"Bariatric Bites" Recipes

By NEMS Daily Journal

Breakfast Parfait
1 (6-ounce) container nonfat yogurt, any flavor
13 cup whole grain cereal, such as Fiber One
12 cup fruit (blueberries, sliced strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, etc.)
In a glass, place half of the yogurt. Top with half of the cereal and half of the fruit. Repeat layers.
Makes 1 serving.
Nutrition information: 198 calories, 7g protein, 1g fat, 40g carbohydrate, 3g fiber.

Guiltless Guacamole
1 can white kidney beans (cannellini), drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 jalapeño chile, seeded
12 cup fresh cilantro leaves
14 cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
2 plum tomatoes

In food processor (with knife blade), puree beans and lime juice until smooth. Remove pureed beans to a bowl and set aside. In same processor, place jalapeño, cilantro, onion; pulse until juicy and thick.
With spoon, scoop avocado from peel into bowl with beans; mash with fork until mixture is blended, with some chunks remaining.
Cut each tomato crosswise in half. Squeeze halves to remove seeds and juice. Coarsely chop tomatoes. Stir tomato and onion mixture into avocado mixture until blended. If you prefer a little more zip, stir in additional lime juice to taste.
Guacamole is best served as soon as it’s made, but you can also cover and refrigerate up to 1 hour. Serve with baked homemade tortilla chips or vegetables.
Nutritional facts (per 2 tablespoons): 65 calories, 2g protein, 3g fat, 8g carbohydrate, 3g fiber.

Mexican Lettuce Wraps
3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium tomato, seeded and finely chopped
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies
12 cup salsa
14 cup finely chopped onion
14 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
1 tablespoon lime juice
12 teaspoon ground cumin
12 teaspoon seasoned salt
14 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and finely chopped
12 cup reduced fat or fat-free sour cream (optional)
12 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves

In a large bowl, combine first 11 ingredients. Refrigerate until serving.
Just before serving, stir in avocado. Place 1⁄2 cup chicken mixture on each lettuce leaf; top each with 2 teaspoons sour cream, if desired. Fold lettuce over filling.
Makes 12 wraps.
Nutrition information per wrap: 130 calories, 15g protein, 4g fat, 1g saturated fat, 10g carbohydrate, 3g fiber.