Food Highlight: Fennel
Do you use fennel? If not, it’s probably one of the vegetables you’ve seen at the grocery store and walked past without really knowing what it was or how to use it.
Build a Better Burger for Bariatric Patients
Burgers (whether they are turkey burgers or lean beef burgers) make a great 'go-to' meal for bariatric patients who have advanced to the regular textured protein stage (see Dr. Shillingford’s Post-Op Diet here or consult your bariatric surgeon).
Do You Use a Pressure Cooker for Bariatric Cooking? If Not, You Should Try It
You can make meats, stews, soups, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, steamed vegetables, and literally hundreds of other ideas. But for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients, it’s two main benefits are: that it’s fast and the meat comes out tender. Well, OK, the third benefit is that the hard boiled eggs consistently have easy to peel shells.
Bariatric Friendly Sausage and Cauliflower Casserole
Cauliflower has become a staple for many households in recent years, especially among those who have had bariatric surgery. If you buy fresh cauliflower by the head or in a bag, you may find that you have a lot of leftover florets on your hands. While cauliflower florets are great raw, having recipes on hand to use up leftover steamed cauliflower is a great way to clear out your fridge and make low carbohydrate recipes that you can have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Full-time Favorite: Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Fall is a great time to add pumpkin to your diet. While canned pumpkin is available all year round, seeing fresh pumpkins in the stores and as decorations can really put us in the mood for pumpkin flavor. For most people, they think of pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, or pumpkin chai lattes. But for bariatric surgery patients, pumpkin is best incorporated into protein-rich meal.
Five Tips for Cooking Fish
Many of Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients report difficulty with previously favorite proteins (like chicken and eggs) after their weight loss surgery. But as the saying goes, when one door closes another opens. Many bariatric patients report fish as an animal protein that they do tolerate well after their surgery. This is often surprising for people as they may not even have liked fish prior to their surgery.
Burger Ideas for Gastric Sleeve Patients
Burgers (whether they are turkey burgers or lean beef burgers) make a great ‘go to’ meal for gastric sleeve patients. Burgers are packed with protein, can be made small to accommodate the smaller portion size of weight loss surgery patients, they are inexpensive, and quick to make. And best of all, you can vary the toppings to add a variety of flavors to keep your meals interesting.
Broiled Haddock with Lemon and Spices
Fish is often one of the animal proteins most easily tolerated by gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. As such, it should be something bariatric patients try at the appropriate stage after their surgery even if they never really liked fish before.
Shrimp Salad Can Make a Good High Protein Dinner Salad
Summer in Florida can get hot. Sometimes so hot you might think it’s on the Sun. It’s hard to want to prep a hot meal and heat up your house. Salads can be a great option for hot summer night dinners.
Low Carb Southwestern Turkey Skillet
Southwestern flavors are often a big hit. Turkey is a great choice for a southwestern inspired meal as the meat is often bland on its own and the spices add a nice flavor. While tacos are usually eaten with a corn or flour shell or tortilla, those add carbohydrates. Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients can get the taco flavors they love with fewer carbs by making a skillet meal instead.
Bariatric Friendly Steak and Avocado Salad
Summer is a great time to have a salad for dinner. But gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are encouraged to incorporate protein into their meals, so a plain green salad isn’t the best choice. Enter this Steak and Avocado Salad from Tasty. It’s loaded with sirloin steak and hard-boiled eggs for high-quality protein that will help bariatric surgery patients lose weight without compromising muscle. It’s also got avocado for healthy fats and fiber, and tomatoes for vitamins A…
Bariatric Friendly 4 Ingredient Chicken Pesto Bake
Are you looking for a high protein meal that’s bariatric friendly and can be on your table in just over a half hour? Chicken Pesto Bake may be the perfect weeknight meal for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients who easily tolerate chicken.
Easy Weeknight Dinner: Salmon with Lemon and Dill
Salmon is so easy to mix with different flavor profiles that it can be a great protein choice for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients to eat often and never get bored.
National Hamburger Day: Celebrating Bariatric Style!
Hamburgers are ubiquitous in American cuisine. From fast food burgers to the 00 wagyu beef burger splurge found in Las Vegas to everything in between, hamburgers can be found in innumerable iterations to fit everyone’s taste and diet. That can include the diets of gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients following their weight loss diet.
Ideas for How To Use Your Leftover Spinach
Have you ever bought a big bag of fresh spinach and then realized you still have a bunch of left that’s in danger of going bad before you plan to use it? We’ve got some ideas on how to use the spinach by incorporating it into your high protein, low carbohydrate bariatric friendly meals.
What Bariatric Friendly Meals Can I Make With Canned Chicken?
Canned chicken is a staple in most bariatric cupboards. It’s shelf-stable. It’s high in protein. It’s low in fat. And very importantly, it’s got zero carbs. All of these things together make canned chicken a good choice for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients on a weight loss diet and those maintaining their post bariatric surgery weight loss.