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So my clinic has me on a 1000 cal per day, fairly restrictive liquid diet for two weeks before my surgery. I’m currently on day three and I’m doing okay but feeling nervous about my ability to do this for two full weeks.

One thing I’ve found that I really enjoy is cottage cheese with pineapple (Kemp’s fruit on the bottom). It’s technically slightly above the sugar per serving I’m supposed to have (10g instead of 7g), and it’s expensive to buy because it’s just single serve. I also feel like I have TONS of sweet options (sugar free popsicles, pudding, etc) but I’m looking for more savory options. Though I’m interested in hearing what you do for sweet or savory with both cottage cheese and plain yogurt!

What kind of seasonings, liquids, etc do you add to your cottage cheese to make it more interesting/satisfying?

Thanks!!

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3 minutes ago, Herewego2018 said:

So my clinic has me on a 1000 cal per day, fairly restrictive liquid diet for two weeks before my surgery. I’m currently on day three and I’m doing okay but feeling nervous about my ability to do this for two full weeks.

One thing I’ve found that I really enjoy is cottage cheese with pineapple (Kemp’s fruit on the bottom). It’s technically slightly above the sugar per serving I’m supposed to have (10g instead of 7g), and it’s expensive to buy because it’s just single serve. I also feel like I have TONS of sweet options (sugar free popsicles, pudding, etc) but I’m looking for more savory options. Though I’m interested in hearing what you do for sweet or savory with both cottage cheese and plain yogurt!

What kind of seasonings, liquids, etc do you add to your cottage cheese to make it more interesting/satisfying?

Thanks!!

You can add ALL SORTS of stuff to cottage cheese and plain yogurt (greek works better for savory IMO) It's pretty easy really, just find a seasoning or mix or marinade mix that you enjoy, and mix a bit into the cottage cheese or yogurt. It's going to take some experimentation to get a flavor that you are happy with, but it's legit just as easy as mixing in some premixed powders. And you can add some unflavored Protein as well to boost your protein intake.

My pre-op was SF Jello, watermelon, Protein Shakes and celery (I could eat as much of this as I wanted)... celery was my go to, since I could eat as much as I needed but it got old very quickly. So I started coating up pre-cut celery with seasonings like "Pub Burger" seasoning or "Maple Bacon" seasoning. And boy did that make things easier to deal with! So, go crazy, find yourself some seasonings you are interested in and start mixing them into your approved foods and just go wild! You never have to sacrifice flavor during this whole process, you just need to play around a bit.

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With a Ryvita or Wasa cracker ;Fresh basil or mint leaves, a *thin* slice of watermelon, a strawberry sliced very thinly,
Alone:
10 blueberries, 10 pistachios, 1/2 tsp of jam, 1tsp of crushed pineapple , 2 slices of canned peach, 3tsp of hempseeds, 1tsp of agave Syrup or honey (if allowed)

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For something simple, sweet and easy to add in, my surgeon and nutritionist recommended adding sugar free Torani syrups to cottage cheese or yogurt.

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So my clinic has me on a 1000 cal per day, fairly restrictive liquid diet for two weeks before my surgery. I’m currently on day three and I’m doing okay but feeling nervous about my ability to do this for two full weeks.

One thing I’ve found that I really enjoy is cottage cheese with pineapple (Kemp’s fruit on the bottom). It’s technically slightly above the sugar per serving I’m supposed to have (10g instead of 7g), and it’s expensive to buy because it’s just single serve. I also feel like I have TONS of sweet options (sugar free popsicles, pudding, etc) but I’m looking for more savory options. Though I’m interested in hearing what you do for sweet or savory with both cottage cheese and plain yogurt!

What kind of seasonings, liquids, etc do you add to your cottage cheese to make it more interesting/satisfying?

Thanks!!
This has been my go to for sprucing up plain yogurt. They come in different flavors20180718_204432.jpeg 20180718_204442.jpeg



Sleeved on April 25, 2018
HW: 258
SW: 238
CW: 212
GW: 165

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I'll second the recommendation on syrups. Also, Water enhancers like the Hawaiian Punch flavoring work great in yogurt.

For cottage cheese, cinnamon and stevia work well. For savory, I'd suggest garlic salt.

-EQ

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With a Ryvita or Wasa cracker ;Fresh basil or mint leaves, a *thin* slice of watermelon, a strawberry sliced very thinly,

Alone:

10 blueberries, 10 pistachios, 1/2 tsp of jam, 1tsp of crushed pineapple , 2 slices of canned peach, 3tsp of hempseeds, 1tsp of agave Syrup or honey (if allowed)

After surgery when you are back to regular foods add with it turkey bacon , smoked salmon, chili , huevos rancheros

It can be a whole meal with just a tiny bit of the other stuff added on

VSG2017 HW 249 SW 238 CW 167

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Matt hit the nail... seasoning mixes. I like taco or chili mix (check the sugar content). For dessert I put a spoonful or SF pudding mix into it... try the cheesecake flavor! YUM

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Thank you for all the fantastic ideas! I can't wait to try them all out!!

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On 7/18/2018 at 8:46 PM, browneyez42 said:

This has been my go to for sprucing up plain yogurt. They come in different flavors20180718_204432.jpeg 20180718_204442.jpeg



Sleeved on April 25, 2018
HW: 258
SW: 238
CW: 212
GW: 165

Where do you buy the syrups?

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They sell Torani syrups at Wal-Mart's grocery side, a lot of people said they have put them in smoothies etc.

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I love cottage cheese with halved cherry tomatoes as a sort of savory option.

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