Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, July 6, 2020
Grilled Arugula Turkey Burger on Livliga Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate

Who doesn't love a good burger in the summer hot off the grill? What about this Peppered Arugula Turkey Burger? Complete with sweet potato fries and tomato, red onion salad for a delicious summer meal for the whole family. We served ours up on Vivente!

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Friday, July 3, 2020

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Livliga 6-piece LivSpoon Set
LivSpoons® are a new concept all about making life easier. They make measuring your food easy and natural with 6 measuring/serving spoons in standard serving sizes. With their special design feature—the double bend—you can hang the desired spoon with any bowl you serve from either right-side up or upside down.

Livliga Individual Place Setting in Vivente Pattern
Livliga’s portion control dinnerware pattern, Vivente, is reminiscent of grape tendrils and growing, healthy plants, in a classic dinnerware pattern that is at home on an elegant table set for dinner, or a sunny breakfast just for one.

Livliga 4-piece bowl set in the Celebrate pattern
Celebrate portion control dinnerware is a stunning black and white pattern evocative of a French bistro. The words inspire us to “celebrate good food,” “live bold” and “sip in gratitude.” The etched drawings are beautiful illustrations of healthy foods.

Livliga Just Right Set® bariatric
The Just Right Set® is a beautiful 2-piece dish set in the Aveq pattern. This unique ensemble has been specifically designed for those who need bariatric portion dishes.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 29, 2020
Livliga Healthy Chicken Recipe on Celebrate Portion Control Dinnerware Line

Did you know our portion control tableware complements any diet type or eating style? That's why this week we are showing you a fun and healthy Betty Crocker recipe. This Easy Butter Chicken Casserole dish is simple and savory! Use our Celebrate dinnerware to serve it up right-sized! Enjoy!

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Gratin Recipe: Tomato, Squash and Red Pepper Gratin

Friday, June 26, 2020
Livliga Healthy Vegetable Gratin on Vivente Dinner Plate

In the peak of summer, if you go to the Farmer’s Market or have your own vegetable garden, you suddenly find yourself with more squash and tomatoes than you know what to do with! There are simple dishes that help you create tasty and healthy meals that include your bounty of vegetables. Preparing a gratin is one of the simplest ways.

What is a gratin, you might ask? A “gratin” is any dish that is topped with cheese or breadcrumbs mixed with butter or olive oil, then heated in the oven or under the broiler until brown and crispy, according to The Food Lover’s Companion.  Classically gratins are creamy and rich. An easy way to make them healthier is using lowfat milk in lieu of cream. Also, the amount of cheese and oil can be reduced to make the dish delicious yet moderate in calories. This recipe is originally from Cooking Light.

Tomato, Squash and Red Pepper Gratin

Healthy Vegetable Gratin on Livliga Vivente Dinner Plate


  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided 
  • 2 cups chopped red onion 
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper 
  • 1 pound yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices (about 3 1/2 cups) 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk 
  • 3 ounces aged Gruyère cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup) 
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • Cooking spray 
  • 1 1/2 ounces French bread baguette, torn 
  • 1 (12-ounce) beefsteak tomato, seeded and cut into 8 slices 


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Add bell pepper; cook 2 minutes. Add squash and garlic; cook 4 minutes. Place vegetable mixture in a large bowl. Stir in quinoa, 1/4 cup basil, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. 
  2. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, cheese, and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to vegetable mixture, stirring until just combined. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. 
  3. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add breadcrumbs; cook 3 minutes or until toasted. 
  4. Arrange tomatoes evenly over vegetable mixture. Top evenly with breadcrumbs. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until topping is browned. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup basil. 
  5. Serve promptly hot or at room temperature. Enjoy!

