Diet After Lap Band Surgery
Stocking Your Pantry Properly

I'm here to share absolutely everything you need to know about the diet after lap band surgery.

Who am I?! A dietitian who specializes in weight loss surgery and the gastric band diet!

In order to eat right, you need to have healthy foods available at your fingertips. So for starters, you need to...

Stock Your Pantry With The Right Foods

Having the right foods in your house (both immediately following the gastric banding procedure, and in the long term) will make it easy to stick to your diet after lap band surgery.

Establish a regular, weekly shopping day.

Being able to follow the post lap band surgery diet starts with having the right foods available when you need to eat them.

So eating correctly really starts with shopping properly and shopping consistently.

The following lists should help give you an idea of what to keep on hand immediately following the placement of your stomach band as well as on a regular basis thereafter.

(I'll continually add to the lists, so feel free to contact me if you have a great product that other gastric lap band-sters need to know about!)

Pantry List for Diet After Lap Band Surgery: The First Few Weeks (Liquid and Mushy Foods)

  • Sugar free Popsicles
  • Sugar free, non-carbonated beverages (ex:Crystal Light®, Diet Snapple®, Sugar free Kool-Aid®, Diet Gatorade® etc.)
  • Herbal or decaf tea: hot or cold
  • Broth or bouillon (vegetable, chicken or beef)
  • Sugar free gelatin
  • cottage cheese/ricotta cheese
  • eggs
  • yogurt
  • canned tuna, chicken, salmon and/or sardines
  • reduced fat cream soup and/or bean soup (blenderize)
  • tofu
  • applesauce
  • sugar free pudding
  • Protein Bullets*
  • Nectar* fruit juice flavored protein powder
  • Protein Shakes

*Protein bullets and Nectar are clear proteins that can be sipped over ice or blended with a sugar free, non carbonated beverage such as Crystal Light®. You can also mix them with sugar free gelatin and freeze to make high protein popsicles!

Diet After Lap Band Surgery: A Well Stocked Pantry

Suggested Proteins for Lap Band Post Op Diet

  • Canned beans (black, garbanzo, white, pinto, vegetarian, etc.)
  • Canned tuna (light, water packed)
  • Canned salmon
  • Canned sardines, low sodium
  • Canned vegetarian chili
  • Cheese, lowfat or nonfat
  • Cottage cheese, lowfat or nonfat
  • Edamame (green soy beans)- fresh or frozen
  • Eggs, egg substitute, egg whites
  • Ground chicken or turkey breast
  • Lump crab (real crab meat...not imitation crab)
  • Pouch salmon or tuna
  • Pre-cooked Rotisserie Chicken
  • Salmon filets – fresh or frozen
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp – fresh or frozen
  • Skinless, boneless frozen chicken breasts
  • Tempeh
  • Tilapia or Flounder filets – fresh or frozen
  • Tofu
  • Trader Joe's "Just Chicken" (pre cooked chicken)
  • Trader Joe's "Just Salmon" (pre cooked salmon)
  • Turkey Burger Patties
  • Turkey Tenderloins
  • Turkey or chicken breast deli sliced meat (Boar's Head)
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Yogurt (lowfat or lite): Stoneyfield Farms, Trader Joe's, Brown Cow, Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt, Horizon Organic, Yoplait Light, Dannon Light & Fit, Weight Watchers

Suggested Fruits for Diet After Lap Band Surgery

  • Applesauce
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Canned Pears
  • Canned peaches
  • Canned pineapple
  • Canned tropical fruit salad
  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Cantaloupe and honeydew melon
  • Watermelon
  • Pear
  • Apple
  • Orange (peel away white stuff really well)
  • Grapefruit (peel away white stuff really well)
  • Kiwi
  • Cherries
  • Berries fresh or frozen (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • Grapes

Suggested Vegetables for Post Op Lap Band Diet

  • Asparagus
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Green Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash/zucchini
  • Tomatoes

Suggested Whole Grains/Starch Products and Starchy Vegetables for Post Lap Band Surgery Diet

  • Brown Rice
  • Corn tortillas
  • Rolled Oats
  • Squash: Spaghetti, Acorn, Butternut
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Whole wheat bread and English Muffins (toast for best tolerability)

Suggested Healthy Fats for Diet After Lap Band Surgery (use sparingly)

  • Avocado
  • Canola Oil Mayonnaise
  • Nut butters: Peanut butter, almond butter, soynut butter
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • Oils: Extra virgin olive oil, organic canola oil, sesame oil (use in small quantities)

Suggested Beverages

  • Aquafina & Dasani flavored water
  • Fiji Water
  • FUSE, Sugar Free
  • Glaceau Fruit Waters
  • Poland Spring Water
  • SoBe, Sugar Free
  • Splenda Sweetened Ocean Spray Cranberry
  • Sugar-free powdered drink mixes: ex: Crystal Light, Wyler’s, Lipton
  • Swiss Miss Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix

Extras

  • Barbara's Fig Bars
  • Health Valley Jammers
  • Jell-O Sugar-free Instant Pudding Mix
  • Jell-O Sugar Free Gelatin
  • Jell-O Sugar Free Pudding Snacks
  • Kozy Shack No Sugar Added Rice Pudding & Tapioca Pudding
  • Newman's Own Cookies

Diet After Lap Band Surgery: Pantry List of Name Brand Sauces, Dressings, Condiments, and Spreads

  • American Spoon Fruit Preserves (sweeten plain yogurt with or use as a condiment on poultry)
  • Annie's Naturals BBQ Sauce
  • Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids (a substitute for soy sauce)
  • Cascadian Farms All-Fruit Preserves
  • Heinz Organic Ketchup
  • Muir Glen Products (Salsa, BBQ sauce, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce ketchup)
  • Mustard
  • Nasoya Naonnaise
  • Salad Dressings (Annie's Natural, Nasoya, Newman's Own, Seeds of Change, Spectrum)
  • Salsa (Muir Glen, Newman's Own, Trader Joe's)
  • Spectrum Canola Mayonnaise
  • Trader Joe's All-Fruit Jams, Apple Butter and Pumpkin Butter (great to flavor plain yogurt with)
  • Vinegars: Balsamic, Red Wine, Rice Wine

Highly Variable

Keep in mind that everyone has different tolerance to foods after having a stomach band placed.

You may not tolerate some of the recommended foods. There is some degree of trial and error involved in discovering which foods work for you and which don't. Have patience!

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