So these taste almost like the Reeses peanutbutter chocolate eggs. I don’t understand why they cannot ever make sugar free options for Holiday chocolates and candy, so I made my own.
The recipes is from Paula Deens kitchen, modified to make sugar free by using splenda instead of sugar and splenda in the home made pie filling. (recipe to follow soon) You could also omit the vanilla wafers if you wanted to.
Get ready for a FIESTA!
Baked Chicken Taquitos filled with seasoned shredded chicken and cheese rolled up and baked instead of deep fried! Enjoy with your favorite toppings as an appetizer or for as an entire meal.
Soooo yum yum good
Just 2 ingredients and you are good to go….
I was looking for something to do with my Sugar free Yellow cake mix, nothing too fancy, tired of cupcakes, but still wanted small bites.
Adding oil and eggs, makes it higher in calories than I wanted to, so I decided to go with some Diet Lemon lime soda instead.
This makes the baked donuts super light and very low in calories.
UPDATE: I am so excited to say that my recipe made it into the Bariatric Foodies “Play with your food Contest” for 2016. Here is a copy for you to download: It also made it on the cover!!!
Fall season brings Winter Squash.
There are so many different varieties like
- Acorn Squash
- Blue Hokkaido Pumpkin
- Butternut Squash
- Cheese Pumpkins
- Hubbard Squash
- Red Kuri Pumpkins
- Spaghetti Squash
- Sugar Pie Pumpkins
- Sweet Dumpling Squash
- Turban Squash
Out of any of these the only squash I ever tried was the Spaghetti squash to make well, spaghetti instead of using the traditional noodles. So I decided on a whim, to just go out and buy a few different squash varieties and try out some recipes that I can find and make my own versions by subbing ingredients or herbs and other flavors.
So today in the test kitchen I am trying out the Butternut Squash.
Sound nice doesn’t it?
And soo tasty…
What makes everything better? Bacon and Goat cheese, so here is a version of Butternut squash roasted with garlic, onions and bell pepper and of course bacon.
Soft stages call for soups and stews, these are the easiest to incorporate extra unflavored protein powder.
This Lentil soup was a stable in our house growing up. Lentils are already high in fiber and protein rich, add to that a bit of carbs from the potatoes and some extra protein from Sausage (omit if you are in the soft stages) and some unflavored protein powder and you have yourself a healthy fiber and protein rich nutritious meal.
When growing up my mother added some Spätzle to the soup for more carbs.
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You don’t need many ingredients and I throw everything into a slow cooker and let it cook on low for the usual 6 hours and by the evening I have a nice meal. This will feed a post op around 12 or more servings depending on RNY or Sleeve and how far out you are.
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The season is upon us, FALL.
The days are starting to get shorter, the nights longer, the temperatures are dropping and I am as always freezing.
This Gumbo is a sure fire way to get me nice and toasty from the inside out.
So I wanted something spicy, higher in protein, good source of fiber but not chili.
This soup hits the spot.
It’s great in the summer, or in the winter. You cook it for hours in the slow cooker without worries of making the summer kitchen too hot. This soup would be for the soft food stage and beyond if eaten as is, or acceptable pureed in stage 3. Super easy, just toss it all in, put a lid on it and forget about it. You finish it off with the softened Fat free Cream cheese at the end until it is melted. Yum. The house smells soo good right now!
Goals for the Pre op Liquid diet is to reduce the size of your liver, to make it easier for the surgeon during operation and to prepare you for the 2 week post op diet.
Your goals are to get adequate protein to help with healing after surgery and to build lean body mass. 60-70 grams of protein per day for women and about 70-80 grams for men.
* fluids – 48-64 oz per day initially after surgery. Increase to 64-96 oz per day after that
* start taking a Multivitamin (with iron for women)
* chewable calcium (citrate, since it is better absorbed by the body)
* Calories should be between 600-1000 calories per day in the post op stage
* Start keeping a food journal
Examples of acceptable sugar free full liquids include:
- Low fat/ sugar free yogurt/ greek yogurt
- Sugar free pops
- Sugar free pudding/ jello
- Decaf tea or coffee
- Low fat strained soups (no chunks) with added protein powder
- Crystal light/ sugar free drink mixes
- low fat/sugar Protein drinks and mixes
- Propel water/ G2 or Powerade Zero
- low fat milk (mootopia is my favorite for those of you living in Texas, low fat, lactose free and 12g of protein per 8 oz serving)
- in general I went by these rules (15g of protein or more per 8 oz serving, less than 5g of sugar, less than 5g of fat)
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