What about Quinoa ?
Quinoa is so popular today and during the last couple of years and is popping up all over supermarkets in salads and sides. As one of the very few plant-based sources of protein. This grain is a champion over other grains because of its elevated protein and fiber content. You can have a half cup serving for 120 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 4.5 grams of protein. It even has added B Vitamins. This grain is a “yes” for sure in my nutrition guide !
Please remember this though: The nutrition may be great but watch your portions. A half of a cup may quickly turn into one cup or more, and you will quickly add in extra calories. Be careful before loading up your plate.
There are so many products available these days. It takes a savvy shopper, label reader, and nutrition guru to determine what works. We can’t possibly cover all of them in one article, but here are a few tips to think about:
- Look at the label: The less ingredients on the list, the better. Look for ingredients you are aware of or at least can pronounce.
- Don’t believe everything you see online: There is a lot of good information on the Internet, and there is a lot of not-so-good information. Go to a trusted site for your information. When in doubt, ask. Find a nutritionist or health professional to answer your question.
- Back to basics: You really can’t go wrong with fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein. Sometimes that’s all you need. There really is no such thing as a magic food.
At the end of the day, do the best you can. No one is perfect. Small steps and changes can make a huge impact in your overall health!
Allow the bariatric experts to help you if you need support. Please reach out every opportunity you get with every question that you have – it’s not just our work to assist you. We actually celebrate in seeing you succeed.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Nutritionist and Bariatric Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre. and post bariatric patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
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