Bariatric Products to Know About

Steph Wagner

June 19, 2015

Bariatric Products to Know About

bariatric beginners products to know about after weight loss surgery blog by dietitian Steph Wagner

Good news: the bariatric product list is endless!

Welcome to the exciting journey of bariatric surgery! (Unless you’ve been on the journey for a while, but greetings just the same.)

I’ve compiled several images of bariatric products to know about. Some may be familiar and some may be an exciting new idea for you!

When you first embark on the journey of having Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery, the world of new foods and new diet changes can be downright overwhelming.

Bariatric Shopping at Costco warehouse, link to blog post on popular weight loss surgery productsBariatric Shopping at Aldi grocery stores, link to blog post on popular weight loss surgery products

When so many things about your daily life need to change for this adventure to be successful…where do you even start? Cutting out starches and sweets when it’s been the main staple in your home? GASP!

As I walked through the aisles of my local Aldi, Costco or Target, I began snapping a few photos of items I think my new patients should know about.

This is just the tip of the ice-burg. There are way more products out there than I could ever snap some photos of during my weekly shopping trip, but may it get your wheels turning!

 

bariatric friendly grocery shopping guides

 

Meats & Dairy

The first four items shown below were purchased at Aldi (turkey burgers, chicken sausages and salmon). Many of the following were purchased at Costco. Other photos are a mixture of Target and Sam’s Club.

If you are feeling limited when you think of all the things you need to give up after bariatric surgery, I would encourage you to carve out an extended amount of time to walk around your favorite grocery store. Then slowly go through all the aisles that contain meat or dairy. You will be very encouraged to see all the flavors, textures and cooking methods you can use to keep the post-op lifestyle exciting!

Frozen Turkey Burgers, Aldi
Spinach and Feta Chicken Sausage, Aldi
Fresh salmon fillet one with seasoning for bariatric surgery meal ideas from Aldi
Fresh Salmon Fillets, Aldi
Never Any!® Breakfast Chicken Sausage in Country Style or Apple Chicken for bariatric surgery breakfast ideas from AldiBreakfast Chicken Sausage, Aldi
Weight Loss Surgery Deals at Costco! Items I recommend as a Bariatric Dietitian AND avid Costco Shopping. Entrees, snacks, drinks and more for Gastric Sleeve, Bypass, and DS patients! #wlsrecipes #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypass #rny #vsg #bariatricApple and Gouda Chicken Sausage, Costco
Weight Loss Surgery Deals at Costco! Items I recommend as a Bariatric Dietitian AND avid Costco Shopping. Entrees, snacks, drinks and more for Gastric Sleeve, Bypass, and DS patients! #wlsrecipes #gastricsleeverecipes #gastricbypass #rny #vsg #bariatricReduced Fat Cheese Slices, Costco
Cooked Cheddar Chicken Sausage, CostcoEgg Free Bariatric Breakfast Ideas | FoodCoach.MeFage® 0% Fat Greek Yogurt, Most Groceries, Image Credit: Fage.com
Apple Gate Chicken & Sage SausageChicken Sage Sausage, Target
Bariatric Friendly Sam's Club DealsTurkey Meatballs, Sam’s Club
Bariatric Friendly Sam's Club DealsCheese Sticks, Sam’s Club
Cooked Jumbo Shrimp, Sam’s Club
Bariatric Friendly Sam's Club Deals, bariatric beginners blog, products to know about, frozen turkey sausage pattiesCooked Turkey Sausage Links, Sam’s Club

Turkey Bacon at Aldi, bariatric beginners blog, products to know about

Turkey Bacon, Aldi

Italian Turkey Sausage at Aldi, bariatric beginners blog, products to know about

Italian Turkey Sausage, Aldi

Light and Fit Greek Yogurt - high protein and lower in carbs than other yogurts. bariatric beginners blog, products to know about

Light and Fit® Greek Yogurt, Sam’s Club

Pre-Cooked Flavored Chicken Sausages, bariatric beginners blog, products to know about

Cooked, Flavored Chicken Sausage, Target

Pre-Cooked Turkey Sausage at Target, bariatric beginners blog, products to know aboutSmoked Turkey Sausage, Target

Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage. Great for bariatric patients! bariatric beginners blog, products to know about

Breakfast Links or Patties, Target

Protein Shakes, Bars and Snacks

Protein shakes, bars and snacks can start to get very overwhelming. Possibly your bariatric program sells or prefers certain brands such as Unjury. You can purchase from their website or other online retailers but I’ve found it dissolves the best and has great flavor.

