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5 Healthy Alternatives to Processed Foods (You Should Never Eat Again)

Having a healthy and well-balanced diet is imperative to your success during the ORBERA® weight loss program. During this time you should be trading in old unhealthy habits for new nutritional ones.

You might find it difficult at times to phase out some of the unhealthy processed foods from your past, but with the right knowledge and alternatives you will never look back to your old ways. Let’s take a look at some of the culprits.

1. French Fries

French fries may seem like an innocent side dish or snack, but in reality they are not a healthy option. A medium fry from McDonalds® comes fully-loaded with 352 calories, 16 grams of fat, 244 mg of sodium and 47 grams of carbs.1

Homemade sweet potato fries make a delicious alternative! Simply slice a few sweet potatoes into your preferred size, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with some spices to taste and then you are free to bake away! Some spices could include dried red pepper, cumin or garlic. Bake them in the oven at 450° for 25-30 minutes. One serving (2 oz.) of baked sweet potato fries have 71 calories and 2 grams of protein.2

2. Soda

Soda can so easily add empty calories, sugar and various chemicals to your diet without you even noticing. A simple drink with your meals can turn into years of unsuccessful weight loss. Eliminating soda from your diet is crucial to maximizing the results during your ORBERA® weight loss journey. One can of Pepsi™ (12 oz.) works out to 150 calories and features a whopping 30 mg of sodium, 41 g of carbohydrates and 41 g of sugar.3 The American Heart Association (AHA) says the maximum amount of added sugars you should consume in a day are 37.5 g (9 teaspoons) for men and 25 g (6 teaspoons) for women.4

A great alternative to soda? Fruit-infused water. Actually, this is a great alternative to any sugary drink. Fruit-infused water has 0 calories and 0 sugars and you can alter the combination of flavors to your personal preferences.5 Simply combine water and your favorite medley of fruit into a pitcher, allow it to sit for several hours, stir and serve over ice!

What fruit will you use to sweeten your water?

3. Potato Chips

Chips are everywhere. Social gatherings, work, restaurants… you name it! Not only are they hard to avoid but they are also easily accessible. During the ORBERA® weight loss program it’s imperative to your success that you steer clear of unhealthy processed foods like potato chips.

Per 15 Classic Lays® Potato Chips you‘re looking at 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 170 mg of sodium and 15 grams of carbs.6 To avoid this unhealthy combination, turn to vegetables! You can cut up some of your favorite veggies for a light and crisp snack.

If you are looking for something crunchy to satisfy your craving you can make homemade kale chips as an alternative. Just wash, dry and tear your kale into bite sizes pieces, drizzle a light olive oil and some spices, and then bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges are brown. Enjoy!

4. Chicken Nuggets

First up, chicken nuggets! Although they are definitely a fan-favorite at restaurants and in the frozen section of the grocery store, they are not an ideal choice for food during the ORBERA® weight loss program (or ever, actually). Per five nuggets you’re looking at roughly 200 calories, 10 g of fat, 35 mg of cholesterol, 370 mg of sodium and 12 g of carbs.7 Yikes.

A great substitute for chicken nuggets is to go with a simple and traditional herb roasted chicken recipe. This healthy and hearty alternative features a whole roasted chicken with delicious herbs like rosemary and thyme and seasoning from lemons, onion and garlic. When portioned into an eight oz. serving, herb roasted chicken will run you about 240 calories and is jam packed with 27 g of protein.

5. Frozen Dinners

The last on our list is none other than frozen dinners. Frozen dinners are a quick and easy way of filling up, but filling up on what?

One Hungry-Man® Turkey Dinner has 470 calories, 13 grams of fat, 45 mg of cholesterol, 67 grams of carbs and (drum-roll, please) 1,470 mg of sodium!8 The best alternative to frozen dinners? Making a homemade meal from scratch.

When you cook all your food you have the choice to choose all the ingredients. Preparing a well-balanced meal with proper portion sizes of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates is extremely important during the ORBERA® weight loss program.

Taking the time to prepare healthy meals and snacks is crucial to your success during your ORBERA® weight loss journey.

Interested in learning more about ORBERA® and how to achieve a healthy lifestyle? Contact us today and speak with one of our ORBERA® specialists.

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