After having weight loss surgery, it is likely that your pantry has changed quite a bit. While your family isn’t on a Bariatric diet, you have been learning how to make healthier choices for everyone in the home. In your effort to make exceptionally healthy and delicious fare while following a semi-strict doctor approved diet, your idea of pantry staples have likely changed quite a bit.
Below you will find some of the more popular options among those who are now cooking weight loss appropriate meals. Many of these choices are often required when searching for great Bariatric recipes online. Because of the holiday season, you will need the following items as you begin baking and preparing your holiday fare.
Splenda is a sucralose based artificial sweetener that is often used by Bariatric patients for a wide variety of purposes. If you are sweetening your tea and coffee, or baking a scrumptious cake, this sweetener is a great zero-calorie option.
Unflavored whey protein powder is often used in recipes to give the food you eat a burst of extra protein, and has fast absorbing properties to help your body as it builds and maintains lean muscle. While most products say ‘unflavored’, you can expect a very mild flavor that can easily be masked by other flavors in the recipes you create. Optimized for cooking, BiPro USA won’t create pesky clumps in your dishes. Except for baked goods, the Whey should be added last, as it can affect the consistency and texture of what you are cooking.
Protein Shake Mix
Keeping protein shake mixes in your pantry is a great idea after weight loss surgery, allowing you to make both shakes and smoothies. Not only can you make great tasting drinks, but many muffin, pudding, pancake and cake recipes online call for protein shake mix – even fudge!
Atkins Baking Mix
If you haven’t heard of Atkins Baking Mix, you will be surprised at how great this product is to have in your pantry, providing a low carb mixture of soy based flour, baking powder, and other ingredients commonly needed for baking. With some fat and a leavening agent, you can make all your favorites: biscuits, pancakes and even muffins. When used in most recipes, Atkins Baking Mix offers about twenty grams of protein per
Carbquik Baking Mix
Carbquik Baking Mix is another great pantry staple for Bariatric patients, another healthy low carb version of Bisquik. While it does not contain very much protein, this carbalose flour has a lot of fiber and carb variations to offer your recipes. There is a slight taste but most recipes will quickly camouflage the flavor.
Decaffeinated Instant Espresso
Decaffeinated instant espresso is a great tasting alternative to decaffeinated coffee, and several Bariatric recipes can be found online. If you find yourself getting tired of drinkin the same old stuff day in and day out, this is a great way to impress your palate
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Textured vegetable protein can be used in recipes to boost the amount of protein per serving, a much needed nutrient after weight loss surgery. TVP can be used in numerous Bariatric recipes found online and in cookbooks.
Many of these items can be found in your local grocery store. If you have trouble locating them, check the health food section. If you strike out locally, you can always order these products online.
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