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Nine Delicious Dinner Ideas for Your Bariatric Surgery Patients

Nine Delicious Dinner Ideas for Your Bariatric Surgery Patients

October 30, 2018

Bariatric patients often struggle with what to eat. Make it easier for them and support them along the journey toward achieving their weight loss goals by sharing these nine delicious and nutritious dinner ideas.

1. Black Bean and Brown Rice Casserole

Packed with healthy vegetables and a whopping 31 grams of protein, this hearty meal has just a hint of heat. For bariatric patients craving an indulgent meal, low-fat Swiss cheese offers a satisfying fix.

2. Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

While meal planning and prep is an important part of the bariatric diet, patients often end up making unhealthy choices simply due to a shortfall of time. This crockpot meal can help! . Before leaving for work in the morning, post-op patients can layer this handful of healthy ingredients into the slow cooker and have a Mexican feast waiting when they get home.

3. Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Think bacon cheeseburgers are a thing of the past for bariatric patients? Think again. This tasty twist on a fast food favorite is guaranteed to please while keeping things healthy, thanks to ingredients including 90 percent lean ground turkey, zucchini and low-fat cheese.

4. Freeze and Reheat Zucchini Noodle Lasagna

A common stumbling point for bariatric patients is portion control — particularly if they’re cooking for one. Not only is this zucchini noodle lasagna recipe low-carb and noodle-free, but it also can be divided into individual servings and reheated later for a quick, easy dinner when time is tight.

5. Asian Turkey Salad with Peanut Dressing

Many people think of salad as blah and boring. But this fresh, crisp and crunchy meal — which can also be made with rotisserie chicken — is anything but, thanks to an abundance of flavorful ingredients including shredded cabbage, cucumber, carrots and a spicy, lime-infused peanut dressing with Sriracha sauce.

6. Cauliflower Crusted Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but it’s not the healthiest option for bariatric patients. Unless you make the bread out of cauliflower, that is!

7. Easy Eggroll in a Bowl

For patients craving Chinese takeout, this bariatric-friendly dinner offers an appealing alternative. They won’t even miss the wrappers!

8. Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake

This low-carb, gluten-free, vegetarian meal is all about eggs, an excellent source of protein. Suitable for breakfast as well as dinner, this quiche-like casserole is also packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants thanks to a heaping helping of spinach in every serving.

9. Seared Salmon with Curried Pineapple

This may taste like a meal made by a top chef in a fancy restaurant, but it can be whipped up in mere minutes at home. Curry balances the sweetness of the pineapple, while a blend of cinnamon, coriander and ginger heighten the flavors in this extraordinary dish.

But Don’t Forget the Basics

While providing these dinner suggestions for bariatric patients is a great way to get going in the right direction, dietitians can also help patients stay on track by reinforcing the nutritional basics of the bariatric lifestyle. As a rule of thumb, all bariatric dinner meals should be low in fat, sugar and calories and high in protein, which should play a “starring role” in every bariatric meal.

One last thing to keep in mind: Your bariatric patients have busy schedules just like everyone else, and it's challenging for most people to find the time to plan and prepare healthy meals. That's why bariatric meal replacement options are so important.

Take Achieve from Rational Foods, for example. Not only has this bariatric food option been designed with the specific nutritional needs of bariatric patients in mind, but it’s also uniquely “grab and go” — meaning post-op patients will always be ready for whatever meal planning challenges come their way.