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Bariatric-friendly Recipes

Bariatric-friendly Recipes

Bariatric surgery is fast gaining popularity these days. But not many people are aware of healthy recipes that can be used without having the fear of calories. In this HealthHearty article, we shall tell you some amazing recipes for people who have just had a bariatric surgery.
Girija Shinde
Bariatrics is a branch of medicine that helps to prevent and cure obesity. Though one might assume that this branch is relatively new, it is actually 45 years old! Without going into too much detail about bariatric weight loss surgery, in short, it is performed only on the doctor's advice and involves reducing the size of the patient's stomach. There are 2-3 different ways of doing this.

People lose weight rapidly after this surgery, and the diet of an individual after having undergone a bariatric surgery should consist of 3-4 nutritional meals. A bariatric eating plan, right after surgery, generally consists of liquids only.

However, meal plans should be made only under the guidance of a doctor. Here are some recipes that are bariatric-friendly and can be given to the patient when he/she begins consuming solid meals.

Tilapia with Avocado
Ingredients
  • Tilapia or basa fillets, 4 (5-ounce)
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Avocado, peeled with seed removed, 1 medium ripe
  • Garlic powder, ½ tsp
  • Ground cumin, ½ tsp
  • Chili powder, 1 tbsp
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Tabasco sauce, optional
  • Reduced fat mayonnaise, 2 tbsp
  • Garlic cloves, chopped, 3
  • Juice of one lime, about 2 tbsp

Process
  • To make this dish, firstly, spray a skillet with non-stick vegetable spray.
  • Wash the fillets with cold water and dry them with paper towels.
  • Take a small bowl and add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and ½ tsp salt.
  • Spread the mixture over both the sides of the fish.
  • Blend garlic, mayonnaise, avocado, and lime juice in a food processor. After blending for about 10 seconds, add in chicken broth until a thick paste is formed.
  • Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl, and season with Tabasco, pepper, and salt.
  • Now, heat the grill pan over medium heat.
  • Cook the fillets for about 3 minutes on each side until opaque in the center.
  • Serve with sauce on top.

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream
Ingredients
  • Part-skim ricotta cheese, 1 cup
  • Strawberries, hulled and quartered, 16 oz.
  • Honey, 1 tbsp
  • Brown sugar, 1½ tbsp
  • Fresh basil, cut into fine ribbons, 1 tbsp
  • Balsamic vinegar, 3 tbsp
  • Pure vanilla extract, ½ tsp

Process
  • To make balsamic strawberries, stir cheese in the container itself so that the liquid combines with the cheese.
  • Add vanilla, honey, and cheese to a food processor bowl and blend for about 1 minute.
  • Refrigerate the mixture for about 2 hours. Meanwhile, combine sugar and vinegar in a small pan.
  • Stir continuously until sugar is completely dissolved, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • Let it cool down. In a large mixing bowl, mix basil, strawberries, and vinegar mixture.
  • Pour into serving glasses, top with ricotta cream, and serve chilled.

Green Beans with Sauce
Ingredients
  • Green beans, preferably small, cut into 1-inch lengths, ½ pound
  • Natural cashew butter, 2 tbsp
  • Asian sesame oil, 1 tbsp
  • Rice vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • Honey, 2 tsp
  • Organic wheat-free tamari, 1 ½ tsp
  • Grated fresh ginger, 1 tsp

Process
  • To make this easy dish, firstly steam the green beans only until tender.
  • Take a large bowl and combine sesame oil, cashew butter, honey, ginger, vinegar, and tamari.
  • Add the cooked beans to the mixture and toss to coat; you can even stir the mixture.
  • Let the mixture come to room temperature and then serve.

Protein Shake
Ingredients
  • Bananas, 2
  • Milk or water, 2 cups
  • Ice, ½ cup
  • Nutmeg, 1 tsp
  • Protein powder, 1 scoop
  • Honey, 2 tbsp
  • Lecithin, 1 tsp

Process
  • Blend all the ingredients together in a blender, serve chilled.

These were some of the best recipes for you that you can add in your bariatric diet. You can experiment with any of the above recipes; however, make sure you do not add high-calorie ingredients. Instead, add the ingredients that are high in protein and soluble fiber.