Bariatric Foodie https://www.bariatricfoodie.com Play with your food Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:49:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Olive Garden Knock-Off: Tilapia Piccatta https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/olive-garden-knock-off-tilapia-piccatta/ https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/olive-garden-knock-off-tilapia-piccatta/#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:23:11 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=20673 Olive Garden and I have a very fragile relationship. But I do have to admit, it’s been getting better. There used to be zero dishes I could order straight off the menu (keep in mind I’m nine years post-op folks). Nowadays there are a few, or at least enough that I now have an Olive …

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Dish shown on the Livliga Just Right Bariatric Set plate.

Olive Garden and I have a very fragile relationship.

But I do have to admit, it’s been getting better. There used to be zero dishes I could order straight off the menu (keep in mind I’m nine years post-op folks). Nowadays there are a few, or at least enough that I now have an Olive Garden Eating Guide available.

But lemme tell you how my life is set up. If I find a dish at a place like Olive Garden that I love? I’m never ordering anything else! Nope.

Quiet as it’s kept, I’m sort of a creature of habit. Sure I have plenty of recipes on this site. Notice that I tend to stay within certain realms of ingredients and I tend to expand on certain dishes I love (hence the cabillionty-seven cheesecake inspired recipes on this site!). Especially at Olive Garden, which I don’t frequent, I just don’t see the point of choosing anything else when I know I have a dish that I like and that works for my plan.

Such is the case with their Tilapia Piccata. It’s a delicious, lemony fish with garlic and capers. It comes with Parmesan crusted zucchini planks (or what I’d call “lasagna zoodles“) and…NO NOODLES!

Me and noodles? Not friends. Haven’t been since surgery.

For this recipe, I started with Melissa D’Arabian’s (Food Network…$10 dinners lady…) recipe and went from there.

So here’s the deal with this post. It’s a work in progress. I keep wanting to get process shots for you guys (because I actually make this at least once a month now that I know how) but something always comes up or goes wrong. Sigh.

I’ll be adding process photos later, but for now I need you guys to know a few pivotal things:

  1. I usually use frozen tilapia filets from Aldi. They are very affordable.
  2. Capers are usually in whatever aisle olives are in at the supermarket. If all else fails, go to the imported food section but I highly recommend that you do not skip the capers. They sorta make this dish.
  3. You can use flour or cornstarch for this recipe. It’s to thicken the sauce. If you don’t thicken the sauce, it will be watery. I’ve tested this recipe several times and in this version I use the absolute least amount of flour you can get away with.
  4. There won’t be tons of sauce. It’s basically just for spooning on top of the fish. Also…you’ll see I didn’t use white wine in my sauce. I instead used Champagne vinegar, which gave it a bit more pop. I compensated with a bit more fat to tone it down. But if you want to use cooking wine, feel free to use the same amount that I used in vinegar and you should be good to go.
  5. Aaaaaand, as always, no, I’m not giving you the nutrition info. Here’s why.

As for the zucchini…I chose to do rounds and not planks. Mostly because I can do that with a knife instead of having to use a mandolin slicer (or trying to slice planks by hand, which has more than once resulted in injury!) but your mileage may vary. There’s also an little heirloom cherry tomato medley there because I like color on my plate!

My only note on the sides is that I did not deep fry the zucchini. Instead I sprayed a pan generously with nonstick. I also chose to use Egg Beaters instead of eggs for the dredging, mostly because I invested my per-meal fat allowance on the fish because the flavor is enhanced from the fat used. Your mileage may also vary!

Lastly, I just wanted to point out how QUICK this meal is to make. If you thaw our your fish ahead of time, this can be raw-to-table in less than 30 minutes. Which is probably less time than if you’d actually ordered it from Olive Garden and you’re saving a few calories and bunch of money.

Win-win? I say, yes. Now go…make this!

Olive Garden Knock-Off: Tilapia Piccatta
Bariatric Foodie's take on Tilapia Piccata is a little bit lighter than the original, definitely cheaper than Olive Garden!
Servings2 servings
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Tilapia
For the Parmesan crusted zucchini
Instructions
Make the Tiliapia
  1. Set a skillet over medium heat and allow it to get hot, then spray generously with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper and place inside the hot pan. Cook about 2 minutes on each side, or until fish is done through. Remove from pan.
  3. Drop the heat to low and add the flour and butter and whisk until it simmers and begins to thicken. Add the Champagne vinegar (or wine) along with the lemon juice and garlic and continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the capers last and cook them just a minute or so. Taste your mixture. It should be very bright but not so much as to make you pucker! If it does, add just a little dash (about a tsp.) of milk to the mixture to calm it down. Or you can add more butter if that's your thing!
  5. Place fish on plates and spoon desired amount of sauce on top.
Make the zucchini
  1. Place cheese in one bowl, eggs in another.
  2. Dredge zucchini rounds first in cheese, then in egg, then cheese again..
  3. Set a skillet on medium heat until it is hot, then spray generously with nonstick cooking spray. Place dredged zucchini in pan allow to cook about 2-3 minutes on each side. Do not flip early or the crust will not have formed and it will stick to the pan instead of onto your zucchini!
  4. Drain the zucchini on a paper towel until ready to serve.

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At the risk of sounding like a hater…when we start to eat healthfully we get some really screwed up notions about eating.

And I get it. The things we have to tell ourselves to get by and yadda.

Usually I don’t make much of some of the beliefs I hear expressed. But, frankly, some of them are biting us in the butt and it’s time for it to STOP.

So I’m posting these three things to start a conversation. You may agree with me 100%. You may vehemently disagree. That’s ok! But let’s talk about this. Because as I’ve said (ad nauseum) the stories we tell ourselves are important! Let’s make sure the stories we tell ourselves about healthy eating support our goals instead of undermining them.

Myth #1: “Food is only fuel…”

Pardon me for saying…but that’s one of the biggest loads of crap we keep perpetuating!

Spoiler: Food is not only fuel.

It does fuel our bodies, yes. But when we say food is only fuel we are grossly over-simplifying the process of eating. And it can end up biting you in the butt!

There are plenty of foods that are nutritionally superior to what we eat day-to-day. So why don’t we eat them? Usually because we don’t like them!

Humans were built with taste buds for a reason. In the early days of humans, our taste buds mostly helped us differentiate between what was safe to eat and what could literally kill us. These days our brains have evolved to such exciting features as being able to associate the taste of a food with a nutrient our bodies need (a sophisticated function that allows us to develop cravings for certain foods when we present with certain nutritional needs).

Food isn’t just fuel. And the reason that belief can bite you in the butt is that if you try to make food only fuel, and try to force yourself to eat foods you hate because you think they are the “correct” thing to eat…you’re gonna rebel. And it isn’t going to be pretty.

Alternative thought: Food nourishes the body, and happens to be delicious. Choose foods that do both of those things. Don’t ever ever ever EVER eat food that isn’t delicious. If you live by that standard, I’m willing to bet my next paycheck, you’ll naturally become a very healthy eater!

