Calorie restriction is an integral part of post-bariatric surgery diet. But it’s far from the only thing that matters when it comes to optimizing weight loss and weight management. Also important, according to the results of an award-winning study on dietary interventions and weight loss treatment? Plant-based eating.
One of the best ways to support bariatric surgery patients in their efforts to remain compliant with dietary recommendations? Provide them with healthy options aimed at helping them adhere to a bariatric eating plan. Read on for a roundup of seven bariatric low sugar food options suitable for for weight loss patients.
Low in calories and high in flavor, sugar free gelatin and pudding are both great ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. Whether you’re in the mood for something cold and fruity or smooth and silky, there’s a flavor available to keep cravings at bay.
While many granola bars are merely candy bars in disguise, some options actually deliver when it comes to nutrition. In addition to looking for protein and energy bars which are low in sugar, patients should seek out those that are low in calories and carbs, as well. An added bonus? Some options are packed with protein — a great way to meet post-operative requirements for this critical macronutrient.
Speaking of protein, one of our favorite ways to make sure your patients meet their daily recommended protein requirements? Achieve from Rational Foods. This innovative new bariatric product is both chef- and doctor-driven, resulting in bariatric meals that are as nutritious as they are delicious. In addition to containing 20 grams of fiber and just 160 calories a pouch, they’re also portable — the perfect grab-and-go option for when hunger strikes. And did we happen to mention they’re also shelf-stable for 12 to 18 months? Achieve pouches are a perfect — and perfectly tasty — way to ensure that bariatric patients are always prepared to make the best choices.
Oatmeal is hearty, healthy and delicious — particularly when it incorporates the comfort food flavors of apple and cinnamon. Often available in single-serving sizes, this choice also supports portion control. One additional reason to opt for cinnamon when selecting an oatmeal flavor? Studies indicate that this flavorful spice also promotes weight loss while helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Board-certified family physician Dr. David Brownstein told Newsmax Health, “When my patients take cinnamon, their blood sugar levels are lower.”
Unsweetened applesauce doesn’t have to be bland and unexciting — not when seasoned with flavorful spices like cinnamon, black pepper, and cardamom. Not only does this seasoning combination taste good, but research also suggests that they improve the metabolism and thereby increase fat burning.
Mix low-fat ricotta cheese with canned unsweetened fruit packed in water and a splash of vanilla extract, and you’ve got an easy, bariatric diet-friendly dessert. For a particularly pretty presentation, layer in a parfait glass instead.
Naturally sweet and boasting a significantly lower carb count than white potatoes, sweet potatoes offer plenty of nutritional benefits, including seven grams of fiber, 28 percent more potassium than a banana, and a weight loss-supporting high water content. Just roast sweet potatoes until they’re soft, remove the insides, and whip with chicken broth until you achieve a silky smooth texture. Add salt, pepper, and cinnamon to taste and voila — a simple yet satisfying meal.
One last thing to keep in mind? Just because these foods are compliant with the bariatric diet doesn’t mean patients can eat unlimited quantities of them. In addition to relying on pre-portioned servings as well as carefully measuring their food, learning to listen to their bodies is also part of a patient’s journey to healthy new eating habits.
While acclimating to the bariatric way of eating is an adjustment, the rewards are manifold for patients who stick with it. By sharing these bariatric low-sugar food options with patients, dietitians can help facilitate their success.