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BF Basics: How to Cook Quinoa

 I get this question enough that it deserves its own post! Quinoa! It’s a great grain…a WHOLE grain…a grain you should get to know, especially if you are a post-op vegetarian. It’s got fiber, complete proteins and tons of nutrients. In addition to cauliflower rice it makes a great sub for regular rice in any dish. But it isn’t …

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BF Basics: Veggie Tales

Howdy, Foodies! Have you ever wondered if it is possible to be both a WLS patient and a vegetarian? Many think it’s not possible because of the protein needs after WLS, but I happen to know a few post-op vegetarians who have realized great success. My friend Kelly, a three-year post-op and vegetarian of more than 25 years, is one of …

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BF Basics: How to figure out a recipe’s nutritional information

Every now and again I will get a blog post comment or a question on Facebook or Obesity Help about the nutritional stats of my recipes. And I always give the same answer: in general, I do not give nutritional stats for my recipes. (click that link to find out the many reasons why). BUT it always leaves me feeling …

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BF Basics: How to Make a Hot Protein Drink

As it usually happens, this post came about because I thought I’d already done a tutorial post, went looking for it and found I did not. I mention how to make hot protein drinks in all of my hot protein drink posts, but there is no one post for how to mix one up, similar to the post about how …

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One Ingredient Fixes to Jazz Up Your Strawberry Protein!

So…strawberry protein. It’s sort of a conundrum to me. I’m not the biggest fan but then I wasn’t a strawberry milk person either. I like actual strawberries. Just not strawberry protein so much. So that is to say I always alter strawberry protein. Here are my one-ingredient fixes for strawberry protein to go along with the ones I’ve already offered …

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One Ingredient Fixes to Jazz Up Your Vanilla Protein!

In many circles, being called vanilla is an insult. But I think those people don’t know the true joy of vanilla. Even though I am a chocoholic all the way, I can appreciate a good vanilla for what it is. But with protein shakes, I guess my sensibilities just lean more toward chocolate, which is why there are so many …

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One Ingredient Fixes to Jazz Up Your Chocolate Protein!

So I recently published my “protein shake check-up” so you can make sure your protein shake is still on the right side of your plan. As I read through that, I began to think of all the wonderful ways we have of dressing up our shakes that add little or no calories to the equation. It’s interesting to me, how …

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Protein Shake Check-Up

 So you’ve found the PERFECT protein shake. You’ve tested, you’ve tweaked, you’ve tested, you’ve tweaked and now it is divine. And Nik has to come and mess it all up! It’s good, as we’re playing with our food, to every once in a while do a “check up” on our protein shakes (with all our recipes really) to make …

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BF Basics: De-Mystifying the Nutrition Label

Yes, yes I know you got good grades all year but a little summer school never hurt anyone. Does the nutrition label look like gibberish to you? Do you think it’s impossible to learn to get good information from it? Or perhaps you have a good basic knowledge but just feel like you don’t “get” everything on the label. I’m …

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BF Basics: Carb Confusion!

A person stands up in their weight-loss surgery support group and proudly proclaims, “I have successfully maintained my weight loss because I don’t eat ANY carbs!” The support group leader smiles and asks, “Do you eat fruits? Vegetables? Dairy products?” The person smiles and says, “Of course! But I don’t eat carbs!” This is actually a (99.9%) true story a …

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