Easy Pantry and Freezer Meals That Are Bariatric-Friendly

A perpetually empty pantry or freezer is a threat to your weight loss journey. When it’s mealtime and you don’t have healthy options on hand, it’s tempting to head to the drive-through or pick up something quick at a convenience store.

Keeping your pantry and freezer stocked with easy-to-prepare meals will help you make good choices and stay on track with your weight loss goals. Here’s some recipes that will help you during your weight loss journey!

Low-Carb Breakfast Burrito
Start your day off right with a quick low-carb breakfast burrito. You can prepare a batch of burritos ahead of time and store them in the freezer to reheat later. This recipe incorporates eggs, shredded cheese, veggies and onions. After reheating your burrito, you can add a few tablespoons of fresh salsa or plain Greek yogurt.

Tuna or Chicken Salad
Canned chicken and tuna are great sources of protein and essential pantry staples. Mix up a quick tuna or chicken salad with a bit of mayo or plain Greek yogurt, some spices and any vegetables you have in your fridge or freezer.
Pro tip: Buy canned chicken or tuna packed in water, not oil.

Another great source of protein is a smoothie or shake. Combine a scoop of protein powder with a half of a cup of your favorite frozen fruit, and add a handful of frozen spinach. Blend with about a cup of the sugar-free liquid of your choice.
Pro tip: When shopping for frozen fruit, look for options that don’t have added sugar.

Vegetable Soup
Have a hankering for a warm and comforting bowl of soup on a cold night? Vegetable soups like this sweet potato and carrot soup are healthy, simple to prepare and freeze beautifully.

High-Protein Pasta
With today’s low-carb pasta options, you can enjoy a delicious Italian meal, guilt-free. Stock your pantry with chickpea or red lentil pasta and sugar-free pasta sauce, so you can whip up a delicious Italian meal any time you desire.
Pro tip: Keep a bag of chicken strips or shrimp in the freezer to throw on top of your pasta for added protein.

Burgers With Veggies
Stock your freezer with turkey, veggie or beef patties for times when you are craving a burger. Burgers pair wonderfully with sweet potato fries or the frozen vegetable of your choice. Pro tip: To cut down on carbs, skip the bun.

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