Top 6 Favorite Bariatric Recipes

Friday, May 14, 2021

 

Top 6 Favorite Bariatric Recipes Served Up on Livliga
Four of our Favorites: Shakshuka, Strawberry Banana Ice Cream, Sunrise Egg Salad & A Spring Meal...All Served Up on the Just Right Set Bariatric dinner plate

We have collected a lot of great recipes over the years from a number of talented cooks, in additon to the bariatric-friendly recipes we have also developed at Livliga. More and more great resources have been made available to support those living a bariatric lifestyle. Focusing on the foods that are healthy for us to eat and in the right amounts helps keep us on track. The biggest challenge seems to be keeping the ideas fresh and keeping inspired. Below are some great recipes to inspire you!

 

DeeDee's Cauliflower Crust Pizza
DeeDee's Homemade Cauliflower Crust Pizza Served Up on A Favorite Celebrate Plate!

1. DeeDee's Cauliflower Crust Pizza

2. Denise Roden's Faux Potato Salad

3. Nik's Shashuka Breakfast Dish

4. Rose Archer's Spring Meal 

5. Hilary and Emily's Sunrise Egg Salad 

6. Sheila's Fresh Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream

 

Denise Roden Faux Potato Salad Served Up on Livliga
Denise Roden's Faux Potato Salad Served Up in a Halsa Bowl


Monday Motivational Meal - Greek Style Scampi

Monday, May 10, 2021

 

 
 
This Mediterranean Diet Greek Style Scampi is delish and visually so appealing you'll want to eat it all summer long...especially when you serve it up right-sized on our Mediterranean-styled Vivente Healthy Lifestyle dinnerware! 

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Easy and Healthy Homemade Tortilla Chips

Friday, May 7, 2021

 

Homemade Tortilla Chips Served Up on Livliga's Vivente pattern

There is nothing easier than making homemade baked tortilla chips. Since they cook up in 10-15 minutes you can make them fresh whenever you need some. And the great thing about making your own is you can control how you make them and what you put on them. This recipe simply uses olive oil cooking spray and sea salt. Pair them with some healthy homemade dips and you are ready for some fun in your own backyard, on a picnic, or to share with friends.

Cook Time: 15 mins

Serving size: 4

Making Homemade Tortillas Chips

 

Ingredients

  • 4 Tortillas
  • Pam Cooking Spray, Olive oil
  • Sea salt 

Directions

  1. Spray the tortillas with Pam Olive Oil Cooking Spray on both sides, coating evenly.
  2. Cut tortillas into triangles and sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Place triangles on baking sheet in oven set to 350 for 10 minutes.
  4. Take out of the ovenand enjoy your homemade tortilla chips served up right sized on your favorite Livliga pattern!

Preparing the tortillas with olive oil spray and sea salt

 

Tip

Pair with some healthy dips you can find here.


 

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Monday Motivational Meal - Celebratory Watermelon Margarita

Monday, May 3, 2021

 

Celebratory Watermelon Margarita

Getting ready to celebrate Mother's Day? Why not make it extra special with a healthy Watermelon Margarita perfected by @CookingLight ! We think they are mighty delicious served up in our Aveq Beverage glass! To you! Enjoy! 

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Salads! Get Ready for Summer with These 5 Favorite Salads

Friday, April 30, 2021

 

Salads!
Salade Niçoise

With the change in seasons comes the desire for a change in what foods we eat. As the cold and rain of spring moves into the drier and hotter months of summer I also look to salads to perk up my palette. Salads tend to be lighter and make me feel healthier as I prepare for my more active months in the outdoors...gardening, walking, cycle, kayaking, and hiking. I also love to grill and eat outside. 

I am always surprised when someone talks about hating sladas and think of them as boring. I think about salads as being quite the opposite. There are an infinite variety of combinations you can put together to make a salad from the types of greens you use to the variety of grains, fruits and vegetables you choose to the protein you add and the dressings available. They are great for using leftovers in a new way.

Below are 5 Favorite Salads to inspire you. They use a variety of meats including fish and chicken, not to mention fruits, vegetables and grains. Here's to enjoying the months ahead!


1. Salmon Caesar Salad

2. Chicken Salad with Avocado & Mango

3. Wilted Kale Salad With Pancetta and Fried Egg

4. Roasted Turkey, Dried Cherries and Barley Salad

5. Tuna Niçoise Salad

 

Looking for even more ideas for salads? Check out all our salads on our Live Vibrant Blog!

 

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Monday Moitivational Meal—Carrot Raisin Muffin

Monday, April 26, 2021

Monday Moitivational Meal—Carrot Raisin Muffin
This muffin bursts with health and mouth-watering ingredients. It is oh-so-moist and hearty in its yummy goodness. Serve it up on a Livliga side plate to complete the experience. Our muffin looks gorgeous on Halsa!

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Celebratory Watermelon Margarita

Friday, April 23, 2021

Celebratory Watermelon Margaritas Served Up in a Livliga Beverage Glass!
 

