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Post-Surgery Dietary Guidelines: How to Eat a Healthy

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on June 15th, 2018 in Weight Loss

After a weight loss surgery, you will have to follow strict dietary guidelines that are necessary for your recovery. Depending on the type of surgery you have, you might be required to restrict your diet to liquids for several days.

Solid foods will be gradually re-introduced in your diet over the next weeks. It’s essential to get plenty of nutrients after bariatric surgery, so your diet should contain a lot of vitamins and proteins.

The intake of vitamins and nutrients is important because, after the surgery, you will not be able to eat as much as you used to, so the food you consume should be nutritious. The amount of food you will require after a bariatric procedure decreases due to the fact that your stomach has been reduced and satiety is achieved faster.

If you undergo bariatric surgery, the protein and vitamin intake should be carefully considered throughout your life in order to avoid any nutritional deficiencies. You will need to adopt lifelong dietary changes and one of them refers to how often you should eat. Ideally, you should have several small meals a day so that you avoid large quantities of food which can reverse the effects of the surgery. The typical diet recommended after bariatric surgery should contain:

  • enough proteins
  • lots of vitamins and minerals
  • not too much fat or refined sugars
  • specific supplements recommended by your doctor

Furthermore, you should avoid any foods that might irritate the digestive tract. Your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive list of dietary guidelines that should be followed after bariatric surgery. 

Generally, the following foods should be avoided after the surgery:

  • empty calories, food that has little nutritional value and can make you gain back weight such as fast food, pastries, chips, candies
  • fried foods 
  • alcohol that contains many calories and irritates the digestive system
  • foods that are to dry and hard to swallow
  • fatty food which is hardly tolerated after the surgery and can reverse the effect of the procedure because it contains many calories 
  • sugary drinks
  • drinks with caffeine which irritate the digestive tract

The most important vitamins and minerals you should consume after bariatric surgery include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Your doctor or nutritionist will be able to tell you what type of vitamins are recommended in your case based on your specific needs. Right after the surgery, you will have to plan your meals according to your new dietary guidelines. It is quite likely that you will need to take vitamin supplements right after the surgery so that you don’t risk any deficiencies. The supplements intake might be required for the rest of your life based on the type of surgery you had and how your body adapts post surgically.

We want all our patients to be informed and fully aware of the dietary changes they should stick to after bariatric surgery. Therefore, we’ve made up a list of several recipes that are recommended after bariatric surgery. Read on and discover some highly nutritious dishes that you can easily prepare.

An excellent recipe for patients who’ve had sleeve gastrectomy. Red Tai Pumpkin Soup is made with the following ingredients:

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh lemongrass (optional)
  • 13.5 oz can reduced fat coconut milk
  • 15 oz can solid pack pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp red Thai curry paste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lime juice to sharpen
  • chopped fresh coriander to sprinkle

To prepare it, follow the steps below:

  • Spray a large pan with olive oil cooking spray
  • Add the onion, ginger, lemongrass (if used) and cook gently for 10 minutes to soften
  • Stir in the coconut milk, pumpkin, stock, curry paste and salt and pepper to taste, mixing well
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Puree in a blender until smooth
  • Return to the pan to heat through
  • Serve with a little lime juice to sharpen and sprinkle with chopped coriander if desired

Fish is a great source of protein that contains healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids which reduce cholesterol and inflammation.

Keep in mind however that fish may also contain mercury which is dangerous if it builds up in the body. Ask your doctor or nutritionist what type of fish is better and how often you should eat it.

For lemon herb fish, you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 4-oz white fish steaks or fillets (such tilapia)
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 6 thin lemon slices
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 6 parsley sprigs
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

To prepare this dish, follow these steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • Tear aluminum foil into six large squares
  • Brush each square with olive oil
  • Place fish and vegetables in the center of the square
  • Drizzle each steak with some of the wine
  • Put a thyme sprig, a lemon slice, few fennel seeds, and a parsley sprig on each piece of fish
  • Grind pepper over each piece of fish
  • Seal the foil into a packet
  • Place all packets on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes
  • Place a packet on each plate and let each person carefully open it
  • Pour all juices on top of the fish.

