Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Be sure you are receiving the proper nutrients when you sit down to begin your day! Especially if you are preparing for or recovering from weight loss surgery.
Always Be Careful What You Eat
As some of you know by now, you cannot eat the same way as before. In order to achieve your weight loss goals, you have to limit or omit certain foods from your diet. If you are pre-op or just recently undergone surgery, you have a certain diet to follow.
Breakfast Food No-No’s
No more grains should be in your diet. If you are recovering from surgery, you should stay away from bread and grain-based cereal for some time. Grains and other hard to digest foods can stretch or damage newly constructed sleeves. Be sure to discuss with your doctor on when it is okay to begin eating small portions of healthy grains.
No Deep-Fried Breakfast Foods
Anything deep-fried and smothered in butter may sound delicious to the ear, but to the stomach, it can definitely do some damage. This can be hard for those who are transitioning out of their bad habits, but with the proper motivation and meal planning, you can succeed.
Though this is America’s number one source of anti-oxidants, it is recommended for patients to stay away from it for some time. According to laparoscopic.MD, “Coffee can induce dyspepsia and indigestion. Coffee, directly and indirectly, activates the cells of the stomach to secrete their hormones including signals to increase acid levels.” Be sure to talk with your healthcare professional to see when it is okay to drink coffee.
Soft foods are a bariatric patient’s go-to, it is easy to digest and simple to create. In some cases, you may not even need a blender on hand. With our Bariatric Lifestyle Smoothies, you simply add water, mix and enjoy. You don’t have to wake the whole household with a loud electrical blender.
Protein is your best friend during your weight loss journey, why not have a tasty variety of it. Omelets and scrambled eggs can be boring after a while, but we have a solution to this bland problem. Here at Bariatric Lifestyle Diet, we have select flavors Omelet mixes you can add to your eggs in the morning. Add some spice to your breakfast dish with our delicious flavors.
This soft food, though a grain, has been given the green light from many bariatric surgeons across the country. We offer a variety of flavors you can try to keep your breakfast exciting and tasty. Easy to make, no cooking hassle, just add water or a milk alternative and you will enjoy every bite.
Or if you need something with a crunch but half the calories we also have diet-friendly breakfast protein cereals. Add fat-free, skim or a milk alternative and enjoy a delicious cold breakfast.
Here are some recipes we thought you might enjoy as a wholesome breakfast meal:
Double Chocolate Breakfast Treat
Combine the goodness of two of your favorite breakfast option and make one mega indulgent breakfast treat. The apple cinnamon oatmeal in this recipe mixes with the delicious dark chocolate pudding mix and your choice of protein bar to make an exclusive oatmeal treat with a multitude of delicious flavors - all within only 230 low calories!
1 packet Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 packet Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix
4 oz. water
3 oz. skim milk or water
Optional: 1 of your favorite nutritional bar, chopped
- Prepare Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal as directed on package
- In a separate bowl, mix pudding with skim milk or water
- Combine the pudding mix and prepared Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal and mix thoroughly.
- Optional: Sprinkle with your favorite nutritional bar
A simple and incredibly delicious breakfast, indulgence was never this healthy. With the taste of a delectable ice cream, this parfait combines fresh fruit with creamy yogurts and a crunchy protein bar - packing high protein and healthy nutrients, sure to fill you up and make you counting down until your next breakfast.
1 crunch bar (pick your favorite; Greek Yogurt, Chocolate, Fudge & Graham or Cinnamon)
1/2 cup Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
1/2 cup plain, fat-free yogurt
Rinse and drain berries and pat dry.
- Cut bar in half (save half away for a mid-morning snack). Cut the remaining half into small, bite-size chunks.
- Using a glass bowl or cup, place 1/4 of the cup up crunch bar on the bottom and layer 3/4 of the berries on top.
- Spoon the yogurt on top of the layers. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 bar on top of the yogurt and garnish with remaining 1/4 of the berries.
Or look at our National Pancake Day post for more breakfast recipes you can add to your menu.