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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 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.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

Add at least one item from each category to create your smoothie. To the Protein Powder, add a 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.

THE INGREDIENTS:

WHEY PROTIEN POWDER: Add one serving of your protein powder.< /p>

THE FRUIT:

You can blend any fruit into the smoothie, fresh, sugar free frozen, or canned fruit packed in its own 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.

THE SPICE:

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.

THE SWEET:

If you need to, add Splenda or Nutrasweet.

THE FIBER:

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.

JUST PEACHY

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

VERY berry

One scoop of protein powder, ½ cup frozen berry blend, ¼ cup cottage cheese, 8 ounces of milk, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

HAWAIIAN DREAM

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.

CREAMY pumpkin

One scoop of protein powder, ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree, one cup of milk, 2 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.

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Sounds awesome!

Unfortunately, probably too thick for me right now. I'm having a hard time with getting my Protein in because I get too full or nauseous.

Can't wait to try this when I'm more normal!

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Wow, u lucky dog. I couldn't have fruits/veggies for the first 4 weeks, and then only canned for another 4 weeks. I craved my fruit smoothie (OJ, frozen strawberries, frozen banana, pineapple and yogurt. To keep it think without watering it down with ice, I also put in 2 ice cubes of froz OJ) and thought "why not? It's a liquid and I can add unflav Protein powder to it", but then I re read my drs advisements and decided not to try it.

Ur very fortunate!

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Great ideas however, I am only 4 days post-op. I am adding Protein to my Soups and pudding. Cannot wait to eat some smoothies in a few days. Had Jello to day and did not chew it enough and now I know the feeling of stuck and how it feels when it passes through. Lucky it was Jello it slid through in a few mins.

Rose

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Great ideas however, I am only 4 days post-op. I am adding Protein to my Soups and pudding. Cannot wait to eat some smoothies in a few days. Had Jello to day and did not chew it enough and now I know the feeling of stuck and how it feels when it passes through. Lucky it was Jello it slid through in a few mins.

Rose

Actually Jell-O was the only thing that has come up so far! I just ate too much, too fast. It sucked tho.

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Hi,

I just want to suggest unsweetened almond milk as a base. It tastes great, has good Protein, and is much lower in calories and carbs than skim milk. If you put in Hershey's sugar free chocolate Syrup and splenda, it tastes JUST LIKE regular chocolate milk! Great for diabetics and others who want a low cal sweet treat.

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I have always made frozen Protein drinks. I don't know why people think they have to drink them plain. You have to dress it up so you can drink them. I make mine thick like ice cream. I usually use 1.5 cups of milk, frozen fruit two cups and 1 or 2 scoops of Protein Powder. Yes its about 400 calories but almost 70 grams of Protein and that is my meal not a snack.< /p>

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Yum. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing!

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This thread had been so helpful. Thank you. After my surgery I will rely on Protein Drinks as my mainstay, just like everyone else. Good recipes and ideas help us get the Protein in! The knowledge and experience from others is exactly what I am looking for to help me on my journey. I have copied down these recipes. I look forward to when I graduate to that level and can have fruit in my drinks. One thing that I always add to my smoothies is spinach. I will continue to add spinach to my smoothies once I get the go ahead that it will be accepted in my plan. Spinach is good for you and honestly does not alter the taste much. With strawberries and bananas, I blend with almond milk and protein powder and flax seed.

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