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I’m only 2.5 weeks out. Will it get easier to get my Protein? I cannot do it right now, I just can’t. The Protein Shakes are all disgusting to me now, I can’t drink enough broth, I tried unflavored Protein Powder in broth and that was disgusting, I tried Vital Proteins Water and it was absolutely foul. Help?

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It definitely does get easier as your progress through the diet phases and have more options available for Protein. That said, it ultimately depends on your doctor's diet program and what those protein goals are. For my program, it simply is not possible for me to achieve my protein goals without Protein Shakes. Technically I could hit it with Protein Bars, but that would be heavier on carbs and calories.

Have you looked into Fairlife High Quality Protein? It IS a shake, but almost across the board people say it tastes nothing like the protein shakes everyone is used to. It really tastes more like chocolate milk (unsure of the vanilla version).

Beyond that, Fairlife also makes an Ultra Filtered Milk that has a higher protein content than normal milks do. It might not get you quite to your goal, but it could help. You'd want to stick to the 2% or lower in terms of fat in order to keep the fat and caloric intake reasonable, but it's an option and I have never been able to tell the difference between Fairlife and regular milk.

At 2.5 weeks, you're no doubt on the cusp of moving into purees, which will most definitely give you access to other ways to get more protein in.

You're doing great already and you will continue to do so!

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3 hours ago, sbmcg said:

I’m only 2.5 weeks out. Will it get easier to get my Protein? I cannot do it right now, I just can’t. The Protein Shakes are all disgusting to me now, I can’t drink enough broth, I tried unflavored Protein Powder in broth and that was disgusting, I tried Vital Proteins Water and it was absolutely foul. Help?

It gets better in time.

Tryunflavored Protein in sugar free pudding or low sugar greek yogurt🏆

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I can't stand the milky Protein Shakes, but I did find something that's called whey Protein isolate drinks - and they taste more like fruit juice, with none of the milky taste or texture. That's in Ireland. Not sure if it's available in the US.

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Fairlife is the way to go if you don't like the other brands. Their shakes or their milk are both great. If I have days where I am a little low in Protein I just drink a glass of milk with a little sugar free Hershey's chocolate and sometimes add a little PB2 powder...instant 13 grams of protein and tastes great. Fairlife makes 2 different shakes...one is called "Nutrition Plan" and the other is called "Core Power." I find core power to be a little too sweet (can dilute it with milk) but love the nutrition plan vanilla or chocolate. Actually, I'm having a vanilla right now!

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Are you allowed to eat purées yet? It is much easier to get Protein when you can eat purées. Puréed foods can hide the flavor of Protein Powder much better than Protein Drinks. Here are some great options:

  • Greek yogurt mixed with protein powder (I like vanilla yogurt with chocolate flavored protein powder and powdered peanut butter).
  • sugar-free pudding mixed with protein powder
  • pureed retried Beans mixed with unflavored protein powder (I like to top the beans with enchilada sauce, Laughing Cow cheese, and Flavor God nacho cheese powder)
  • Applesauce mixed with unflavored protein powder and a tiny splash of sugar-free caramel Syrup
  • Protein oatmeal mixed with cinnamon roll protein powder
  • Pureed black bean Soup mixed with unflavored protein powder

You might also want to browse the BariatricPal Store because they have a lot of protein-fortified foods like Soups, oatmeal, pudding, etc. that you can try, one of my personal favorites is protein hot cocoa. It tastes like normal hot cocoa (no yucky protein taste) and if you mix it with Fairlife milk instead of Water, it’s a lot of protein. You can also try Syntrax Nectar protein powder. It’s a little different from Protein Shakes and there are a lot of flavors, so you might find something you like.

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