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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February 22, 2017

Mardi Gras means Shrimp & Grits, kind of…

Hello, my BariBuddies! 

Tuesday, February 28th marks “Fat Tuesday” a holiday made for fun. Mardi Gras, and especially Fat Tuesday, is all about indulgence, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the New Orleans spirit and stay in the clear.

To you I present— Shrimp & not really Grits! 

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February 3, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday, the BariQueen Way

Hello, my BariBuddies!

It is almost Super Bowl Sunday, which in my mind means SNACKS. Crunchy, salty, warm, gooey, sweet, spicy, cool, delicious snacks. There is also football, the Puppy Bowl, fun commercials, and competitive friends.

As one who enjoys playing hostess, I know it is important to be yourself, but also cater to the needs of your guests. Super Bowl Sunday being the all American holiday that it is, typically comes with all the unhealthy options one can imagine. As a weight loss surgery warrior, it can be tricky to navigate the carb infested party scene, provide an amazing dish to share, and not feel like you’re left out.

Fear not. The BariQueen is here to help!

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March 28, 2016

Calories Not Required on Menus until 2017

We wanted to share this article and keep all of you in the know about why you cannot find calorie labels on most restaurant menus.

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press
— Wondering how many calories are in that hamburger? Chain restaurants still don’t have to tell you, despite a 6-year-old law requiring calorie labels on menus.

Passed as part of the health care overhaul in 2010, the rules will eventually require restaurants and other establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays.

This month, the Food and Drug Administration said it will delay the rules — again — until 2017.

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March 26, 2015

The True Effects Of Los Angeles’ Curb On Fast Food Outlets

Back in 2008, the city of Los Angeles tried to improve the obesity epidemic in a few low-income areas of the city by passing an ordinance to restrict new or expanded standalone fast food restaurants. The belief was that restricting the availability of less healthy fast foods would yield a commensurate drop in consumption.

According to a RAND study, published in the journal Social Sciences & Medicine these regulations don’t seem to have made a significant difference as obesity rates and the consumption of fast food has not abated. Not only, RAND reports, did the obesity rates in the areas targeted by law actually increase since the restrictions were enacted, but it was an even greater increase than in other parts of Los Angeles where there were no restrictions. Also, while soda consumption did drop, there was a similar drop in all areas of Los Angeles, regardless of the law.

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