This salad’s name was inspired by the Waldorf Hotel in New York. Traditionally, it was an appetizer. It contains vanilla yogurt instead of mayoresses, which automatically reduces the calorie intake. The ingredients you need for this salad are:

  • 3 red apples, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¾ cup light, vanilla yogurt

To prepare this dish, you need to:

  • Sprinkle lemon juice over diced apples to prevent discoloration
  • Combine apples, celery, raisins, and walnuts in a bowl
  • Toss vanilla yogurt with fruit mixture to coat well
  • Makes 12 – ½ cup servings

This is a traditional French recipe which contains a lot of herbs that make it particularly savory.

The ingredients you need for this dish are:

  • 2 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1large onion)
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 cups pared cubed (1/2 - inch) eggplant (about 11/4 pounds)
  • 2 medium-size sweet green peppers cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups thinly sliced zucchini (about 1% pounds)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (about 5 1/2 ounces)
  • 4 medium firm tomatoes (about 1/4 pounds)cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 2 teaspoons leaf basil, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • reduced fat (3/4 pound)
  • Parsley sprigs

And the following steps are necessary in order to prepare it:

  • Brown turkey in a large skillet
  • Transfer to a bowl
  • Pour off drippings from skillet, wipe skillet clean
  • Sauté onion and garlic in butter and oil in the same skillet over medium heat until onion is translucent
  • Add eggplant, green pepper and zucchini
  • Cook, stirring constantly until pepper is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes
  • Lower heat
  • Stir in mushrooms and tomatoes; cook several minutes until mushrooms are tender
  • Stir in turkey, basil, salt and pepper
  • Sprinkle 3/4 cheese over the mixture
  • Pour into a baking dish in preheated hot oven 400 degrees for 15 minutes
  • Cover with remaining cheese and garnish with parsley
  • Make 12 servings

Salmon is generally considered a superfood due to its rich omega 3 content. Moreover, it is an excellent source of protein and amino acids which help manage inflammation in the digestive tract.

However, it is recommended to approach salmon consumption carefully due to its potential mercury contamination.

Choose a reliable source, preferably, wild salmon because this is less likely to contain mercury. For this recipe, you need:

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced (1 cup)
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. hot sauce
  • Salmon and Rub
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 (4 oz.) salmon filets

To prepare this tasty dish, follow these steps:

  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the relish
  • Cover and set aside
  • Preheat an oven broiler. Cover a broiler pan with foil. Coat the foil with olive oil. Set aside
  • In a small bowl, combine the chili rub
  • Place the salmon filets on the prepared broiler pan. Broil the salmon
  • inches from the heat source for 10 to 15 minutes or until desired doneness (fish should flake easily with a fork)
  • Serve the salmon with the pepper relish

This delicious food is easily prepared. If eaten in moderation, and small portions it poses no threat following a bariatric procedure. Here are the ingredients you require:

  • 1 medium raw spaghetti squash (about 2 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic cloves, minced
  • 14 1/2 oz can stewed tomatoes (no salt added) cut up
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

And the directions you should follow:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Halve squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds
  • Place squash, cut sides down, in a large baking dish and prick skin all over with a fork
  • Bake until tender, 30 to 40 minutes
  • Meanwhile, to make the sauce, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium to high heat
  • Add onion and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes
  • Stir in tomatoes and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring often, about 5 minutes or until desired consistency
  • To serve, carefully rake the stringy squash pulp from the skin with a fork, separating it into strands that look like spaghetti
  • Spoon sauce over squash and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Savory Herb Gravy is a healthier alternative to traditional gravy. This recipe will please your palate just the same.

The ingredients you need are:

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Reserved turkey neck and giblets
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 4 parsley sprigs
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 yellow onion, unpeeled and quartered
  • 1 carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Reserved turkey drippings
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Here is how you prepare Savory Herb Gravy:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Add the turkey neck and giblets and brown on all sides (about 5 minutes)
  • Add the water peppercorns, parsley, thyme, onion, carrot, celery and bay leaf and bring to a boil
  • Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour
  • When the liquid has reduced to approximately 2 ½ cups, remove from heat and strain through a colander over a large bowl reserving turkey neck and cooking liquid
  • Throw out the remaining solids
  • Put the liquid in the refrigerator and chill completely
  • Once chilled, skim the fat from the surface and discard
  • Repeat the straining process. This time put the strained liquid in the freezer for 20 minutes
  • Skim the fat from the surface again and discard
  • Place ¼ cup of the cooking liquid in a medium saucepan; add flour and stir with a whisk until smooth
  • Add the remaining liquid and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer until the gravy is slightly thickened
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Roasted Butternut Squash has a low-fat content and contains plenty of dietary fibers. It is ideal as a side dish and it also contains high levels of potassium which boosts the bone’s health and Vitamin B6, which supports the nervous and immune systems.

