Changing your eating habits can seem daunting – or you can view it as a culinary adventure. If you are following a bariatric diet, worlds of flavor are still at your fingertips.
Most bariatric physicians recommend a diet high in proteins – not only during the early stages of your journey, but as a lifestyle. This can result in higher energy and it can feed your muscles as you exercise. The best part is, high protein foods are easy to prepare and taste great! Consider the following easy recipes.
During the early stages of your recovery from bariatric surgery, your doctor may recommend that you consume only clear liquids. How can you obey this advice while fulfilling your nutritional needs?
Bone broth has spiked in popularity in recent years, but it has, in fact, been a staple of the human diet for millennia. This rich and flavorful broth contains minerals and other components, such as collagen, thought to help the body heal. Make your own delicious bone broth at home using the following easy recipe. This broth also makes an excellent base for soups or purees.
1/2 to 1 lb bones
1 to 2 liters water
1 carrot, sliced
1/4 onion, slices
1 stalk celery, sliced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Sea salt to taste
1. Combine all ingredients in a large slow cooker. Set to low, and simmer broth for at least 48 hours.
2. Add water as needed to combat evaporation.
3. Strain solids from the broth using a cheese cloth or sieve.
4. Refrigerate for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
5. Enjoy the broth either heated or chilled, or add to your favorite recipes.
Where do you get the bones? Some delicatessens, grocers, or butchers may sell food grade bones removed from their prepared meats. If this is not available where you live, simply save the bones from the meats you are your family regularly consume. Any type of bone will do – chicken, turkey, pork, beef, even venison. Place the bones in a freezer safe storage bag and freeze until ready to use.