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Post Bariatric Surgery Smoothies !

Post Bariatric Surgery Smoothies !

Pre and Post bariatric surgery, you will be required to drink protein shakes and they will make up a big part of your nutritional regimen for the first few months.  Please take a moment to pack your shakes with ingredients that will give you the biggest nutritional bang for your buck.  There are so many opportunities to feed your body post surgery in a very nutritious way.  This also ensures quicker healing and excellent weight loss results.   Instead of buying those pre-made shakes, grab your blender and take it up a notch.  You can make some delicious, healthy, smoothies to guarantee you are giving your body what it requires.  As far as equipment goes, all you need is your magic bullet or blender.

Rules to Follow:  Add an ingredient from each of the categories below to invent your delicious and nutritious smoothies.  Blend until smooth.  Take your time and enjoy your smoothie one sip at a time.  If you cannot drink it in one sitting, then cover it and place it in the fridge to come back to in a few hours.  Consume within 24 hours please.  Get creative !

Main Ingredient :  Protein Powder !  Add one serving of high quality protein powder to the blender.  We recommend using plant proteins for better digestion post surgery.  Regular protein powders contain dairy (whey protein) and can cause gas and bloating.  Here is an excellent high quality powder for bariatric patients:  Plant Protein

Fruit !  Berries are my favorite as they are packed with nutrients, low sugar and high fiber.  Add a handful of fresh or frozen berries to your smoothie.  Stay away from canned fruits that have added sugars.

Milks:  Today we have so many options … I suggest mixing your smoothie with no sugar added almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or any one of your favorites.  Don’t use “low fat” milk please because when the fat is removed, there are sugars and chemicals added to make it taste better. 

Spice it up:  Now is the time to get creative !  Spice is not only fun but it’s also adds nutritional benefits.  Play with different flavors such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or allspice. 

Sweeten up:  use Stevia or monk fruit to add some additional sweetness to your smoothie.

Added Fiber !  post surgery some clients experience constipation.  To help keep things “moving along” – add a teaspoon of chia seed or ground flax seed to your smoothie. 

Here are some yummy smoothie recipes to try.  There are so many options to choose from.  Get creative and have fun with your blender !

Yummy Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
  • one scoop of protein powder
  • one cup of chocolate soy milk
  • 1/2 a banana
  • one tablespoon of natural peanut butter
  • ice cubes

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Super Berry Smoothie
  • one scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 a cup of frozen berries
  • 1/2 a cup of greek yogurt
  • one cup of almond milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • ice cubes

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Super Peachy Smoothie
  • one scoop of protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cashew or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

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About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery patients for 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

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