To Make it a Meal: add a Quick & Easy 5 Fruit Salad for only 81 calories per ½ cup! And a Lemon-Zucchini Muffin or a wedge of French Bread. Viola! Your perfect simple summer meal.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 6. Calories per serving: 235. Fat 12.1g; Protein 12.2g; Carbohydrate 21.2g; Fiber 3.9g; Sodium 443mg.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 22, 2020
Livliga Asian Style Marinade for Grilled Chicken on Halsa Dinner Plate

Are you looking for an easy and fabulously flavored marinade to try out this summer? We have the perfect Asian Style Marinade for Chicken recipe just for you! This marinade is a huge hit with the family. A definite repeat. Make healthy eating a breeze this summer and serve it on our Halsa portion control dinner plates!

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Product Review—Stashers—Reusable Storage Bags

Friday, June 19, 2020
Livliga Stashers Product Review

Isn’t it fun to discover great new products? I love being able to explore new products that better fit our healthy lifestyle. Stashers are just such a product. They are a reusable silicone storage envelope you can use for a variety of foods and other items you store in containers.

Livliga Stasher Product Review- Food Storage Bags

Stashers come in many colors and sizes.  These handy items come in fun colors so you can suit your fancy or buy specific colors and sizes for specific uses. The envelopes that stand up are really handy for food storage, especially leftovers with sauce.

These storage containers are infinitely handy. Stashers can be used and stored at room temperature, in hot water for sous vide, in the refrigerator and even in the freezer. You can easily put them in the microwave too to heat up what is inside. They are endlessly portable with a great seal. These handy storage envelopes are perfect for taking your lunch to work, organizing a picnic, or carrying snacks for the kids.

Stashers can be used over and over again. This means they are very earth-friendly. They are easy to clean in the dishwasher. And I love that I am not using or throwing away ziplock bags anymore…I just don’t need them.

Livliga Stashers product review with LivSpoon

Stashers and Livliga are great products to use together. They both are eco-friendly and are manufactured with the purpose of making the world we live in better and healthier. They are BPA-free and completely plastic free so no worries about contributing more mounds of non-degradable materials to the garbage heap.

Plus Livliga and Stashers are easy to use, well made to last a long time, and attractive. You also have choice of colors and designs. You are going to like them so much you are going to end up giving them as gifts…I have!

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 15, 2020
Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce on Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate

This plant-forward Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce recipe is sure to be a crowd favorite! Try this protein packed recipe on the nature-inspired Vivente pattern!

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10 Nature Inspired Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Friday, June 12, 2020
Livliga Celebrate Side Plates With Portion Control

There are so many reasons why we feel we live on an emotional roller coaster. With twenty-four hour news coming into our inbox, accosting us on our TV and viewed on our computers, we often feel overwhelmed with negativity. It seems we live in an ever-increasing world of stress brought on by political mayhem, environmental disasters, and mass genocide. How can we find some balance and embrace a more serene approach to the world we live in? As research and our own hearts tell us, the solution is simple…go back to Nature. In our homes and in our own backyard it is important to incorporate elements of nature to support a healthy lifestyle. Below is a list of Nature Inspired Healthy Lifestyle Tips to help you find balance and serenity that you can tap into and enjoy on a daily basis.

10 Nature Inspired Healthy Lifestyle Tips

1. Create a Nature Inspired Healthy Food Environment

2. Paint Your Kitchen and Dining Area in Calming, Positive Colors 

3. Eat Whole Foods, not too much, mostly plants

 • Check out: Michael Pollen, In Defense of Food

4. Choose Dishware that is Nature Inspired and Right-sized

Livliga Vivente Dinner Plate with Portion Control

5. Choose materials that you use to cook with and eat on that are earth-friendly and healthfully made

6. Take a Walk in the Forest

 • Check out: the benefits of Japanese forest-bathing, or shinrin-yoku

7. Read poetry about nature, from poets like Walt Whitman or Maya Angelou

Nature Inspired Maya Angelou Poem

8. Create Your Own Garden

 • Did you know the famous painter Monet created his own garden so he could paint  what he loved over and over again?

9. Listen to Nature Inspired Music

 •Especially when preparing your meal and eating it 

10. Take photos of you in Nature

 •Blow them up and frame them to put in your kitchen, where you eat, and any other  area you want to add some fun memories in Nature. 

