We love these perfectly portioned, bariatric friendly bite sized desserts for the holiday! These decadent pumpkin cheesecake shooters are a delicious compromise for your healthy bariatric lifestyle! Enjoy in confidence!
3 (1.5 oz total) whole chocolate graham crackers
4 oz 1/3 fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pure canned pumpkin
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp dark brown sugar, unpacked
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp nutmeg1/4 tsp cinnamon
8 oz light whipped topping (Truwhip light or Fat free Cool Whip)
*Crush graham crackers in a food processor. Set aside.
*In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Beat until well combined and creamy.
*Use a spatula to fold in 5 oz (1-1/2 cups) of the whipped topping; combine until no streaks remain. Place in a piping bag or ziplock bag with a corner snipped off.
*Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of each shot glass. Pipe a layer of pumpkin cheesecake onto the graham cracker crust (about 1 tbsp) followed by a layer of whipped topping. Repeat a second layer and finish with another sprinkle of crumbs. Insert small spoons and refrigerator until ready to serve.
Chef’s Tip: These can be made ahead and kept chilled until ready to serve.
Servings: 16, Size: 1 shot glass
Protein: 1 gram
Carb: 11.6 gram
Fat: 4.2 gram
*Each shot glass has 2 tbsp pumpkin cheesecake, 1 tbsp whipped topping, 1 tsp graham cracker crumbs total.
We love this bariatric friendly Thanksgiving turkey recipe because it is moist and tender as well as beautiful! Garnish this protein powerhouse with fresh herb sprigs and citrus wedges. Enjoy in confidence!
1 10-12-pound turkey
1/4 cup fresh herbs, plus 20 whole sprigs, such as thyme, rosemary, sage, oregano and/or marjoram, divided
2 tablespoons canola, oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Aromatics, onion, apple, lemon and/or orange, cut into 2-inch pieces (1 1/2 cups)
3 cups water, plus more as needed
*Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 475°F.
*Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavities and reserve for making gravy. *Place the turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan; pat dry with paper towels. Mix minced herbs, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and onto the breast meat. Place aromatics and 10 of the herb sprigs in the cavity.
*Tuck the wing tips under the turkey. Tie the legs together with kitchen string. *Add 3 cups water and the remaining 10 herb sprigs to the pan.
Roast the turkey until the skin is golden brown, 45 minutes.
*Remove the turkey from the oven. If using a remote digital thermometer, insert it into the deepest part of the thigh, close to the joint. Cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting as necessary to conform to the breast. *Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue roasting for 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours more. If the pan dries out, tilt the turkey to let juices run out of the cavity into the pan and add 1 cup water. The turkey is done when the thermometer (or an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone) registers 165°F.
*Transfer the turkey to a serving platter and cover with foil. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes.
*Remove string and carve.
Total Time: 3 1/2 hours
12 servings, each serving 3 ounces
Calories: Per serving (without skin) : 155
Protein: 25 grams
Carbohydrate: 3.5 grams
Fat: 5 grams
Equipment: Large roasting pan, roasting rack, kitchen string, thermometer
A Thanksgiving table is never complete without the cranberry sauce! We love this bariatric friendly recipe because it sneaks in sweet autumn pears that complement the flavor of the tart cranberries without too much sweetener! Enjoy in confidence!
12 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
2 ripe pears, peeled and cored, cubed small
1/2 cup agave (or honey to taste)
1 cup water
*Bring all the ingredients to a boil on high heat in a medium saucepan.
*When boiling, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens.
*Remove from heat and let it cool before refrigerating.
*Serve chilled or room temperature. Makes 3 1/4 cups.
Servings: 13, Size: 1/4 cup
Protein: 0.2 grams
Carb: 16.3 grams
Fat: 0.1 grams
We love this perfect low carb alternative to mashed potatoes with its creamy buttery taste! This bariatric friendly accompaniment for your holiday meal is so delicious, it will become a staple in your home for an “anytime meal!” Enjoy in confidence.
1 medium head cauliflower, cut up into florets
4 cloves crushed garlic
1/3 cup 1% buttermilk
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp light butter
*Steam or boil cauliflower and garlic until soft. Drain, add buttermilk, light butter, salt, pepper and purée with a hand blender. If you don’t own a hand blender, you should consider getting one. It is one of my most used gadgets in my kitchen, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. A regular blender would work fine as well.
