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Post-Op Week 5 and Beyond



BREAKFAST ½ cup skim mild with 1 scoop protein powder

½ cup All Bran with 1 Tbsp flax seed

¾ cup fresh or frozen (thawed) blueberries


LUNCH 3 ounces tuna fish with 1 Tbls non-fat mayonnaise

6 whole grain crackers


DINNER 2 ounces of tender chicken breast

½ cup cooked broccoli

½ cup cooked carrots


EVENING SNACK 1 Serving of Fresh Fruit



MEAT GROUP: Contains 7 grams of protein per 1 ounce

These foods are good sources of protein, B vitamins and iron.

1 oz. = ½ cup cooked meat: includes beef, fish, turkey, chicken, pork, and veal. Meat must be very moist and tender. (A good way to ensure this is to cook meats in a crock pot or pressure cooker)

Also included in this group:

  • 2 Tbsp. smooth, natural peanut butter, soy butter, almond butter.
  • 1 oz. low-fat luncheon meat, i.e. turkey breast, lean ham, “soy” meats.
  • 1 oz. low-fat or non-fat mild cheese
  • ½ cup cooked dried beans (lentils, vegetarian baked beans, etc)


NOTE: Red meat may be difficult to eat. Always choose a more tender cut of meat. Make sure to cut it into pieces the size of a thumbnail. To add flavor and/or moisture, you may add non-fat gravies, low-fat mayonnaise or Miracle Whip or Worstershire sauce or steak sauce to moisten.

MILK GROUP: Contains 4-6 grams of protein per serving.

Choose 2-4 servings per day.

These foods are good sources of protein, calcium, Vitamin D and riboflavin.

  • ½ cup 1% or Skim mild
  • ½ cup 1% or Skim Lactaid mild (mild with the mild sugar, lactose, removed)
  • ½ cup Soy milk
  • 3 Tbsp. instant non-fat dry milk powder
  • ½ cup light, low-fat, sugar free yogurt (without seeds)
  • ½ pkg Carnation Instant Breakfast (no sugar added)
  • ½ can commercial diabetic formula, like Glucerna
  • ½ cup sugar-free pudding.


VEGETABLE GROUP: Choose 1 – 3 servings per day

These foods are good sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber, also low in calories.

  • ½ cup cooked or raw vegetables = 1 serving
  • ½ cup vegetable juice (ex. Tomato, carrot or V-8) = 1 serving
  • ½ cup pureed vegetable soup


NOTE: At first, limit salads to ½ cup or less because, though they are very low in calories, they take up volume in your small stomach pouch, leaving less room for you to eat protein packed solids.

FRUIT GROUP: Choose 1 – 3 servings per day. These foods are a good

source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are also low in


  • ¾ cup raw fruit = 1 serving
  • ½ cup cooked fruit or canned in their own juice = 1 serving
  • ½ cup unsweetened frozen fruit

STARCH GROUP: These foods are good sources of energy, B vitamins and iron

  • SOUP

1 cup of soup (broth based). Stay away from high fat sops such as chili, French onion, cream chowders and cheese. There are many low fat pureed type vegetable soups available.


1/3 cup starchy vegetables like: peas, winter squash, potatoes (white sweet or yams).


½ cup cooked cereal like: oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat or rice.

¾ cup unsweetened dry cereal like: Special K, Shredded Wheat, Heart to Heart, All-Bran. Cereal choices should have less than 8 grams of sugar and have more than 5 grams of fiber per serving.


4-6 whole grain crackers

½ cop cooked pasta – preferable 100% whole wheat pasta (Barilla plus)

½ cup cooked rice, preferably brown rice.

Many people find it hard to digest pasta and/or rice, so make sure the rice/pasta is very moist.

  • BREAD – Make sure you are only choosing whole grain breads. This means that it must be made from 100% whole grain flour – not refined or enriched. You may add bread to your diet, however try toasted bread first. You may only be able to eat ¼ to ½ slice of bread at first. You may also find it easier to consume whole wheat pita, tortillas since these are flat breads and have less bulk than loaf bread.


FAT GROUP: Choose no more than 3 servings per day

These foods are low in vitamins and minerals and high in calories. They contain 9 calories per 1 gram of fat, as compared to both protein and carbohydrates which contain 4 calories per gram.

  • 1 teaspoon margarine
  • 2 teaspoons diet margarine. (Smart Balance with omega 3)
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
  • 1 Tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise or low-fat Miracle Whip
  • 1 Tablespoon oil based salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon gravy
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon olive or canola oil

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