If you are just starting your bariatric journey, get yourself acclimated to some protein shakes. For my patients, I recommend shakes on their pre-op diet and for 2-4 weeks after surgery but not longer after that. Each program is different, but I do have a video course on the Do’s and Don’ts of Protein for website members. 

Atkins® and Pure Protein® pre-mixed shakes are a popular item for may patients. They are creamy and a great breakfast or snack option for keeping you full. Atkins has a little more fat than it’s competitor EAS AdvantEdge Carb Control shakes. I recommend either one in most cases.

Nutrition goals for bariatric supplements protein bars protein shakes or protein snacks like pretzels or chips

You can read more about protein snacks for purchase online (many shown here) at this blog: Bariatric Friendly Snacks and Treats

Unjury Protein Powder for Bariatric Patients, bariatric beginners blog, products to know aboutUnjury Protein, Unjury.com
Alternatives to Whey Protein - Egg White Protein, bariatric beginners blog, products to know aboutJay Robb Egg White Protein Powder, Amazon
Quest Vanilla Protein Powder | Bariatric Product Review | FoodCoachMe, bariatric beginners blog, products to know about, frozen turkey burgersQuest Vanilla Protein Powder, Amazon
Bariatric Snacks Protein ChipsHealth Wise Protein Chips, Bariatric Food Source>
Protein Hot Chocolate | Bariatric Surgery Hot Chocolate | FoodCoach.MeProtein Hot Chocolate, Diet Direct>
High Protein Oatmeal | Weight Loss Surgery Breakfast | FoodCoach.MeProtein Oatmeal, Diet Direct
Cheddar Crunchers | Salty Snacks Bariatric Surgery | FoodCoach.MeCheddar Crunchers, Diet Direct
Caramel Crunch Protein Bar with high protein for bariatric surgery patients endorsed by FoodCoachMe and for sale on Bariatric Food SourceCaramel Crunch, Bariatric Food Source
Salted Toffee Pretzel Bar, Bariatric Food Source
Protein pretzel twists for bariatric surgery patients endorsed by FoodCoachMe sponsored by Bariatric Food SourceProtein Pretzels, Bariatric Food Source
Crunch O's Barbecue Flavor protein snack for bariatric surgery patients endorsed by FoodCoachMe for sale on BariatricFoodSourceBarbecue Crunch O’s, Bariatric Food Source
Bariatric Friendly Sam's Club DealsDetour Bars, Sam’s Club
Caramel Crunch Protein Bar with high protein for bariatric surgery patients endorsed by FoodCoachMe and for sale on Bariatric Food Source

Beverages

As you likely already know, fluids are a BIG deal after bariatric surgery. Staying hydrated is super duper important as patients are at an increased risk for dehydration. Bariatric products to know about for drinks include Smart Water® (as well as PowerAde Zero® and Gatorade Zero®) which are zero calorie drinks that have added electrolytes – which is great for keeping you hydrated!

Thank goodness there are also many options out there for changing up the flavors of your drinks. Even more than the first time I wrote this post when I was on a Tangerine Orange kick!

bariatric beginners blog, products to know about, SmartWater
bariatric beginners blog, products to know about, water flavor enhancersBariatric Product Review: Everly All Natural Water Flavoring. bariatric beginners blog, products to know aboutBariatric Product Review Oregon Chai. bariatric beginners blog, products to know aboutbariatric beginners blog, products to know about, Diet Ocean Spray JuiceWeight Loss Surgery Drinks - Sugar Free Arnold Palmer. bariatric beginners blog, products to know aboutunsweetened almond milk from Aldi low calorie for bariatric protein shakes

Veggies and Sides

This section contains bariatric products to know about for vegetables and basically everything else that contributes towards side dishes and flavor variety to keep your bariatric diet exciting!

Many of these products were purchased at Aldi including Edamame Spaghetti and Parmesan Crisps. Some were purchased from Trader Joe’s including Everything but the Bagel Seasoning and Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip.

