Healthy Snack Choices After Bariatric Surgery

October 31, 2018 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Diet Bariatric Surgery

Heathy foods to eat after bariatric surgeryThere are different types of bariatric surgery procedures that help you lose weight. After undergoing surgery, you diet will change to help promote lasting weight loss. We have helped countless people in Tijuana, MX and San Diego, CA thanks to effective bariatric surgery and sound post-op advice on diet, exercise, and wellness. This is particularly important regarding diet since patients must change the way they eat and how they think about food.

Dr. Liza María Pompa González and the LIMARP® team would like to share some tips for healthy snacking after you have undergone weight loss surgery. We can go over these matters in greater detail during the bariatric surgery consultation process.

Some General Guidelines on Healthy Eating

When it comes to snacking between meals, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Here are some general tips to consider:

  • Focus on Protein - Protein will be your primary source of energy in your diet, so keep focusing on getting enough protein each day. You’ll want to get between 60g to 80g of protein on an average day.
  • Avoid Carbs - Carbs are calorie bombs and are going to take up a lot of space in your stomach. Limit your carb intake each day, especially while snacking.
  • Chew Thoroughly - Always chew your food thoroughly and eat slowly. This will help limit calorie intake and ensure you will not face digestive issues after you snack.
  • Drink Water Between Meals - Stay hydrated through the day by having water when you are not snacking or having full meals.

Carrots and Hummus

Carrots and hummus are an excellent combination of nutritious and delicious. The carrots are a nice source of fiber and packed with vitamins, and the hummus provides protein and nice flavor.

Peanut Butter and Nuts

If you need a quick injection of energy while you’re having a snack, a spoonful of peanut butter or a handful of nuts will do the trick. They’re packed with protein and a great source of energy.

Eggs

A hardboiled egg or two can really hit the spot in the afternoon or morning. Scrambled eggs in the morning may also be what you need to help get on with your day.

Beans

Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber, and you have a lot of variety when it comes to the kinds of beans to prepare, how to prepare them, and how they can be paired with other foods.

Lentils

Like beans, lentils offer plenty of options for preparation and serving. One option to consider is to have some lentil soup ready in the fridge or in cans that can be heated and eaten when you’re feeling a little hungry.

A Little Bit of Meat and Cheese

Meat and cheese are always a fine combo. Cut out the bread and you have a great deconstructed sandwich. Be sure to go for lean meats when possible, and to go easy on the cheese.

Fruits to Consider

Fruits are an excellent option for snacking. Some great fruits to consider when you’re feeling hungry include:

  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Bananas (try it with some peanut butter)
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears

Vegetables to Consider

Vegetables are also great for snacking. Consider these vegetables when you feel hungry:

  • Bell peppers
  • Brocoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber slices
  • Green beans
  • Spinach

You may want to cook more fibrous vegetables if you notice they give you trouble while digesting.

Yogurt

A little bit of yogurt can really hit the spot. Pairing that yogurt with some of the fruit listed above could keep you feeling full for a few hours.

Cottage Cheese

Like yogurt, cottage cheese is a great snacking option. You can add some fruit to your cottage cheese for a nice nutritious meal that’s well-balanced.

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

To learn more about bariatric surgery diet needs and how you can stay healthy for years to come, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery experts. The LIMARP® team is here to help. You can call our practice in Tijuana at (664) 686-2542, and our office in San Diego at (619) 577-4981.

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