Fundamentals of Bariatric Nutrition And Bariatric-Friendly Recipes

Embarking on a bariatric journey is a significant commitment to one’s health and well-being. At Banana Bariatrics, we understand the importance of finding delicious and nutritious recipes that align with your bariatric goals. In this blog post, we present a selection of bariatric-friendly recipes that not only cater to your dietary needs but also tantalize your taste buds.

Understanding Bariatric Nutrition

Before diving into our collection of recipes, let’s briefly explore the fundamentals of bariatric nutrition. Following weight loss surgery, it’s crucial to focus on protein intake, portion control, and nutrient-dense foods. For most surgeries, recommendations are to consume > 60-80g of protein per day. For those who have had the SADI/Switch procedure, we recommend >80-90g of protein daily due to the larger extent of protein malabsorption. Our recipes are crafted with these principles in mind, ensuring a seamless integration into your post-bariatric lifestyle.

Protein-Packed Entrees And Side Dishes

1. Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken

Elevate your protein intake with a succulent Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken recipe. This recipe not only provides a generous dose of lean protein but also infuses vibrant flavors, making each bite a delightful experience.

2. Quinoa and Black Bean Salad Side Dish

Pair the lemon herb grilled chicken with the Quinoa and Black Bean Salad, a plant-powered side dish brimming with essential nutrients. An impeccable addition to your bariatric-friendly repertoire.

Smart Portion Control

1. Miniature Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

It can be challenging to cook for yourself after weight loss surgery due to the volume of food that some recipes create. Not with these miniature turkey meatloaf muffins! They’re not only adorable, but they’re also perfectly portioned for your needs:

2. Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Replace traditional pasta with Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodles. This low-carb alternative allows you to enjoy a pasta-like experience without compromising your bariatric goals.

Nutrient-Dense Indulgences

1. Healthy Avocado Dark Chocolate Mousse

Satisfy your sweet cravings with a Healthy Avocado Dark Chocolate Mousse. Rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, this dessert is a guilt-free pleasure:

2. Banana Berry Protein Smoothie

Kickstart your day with a Banana Berry Protein Smoothie that combines the goodness of fresh berries, creamy avocado, and protein powder:


At Banana Bariatrics, we believe that bariatric-friendly eating should be both a nourishing and enjoyable experience. We put together these bariatric friendly recipes to help make it easier for you to find nutrient dense, whole food, and high protein recipes in alignment with your health goals. Once you have a few recipes in your toolbox, you can combine them together into a Meal Plan for the day!

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