Category Archives: Bariatric Medicine

Read Before You Eat

With the holidays upon us, nutrition often takes a backseat. However, understanding the nutrition label is a great way to stay on top of your health this winter. Here is a crash course to help you make informed food choices. Serving Size The serving size is the amount of food from the packaging that has…
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A Smaller Stomach Can Aid in Fighting Obesity

Obesity is an epidemic worldwide; the percent of adults aged 20 years and over who are overweight, including those with obesity, is 69.0% (2011-2012). Its time to face facts: our modern lifestyle is filled with plenty of delicious, inexpensive and almost instantly available high calorie food options. Today, we have a huge imbalance between the…
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Quick & Easy Corn and Bean Salad

Ingredients 1.5 cups of whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained 2 cups of black beans, rinsed and drained 2 cups of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium bell pepper, chopped (red or green) ½ cup green onion, chopped ½ cup red onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 medium tomatoes, chopped Dressing: ¾…
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Chickpea Salad with Red Bell Peppers

Ingredients 1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons diced red bell pepper 2 tablespoons peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber ½ tablespoon chopped fresh parsley ½ cup diced fresh tomato 3 tablespoons snipped fresh fill or ¼ teaspoon dried dill ½ tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper to…
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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah") has outstanding nutritional properties.  It supplies carbohydrates, protein, unsaturated fat, essential amino acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, E, B1 and B2. Also, it is high in dietary fiber and is gluten-free, so it is a great alternative for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Quinoa is very…
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Bruschetta

Ingredients 3 or 4 Roma tomatoes - peeled, seeded and diced 1/2 cup fresh basil, very coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 clove of garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 baguette freshly grated Parmesan cheese balsamic vinegar (to taste) Directions To make the bruschetta topping, mix together the tomatoes, basil,…
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Hummus

So much better than store bought! Ingredients One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans 1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon 1/4 cup (59 ml) tahini Half of a large garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending…
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Fruit Kabobs with Fluffy Fruit Dip

Rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber, berries are a great way to boost nutrition, and strawberries are currently in their peak season. Look for plump berries with bright uniform color.  The following recipe also includes low-fat yogurt, a good source of calcium and potassium, both of which can help control blood pressure. Ingredients…
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Creamy Carrot Gingered Soup

At only 30 calories per serving, carrots are a great source of  vitamin K, beta-carotene and fiber. Women should aim for 25 grams of fiber per day, while men should strive for 38 grams of fiber.  Fiber is found in plant foods like vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains, and nuts. The recipe below is a…
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Kale Salad with Fresh Strawberries and Toasted Almonds

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that can deliver quite a health boost. Kale is an excellent source of antioxidants, calcium, vitamins A, C and K, and fiber. When buying kale, choose bunches that are firm with deeply colored, small leaves and moist hardy stems. There are many delicious ways to prepare kale, but the…
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