Livliga is nature inspired

We tend to reflect in our mood what we are experiencing around us. To buffer ourselves against the negativity we are feeling we need to create a positive environment to live in. Our home becomes our sanctuary. Make it a reflection of the beauty of nature.  Your mind, body, and soul will thank you.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 8, 2020
Healthy Summer Savory Squash on Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate

Beat the heat with Summer Savory Spaghetti Squash! This side dish makes any meal more delicious. Try out the Livliga Squash Rub to make it yourself and forget the heavy carbohydrates. Serve up this perfect summer dish on Livliga's Vivente dishware!

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Why Livliga Works—It's Eco-Friendly and BPA-Free

Friday, June 5, 2020

Celebrate Portion Control Dinnerware

When we were ready to manufacture Livliga products we thought it was important to provide a product that in its very structure and material was healthy for people to use. It has never made sense to us at Livliga that people are asked to live healthier lives but the tools being provided to them are made of materials that do not promote health, quite the opposite, and in fact, are not eco-friendly or BPA-free.

Livliga is FDA Approved
Our dishware is made of porcelain. This is a material of the earth. It is important to point out that porcelain is a durable material that will wear well and last. The energy used to create our dinnerware is offset by the longevity of its use.  We use non-toxic colors that are both cadmium and lead free and exceed FDA standards. We certify each lot of our product every time we manufacture. We meet the highest standards.

Livliga is compliant with Prop 65
Not only is our product made of health-supporting materials, it can also be used safely in a microwave and can be put in a dishwasher without worry of degradation, as can be seen with plastics. Because we are not made of plastic we are considered BPA-free. What is it about plastic that makes it harmful to our health? Here is what Harvard Medical School says, “Studies have found that certain chemicals in plastic can leach out of the plastic and into the food and beverages we eat. Some of these chemicals have been linked to health problems such as metabolic disorders (including obesity) and reduced fertility. This leaching can occur even faster and to a greater degree when plastic is exposed to heat. This means you might be getting an even higher dose of potentially harmful chemicals simply by microwaving your leftovers in a plastic container.” What is significant to point out here is that this statement encompasses all plastics, including those designated as BPA-free. Current studies are highlighting that all plastics leach, including BPA-free plastics. In a recent article in Live Science it was stated, “Worries over bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastics, have led to a surge in BPA-free products. But now, a new study suggests that the chemicals replacing BPA may also be cause for concern. The study found that, among U.S. children, exposure to two common chemicals used in place of BPA — called bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol F (BPF) — is linked with an increased risk of obesity. Both BPS and BPF are similar in structure to BPA and can be found in some types of plastic, canned goods and other products.” Not only have BPA-free plastics been linked to health issues for children, they have also been associated with health issues for men and women, including infertility. The only way to protect yourself from the effects of plastic is to avoid your exposure to them, especially when consuming food. Livliga helps you do just that.

Livliga sources from companies that have a reforest program

The packaging we use for our dinnerware incorporates post consumer waste, and we also source from companies that have a reforest program as part of their renewable program.  All packaging is recyclable and we encourage recycling.

Livliga packaging is recyclable
Bottom line: Livliga is all about living a healthy lifestyle. The tableware we make and the information we share is to support each of our customers in living life as their healthiest selves. Our eco-friendly and plastic-free products do just that.

Livliga Celebrate portion control side plate Live Well

Live well. Be well!

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 1, 2020
Pan Roasted Cod on Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate

The flavors, textures, and taste of this dish from the  DASH Diet Mediterranean Solutions Cookbook takes you to a wonderful, healthy place. This delicious Pan-Roasted Cod is further inspired by being served up on our artist designed Vivente portion control dinner plate.

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Life in Quarantine : 7 ways to bring back some routine and a sense of normal

Friday, May 29, 2020
Livliga Guest Blog 7 Ways to Bring Back Routine

We’ve all been forced into a very challenging time in our lives.

In quarantining at home, some of us have the company of our partners and/or kids, while others of us are completely alone. Some of us have lost our jobs, while the rest of us are trying to figure out a new routine in working from home. While we all understand that it’s a critical time to keep us and those around us safe, it doesn’t make this period any easier.

