Fourth of July is almost here! Remember to keep your family, friends, guests, and yourself hydrated on this hot weekend. Looking for something more exciting and tasty then plain old water? Get your fluids in with infused water! Take your favorite fruits or veggies and steep them in your water bottle or a pitcher at home in the refrigerator. Infused water is a great, healthy alternative to water and provides a hint of flavor of your favorite produce. Here we made berry infused water, but you can use anything that sounds tasty to you. We recommend trying variations with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, mangoes, oranges, lemons, limes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs such as mint, basil, and sage. Frozen fruit can also be used to chill drinks!
Shredded canned meats are often forgotten as affordable, protein-pack snacks and meal components! Shredded canned meats such as tuna and chicken are appropriate for most phases of the Barix bariatric surgery recovery diet including Pureed Foods, Soft Foods, and Regular Foods diet phases. When consuming canned meats during the Pureed Foods phase, be sure to thoroughly cut up the meat to ease digestion. If you already add canned meats to your diet and are looking for some variety in your protein check out Bumble Bee flavored selections. In addition to plain light tuna packed in water, they feature Lemon and Pepper, Chipotle, Jalapeno (pictured), Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil, and Spicy Thai Chili (pictured). These individual 2.5 ounce shelf-stable servings provide 12-15 grams of protein for only 60-80 calories! You can also find 4oz canned selections at your local grocery store for preparing multiple servings.
Recipe Variation: Take your old, browning bananas (like the ones your grandma used for banana bread!) and freeze them. In a blender, puree 2 large peeled, frozen bananas or 3 small peeled, frozen bananas, with 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder, 2 Tbsp powdered peanut butter, and 1/2 cup skim milk to create a delicious, fast ice cream. The natural sugars developed in aged banana satisfies your sweet-tooth without needing to add sweeteners! This variation makes 3 servings.
Nutrition Information for Banana Variation (per Serving): 216 Calories, 2.5g Fat, 33g Carbohydrates, 19g Protein, 139mg Sodium
That’s right! We are telling you to indulge in your sweet tooth and love for chocolate! Baking cocoa powder is often overlooked for its’ nutritional benefits. Cocoa has a number of health benefits and its powdered version is guilt-free! A tablespoon of cocoa powder only accounts for 15 calories, and contains 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. Cocoa powder is a great addition to any dish that you want to make chocolaty. Include it in your protein shakes, yogurt, and baked goods. Create a delicious peanut butter chocolate shake by blending a frozen banana, baking cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, skim milk, and peanut butter (or your choice of peanut butter powder). When purchasing cocoa powder for your pantry, look for 100% cocoa on the ingredient label with no added sugars.
Planning to go to a summer party soon? Or are you hosting 4th of July this summer? Looking for a sweet treat to make and share with guests that everyone will love but is low in sugar and easy on your stomach? Here at Barix, we love this quick chocolate mousse, and your family and friends will love it too!
Video Variation: We topped ours with chopped Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate bars and fresh raspberries. Create variations of this recipes by using different sugar-free pudding mix flavors, fruit, and toppings!