Smoothie addicts! This one is for you.
If you've recently had Bariatric surgery then you're probably familiar with the liquid phase of your post-op diet. It is SUPER important that you follow your diet instructions per your doctor, especially when it comes to getting enough protein.
This may seem hard, especially when you are in the beginner phase and can't really eat solids. But having a diet that is extremely rich in protein is a necessity for weight loss surgery patients! Fortunately, there are many protein shakes and drinks (as well as hot cereals and soups but eventually) that your body can digest which gives you plenty of ways to add protein to your diet.
Before you even have surgery, it is important to familiarize yourself with whey protein powder, particularly powders that contain whey protein isolate. You should also make sure you have a good blender ready for making smoothies, like a Ninja or Vitamix. Here are a few other important ingredients, plus the formula you will need to make the perfect Bariatric Smoothie every time!
Whey Protein Powder: Add one serving of your protein powder, using the measuring scoop provided by the manufacturer.
Your Favorite Fruit: Choose one-half cup of any fruit you like, whether it is fresh, sugar-free frozen, or canned fruit that has been packaged in its own juice. Avoid fruit packed in High Fructose Corn Syrup. Note that frozen fruit delivers the best Bariatric smoothie while fresh or canned fruit will require a little ice.
Your Milk Base: Choose an eight-ounce glass of skim milk, soy milk or almond milk. Next, add ONE of these products from the following list for your protein base:
- 1/3 cup of skim milk powder
- 6 ounces of sugar-free and fat-free yogurt
- 1/2 cup of ricotta or cottage cheese one-third cup of silken tofu
- 1/3 cup of silken tofu
- 2 tablespoons of smooth nut butter
Adding Spice: You can add one-eighth of a teaspoon of any spice, or combination of spices, to your Bariatric smoothie to heighten the flavor. Cinnamon and turmeric are both excellent choices!
Dose of Fiber: Constipation can be an issue for Bariatric patients. Opt for one or two teaspoons of a fiber supplement to your shake for even more health benefits.
***Now if you have a sweet tooth, try not to add in sugar to the smoothie. Instead, consider adding in more sweet fruits or use raw honey as a sweetener to satisfy your craving.
Blend your chosen ingredients in the blender until smooth. This perfect Bariatric smoothie recipe should yield approximately 10 ounces per serving.
Be sure to sip the Bariatric smoothie slowly, as you will probably only drink about half of the formula at a time. Cover any unused Bariatric smoothie leftovers and store it in the refrigerator, opting to drink or toss the rest within the next twenty-four hours.
By choosing one item from each category every time, you will always make the perfect Bariatric smoothie!
Another great benefit of making your own Bariatric smoothies is the money you save rather than purchasing smoothies that are already made. Since you already know what you like and your body needs, all you need to do is create a few really good formulas that your taste buds will love.
Smoothie ingredients are always easy to find and switch up as you please. You can enjoy the endless combinations as you get creative in the kitchen, embracing your new diet and healthier lifestyle!