Monday Motivational Meal - Purple Smoothie Bowl

Monday, July 29, 2019

Monday Motivational Meal - Purple Smoothie Bowl

Staying on track during the summer months with healthy eating can be challenging. Sometimes it is best just to keep it simple. What about a smoothie bowl for breakfast? Find the recipe in our Bariatric eCookbook we did with our friend is cool and refreshing in our Just Right Set® bariatric bowl! Ahhh...


Summer Time Meal Planning--Mediterranean Chicken With Tzatziki Sauce

Friday, July 26, 2019
It is HOT! What can we fix for a meal that is easy and also soothing to the soul? We love it when our friends share favorite recipes that are easy to do and tasty to eat. We received recent inspiration from our friend Nikki Massie, aka @BariatricFoodie. It is a recipe with store bought ingredients that are easy to find, which tells you right up front that this in not going to be complicated to assemble for a meal. Nikki also shared that it is really GOOD! This is a recipe that anyone can enjoy and qualifies as bariatric-friendly. For those looking for a protein rich recipe this will be a great one to add to your repertoire.

Mediterranean Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 3 skewers


For the Chicken
  • 2 tbsp. unflavored Greek yogurt
  • 3 chicken breast tenderloins (about 1/2 lb.)
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
For the tzatziki sauce
  • 1/2 c. unflavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2-3 mint leaves, sliced
  • 1/4 cucumber, grated
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 skewers (bamboo or metal)
  1. In a resealable bag, combine yogurt, spices and lemon juice with chicken and coat well. Marinate at least two hours, while also soaking skewers (if bamboo) in water for same length of time.
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan and brush with olive oil. Skewer the chicken and grill until done through, turning halfway through.
  3. Make the sauce by combining the 1/2 c. yogurt, garlic, mint, cucumber, lemon juice and salt. Serve alongside the chicken. 
Cooking Tips
  1. The marinade technique that I share provides a tender, juicy, chicken skewer that's perfect for your next family barbecue.
  2. Pair it with a Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce, and it's a one-two protein knock-out!
Nutritional Information
Serves: 1. Calories: 109. Fat: 1g; Sodium: 48mg; Carbohydrates: 6g; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 20g.

Guest Blogger Bio

Nikki Massie is a rising star in the bariatric community. She is a gastric bypass patient (January 8, 2008), mother, writer, and author of the BariatricFoodie, where she helps post-ops learn to play with their food!


Monday Motivational Meal - Tuscan Lemon Muffin

Monday, July 22, 2019

Moonday Motivational Meal - Tuscan Lemon Muffin

Looking for a light and airy summer muffin to enjoy? Try these Tuscan Lemon Muffins with ricotta cheese. Needing meal inspiration? Turn on the grill for some tasty salmon and eggplant to complement the muffin and don't forget to serve it up right-sized on your favorite Livliga dishes!

Try this recipe out here.


Summertime Meal Making

Friday, July 19, 2019

Diabetes-Friendly Portioning with LivSpoons

Summer is making its annual crescendo. I don’t know about you, but our family looks for ways to make meal planning and preparing easier during the hot months ahead. We do this so we can spend more time outside hanging out with family and friends, gardening, biking, walking, hiking, kayaking, playing badminton or croquet, as well as enjoying a swimming pool or slip ‘n slid. There are so many fun things to do!

To be mindful of eating healthy, it is still important to plan ahead, even when the meals themselves are simple to prepare. It is always important to think ahead, have the right foods on hand and make sure through out your week you are able to make balanced meals that are perfectly portioned.

We thought we would share some ideas on how you can create simple, healthy and diabetes-friendly meals in right-sized portions. Each portion is measured by LivSpoons to illustrate the specific measurements as well as the comparative measurements of the different types of foods. The images below illustrate how easy it is to create a meal combining food groups for a balanced, healthy meal. Imagine what breakfast, lunch and dinner can look like!

Before you get caught up in all the fun of summer, take a minute to refresh your memory and remind yourself on the doable and repeatable ways you can be mindful living with diabetes with our FREE and downloadable ebook, Manage Your Diabetes Through Portion Control.


Celebrating Our Customers in July!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Happy Customer Appreciation Month! We wouldn't be anything we are without our loyal customers and our faithful partners who contribute so much to our success and to helping us continually create healthy lifestyle products so each of us can live life as our healthiest selves.

