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 in 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 ingredient category to create your smoothie. 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. (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.)
You can blend any fruit into the smoothie: fresh, sugar-free frozen, or canned fruit packed in its own juice. Use about half of one cup. Frozen fruit makes for a thick smoothie drink. When using fresh or canned fruit, add a few ice cubes.
Add 8 ounces of skim milk or soymilk (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, 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, or 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:
One scoop of protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt, 8 ounces of vanilla soy milk, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
One scoop of protein powder, ½ cup frozen berry blend, ½ cup cottage cheese, 8 ounces of milk, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
One scoop of protein powder, 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, 1/3 cup tofu, one cup of milk, 1/8 teaspoon of ginger, a few ice cubes
One scoop of protein powder, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree, one cup of milk, two tablespoons of sugar free maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a few ice cubes
Orange Carrot Blend
One scoop of protein powder, 1/2 of an orange, one small jar of baby carrots, 6 ounces of vanilla yogurt, 6 ounces of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and a few ice cubes
Peanut Butter Banana
One scoop of protein powder, one cup of chocolate soy milk, 1/2 banana, two tablespoons of peanut butter and a few ice cubes.
In a blender, add the ingredients and process until smooth. Remember to add the Benefiber. Sip slowly, take your time and enjoy.