Salty Snacks and Sweet Treats that won’t stall your progress
Whether you miss something to crunch or looking for something sweet
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True hunger or head hunger?
When it comes to snacking outside of a meal time, the first question to ask ourselves is if we really need it or do we just want it? What are the options for bariatric friendly snacks?
Sometimes we know the answer is that we just want it, but we still just want it! I am a fan of trying all the different tricks to see if you can get your mind to move on from having something if you know you aren’t hungry.
If you’ve already brushing your teeth.
If you’ve tried reading a book.
If you’ve turned all the lights off in the kitchen but you STILL just want something, there are options to keep on hand.
If you just need something sweet.
There are some bariatric friendly snacks that also give you a satisfying taste of chocolate! As a bariatric dietitian working in clinics that sold protein bars, I have seen year over year the biggest seller was always the Caramel Crunch Protein Bar.
I would describe this protein bar as tasting very similar to 100 Grand Bar. It’s very satisfying for a sweet tooth between the chocolate and the caramel and the little crunch tends to make post-ops happy.
One bar provides 15 grams of protein, 16 grams of carbohydrates and 5.5 grams of fat.
Due to the carbohydrate count you want to be honest to have it when you do feel hunger or eat half of it if you can satisfy your craving with a smaller amount.
Even if you do eat the whole thing it is pre-portioned and the protein content is filling enough to keep you satisfied from eating further. Nutrition label below:
Another bariatric friendly snack with both great taste and nutrition is this Salted Toffee Pretzel Bar also available on Bariatric Food Source.
I like that this bar isn’t coated in chocolate if you’re looking for something sweet but not as rich as a chocolate coated bar.
This bar has a small amount more of carbohydrate but again, eating half or using in place of ice cream or cookies is a still a good idea. One bar has 15 grams of protein, 18 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of fat.
Or if you’d rather have something salty
Not to worry, there are options to keep a high protein and lower carb alternative to chips or popcorn on hand. These types of bariatric friendly snacks can be tricky to find where protein and carbs are closely matched.
My personal goal for a protein bar or crunchy protein snack is for the protein and the carbs to be as close to each other as possible.
That’s why I like these Barbecue Crunch O’s best! I tried a few samples provided from Bariatric Food Source that were tasty however, these had the best nutrition rundown:
One bag having 12 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbohydrates and 3.5 grams of fat. They also come in Sour Cream and Onion flavor. Listed in the first column below.
One other great salty crunchy option is to keep protein pretzels on hand. I enjoy using these instead of a cracker with chicken salad or I’ve made a few recipes using them:
One bag provides 12 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrate and 3 grams of fat.
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Allow yourself to keep some of these products on hand for those moments you need a snack but want to stay the course! And remember, eat it slowly and enjoy it :)
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