Servings: 4, Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Protein: 3.7 grams
Carb: 8.6 grams
Fat: 2.4 grams
If you don’t have buttermilk, light sour cream also works great. Per Misti Gueron, low fat milk works great too!
Growing evidence suggests that bariatric surgery, commonly known for its effectiveness in treating severe obesity, may also help in the treatment and achievement of remission of type 2 diabetes. Although study results are mostly short term and more long-term follow-up is needed, the Swedish Obese Subjects trial has follow-up data up to 20 years.
“When you look at the effect of surgery on those patients, the patients [with diabetes] who have intervention before 5 years duration [of the disease] are the ones who get the best results,” said John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, director of bariatric surgery and surgical quality at Stanford University School of Medicine. “I like to think that those are patients who are more metabolically receptive to change and it’s before the pancreas and insulin receptors can burn out; [patients] still have an ability to recover.”
We know it sounds simple, just choose foods that are healthy! However, we also know it is NOT simple. Many need help in developing a strategy for healthy eating that still allows them to enjoy their food, go out to dinner, and not worry about every little bite. We suggest you join us for our Registered Dietitian’s special Nutrition Night! Held on Monday evenings, please go here to get the exact dates of the next upcoming Nutrition Night! We’d love to have you join us. Just show up, no need to register. 9033 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA See you there!
We love this savory holiday soup because coconut is all the rage and the curry and cumin really compliment the flavor of the butternut squash! Loaded with vitamin A this soup also utilizes curry which many consume for its healthy anti-inflammatory properties! Gluten free, low fat, vegan, and high fiber, this recipe satisfies many different diet restrictions even during the holidays. Savor in confidence!
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp roasted cumin
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp madras curry powder
1/2 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz (about 2 cups) chopped peeled butternut squash
1 cup light coconut milk
3 cups fat free vegetable or chicken broth
Salt and fresh pepper to taste
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
*Add oil to a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. When oil is hot add onion, garlic and sauté. Add roasted cumin, masala and madras curry powder and mix well cooking another minute.
*Add broth, light coconut milk, butternut squash and cook covered until squash is soft, 12-15 minutes. Remove cover and using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Season with salt and fresh pepper and serve with fresh cilantro.
Servings: 4, Serving Size: 9 fl oz (a little more than 1 cup)
Protein: 2.1 g
Carb: 14.6 g
Fat: 4.9 g
Chef’s Tips: Use a bag of cut and peeled butternut squash to save time if you like!
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Sleep and Weight Management
A healthy sleep pattern (called “sleep hygiene”) is another key to successful weight management. Setting a regular bedtime is not just for kids! Even adults benefit from regular sleep times, and from setting aside enough time to sleep. Inadequate sleep has been identified as one contributing factor in weight gain. As you seek to improve your sleep habits, there are techniques that can help: avoiding evening caffeine, exercising earlier in the day (not in the few hours before bed), and creating a peaceful bedroom environment that is quiet, not too bright, and comfortable.
Obesity contributes to numerous and varied comorbid conditions. Complications can occur in many organ systems, ranging from cardiovascular to respiratory to orthopedic and even ophthalmologic. Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and other breathing problems, and some cancers (uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder). In addition, obesity is associated with pregnancy complications, high blood cholesterol, menstrual irregularities, hirsutism (excessive hair growth), stress incontinence, psychological disorders, and increased surgical risk. email us for more info! info@KhaliliCenter.com
Have you ever wondered where the term BARIATRIC came from? The term bariatrics was coined around 1965 from the Greek root bar- (“weight” as in barometer), suffix -iatr (“treatment,” as in pediatrics), and suffix -ic (“pertaining to”). Bariatric encompasses dieting, exercise and behavioral therapy approaches to weight loss, as well as pharmacotherapy and surgery. The term is also used in the medical field as somewhat of a euphemism to refer to people of larger sizes without regard to their participation in any treatment specific to weight loss, such as medical supply catalogs featuring larger hospital gowns and hospital beds referred to as “bariatric.” Source:Wikipedia.org