The word 'makeover' implies drastic changes in your life. But if you are a bariatric patient, those have already been made. Now it's time to approach a meal makeover.
Better food choices equal more vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy. For bariatric patients and the population in general, lower fat and lower calorie choices equal long-term weight loss maintenance.
Here are a few meal makeover tips:
- Keep fat content low. Whenever possible, consume foods that have 3 grams of fat or less per serving. When it comes to trans fats, 0 grams should be what you aim for in the products you cook with or serve.
- Fiber v. Sugar. Many companies will produce lower fat products and compensate by filling them with sugar. A good rule of thumb is to examine a food's nutrition label. If the sugar content is higher than the fiber content, it's not for you. If the opposite is true, it's a good food choice.
- Substitute. Several aspects of a recipe, such as butter, shortening, lard, full-fat dairy products and others, can often be substituted for healthier options. Examples of good substitutions include using beans instead of red meat in a recipe, or substituting water for recipes calling for oil or butter whenever possible.
Lower-fat food can still taste good. Learning the skills to add flavor without fat or calories means healthy food never has to be unappetizing.
Source: MyHealthLibrary.com, LiveWell