Smart Snacking - Healthier Choices for Busy Lives

Article By: Whittany Gibson, RDN

Whittany is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in bariatric nutrition counseling, and owner of Level Up Bariatrics, LLC, a bariatric lifestyle coaching program that provides pre and post-op support for weight loss surgery patients. Learn more on Instagram (@level_up_bariatrics).

In today's fast-paced world, finding time to sit down and enjoy a proper meal can often feel like a luxury. For those who have undergone bariatric surgery, maintaining proper nutrition becomes even more crucial. Enter the realm of smart snacking — a convenient and effective way to ensure you're fueling your body with the nutrients it needs, even on the busiest of days.

Some of the key topics we cover in this article include meal replacement shakes, bariatric diet tips, protein bars for bariatric patients, and B12 foods.

1) Post-surgery snacking.

After WLS, snacking takes on a new meaning within the bariatric diet. With smaller stomach capacities and a focus on nutrient-dense foods, every bite counts towards meeting daily nutritional requirements. But with hectic schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, reaching for convenient yet unhealthy snacks can be tempting. This is where making smarter snack choices becomes essential.

2) Meal replacement shakes.

One popular option for post-WLS snacking is meal replacement shakes. Shakes provide a convenient way to get essential nutrients in a quick and easy format. Packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, meal replacement shakes can help bridge the gap between meals without compromising on nutrition. They're especially beneficial for bariatric patients who may struggle to consume enough food in one sitting.

3) Protein bars.

Similarly, protein bars tailored for bariatric patients offer a portable and satisfying snack option. These bars are formulated to provide the protein needed for muscle repair and maintenance, which is crucial after bariatric surgery. Plus, they come in a variety of flavors, making it easier to find one that suits your taste preferences.

4) What about B12?

Another important consideration after WLS is ensuring adequate intake of vitamins and minerals. Bariatric patients often require supplementation to prevent deficiencies, with Vitamin B12 being particularly important. When incorporating B12-rich foods into your bariatric diet. Opt for foods like lean meats, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals to boost your B12 intake.

5) Make it easy.

But what about fitting all of these essential vitamins and minerals into your busy schedule? This is where once-a-day caplets, such as The Step Up® by BariMelts, can be a game-changer. The Step Up® is a once-daily bariatric caplet that meets ASMBS guidelines and is specially designed for post-bariatric patients looking to transition from pills, capsules, or soft chews.

These convenient supplements provide a comprehensive blend of vitamins and minerals in a single dose, making it easier than ever to ensure you're meeting your nutritional needs. Whether you're rushing out the door in the morning or juggling a hectic workday, The Step Up® can help you stay on track with your supplementation regimen.

In conclusion, smart snacking is essential for bariatric patients navigating busy lives. By opting for nutrient-dense options like meal replacement shakes and protein bars, you can fuel your body with the nutrients it needs without sacrificing convenience. And with the help of once-a-day caplets like The Step Up®, you can ensure you're getting all the vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health. So next time you're tempted to reach for a less-than-healthy snack, remember that smart choices can make all the difference in your post-WLS journey.

BariMelts provides general recommendations, not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor.

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