Myth #2: That you’ll magically start to like healthy foods (that you didn’t like before)

Now the caveat here is that this sometimes does happen after weight loss surgery. For example, before surgery, I HATED spinach. Like…I’m talking about “I will fake a food allergy if you try to feed me this” hatred.

Now I love spinach! But it wasn’t some magical shift.

What I realized is that I didn’t like the way spinach was being served to me before. My parents tended to either make that nasty frozen block of spinach, canned spinach OR they boiled it to within an inch of its own life. It was wet, gloppy, slimy and disgusting.

After surgery I started eating raw and lightly wilted spinach and found I rather liked the taste and texture.

But. Don’t automatically assume that if you start a process of getting healthier that some switch is going to flip that will make you like a bunch of foods you didn’t like before. That may happen with some foods, but at the end of the day you may always like what you like, and that’s ok. That’s important to note because we tend to beat ourselves up if we don’t develop those preferences. And we all know where beating ourselves up leads us, right?

Alternative thought: We like what we like. But sometimes we need to reach outside those foods for our nutrition. Why not try pairing things we don’t like (or have never tried) with things we do like to see if we like them better together? If so, great! If not, try to zero in on foods that you can at least tolerate, even if you don’t love them.

Myth #3: That once you’ve been eating healthfully for a while, you can’t be tempted.

I think deep down we all know this one is BS, but I think that somehow we still magically believe that people who are consistently healthy eaters just don’t get tempted as much. That is so not true! And in the interest of honesty, I’ll say I’m speaking as a person who talks to a lot of consistently healthy eaters – I’m not always a consistently healthy eater myself!

But here’s the deal. Everyone has food vices. Everyone. And most people who are consistently healthy eaters accept that every once in a while they are going to indulge. But they have developed this habit of enjoying those moments, then moving on. (Notice I said they developed that habit. I rarely find that’s an innate habit for most people.)

Alternative thought: Even when you eat healthfully, you’re going to face temptation. That doesn’t make you weak. That makes you human! The trick is to watch out for situations where you are likely to face temptation and decide in advance how you’d like to handle it. Be mindful!

The secret to eating healthfully for life

Heck, I dunno! Man…if I had that secret I would not be driving the world’s most tortured Toyota Camry, mkay?

But I can tell you what I’ve learned.

  1. You don’t have to eat healthy 100% of the time to be a healthy eater. Over the past 9 years I’ve learned a better sense of balance. Yes, I do indulge sometimes. But because my main goal is to eat food that nourishes my body well, proposed indulgences have to be truly worth it. When I live my life by that standard, I do ok.
  2. Accountability is important! For years I railed against daily food logging and weighing myself. Over the past year I’ve started those practices again to hold myself accountable. It’s easy to tell yourself stories in your head about what’s happening to your body. Data makes everything real (which, admittedly, is scary). I shared with you guys a short time ago that I use a service called Good Measures that provides me with a bariatric dietitian, a platform that analyzes my unique nutritional needs, and helps me build better eating habits. That accountability has helped me to think twice about a great many things I thought about putting in my mouth! If you’d like to read my review of Good Measures, click here!
  3. Pay attention to your body. It’s surprisingly efficient at giving you signals about how you should eat. Our bodies react to the things we put in it – for better or worse. I know that if I eat too much fat (cough…cough…peanut butter!) I’ll get acne. If I eat too many starches, I get terrible gas (TMI, I know!). One of the things I implore you to do as you start to build your healthy lives is to stop and listen to your body. Not just when you feel nauseous or something comes back up. Listen for the subtle signs, both good and bad. I know, for example, that even though bananas aren’t my favorite food in the world, half of one before a workout gives me a mid-workout boost! So things like that. When you understand how your body reacts to food, you can build a way of eating centered on YOU.

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(Two disclaimers: First…this review is hella long but WORTH IT! Especially if you don’t currently see a bariatric dietitian and need help getting your eating back on track. But let’s keep it real…you might need to read it in chunks. But do read it! Second, this review was sponsored by Good Measures, however, as always, all opinions are my own and are unbiased!)

Did you read my post about “5 Signs You Need to See a Bariatric Dietitian?” If not, you should go read it! I’ll wait…

Ok now that you’re back…I want to keep it ALL the way real and tell you how I learned about the company through which I’m now receiving dietitian services – Good Measures.

UPDATE: Since this review was first published, I’ve since done a video demo where I take you through my very own Good Measures account to show you – feature by feature – how it’s helped me change my eating. Plus, a Good Measures dietitian was on deck to answer questions. Check it out! Or if you’re ready to check out Good Measures directly, press the button below.

I wanna check out Good Measures!

Why Bariatric Foodie may be a product snob (or not).

Being a blogger, I get a lot of requests to review products. I will tell you up front that I turn down about 95-ish% of those requests. And no, it’s not that I’m snobby. I just feel like I have a responsibility to you guys to prioritize my time reviewing products that can solve actual problems in your lives or make your lives easier. The latest skinny tea, frivolous gadgets, and supplements “specially formulated” to non-op bodies aren’t a top priority for me.

But when I do hear from a company I think has a solution to problems we are having in the WLS community, I do a good amount of due diligence before agreeing to even look at the product. This usually involves some forensic investigation looking extensively at a company’s website and hard-core interrogation asking many questions of their representatives.

Only when I am confident that the product is something a good amount of folks in the Foodie Nation can use to their benefit (even if I don’t personally like it), will I review it.

Such was the case here.

MyFitnessPal on crack?

That’s what I thought about Good Measures when I first started investigating what it was.

Wait…that’s not the truth. I couldn’t tell 100% what it was because when we first started talking, their website and entire presence was geared toward doctors and hospital systems. I could tell that they provided dietary services but I wasn’t sure what exactly they did. Were they MyFitnessPal on crack? Were they more like that Baritastic app I kept hearing about? From the outside I couldn’t tell, which is what I said to their reps. So they told me, “Take a peek inside and see for yourself.”

The following is an accounting of what I saw and experienced.

So what the hell is Good Measures?

So I should say that this opportunity was somewhat serendipitous.

I wasn’t lying in that “5 Reasons” post when I said I had gone without the services of a dietitian for a long time and needed to start back up again.

It wasn’t that my eating was totally out of control, but I’d fallen out of a lot of my old “die hard” post-op routines and I was feeling the difference. I was having more blood sugar crashes, I felt lethargic, and I just felt like I wasn’t always making the best choices. So I was genuinely curious to figure out what the hell Good Measures was – and use it to my benefit!

To put it in its most simplistic terms (and I’ll go into detail after), there are three components to Good Measures:

  1. It has a very robust online food/water/activity tracker that you can use from a computer, smartphone or tablet. To a certain extent, the platform can be “custom fit” (for lack of  better term) to your particular needs. More on that in a moment.
  2. You get the services of a dietitian who has training in your particular special dietary needs (in my case, I got a dietitian who was trained in working with bariatric patients but they also have dietitians trained to work with a variety of health conditions, including with diabetic patients, pre-diabetic, and people on a kidney diet).
  3. On the online platform (it’s kinda more than a website), you have access to a host of tools that help you make the right food decisions in order to achieve whatever goals you have.

So that’s clear as mud, right? Let’s dive into the details.

