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The Importance of a Protein Packed Breakfast

We’ve all heard the age old saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”… and if you’re a post-op bariatric patient then you understand how important it is to start your morning with a well balanced nutritional meal. More importantly, you might recall a conversation you had with your doctor or nutritionist explaining the risk of malnutrition, without a proper diet post op. One of the best ways you can prevent malnutrition is starting off with a high protein packed breakfast each day.

As you begin your new life after weight loss surgery you’ll begin to appreciate the importance of devoting time to making sure you have a healthy protein filled meal in the morning. A healthy breakfast in general helps set the tone for the rest of your day and chances are if you eat healthy in the morning then you’ll continue the habit throughout your busy day. What’s even more beneficial is that for some people starting the day with a healthy breakfast can help them fuel their workouts too. 

Depending on your type of weight loss surgery this may be difficult for some bariatric patients. 

Whether you’ve had a lap band, a bypass, or a sleeve, there’s a possibility that your newly restricted stomach is not crazy about food first thing in the morning. With that being said, a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be a huge production. Our team has created a variety of different bariatric-friendly breakfasts. Some of our recipes are made with protein packed ingredients already and some allow you to add in your favorite protein or collagen powder. We guarantee these recipes will get your day off to a good start. 

Low Carb Breakfast Casserole

If you have time to spare in your morning routine, this low carb breakfast casserole will be your go to dish. This recipe is dairy free, low carb, and perfect for meal prepping. It calls for very simple ingredients, and you get three sources of protein. It calls for egg, spinach, ground turkey, onions and your garnish choice of salsa or guacamole. 

Harvest Breakfast Bowl

Not only is this breakfast bariatric-friendly but it’s also delicious and nutritional. The colorful ingredients bring with it a satisfying holiday flavor we know everyone can enjoy. It’s both sweet and salty, with a fresh herbal aftertaste. 

Air Fryer Oatmeal

Our air fryer oatmeal recipe is unique because we used steel cut oats instead of rolled or quick oats. What makes steel cut oats special? Well, steel cut oats aren’t as processed and they take longer for your body to digest. So not only is this recipe ready in less than 10 minutes, but it will also help you feel fuller longer. With that said, when you add your favorite collagen or protein powder, you’ll provide your body with the right amount of fuel to take on your day. 

Black Bean and Chicken Omelet

This breakfast omelet is unlike any omelet you’ve ever tried. If your goal is to start your morning off with a high protein meal, then this is exactly what you should try. Your main source of protein comes from three sources, egg, black beans and the shredded chicken. This recipe makes two bariatric portions so you will have enough for your morning and next. 

Avocado Lime Omelet

If you’re looking to serve up a continental style breakfast omelet then our avocado lime omelet was made for you. This recipe is very much within a bariatric person’s strict dietary guidelines and is made with fresh bell peppers, onions, diced avocado and egg. Very nutritious and flavorful if you’re a fan of a loaded vegetable breakfast. One single egg alone holds about 6 grams of protein, so this meal is a quick way to fuel your body with a decent amount of protein. 

Avocado Egg Wrap

If you like to load up on protein before your morning workout, then you need to give our avocado egg wrap a taste. This recipe contains four sources of protein, egg, turkey bacon, avocado, and spinach. After one bite we promise that you’ll be making this recipe on the regular. 

Low Carb Breakfast Egg Muffins

Ready for the perfect meal prep breakfast? We have you covered with our low carb breakfast egg muffins. Very easy to recreate and once made you have the perfect breakfast on the go meal. We provided a few different combinations using different veggies on how you can make your egg muffins. With your choice of veggies, you’ll also get protein from the egg and turkey sausage. You can also pair this with your favorite non-fat greek yogurt for added protein. 

Munchy Crunchy Breakfast 3 Ways

For this recipe we used Munchy Crunchy, a plant based protein snack. Each bag of Munchy Crunchy contains 16 grams of protein. We provided three very different variations on how you can incorporate this plant based snack into your busy morning routine. Each variation can be turned into an on the go meal and is done in a matter of minutes!

Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oats

These brownie batter overnight oats are probably the closest you’ll get to dessert while still having nutritional value! High fiber content from the steel cut oats, heart healthy flavonoids from the cacao powder, and vital amounts of protein from our choice of protein powder combine into this all-star breakfast recipe!

Avocado Egg Wrap

Our eating habits have certainly changed with the seasons. When it was colder, our days consisted of coffee, a healthy lunch, and then a light dinner. But now that the days are getting lighter, so are the meals! Quick and light bites have definitely been the go-to lately, so when we came across The Pure Wraps organic coconut wrap, we were struck with inspiration! 

Banana Nut Muffins

To snack or not to snack? If you’re a weight loss surgery patient, chances are you’ve pondered  this very thought. As you should, considering most foods that used to be your go-to snack before surgery are now categorized by your doctor or nutritionist as a “slider” food. Slider foods are notorious for falling quickly through your newly restricted stomach, which isn’t ideal for any weight loss surgery patient.

Nush Waffles

Everyone’s favorite meal of the day…or at least, the most important meal of the day. It’s breakfast! And thanks to Nush foods, we get to enjoy our favorite meal with the dish we might have missed the most…waffles! But this time, it won’t be an absolute calorie bomb! Nush has set out to create a line of cookies and cakes that are low in carbs and sugar, that way we can satisfy our sweet cravings without having to give up half of our day’s calories!

Coffee Protein Whip

To make this light and fluffy with light brown peaks, we whipped it by hand, but if you have a hand mixer then definitely take advantage of technology and crank it up! After whipping until the peaks started to form, we grabbed our protein shake, placed it in a cute glass and placed generous dollops of the coffee whip on top! The end result was a strong and bold flavor provided by the coffee whip that was brought down to form a thick mocha flavor (we used chocolate protein powder, but feel free to use whatever protein powder you have on hand!) 

Savoury Grits

We love oatmeal just as much as the next person, but it’s always good to spice things up a bit! What better way to do so than with some Savory Grits? This dish is definitely a strong contender for your weekend breakfasts, or even the nights when you feel like having breakfast for dinner! Another thing this dish was perfect for? Getting us through that tough puree phase!

Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats

We love healthy, easy to prepare, and easy to take treats that sustain us for hours!  So, we decided to whip up a delicious overnight oats recipe idea for everyone to enjoy with us! Among the several nutritious offerings this meal has (calcium and potassium from the Greek yogurt, and protein from the chia seeds), this recipe also contains ingredients typically found in most kitchens of health-conscious foodies, so it saves a trip to the store! 

Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding

For all of our chocolate lovers out there, this one’s for you! Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding – the perfect evening dessert. We successfully satisfy your chocolate craving with the chocolate protein powder and pudding packet, but the star of the show is actually the chia seeds. 

PB&J Protein Bites

Don’t grab those highly processed, overly sugared up snacks at the store, make these instead! Gluten free, vegan, and packed with wholesome energy. They taste just as good, possibly better, and they’re made from ingredients you can actually pronounce! All seven of them! And if you’re a health nut, or just someone doing their best to stay healthy, you likely have these ingredients. Almond butter (or other low calorie nut butter), sugar free maple syrup (you can also go with monk fruit), protein powder, rolled oats, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and dried fruit of choice.

Chaffles, 3 ways

First of all, the base recipe is only TWO INGREDIENTS. And they’re usually ingredients you already have stocked at home. Just one egg and some cheese. And just from looking at the nutrition facts, you’d be surprised at how filling it can be. This recipe is as pure as it is simple. Two basic ingredients that aren’t filled with added sugar, simple carbs, or highly processed. In fact, it hardly has any carbs.

WLS Afterlife is dedicated to presenting new bariatric-friendly meals weekly so you can continue to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to enjoy! If you try any of our bariatric-friendly meals, be sure to tag us on social media! 

Please note that we always recommend our WLS Afterlife viewers follow their doctor’s dietary guidelines, regardless of our recipe instructions. If we listed an ingredient you were told to avoid, write to us so we may provide you with plenty of other tasty alternatives.

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