Several changes are made to the intestinal tract during bariatric surgery. Healing will be an important step in ensuring your success in your post-surgery journey. Following surgery, the different diet phases will promote intestinally and stomach healing. Pureed food recipes for gastric sleeve do not have to be complicated or unpleasant if you know how to do them properly.
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The Basics About Pureed Diet
Depending on the surgical center you are affiliated with, phases may be divided differently. A typical transitioning phase breakdown is as follows:
- Clear liquids
- Full liquids
When entering the pureed food phase, the consistency is changed to gradually return the gastrointestinal tract to a regular food consistency. When food is pureed, it has the consistency of a paste or thick liquid with no chunks. This is usually accomplished by chopping larger foods into smaller portions and then blending or processing them in a food processor or blender. Also, consider exploring recipes using thickener if you want to enhance the texture and palatability of your pureed meals.
Diet recommendations following gastric bypass surgery vary depending on your circumstances. A gastric bypass diet typically takes a staged approach to help you gradually reintroduce solid foods. How quickly you progress from one step to the next is determined by the rate at which your body heals and adjusts to the change in eating habits.
While on the gastric bypass diet, you need to be mindful of the following at all times:
- To avoid dehydration, drink 64 ounces of fluid per day.
- Sip liquids between meals rather than with them. Drink something about 30 minutes after a meal, and avoid drinking it 30 minutes before.
- To avoid nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweating, and diarrhea resulting from dumping syndrome, eating and drinking at a more leisurely pace is best.
- Eat lean, protein-rich foods daily.
- Select foods and beverages that are low in fat and sugar.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Reduce your intake of caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
- As directed by your doctor, take vitamin and mineral supplements daily.
- Once you’ve progressed beyond liquids, chew foods thoroughly to a pureed consistency before swallowing.
How Many Calories Should You Eat On A Pureed Diet?
Calorie consumption will vary depending on the surgery, restriction, complications, and toleration. Your calorie intake will decrease again, as it did before surgery. For the first two months after surgery, consuming only 300-600 calories per day is common. After two months, it can increase to 1,000 calories per day.
Don’t expect dramatic changes in eating ability in a single day. Lifestyle changes take time, especially if you want to achieve long-term success. The diet phase promotes healing, relieves post-surgery discomfort, and maintains weight loss.
You must follow your healthcare provider’s and dietitian’s advice during this time to ensure you get all the nutrition you need.
8 Delectable Recipes to Try
Mac & Cheese Recipes
Everyone enjoys mac and cheese. Fortunately, pureeing this meal is simple, and your loved one will enjoy it. To begin, prepare the meal as if it were for yourself. Blend your mac and cheese with one cup of warm milk in a food processor or blender. That’s all! As a dessert, consider serving it with applesauce or pudding.
Cauliflower is no exception when it comes to making delicious pureed vegetables. Begin by boiling the cauliflower until it is tender. Save half a cup of the liquid after draining. Place the cauliflower in a blender and add salt, pepper, garlic powder, butter, and the liquid you saved. Process the mixture until the texture is smooth.
Avocado, Chicken, and Mashed Potatoes
Avocado, chicken, and potato blend well to make a healthy dinner that covers your bases. One cooked potato, one small boneless chicken breast, and 1/2 diced avocado Combine your ingredients in a food processor with salt, pepper, and two teaspoons of milk. Process the meal until it is smooth and creamy, with no chunks.
Smoothie with Mango and Banana
This mango banana smoothie recipe is a healthy dessert beverage everyone will enjoy. Blend a frozen and sliced banana, a frozen and diced mango, a cup of plain Greek yogurt, honey, and two teaspoons of almond milk. Blend until the smoothie is smooth and free of fruit chunks.
Soup with Pumpkin
This seasonal delight is a simple but delectable pureed meal. 5 cups pumpkin puree, 3 cups vegetable stock, one teaspoon ginger, 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 cup onion, one clove garlic, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste
Put everything but the heavy cream into a pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce to low heat and leave to simmer for 30 minutes. Then, in a food processor, puree the meal until it reaches the desired consistency. Return the puree to the pan and bring it to a boil before reducing it to low heat. Stir in the heavy cream and serve after about 20 minutes of simmering.
Broccoli Cheese Soup with Cream
To begin, make a white sauce to serve as the foundation. Two tablespoons oil and butter, plus three tablespoons flour Place the mixture over medium heat, and when it begins to bubble, add one cup of skim milk. Allow the sauce to thicken until it reaches your desired consistency.
Next, combine the sauce and broccoli in a food processor and process until smooth. Melt the mixture in a saucepan with a quarter cup of shredded cheese. Have fun while serving!
Stew with Beef
While this recipe is for beef stew, the formula applies to any meat and vegetable. Combine 4 ounces of beef (or similar boneless meat) with a half cup of liquid, such as broth or gravy, in a food processor. Vegetables such as peas, celery, and carrots work well in this dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add potato flakes to thicken the stew if necessary.
Meatballs and Spaghetti
Combine half a cup of cooked spaghetti noodles and two pre-cooked meatballs in a food processor. Add a half-cup of spaghetti sauce and three-quarters of a cup of hot water next. Sprinkle with parmesan if desired. Process until the texture is smooth and no chunks remain.
Bariatric patients should take a multivitamin to meet their daily nutritional needs and additional vitamins and minerals. Always adhere to the rules and guidelines established for the specific phase. This will assist you in staying on track and will improve your healing and recovery. Because food intake is reduced after surgery, protein supplementation may also be necessary to meet the patient’s increased caloric demands. Aside from protein supplements (protein shakes), ensure that your food is completely pureed because your body is still healing.