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7 High Protein Low Carb Breakfast After Gastric Sleeve

Breakfast After Gastric Sleeve

“7 High Protein Low Carb Breakfast After Gastric Sleeve”

A sleeve gastrectomy reduces almost 75% of your stomach’s size. This surgery is a big step towards weight loss, which is why you need to undergo a series of changes to understand your new stomach. 

Most importantly, you need to know that your stomach’s size has been shrunk, which means it can only fit small meals.

So, the first dietary modification is portion control, that too, in an efficient way that ensures nutrient density in all your meals throughout the day.

Moreover, your stomach size has been reduced, but there’s still a chance of weight gain. Therefore, it is crucial to manage the energy density in each meal.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Eating after Gastric Sleeve

For a successful surgery, avoiding solid foods for about 4 weeks is important. Solid foods can cause discomfort and bloating. Moreover, these foods also tend to stretch the new stomach pouch. 

In the first two weeks, stick to a liquid diet, and within the next 2 weeks, you can shift to a soft or pureed diet. This dietary change might also lead to changes in bowel frequency.

Furthermore, during the first few weeks, you must carefully notice when you feel full.

Stop eating once you feel fullness or pressure in your abdomen. If you do not stop, overeating might cause pain and even lead to vomiting.

Lastly, from week 5 onwards, you can slowly shift to a regular diet comprising 3 to 5 meals daily. Aim for a low-calorie, high-protein diet with portion control.


How do you Choose a Healthy Breakfast After Gastric Sleeve?

For the initial weeks after gastric sleeve surgery, a soft and liquid diet is followed, so the breakfast also needs to be planned accordingly.

As we know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it needs to be nutrient-rich, especially after the surgery. 

So here are some good and bad food choices for breakfast on a liquid diet.

Healthy choices

Unhealthy choices

Liquid diet phase

  • Broths (Chicken, lamb, beef & vegetable)
  • Protein shakes and smoothies
  • Strained soups
  • Herbal teas
  • Strained vegetable or fruit juices
  • Sugary drinks
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Caffeine
  • Full-fat dairy products
  • Alcohol 

Soft Diet Phase

  • Lean meats
  • Eggs
  • Tofu 
  • Mashed soft veggies (potato, cauliflower, spinach, zucchini)
  • Fruit purees and smoothies
  • Soft rice, quinoa or oatmeal
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Sugary foods
  • Greasy foods
  • Fried products
  • Battered foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Read-to-eat products

7 Nutritious Breakfast After Gastric Sleeve

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If you are having trouble selecting breakfast for yourself after the surgery, here are some easy and healthy recipes for post-op care. Choose the most suitable ones depending on your dietary phase (liquid, soft, or regular).

  1. Pumpkin Spice Protein shake

A heartwarming treat with sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A perfect replacement for caffeine. 

  • Add 1 cup of low-fat milk to a blender.
  • Then add pumpkin puree, nutmeg powder, and cinnamon powder.
  • Blend it for 3-5 minutes until a smooth mixture is formed.
  • Pour into a cup and store the rest for later use. It is safe to store for up to one week.

  1. Vanilla Probiotic Shake 

Probiotics are good for gut health, and they play a great role in weight loss. Even the number of good bacteria in obese individuals is different from that of normal-weight individuals.

So, adding probiotic foods to your diet can help in weight loss. 

This creamy probiotic shake involves kefir – a fermented milk product loaded with healthy bacteria.

  • Start by taking low-fat milk, yogurt, and low-fat kefir in a blender.
  • Add 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder and ice cubes (optional).
  • Blend all the ingredients for 5 minutes.
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy your breakfast.

If you use flavored kefir, be cautious about the added sugars. Look for flavored versions made with stevia or other approved sweeteners.

  1. Mango Smoothie

While the pumpkins are good for winter, you can safely choose mango to be a healthy addition to all your summer smoothies. Moreover, it is better than the sugary beverages and packaged juices.

  • Take ½ cup mango chunks and ¼ cup pineapple chunks and add them to a blender.
  • Now add low-fat milk and yogurt to the blender.
  • Add 3-5 ice cubes and blend for 5 minutes.
  • Once it’s smooth, pour it into a glass and enjoy.

Using frozen fruits can add a thick consistency without adding ice cubes.

  1. Superfood Green Smoothie

You might have seen multiple green smoothies with many additives and sweeteners in the markets. They miserably fail to be healthy with all that extra sugar.

This superfood green smoothie is a delicious fiber-rich, low-calorie drink packed with veggies, fruits and seeds.

  • Add 1 sliced kiwi, cucumber, and small banana into a blender.
  • Add 1 cup spinach and 1 tbsp of ground flaxseeds.
  • Blend all the ingredients for 3 minutes. 
  • Add water if it gets too thick. Blend again for 2 minutes.
  • When the mixture is even, pour it into a glass or store it for later use.

  1. Mashed Sweet Potato and Cauliflower

Instead of starchy mashed potatoes, you can try this healthy alternative mashed sweet potato and cauliflower recipe that can be a good way to enjoy your soft diet phase after gastric sleeve.

  • Take water in a large pot, add cauliflower and sweet potato.
  • Steam for 15 minutes or until both the veggies are soft.
  • Now put the veggies in a blender or mixer and add cinnamon, nutmeg powder, salt, pepper, and a pinch of brown sugar.
  • When the consistency is even, stop blending.
  • Add milk if the mixture is too thick.
  • Garnish with chives and parsley.

  1. Quinoa and Spinach Egg Scramble

Forget normal scrambled eggs and switch to this protein-rich egg scramble that is also light on your gut and perfect for a healthy start to the day.

  • Fry some garlic in extra virgin olive oil at medium heat.
  • Now add two whisked eggs to the pan.
  • Once the egg starts to cook, add spinach.
  • In a separate pan, cook the quinoa and add it to the eggs and spinach mixture.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once it’s properly cooked, garnish it with basil, parsley, and some bell peppers.

  1. Blueberry Overnight Oats

This one is a quick and simple high-protein breakfast option. The plus point is the minimum ingredients required to prepare this.

  • In a large bowl, take dried oats, chia seeds, and 1 tbsp protein powder.
  • Then add 1 cup of almond milk.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp of honey
  • Add 1-2 drops of vanilla syrup (optional).
  • Top the mixture with fresh blueberries and chocolate chips.
  • Mix all the ingredients and then refrigerate them.
  • Enjoy these overnight stored oats on a busy morning.

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Written by Dr. Ahmed

I am Dr. Ahmed (MBBS; FCPS Medicine), an Internist and a practicing physician. I am in the medical field for over fifteen years working in one of the busiest hospitals and writing medical posts for over 5 years.

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