There are many reasons to celebrate life and special events. The key is to have a fun, healthy drink you enjoy that can add to your sense of celebration without costing you a week’s worth of calories. Also, in this day and age, you want a drink to serve that can be offered with or without alcohol…as we have done below. During the summer months a favorite of ours is to create mixed drinks with fresh fruit. The fresh fruit punches up the flavor and keeps the calories and carbs down since very little or no added sugar is necessary. Here we offer a Watermelon Margarita, originally from a @CookingLight recipe, that has both an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version.


Celebratory Watermelon Margarita

How to Make a Watermelon Margarita
 

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional: for the rim of the glass)
  • 1 lime wedge (optional: for the rim of the glass)
  • 3 ½ cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • ½ cup tequila or coconut water (*nav)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur) or fresh orange juice (*nav)
  • Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional)


*non-alcoholic version

Directions

  1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside. If you prefer not to use the sugar, then rim the glass with the lime only.

  2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges or melon balls, if desired.

Tip

If you own Livliga Aveq glassware use our beautiful beverage glass to make the drink even more festive and to make measuring that much easier by using the etched fill lines for your amounts.



Enjoy Your Celebratory Margarita in a Healthy Lifestyle Beverage Glass from Livliga

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6. Serving size: 4 ounces. Calories: 105 for alcoholic version; fat 0.2g; poly fat 0.1g; protein 0.6g; carbohydrates 14.1g; fiber 0.4g; iron 0.2mg; sodium 1mg; calcium 7mg. 




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Monday Motivational Meal--Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango

Monday, April 19, 2021

 

Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango

Have some leftover chicken and wondering what to do with it? Try this scrumptious Chicken Salad with Avocado and Mango to perk up your meal planning...and make sure to serve it up on Livliga's Celebrate dishware for added inspiration!

Get the recipe here.

 

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Adventures of a Healthy Lifestyle Start Up—Presenting to Groups

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Benefits of Presenting to Groups  

Presenting at the USDA/MyPlate Symposium
Presenting at the USDA/MyPlate Symposium

Livliga has a story to tell and so much information to share. There is a lot of science behind what we have created. In fact, we have 3 patents protecting the science and psychology we have built into all our tableware. You don’t need to know all the background of our product to use it but learning about how it works and how best to use it does help people understand its benefits and relevance to their own personal needs. That is why we like to present our story, product and usefulness to a variety of groups that invite us to speak. Honestly, it is the best possible way to get information out about our brand.

Eating healthfully is not something most of us are brought up to understand. We are not taught about serving sizes, portion control, or the difference between a portion and a serving in school. The only reference we have is the super sized world we live in with the oversized plates we use, the huge quantity of foods we are served at restaurants and the ads we are subjected to promoting the value of super-sized meals. There is so much to learn that we just don’t know.

Presentations take some work to organize and make interesting to those you are presenting to. Each group may have a slightly different interest or need for information. One size does not fit all. To make it interesting it needs to be personalized.

UFHealth Shands Hospital Support Group Presentation
UFHealth Shands Hospital Video Presentation

Recently I was asked to present to a bariatric support group from a health system in Tampa, Florida.  The title of the presentation was The Healthy Lifestyle Journey: Making Friends with Portions. During the presentation we covered:

•    What we never learned in school: portions versus serving sizes
•    How to live in a right-sized world
•    The tools to make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle

All of the discussion was geared towards those who have chosen to undergo bariatric surgery and now live a bariatric lifestyle. It is different from standard measurements and servings. What you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat is profoundly different. In fact, Livliga created a line of bariatric tableware specifically for the needs of a bariatric patient. The measurements we talked about and the demonstration of product was very specific to this group. 


Over the years I have presented to so many different groups from children in classrooms to young adults in weight management clinics to groups where everyone is living with diabetes and/or a bariatric lifestyle or to those just wanting to live life as their healthiest selves. It is such a privilege to share what I have learned and the ways Livliga can support individuals with their specific needs and goals.

Livliga Presentation at a School
Reading Sammie & Sax in the Land of Quinoa to a Group of Students at a School in Kansas City

What has been particularly interesting over the past year is learning to present online. Most often the presentations have been on Zoom. Who could have imagined the shift we have made to online business, presenting, and just having regular interactive conversations through video conferencing?! There are some tricks to it. The biggest issues are: making sure you have a good internet connection, that you have good light for presenting, and that your computer is raised up for the best viewing angle. Keeping the dogs and kids out of the room also helps! Video conferencing has helped us reach a larger group of people from all over the world.


There is nothing more powerful than being able to tell your story and demonstrate your product as a start up. That is why there is always so much emphasis on developing your “elevator speech.” You always need to be ready to tell your story. I have found that people love to hear the story behind how a product was developed or how we started our company.  Through telling our story and sharing the powerful information we have synthesized through our product we have made some wonderful connections and true friends. The opportunities we have been given have all come through connections. What better way to make those connections than through presentations?

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