Protein Power

Protein is essential to help you stay full and satisfied during the day. Most Americans get plenty of protein in their diet but it is not always from the right sources. Lean protein has less fat per serving and is generally less processed than more fatty version. Examples of lean protein options include: Chicken breast…

LAP-BAND Dinner: Cauliflower Crust Pizza.

Pizza dinner’s post LAP-BAND surgery will NOT be a thing of the past. This Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipe uses LAP-BAND approved ingredients that will make dinners nights flavorful!
Ingredients:
½ large shredded cauliflower
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 large egg
½ cup romano or parmesan cheese
½ cup marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella
Crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a pizza pan or rimless baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until reduced to rice-size crumbles. Transfer to a large nonstick skillet and add 1 tablespoon oil. Heat over medium-high, stir frequently, until the cauliflower begins to soften slightly (but don’t let it brown), 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl to cool for at least 10 minutes.
Add egg, Romano cheese and oregano to the cooled cauliflower; mix until mixture can be pinched and will hold together. Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, shaping into an even 10-inch round. Drizzle the remaining 1 teaspoon oil over the top, marinara sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese (you may also add other toppings like peppers, mushrooms, etc.).
Bake the pizza for about 10 to 14 minutes, until nicely browned all over, 8 to 14 minutes more. Scatter basil over the top. Cut into wedges and serve.
You don’t have to kiss Pizza Nights goodbye! Make and share this new recipe, we want to hear all about your Cauliflower Crust Pizza making experience!
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Recommended Frozen Meal Brands For Your LAP-BAND Diet.

Frozen meals are tricky, because you really need to know what to look for. Weight loss is different than nutrition. A big plus, however, is the ease transition into portion control. Frozen meals make it easy to follow the new portion guidelines of the LAP-BAND diet. When it comes to frozen meal brands, these are the ones we recommend: […]

LAP-BAND Approved | Banana Shake!

This summer, keep your LAP-BAND shakes fresh and nutritional with this Banana Shake. This quick and simple shake can serve as breakfast, a mid-day or late-night snack. Try it, post it on your Instagram and tag us (@lapbandindiana)! We want to know what you think: […]

LAP-BAND Recipe|Mexican Fajita Bowl

Mexican food is amazing and not hard to adjust to fit your new LAP-BAND diet. Below is a recipe Dr. McEwen’s dietician believes is perfect to feed those Mexican food cravings while closing following the LAP-BAND nutritional guidelines.

LAP-BAND® Full Liquid Diet.

The full liquid diet is the second diet phase you will advance to after your lap band surgery. Full liquids are liquids that you cannot see through and include protein shakes, soups (smooth, no large pieces of food), drinkable yogurt like Lifeway Kefir (ideally Greek, non-fat), sugar free Jell-O, sugar-free pudding, sugar free Carnation Instant Breakfast, etc. These full liquid enter your post LAP-BAND® diet on day 3 through approximately day 9. The goal is to slowly advance to foods with a thicker consistency and prep your lap band for solids and other appropriate foods.

During this period, the goal caloric intake is 600-800 kcal/day minimum although an overall goal of 1200 kcal should be reached by day 28. We recommend our patients start with protein shakes such as Bariatric Advantage Meal Replacement which we sell in the office or a quality whey-protein shake like Premier Protein. The minimum protein shake intake per day for women should be two servings and three for men. Don’t forget to start back on your vitamins at this phase as well! Chewable vitamins are recommended as they dissolve and won’t sit in the pouch above your band potentially causing irritation like a tablet would.

Southeast Asian—Inspired Salmon Soup

For this Southeast Asia – inspired Salmon soup, make sure you skip the noodles and supplement them with edamame noodles or zucchini squash noodles. This recipe great for the soft food phase of your LAP-BAND® diet. Click on pic below for full recipe (remember to skip the noodles!).

Scallops and Sweet Peas

Keeping your LAP-BAND® diet interesting can be challenging. If you’re a sea food lover check out this Scallops and Sweet Peas recipe from everydayhealth.com. This delicious meal is only calories 305 per serving and LAP-BAND® approved! Click on the pic below for more info and the full recipe.

Clear Liquid LAP-BAND® Diet.

After your Lap-Band® surgery, a gradual and steady diet outline will be followed to maximize the success of your surgery and ensure safety. It is also essential to kick start your new healthy Lap-Band® life style. The first 2 days will consist of a CLEAR LIQUID DIET. This means low sodium and sugar-free beverages that you can see through with the only exception being milk or a milk alternative (almond, cashew, or coconut milk). The average daily caloric intake should range between 400 to 500 calories. The goal is to aim for 64 oz. of fluid total. The fluid will need to be sipped slowly to avoid over-stuffing the newly formed pouch above the band.

So what can you actually have? Dr. McEwen and his team at Community Surgery Center Hamilton recommend items such as water, clear broth or bouillon (remember, low in sodium), herbal tea, caffeine-free tea, sugar free drinks like diet Snapple, PowerAde Zero, crystal light (packets), Kellogg Special K protein water, GNC Isopure clear liquid protein drink, low sodium V8 and skim milk. It’s also very important that you do NOT take any multivitamins during these 2 days as this can upset your stomach.

Garlic Parmesan Baked Halibut

Ready for something delicious? This Garlic Parmesan Baked Halibut recipe from Port and Fin is a great option for a good homemade LAP-BAND® meal. Click on the picture below to get the step-by-step recipe.