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Bariatric Surgery – When Are You Ready?

In the many years of practicing surgical weight loss, one of the most common feelings after surgery is “I wish I had done this sooner.” I understand the hesitation. Surgery is a significant commitment that’s daunting even for those that have had surgery before. Ultimately, with surgery, you take on certain risks inherent to any kind of intervention in the body’s systems.

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Banana Cheesecake Protein Parfait

Strawberries and banana make a tasty treat. Boosted with protein, enjoy this cool dessert without the guilt of a typical cheesecake parfait.

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Creamy Peppermint Protein Mocha

Many of us enjoy those special holiday cups of a seasonal coffee, but high sugar and fat they may not be as bariatric friendly as you’d like to meet your diet goals. Making a few at home swaps to achieve a festive drink can turn your holiday drink into a protein boost.

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Sugar Cookie Shake

Tis the season for cookie decorating and exchanges, but Christmas cookies can bust your weight loss goals. This protein shake gives you that familiar sugar cookie taste, without the unwanted calories.

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Premier Protein Coffee Creamer Swap

If you’re a coffee drinker, you may know the coffee itself isn’t what packs on the calories, it is the sweetener and creamers that we often add to it. If you aren’t someone who prefers your coffee black, swapping your creamer for a premier protein shake is a great option. Unlike some protein shakes, Premier Protein® tolerates heat and can be mixed into hot beverages like coffee without splitting. Depending on your flavor preference, this protein hack works great with vanilla, caramel, or chocolate. This is also a great option for patients who utilize shakes for their protein intake but don’t care for the level of sweetness. Mixing with bitter coffee helps to cut the sugary sweetness. If you’re grabbing coffee at a coffee shop, just ask for your drink with extra room or if they will serve it in a larger cup.

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Protein Punched Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic holiday staple for many. For a bariatric friendly version, consider using a protein shake instead of the traditional high calorie milk, cream and sugar combination.

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Layered Caramel Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding 

Sometimes you have a sweet craving that you just need to satisfy. Luckily, with this recipe, you can have your pudding and you protein too. 


  • 1 Premier Protein 11oz. caramel shake
  • 1 Premier Protein® 11oz. chocolate Shake
  • 6 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 TSP unsweetened cocoa powder *optional

*yields five, 4.4oz servings

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Low Impact Exercises You Should Be Doing After Weight Loss Surgery

There are various bariatric surgery options that one can pursue to facilitate a healthier life. In contrast to belief, weight loss surgery is not a one-time fix to shed excess body fat. Surgery is one tool in a toolbox of instruments that leads to successful weight loss results.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge Recipe

 The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter can be hard to resist. With this recipe, you don’t have to. Indulge in all the flavor without all of the guilt that comes with a typical dessert. If you have the time, made your own natural peanut butter by grinding roasted peanuts in a food processor or blender. 

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Protein Packed Mole Sauce

Protein can feel like a chore for many patients striving to meet protein goals and follow a low carb diet. Fortifying food with protein powder offers extra nutrition while enjoying something other than a plain shake. This recipe features Premier Protein in a mole sauce which can add Mexican flavor to a healthy meal. Utilize this mole on any number of lean protein options or fiber rich veggies. Added bonus? Use the mole on its own during the puree phase of your post-op bariatric diet, just make sure it is blended smooth. As always, if you have questions about your post-op diet progression or if something is appropriate, reach out to your care team.

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