It’s fun to start getting a little creative during this stage. You might be craving something to chew, at which point I’d suggest sugar-free ice pops from the clear liquid stage. Some of these recipes are pretty basic, but provide tips for eating the foods at this stage that I wish someone had told me.
Protein-Packed Cream of Wheat
- 1 1/4 cups Water or Skim Milk
- 3 tbsp Cream of Wheat Red Box
- 1 Scoop Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/4 cup Skim Milk Or amount needed to thin-down
- Bring water to a boil, or if using milk, bring just to a boil.
- Add Cream of Wheat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until well blended
- Return to a boil, reduce heat to low, simmer uncovered for 2 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently
- Cool completely. Once cool, add the protein powder of your choice.
- Add in 1/4 cup milk, or enough milk to thin it down. It should be the consistency of smooth applesauce.
- Divide into servings and reheat as necessary.
Thinned Down Yogurt
- 1 5.3 oz Container of low sugar, low fat Greek Yogurt
- 5.3 oz Skim, almond, or soy milk
- Measure out 2 ounces of yogurt from the container
- Mix with 2 ounces of milk to make it thinner. You can adjust the amount as needed. You're looking for the consistency of thin applesauce.
Thinned-Down Tomato Soup
- 1 can Tomato Soup
- 1 can Milk or Water
- Open the can of tomato soup and pour into a blender
- Fill the empty can with water, or use milk for added protein and richness
- Empty the water or milk into the blender. Blend until smooth and well combined.
- Pour through a fine-mesh sieve to make sure there are no bits remaining.
- Heat in a pan on the stove for 2-5 minutes or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes
Orange Creamcicle Protein Shake
- 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tsp Orange Extract
- 1/2 Cup Ice
- 6 ounces Milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender
- Blend until smooth
Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake
- 2 Scoops Banana Cream Protein Powder
- 2 tbsp Peanut Butter Powder Like PB2
- 1/2 Cup Ice
- 6 ounces Skim Milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Healing and Energy
The best part of the full liquid diet is that you start gaining your energy back. The protein you consume helps heal your body, and you start feeling like yourself again. The full liquid diet after surgery focuses on hydration and protein to promote healing. It allows your new stomach to easily digest food, so it doesn’t interfere with the healing process. You’ll consume products with added milk like pudding, yogurt, blended soups and Cream of Wheat. Start protein shakes now to meet your protein goals. Soon, you’ll be ready for the next stage — pureed foods! Stay tuned for the next stage!
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In addition to your protein shakes, which you can make with milk for added protein, or blend until smooth with ice in a blender for a thicker taste, you can also have soups, thinned-down Cream of Wheat or oatmeal, yogurt and pudding. When you have soups, make sure they are blended and strained so that you don’t get any bits of food. Tomato soup with milk tasted so good at this point. To thin-down Cream of Wheat, oatmeal, yogurt, or pudding, add some milk, about a tablespoon. Stir well to combine. Check out the recipes in this post for more information.
Oatmeal is allowed at this stage, but you must cook the oats well. Pour the cooked oatmeal into a blender and add an equal amount of milk or water. Blend thoroughly until it’s completely liquified. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer to get out solid pieces that remain. Remember, after bariatric surgery you cannot have pieces of food until you get to the soft foods stage.