Pimp my food diary

Do any of you remember that MTV show, “Pimp My Ride” where they did custom car makeovers? If so, you’ll get the reference by the time I’m done this section!

So the very first thing that happened when they gave me access to the platform was that it interviewed me. Yes, it interviewed me. It wanted to know how much I weight, how tall I am, how active I am. Yadda. That’s all pretty standard. Most online food journals have similar features. From there I got to start using the food/water/activity tracker.

But there was a little problem.

It’s a problem I have had with most food trackers, which is that they give you goals based on the nutritional recommendations of people who have not had weight loss surgery. This meant my daily nutritional goals, straight out the gate:

  1. Had a caloric goal that was way too high. (I have the Wonder Pouch but even on my best day I do not eat 1,800+ calories a day!)
  2. Had a protein goal that was too low. (Protein represented about 30-ish% of my daily caloric goal originally.)
  3. Had a carbohydrate goal that was way too high. (I believe carbs made up nearly 50% of my daily caloric intake goal originally.)

I was perplexed! But thankfully…along came my dietitian. For the purposes of privacy, let’s call her Alice.

The day after I signed on to Good Measures for the first time, Alice reached out to me and told me she was available to meet at my convenience by phone, secure video, message (through the Good Measures platform), whatever I wanted to do. I decided it was best to start with a phone call.

We’ll get to more of what happened in that first phone call (and subsequent ones) in a moment, but what I wanted to tell you for now is that when I spoke to Alice, she immediately recognized that the goals assigned to me by the platform weren’t quite right. And she had a pretty simple solution.

“I can just adjust them for you.”

Say what? Yes. She could adjust it so that my daily caloric goals were in line with how I was told to eat (40% daily calories from protein, 35% from carbs, 25% from fat). She also adjusted my overall daily caloric goal because we both knew I wasn’t going to hit that many calories per day.

And so it was the case that my Good Measures food tracker was custom fit for me.

A coach, a cheerleader, a personal assistant, and Google

So let’s talk more about Alice. (Again, not her real name. That’s also not Alice or me in the above picture but I thought we needed a visual here. Roll with it!)

From my personal experience, most dietitians are really nice people. When I hear of folks who have dietitians who don’t seem so nice, I really wish they could have any one of the multitude of dietitians I have met in my lifetime because most of them have been really friendly and encouraging people. I think you sort of have to be to even want to go into dietetics.

But I digress.

I tell you that to say I wasn’t at all surprised that Alice was a lovely person. And on the first call, we talked a lot about my lifestyle, my goals, what foods I like to eat/don’t like to eat, what I feel like my vices are and my strong points.  From there, she suggested a caloric goal for me based on what I’d told her. At first I thought it was a bit high and said so. She assured me that if it was, we could adjust it and that she would adjust my food tracker accordingly.

Alice is available to me every week but I admit for the first few weeks I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with this support. My first approach was simple accountability. We’d go over what I ate, she’d answer my questions. Always encouraging, even when I screwed up.

It wasn’t until I came upon an all-too common post-op problem that I began to see the extent that she could help me out.

Food apathy. Have you had it? That’s where you just don’t care that much about food. The curious thing about food apathy is that it tends to lead to really bad eating choices! I’ll never understand that. But since Alice and I were meeting weekly, I shared my food blah’s with her. And she sort of sprung into action!

After talking about what food I had in the house, she helped me start to etch out a plan to follow. Like…an actual meal plan. Like…”Try making this, this and this to eat for the week…” Yeah. That. At the same time I had come into a decent quantity of salmon I didn’t want to go to waste, but I really only know four ways to cook salmon and they were all…blah. So you know what she did? She made a collection of recipes for salmon and placed them in my food tracker. Lookit:

So at this point I’m thinking…who is this person? Where did she come from? Why did the universe deem me worthy of such a thing? (Yes, it meant that much to me.) Alice is like a coach, a cheerleader, a personal assistant and Google! And I mean that in a good way. And from that moment on, I really felt comfortable bringing my challenges to her because:

  1. I knew she wasn’t here to judge me. She’d seen me at my most crappy eating and she was constantly encouraging me to try again, try better.
  2. That she was extremely  resourceful. She had great ideas I hadn’t thought of before, which I thought was really cool.
  3. That she was available to help me as intensely as I needed to solve my dietary challenges.

Whew! I said a lot there. I feel like this is where a commercial break would be if we were on TV. Go grab a bottled water, some Crystal Light or…something…before coming back to read the rest of this review.

So…what should I eat?

So the food tracker for Good Measures is fairly robust. I can’t explain all its features in one blog post. (But see down at the end of this review for an opportunity to see it in action for yourself!) For the sake of brevity, I’m going to focus on three main things in this review:

  • How the platform helps determines if you are making the right food choices.
  • How the platform attempts to help you make the right food choices.
  • Some things that I found easier on Good Measures than on any other food tracker I’ve used (and I’ve used several).

So once Alice and I met and set up my goals, she put them onto the back-end of the food tracker…however she does that. (I’ve never really asked!) From there, the site has one main way it determines if you are making the necessary eating choices to get to your goals. It’s called the Good Measures Index, or GMI for short.

To keep it simple, the GMI is a number between 1-100. Each time you put food into the food tracker, your GMI updates and you can see if your choice helped you get closer to or further away from your daily eating and weight loss goals. Obviously a score of 1 would be indicative of choices that aren’t helping you toward your goals. 100 would be indicative of your choices perfectly aligned to your goals. (Spoiler: I’ve never had a GMI of 100.)

So how does the site come up with this score? It uses a bunch of different information. But what I found impressive was that it was more than just how many calories you ate and how far over/under your caloric goal you are. It also takes into consideration the nutritive value of the foods you eat. Eat foods packed with the right combination of nutrients, and watch your score go up. Eat empty calories, and watch it sink, sink, sink.

“Ok so, Nik. If it’s evaluating my eating based on all these factors, how am I supposed to keep up? How do I know what’s best to eat?”

I’m glad you asked that. You’re very savvy!

The GMI is pretty complex and if you are a numbers geek, the site lets you see why it has scored your GMI the way it did (for me, that was information overwhelm at first but Alice taught me how to read all that data). Or…you never have to look at it if you don’t want to. The site has other ways of helping you make the right food decisions.

  • Best  next meal suggestions. For any meal, you can ask the platform for suggestions for your best next meal and it will make suggestions. At first those suggestions are based on recipe databases that you choose (so you can tell the system you only want low-carb meals, or low-sodium meals, or some combination in between). But as you start to put the food you eat into the system, it will start suggesting foods you like to eat. Each suggestion will tell you how big of an impact it will have on your GMI and, in turn, on your progress toward your goals.
  • Nutrient specific suggestions. So let’s say you aren’t eating enough…I dunno…beta-carotene. And your GMI is suffering for it! You can ask the system what foods you should eat to get more beta-carotene and it will give you both individual food suggestions (like carrots!) and recipe suggestions, to help you get more of the nutrient you need. Again, it will give suggestions both from a food database and from the foods you like to eat, as you start putting food into the system.