The ingredients you require are:

  • 3 cups butternut squash or pumpkin (or other winter squash), peeled and cut into 1inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, chipotle, or chili powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried sour cherries, cut in half

To prepare Roasted Butternut Squash, follow these steps:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Toss the squash with the olive oil, salt, smoked paprika, a few grinds of black pepper and turn out onto a baking sheet
  • Roast for 30 minutes, add the cherry pieces and toss to combine;
  • Continue to roast another 20 to 25 minutes until the edges of the squash are brown and caramelized

Pumpkin dishes have a rich content of beta-carotene which means Vitamin A. Although pies are not quite recommended after a weight loss surgery, it is always better to prepare them at home instead of buying them. This way, you avoid hidden fat, calories, and preservatives. The ingredients you need in order to prepare this tasty and nutritious pie are:

  • 1 (15 ounces) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 (14 ounces) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Chopped walnuts (optional)

And the preparation implies the following:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth
  • Place the filling in individual ramekins | Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes
  • Reduce heat to 350 and bake until the filling no longer jiggles and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean
  • Optional: top each ramekin with 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve

Paleo Rice is a smart and healthy alternative to traditional rice dishes that are high in calories. This dish is based on cauliflower as a rice replacement, which is great after a weight loss surgery. Paleo Rice is a nutritious dish with a low calories value. The ingredients you need for this specialty are:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 cups cauliflower, “riced” with a food processor or box grater
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 cups chicken stock

To prepare Paleo Rice, you need to:

  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet
  • Add garlic, onion, celery, peppers and scallions; saute until soft
  • Stir in riced cauliflower, adding thyme, bay leaf, salt, pepper, chili and cumin
  • Add in the chicken stock
  • Allow to simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes or so or until liquid is cooked down
  • Serves 4-6

Oriental Chicken is a healthy alternative to processed chicken-based dishes or convenience foods that contain a lot of calories and have little nutritional value. To prepare Oriental Chicken, you need: 

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into strips
  • 1 cup orange juice, pulp free
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons (or to taste) chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

The steps you should follow are:

  • Whisk all of the ingredients (except the chicken) together until smooth
  • Place chicken strips into a large plastic storage bag and pour the marinade over the chicken
  • Marinate 6 hours or overnight
  • Cook the chicken over medium-high heat in a wok or a non-stick skillet
  • Add fresh veggies as desired

Turkey is a good choice after bariatric surgery because it contains plenty of iron, zinc and potassium and is not rich in fat. Moreover, turkey is also a great source of proteins. The ingredients you need are:

  • ¼ cup spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoons black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons salt (optional)
  • 6-7 pound bone-in whole turkey breast


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the mustard, parsley, thyme, sage, garlic, pepper, salt
  • Gently loosen the turkey skin from the breast with your fingers
  • Evenly message the mustard mixture under the loosened skin
  • Place the turkey in the oven and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees
  • Bake turkey until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees, about 2 to 2 ½ hours
  • Transfer turkey to carving board and cover with foil
  • Let stand 10 minutes to cool
  • Remove and discard skin before slicing
  • Makes 17, 3-ounce servings

Grilled Peach Salad is based on two main ingredients: peach and cottage cheese. The first contains high levels of Vitamin C, while the letter is a rich protein source. The following ingredients are necessary for this recipe:

  • 1 large fresh peach
  • 4 cups torn leaf lettuce
  • 1 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons slivered or sliced almonds
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

And the steps you should follow:

  • Cut peach in half and remove the pit
  • Place on a prepared hot grill, cut side down, for 1 minute or until grill marks appear
  • Turn over and allow skin side contact with grill for about 3 seconds
  • Remove from grill and slice
  • Spread lettuce leaves on a large plate or platter
  • Spoon cottage cheese into the center of the plate
  • Place peach slices around the cottage cheese evenly
  • Sprinkle with sliced almond and vinegar, then serve

