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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    By: New Jersey Bariatric Center Staff

    New Jersey Bariatric Center®, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerset, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey, helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric balloon procedures. Led by the team of Drs. Ajay Goyal, James Buwen, Tina Thomas and Michael Fastiggi, New Jersey Bariatric Center®’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average.

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