For me, these suggestions were most helpful after I’d used the platform for a few weeks and it started giving me suggestions based on what I like to eat. One neat thing I found was that as I put the foods I eat regularly onto the platform, when I asked for suggestions, it paired up my old, familiar foods in ways that I had not thought of before. This has led to some new/old and very yummy meals!

Water, activity and all that jazz…

Now believe it or not, for the first few months I used Good Measures I only used it on a desktop. Don’t ask me why. I’m funny like that.

So at first I didn’t think much about their activity tracker. The water tracker seems fine and pretty standard. You put in how much you drank, when you drank it, and the system tells you your progress toward your daily water goal. Not much new there.

But once I started using the app I found that it has additional features that are very helpful! For instance:

  • The Good Measures app can automatically sync with several popular activity tracking apps and devices, such as Apple Health app, Fitbit and Garmin. If you give the app permission to access these, it will just pull your activity data into your tracker and factor it into your daily goals.
  • The app also has that neat bar code function popularized by MyFitnessPal (where you can scan the bar code of a food to add it to your food diary.)
  • Also, once you have the app, it will start sending you meal suggestions when it thinks it’s your mealtime. If you put in the times when you eat a meal, it will begin to learn when breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack times are and will send you a notification at the appropriate time. For those of us who suffer from food amnesia (aka “I forgot to eat!”) this can be very beneficial!

Both the app and the desktop version of the platform also have another neat function that I must tell you about. Food templates. The only way to accurately describe the benefit of food templates is to tell you what my life was like without them.

Ok so…you guys know how I always say if you want to do the right thing, make the right thing to do the easy thing to do? Yeah. Well, most food trackers I have used don’t seem to go by this philosophy. So when I make a healthy choice like, say, a salad, I personally find it cumbersome to log that. I either have to make it into a recipe or I have to sit there and individually search a bunch of little ingredients that I had in my salad.

Good Measures food templates took away the pain!

I happened upon them accidentally. I ate a salad for the first time after starting to use the service and I went to log it and an option came up that said “Create a Salad.” Being the adventurous person that I am, I clicked it. And this menu comes up. With damn near every item one could put in a salad listed.

All I had to do was click what was in my salad and the platform “built” my salad entry! Now there were default ingredient amounts (like 2 tbsp. for dressing, etc.) but those are stupid easy to adjust. So basically I ticked off a few boxes, spent about four seconds adjusting the amounts, and voila! Salad on my food tracker. It even let me give my salad a name so I could automatically store it as a recipe with no additional steps.

Now I want to emphasize that in reality tracking a salad on most food trackers isn’t hard. There just tend to be more steps and that makes me perceive it as harder. Which prevents me from doing it. It’s a mental thing, I know! But it’s great that Good Measures helps me out that way.

Yeah so that’s great but how much does it cost?

I imagine at this point that’s what you’re wondering. Before I tell you that, I wanted to share one last thing.

When I first started using Good Measures they were mainly working with doctors offices and hospitals as a way of helping patients comply with special diets. But they wanted to reach out to individuals too. When they contacted me, I told them straight up I was probably their ideal customer. What I mean by that is:

  • I’m more than 5 years post-op and therefore more likely not to be so strongly connected to my surgeon’s office. This isn’t universally true, but I would argue that younger post-ops get most of their dietary services from their bariatric surgical practices while further-out patients may have lost touch with their practice or, for some other reason, are just not getting dietary services.
  • I am hella busy. Which means keeping appointments during normal business hours can be challenging! I was encouraged when they told me I could meet with my dietitian in the evening (even the late evening) or on weekends.

So it was good that the service addressed those things but as I started to use it, I saw ways the platform could be optimized to be even better for post-op patients. So I told them so. And do you know what they said?

“We want to make an investment in being better for bariatric patients. Help us!”

(Seriously…they said that!)

And so kicked off several months of me meeting with everyone from their sales and marketing people to their software developers to tell them what could make the platform even better, more convenient, more helpful, more effective for bariatric patients. And they listened! Most of the changes I suggested (and there weren’t a ton) are being implemented as you read this review!

So back to the price. I was able to give input on that as well. As an introductory price for bariatric patients, here are the two ways you can sign on to the service:

  • Month-to-month. In my estimation, month-to-month plans are good for trying things out if you aren’t sure if you’ll like or use a service. No matter what plan you choose, you’ll get access to everything I described in this review. The price for a month-to-month plan is $39/mo. billed every month.
  • The annual plan. The annual plan is for folks who are reasonably sure they are ready to have dietary support for a whole year. You’ll meet with your dietitian about every week for the first few months. As you get the swing of things, you may choose to switch to checking in online less frequently. But your dietitian is always available to you. The annual plan shakes out to $29/month but you pay for the entire year at one time, which comes out to $348.

Let me just to put that in perspective, with the annual plan you are paying $0.96/day to have a dietitian available to you virtually anytime via message and once a week for actual face time while you’re working to improve your eating habits.

Check out Good Measures!

Now…y’all know I’m cheap thrifty. But I do recognize a good value. Based on what I have experienced thus far, working with Alice and getting help from the online platform and the app? These costs didn’t seem unreasonable to me at all. The platform alone has changed the way I plan my meals, and how I eat.  But the best part is that I don’t have to figure it all out for myself. Alice has been there every step of the way, helping me get my Foodie house in order!

So it should come as no surprise that I am officially deeming Good Measures Foodie-approved!

All the things I could not fit in this review

So I’ve thrown a lot at you in this review. And believe it or not, there’s a lot more to say! But I really feel like it’s easier to wrap your head around how Good Measures works by seeing it. So that’s what I’d like to invite you to do!

Yes. I’m going to give you a peek behind the curtain of my own Good Measures account – the good, the bad and the ugly! (And please believe all three are present at varying points of my eating.)

If you have lost touch with your dietitian and you feel like you would like to get back on track. If you have regained some weight and feel you need intensive support to get your eating habits back in line. If you haven’t gained any weight but you feel old habits creeping back in and want to be more accountable. If you just plain don’t know what to eat anymore to lose and/or maintain your weight…these are all great reasons to check out Good Measures – and I invite you to my demo!

Fill out the form below and I’ll send you an invite.

Let me show you what I use for dietary services!

Good Measures is how I get my dietitian services. Take a peek behind the curtain of my own personal account and learn how this unique service works.

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5 Signs You Need to See a Bariatric Dietitian https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/5-signs-you-need-to-see-a-bariatric-dietitian/ https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/5-signs-you-need-to-see-a-bariatric-dietitian/#comments Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:07:01 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=17529 I’m going to make a confession. Working with a dietitian, historically, has not been one of my favorite parts of the bariatric journey. I’m a rebel, Foodies! I don’t want anyone telling me what to do. And telling me what to EAT? Get outta here! But if there’s one truth I’ve had to accept above …

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I’m going to make a confession.

Working with a dietitian, historically, has not been one of my favorite parts of the bariatric journey.

I’m a rebel, Foodies! I don’t want anyone telling me what to do. And telling me what to EAT? Get outta here!

But if there’s one truth I’ve had to accept above all others in my 9+ years of post-op life, it’s this. Even on my best day, I still have a lot to learn about nutrition.

