How to Enjoy Your Favorite Treats This Summer

No Need to Forgo Your Favorite Treats This Summer

There is no need to forgo your favorite summertime treats because you’ve had weight loss surgery. Just make a few alterations and enjoy these good-for-you replacements.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (Bariatric Recipe)

1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen, thawed
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 cup skim milk
1 scoop Matrix Simply Vanilla Protein Powder (or another vanilla protein powder)
Strawberry slices for garnish if desired.

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Use an ice cream maker and follow the instructions for freezing. Makes 2 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 169 calories, 17 grams protein, 5 grams fat, 13 grams carbohydrate, 98 mg sodium 

Mousse (Bariatric Recipe)

1 1/2 cups cold skim milk
1 pkg. fat free, no-added-sugar instant pudding (4 serving size)
1 cup Cool Whip Lite®

Pour milk into medium mixing bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with a wire whisk for two minutes.

Gently fold in whipped topping. Spoon into individual dishes or medium serving bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 5 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 83 calories, 3 grams protein, 3 grams fat, 311 mg sodium.

Summer serving suggestion: layer with fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, bananas) and garnish with a dollop of whipped topping and fresh fruit slice.

Pudding Pops (Bariatric Recipe)

1 four-serving size pkg. instant sugar-free chocolate pudding mix
1 four-serving size pkg. instant sugar-free banana cream, vanilla or pistachio pudding mix
4 cups evaporated nonfat milk
16 three-oz disposable plastic drink cups
16 wooden craft sticks

Stand up sixteen 3-oz disposable plastic drink cups in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and set aside. Blend together chocolate pudding mix and 2 cups of evaporated milk in medium bowl for 2 minutes with hand mixer. Spoon 2 tablespoons into each drink cup, cover with foil and freeze for 1 hour.

1 hour later, mix the second package of pudding mix following the previous instructions and spoon on top of the frozen chocolate pudding. Cover each cup with a piece of foil and make a small hole in the center of the foil to insert the wooden stick.

Place cups back in freezer for 4-6 hours until firm. When ready to serve, let stand for 15-20 minutes at room temperature then remove plastic cup. Makes 16 servings.

Nutrition information per serving:  38 calories, 5 grams protein, 0 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrate, 229 mg sodium.

Glimmer Grapes

1 pound seedless green grapes, de-stemmed and washed
1 four-serving size box sugar-free gelatin, watermelon or other flavor
1 four-serving size box sugar-free gelatin, lemon or other flavor

Put all ingredients in releasable plastic bag and shake. Place in bowl or on serving plate. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Oat Squares (Bariatric Recipe)

1 single serving container Dannon Oikos Triple Zero vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup stevia
1 egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a square 8 x 8 baking dish. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the prepared dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Cut into 9 servings.

Nutrition information per serving:  57 calories, 4 grams protein, 2 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrate, 69 mg sodium.



About Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.
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