Snacks are important for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. Despite having a reduced stomach size, bariatric patients still need to eat enough calories, protein, and healthy fats to support their immune system, to maintain strong muscles, and to supply the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients their body needs. That is hard to do on only three small meals a day. That is where snacks come in.
Snacking on good foods between meals can be the perfect time to supplement the protein and nutrients gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients need. Some ideas for snacks could include hummus and pretzels, Greek yogurt, apples and peanut butter, cottage cheese and fruit, vegetables and bean dip, or nuts. But these can get repetitive and well, let’s face it, a little boring.
One snack idea that you can change up depending on what’s in your fridge and what flavors you’re craving, is an Apple, Cheese, and Turkey Bite. These are quick to assemble, travel well, and most importantly are changeable. The general idea is to wrap a small slice of deli turkey around a slice of cheese and an apple wedge. The turkey can be secured around the apple and cheese with a toothpick, making this snack both tasty and fun to eat.
As the three ingredients are available in a variety of flavors, the combinations seem be endless. These days turkey comes in a ton of different flavors: natural, smoked, Tuscan blend, Cajun, Honey, peppered, Maple glazed, or Buffalo flavored. Picking your turkey flavor can completely change the flavor profile of the snack. Next, select your cheese. Cheddar holds up well when cut into slices, but swiss, Monterey Jack, Colby, and mozzarella can also blend nicely with turkey. Finish the snack off with a slice of apple. This is how you can pull it all together. A spicy turkey may blend well with a sweeter apple. A milder turkey may get a kick from a tangier apple.
Whichever combination of apple, cheese, and turkey you choose, be sure to chew it well and eat it in moderation. Snacks can be an important way to make sure you get all of your nutrients after bariatric surgery, but you still need to make sure you don’t go over your calorie limits. Maintaining your low calorie diet is essential to promote weight loss after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery. These Apple, Cheese, and Turkey Bites are a good choice of snack because they offer protein from the turkey and cheese, and also a little fiber and natural carbohydrates from the apple slices. Whatever snack you choose, try to choose one that incorporates protein to ensure you get enough into your post bariatric surgery diet.
The above snack idea is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a board certified surgeon specializing in advanced laparoscopic and obesity surgery. Many of Dr. Shillingford’s bariatric patients come to Boca Raton for his expertise in delivering high quality surgical services at affordable self pay prices. Patients often come from Delray Beach, Miami, Coral Springs, Parkland, Wellington, West Palm Beach, and Orlando for his services. Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients are often looking for high protein snack ideas to help them meet their protein requirements. These Apple, Cheese, and Turkey Bites not only taste good but help satisfy their post bariatric protein needs.