This is a bariatric surgery-friendly recipe. It is ideal for weight loss as eggplant is very satiating and has a high content of fibers. Moreover, the white beans are able to reduce cravings and block calorie absorption. The necessary ingredients are:

  • 2 cups dry Great Northern or cannellini beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium eggplant (1 lb) peeled and cut into 3/4 inch chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, preferably 1 red/1 yellow, cut into 3/4 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 chopped fresh basil

And these are the steps you should follow to prepare Mediterranean Eggplant and White Bean Stew:

  • Place dried beans in large bowl; cover completely with water
  • Soak 6 to 8 hours or overnight
  • Drain beans; place in a large pan
  • Cover beans with about 3 cups water; bring to a boil over high heat
  • Reduce heat to low
  • Cover and simmer about 1 hour or until soft
  • Drain; set aside
  • Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat
  • Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes
  • Add eggplant and garlic; cook and stir 5 minutes
  • Stir in tomatoes, bell peppers, oregano and red pepper flakes if desired
  • Cover; simmer 20 minutes over medium-low heat or until vegetables are tender
  • Stir in beans; simmer uncovered 5 minutes
  • Ladle into shallow bowls; top with cheese and basil

This recipe is based on spinach which is a great source of anti-oxidants, minerals, calcium, potassium, zinc and several vitamins (A, C, E, K, B12).

This superfood is recommended after a weight loss surgery as it contains so many important nutrients your body requires. The ingredients you need are:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, cooked, drained well
  • 1 Yz cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

To prepare Crustless Spinach Quiche, follow these directions:

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees
  • Coat a 9-inch pie pan with olive oil
  • In a medium non-stick skillet, heat oil on medium high
  • Add onion and cook 5 minutes or until softened
  • Add spinach and stir 3 more minutes, or until spinach is dry; set aside
  • Sprinkle cheese in pie pan
  • Top with spinach/onion mixture
  • In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites and whole eggs, cottage cheese, cayenne pepper, salt and nutmeg
  • Pour mixture over spinach
  • Bake 30—35 minutes or until set
  • Let stand 5 minutes
  • Cut into wedges and serve
  • Makes 4 servings

Crema Catalana is a delicious dessert that resembles crème brulee. It is creamy and has a crunchy top. It is a healthier alternative to already made desserts you can find in supermarkets and it also allows you to limit the quantity you eat by creating perfect portions served in individual ramekins. The ingredients you require are:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 (3 x 1-inch) strips fresh lemon rind
  • 1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 7 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg yolks

The steps you should follow:

  • Heat milk over medium-high heat in a small heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil)
  • Remove from heat. Add rind and cinnamon; cover and let stand 30 minutes
  • Discard rind and cinnamon
  • Combine 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk
  • Add 1/4 cup milk to sugar mixture, stirring until smooth
  • Return milk mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat 7 minutes or until almost thick, stirring constantly with a whisk
  • Place egg yolks in a small bowl
  • Gradually pour one-third of hot milk mixture into yolks, stirring constantly with a whisk
  • Carefully return yolk mixture to pan
  • Cook over low heat 4 minutes or until a thermometer registers 180°, stirring constantly with a whisk
  • Divide custard evenly among 6 (4-ounce) custard cups; press plastic wrap against the surface of custard
  • Chill at least 4 hours
  • Remove plastic; discard
  • Sprinkle remaining 3 tablespoons sugar evenly over custards
  • Holding a kitchen blowtorch about 2 inches from the top of each custard, heat the sugar, moving the torch back and forth, until sugar is completely melted and caramelized (about 1 minute)
  • Serve immediately or within 1 hour

Chicken & Peanut Curry is a tasty and versatile dish that can successfully replace red meat. Different types of spices may be used to add flavor to this dish. This dish provides a high content of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats while the level of saturated fat remains lower. The ingredients you need are:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1 cups fresh tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts* + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lb. green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into ½-inch pieces

To prepare Chicken & Peanut Curry, you have to:

  • Sauté the onion in the oil in a large skillet until lightly browned, about 3 minutes
  • Stir in the garlic and curry powder and cook for 1 minute
  • Stir in the tomatoes and 2 cups of water and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Stir in the peanuts mixed with olive oil
  • Meanwhile, steam the green beans until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and gently simmer until the meat is cooked through about 5 minutes
  • Stir in the green beans. Season with up to ¾ tsp. salt (optional)

