Enjoy Healthy Christmas Recipes and Stick with Your Bariatric Program
You’ve taken a major step in reaching your weight loss goals. Bariatric surgery is a life-altering approach that can help you to finally conquer your battle with excess weight. You’re on your way to a healthier, happier you. Don’t let the Christmas holiday derail your efforts. Arm yourself with healthy Christmas recipes in order to make your bariatric surgery a success. This is the time of year when you will be surrounded by temptation as you attend parties, gatherings, and receive gifts. The treats and feasts will be in abundance. Here are some tips to keep you focused on your end goal.
Break Out the Butternut Squash
As you prepare your meal for Christmas or consider a dish that you can bring to the party, you can indulge in a traditional favorite like baked butternut squash. Find a recipe with just three ingredients: squash, butter, and brown sugar.
It’s simply a matter of how you prepare it. You’ll need a butternut squash of medium size. A recipe may call for two tablespoons of margarine. You can choose a substitute that is low calorie and has no fat. Brown sugar is the last ingredient. After you cut the squash in half, you’ll give it a light coating of the margarine. A sprinkle of brown sugar is next. Carve a hole in each half to add a half cup of brown sugar to flavoring. You can always reduce the amount of brown sugar or eat around all of that sugar when you have your portion to make sure you keep your calories in check. Look for a simple recipe that only takes a half hour to bake at 180 degrees.
Dish Up Some Turkey Gumbo Soup
If you are like so many others, you love turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here’s another healthy Christmas recipe — Turkey Gumbo Soup — an excellent alternative when you want to enjoy one of your favorites and stay on your diet. Look for a recipe with around 150 calories a serving and three grams of fat. You’ll be able to dish up this hot, tasty treat for lunch or dinner. It’s filling, a wonderful comfort food, and it will keep everyone warm when the cold weather sets in.
You’ll need three cups of broth. You can opt for turkey or chicken broth. A half cup of chopped onion, a quarter cup of chopped celery, ten ounces of frozen okra that have been chopped up, and a sixteen-ounce can of tomatoes round out the vegetables. Cut up two cups of cooked turkey and set aside a quarter of a cup of uncooked rice. You’ll love how simple this recipe is as you heat up the broth until it’s boiling, add your ingredients, and top it off with a dash of salt and pepper. It only takes fifteen minutes to cook and you may have just found your new favorite for Christmas.
Finish with a Dessert that is Guilt-Free
When you are on any kind of diet, including a bariatric diet, dessert is one of your biggest challenge. You want to enjoy that sweet temptation, but you don’t want a setback in your weight loss goals. You can have your cake and eat it too when you whip up tofu chocolate cake. There’s a healthy Christmas recipe that’s under 200 calories a serving and only has four grams of fat. When you’re looking for that tasty treat to top off your Christmas dinner, this is a piece of cake that won’t make you feel guilty as long as you only have one serving.
It’s a breeze to make. All you need is a chocolate cake mix of your choosing, a 300-gram block of soft tofu, and a quarter cup of water. You’ll need to blend your cake mix and tofu in a blender or food processor. Once it is smooth, add your water and blend again. You’ll bake your cake according to the instructions on the cake mix. Frost it with a fat-free whip cream and you’ll have a delightful finish to your Christmas meal. Bring it to parties or the gathering at the office to share with others.
Remember to be Mindful of Your Eating Habits
Whether it’s Christmas or any time of year, you will need to be conscious of your eating habits to be sure that you don’t overindulge. Bariatric surgery is only effective if you maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes wise choices in eating and physical activity. Don’t let yourself get off track during the holidays. It’s too easy to say to yourself that you’ll eat the right way again once the season is over. You need to stay motivated all year long as you get closer to your ideal weight each day. As Christmas approaches and you attend festivities, always think about your eating habits and consider healthy Christmas recipes you can make. Drink plenty of water and be sure to have a glass at least a half hour before you are going to eat. It will make you feel full and help you to curb your appetite. Whether you are going out or preparing a meal at home, plan your recipes well. If others are bringing dishes, be sure to limit your servings of any selections that are not low in calories. When you are a guest, be sure to bring dishes that you can enjoy and stick to your bariatric program at the same time.
Think About Portion Control
No matter what you eat or when you eat, portion control is essential. You don’t need to heap your plate with a mountain of food. A small serving of each dish can tempt your taste buds without overloading the calories. When you are putting away your leftovers, divide them into individual servings and freeze them. You’ll have tasty treats that will last, allowing you to enjoy some of your favorite dishes in the days ahead. When Christmas arrives, have several meals that are small that day instead of a large meal that throws you off of your diet. Choose healthy Christmas recipes and feel good about your eating choices at the end of the day.
If you are considering bariatric surgery this holiday season,contact Olde Del Mar Surgical today to begin your journey to a healthier and happier you.