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suggestion for a good and easy protein source comes from Laura, one of the
nurse coordinators for my surgeon, Dr. Phil Schauer at UPMC in Pittsburgh:
In one cup of Cool Whip Free, add 1 scoop of protein powder.
I use Dr. Atkins Vanilla Shake Mix.
You may add a little milk if it is too dry or thick.
This is a very easy way to get down 12 grams of protein, which is
equivalent to about 2 ounces of meat.
Two ounces of meat may not sound like a lot, but when I was newly
post-op, eating 2 ounces of meat was a major undertaking.
From Rita Jorgenson
Here's a tip I got from my surgeon on getting in that protein.
It's so simple and obvious I can't believe I didn't think of it. Simply
cut up in tiny cubes turkey, ham, chicken, beef, whatever you like and
instead of reaching for that cracker or chip, or worse, keep these ready
and handy and take a few of them. Each time you're adding the needed
protein and avoiding
getting back into the carbs. I keep them in the snack size plastic
My surgeon strongly believes in not buying those expensive protein
shakes, meals, etc. and just doing it the obvious way and his hint to me
here was, as I said, so simple and so very obvious.
My Dr. recommended a product called, 'AMINO 2222 LIQUID' from GNC. This has
22 grams of protein in the 3 TBL dose. It is a thick liquid with a very,
very tart taste, has no sugar just pure Crystalline Fructose. I add it to
my Crystal Lite raspberry ice flavored drink and it goes down very well.
I take Isopure Protein which is 50 grams.
It comes in chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. You take 2 scoops of
chocolate powder and 2 pkgs equal and one banana and chocolate soy milk.
Use soy because it doesn't upset your new stomach and it taste good.
Mix in a blender. This doesn't taste terrible. My husband
drinks this and doesn't even know what is in it! Try it!
You'll like it! Thanks for your newsletter,
Joan P.S. My
hair is now coming back in and I am so happy. You said it would and
I just wanted to let you know of a couple of protein drinks that I learned
about from another patient in my support group. She found them at Wal-Mart
and they aren't too pricey (about $4-$6 for a 4-pack). The one she
uses is called Advant Edge Carb Control. It has less than 1g of
sugar and 15g of protein. Our store carries three flavors:
Chocolate, French Vanilla and Strawberry Creme. They are pretty
thick and very filling. This particular brand makes both regular and
low carb protein drinks, so make sure you get the one that says carb
control on the label or you'll get extra sugars. I also grabbed
another one by accident while trying to find this brand. It is
called Carb Solutions and comes in a mocha flavor, Rich Chocolate and
Creamy Vanilla. I believe they also have a strawberry flavor.
It has 1-2g of sugar depending on the flavor and 20g of protein.
They are a little sweeter tasting than the Advant Edge drinks, but still
pretty decent. They are quite an improvement over some of the other
protein drinks I've tried. Both brands also sell protein bars.
I have tried a few of them and the taste leaves a little to be desired.
I get excited whenever I hear of something that works for someone else and
just thought I'd share the info to see if you've heard of these, tried
them, or maybe know of some people that might be able to use it.
I am 5 days post op and wanted to share some products that I have found
that are helping me get in my protein. I hate milk so those milk based
protein shakes are not acceptable to me. I did lots of research pre-op to
find protein that I could get in easily early post-op. First I am using a
product called Proteinex. It is a little hard to find but
can be found on the net and some drug stores. It has 15 grams of protein
per 2 tablespoons! You take it like cough syrup or medicine. It has an
orange flavor. There is no sugar, carbohydrates or fat in it and is 60
calories per 2 tablespoons. The taste honestly is not great, but
definitely edible with just a swallow and does not have much of an
aftertaste. If you take 2 tablespoons 4 times a day, that it 60 grams of
protein! I tried mixing it with crystal lite and didnít really
like the flavor, so I just take it like medicine. Again it does not taste
great, but it is edible when just swallowed.
product I found doing research is made by a company called New
Century Health Products. They have protein jello, pudding, shakes
and soups. Each has 15 grams of protein per 4 oz serving. The cost is
about $1.14 per serving. There are tons of flavors to choose from in each
category. I have tried the jello and pudding and find them not delicious,
but pretty good! I have listed their toll free number below. They
can tell you stores near you to buy the products or you can order directly
from them. If you order direct, you must order a minimum of 1/2 case of
products, but they will totally mix and match the products for you. They
are very nice and helpful over the phone. They do not offer samples.
If you find their products in stores, the mark up is about 100%! So I just
buy directly from them. They do not have a website.
New Century Products (Illinois)
Phone number : 1-800-451-2290
doubt that I will use these products forever for cost reasons and the
transition to normal food sources for protein, but using them early post
op to get in protein seems to be an excellent option.
I am writing to tell you of a few of my strategies for adequate protein
intake. There is a product called. "Met Rx", It can be
purchased at all GNC nutrition stores. It is a powder that mixes with
water to make either a pudding or milkshake consistency, depending on how
much water is added. It is
very rich in protein (37-39 grams).There are lots of delicious flavors.
Because it comes in convenient travel packets, it can be taken in powder
form to work, trips, etc
also munch on dry roasted/ unsalted peanuts or sunflower seeds as a snack.
They have 8 grams of protein per oz, and 0 cholesterol. Hopes this helps
someone out there!!
Buy liquid protein at the health food store and drink it with orange
Here is a recipe for a protein smoothie:
2 scoops of Vanilla Isopure
2 frozen strawberries or frozen pineapple
Coconut Extract (a few drops)
Add some water and crushed ice and blend.
Rev. Marcel Lamb:
I found that drinking Isopure (a whey protein
isolate that is low in carbohydrates and aspartame sweetened) was very
helpful during the initial stages of my recovery from surgery.
Isopure has about 40 grams of protein per bottle. Later, I've
learned to eat Designer Whey low carbohydrate protein bars with about 30
grams of protein. Both are available at GNC stores.
I read all the protein sources listed. I use one called Vita4Live
It is a liquid predigested protein that has 30 grams per 2 tablespoons.
Comes in Honey or Mocha (tastes just like coffee).
I am one of the less fortunate that CANNOT have milk , CANNOT swallow
anything thicker than orange juice and CANNOT use any artificial
This is the best protein I have found...easy to take, not expensive
(comparably) doesn't taste terrible and is not thick at all.
These are made especially for WLS patients.
They also have vitamins/ minerals in dissolvable tablets or capsule.