Baked Stuffed Tomato is a great recipe from a nutritional standpoint. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a wonderful antioxidant that decreases the risk of cancer improves heart health, keeps the bones strong and protects against neuronal damage. The ingredients you need for Baked Stuffed Tomato are:

  • 1 fresh large tomato, 3 inches in diameter
  • ½ cup chopped, cooked vegetables (leftovers work well)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded, part-skim milk mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • Dash of fresh chopped garlic

And these are the steps you need to follow in order to prepare this dish:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cut a ¼- inch slice off the top of the tomato and discard
  • Scoop out seeds and flesh
  • In a small bowl, combine vegetables, cheese, basil, and garlic
  • Spoon mixture into the empty tomato cavity and place tomato on a small baking tray or oven-safe dish
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until tomato has softened and cheese has melted

This delicious recipe brings together shrimps and low carb bok choy. The latter is packed with antioxidants that protect the body against different diseases by counteracting free radicals. Sautéed Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake with Shrimp requires the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen large shrimp in shells
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups halved, trimmed baby bok choy (about 1 lb)
  • 2 cups fresh snow pea pods
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

And these are the steps you need to follow during the preparation:

  • Thaw shrimp
  • Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact
  • Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels
  • In a very large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat
  • Add shrimp, mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir 4 minutes or just until shrimp are opaque
  • Carefully add baby bok choy; cook 2 minutes more
  • Add pea pods, soy sauce, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to skillet
  • Cook and stir 1 minute more
  • To serve, top with sesame seeds

Asparagus is a nutritious and flavorous addition to any recipe. It has a low-calorie content and it is rich in Vitamins B6, B9, calcium and folate, elements you require as part of a healthy and balanced diet.

Keep in mind, however, that some people who had lap-band surgery have trouble eating asparagus because this vegetable is highly fibrous.

The ingredients you need for this dish are:

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion, separated into rings
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup chicken broth (see recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sliced unblanched almonds, toasted

To prepare Asparagus with Red Onion and Almonds, follow these directions:

  • Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat
  • Add red onion and cover
  • Cook for five minutes or until the onions are wilted
  • Remove the cover and continue cooking the onions four to five minutes while stirring occasionally
  • Cook until the onion is tender and golden brown
  • Place asparagus and chicken broth in a medium saucepan
  • Cover; bring the liquid to a boil
  • Immediately, reduce heat and simmer 4 minutes
  • Uncover; stir in onions
  • Cook about 2 minutes or until asparagus is crisp but tender and most of the liquid is evaporated
  • Stir in basil, salt, if desired, and pepper
  • Transfer to a serving plate
  • Sprinkle with almonds
  • Makes 4 (1/2 cup) servings

This gluten-free recipe is a healthier alternative to traditional crab cakes. To prepare these deliciously crisp and soft crab cakes you need about 30-40 minutes. It is not only delicious but it is also healthy since the crab meat offers Vitamin E, Zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other precious nutrients. To prepare this savory dish you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound crab meat, preferably lump
  • 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2, finely chopped small onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper and 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 lightly beaten egg,
  • 1/4 cup of creamy greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • hot sauce, only a few dashes
  • 1 finely chopped scallion,
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • the juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs

Prepare it following these steps:

  1. Heat the olive oil, then add the vegetables, salt, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and cook, stirring until the vegetables are softened but not brown (it takes about 3 minutes).
  2. Place the crab, egg, mustard, hot sauce, Greek yogurt, scallion, parsley, lemon juice, and the vegetable mixture with 1/4 cup of the breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl then combine all the ingredients.
  3. Shape the mixture into cakes, cover them and chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Before you start to cook the crab cakes, dredge both sides of each cake in the remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs shaking off the excess. Heat the 2 tbsp of oil and fry the crab cakes until golden brown (it takes about 4-5 minutes).
  5. Serve it with tartar or remoulade sauce.

Having a strong immune system is essential. All ingredients of this soup have powerful immune-boosting properties.

Carrots are high in beta-carotene and other antioxidants. Turmeric, considered by many a super food has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and also stimulates the immune system. The orange juice has a lot of vitamin C and the ginger has powerful antioxidant effects.

