After gastric sleeve surgery the goal is to get 60-80g of protein per day, but that can be tricky when you’re in the full liquids phase and get tired of drinking protein shakes and my chicken bone broth. My doctor lets you have pudding in the full liquid stage because it melts in your mouth, but if your doctor wants you to wait until purées for pudding, please do that. [explanation of all the food stages]
Such a simple recipe is perfect for post-surgery, plus you even get some fiber too! It would also be great to throw into your ice cream maker!
shrink violet's protein-y fiber-y pudding recipe
Yummy, easy to eat, and you get a high amount of protein in a small package - plus some fiber too! You can of course mix up the flavors. Banana protein powder would be great in vanilla pudding. Chocolate protein powder with pistachio pudding. Even unflavored protein powder for a less-sweet treat. Whatever combination you choose, you'll know you're getting lots of protein in every teeny-tiny bite!
For a special treat, toss it into your ice cream maker...
Mix pudding mix powder, protein powder, fiber, and gelatin in a medium mixing bowl.
Add milk and whisk until combined. (Some lumps OK.)
Add yogurt and whisk for 2 minutes.
Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Give the pudding one more really good stir, and serve in 2 ounce portions.
Makes 3 1/4 cups. Nutrition values based on Jello instant pudding mix in white chocolate, Fage 0% Greek yogurt in plain, and Dymatize Elite whey protein powder in snickerdoodle, but it will be about the same for other combinations. I don't recommend using a yogurt other than Fage 0%. Some other yogurts (I'm looking at you Chobani) turn the pudding into a soupy gross mess.
What are your favorite ways to get protein in your diet at the full liquids stage? Did you manage to keep up, or did you miss your protein target? Any techniques or recipes of your own you’d like to share?