Top Six Protein Shakes for After Weight Loss Surgery
Which protein shakes are best after weight loss surgery? Everyone has their own opinions, but we consider ourselves experts. Here’s what we think about the top protein shakes.
Importance of Protein Shakes
It’s hard to get enough protein after weight loss surgery. The ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) says patients should get at least 60 grams per day, but many patients fall short.
Protein shakes can help boost your protein intake. Since they are liquid, you can start taking them as soon as your surgeon says so, usually within a day or so of your operation.
What Makes a Great Protein Shake?
A great protein shake isn’t just rich in protein, though that’s critical. It also has to have many other characteristics to make our list! It must…
- Taste great (or not taste at all if it’s unflavored).
- Be low in sugar and carbs.
- Be suitable for post-op bariatric patients.
- Have protein in a form that is easy for your body to absorb and use.
And many of our top choices have extra benefits, like added vitamins and minerals to make it a meal replacement option, or probiotics for gut health.
Top Six Protein Shakes After Bariatric Surgery
And here are our top picks. Give them a try!
BariatricPal Protein One is a top all-around protein shake. It has 27 grams of high-quality protein per serving, and it is completely free from added sugars. It has 3 grams of net carbs, and is great as a meal replacement since it is packed with vitamins and minerals. It even has 5 grams of fiber to help keep you full! BariatricPal Protein One comes in Double Chocolate Fudge and Creamy French Vanilla.
BariatricPal Clean Whey with Probiotics has 25 grams of protein and a cool single gram of net carbs. Each scoop has 110 calories, making it great as a snack or meal replacement. It is lactose-free, and its real claim to fame is its content of probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that live in the gut. It comes in Chocolate and Vanilla.
OvaEasy Egg White Protein has egg protein rather than milk-based protein. That’s pretty neat if you agree that eggs are “nature’s perfect food!” Each serving has 24 grams of protein, with perfect scores for protein digestibility and biological value. Try Chocolate if you want an instant shake, or use Unflavored if you want to blend it into a sauce, oatmeal, yogurt, or pretty much anything else.
Collagen is part of your joint cushioning. Super Collagen Protein Powder has 10 grams of protein and only 35 calories, and it also has supporting micronutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, biotin, and iron. Try Unflavored in your favorite foods, or choose from these great-tasting options.
- Cinnamon Cereal
- Fruity Cereal
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes
- Birthday Cupcakes
- Peanut Butter Cups
- Frosted Cereal
- Honey O’s
These may not technically be “protein shakes,” but Protein Soup can do the trick. And they can be a nice option when you get tired of sweet-tasting shakes. Cream of Tomato, Cream of Chicken, Beef Bouillon, Chicken with Pasta, and Savory Onion are just a few choices.
Are you looking for a Protein Shake? Or might you want Protein Pudding as a snack or dessert? BariatricPal Protein Shakes and Puddings let you decide last-minute. Just adjust the amount of liquid you add to get your shake to be the thickness you want. Each serving has 12 to 15 grams of protein. Flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and more.