To prepare this delicious soup you need the following ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 small yellow or white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 garlic clove, minced
  • 4-5 medium-large size carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 3-4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Optional garnishes: sunflower seeds and greek yogurt

To prepare this absolutely delicious soup you need to do the following:

  • Warm the oil in a large pot.
  • Cook the garlic and the chopped onion, stirring, until these are soft and translucent.
  • Add the carrots, ginger and turmeric to the mixture and stir to combine.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the orange juice and two cups of broth.
  • Add the salt and the pepper.
  • Cover and simmer the mixture for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Puree the soup using a blender, until it is very smooth.
  • You can add extra broth to reach the consistency you prefer.

Poached cod with green beans and green pesto is one of the healthiest and easiest recipes you can try.

Cod is an excellent source of protein, selenium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin B6 and B12. It is also a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Green beans are a great source of vitamin A, B1, B6, magnesium, calcium, potassium, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. This recipe is relatively low in carbs, low in calories, with no added sugar and it is gluten free.


  • 15 oz virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound trimmed green beans,
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 1¼ pounds cod
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup green pesto
  • lemon wedges

Take a skillet and set it over mid-high heat and add the oil, the thinly sliced shallot and the green beans with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook it until the shallot begins to soften.

Season both sides of the cod pieces with salt and pepper, then place it on top of the green beans in the skillet. Add the chicken broth and gently stir the mixture till the cod is cooked through.

Carefully place the cod and green beans on four large plates. Cook the broth uncovered, in five minutes remove from heat and stir in green pesto. Pour the pesto sauce over the fish and beans and serve it with lemon wedges.

This Citrus Shrimp Avocado Salad is light and refreshing, non-spicy and low in oil. Shrimps and avocado are healthy inclusions in your meals. Shrimps are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and extremely low in calories. Avocados are, as well, rich in a multiplicity of nutrients.

Shrimp and avocado have long been known to be one match made in heaven. Add lime juice and fresh ripe tomatoes and you have ingredients that work together beautifully. The whole dish comes together in just about 10 minutes for a summer salad that has a light and fresh flavor and is bursting with color.

The ingredients you need for this salad are:

  • 1 lb. shrimp, cooked and peeled, chopped [1]
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 medium avocado


  • 2 limes, juice of
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs chopped cilantro

[1] You can also use grilled shrimp.

To prepare this salad you need to:

  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients: shrimp, avocado, tomato, and onion.
  • In a shaker jar or a jar with a lid combine the ingredients for the dressing and shake well to combine.
  • Pour dressing over the salad, add cilantro, and gently toss. Taste and adjust salt, and add pepper to taste.

Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are perfect stand-ins for pasta. They can be totally delicious and a great way to eat more vegetables because they can be used hot or cold. Here is a recipe to try for something that's healthy and tasty.

To prepare this vegetable pasta dish you need the following ingredients:

  • 5-6 medium zucchinis (2¼-2½ pounds total), trimmed [1]
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 avocado, ripe
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (packed)
  • ¼ cup shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound wild-caught raw shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined, tails left on if desired

[1] You can also use store-bought zucchini noodles

To prepare it, follow the steps below:

  • For the zucchini noodles: Use a vegetable spiralizer or a vegetable peeler to make noodles or cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands or strips. Stop when you reach the seeds because they will prevent the noodles from holding together. Zoodles hold a lot of water, so it can be useful at this point to sprinkle them with ½ teaspoon salt and let them sit in a colander for 15 to 30 minutes to let water drain out. After letting them sit, gently squeeze out the extra water.
  • For the pesto: Add the ripe avocado, pistachios, basil leaves, lemon juice, pepper and the remaining salt in a food processor bowl. You can also use a blender. Pulse until everything is finely chopped. Add the olive oil and process until smooth.
  • For the shrimp: Add 1 tablespoon oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add shrimp and season to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally until the shrimp are almost cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the zoodles to a large bowl. Stir in avocado pesto and add shrimp. Enjoy!

These are just some of the recipes that ensure a healthy and balanced diet. They are suitable for patients who have gone through a bariatric procedure. It is important, however, to discuss your dietary necessities with your doctor and nutritionist after you’ve had surgery. This way, you will be fully aware of the most appropriate choices for your case. No matter what type of procedure you’ve had, remember that you will need to adopt some life-long dietary changes to maintain a healthy weight. Moderation and balance are key factors in helping you benefit from the surgery’s result in the long run.