BandBoozled: Valentine’s Day Recipes
February is the month of romance and on the 14th you can celebrate Valentine’s day in style without compromising your weight loss goals…
Whether you are going out for dinner or cooking a romantic meal at home, it’s important to remember that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to throw your healthy eating regime off track – especially this close into your 2019 New Year resolutions!
So, we caught up with Sue and Nic from online gastric band slimming club BandBoozled, who gave us their top tips when it comes to their favourite bariatric friendly recipes of love:
Set the scene with a healthy but delicious main dish
Opt for grilled fish, chicken or meat with a salad or vegetables
Go easy on creamy pasta or steak sauces
If you have pizza, then choose a thin base rather than deep pan crust
Don’t be afraid to ask how things are cooked or how sauces are made so you can choose the healthiest option for you
Avoid calories in sides and accompaniments:
- Try and avoid the bread basket
- Watch the alcohol to accompany your meal
- Avoid oily salad dressings or excessive butter on vegetables
- Have a small jacket potato instead of a portion of chips
Don’t forget to control your portion sizes:
- Stick to a small portion – this is easier to do with an optimally adjusted gastric band and then package up the leftovers for lunch the next day.
- If your band isn’t optimally adjusted yet and you can still eat a fair amount, then limit the meal to 2 courses and not 3 and fill up on vegetables or a side salad.
- You could have a lighter breakfast and lunch on Valentine’s day to allow yourself extra calories for your evening meal
- Share a dessert – nice and romantic but also cuts the calories!
If you fancy a more intimate table for two at home, then why not try BandBoozled’s Valentine’s recipe as a change from going out:
Grilled Halibut with a Fiery Tomato Sauce (Serves 2)
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- teaspoon of Tabasco hot sauce
- chilli paste
- 2 small halibut fillets
- 2 medium carrots
- 6-8 small potatoes
- 2 small broccoli florets
- 2 small cauliflower florets
- Salt & pepper
- Low-cal spray oil
1. Peel and chop the carrots into wedges and boil with the potatoes for 10 minutes in a pan of water. Once they are done, spread the carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli on a baking tray and spritz with oil, season with salt and pepper and put into a pre-heated oven 200 degrees/fan 180C/gas mark 6 for 30 mins to crisp up.
2. Grill the fish on a medium to high temperature for approx. 10 mins until it starts to flake and is cooked through.
3. Whilst this is cooking, start mixing the first 5 ingredients in a small pan on a low heat.
4. Once plated up, drizzle the sauce over the fish and enjoy with your loved one!
Sue and Nic’s advice are ‘if you do end up overindulging a little then try not to worry, it’s only one day! Enjoy your romantic evening and get straight back on track the next day.’
Here at The Hospital Group, specialist advice and guidance from our weight loss support team is a fantastic resource which you will benefit from as part of your package with us
Gastric band patients have the additional support of BandBoozled, an online slimming club for band patients run by Sue and Nic. This is a huge source of information, recipes, meal plans and weekly updates which can help you on your journey. There is also a weight login area where you can track your weight and measurements and a Forum where you can talk to others with a gastric band and ask questions.