We can’t be perfect all the time, so I’m sharing my lunches and pointing out where I can improve. Keep in mind that I am 18 months post-op RNY. Remember that we are all different, so everyone should be following the plan set out by your nutritionist and/or surgeon.
Bariatric Friendly Alternatives
Salad greens are always a good choice, especially a mix of greens with a variety of colors.
The Added Veggies
All good decisions. Together they total 40 calories and every bite was delicious and nutritious. I do suspect that the entry in MyFitnessPal for grape tomatoes should be 10 or so calories higher.
Trader Joe’s Cranberry, Gorganzola and Walnut dressing is tasty, relatively low in calories and covers a lot of salad with less dressing.
Alternative: Lower calorie dressings can save almost 50 calories
Nuts are high in calories, but they are good for you. That have a decent amount of protein and other beneficial nutrients. Keep the portion size down.
Alternative: Walnuts are higher in calories so a smaller portion might have been wiser.
I rarely add cheese to my tossed salads but today I didn’t have any chicken, tuna or other high protein option so I splurged.
Alternative: Cheese is high in calories, but it does have a decent amount of protein. To save calories try fat free or regular feta cheese or cottage cheese.
Personal Observation: I felt queasy after this lunch, not because of the ingredients, rather I was hungry and in a hurry — I blew past my own rules for eating slowly. I ate big bites quickly, didn’t chew enough, didn’t set my fork down and finished lunch in record time – reminder to self, listen to your own advice.