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Recipes to Punch up Your Protein!

One of the biggest challenges for patients who've had weight loss surgery (Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and LAP-BAND) is getting enough protein without getting too many calories. While there are many good brands of protein bars and shakes out there, some patients have a hard time finding protein supplement that they enjoy. If this sounds like you, (or even if you just want to try something new), have a look at these simple tips and recipes to help boost the flavor of your protein supplement.

Flavor-Boosting Protein Tips

  • Use vanilla, almond or coconut extract to add flavor to store-bought protein shakes and to create your own custom flavors.
  • Freeze fat-free milk in ice cube trays to use in smoothies instead of plain ice. Milk adds protein and gives you a more ice cream-like consistency without added fat.
  • Blend non-fat Greek yogurt with your smoothie to add creaminess and extra protein to shakes.
  • If you can’t stand the taste of whey protein powder, try soy protein isolate powder. It’s virtually flavorless and is less likely to clump than the whey powder.

High-Protein Fruit Punch

In a blender mix:

  • 6 ounces sugar-free powdered fruit drink (such a Crystal Light)
  • 2 scoops (1 ounce) protein powder
  • 4 ice cubes

Nutritional Facts: 110 calories; Protein: 20 grams; Carbs: 4 grams; Fat: 2 grams

Creamy Orange Shake

In a blender mix:

  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 scoop sugar-free orange powder drink (such as Crystal Light)
  • 4 ice cubes

High-Protein Milk

In a blender mix:

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 scoops (1 ounce) whey protein powder
  • Sugar substitute of choice
  • Vanilla flavoring

Variation: Add unsweetened cocoa powder to blender before mixing.

Nutritional Facts: 190 calories; Protein: 28 grams; Fat: 2 grams; Fiber: 1 gram

Need a break from the shake? For a nice change of pace, try this easy recipe for high-protein soup that you can drink like a broth straight from a mug. To use as a base for a more hearty soup, simply sauté fresh veggies such as diced carrots or celery in a teaspoon of olive oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. Then toss in some cooked shredded chicken for a complete meal.

High-Protein Cream Soup

Mix together in a sauce pot over low heat:

  • 1 tsp. chicken or beef bouillon plus one cup water (or 1 can low-sodium broth – omit water if using canned broth)
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder

Heat till warm and powders and bouillon are dissolved.

Nutritional Facts: 200 calories; Protein: 24 grams; Fat: 2 grams; Carbs: 20 grams

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