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Atkins Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy

"Atkins, a US-based diet brand, has launched Atkins Frozen Meals that will be available across the nation from January 2013.  (They can be found in SOME WalMarts NOW…)

The new menu item includes Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble, Tex-Mex Scramble, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy, Beef Merlot, Crustless Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf with Portobello, Mushroom Gravy, Italian Sausage Primavera and Chile con Carne.

The items are prepared with whole food ingredients such as freshly-picked vegetables, real creams and sauces, and premium custom meats. They contain no added sugars or preservatives, offer 310-370 calories and also contain 7g of net carbs or less, said the company.


Atkins Nutritionals chief marketing officer Scott Parker said that the company's Frozen Meals line offers homemade food and fresh ingredients and provides a convenient solution to help facilitate weight loss.

The meals will have a MSRP of $4.49 for lunch and dinner variety. The breakfast variety will be available for $3.99."

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For lunch I heated up Atkins Roast Turkey Tenders With Herb Pan Gravy –  9 ounces

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Ingredients:  Turkey Tender Medallions (Turkey Tenders, Water, Less than 2% Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Salt, Turkey Stock, Flavor, Gum Arabic, Potato Starch, Canola Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavorings, Paprika), Green Beans, Water, Turkey Fat, Red Bell Peppers, Cream Contains Less than 2% of the Following: Chicken Flavor Concentrate (Chicken Meat Including Chicken Juices, Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Potato Flour, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Flavor, Carrot Powder), Canola Oil, Resistant Maltodextrin, Flavorings, Turkey Base (Turkey Meat Including Turkey Juices, Salt, Flavorings, Potato Starch, Carrot Powder), Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Caramel Color, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate.

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And now you have a heart attack thinking a about all that fat, just note the lack of carbs and how perfect this is for a low-carb diet or if a person ate a portion of it at one time.  If you were following an otherwise low carb diet this falls right into it.

Heated up  - the turkey is nice and tender.  The gravy has a nice creamy, almost buttery texture to it, and the green beans are fresh and crisp and go nicely with the turkey.  

As a nearly nine year gastric bypass post op, I was able to eat the entire dish and it was filling — 9 ounces for 360 calories/10 carbs/23 protein.   

I would suggest these dishes for someone following the Atkins plan COMPLETELY because they are very high in fat, and you shouldn't really over do it on them.    Two in one day would blow your fat grams through the roof.

  • Product – Atkins Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy 
  • Via – WalMart
  • Price $3.49 at WalMart 
  • Coupon - https://www.facebook.com/AtkinsDiet/app_175238885954001
  • Pros – Low-carb, high protein, easy to prepare, great texture, good taste… fits into my "diet…" 
  • Cons – High fat, high sodium, could be too heavy for some… 
  • Rating – Pouchworthy, MM
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Atkins Frozen Meals in WalMart

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Hey, Atkins?  How did I not know about THESE?

Please to HAVE THEM IN MY WALMART, yesterday.  Or delivery?   Yes please?

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I. live. on. frozen. meals.  

I am entirely serious:  

I purchase 2-3 meals for consumption 5-7 days a week, I am for about a 1200-1400 calorie intake.  I am not supposed to cook, unsupervised. <—- the link explains.

I am your target customer.  I spend days looking for lower-carb options.

NOW.

Thanks!  *skips away*

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OMG, SHE EATS TEH FOODZ. GASP.

This morning we went out to breakfast and I post a photo of my meal on Facebook.

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I sometimes do this, often to The Greater Distress Of The Internet.  

I asked the waitress for a "Egg White Veggie Frittata" though she didn't ask me white kind of anything I wanted with it — so it just CAME with white toast.  I would have asked for extra MEAT on the side or whole grain toast.  So, this is not my normal, I don't typically do white bread.  That said, What You See Is What You Get.  I Ate Teh Foodz.  I also ate, not shown, two slices of bacon, after tossing aside the nasty-ass turkey bacon that was offered with this frittata.

The internet gets distressed when Weight Loss Surgery Patients Eat Teh Food.  The SOLIDS.  The Not A Shake.  