It’s true! I love food. You guys know that. But I’m also a post-op. And I’m a post-op who identifies as a food addict. So for me especially, having some outside counsel to gut-check (pun intended) my eating decisions is invaluable! But it wasn’t always that way.

How not having a dietitian bit me in the butt…

There was a time when I avoided seeing a dietitian. About two years after my surgery, the dietitian associated with my bariatric practice moved to another state and I didn’t rush to find a new one. Until…

Old habits started creeping back. Hunger started creeping back. Cravings started creeping back. Scared the holy mess out of me!

Finally, I got tired of living in fear that I was going to slide back into my pre-op self (which, by the way, is something of an unrealistic fear but still…it felt real enough!) and see a dietitian. Which meant I had to find a new dietitian (more on that in a moment). But I was successful in finding someone I vibe with and it’s been a world of help. A good bariatric dietitian can not only give you nutrition advice, they can help you with meal planning, matching cravings to nutrient needs, setting realistic goals, and holding you accountable to them.

I’m back on track now, but I thought some of you might be sitting where I once was. Thinking, “I don’t really need my dietitian anymore. I know the ropes!” That could very well be and if you are doing well, keep on keepin’ on! But if you can identify with any of the following situations…you may want to get back in touch with your dietitian!

#1: You’re able to eat more than you used to be able to eat.

Now my unprofessional opinion on that is this. Firstly, we are not supposed to be on the “two-bite plan” forever. We’re just not! Our stomachs heal after surgery and eventually we can start eating more food than immediately after our operations. That’s normal. However. If you find yourself being able to eat way too frequently or way too much, you probably need to troubleshoot. There could be any number of reasons for the increase in your eating capacity (we always want to assume our stomachs have stretched but that’s actually rarely the case), so it’s best to enlist help.

So if you’re able to eat more than you used to be able to eat, and it concerns you, go see a bariatric dietitian!

#2: You have (or have developed) a food intolerance.

I see this happen to folks all the time. And it can even happen years after surgery. I particularly see this in relation to milk. For weeks, months and years, cow’s milk is fine for folks…until it isn’t! Now some food intolerance issues don’t seem like a big problem. You may even know how to work around them. But if you develop an intolerance to a food that was a central part of your eating plan, you’ll want to enlist help learning how to use different ingredients to make the things you like to eat. Go see a bariatric dietitian!

#3: You’ve been eating lots of unhealthy food and you don’t know how to stop.

All kidding aside for a minute. If you can relate to that statement there’s something important I want you to know. You are not alone! So many post-ops struggle in silence with this. Whether it’s sweet food or salty-crunchy food, so many of us fall prey to it – and it hooks us in just like it did so many times before. And what I see is a lot of post-ops focusing their energy on exacting guilt and shame upon themselves for being human. But not only is that unkind to yourself – it’s supremely unproductive. If you truly want to stop, you probably need some help. A good bariatric dietitian will understand, won’t judge you, and will help you figure out how to take the edge off of cravings with healthy options. In essence, they’ll help you make a plan!

#4: You find yourself having very strong, very specific cravings.

Now you may think that’s the same as the previous one but it’s not. Sometimes we have really strong cravings that are associated with a nutrient our bodies need. But we may not be able to connect the dots back to that need by ourselves. Some cravings are fairly innocent (like craving ice cream when you need calcium), but others can be very displacing (like craving dirt when you are iron deficient). If you find you are having very strong, very specific cravings that you don’t understand, see a bariatric dietitian. They can help you get to the bottom of it and determine if you need to see your doctor for blood work or other tests.

#5: You have food apathy.

Food apathy is that sense of just not caring whether you eat or not. It can be dangerous! Why? Well for a few reasons. First, because you need to eat in order to lose weight. The body works on a pretty predictable system: eat too many calories and those calories are stored as fat. Eat too few calories and your body slows down fat burning. Eat just the right amount of calories and your body will burn fat through activity to create weight loss. (Sorta like Goldilocks, right?) The second way I think food apathy can be dangerous is when it becomes a virtue in your mind. That is to say, when you start to associate not eating with “being good.” That mindset can get you into trouble.

(Oh I’d also be remiss not to point out that we humans are so extra special that food apathy – aka “I don’t care about eating” – can easily turn into “let’s eat nothing but Doritos!” Yeah…that can be problematic too…)

We all experience food apathy from time to time. If it happens to you, a dietitian can help you come up with a plan so that you are getting what your body needs. And they can monitor your apathy to tell you if there’s some sort of trend you should investigate with your doctor or surgeon!

What to do if you don’t have a dietitian anymore.

One comment I hear a lot from folks who are more than a few years out is this. “Well I’m not connected to my bariatric office anymore and I don’t even know who the dietitian is nowadays!”

I hear you! And let me tell you how much I hear you. As I said before, my original bariatric dietitian moved to another state. After that, I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t seek out another one for YEARS. You know why? Perception.

In my head there were so many steps. You have to check your insurance, and you have to get a list of names, you have to call them (calling people in the 2010’s? Ugh!), you have to make sure they know the nuances of bariatrics. It just seemed like a lot and I got overwhelmed. So I never did it until recently. What turned me around? We’ll talk about that in a moment but first I want to lay out a few basic options if you don’t have a dietitian anymore:

  • You can ask your surgeon’s office for a referral. Many surgeon’s offices nowadays are affiliated with a dietitian so they can at least refer you there. But also ask them about other options just in case you don’t vibe with that person or your insurance doesn’t cover them.
  • You can ask your primary care physician for a referral. Just make sure you stress that you’d like someone who has worked with bariatric patients. I can’t stress this enough, our bodies are always going to work a bit differently and having a bariatric dietitian means they understand that.
  • You can search your insurance referral system. Many insurers allow you to filter your search in a variety of ways. If your job offers an employee assistance program (EAP) you might also enlist their help to make the search a bit less overwhelming. They can help you screen people and get all your information in one place.

Here’s how I resolved my own dilemma.

A few months ago I was contacted by a company called Good Measures. And at first glance I thought it was just another version of My Fitness Pal. But I was very, very wrong! Yes, the site does have a very robust nutrition diary component but that was just one of its many features. In addition to that, with my account, I have my very own bariatric dietitian.

But what’s more…I have a dietitian I can connect with, one-on-one, every single week. My dietitian has helped me to meal plan (believe it or not, for a food blogger, I am a piss poor meal planner!), to discover new recipes using ingredients that I like, and she’s a constant source of encouragement to me. Even on the days when I don’t do so great, she’s always supportive (which actually makes it easier for me to be 100% honest about what I eat), which is a godsend.

That’s just one of the great features about Good Measures that I want to tell you about. You can read more in my full product review!

But here’s what’s most important for you to know.

If you are struggling with your eating (too much, not enough, or anywhere in between), get help! Even if you’re 10/15/20 years post-op. Even if you think your body went back to the way it was before surgery. Even if you aren’t proud of all the choices you’ve made. Get help. You’re worth it. If you don’t believe me, just email me at nikki@bariatricfoodie.com and I’ll tell you all the reasons you are worth it!

