October 20, 2017

Chocolate Banana Protein Pancakes

A high protein breakfast that isn’t some kind of eggs⏤ be it scrambled, boiled, sunny side up, baked, in a frittata, crustless quiche, poached, whatever, can be a bit of a task for those of us who do not have their creative peak in the morning. Continue reading

September 1, 2017

BBQ Turkey Burger Cookout Menu

Happy holiday weekend, BariBuddies! I don’t know about you, but I love the end of summer. The slightly cooler air means the North Carolina humidity isn’t so terrible and I much more enjoy being outside. I also get the slight urge to buy fresh, new school supplies, despite having zero need for such items. Something psychological, I’m sure.

For Labor, I will be enjoying a cookout or two, and thought y’all might be as well. My cookout go to’s are low calorie, high protein, and low on carbs and sugar. Give them a try this weekend and let me know what you think! Continue reading

August 7, 2017

B.L.T. Stuffed Chicken

Sandwich lovers, I know living lower carb means the simple sandwich is less of a go-to. Post weight loss surgery, space in the stomach is limited, so filling that space with the right things is vital to staying well nourished and healthy. That means protein first is a good rule to live by.

I love fresh produce, especially in the summer time. The tomato sandwich was a simply a summer staple growing up in North Carolina!

 

On a special occasion, a B.L.T. with crispy bacon and luscious lettuce.  Unfortunately, that southern delicacy doesn’t lend much protein to the plate. Plus bacon can add a wallop of fat and sodium, and if you’re adding mayonnaise, you’re looking at even more fat added.

To switch it up and make it more filling and nutritious, I thought grilled or pan seared chicken would make a nice vehicle over bread.

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June 30, 2017

Red, White, and Blueberry Caprese

Summer holiday cookouts can be a slippery slope. Lots of friends, family, and of course, food. To avoid reaching for the less than great options presented to you, we recommend ensuring you have a healthy option to stay the course and avoid doing something you might regret later⏤ ahem… can anyone say dumping syndrome?

Y’all know I love a good themed dish, so why would I skimp on Independence Day?! It is our country’s birthday after all. Continue reading

June 15, 2017

Father’s Day Steak & Veggies

Father’s Day meals often revolve around the meaty, meaty protein. At my house during the summer, that protein is grilled.

It does, however, seem off to make the father of the house do the work. So, I found a way to prepare a delicious, healthy steak, but from the inside of the house, because after all, that is where the air conditioning lives, and where dear ‘ol Dad gets to kick back and relax.

The very best part? A SINGLE SHEET PAN is all there is to clean up.

You may be thinking, “…but won’t you be eating off of plates?” That, my friend, will be a non-issue, as plates will be licked clean! At least clean enough to toss into the dishwasher without rinsing, and that sounds like a victory to me.

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May 11, 2017

Breakfast in bed, but low carb instead

Ahhh breakfast in bed. The eternal myth of Mother’s Day dreams. I mean, honestly, while not lifting a finger and enjoying a scrumptious meal while reclined in a cozy warm nest may sound appealing, crumbs and lost fruit chunks are not what I like between my sheets. Know your audience.

Before I get to breakfast, I want to recognize all that is being a mother. Moms, you are awesome! You bring life into the world, you are incredible role models, you pour out your love and attention and everything that you are. Thank you for your sacrifice, your dedication, and your ability to be simply incredible.

Moms are notorious for putting themselves at the bottom of the totem pole, putting everything ahead of themselves. While this feels like the right thing to do, sacrificing your health helps no-one! Be sure you are taking care of yourself, because if you don’t, you can’t be there when it matters. There are amazing resources all around you, ready to help if you need them. Encourage one another to be your best, healthiest, happiest, selves.

 

If you, or  the health conscious mother in your life get the urge for an indulgent breakfast, in or out of bed⏤ I won’t tell you how to live your life, but want to avoid the carb coma, sugar loaded confections that pass as breakfast, I have found an interesting option for you.

Now bear with me on this one!

 

 

Can you guess the secret ingredient?

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May 4, 2017

The BariQueen is fiesta ready!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! As a lover of Mexican food and flavor, I am happy to celebrate a holiday which revolves around spicy, cheese, yummy food. Don’t be confused! I made it both tasty and healthy, so it won’t be busting your little belly.

 

First up: QUESO! To lighten the load, I did some research and made a few swaps. Continue reading

April 24, 2017

BariQueen Travel Guide

Warmer weather tends to inspire the primal urge for vacation. With spring travel upon us and summer right around the corner, I thought some tips on travel might be helpful. It can be hard to avoid the familiar feeling of road trip snacks in the car and mindlessly eating one after another after another until you’ve been grazing for three hours and the entire bag of whatever that was is gone down the hatch. As bariatric patients, we know that is not ideal. Heck! It isn’t exactly ideal for any human looking to maintain their health.

Whether you find yourself on a plane, train, automobile, boat, gondola⏤ wherever, here are some easy things to plan for or keep in mind with your warm weather adventures. Or maybe an Arctic trip would be a nice way to get away from the southern heat! Continue reading

April 7, 2017

Spring Chicken Pot Pie Nests

Happy Spring, BariBuddies!

I have always loved Easter. It always feels so fresh and full of life! It also has the very best themed candy of all the holidays. Don’t argue with me, I am right. I won’t talk about it too much, but you should know I am applying the greatest restraint I can muster.

In effort to not focus on all the sugary splendors of the imaginary Easter basket of my mind —don’t worry, it won’t become real, not worth the sabotage— I started looking for Easter worthy spring foods that were equally as cute and delicious, but full of actual nutritional value instead of empty calories and sugar to drag me down.

 

Enter the Spring Chicken Nest!🐣🌷

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March 13, 2017

A Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day

Knock Knock, BariBuddies—
Who’s there?
Irish!
Irish Who?

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