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Five Energy-Boosting Ideas for Bariatric Breakfast Meals

Five Energy-Boosting Ideas for Bariatric Breakfast Meals

October 30, 2018

Eating right is an around-the-clock imperative for weight loss patients. Kicking off the morning with a satisfying yet bariatric-friendly breakfast is the best way to lay the foundation for a day of healthy eating. Here’s a closer look at why breakfast matters so much, along with five bariatric breakfast meal ideas for starting the day off right.

Eating right is an around-the-clock imperative for weight loss patients. Kicking off the morning with a satisfying yet bariatric-friendly breakfast is the best way to lay the foundation for a day of healthy eating. Here’s a closer look at why breakfast matters so much, along with five bariatric breakfast meal ideas for starting the day off right.

Why Breakfast is Best

A growing body of evidence attests to the importance of breakfast — not only in terms of fueling the body to last through the day, but also to promote weight loss and weight management.

Says Daniela Jakubowicz, author of a paper linking breakfast with weight loss: “When breakfast is skipped, genes related to weight loss are less expressed, leading to blood sugar spikes that can cause weight gain regardless of what people eat for the remainder of the day. Proper meal timing — such as consuming breakfast before 9:30 a.m. — could lead to an improvement of the metabolism of the body, facilitate weight loss, and delay complications associated with type 2 diabetes and other age-related disorder.”

For bariatric patients looking to maintain weight loss, meanwhile, breakfast is also vital. Research published in The British Journal of Nutrition determines that developing a habit of eating breakfast is “protective against weight regaining.”

Of course, it’s not just any breakfast that matters. The good news? The key to a healthy, appetite-curbing breakfast is also the key to success on a bariatric diet: Protein. According to a report from Australia, “Protein Balance: New Concepts for Protein in Weight Management,” incorporating more protein at breakfast can lead to big payoffs in terms of weight loss.

Says Professor Manny Noakes, “If you find it difficult to control what you eat, a redistribution of protein toward breakfast may be the answer to reducing your waistline without leaving you ravenously hungry and craving unhealthy foods.”

Five Bariatric-Friendly Breakfasts

All of which begs the question: Which breakfasts are the best breakfasts for weight loss patients? These five recipes do the trick.

Bariatric Breakfast Muffins

Loaded with healthy ingredients like red bell pepper, spinach, and parmesan cheese, these tasty muffins can be made ahead on the weekend and enjoyed for breakfast all week long.

Crustless Smoked Turkey and Spinach Quiche

Think quiche is off-limits because of the crust? Think again. This low-calorie, high-flavor version does away with the crust but not with the indulgent taste and texture of quiche.

Ricotta Protein Pancakes

Not only are these delicious pancakes high in protein and low in carbs, but they’re also grain-free — making them the perfect breakfast meal for patients with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.

Peanut Brittle Oatmeal

There’s oatmeal, and then there’s this pumped up version made with vanilla protein powder and PB2 for the ultimate protein-rich breakfast treat.

Mediterranean Egg Muffins

Eggs are a phenomenal source of protein, and they’re extremely versatile, too. When scrambled eggs get tiresome, try these low-carb muffins — made with cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and shredded mozzarella cheese — instead.

Tackling the Time Issue

Of course, there’s one major reason why so many people end up skipping breakfast: Lack of time. This is why it’s also important to have access to bariatric food options for breakfast that are easy and portable. Enter Achieve from Rational Foods. Not only is Achieve packed with healthy, wholesome, organic ingredients, but it’s also ready-made and shelf-stable. In other words, when time is tight, Achieve can be an terrific defense against poor choices.

Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the easiest, most effective habits post-op patients can adopt in order to set themselves up for success following weight loss surgery. Registered dietitians can offer invaluable partnership by providing patients with practical advice and concrete tools, including these bariatric breakfast meals, aimed at supporting their efforts.