4 Ways to Lighten your Weight-loss Menu Without Sacrificing the Flavors
April 6, 2017
People often dread undergoing bariatric surgery due to the sacrifices they may have to make regarding food intake, post surgery. Thanks to the genius of culinary artists, you are no more limited to bland recipes, no matter the type of bariatric surgery you go through. The internet is swamped with countless tips to make your food healthy but still delicious. This post lists several such tips to help you kick-start a healthy diet program post surgery.
1. Marinated Lean Meat
Lean meat is a rich source of protein with reduced fat content, lowering the calorie content. It is highly beneficial for people following low calorie and low-fat diets, especially post bariatric surgery. Consider marinated lean meat for added flavor and reduced risk of high calorie intake. Skinless chicken and turkey are some of the healthy food options for weight loss food menu, other lean meat options include:
- Eye of round
- Top round steak
- Bottom round steak
- Sirloin steak
- Round tip roast
2.Compensate Excess Fat with a Dash of Spice
Add 95 percent lean meat to your diet with a dash of different ingredients and spices to provide flavor without having to add any fat. Options to consider:
- Ground cherry or prune pulp
- Mashed avocado
- Egg whites
- Bread crumbs
- Seasonal veggies
If you can’t get over your love for burgers, you can work your way around by replacing ¼ ground beef with cherry or prune pulp that not only maintains the flavor, texture, and moisture of the burger, but also ensures low-fat consumption. You may also consider adding spices to your healthy burger, such as:
3. Don’t Limit the Grill to Just Meat
Grilling fish, veggies, and especially fruits is a great way to lighten up your food menu and satiate your taste buds. If you are a fan of seafood, grilled salmon or tuna make for a quick, delicious, and healthy bite. Though corn is one of the widely-grilled food items, you can also try grilling:
- Red onion
- Sliced beets
- Romaine lettuce
Spice up the grilled meal with a dash of oil, balsamic vinegar, and spices.
4. Trade out Usual Toppings with Healthy Options
To maintain a healthy diet, you need to first do away with unhealthy dips such as mayonnaise, ketchup, cheese, and coleslaw, as they are the real culprits and may double the calorie content, which usually accounts for double the fat in your average burger or bun. Still, you can maintain the texture and flavor of your food without introducing extra calories by adding these alternatives to your list:
- Use lots of fresh veggies
- Spice up the food with mustard and jalapenos
- Include as much avocados, which mimic cheese given the creamy texture
- Instead of using pure cheese, consider using flavored cheese with low fat
- Swap bacon with Canadian bacon ( Irish bacon, English bacon or Back Bacon) that will save you 100 calories and 9 grams of fat per ounce
Moreover, you can include some warm toppings, such as mushrooms, caramelized onions, or spinach cooked in a small amount of olive oil for a toothsome meal.
Though you can find countless weight loss food suggestions online, it is still advisable to consult your surgeon to formulate an appropriate diet plan. At Perth Surgical & Bariatrics, we work closely with each patient to assess their unique needs and develop approaches and diet plans specifically tailored to work for them. Whether you are looking for information on adjustable gastric banding or want to consult regarding other bariatric surgeries, such as gastric band surgery, gastric sleeve or bypass surgery, simply fill out our contact form here, for a quick response. You can also call us at 08 9370 9686.