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6 High-Protein Recipes for Bariatric Patients

Has it been difficult for you to eat enough protein after bariatric surgery? If so, you’re not alone!

While most postoperative patients understand the importance of consuming enough protein each day, one of the most common questions asked is, “how am I supposed to eat that much protein?”

Protein intake recommendations after bariatric surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the largest nonprofit medical organisation dedicated to metabolic and bariatric surgery and obesity-related diseases and conditions,1 indicates that the daily recommended intake for protein after bariatric surgery varies based on several factors including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Surgery type
  • Activity level

Most patients are instructed to consume up to 120 grams of protein per day after surgery—for the rest of their lives!

Some studies indicate that even higher levels of protein are optimal in preserving lean muscle mass and preventing weight regain after bariatric surgery.2

Additionally, research indicates that many patients do not get enough protein on a daily basis, even long after their surgery was performed.3

Lack of adequate protein can lead to a protein deficiency, unfavorable body composition changes (more muscle mass loss than desired, and an increase in fat mass), and lack of energy.

Protein also plays a role in satiety, or satisfaction between meals, which is why it’s important to include at least 20 grams of protein with each meal.

An easy trick for increasing protein intake is to add protein powder to some of your favourite meals. Below are a few popular and delicious recipes created for bariatric patients, to help increase your daily protein intake. Enjoy!

#1 Bariatric Breakfast—Protein Pancakes

Bariatric vanilla protein low carbohydrate pancakes recipe

Ingredients

  • Yields: Four 4 pancakes
  • Serving size: 2 pancakes
  • 2 scoops BariNutrics Vanilla Protein
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk, milk, or water
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Directions

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine first three ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, beat eggs and add milk.
  3. Add eggs and milk mixture to dry ingredients and mix until completely combined.
  4. Heat skillet or electric fry pan to medium.
  5. Once hot, add ¼ cup of pancake mix.
  6. Cook on first side for 3 minutes.
  7. Flip and cook 1 additional minute.

#2 Cranberry Oatmeal Energy Snacks

Cranberry oatmeal protein energy snack recipe for bariatric surgery patients

Ingredients

  • Yields: Approximately 16 bars.
  • Serving size: 1-2 bars.
  • 2 scoops BariNutrics Vanilla Protein
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • ⅔ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2/3 cup mixed seeds e.g. sesame, sunflower seeds
  • ⅔ cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  1. Preheat oven to 160°. Grease baking sheet with coconut oil.
  2. In a small bowl, melt coconut oil in microwave for 10 seconds, add honey, and whisk together. (If coconut oil is already melted, warm-up the mixture in the microwave for 10 seconds and then whisk together.)
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, cranberries, pepitas, BariNutrics Vanilla Protein, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.
  4. Next, add beaten eggs, applesauce, and coconut oil and honey mixture. Combine well with large wooden spoon.
  5. Drop ⅛ cup sized scoops onto baking sheet. Form into a circle and flatten slightly, or divide dough into two greased loaf pans.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

#3 Green Smoothie to Make You Glow

Green avocado spinach smoothie recipe for bariatric surgery patients

Ingredients

  • Yields: 1 delicious smoothie
  • 1-2 scoops BariNutrics Vanilla Protein
  • ½ small avocado, pitted and peeled
  • ½ cup spinach, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup parsley, fresh
  • Small lime, juiced
  • 175 mL water (or liquid of choice: milk, almond milk, soy milk)
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Directions

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  1. Add all ingredients (except ice) to a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth; pour over ice.

#4 Atomic Mocha Espresso Shot

Coconut oil chocolate protein smoothie recipe for bariatric surgery patients

Ingredients

  • Yields: 1 energy drink
  • 180ml of double shot espresso (long black)
  • 2 teaspoons of butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 scoops (1 serve) BariNutrics Dairy Free Chocolate Protein
  • 12 ice cubes

Directions

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  1. Pour the coffee, butter and coconut oil in to a blender and whiz for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice to the blender and bring this to a ‘slushy’ consistency.
  3. Pour in to a tall glass.
  4. Mix the Chocolate Protein with 150ml cold water and pour over the coffee-ice mixture. Stir through briefly.

#5 Berry-licious Chia Protein Smoothie

Berry chia banana protein smoothie recipe for bariatric surgery patients

Ingredients

  • Yields: 1 berry-liscious smoothie
  • 1 serve BariNutrics Vanilla Protein or Dairy Free Chocolate Protein
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup mixed berries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Ice (optional)
  • Cinnamon powder (optional)
  • Vanilla extract (optional)

Directions

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a cup and consume.

#6 Choc-Protein Fudge Brownies

Choc-Protein Fudge Brownies recipe

Ingredients

  • Yields: 9-12 brownies.
  • 1 cup overripe mashed banana
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter of choice (natural peanut butter is a healthier choice)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop BariNutrics Dairy Free Chocolate Protein
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave, OR additional banana
  • optional mini chocolate chips, crushed walnuts, etc.

Directions

  • Prep Time: 10 mins + cooking time.
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  2. If using a natural nut butter gently warm it until it becomes smooth and easy to stir.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir until completely smooth, and then spread into square, greased pan.
  4. Bake on the centre rack for 20-25 minutes (the less time you cook them for, the fudgier they will be) – they will be undercooked when you take them out.
  5. Cool them in the pan, then loosely cover with a paper towel and place in the fridge overnight, to help keep them firm yet retain the moisture.
  6. Take the brownie mixtures from the fridge the next day and cut into roughly 9 – 12 brownies.
  7. Once cut, the brownies can either be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to a month.

References:

  1. Allis L, et al. Surg for Obes and Related Dis. 2008; 4: S73-S108
  2. Schiavo et al. Obes Surg. 2017; 27(4):881-888.
  3. Andreu A et al. Protein intake, body composition, and protein status following bariatric surgery. Obes Surg. 2010; 20(11):1509-15.