Pureed Food After Bariatric Surgery:
Discover Delicious Options
Pureed food after bariatric surgery is the gateway
that bridges the gap between liquid sustenance and solid meals. However, as you stand at the precipice of the
mushy, bariatric pureed diet phase, I know exactly what you’re thinking. Puree Foods? Really? That sounds disgusting. Do I
food after bariatric surgery may not sound like a gourmet feast at first, but
trust me, it's a necessary pitstop on your path to greatness.
You don’t have to live on baby food or
blenderize your hamburgers. I shall be your trusty guide, leading you through
this gastronomic odyssey, armed with pro tips and a repertoire of some
mush-tastic menu ideas.
Pureed Foods After Bariatric Surgery:
What to Eat
Let's dive into the world of pureed textures, where everything you eat should be as smooth as applesauce - not a single lump in sight!
Just a quick reminder, though: it's always wise to double-check your surgeon's guidelines, as each practice has its own little particulars.
shakes - ready to drink or homemade, your choice!
- Greek yogurt (nonfat or lowfat, without any
sneaky fruit chunks)
- Cottage cheese (nonfat or lowfat)
- Ricotta cheese (nonfat or lowfat)
- Refried beans (go for the fat-free or
- Pureed bean soups (think lentil, black bean, or
split pea soup)
- Pureed tofu
And don’t forget:
- Pureed egg salad - get
rid of any pesky lumps
- Canned tuna, salmon or chicken, in water, mashed
- Lowfat cream soups + added protein powder
• Mash or blend foods to remove any unwanted lumps.
• Moist foods will be best tolerated: Mix canned tuna, salmon, or chicken with lowfat Greek yogurt or lowfat mayo to add moisture.
- Blended vegetable soups (add protein powder for a protein boost!)
- Tomato juice
- Diet V-8 Splash® or V-8 Juice®
- Puréed vegetables like spinach, carrots, summer squash, butternut squash, or green beans
- Greens (like spinach or arugula) blended into protein drinks - aka "green protein smoothies!"
Use them sparingly, but oh-so-deliciously:
- Mashed avocado/Guacamole (no chunks)
- Lowfat hummus
- Smooth peanut butter or almond butter
(Only when your surgery center gives the green light)
- Unsweetened applesauce
- Pureed fruit - take your pick and blend
- Mashed bananas
- Mashed canned fruit in its own juice (think
peaches, pears, or fruit cocktail)
- Fruit blended in protein shakes. Get
blending and enjoy the delightful journey of the bariatric pureed diet!
(Only when your surgery center gives the green light)
- Cream of wheat
- Cream of rice
- Cooked, blended sweet potatoes (no skin)
Any whole food you can blend (to applesauce consistency) that still tickles your fancy!
Blended chicken or boca burger anyone? No judgment here!
Use Less Often
Enjoy with caution due to low nutritional value:
- Sugar free jello
- Sugar-free pudding
Pureed Diet Post Gastric
Sleeve, Bypass, or Band:
Don’t be scared when you feel full after taking only one
small bite during your first meal after surgery! It’s highly likely.
But don’t worry.
- Within 1-2 weeks you may be able to call
2-4 tablespoons a “meal.”
- By the end of the first month, you may graduate to a
whopping ¼-1/2 cup portion per meal.
But don’t hold me to these amounts! They’re just general guidelines. Everyone
heals and advances differently, so there’s no exact amounts to aim
It’s most important to eat mindfully. The “right” portions will follow.
Puree Diet: Nutrient Goals
- Protein: 60-90 grams daily*
- Fluids: At least 64 ounces daily
*Note: Aim for the minimum protein target of 60 grams daily but
know that it may take 2-3 weeks to actually hit it!
Most of your protein will come from protein shakes on the pureed diet post gastric sleeve, bypass or band. The small amounts of food you can manage simply help ease back into eating and breaks the monotony of the protein drinks.
Don’t expect to meet the protein goal with food alone. You’ll be
lucky if you can achieve even 15-20 grams of protein from food in the very
As You're Able:
- Carbohydrates: 30-60 grams
- Fat: Less than 30 grams
Food After Bariatric Surgery: How
Let’s get real. The pureed diet isn't just
about culinary creativity; it plays a vital role in your recovery.
Remember, your stomach has gone through some major renovations,
and it needs time to heal. Pureed foods are gentle on your new stomach and
allow your stomach to rest.
Usually, the bariatric pureed diet phase lasts 2-4 weeks. Now, I know what
you're thinking, it feels like an eternity. Patience is key, my young
So, buckle up, embrace the pureed wonders, and remember, this
phase is just a temporary pitstop on your journey to greatness!
Bariatric Pureed Diet: What to Avoid
- Whole fruit of any kind - sorry, no biting into that juicy
apple just yet!
- Non-pureed meats,
beans, or cheese - let's keep those chunks at bay for now, shall we?
- Scrambled, fried, or hard-boiled eggs - your omelet dreams
will have to wait a little longer.
- Potatoes, pasta, or rice - these carb-loaded delights need to be
tamed before they enter your pureed paradise.
- Non-pureed soups - no slurping chunky soups just yet.. Keep it
smooth and silky.
- Hard-boiled eggs - they may be too rubbery at the puree diet
- Cookies, cakes, or pastry - the sweet tooth must be tamed, as
these delights are off-limits.
Remember, when in doubt, if it’s not on the list of What to Eat…don’t
eat it! Stick
to the script, my friend, ;)
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