 We’re noticing some common trends in our clients who have been reaching out lately.

The top three types of panicky emails and calls are as follows:

– My weight loss is all of a sudden slowing down dramatically.

– My weight loss is completely stalling or plateauing.

– I’m re-gaining weight.

What’s happening?

Firstly, being quarantined or isolated at home has completely toppled our normal routines.
Our habits and behaviours are directly built onto our routines and daily structure. When the structure to our day goes out the window from one week to the next, understandably our habits and behaviours are affected.

And secondly, many people are experiencing intense and varying emotions.
Emotions like stress, anxiety, depression, helplessness, feeling overwhelmed, etc. negatively impact our ability to be resilient and adapt to new circumstances.

Below are the most common changes in behaviour we’re seeing among our clients who are out of work or are currently working from home.

– More comfort foods (most commonly chocolate, cookies, ice cream, and chips).

– More snacking and nibbling on food in between meals.

– Boredom eating.

– Less structured meal and snack times.

– Poor sleep schedules.

– Increased screen time.

– For some, less physical activity, for others, more physical activity.

– A relaxed attitude towards delaying fluids 30 minutes after eating and prioritizing protein.

In all honesty, these are ALL completely normal reactions to a drastic change in routine combined with an uncertainty of when things will return to normal.

None of these changes in habits or behaviours are “bad” they’re just our response to trying to adjust and cope with a new type of normal.

What changes have you noticed in your habits and behaviours?

If you recognize yourself in some of the points above and you feel ready to make some changes, the list below offers some good starting points. Pick just 1 or 2 points to incorporate each week. Go at your own pace.

7 ways to bring back some routine & a sense of normal in quarantine:

1. Establish meal and snack times.

Write down specific times for your meals and snacks. Be realistic. It’s okay if the times don’t match your schedule pre-quarantine. If you’re waking up at 9 a.m. now for example instead of 6:30 a.m., maybe plan your breakfast for 9:30 a.m. Post your new eating schedule on the fridge. The goal is to challenge the habit of wandering into the kitchen and opening up the fridge and pantry every hour.

2. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time.

Rather than having noon roll around and only then deciding “what’s for lunch?”, be intentional and plan meal and snack ideas for the week ahead of time. It especially makes more sense to plan ahead while quarantined because we’re grocery shopping significantly less often and/or you might have a tighter food budget than normal.

3. Do something active or restorative daily.

Think of the time of day when you struggle the most. For the majority of people, it’s late afternoon or evening. This is the perfect time to schedule in an activity or simply inhale some fresh air.

Some simple outdoor activities include: going for a walk, playing with your kids in the backyard, gardening, reading on your balcony, or simply people watching from your front steps while sipping tea and soaking in some sunshine.

If you can’t go outdoors for whatever reason, find some videos online. There is something for everyone! Maybe your body needs something calming like meditation, deep breathing, stretching, visualization, or yoga. Or maybe your body is craving movement, in which case you might want to try a dance class, a HIIT workout, a Pilates class for beginners, some muscle resistance exercises using just your own body weight (no equipment), or a series of exercises using just your upper body. Regardless of what activity you choose, don’t forget to breathe deeply to reap the full benefits!

4. Pack your meals and snacks the night before.

This strategy isn’t for everyone, but it can be especially helpful if you’re someone who doesn’t make the best choices when you’re at your hungriest. Having food ready and portioned means when it comes time to eat, there are no decisions to be made. All of a sudden, the easiest and fastest choice becomes the prepped option.

5. Eat at the kitchen table.

Did you know that eating quickly and not paying attention while eating can result in consuming more in a sitting and/or eating more often?

Start by picking one meal or snack that you want to dedicate to eating at the table without distractions. Ideally pick the meal or snack that you find the least satisfying or filling. Keep the following in mind: take small bites, chew slowly, really try and savour each bite, explore the flavours, notice the texture, etc. Don’t prep your next bite until you have swallowed. Check in with your stomach after you’ve eaten half of your plate (how do you feel? are you half full or maybe almost full?). Remember how cautiously and attentively you ate in those first weeks after surgery? Aim for this kind of experience.