We hear —

  • "Did you really eat that?"
  • "Can you eat that?"
  • "Should you eat that?"
  • "Can you really eat white bread?  Eggs?  Bacon?  Vegetables?  ______?"
  • "Did you really use butter?"
  • "OMG, COFFEE?"
  • "Wait, you use CREAM?"
  • "What, no PROTEIN SHAKE?"
  • "Wait — THOSE ARE CARBS!?!"
  • "OMG TOAST?!?!?!??!?!??!?!??!?!?!??!?!"
  • "I thought we could not have bread?"
  • "But, I was told no TOAST?"
  • "My surgeon told me no BREAD FOR LYYYFFFFEEEE!!!!"
  • Etc, etc.. so forth, so on.  

I have been getting these comments for as long as I have been blogging my intakes on the internets.

I had one person even offer the suggestion that my epilepsy (at the time, not diagnosed…) was Due To The Fact That I Ate Carbohydrates More Than She Was Suggested.

Here's a couple of  random suggestions, y'all —

#1 – Bariatric Eating Plans Can Be DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT FROM ONE LOCATION TO ANOTHER.

#2 – Some of us are many years post op, and food happens. Ask around, do you know many 5-8-10 year post gastric-bypass patients that subside on meal replacements?  <crickets> Right.  "Things change."  And, even though you may be TOLD that you are going to 'live on 1/4 cup of solids three times a day,' uh… that doesn't happen.  I am sorry.

I rarely share the reality of what actually goes in my gullet these days because for one — it's so boring — and because, wow, some of  Y'all Are Judgy!  You have to realize, at pushing nine years later — it's back to food!  It's normal life!

Tell me.  What are you eating?   Are you willing to SHARE?   Let's start sharing.


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Restaurant Discounts For Gastric Bypass Patients May Send Mixed Messages

Please do not give me a reason to patronize restaurants with low-quality food options.  MM needs no reason ON THIS EARTH to step foot in a Golden Corral, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc… EVER

Nor do MMs kids.  EVER.  I do not need a trough of pasta, fried seafood or oily iceberg lettuce based salad.

MM Does Not Endorse The Use Of WLS Discount Cards For Food.   We have to learn to eat like normal people.  Having an excuse to pay less for crappy food does not teach us anything.

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NPR - n.pr/UEF2qA

All of these reduced appetites might seem like bad news for the restaurant business, but surgeon-distributed food discount cards aim to make dining out cheaper and more practical for gastric bypass patients.

But is this kind of encouragement really a good idea?

To accommodate the patients' reduced stomach volumes, the cards, called WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) cards, ask restaurants to allow patients to order a smaller portion of food for a discounted price.

These cards aren't a new phenomenon — they've been around in the U.S. at least since the 1990s, and a similar discount programwas proposed to city council members in Campinas, Brazil, earlier this year. 

And like the surgery itself, the WLS cards have grown in popularity, says Ann Rogers, director at the Penn State Surgical Weight Loss Program. "Now there's so much word of mouth about it, that if we forget to give them out [after surgery], the patient says, 'What about those discount cards?' " Rogers says.

Some popular U.S. restaurants accept the cards. For example, Cracker Barrel restaurants allow patients to order from the inexpensive children's menu or order a lunch-sized portion for dinner. In a statement issued to the Salt, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants say they are happy to do the same.

Even "all-you-can-eat" buffet restaurant Golden Corral provides a discounted buffet price upon seeing a proof-of-surgery card in some locations.

Though gastric bypass surgery leaves the patient with a stomach pouch only about the size of an egg, restaurants, especially buffets, still spell trouble for many patients. Unlimited portions and heavily processed, quickly digestible foods that keep patients from feeling full make it difficult to keep the weight off, says Rogers.

Golden Corral could not provide a spokesperson to respond to our inquiries, but it and other companies have made efforts in recent years to add healthier choices to their buffet offerings.

Even if the patient makes better choices, however, friends and family who come along may not do the same. "I definitely discourage patients from going to buffet-style restaurants — it's a danger for everybody," Rogers says.

In fact, Rogers says she discourages her patients from eating at any restaurant. So why distribute a discount card that seems to encourage dining out?

Rogers says it's OK for patients to use the WLS card and splurge at the buffet every once in a while, and the card also encourages them to order smaller meals at other restaurants. If patients make healthy choices about 75 percent of the time, they'll keep the weight off, she says.

But just as the buffet can have negative family health consequences, patients who are diligent about eating well a majority of the time can encourage healthy habits among friends and family. Rogers says patients who attend regular follow-up appointments, some featuring weigh-ins and healthy cooking classes, retain their lost weight about 70 percent of the time.

