I’ve been doing a lot more cooking for myself lately, as after surgery, going out to eat isn’t very cost-effective because I don’t eat much, so dinner usually ends up as leftovers, and then the leftovers usually go bad–although I am getting better at the whole concept of bringing lunch to work.
Luckily, there’s a lot of great ways to get protein in these days–shakes, powders, bars, and regular old food that I never used to eat anymore (yogurt anyone?). That said, there’s a lot of foods that I can’t eat anymore–namely pastas and breads…or do I thought!! Bread is still an only sometimes food, and usually, I end up taking the bread off of whatever it is I’m eating (ie burger, sandwich) and eat the inside. Pasta, however….
As much as I hate Barilla for their homophobic comments of a few years ago, they make a fantastic product called Barilla ProteinPlus. At 17 grams of protein per 3.5 oz serving is awesome for pasta. Now, I’m not eating it every day of the week, but if Anthony and I are in the mood for pasta, you can have some with your main meal and not feel guilty.
Another way to not feel guilty is to find where you can cut corners without sacrificing taste. For instance, tonight for dinner, I made creamy garlic Parmesan pasta with chicken. The recipe calls for 1.5 cups of whole milk. Instead of using whole milk, I used 1 cup fat-free Lactaid and 1/2 cup fat free Half and Half. It’s just as creamy and delicious as it would’ve been with whole milk, but with significantly less fat. Thanks to the addition of chicken, protein pasta, and milk I was able to get around 35oz of protein in for dinner–that’s almost half of my recommended daily intake of protein (80-100oz).
One of the most important things you can do as a WLS patient (or someone who is trying to cut out fat/carbs/whatever) is experiment. There are PLENTY of websites out there for low fat/low carb recipes (Pinterest anyone?) that even if you don’t follow a recipe from one of those websites, you can still take the basic ideas and modify your own favorite recipes.
Do you have any favorite ways of modding recipes to make them a bit more healthy? Let me know–I’m always looking for suggestions!!!