Salmon is an excellent protein choice for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients. It’s soft, flaky, and flavorful. More than that, it’s loaded with high-quality protein and healthy fats. In addition to its abundant omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is an excellent source of B vitamins, potassium, selenium, antioxidants.
For gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients who have advanced to tolerate regular consistency proteins, salmon can be a good option. The healthy fats keep the protein moist and the natural flakiness encourages small bites to improve tolerance. Dr. Shillingford’s weight loss surgery patients should check his post-op bariatric diet guidelines before trying new foods and textures.
While fish may not be a food you’ve previously enjoyed, many bariatric surgery patients find that their taste preferences change after their gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric band surgery. If you didn’t like salmon prior to surgery, give it another try post up (following the post-op diet guidelines, of course).
One salmon recipe to try is this simple Salmon with Dill Sauce. It has three ingredients and cooks in three minutes in a pressure cooker. It couldn’t get much easier than that. Serve the salmon with cauliflower rice, coleslaw, tomato and cucumber salad, or your choice of low carbohydrate vegetables for a high protein, low carbohydrate meal to maximize your post-surgical weight loss.
Salmon with Dill Sauce (adapted from Corrie Cooks)
1 lb salmon
1 tsp dill
2 tsp dijon mustard
½ cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
- Whisk dill, mustard, and water in a bowl.
- Place salmon in the bowl and marinate for 30 minutes.
- Transfer the salmon and marinade into the pressure cooker.
- Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.
- Once cooked, quick release the steam.
- Enjoy the salmon by taking small bites and chewing thoroughly to a paste consistency. Make sure to check that there are no bones in the salmon before eating. If using frozen salmon, increase the cooking time by 1 minute.
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