And if you’re not sure where to start or if, like me, the whole thing seems overwhelming, definitely check out the service I mention above, Good Measures. I don’t say this lightly but…it’s changed my approach to planning and eating healthy meals!

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Low-Carb Lemon Bars: Recipe Fail (and recovery!) https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/low-carb-lemon-bars-recipe-fail-recovery/ https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/low-carb-lemon-bars-recipe-fail-recovery/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:31:03 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=17407 It happens to the best of us, Foodies. Even me. You get drawn into a recipe online, especially one of those really neat recipe videos, and you decide, “I’m gonna make that!” So you gather up all your little ingredients. You set aside time to make this glorious creation. You put your whole heart into …

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It happens to the best of us, Foodies. Even me.

You get drawn into a recipe online, especially one of those really neat recipe videos, and you decide, “I’m gonna make that!”

So you gather up all your little ingredients. You set aside time to make this glorious creation. You put your whole heart into the endeavor, summoning every ounce of your inner Ina Garten to make this dish aaaaaand…

It doesn’t turn out the way you want it to.

Ugh. It’s a bummer isn’t it? But what can you do? It’s a part of being a Foodie!

Recently, I saw a recipe for low-carb lemon bars. I was really excited. I’m not a huge sweets fan, but lemons and summer are just perfection to me and I really wanted to make these! Here’s the source recipe I used.

Hindsight being 20/20, I don’t think the recipe went wrong so much as I didn’t truly understand how the dish was supposed to turn out. It’s important to say that because the person who made the recipe didn’t do anything wrong, per se. My expectations of the dish didn’t match the outcome. (Does that make sense?)

So what’s wrong with them? That’s probably what you’re asking yourself. Because the picture looks ok, right?

Wellll…ok so I had two main problems with this recipe:

  1. There was wayyyyy too much crust and not enough filling. (For me.) The finished bars were like 3/4 crust, 1/4 lemon bar. In looking at the picture on the original recipe, I think it’s the same in the original recipe. But I didn’t notice that at first glance. (See that’s how mesmerizing food photography can get you!)
  2. I wasn’t a huge fan of the crust. It was made from almond flour, pulverized coconut, a bit of sweetener and I subbed the butter in the recipe for low-fat cream cheese. Even still, it tasted sort of bland to me. Which sort of made the thickness of it worse.

Just to make sure I wasn’t being overly picky, I sought the fam’s advice. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Boyfriend: “That’s a lot of crust.”
  • La Grande Diva: “No thanks.” (As per usual, she declined to try it.)
  • La Petite Diva: “The lemon part is…I don’t know. And there’s too much crust.”

So there ya have it. Now…please understand, Foodies, that these recipes do come out of my weekly food budget, so I had to sit on this fail for a bit while I actually finished the lemon bars (dirty secret: I tossed the last few). But as I was tasting them and tasting them, an idea began to formulate of how I could make them my way. How I could play with my food!

The new recipe started out a lot like the first one. By juicing many, many lemons.

Then I set that aside to make my crust out of crushed Fiber One cereal, coconut flour, Splenda (use what you like) and a pinch of salt.

I then mixed in 5 oz. low-fat cream cheese. I use cream cheese instead of butter, again, to bring down the fat levels a little bit. Also I knew the lemon filling would be really tart so a little extra richness is a good thing in that situation!

Until I could form a ball with the crumbs.

Next, I pressed the crumb crust into a parchment paper lined 8 x 8 pan. I could already tell the proportion of crust to filling was going to be better this time around.

I popped the crust into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes and while that was cooking I added some Egg Beaters, egg yolks, sweetener, and a bit of corn starch to the lemon juice. I used Egg Beaters to cut down on some of the fat. My body and high fat foods are NOT friends! But I generally find that as long as you use some egg yolks in these types of filling, they will set.

I put all that into a 350 oven for about 25-ish minutes and what came out was…

Perfection! I could tell this go round was going to be much, much better. (But to be sure I did poke my finger in the corner to taste it and I was right!)

From there you just need to let it cool thoroughly before popping it in the fridge for an hour or two. Then you can just take that parchment paper out of the baking dish, lay your bar recipe out on a flat surface, and cut it into squares. Easy peasy!

So the lesson in all this, Foodies? I guess it’s just that you should read a recipe and its directions carefully before deciding to make it. And study the picture. We food bloggers love to compose beautiful pictures, but at the end of the day they must be realistic representations of what you’ll get when you make the recipe at home. I think in this case the picture represented the recipe just fine…I just didn’t pay close enough attention!

Oh and also…because you know I gotta say it…don’t be afraid to play with your food!

Low-Carb Lemon Bars: Recipe Fail (and recovery!)
If you love the tart, sweet taste of lemonade, you'll love these lemon bars that use less fat and more fiber for a low-carb treat!
Servings12 bars
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Ingredients
Filling
Crust
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. First make the filling by mixing together cereal, coconut flour, sweetener and salt in a bowl. Add softened cream cheese and mix until it forms a clumpy sand-like mixture that can form into a loose ball in your hand.
  3. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper, then press the crumb mixture into it. Bake the crust 15 minutes, then allow it to cool.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine lemon juice, liquid egg substitute, egg yolks and sweetener. Whisk thoroughly or beat with a hand mixer on medium speed. Add cornstarch and mix thoroughly again.
  5. Pour lemon mixture over crust and set the entire baking dish on the bottom rack of your oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the lemon custard is just set.
  6. Allow to cool thoroughly before removing the entire recipe from the baking dish using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to eat.
  7. The pictured bars are sprinkled with sugar-free powdered sugar, which I made by mixing 1/4 c. Splenda with 2 heaping tsp. of cornstarch.

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My Favorite Summer Crockpot Recipes https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/favorite-summer-crockpot-recipes/ Wed, 05 Jul 2017 20:27:31 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=17287 So life recently popped another one of my little “delusion bubbles.” You see…up until last year I’d never lived in a house with central air conditioning (true fact), so I had this delusion that if you live in such a wonderful, mythical place, you can turn on your oven in the middle of the summer …

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So life recently popped another one of my little “delusion bubbles.”

You see…up until last year I’d never lived in a house with central air conditioning (true fact), so I had this delusion that if you live in such a wonderful, mythical place, you can turn on your oven in the middle of the summer time and bake with reckless abandon.

We’ll continue with this post once you all stop laughing at me!

Yeah. I tried turning on the oven and it was hot as (BLEEP) up in my house! And what was worse was that I seem to have the world’s most sensitive smoke alarm, which also seems to think that it should go off simply when it’s too hot in the house. (Seriously…there have been times when there was no smoke…just heat…that thing lost its natural mind!)

Needless to say, I am glad for my air condition-less years because I know how to make baked recipes without an oven, using one of my all-time favorite inventions: my crockpot!

Check out these three recipes I make in my crockpot to achieve summer yumminess.

Pork Tacos with Spicy Green Sauce

Man…you wanna jazz up Taco Tuesday? Make a batch of these things! The spicy green sauce is everything. I mean absolutely everything. Like…your life will be forever changed. Your life as it is now? Gone! After this sauce.

If you like spicy, that is.

Get the recipe!

