Post-Bariatric Diet: SOOTHING SMOOTHIES
During your first four weeks following surgery, you will need to adhere to a diet beginning with liquids only and progressing to soft pureed foods. Higher than average protein intakes are necessary for the bariatric patient. Using whey protein powder in smoothies, hot cereals, and soups will help to ensure your protein intake is adequate. The following are some ideas to give your meals variety. The equipment you will need is a blender, magic bullet, or food processor.
Add at least one item from each category to create your smoothie. To the protein powder, add fruit, protein base, spice, sweetener, and fiber. Process the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Realize these recipes will yield about 10 ounces per serving. Slowly sip the amount you can ingest, usually about 4 ounces at a time. Cover and refrigerate the unused smoothie, stir and enjoy the remainder within 24 hours.
WHEY PROTEIN POWDER: Add one serving of your protein powder.
You can blend any fruit into the smoothie, fresh, sugar-free, frozen, or canned fruit packed in its juice. Use about ½ cup. Frozen fruit makes a thick, smooth drink. When using fresh or canned fruit, add a few ice cubes.
THE PROTEIN BASE:
To this add 8 ounces of skim milk or soy milk (Soy Slender or Continent 8). To boost the protein, add one of the following: 1/3 cup skim milk powder, 6 ounces of sugar-free / fat-free yogurt, ½ cup of cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup of silken tofu, or two tablespoons of smooth nut butter.
You can add just about any spice that your taste buds want. Some ideas include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cardamom, fennel, parsley. Start with 1/8 teaspoon and add more to intensify the flavor.
If you need to, add Splenda or Nutrasweet.
Since constipation is problematic adding a fiber supplement is recommended. One to two servings of Benefiber or Flaxseed meal can be put into your shake twice per day.
The combinations are endless, so get creative and be sure to try the combinations you like. The following are some of our favorites:
In a blender, add the ingredients and process until smooth. Remember to add the Benefiber. Sip slowly, take your time and enjoy.
One scoop of protein powder, ½ cup frozen peaches, 6 oz of vanilla yogurt, 8 ounces of vanilla soy milk, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
One scoop of protein powder, ½ cup frozen berry blend, ¼ cup cottage cheese, 8 ounces of milk, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
One scoop of protein powder, ½ cup crushed pineapple, 1/3 cup tofu, one cup of milk, 1/8 teaspoon of ginger, add a few ice cubes.
One scoop of protein powder, ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree, one cup of milk, two tablespoons of sugar-free maple syrup, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and a few ice cubes.
ORANGE CARROT BLEND
One scoop of protein powder, one-half of an orange, one small jar of baby carrots, 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt, 6 ounces of milk, ½ teaspoon of vanilla and a few ice cubes.
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA
One scoop of protein powder, one cup of chocolate soy milk, ½ banana, two tablespoons of peanut butter and a few ice cubes.
Adding your protein powder to creamy soups and hot cereals is just as easy. Puree soups and add whey protein, then gently heat. Stir protein powder into hot cereals.