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Fairlife and Premier shakes got me through my pre and post op diets. They all all kinds of flavors. If they're too sweet, you can always dilute them with almond milk.

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Fairlife is my go to. I especially like the Salted Caramel and if you shop at costco, they carry them. I find the Fairlife drinks just plain taste better than most other brands I've tried.

I also learned something cool, at least for me. If you like Lattes or cappuccinos, Fairlife will froth just like milk. (Premier Protein won't.) I froth half of one of Fairlife drinks and add that to my coffee of choice a few times a day.

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Try Protein hot cocoa. I found it much easier to drink warm beverages in my early post-op days than cold. The Bariatric Pal hot cocoa mix is delicious but you can get other brands of protein hot cocoa on Amazon.

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I tried the Fairlife milk based on comments on here. I also like the OWYN vegetarian shakes. I tried the shakes warm and it was much easier to get down. I also like low sodium chicken Bone Broth. College has 10grams of Protein per cup if you can find it.

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      I'm new here and unsure how to reply/respond to people. Guess I'll figure it out, or maybe you can help me a lil. lol.  A lil direction would be nice.
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      3. New To This23

        Thank You @NCL04321

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        yay! i see you added the info! Easy right?

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