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After bariatric surgery we’ll have holidays and events to celebrate every year for the rest of our lives. Hundreds of special times with family and friends that all include special meals. What does a post op do?


If you decided it would be okay to have 'just a spoonful' of your favorite foods for each celebration, you'd be in big trouble rather quickly. Not. A. Good. Plan. After Easter, there is Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, and it goes on and on until you hit The Holidays. Add in your birthday, family birthdays, anniversary, vacations, random weddings and baby showers and you would be eating away at your weight loss with your spoon!

 

PRO TIP: I used to add one or two bariatric friendly dishes to the usual ‘feast’, but I have recently moved to an even more radical zone. I serve a plated sit down meal just like a restaurant! I love my family but the only home made dishes at our last 3 last holiday meals were ones I brought. I am owning being judgmental, but your holidays have morphed into giant buffets of ready-made food from COSTCO served up on the plastic trays they came with, it's time to reel things in.


I have featured 2 plated Easter meals that are absolutely delicious and completely bariatric friendly – ham and lamb. Best of all is that you can make them for one, two, or ten people. Everyone at the table will complement you on your wonderful restaurant meal! We also have a few appetizers and fabulous no added sugar desserts to take with you - a prerequisite for an invite! Have a wonderful Easter!

Suzi's Skinny Strawberry Tartlets

Suzi's Skinny Strawberry Tartlets
Make this amazing no bake dessert your signature holiday dish! It is pure genius... and so simple. 
Suzanne Shaw  /  4/19/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Ricotta Berry Pie

Ricotta Berry Pie
This is a lightly sweet dessert that is also a wonderful breakfast or snack as it is truly a good choice food. It is also pretty enough to serve for a holiday meal when you are watching your calories. Everyone will love it
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/18/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Perfect Chocolate Cake - Sugar Free is a Bonus!

Perfect Chocolate Cake - Sugar Free is a Bonus!
This is a simple, nicely moist, not too sweet, dark rich chocolatey single layer that’s easy to make and you likely have all the ingredients at home right.
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/15/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

BEST Pineapple Glazed Ham, No Sugar Added

BEST Pineapple Glazed Ham, No Sugar Added
Sticky sweet, pineapple glazed ham will put a smile on every face at your holiday table. Serve with creamed spinach and small roasted sweet potatoes. Thats all you need!
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/9/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Parmesan Creamed Spinach

Parmesan Creamed Spinach
Who cares if this is good for you, its off the chain delicious! A great side dish for ham or turkey or steak or chicken... yum. 
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/9/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Susan Maria's Signature Antipasto Salad

Susan Maria's Signature Antipasto Salad
Everyone loves Italian food! This is a bowl of marinated goodness that will make a big splash at your next holiday event or party. 
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/9/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

No Sugar Carrot Cake

No Sugar Carrot Cake
Desserts are impossible to avoid - no one wants to sit without a plate while everyone eats dessert after a holiday meal... for the rest of their life. This no sugar carrot cake is a home run. It is super moist, super delicious, and because it's so darn good, it's all you need to serve.
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/4/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

No Sugar French Yogurt Cupcakes

No Sugar French Yogurt Cupcakes
One of my favorite recipes, these simple French Yogurt Cupcakes are lemony and moist. Since its Easter, I piped a swirl of whipped cream on each. Watch them disappear. 
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/4/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

No Sugar Italian Sweet Ricotta Pie

No Sugar Italian Sweet Ricotta Pie
Creamy sweet ricotta pie always has a place in an Italian Easter Sunday feast. This dish is super delicious at breakfast, lunch or for dessert for any time of year! No crust, no sugar, very few carbs and pineapple vanilla is just the best flavor profile!
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/4/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Pineapple Glazed Ham Dinner for 2

Pineapple Glazed Ham Dinner for 2
This holiday, think about serving a 'fine restaurant style' plated dinner instead of a twelve pot display of gluttony! Its not only nicer, but better for everyone.
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/1/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Pan Seared Lamb Chop Dinner for 2

Pan Seared Lamb Chop Dinner for 2
I cannot think of a nicer Easter Dinner for two or four. This is a 30 minute meal that is an excellent choice for a holiday or special occasion meal. This plate of food could be served in a very fancy pants restaurant! The cauliflower is out of this world.
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/1/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Pink Pickled Eggs

Pink Pickled Eggs
Happy Eggs! Deep magenta in color. My new favorite thing! I never ate a pickled egg before, it's not an Italian food. These are just beautiful! I want to eat these and so will your family.
Susan Maria Leach  /  4/1/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Pink Pickled Deviled Eggs

Pink Pickled Deviled Eggs
Never has a standard plain ole deviled egg been so enticing and unique!  The Secret Is That Pink Pickled Eggs Are Super Easy To Make And Turning Them Into Pink Pickled Deviled Eggs Requires Only A Little Extra Effort.
Susan Maria Nunziato Leach  /  4/1/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

3 Ways to NOT Eat Cadbury Creme Eggs

3 Ways to NOT Eat Cadbury Creme Eggs

Easter means one thing to sugar addicts... its the season for the Holy Grail of candy, Cadbury Creme Eggs! 

Susan Maria Leach  /  3/25/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  / 

Skinny Strawberry Pie

Skinny Strawberry Pie
This dessert is GENIUS! Fresh berries in a strawberry jelly nestled in a sugar free cookie crust... no bake, BIG FLAVOR. 
Suzanne Shaw  /  3/2/2019  /  Facebook  /  Twitter  /