"For most of our patients, when the patients change their habits, it changes the eating habits of the whole household. It's pretty educational," she says.

Changing habits is critical, she says. It's a myth that the stomach surgery is a permanent weight loss cure. After surgery, "the [hunger] hormones go down and stay down for a year or two. But, slowly, the hunger starts to come back," Rogers says.

 

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Bariatric Eating Media Tour is a-comin’! Can you feel the anticipation?

I am getting all tingly excited over the upcoming release of Susan Maria Leach's newly revised and updated book:  Before + After!  

"Susan Maria Leach maintains her new weight and devotes her time to motivating others to keep on track and sustain healthy patterns of diet and exercise not just for a short period after surgery but for life. She owns and operates BariatricEating.com and has opened her first nutrition store in Pompano Beach, Florida. Her company is a member of the corporate council of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery."

Right!

Check out BariatricEating.com –  its chock-full of helpful… malware?

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Check out the social media

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So. excited.

Thanks BE!  You rock!

Oh. Yes. She. Did.

Hold the Press Releases, Suz!  


How do you go from not paying your taxes, failure to ship orders since 2011, closing your store, foreclosure, shutting down all communication to… THIS?

Protica Inc. Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts Protica Inc. Recalls Product Because Of Possible Health Risk.  Super!  I definitely have some of these in my sample lots.  *goes to the trash*

   

800-PROTICA (800-776-8422)

Media:
James Duffy
jduffy@protica.co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 23, 2012 – On August 17, 2012, Protica Inc. of Whitehall, PA had undertaken a voluntary product withdrawal of four products including Body Choice "Protein Shots", Nutritional Resources "Protein Wave", ProBalance "Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte" and "Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention. No illnesses have been confirmed to date.

The problem with the lots below were discovered when investigating the processing parameters for all manufactured products. The products withdrawn were distributed nationally through retail and direct mail and are limited to specific lots of the branded products. The affected lots follow.

Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake (2.5oz bottle)

 

 Manufacture Date Lot Number
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 A
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 B
 2/9/12 PP0402 4109 C
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 D
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 E
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 F
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 G
 2/13/12 PP0442 4113
 2/16/12  PP0442 4115
 3/29/12  PP0892 4121
 4/12/12  PP1032 4131 A
 4/12/12  PP1032 4131 B
 4/25/12 PP1162 4134 B
 4/25/12  PP1162 4134 C
 4/25/12  PP1162 4134 A
 5/3/12  PP1242 4139
 5/8/12  PP1242 4140
 6/7/12  PP1592 4145 B
 6/7/12  PP1592 4145 A

 

Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte (2.5oz bottle)

 

 Manufacture Date Lot Number
9/8/2011  PP2511 4066 A
 9/8/2011  PP2511 4066 B
 10/11/2011  PP2841 4079
 10/18/2011  PP2911 4086
 12/6/2011  PP3401 4103
 2/13/2012  PP0442 4112
 4/2/2012  PP0932 4122
 4/4/2012  PP0952 4125
 4/11/2012  PP1022 4129
 4/24/2012  PP1152 4133 A
 4/24/2012  PP1152 4133 B
 4/24/2012  PP1152 4133 C
 5/1/2012  PP1222 4138 A
 5/1/2012  PP1222 4138 B
 5/1/2012  PP1222 4138 C
 5/8/2012  PP1292 4141
 6/8/2012  PP1592 4146 A
 6/8/2012  PP1592 4146 B

 

Nutritional Resources Protein Wave gelatin (6oz cup)

 Manufacture Date Lot Number
May 03 2012 PP 1242 6123

Body Choice Protein Shots (3oz vial)

 Manufacture Date LotNumber
Dec 20, 2011 PP 3541 2924

Consumers who have purchased any of the above products can return them to the place of purchase or to Protica for a full refund. Consumers with any questions should contact Protica at 1-800-PROTICA (1-800-776-8422).

Protica, founded in 2001, is headquartered in Whitehall, PA. The company relocated from Horsham, Pa., to the Lehigh Valley in January 2009, occupying and rehabilitating the former vacant Lehigh Valley Dairy Plant near Allentown. Protica has approximately 60 employees and is privately held.