Easy Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

For my family, this soup is a nice complement to the tacos above (or these tacos). For me, it’s pretty much the meal! If you’re wondering, how I do soup (since it technically violates the “no eating and drinking together” rule) is to slurp up the broth and eat the “guts” (meat/veggies). That works for me. Your mileage may vary.

Anywho…this soup is so ridiculously easy to make and tastes like summer. Go make you some!

Get the recipe!

Spicy Summer Beans & Sausage

This dish was inspired by a trip to Dallas, Texas (which, for more than a few reasons, is becoming one of my favorite places). Can you tell yet that I love all things spicy? If you do too, you must try these summer beans. It’s a nice alternative to sweet baked beans!

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Product Review: Bariatric Pal Protein Chips https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/product-review-bariatric-pal-protein-chips/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:31:32 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=17126 This review was sponsored by BariatricPal.com. All opinions are my own. Ok before we get into the glorious world of chips, I need to tell you that BariatricPal is offering us a suh-WEET discount on these protein chips, guys. 25% off BariatricPal brand chips (hint: look for the ones with the names I reference in this …

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This review was sponsored by BariatricPal.com. All opinions are my own.

Ok before we get into the glorious world of chips, I need to tell you that BariatricPal is offering us a suh-WEET discount on these protein chips, guys. 25% off BariatricPal brand chips (hint: look for the ones with the names I reference in this review) with code FOODIECHIPS! But hurry…the coupon expires June 30, 2017.

Go, get yo’ crunch on!

Aaaaand, we’re back!

So Foodies. You may not know this about me, but there are a great many things that tempt you guys that does not tempt me. Sweets? Eh. I think my surgeon fiddled with my sweet tooth while he was operating. Pasta? It only took a few times of it making me sick (and also figuring out that, on its own, it has ZERO flavor AND learning how to make zoodles) for me to do like Elsa and “let it go…” Fried foods? Yeah. You don’t wanna see what happens when I eat fried foods.

But chips? Like…crunchy, flavorful, salty chips?

Man I’d sell my cousin’s-sister’s-best friend’s-baby mama’s second child for a good bag of chips! (Actually I wouldn’t…but I do really, really love chips.)

So when I decided to team up with BariatricPal, naturally the first thing I wanted to get my grubby little hands on were some of their protein chips!

Now understand I have protein chip trust issues. I won’t name names but there are certain companies that make protein chips that I did NOT care for at all. (Bribe me with peanut butter and I may tell you who it is.) But there are a few brands that I also really like. (Same bribe applies.) So I was curious to try BariaricPal protein chips, since I have tried a number of them before.

You ready to do this? Awesome!

By the way, if you want to see my live reaction to these chips, be sure to check out Bariatric Foodie Live!, my weekly show, on YouTube! (Or, let’s keep it real, y’all know I put it at the bottom of this post!)

The Aesthetics

So far as the packaging, there’s not much that’s unique about it. It has a bit of a cowboy vibe, which is cute. the flavors are easily identifiable. Yadda.

The chip looks pretty standard as far as protein chips go. It reminds me of Special K Cracker Chips, which I’m currently not allowed to think about (or eat). Because I tend to eat all the chips. And when I say all the chips I mean ALLLLLLLL the chips.

But I digress. Depending on the flavor (we’ll get to that in a minute), they do have a generous coating on the outside and I was a bit nervous about that.

The Nutrition

Ok so here’s where we have to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

Chips are never going to be health food. When companies (like the one who shall not be named) bend the will of the universe to produce chips with macros that put them into the health food column, it’s just not good. Chips are chips, folks.

That said, these don’t shake out too badly, if you think of them as an occasional crunch-break. I don’t think these need to be your everyday chip. But then again, I don’t think you need to be having chips every day. (Just my opinion, don’t shoot me!)

Here are the stats by flavor:

  • Ranch Crunch: 130 calories, 4g fat, 15g carbohydrates, 3g sugars, 5g fiber, 10g protein
  • Pizza Crunch: 130 calories, 4g fat, 16g carbohydrates, 2g sugars, 5g fiber, 10g protein
  • BBQ Crunch: 130 calories, 4g fat, 14g carbohydrates, 5g sugars, 5g fiber, 10g protein
  • Sea Salt & Vinegar: 130 calories, 4g fat, 14g carbohydrates, 2g sugars, 5g fiber, 10g protein
  • Dill Krinkles: 130 calories, 3g fat, 13g carbohydrates, 2g sugars, 1g fiber, 12g protein

I should note that these do not adhere to the 10:1 protein ration (1 gram of protein for every 10 calories), but then I’ve found only one brand of protein chip that does and, again, I didn’t like it. We each have our own nutritional non-negotiables, though, so use yours!

The Flavor and Mouth-feel

I usually separate flavor and mouth-feel in reviews, but here you can’t talk about one without talking about the other.

So the chips have varying levels of flavor coating on them and that could mean one of two things:

  1. They are flavored very well or
  2. They are going to be chalky as hell

I was very, very, very, VERY happy to find that it was #1. (If you don’t believe me, just watch the live review! Even Shannon noted they weren’t chalky.)

That potential land mine past us, let’s talk flavor. I’m going to give you my and Shannon’s snap judgement on the chips, by flavor.

  • Ranch Crunch: True to its flavor, crunchy. Had to stick our heads ALL the way in the bag to get a whiff of ranch.
  • Pizza Crunch: Eh. It tasted like pizza spices, but not so much like pizza as a whole. We didn’t hate it but it wasn’t our favorite. Did have a saucy smell.
  • BBQ Crunch: Another “head in bag to smell” situation and we both though the flavor could stand to kick up a notch.
  • Sea Salt & Vinegar: On this one, Shannon and I differed. She thought it tasted more like a sour cream & onion chip. I definitely tasted the vinegar but I like my salt & vinegar chips so sour they make your lips pucker (among other physical reactions), so they weren’t quite sour enough to stand against a regular salt & vinegar chip BUT both Shannon and I really enjoyed the chip regardless, on its own merit!
  • Dill Krinkles: Now these are a bit different in shape. They kinda look like Ore-Ida crinkle-cut French fries. Again, Shannon and I differed in opinion. She thought they tasted the way the salt & vinegar should. I thought it had a good dill pickle flavor (which may actually mean I agree with her but I’m not sure).

OVERALL, we both thought the texture of the chips was really nice. They were crunchy. Not as flaky as a regular potato chip, but not hard or chewy, which was good!

Cost & Value

These chips are sold two ways: a Variety Pack (which is good to try each of the flavors before buying more BUT they seem to be out of stock right now) for $9.95 comes with one of each bag. Otherwise, the individual flavors are sold in packs of 7 for $12.89 for a one-time purchase OR $10.96 if you elect to do subscribe & save. Let’s break that down. That is:

  • $1.84/bag (based on the full price, $1.55 for S&S)
  • Each bag of chips has 10g of protein
  • Which means you are paying $0.18 per gram of protein

Is that good or bad? You decide. The price per protein gram is best used when comparing products that come in different sizes and quantities. Here’s how you calculate it.

I will say that’s not the best or worst price I’ve seen. Your mileage may vary.