We not only love to hear your ideas about our product and your in put on how we can improve your experience with us but we count on it!

If you haven't checked out our website recently we want to make sure that you know about the new LivSpoons we just launched this past month. You asked for additional sizes in our LivSpoon suite and we listened! Now there are 6 LivSpoons to choose from including 1 cup through ⅛ cup.

With these new sizes we have also updated our Product Use page that shows you how the Livliga system works together, including the new sizes in LivSpoons. Make sure to view the product map that illistrates all the sizes in our Diabetes Room.

Reviews of our product, like the one below...are why we are doing what we do...helping people live a healthy bite and one meal at a time!

 Just Right Set May 29, 2019
Reviewer: Annamarie D. from Turnersville, NJ United States  
I agree with all the other reviews!  I too was researching for the best tool to help my husband after his surgery and this met and surpassed my expectations!  Easy and helpful to use and no need to use many measuring cups etc  it's all there and well made and attractive.  It has been over one year now and I am still using this.  I did purchase plastic rings but never used them I have only needed to use this set. Anyone considering to lose weight or have bariatric surgery I recommend getting the Just Right Set.

We are truly grateful to all of our customers! Thank you.


Monday Motivational Meal - Shrimp, Broccoli Slaw, and Southwestern Potatoes

Monday, July 15, 2019

Shrimp, Broccoli Slaw, and Southwestern Potatoes

Living healthy with diabetes can be a struggle especially during the summer, which is why we partnered with The Diabetic Foodie to put together this delicious and healthy summertime diabetes-friendly meal served up on Celebrate! Treat yourself to healthy!

Get the recipe here.


Kid-Friendly and Diabetes-Friendly Berry Delicious Smoothie Bowl

Friday, July 12, 2019
Smoothie Bowl Served Up in Kidliga Blue!

Smoothie bowls are a hot commodity in the summer months. They are so popular because they are soothing and cooling. They can also be super easy to make. The great thing about smoothie bowls is that they are a big hit with kids and something they can make for themselves without a whole lot of supervision.

So what is the big difference between a smoothie you put in a glass versus a smoothie you put in a bowl, you might ask? There are a couple of big differences. A smoothie bowl is thicker and creamier and allows for layers of flavors and textures. A smoothie in a glass is completely blended and thinner.  Whereas the smoothie in a bowl has a base of yogurt, the smoothie in a glass does not have to include yogurt.

Interestingly, a study done by Wageningen University in the Netherlands found that the thicker the smoothie the more satisfying and full participants remained. It was the thickness of the smoothie not the calorie density that was found to keep people fuller longer. This discovery adds even more appeal to enjoying smoothie bowls over smoothies in a glass.

There are so many ways to make a smoothie bowl fun and kid-friendly. Choosing fresh fruits that are colorful is a great start. Adding different textures and flavors, like unsweetened coconut, seeds, and nuts is another way to make it memorable.

The key to making a healthy smoothie bowl is to keep it low in carbs and not packed with unnecessary calories. Check out this version of a low-carb and kid-friendly smoothie bowl that is easy to do and bound to delight:

Berry Delicious Smoothie Bowl Served up in Kidliga Pink and Blue!

Berry Delicious Smoothie Bowl


  • ¼ cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt (Fage)
  • 1 cup frozen berries mixture of blueberries, raspberries, and/or strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ¼  cup Bai5 coconut drink
  • ½ tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh berries for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon mixed and toasted rolled oats, sliced almonds and sunflower seeds for garnish

  1. Place ⅛ cup puffed rice in bottom of each bowl.
  2. Blend yogurt, berries, almond butter, and Bai5 coconut drink in a blender until well combined.
  3. Pour half into each bowl and garnish with coconut, fresh berries, and toasted mixture.

Nutritional Information

Serves: 2. Calories: 179 (with toppings). Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 2g); Sodium  48mg; Protein 15g; Carbohydrate 17g; Fiber 4g; Sugars 9g.

Smoothie bowls are perfect for all ages!

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Monday Motivational Meal - Fresh Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream Made with Jello

Monday, July 8, 2019
Monday Motivational Meal - Fresh Strawberry and Banana Ice Cream Made with Jello

Summer is officially here and who doesn't love ice cream in the summer? Fix this guilt-free version for a lick-smacking treat that will become a family favorite! For Just Right servings make sure to use our very own Just Right Set®!
Get the recipe here.