Salad After Gastric Sleeve
IS Possible

Salad after gastric sleeve surgery IS possible…

…But WHEN it’s possible…

…is highly variable.

Everyone heals at their own unique pace.

My Favorite Way to Suggest “Eating” Salad After Gastric Sleeve Is to DRINK IT!

I promise that tastes better than it sounds.

Translation: drink green smoothies.

Green smoothies are fine any time, but they’re particularly valuable when you’re on full liquid or soft stage diet, or simply when you have trouble tolerating solid foods.

This way, you get your protein AND vegetables down in an easy to tolerate liquid form.

As you gradually tolerate more solid foods, you can ease back into trying small amounts of “real” salad.

Green Smoothie Formula

Leafy greens: 2 cups

Fruit: ½-1 cup (use frozen fruit to make a thicker smoothie)

PROTEIN: Protein powder or ready made protein drink

“Flavor-izer:” 1 tsp-1 Tbsp- cinnamon, ginger, cilantro, etc.

Healthy fat: 1 tsp

  • Ground flaxseeds, chia seeds (these add extra fiber too)
  • Hemp seeds (these add a little extra protein too)
  • Almond butter, peanut butter
  • Avocado


Blend: 2 cups spinach + ½ frozen banana + 1 vanilla Premier protein drink or plain nonfat Greek yogurt + 1 tsp peanut butter (or 2T powdered peanut butter).

You get the idea?!

If you’re new to green smoothies, I strongly suggest using baby spinach as your “greens.” They don’t taste like much but they’ll definitely turn your smoothie green!

Salad After Gastric Sleeve: Protein 1st, Then Salad

Once you’ve advanced to solid stage diet, it’s ok to try salad.

However, keep these 2 points in mind:

These are the top reason why you may not feel good when eating salad after gastric sleeve:

  • Bites are too big
  • Food is not thoroughly chewed
  • Pace of eating is too fast

This might sound elementary…take small bites, chew your food, eat slowly…

…but it will go miles to help you tolerate your salad.

You need to eat protein AND you need to eat vegetables, but protein remains most important while you’re in the 1st year “honeymoon phase,” (rapid weight loss phase).

You can approach this one of two ways:

  1. Eat all your protein. Then if you have room try a few bites of salad.
  2. Alternate between 2-3 bites of protein, then 1 bite of salad. This way you eat proportionally more protein.

Have your salad and eat it too. Just make sure it includes some protein!

Here are some of my salad ideas.

If you feel you need more help on how to eat salad after gastric sleeve, please contact me for a consultation!


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