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).
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.
Who doesn’t love tacos? Even gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients can enjoy Taco Tuesdays or tacos on any day of the week! While the tacos might look a little different, high protein, low carb tacos can be served and eaten in a variety of creative and delicious ways.
Hamburgers are ubiquitous in American cuisine. From $1 fast food burgers to the $5000 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.
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.
High protein dinners that you can cook in one pan are perfect for weeknights. Fewer dishes mean less cleanup. That means you have more time for things like work, family time, exercise, and other important things. Keeping the protein high and the carbohydrates low is the ideal way to maximize weight loss after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band surgery.
Whether you are at home, at work, or on the go this high protein gastric sleeve friendly lunch will be both delicious and good for you. Packed with tuna, avocado, lemon juice, and spices, you can whip this Tuna Avocado Smash Up together in under 5 minutes.
Technically it doesn’t have to be a ‘breakfast burrito.’ You can eat it any time of the day and it’s still delicious. We call it a breakfast burrito because it’s filled with eggs, but you could add fillings or toppings to make it seem more like lunch or dinner. These kinds of recipes are great because you can make them different each time and keep coming up with flavor combinations that add variety to your weight loss diet.