3 Healthy Recipes to Up Your Protein Intake
Eating healthfully is essential after bariatric surgery. Your stomach is smaller now, but your body still needs lots of nutrients, so it is important to choose the right foods. One of the most critical concerns for post-bariatric patients is adequate protein intake. Your body needs protein to build muscle and to help you heal after surgery. If you aren’t eating enough protein you can feel fatigued, weak and suffer from muscle pain and hair loss.
Planning meals that are healthy and high in protein can be daunting, but keeping up your protein intake doesn’t have to be a challenge. Check out some recipes that are protein packed, simple, and delicious!
This strawberry smoothie tastes like a decadent milkshake, but is super easy to make and has the protein you need when you’re in the liquid phase of your diet.
It is important to get protein in everything you eat, even snacks! Pair some veggies or baked tortilla chips with a delicious black bean dip to keep up your protein intake.
Get protein power at dinner with zesty white chicken chili!
Check out more bariatric friendly recipes to keep you healthy during your weight loss journey!
- BMI < 20
- BMI 20 - 24.9
- healthy weight
- BMI 25 - 29.9
- BMI 30 - 34.9
- BMI 35 - 39.9
- severe obesity
- BMI 40 - 49.9
- morbid obesity
- BMI > 50
- super morbid obesity
Ingredients: 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese 2 Tbs canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/8 tsp vanilla extract Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Perfect for the fall! Makes 1 serving Appropriate for Pureed Stage Post-Op DietRead More
Ingredients: 1/4 cup raw cashews 2 Tbs olive oil 1/2 small white onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium cauliflower, cut into 2 inch chunks 2 Tbs tahini (sesame paste) salt and pepper to taste Directions: soak raw cashews covered in water for 8hours or over night, then drain well. Heat oil in…Read More
Lemon Herb Chickpeas (recipe adapted from Nutrition Action Healthletter) Ingredients 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice 2 Tbs. plain greek yogurt (fat free or low fat) 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbs. tahini (sesame paste) ¼ tsp. kosher salt 1 15 oz. can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped or 1…Read More