Now, that you’ve gone through bariatric surgery or if you are gearing up for bariatric surgery and need to lose some weight, you probably aren’t sure what to eat. At Weight Zen, we love food – so today, we’d like to share some healthy foods that are both delicious and nutritious.
Five Must-Try Healthy Foods
These foods are just an introduction to all of the other yummy and healthy foods that you can try now that you are exploring healthy foods. It might be hard to get into the habit of staying away from oily, fatty foods, but in no time you’ll realize how much better, healthier, and tastier eating healthy is.
Coconut is big right now; there’s coconut water, oil, and flour. Coconut flour is a great substitute for white flour and is a healthy way to add nutrients and flavor to baked goods. There are many health benefits of eating coconut too. Coconut flour boasts five grams of fiber per every two tablespoons with an additional limited amount of saturated fat. Coconut flour is naturally gluten-free and may help stabilize blood sugar.
Rich in heart-healthy fats and lean protein, salmon is a perfect choice. Raw or cooked, it cannot be beat. Especially good for postoperative patients, salmon is soft and filled with protein. If possible, look for wild varieties in your local market. Fresh or frozen, you really cannot go wrong!
What is skyr? It’s yogurt that’s similar to Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is delicious and can be used in baked goods and smoothies, as sour cream, and even as a dessert with some fruit and honey. Skyr and Greek yogurt have a pretty similar texture and similar nutrients. Look for skyr at your local world market, and try it out to see how you like it.
If you’re a sushi lover, then you’ve likely tried seaweed before. Especially popular in seaweed salads and as a wrapping on sushi rolls, seaweed is common in Japanese cooking. Seaweed has potassium, iodine, and iron. It is salty but not overpowering and it can be enjoyed in many different ways. Seaweed salad, seaweed in smoothies, seaweed instead of potato chips, or in soups are all must-tries. Check out the flakes or dried strips and sheets in your local supermarket.
What is amaranth? It’s quinoa’s lesser known cousin. It is a newly popular whole grain; iron, zinc, protein, calcium, and magnesium are all featured in this lesser-known grain. Native to Central America, it has been used for up to 8,000 years. Amaranth, when cooked, is thick and oatmeal like, so it works as a great thickener. Try amaranth in soups, oatmeal, stews, and even pudding to add some healthiness to your desserts. Similar to quinoa, is can be found in natural-foods stores or a very well-stocked supermarket. You can also find a delicious amaranth recipe in our nutritionist Megan Wolf’s new cookbook Great Meals with Greens and Grains!
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