Meal planning is a huge factor for successful weight loss after bariatric surgery. However, researching healthy meals that work with your new diet can be challenging. It’s even harder to find options to indulge your sweet tooth. While it’s true that your diet will look significantly different after bariatric surgery, you won’t succeed if you don’t enjoy the food you eat. If you limit yourself to a strict, bland diet every day, it’s not likely to last. To ensure long term success, you need a variety of healthy food options that are also flavorful to keep you satisfied.
Many people are afraid to incorporate desserts into their bariatric diet out of fear that they will derail their progress. However, planning for a dessert every now and then can give you something to look forward to and help you stick to your meal planning. In addition, dessert doesn’t always have to mean unhealthy. The following details several bariatric-diet-friendly desserts:
Slow Cooker Triple Berry Cobbler
With the fall season well underway, a satisfying berry cobbler is the perfect seasonal treat. This is a great way to enjoy Thanksgiving dessert with your family without overindulging. While most cobbler recipes call for buckets of butter and sugar, this version uses healthier substitutes. This recipe also takes all the work out of making cobbler by letting your slow cooker handle the task.
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 21 oz can blueberry pie filling
- 14 oz bag of frozen berry mix
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 5 oz blueberry muffin mix
- 1/3 C water
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Spray the interior of the slow cooker with the nonstick spray and set it aside.
- Combine the berries, pie filling, and sugar inside the slow cooker.
- Cover the cobbler and cook it on low heat for three hours. After the time is up, combine the muffin mix, water, and oil in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well to combine all the ingredients and spoon the mixture over the berries in the slow cooker.
- Turn the heat up to high on the slow cooker, cover, and cook for an additional hour or until you can insert a wooden toothpick and pull it out clean from the muffin mixture.
- Turn off the cooker and allow the cobbler to cool uncovered for 30-45 minutes.
This cobbler recipe yields 12 servings. The nutrition information below is for one serving.
Total fat: 4g
Saturated fat: 1g
Skinny Brownie in a Mug
The challenge with many desserts after bariatric surgery is that most recipes leave a lot of leftovers. Baking an entire pan of brownies for just one brownie puts even the strongest of wills to the test. It’s also wasteful if no one else is around to eat them. Having the option to make a single brownie eliminates both of those issues. As an added bonus, this recipe only requires four ingredients and is ready in under two minutes!
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 packets of Truvia or any other sugar substitute
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour*
- 3 tbsp almond milk, regular milk, or yogurt
*Can substitute with almond flour
- Put all of the ingredients in a microwave-safe mug and mix with a fork or small whisk.
- Microwave on high for one minute
Total fat: 2.2g
Saturated fat: 1g
These cheesecake-stuffed strawberries provide all the decadence of cheesecake without the caloric punch. With less than 17 calories per strawberry, you can savor the sweetness without breaking your diet. These sweet treats only require five ingredients, which is convenient for pulling together a quick and simple dessert.
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 graham cracker (low-fat), crushed in a small bowl
- 3 tsp Truvia/sugar substitute
- 4 tbsp cream cheese (fat-free), softened to room temperature
- 12 strawberries
- Cut the tops off the strawberries. Using a sharp knife, cut an X into the top of the strawberries taking care not to cut through them. Gently remove the centers.
- Mix the cream cheese, Truvia, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
- Fill a pastry bag or plastic bag with the tip cut off with the mixture. Pipe the filling into the strawberries taking care to distribute it evenly.
- Roll the tops of the strawberries and exposed filling in the graham cracker crumbs
This recipe creates six servings. Each serving (two strawberries) contains the following:
Adjusting to a bariatric diet is challenging for many people, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you eat! The goal of bariatric surgery is to improve your health so you can enjoy life to the fullest—this includes great-tasting food. Using recipes like the above can help you stay committed to your bariatric diet while enjoying delicious food. Contact us to learn more about bariatric surgery.