Who doesn’t love a snack ? and post bariatric surgery we are still going to love that snack. Let’s talk about why we should grab a snack and what that snack should consist of.
Every day I answer emails and questions about snacks and what kinds of things post bariatric clients should be reaching for when the 10am and 3pm munchies attack. I also hear about how bariatric patients should avoid snacking. I am not in agreement with this. Snacking isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Snacking gets a bad reputation because we think of “snack food” which is the processed packaged kinds of foods that make it easy to “grab and go”. This does not have to be the case. We can prepare for snack-attacks with whole, live, fresh, natural, non-processed foods.
Post bariatric patients are eating small portions for their main meals and this is why we need to talk about snacks. Snacks are a great way to fit in more nutrition and better nutrition means better healing, better energy and less nutritional deficiencies. We get into trouble when we choose to snack on low quality items such as cookies and chips and vending machine chocolate bars. Let’s stay away from poor quality snacks and really up the ante by preparing super nutritionally packed snacks.
Failing to plan is planning to fail so write down some snack ideas and start the food prep! Let’s push out the “carb”age and fill that beautiful new pouch with the good stuff ! The stuff that our bodies crave and do well on. This is how we reach our weight loss goals quickly -through preparation. If you find yourself craving sugary treats at 2pm in the afternoon, beat that sweet tooth and have some power snacks on hand to nourish your body and feed your bariatric tool.
Here comes some ideas to get you started on healthy snacking:
- Ricotta cheese with sliced peaches
- Tuna and avocado
- Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries
- Cucumbers and cheese squares
- Nuts and cheese
- Seeds and cheese
- Nuts and Seeds
- Hard boiled eggs
- Latte made with coconut or almond milk
- Protein smoothie
- Guacamole and carrot sticks
- Chicken and mayo on a lettuce leaf
- Smoked salmon and cream cheese
- Shrimp and veggie slices
- Apple and nut butter
The list is endless and you can plan two snacks for the entire Monday to Friday schedule.
For example – you can prepare the ingredients you need for a protein smoothie for the 10am snack attack and then grab a bag of frozen shrimp and the veggies of your choice for the 3pm snack attack. Use these two ideas and then the next weekend come up with two new snack ideas to carry you into the following week.
Good preparation is always key when planning your successful bariatric weight loss journey. Push out the food items which do not add to your success and then fill up on the items that are good for you and make you feel great.
Snack Away !
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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