May 22, 2019

Red, White, and Blueberry Caprese

It’s finally here!  The beginning of Summer!! We love our celebratory meals here in the South and holiday cookouts can be a slippery slope for anyone. There is always 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?

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May 10, 2019

For Mom…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.

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April 26, 2019

The BariQueen is fiesta ready!

It’s almost one of my favorite holidays, Cinco de Mayo! As a lover of Mexican food, I am happy to celebrate a holiday which revolves around spicy, cheesy, yummy foods. 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 11, 2019

Spring Chicken Pot Pie Nests

Hello Spring!

I have always loved Easter. It feels so fresh and full of life! It also has the very best themed candy of all the holidays. 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 nutritional value instead of empty calories and sugar to drag me down.

Enter the Spring Chicken Nest!🐣🌷

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March 21, 2019

March Madness Munchies

It’s hoops time and if you are prepping for a weekend of watching basketball, I’ve got a few recipes that are a slam dunk! I picked some options that are crowd pleasers, bariatric friendly, and easy to tweak to meet the wants and needs of both you and your non-bariatric friends. Try Perfect Pimiento Cheese, Cauliflower Loaded Fiesta Nachos, or Buffalo Chicken Casserole Bites. Need more options? Check out some of my recipes from other big games too!

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December 28, 2018

Happy & Healthy New Year’s Eve Recipes

It’s almost here…New Year’s Eve, which in my mind means parties, sequins and tons of sparkle, funny hats, watching the ball drop, and of course, FOOD. Crunchy, salty, warm, cheesy, sweet, spicy, cool, delicious snack food.

As one who enjoys hosting or bringing something wherever we go, I understand how important it is to take care of yourself, but also cater to the needs of other guests. As a weight loss surgery warrior, it can be tricky to navigate the carb and carbonated infested party scene or provide an amazing dish to share, and not feel left out

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July 11, 2018

Premier Protein Pudding Recipes

Are you looking for a sweet treat this summer packed with protein and taste? Tired of drinking shakes, but need a protein boost as your diet progresses? How about a delicious, protein packed pudding utilizing two simple ingredients that is BSNC RD approved.   Continue reading

June 11, 2018

Simple Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Scrumptious Vegetables

With temperatures continuing to rise, we find ourselves in the midst of grilling season. BBQ’s and cookouts are synonymous with summer and once in while even Dad deserves a break from turning burgers and brats, especially on Father’s Day. Continue reading

February 8, 2018

With Love, Low Carb Valentine’s Dinner Menu

Why not take an excuse to celebrate love? Whether it is the love of your friends, family, significant other, or self, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to indulge a bit and enjoy the love the world has to offer.

That being said, Valentine’s Day can take a pretty heavy turn into the land of sugar and processed and junk. Not here! I have a recipe fit for a Queen (aren’t they all??).

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December 18, 2017

Spicy White Chicken Chili

Ready to spice things up after all those comfort food flavors have lulled you into a cold weather coma? This Spicy White Chicken Chili might be exactly what you need. Filled with excellent protein and hearty fiber, you will stay full and satisfied with a small portion that wont have you feeling like you’re bursting at the seams.

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