Deviled eggs are a family favorite during holidays or summer months when we cook out. We have our favorite traditional recipe of course. But who doesn’t want a little variety every now and then?
When making deviled eggs, the main goal is to incorporate a little fat and some acid into the yolks. Traditionally this comes from mayonnaise, miracle whip, etc for the fat and a splash of vinegar for the acid. This recipe will mix up the healthy fat option by using avocado. The acid will come from lime juice.
Avocado deviled eggs are great substitute and will provide that bit of variety your gathering needs!
Grilling season is now upon us! My weekend will be full of family, fun, and hopefully some sunshine. With the sun shining and gobs of family and friends at our house our grill will most likely be put to the test.
One of my favorite vegetable sides to do during this time of year is grilled vegetable kabobs. They are simple and beautiful with all of the colors. Plus, I find that the kids in my family like to help assemble them so it’s less work for me.
The grilled vegetable kabobs were delicious and went so well with the grilled burgers and turkey brats. A few other great “cookout” type recipes I used this weekend were the Tomato Cucumber Salad and Deviled Pork Chops.
What are your favorite cookout recipes?
Au Gratin Broccoli Cauliflower is just the thing you need this week. It is a great low carb alternative to broccoli, cheese, and rice casserole. Put it on your menu with some grilled chicken breast or pork chops for a complete meal.
You can also add some chunked grilled chicken to this recipe for a casserole type dish.
It is common to hear misconceptions about bariatric surgery. Statements like, “It is a dangerous surgery”, “Won’t you die from that”, or “It is the easy way out” are false statements. These paint a picture of the safety and risks of bariatric surgery that is untrue and misleading. They may also prevent people from getting safe and effective treatment.
When considering bariatric surgery, it is best to be informed with all of the facts. You can discuss the safety and risks with your surgeon and/or other physicians handling your care.
After weight loss surgery, making sure you get the right vitamins is crucial to your long-term recovery and health as a whole. Weight loss surgery can reduce your effectiveness at absorbing nutrients, whether through the procedure itself (such as absorption control procedures) or by restricting the amount of food your body can take in (such as a dietary sleeve or stomach constriction).
I love to use my slow cooker any time of year. But during the winter, I especially love it. After working all day, it is nice to soak up a few minutes of sunlight on a walk with my family before the sun sets. So having dinner ready to go in the slow cooker allows me to steal those minutes with them instead of standing in the kitchen.
One of our family favorites is Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas. It is a no muss, no fuss kind of recipe. Just pile it all into the slow cooker and go about your day…no actual cooking required.
I hope you enjoy these chicken fajitas for a low carb, high protein slow cooker meal! What are some of your favorite slow cooker meals?
If you’re preparing for gastric bypass surgery, you are probably doing some research on what it will be like and what you can expect after surgery. Eating after surgery will be a lot different than what you’re used to, so here are some helpful tips on what you can eat and drink after you undergo weight loss surgery.
Immediately after your surgery, the most important factor is your hydration. Learning how to drink properly to stay hydrated can be difficult. You will want to focus on small sips, very frequently throughout the day. Avoid gulping your fluids.
From surgery to 2 weeks post-op gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or duodenal switch surgery:
- 96oz of hydrating fluids (<15 calories, decaffeinated, and non-carbonated fluids)
- Examples: decaf tea/coffee, water, powerade zero, propel zero, diet juice, broth
- Low carb/high protein drinks as tolerated/needed
- These do not count as hydrating fluids
- Get specific examples of these from your dietitian
From 2 weeks to 4 weeks post-op:
- Continue to focus on hydrating fluids at 96+oz daily
- Still no caffeine allowed
- You will begin a soft protein diet outlined by your dietitian.
- Soft proteins include eggs, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, beans, and fish.
- You do not need to eat any pureed foods.
At 4 weeks post-op:
- You will continue to focus on hydrating fluids at 96+oz daily
- You may begin to drink caffeine again at this point.
- Foods will advance to regular consistency focusing mostly on lean protein and non-starchy vegetables. You will discuss specific eating guidelines with your dietitian to ensure you have the best outcomes possible.
