If you have recently undergone weight loss surgery, you may be on the lookout for some quick and easy recipes to support you in your journey to a better you.

Bariatric patients should follow a strict diet that includes the right amount of protein, fat, sugar and calories for weight loss success. There are three stages of eating after bariatric surgery, including liquids, soft foods and solids. We’ve included some of our favourite recipes, all of which have great nutritional values, taste delicious and are quick and easy to whip up.

Immediately after Bariatric Surgery

Those who have undergone bariatric surgery are required to have a diet of liquids upon returning home. This is one of the most challenging aspects of weight loss surgery, though it doesn’t have to be full of boring foods and feeling hungry.

Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

Ingredients

- Low-fat cooking spray

- 900g sweet potatoes (peeled & chopped)

- 450g carrots (peeled & chopped)

- 1 inch root ginger (peeled & grated)

- 1 teaspoon ground cumin

- 1.4 litres vegetable stock

- Salt and pepper to taste

- Fat-free yoghurt and chives to serve (optional)

Method

- Spray a non-stick pan with the low-fat cooking spray generously. Heat up and add the sweet potato, carrots, ginger and cumin to cook over a high heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

- Add the vegetable stock with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for around 40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are soft.

- Puree the mixture until perfectly smooth. Return to the pan and reheat before eating. Swirl fat-free yoghurt and a sprinkling of chives for decoration.

Nutrition

- Six portions

- Suitable for Vegetarians

- Suitable for freezing

- 150 kcal per portion

- Protein: 2.8g

- Carbs: 33g

Mid-way through Bariatric Surgery healing

Those who do not experience any issues whilst eating fluids can quickly progress onto soft foods. This stage incorporates smooth, pureed and soft solids. Typically a patient will eat soft foods for around 2-6 weeks after surgery.

Roasted Aubergines

Ingredients

- 4 crushed garlic cloves

- 3 teaspoon chopped root ginger

- 1 red chilli finely chopped

- 2 tablespoon tomato paste

- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

- 2 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce

- 2 teaspoon honey

- Salt and pepper to taste

- 3 aubergines

- 6 chopped spring onions

Method

- Preheat oven to 200c or gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with foil.

- Mix garlic, ginger, chilli, tomato paste, soy sauce, olive oil, sweet chilli sauce, honey and salt and pepper into a bowl.

- Cut the aubergines in half length-ways and score deeply. Place on the baking tray, spoon over the paste made in the previous step, cover loosely with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

- Remove the foil covering the aubergines and bake for a further 30 minutes until the aubergines have gone brown and tender.

- Once cooked, scatter spring onions and serve.

Nutrition

- Six portions

- Suitable for Vegetarians

- 75 calories per aubergine half

- Protein: 2.6g

- Carbs: 8.8g

- Fat: 3.3g

Long Term Post Bariatric Surgery

Once you are able to tolerate a range of different soft foods, you can move onto stage 3; eating the foods that will be a part of your diet for life. This often occurs around 8-16 weeks post operation, though it varies between everyone.

Halloumi Wraps

Ingredients

For the dressing-

- 2 tablespoon light sweet chilli sauce

- Juice of 1 lime

- 1 tablespoon olive oil

Salad & Filling-

- 250g light Halloumi Cheese

- 1 gem lettuce

- 2 celery sticks, sliced and leaves kept

- 4 spring onions, sliced

- 6 radishes, sliced

- 4 wraps or flatbreads (opt for wholemeal or low-carb options)

Method

- Create the dressing by mixing the sweet chilli sauce, lime juice and oil in a small bowl.

- Cut your halloumi cheese into around 8 slices and toss in half of the dressing mixture.

- Cook the halloumi on a BBQ, grill or non-stick frying pan for around five minutes. Turn the halloumi over half way through until it has crisped and browned slightly.

- Mix the lettuce, celery, spring onions and radishes into the remaining dressing.

- Put an equal amount of salad into each wrap and top with two slices of cooked halloumi.

Nutrition

- Four portions

- Suitable for vegetarians

- 255 calories per portion

- Protein: 18.9g

- Carbs: 11g

- Fat: 14.6g


Here at The Bariatric Group, we know how important it is to get your diet right post-op. For more information, or for further help and advice, get in touch with the team by calling 01823 215714 or by visiting our contact page.

Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.