Edamame Spaghetti is pasta made with edamame flour for high protein alternative to spaghetti for bariatric surgery meal ideas from Aldi Savoritz Parmesan Crisps low carb snack for bariatric surgery patients from Aldi Large bag of Stevia no calorie all natural sweetener for bariatric surgery patients from Aldi Bariatric Product Review for Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip from Trader Joe's! Low calorie and delicious option for a post-op sleeve, bypass, band or DS patient. Take it to a party or enjoy it yourself! #rny #vsg #sleeve #bypass #wlsrecipes #bariatric #productreview Bariatric Product Review: Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. bariatric beginners blog, products to know about bariatric beginners blog, products to know about, chopped salad kit and cooked chicken strips bariatric beginners blog, products to know about, Carrot "Chips" shaped into ruffles Bariatric Snack Review - Salted Edamame (Freeze Dried Vegetables) #vsg #rny #wls

Get the most out of your weight loss surgery!

I hope that helps you get your feet wet! Welcome to one of the most amazing of journeys.

I’m Steph Wagner, bariatric dietitian and owner of this site! Subscribe to my email list for updated information or find out more about what membership has to offer (hint: includes meal plans, recipes, video courses, closed members group and more!)

 

13 thoughts on “Bariatric Products to Know About”

  1. Hey Steph!! The cauliflower tots sound great!! You mentioned in the second step to add eggs. There aren’t any in the ingredients so I was just wondering how many. Thanks!!

  2. Yes that was a goofy thing that it wasn’t saving the eggs in my ingredient list!!! I had to add the word “large” for it to recognize it…what the hey! But yes…two eggs and it should be on there now if you hit refresh!! :) Thank you for the message!

  3. @Christine is certainly is tricky! Meat free proteins tend to be a little softer and high in carbs so finding the ones that keep your hunger most controlled is key. I’m not sure if you eat any fish, eggs or dairy but salmon would be more filling than tilapia for example. Greek yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese and eggs. Soybean proteins like edamame. Beans are higher in carb but adding them to dishes brings in more protein.

  4. Hi Gigi! Here is an excerpt from the Aldi Shopping guide about the dessert hummus:
    2 tbsp Vanilla Bean provides 50 calories, 1 gram protein, 9 grams carbs and 1 gram fat.
    2 tbsp Brownie Batter has 80 calories,1 gram protein, 7 grams carbs and 6 grams fat.
    These hummus have a strong taste and while they can satisfy a sweet craving they aren’t terribly tempting to over indulge. You could even have a strawberry or two, cut in half with a spread of dessert hummus and have less than the 2 tbsp serving.

  5. Hello. I’ve read a lot of your information. I’m 3 months post op RNY. I’m lost at trying to find recipes that I would enjoy or buying items that are prepared and healthy. I wasn’t sure if I could have these items from Aldi’s, Costco, etc, as I was told these are processed. Can you please enlighten me.

  6. @Lillie Patterson every program and dietitian is different so you can certainly refer back to your programs guidelines! Any product that I provide here is bariatric friendly from my perspective!

  7. Hello Steph…. I had my surgery 5 yrs ago and fell of the wagon during long Covid scare. Just staying in and taking care of my Mom. Anyway put on weight and developed diabetes. Non insulin… just diet. So this is mind blowing.. I need to loose weight and keep my sugar down. Please help. Can you tell me what you would do?

  8. Hi Beverly!
    You’re definitely not alone. One of the biggest reasons I started a membership website was to create lots of resources and community for the more ‘alumni’ surgery patients. Members connect in smaller groups on the group me app and we have groups for those 5+ years out. 
    I have a lot of video courses to help get a refresh of the surgeries plus a course on hunger control after surgery (which I think is a really helpful one…control hunger and we can control weight and blood sugar!) 
    I am also available to members to answer any questions over email and review food journals for feedback. If it ever feels beyond what I can help with online, I can help you get connected with a dietitian licensed in your state. 
    The membership also unlocks all 600+ recipes and menu planner, written meal plans, PDF guides like shopping guides at popular stores and more. We meet on Zoom live at least once a month.
    Let me know if you have any other questions for me! 
    Steph 

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