After your surgery it is important to learn how to eat properly. The goal is to eat three meals per day without snacking. Your new stomach will not hold much food, so stop as soon as you feel full. Eating slowly and taking small bites are key to having dense proteins settle well in your new stomach.
Focus on eating foods that are rich in protein first to help maintain muscle mass, regulate blood sugar, and control hunger. You should always eat foods that are rich in protein like lean meats (chicken, fish, pork, and beef), tofu, cheese/greek yogurt, and occasionally beans. There is not a specific protein goal you have to reach each day. Eat mindfully and focus on the quality of your foods. Questions about what foods to eat or what should be avoided post bariatric surgery should be directed toward your dietitian.
Your Partner in Health and Nutrition
If you’re ready to jump start your weight loss with a tool to maximize your exercise and healthy food choices, but have hesitated due to fears over surgery or long recovery periods, WeightWise has your solution. WeightWise is thrilled to announce that we are now offering Obalon. This does mean that we will no longer be offering ReShape, but know you’ll be ecstatic at the possibilities Obalon Balloon System can offer you.
What is Obalon?
Obalon Balloon System is the first and only FDA approved, swallowable 3-balloon system that works over six months to aid weight loss. You read that correctly, swallowable. That means little to no downtime or recovery as there is no surgery to place the balloon. No surgery for placement means no sedation at placement, so if fears of surgery have stopped you from calling us, you don’t need to hesitate any longer. The Obalon System works in tandem with a supervised diet and nutrition plan as a tool to boost weight loss.
How Does it Work?
Obalon facilitates weight loss by filling up space in your stomach so you eat less. The 6 months Obalon is in place, helps to create a lifestyle change aiding weight loss even after Obalon is removed. An average of 89% weight loss was kept off at 1 year (6 months after removal) when combined with the continuation of the moderate exercise and diet plan implemented with the placement of the first balloon. In the clinical trial, people lost twice as much as those who used exercise and diet alone. Obalon is the ultimate tool to unlocking a healthier future.
The Obalon Balloon Procedure
The placement of Obalon requires no anesthesia. In the WeightWise office, under the supervision of one of our world-class physicians, you’ll swallow a capsule roughly the size of a standard vitamin, that contains a balloon. Using an x-ray to monitor progress, the physician will confirm the pill is safely in your stomach, and as the pill dissolves our physician will inflate the balloon using gas. The procedure takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and afterwards, you can resume your day.
Am I a Candidate for Obalon?
You are potentially a candidate for The Obalon Balloon System if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30-40 kg/m2 (30 to 100 pounds overweight) and are 22 years or older. Additionally, while the balloon is in your stomach, you won’t be able to take any stomach-irritating medications. This includes things like Advil, Motrin, or any other medication classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). You also need consider that while Obalon can help augment weight loss, like any procedure, success is ultimately dependent on your willingness to make a complete lifestyle change in the long term.
Contact WeightWise and Start Changing Your Life Today
We know that any procedure requires careful consideration, and WeightWise is here to answer and address any questions or concerns you may have regarding Obalon Balloon System. With an expert, experienced team of physicians, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and patient advocates, no one is better equipped to guide you through this process. Contact WeightWise today or attend one of our free seminars. We can’t wait to help you change your life.
I have never been to the Mediterranean but I sure do love their foods and spices. Mediterranean cuisine generally has a focus on veggies, poultry, seafood, beans, and healthy fats. In my book, these are all good things! I made a big batch of this mediterranean mozza-chicken on Sunday evening and have been eating it for lunch all week long. Let me tell you, I’m not sick of it yet!!
This meal is so easy to make in a bigger quantity so you can have lunches during the week. Mix up the lunch by adding different sides…use a side salad, cottage cheese, steamed sugar snap peas, carrots and hummus…the list goes on and on! Enjoy your visit into Mediterranean cuisine!
Thanksgiving in my family does not necessarily mean turkey, but it does mean ham. A deliciously, wonderful ham. There are so many ways to make a ham…between herb crusted baked ham or a glazed ham you can’t go wrong.
This recipe for Herb Crusted Baked Ham is one that my mother has made for years upon years. Plus, it is a cinch to make. I dare you not to like it!