our non-scale weight loss goals? Sometimes we put so much focus on the number on the scale that we forget about all of our non-scale victories.  Using what our November support group attendees are thankful for accomplishing in 2018, the word cloud below sums up the most popular non-scale victories our patients achieved this year.   What are some of
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Healthy or Not? Trader Joe’s Caramel Apple Flavored Granola

  If you’ve been at your local Trader Joe’s recently, you might have spotted their newest product, Caramel Apple Flavored Granola. Is this granola healthy or not? Just like many other granolas out there, it might be marketed as “healthy” but it provides many calories in a small serving and has added sugar.  Take a look at the nutrition facts and ingredients:     Nutrition Facts Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 250 Total Fat: 8 grams Saturated Fat: 1 gram Total Carbohydrate: 39 grams Dietary Fiber: 4 grams Total Sugars: 13 grams Includes 11 grams Added Sugars Protein: 6 grams
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Spice Up Your Autumn Protein Shakes

  Protein is an essential part of any bariatric diet. Not only does it keep you feeling full and satisfied, but it also fuels your body and keeps your hair, skin and nails healthy. In a bariatric diet, women should consume 60 to 80 grams a day while men should have 80 to 100 grams a day. While consuming foods like 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. We rang in the Autumn season with a demonstration that introduced two fall-inspired protein
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Support Group Recap: Fall Back Into Good Habits

  Fall is in full swing. Gone are the summer graduation parties, barbecues and vacations when we might have indulged in some not so healthy eating habits or didn’t have the time to plan out our meals and pay attention to portion sizes as we hoped.  At September’s support group we talked about ways to fall back into good habits.  Here are our favorite tips the group came up with to get back on track: Attend Support Groups Having the right amount of support in your weight loss journey is crucial to long-term weight loss success.  Attending a monthly support
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