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Bariatric Recipes: Summer Edition

A Culinary Adventure: Delightful Bariatric Recipes for a Healthy Summer Season

Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering or looking to explore new culinary horizons, our carefully curated recipes for bariatric patients will do just the trick. Navigating post-weight loss surgery can be daunting, and we want to provide you with quick, easy, and healthy meals to help you further reach your goals.

Each recipe is designed with your health and taste buds in mind, offering a balance of essential nutrients and mouth watering flavors. We have included a smoothie recipe, a high-protein dinner recipe, and a refreshing fruit salad and salsa to kickstart your summer both satisfied and nourished.

Dive into summer with our bariatric-friendly recipes bursting with the flavors of fresh summer fruits!

Photo of a bariatric recipe for watermelon and feta salad


  • 3 cups watermelon in bite-sized chunks, seeds removed
  • 2 ounces crumbled  feta cheese (fat-free works well too)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  • On a large platter or individual plates, arrange watermelon and feta.
  • Drizzle with vinaigrette and top with basil.
  • Enjoy!


SOURCE: Watermelon Feta Salad – Bariatric Eating

Photo of a bariatric recipe for Lemon Meringue Smoothie
  • Ingredients:

    • ½ cup greek yogurt, plain
    • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
    • 1 cup nonfat milk
    • ¼ tsp. coconut extract
    • ¼ tsp. stevia to taste
    • 1 cup of ice


    • In a blender add all the ingredients and process until smooth.
    • Pour into a glass and enjoy!
    • TIP: Can also enjoy if you’re currently on a bariatric  liquid diet!

SOURCE: Lemon Meringue Smoothie – PB + P Design (peanutbutterandpeppers.com)

Photo of a BBQ Pineapple Chicken bariatric recipe


  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenderloin
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp bbq sauce (lowest sugar you can find)
  • 1 yellow or green bell pepper, cut into rings or strips
  • 4 slices pineapple (in natural juice if using canned)
  • 4 heavy duty foil sheet


  • Heat outdoor grill or pan to medium-high heat.
  • While the grill or pan is heating, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Divide chicken evenly among four sheets of foil.
  • Layer chicken with bell pepper, pineapple ring and 1 tbsp bbq sauce per pack (in that order). Close the sides of the foil leaving a small opening at the top.
  • Grill or pan with lid shut for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165 F)
  • Remove from the grill or pan, let cool and move from foil to plates!

SOURCE: BBQ Pineapple Chicken Foil Pack | (bariatricfoodcoach.com)

photo of a bariatric recipe for mango salsa


  • 3-4 mangos, cut into small chunks
  • About 4 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, roughly diced
  • 2-3 jalapeno peppers, chopped (seeds removed if you don’t like the heat)
  • About 1/4 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Juice of half an orange
  • Optional: 3 packets no-calorie sweetener


  • In a bowl, combine the diced mango, onion, jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, and salt.
  • Stir well to mix all the ingredients together.
  • Let the salsa sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • OPTIONAL: Add sweetener if you prefer it to match the saltiness
  •  Cover and refrigerate one hour before serving!
  • Serve as a topping for grilled chicken or fish, or as a dip with whole grain tortilla chips

    SOURCE: Nik’s Mango Salsa – Bariatric Foodie

Refreshing and Nutritious: A Summer Feast with Bariatric-Friendly Recipes

With summer in full swing, embrace the season with our mouthwatering collection of bariatric-friendly recipes that showcase the vibrant and luscious flavors of summer fruits!

When it comes to recipes for bariatric surgery patients, it’s important to focus on meals that are nutritious, easy to digest, and portion-controlled. We hope you enjoy a few recipe ideas that can be suitable for bariatric surgery patients.

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