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Protein is Priority

  • Protein is PriorityThe minimum goal is 60 grams of protein for-women/70 grams for men per day.
  • You will, most likely, need a protein supplement for the first 2-3 months, and possibly forever if your on a strenuous exercise program.
  • This amount of protein is required to prevent protein energy malnutrition.
  • The amount of protein necessary for each individual will increase as the exercise programs increase.
  • The Dietitian will reassess your actual protein needs based on your actual height, weight, and exercise program at your first month appointment.
  • Make sure you tell the secretary to schedule an appointment with the Dietitian when making an appointment with the Surgeon, otherwise they will not schedule you.

Lack of Protein Causes

  • Protein Energy Malnutrition: This occurs when the protein storage depletes. The signs are fatigue, feeling lethargic large amounts of hair loss, and fluid in the lower legs and feet (edema).
  • Muscle Wasting: Muscle weakness.
  • Fatigue/Lethargy: Patient becomes very tired and has no energy to do daily tasks.
  • Delayed Healing: Slow healing from post-surgical wounds.
  • Death: Without ample protein the organs where protein is stored eventually stop functioning.

Protein Shake Recipes


For days 4 to 14 after surgery, do not add fruit to allow healing of your new pouch. Keep things simple by mixing your protein powders with low-fat milk or unsweetened non-dairy beverages. After this time period, you can start to get more creative by adding flavors and fruit. You might also try these recipes during pre-op to help lose weight.


CINNAMON MOCHA SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
1 cup of 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
¼ packet of no sugar added-chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast, sugar free cocoa, or 1 tbsp. of sugar free Hershey syrup
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. decaffeinated instant coffee

DREAM CREAM PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ cup of orange Gatorade or orange Crystal Light
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
¼ packet of no sugar added- vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 tsp. orange flavoring (optional)

BANANA SPLIT PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ packet of no sugar added- vanilla or chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast
⅓ banana
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, Rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
2 cubes of fresh pineapple or 1 slice canned pineapple in its own juice
1-2 strawberries fresh or frozen
2-3 ice cubes

CHOCOLATE MOCHA MINT PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ packet of no sugar added- chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 tsp. instant decaffeinated coffee
2 drops of peppermint extract
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, Rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
2-3 ice cubes

KEY LIME PIE PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ packet of no sugar added- vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
1-2 tsp lime juice
1 graham cracker (~2-3 small squares)
2-3 ice cubes
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, Rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk

STRAWBERRY BANANA FROST MILK SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ packet of no sugar added- strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast
¼ banana and 1-2 fresh or frozen strawberries
2-3 ice cubes
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, Rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk

EGGNOG PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ packet of no sugar added-vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
½ tsp. allspice
1 graham cracker (~2 small squares)
2-3 ice cubes
1 tbsp. sugar-free vanilla Coffee Mate creamer
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk

TROPICAL FRUIT BREEZE PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ packet of no sugar added-strawberry Carnation Instant Breakfast
~2 slices of frozen peaches
2 chunks of fresh pineapple
2-3 ice cubes
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk

PROTEIN FRUIT SMOOTHIE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
½ cup low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt
2 fresh or frozen strawberries or any other fresh or frozen berries
½ banana
2-3 ice cubes
¼ cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
1 packet Splenda or any other sugar substitute desired

HAZELNUT MOCHA CAPPUCCINO SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼ packet of both vanilla and no sugar added-chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, Rice, or Soy milk
3-4 drops of Hazelnut mocha sugar-free flavoring by Bariatric Advantage products or sugar free flavorings from Starbucks or Torani
2 tsp. of decaffeinated instant coffee
2-3 ice cubes

VICKI'S BREAKFAST SHAKE

12 oz can Strawberry Pure Protein Drink - Strawberry
4 oz plain Greek-style yogurt
2 scoops of unflavored protein powder
½ cup walnuts
2 Tablespoons spoon of ground flax seed
½ banana
½ cup of strawberries (or whatever fresh fruit is available)
1 cup of ice
(makes 3 shakes)

SNICKERS BAR MOCHA PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
½ cup cold decaffeinated coffee
½ cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
3-4 drops of sugar-free caramel flavoring from Starbucks
¼ packet of no sugar added-chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast
2-3 ice cubes
1 tsp. butternut flavoring extract

BUTTERMILK FRUIT SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
1 cup buttermilk
3 Tbsp frozen fruit
1tsp vanilla flavoring extract
1 packet of Splenda or any other sugar substitute

BOYSENBERRY SMOOTHIE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
2-3 fresh or frozen boysenberries
1 cup plain or vanilla low-fat yogurt
3 tbsp 100% apple juice
2-3 ice cubes

FROZEN FRUIT GLAZE PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
¼-½ packet of no sugar added-vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast
½ cup water
½ cup 10 calorie or less orange drink (like sugar free Hawaiian punch)
⅓ banana
2-3 frozen or fresh strawberries
2-3 ice cubes

PEANUTBUTTER AND BANANA PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
1 cup 1%, skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
1 tbsp. natural peanut butter (check ingredients for added sugar)
½ banana

CHOCOLATE CHERRY PROTEIN SHAKE

1-2 scoops of protein powder
1 tsp of sugar free Hershey syrup or cocoa powder
1 cup of skim, Lactaid, rice, or unsweetened almond or soy milk
¼ cup of frozen black cherries

TAMMIE’S MIXED BERRY BLEND

2 scoops of Body fortress Vanilla flavor (or your favorite brand) powder
1 cup of ice
1 pack of sugar free Hawaiian Punch (Lemon Berry Squeeze)
¼ cup of mixed berry blend frozen fruit
1 slice of pineapple
½ of banana
¾ -1 cup of water
(makes 2 smoothies – one for now, one for later!)

Important Protein Shake Notes:
  • After mixing protein shakes leave on the counter for 30-60 minutes until air has decreased to prevent gas and bloating.
  • Other flavorings that can be used in place of sugar-free or no sugar added Carnation Instant Breakfast are: sugar-free cocoa, sugar-free coffee mate creamers, sugar free Hershey’s syrup, sugar-free Starbucks and grocery store brand flavorings, baking extracts, sugar-free Quick. Also look for sugar free Torani syrups at World Market as well as some Walmarts or Sam’s Clubs.
  • If shakes are too thick or not thick enough to your liking add or take away milk.
  • Add 1 or 2 scoops of protein powder to low-fat milk mix up so that there are no lumps then add to hot low-fat creamy soup (made with low-fat milk instead of cream).  Treat as if you’re mixing cornstarch and gravy.  Get the mixture smooth before adding it to the rest of the hot soup or you will have lumpy soup.
  • It can be mixed into Farina hot cereal or old fashioned oatmeal. 
  • Add 1-2 scoop of protein powder to low-fat milk and mix well until no lumps then mix into a sugar free pudding mix.
  • You can also use Crystal Light, ice cubes, fresh fruit, and tasteless protein powder and puree for a fruit slushy.
  • You can also make popsicles out of the protein powder and Crystal Light or any other 10-calorie per serving fluid.  Mix it in a blender and put the fluid in a popsicle tray and freeze.