During your weight loss journey, it is important to maintain a certain number of nutrients within the body. The best way to add more nutrients is to create healthy smoothies with extra boosts of protein and antioxidants to help you on your weight loss journey.
What are “healthy smoothies”?
They can be anything you want them to be. The purpose of a smoothie is to combine healthy foods that are full of vitamins, and nutrients blend them as a drink to enhance the flavor and provide you with all essential nutrients. After bariatric surgery, you have to be more aware of what exactly you’re putting into your body. By creating healthy smoothies, you bring natural vitamins and minerals into your body and you know what you're eating.
Protein shakes by itself provides enough nutrients to replace a full meal if need be. This allows you to feel full and restrains you from eating more because the protein fills you. The amount of protein within the shake also helps repair and develop muscles, especially after a workout. This avoids the loss of muscle during the weight loss process. According to the USDA, protein also helps build repair skin, blood, bones, and cartilage.
Is a protein shake enough?
It can be but adding extra nutrients to them can’t bring any harm. Most of the protein shakes contain the necessary amount of protein, nutrients, and calories to sustain hunger and prevent snacking on unhealthy substances. But after a while, the same old flavor of shakes can be a little boring, luckily by adding natural sources of antioxidants your drink will be more flavorful while it helps the immune system too.
What kind of things can I put into a smoothie?
It all depends on your stage of recovery after weight loss surgery. Doctors will keep you on a strict diet until your newly constructed stomach is healed enough to tolerate more solid foods. Once your health professional gives you the “okay” you can put most of your favorite fruits or soft veggies into your protein shake.
Luckily for you, we do sell instant shake and pudding mixes that you can combine with your favorite fruits to create a concoction that will make dieting easy. Some great fruits you can combine with our delicious smoothies include avocado, berries, melons, and peaches. Here is a list of some fruits that are bariatric friendly and taste good too:
Berries: Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, and Blue Berries
Melons: Cantaloupe, Honeydew
Citrus: Oranges, Tangerines, Grapefruit
Unfortunately, not all fruits should be added to your smoothies, there are some fruits that naturally have a high sugar content and could cause dumping syndrome. Fruits to avoid include dried fruits, pineapple, bananas, watermelon, pomegranates, and pears.
Once you’ve spoken with your doctor, they will have recommended the types of vitamins you need to include in your diet plan. Adding a little dose of your needed vitamin to your protein shake or smoothie is a sure way to keep up with their standards. This also makes taking your vitamins a little bit easier. We also sell all essential vitamins needed for the recovery and pre-operative stage of bariatric surgery.
What nutrients do these fruits add to my smoothie?
Depending on the fruit, many health benefits include antioxidants, low carbs, great taste, and other essential vitamins. Antioxidants play a key role in preventing infections and other harmful medical conditions within the body. They are compounds found in fruits and vegetables that prevent damage to our cells due to free radicals or bacteria. Fruits also have naturally occurring vitamins within them that can help your body function normally.
What happens if I add surgery fruits or substances to my smoothie?
As mentioned you risk contracting “Dumping Syndrome”. According to MayoClinic, it is when sugary or fatty substances move into your small bowel quickly. You can tell if you have this condition when after eating sugary foods, you feel abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. This can occur between ten minutes to three hours after eating something sugary or fatty.You may want to consult with your doctor if you often have these symptoms. Try avoiding purchasing fruits with any added sugar.
What other benefits come with a healthy protein smoothie?
Not only do they taste great but also promote overall health. After bariatric surgery pureed foods in smoothies can aid digestion. This is important in the recovery stage of weight loss surgery when the stomach can only tolerate certain substances. With our products combined with your favorite fruits, your cravings can be sustained longer while filling you with healthy and nutritious substances.
Healthy smoothies, depending what other nutrients you add, can act as detox as well. Detoxing removes the toxins that collect in our system. Detoxing removes potentially harmful substances like pesticides, air pollutants, unrecognizable processed food ingredients, and other metals that you were exposed to. These toxins enter our body when we ingested things like fast food or from our environment.
Enhancing your lifestyle with protein and healthy smoothies will also enhance the lifestyle of the people around you. If you are a parent, you will know that what you’re eating, your family is eating. Improving your health will improve the health of your loved ones. Getting children on board with eating healthy at a young age is a sure way to prevent childhood obesity and other weight-related issues in the future. Luckily when you give a kid a fruit smoothie, they enjoy the sweet taste so much they don’t recognize its as healthy.
You can have a smoothie any time of day. It is easy to prepare if there is a blender on hand and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. With added nutrients from fruits mixed with the protein from one of our shakes, you will have the energy you need to conquer your weight loss goals. With more nutrients added to your diet, you will notice a difference in the mechanics of your body.
Here are some healthy protein smoothies that we believe can help you with your weight loss journey. We’ve combined some of our personal and fan favorites for you to try for yourself at home.
Tootsie Roll Smoothie
Try this recipe for a deliciously indulgent tootsie roll smoothie and get the cold drink that even your kids will love. This is every chocolate lover’s dream, and it’s great for helping you stay on track with your diet.
- 1 packet Chocolate Shake Mix
- 6 oz Diet Orange Soda
- 1 tsp Rum Extract
- 4 large ice cubes
- Mix all ingredients in a blender.
Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
This smoothie will make your sweet tooth sing! Try this to your bland vanilla smoothie to spice it up to keep you on track with your diet.
- 1 packet Vanilla ProtiWise Shake Mix
- 1/4 tbsp. of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
- ½ tsp butter-flavor extract
- One handful of ice
- 1 cup of water
- Mix all ingredients in a blender.
Morning Protein Smoothie
Combine the great taste of your favorite warm cup cappuccino, so you can start the morning with an extra kick.
- 1 packet of NutriWise Vanilla Cappuccino
- 1 tsp. of decaf instant coffee
- 1/4 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of hot water
- Blend all four ingredients until smooth
- Serve and enjoy!
These are only some example recipes you can use. We highly recommend you browse our products to find the ideal flavor you want. You can always use our products to make your own version of a healthy smoothie to enjoy with friends and family.