Final Verdict

I really liked these chips. Shannon did too. I have actually put in an order for my favorite, the Ranch Crunch, on subscribe & save. I figure I’ll give a go at keeping a bag in my purse for when the snack monster rears its ugly head! (And during those times when the fam is eating chips and I would otherwise be resentful.)

Shannon liked the Dill Krinkles best, although I haven’t asked her if she’ll purchase any for herself. I will say, though, that the discount BariatricPal has given us is a GREAT opportunity to give these a try and see what YOU think.

Take me to the chips!

Watch the live review!

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Enter to win Bariatric Pal Protein Chips! https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/foodiechips/ https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/foodiechips/#comments Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:45:30 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=17015 Bariatric Pal Protein Chip Giveaway! Thanks for watching the premier episode of Bariatric Foodie Live! During the broadcast we reviewed a variety of protein chips from Bariatric Pal. Now it’s your turn to enter to win some for yourself! We’re going to keep this nice and simple. The Rules This contest is open within the 50 …

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Bariatric Pal Protein Chip Giveaway!

Thanks for watching the premier episode of Bariatric Foodie Live!

During the broadcast we reviewed a variety of protein chips from Bariatric Pal. Now it’s your turn to enter to win some for yourself! We’re going to keep this nice and simple.

The Rules

  1. This contest is open within the 50 United States.
  2. Enter your name and email address in the box below to enter. By doing so you agree to receive email updates from Bariatric Foodie and Bariatric Pal.
  3. The entry period will be open until Sunday, June 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Three winners will be drawn on Monday, June 19 and announced via email and social media.

***In addition, all regular Bariatric Foodie Contest & Promotion Rules apply.

Plus! Everyone who enters will receive a coupon code for 25% off your order of Bariatric Pal brand protein chips.

Entry is now CLOSED!

This contest entry closed on June 18 11:59 p.m. If you missed it – no worries! There will be another great BariatricPal product review and giveaway next month! The best way to stay tuned is by filling out the form below to join my email list for updates. Thanks to all who entered!

 

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Bariatric Foodie Teams Up With Bariatric Pal! https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/bariatric-foodie-teams-bariatric-pal/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:19:50 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=16856 So…I can be accused of many things in life, Foodies. One of them is not being totally aware of awesome things right in front of me. Bariatric Pal is one of those things. Have you heard of it? If I had to describe the site, I’d say it is part community, part informational resource, and part …

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So…I can be accused of many things in life, Foodies. One of them is not being totally aware of awesome things right in front of me.

Bariatric Pal is one of those things. Have you heard of it?

If I had to describe the site, I’d say it is part community, part informational resource, and part commerce. It’s sorta like what would happen if you put town hall, the library, and Amazon all in the same building and said, “This is everything you need in one, convenient place!”

Now I’d shopped from the Bariatric Pal store before, don’t get me wrong. I even did a product review of their protein soups:

Which, of course, being the true Foodie that I am, I had to play with.

But what I didn’t realize was the vast amount of products they carry – some their own, and some are products from other companies that I already buy and love (like Celebrate Vitamins and CLICK Espresso Protein).

Bariatric Pal has also been a generous supporter of the Bariatric Foodie Pledge for the past two years. After this year’s Pledge (and hearing you guys raving about some of the products you found), I decided to give them a closer look – and I’d like you to do the same!

That’s why I’m teaming up with Bariatric Pal to explore their store and products. Here’s what that means for you:

  1. Each month, I will delve deep into the Bariatric Pal store and pick out the coolest, yummiest, most awesome products I think you should check out.
  2. I’ll be doing reviews of those products here on the website, on Facebook Live and on YouTube.
  3. And get this…Bariatric Pal has agreed to do giveaways of the products I review and provide exclusive discounts to the Foodie Nation!

How cool is that? And the best part is…all you gotta do is follow the site to be a part of it all!

It’s also helpful if you are a part of my email list so that I can give you a heads up on reviews, giveaways and discounts, so do me a favor and fill out that form at the bottom of the page so you don’t miss a beat, mkay?

Oh…and P.S.

Like I said, I’ll send out notices when I’m doing a review, giveaway or when there’s a discount, but in the meantime, check out their store and let me know which products you are most interested in having me review! You can make suggestions in the comments below.

Take me to the good stuff!

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5 Shrimp Recipes to Satisfy Your “Inner Bubba” https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/5-shrimp-recipes-satisfy-inner-bubba/ Wed, 10 May 2017 17:51:42 +0000 https://www.bariatricfoodie.com/?p=16541 So I hear that May 10 is “National Shrimp Day” here in the United States. International Foodies: Do your countries have this same propensity to allow every day to be multiple holidays dedicated to all things – exciting to mundane? If so, then this day should make perfect sense to you. Anyhoo. I love shrimp. No, …

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So I hear that May 10 is “National Shrimp Day” here in the United States.

International Foodies: Do your countries have this same propensity to allow every day to be multiple holidays dedicated to all things – exciting to mundane? If so, then this day should make perfect sense to you.

Anyhoo. I love shrimp.

No, like, seriously. I LOVE SHRIMP.

I love shrimp almost as much as Bubba. (Forrest Gump, people, Forrest Gump!) Really that’s my standard for loving shrimp. If I ask someone if they love shrimp, and they say yes, I say, “As much as Bubba?” And, yes, they do look at me like I’m nuts.

Whether you are celebrating National Shrimp Day or you are just in the mood for shrimp, I wanted to call your attention to my favorite shrimp recipes here on Bariatric Foodie.

Julia’s Thai Shrimp Skillet

I love this photo not only because long-time Foodie Julia took it, but because she did so under my “cell phone food photo taking” tutelage. Plus…it’s super yummy.

>>Get the recipe!

Spaghetti Squash Ramen with Shrimp

In another life, I used to looooooove me some ramen. (Don’t judge me.)

Nowadays the noodles are a no-no and the sodium…well…it’s just probably not a good idea all the way around. So instead, I make a beautiful spaghetti squash ramen that hits all the right spots! This recipe is simple, easy to customize and most of all, fast!

>>Get the recipe

Shrimp & “Grits”

A little piece of decoding on my recipes. If the name of a starch is in “quotations”…it means it’s not really that starch. So this, my friends, is not grits. What it is may (or may not surprise you). But I promise you this – it will be yummy!

>>Get the recipe

Summer Shrimp Salad w/ Watermelon Champagne Dressing

That sounds fancy doesn’t it? Really the most laborious part of this whole recipe was scooping out the watermelon with a melon baller. Even the dressing was super quick and easy! Now May is a bit early for watermelon action…but bookmark this recipe for two months from now – and be in TOTAL summer food bliss!

>>Get the recipe

Selby’s Jerk Shrimp & Quinoa

Have you ever had Caribbean food? It’s just…everything. This recipe, submitted by dedicated Foodie, Selby, brings together the best flavors of the islands, pairs them with a superfood (quinoa, people, quinoa!) for a yummy and nutritious meal your whole family can get behind!

>>Get the recipe

There. I feel like I have adequately equipped you to make every day National Shrimp Day. Now, have at it!

 

 

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