6. Enjoy your treats.

Why should treats be a part of your plan? Because you’re human!! During this emotional and uncertain time, needing some comfort or fun foods is 100% normal.

You may be feeling like you’ve been treating yourself everyday as it is, so why would you want to continue if you’re trying to get back on track? Intentionally treating yourself DOES NOT mean binging on chips while watching TV to numb your anxiety and stress. Intentionally treating yourself also DOES NOT mean standing in the kitchen pantry raiding a box of cookies while the kids are screaming in the other room.

Treating yourself is INTENTIONALLY enjoying a special food while you’re calm, present in the moment, and truly tasting every bite. It’s also important to pick a food or beverage that you truly enjoy.

7. Catch up on quality sleep.

Poor sleep (meaning either not getting enough sleep or having poor quality sleep), not only negatively affects our mood (often then impacting our food decisions), but is also associated with a higher body weight. Similar to our first point on this list, establishing a daily routine is important. Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Both too little and too much sleep have consequences. If you know this is one you want to start working on, search for “sleep hygiene tips” online.

If you feel ready to make some changes and 1 or 2 of the points above resonated with you, great! Go for it!!

If you’re barely treading water these days, you likely aren’t ready to make any changes and that’s okay too. We’re all coping differently right now.

Above all, be kind to yourself during this difficult time and remember that the conditions we’re living through right now are temporary. Take it one day at a time.

We’d love to hear your thoughts. How are you coping? Do you have a tip or two to add to our list?

– Lisa & Monica, your bariatric dietitians

P.S. Looking for support in your weight loss surgery journey? We encourage you to check out our Bariatric Bundle: Maintenance Toolkit and follow us on Facebook (@bariatricsurgerynutrition)!

Guest Blog Bio

 Lisa Kaouk, RD, MPH (left) and Monica Bashaw, RD, M.Sc(A) (right) are compassionate and enthusiastic registered dietitians specialized in working with adults before and after bariatric surgery. With over 15 years of experience and over 6000 patients counselled, they are the experts in all aspects of bariatric surgery nutrition. They are patient and committed, and most importantly, they understand that life after bariatric surgery is filled with many new challenges and lifestyle changes. Visit their website to view all the resources and content they've created to help others on their bariatric journey.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, May 25, 2020
Livliga Healthy Shrimp Tacos on Blue Kidliga

Enjoy this Simple Shrimp Soft Tacos recipe that is kid-friendly! This do-it-yourself meal is easy and fun to do with the whole family. Serve it up on our very own children's line, Kidliga!

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Friday, May 22, 2020
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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, May 18, 2020
Livliga Sunrise Egg Salad on Just Right Set bariatric

You will find that each bite of this Sunrise Egg Salad recipe is flavorful and satisfying...not to mention all the ingredients are easy-to-find and inexpensive. Right size this healthy bariatric-friendly meal on our Just Right Set® bariatric plate!

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Three Favorite Spring Soups

Friday, May 15, 2020
Soups are so nurturing. They fill our stomachs and our souls with goodness. Soups are also very flexible. You can make them from what you have on hand and can adapt them to feed one or many. Another wonderful thing about soups is that they can reflect the seasons and our moods.

In spring it is time to freshen our palates and bring in brighter flavors and use the ingredients available. Spring can be mixed weather with storms and hot days. Here are three soups that fit the season and also the vagaries of this transitional season.

Freshen your palate with a fruit soup. Here is a recipe for:

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Fresh Ginger

Livliga Chilled Cantaloupe Soup on Halsa

Use the leftovers and bones of your spring lamb to make an immune boosting bone broth soup. Here is a recipe for:

Welsh Lamb and Root Soup

Livliga Welsh Lamb and Root Soup in Vivente

Beat the heat with a pantry-friendly soup. Here is a recipe for:

No-Cook Healthy Gazpacho Soup

Livliga Healthy Gazpacho Soup

Complement these soups with a muffin freshly baked! Click here to choose from ones we love on our blog.

Enjoy! And Live vibrant!

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