For those lap band or gastric sleeve patients who are in the pureed food stage after their bariatric surgery, pudding can be a good choice of food to incorporate into their diet as it provides more vitamins, minerals, and protein than a gelatin product. This recipe could be incorporated easily into the pureed food stage as it is puree consistency, but has a benefit of adding flavor as well as vitamins and minerals from the canned pumpkin. One cup of canned pumpkin provides only 83 calories, 20 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat, 3 grams of fiber. Canned pumpkin also provides a host of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, K, C, E, B-6, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, thiamin, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Since canned pumpkin is available all year, this recipe isn’t strictly a fall time treat. Lap band and gastric sleeve patients can make this recipe no matter what time of year they choose to have their bariatric weight loss surgery.
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- 1 box vanilla instant pudding (regular or sugar free)
- 2 cups skim milk
- 1 15 oz can of 100% pumpkin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ginger
Prepare pudding as directed. Once pudding is set, fold in canned pumpkin and spices. Refrigerate until serving.
The above recipe idea is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a board certified general surgeon specializing in bariatric weight loss surgeries, including adjustable lap band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass. Dr. Shillingford and his staff enjoy providing patients with information on foods that can be incorporated into their post surgical bariatric diet. Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and adjustable lap band patients come from all over South Florida, including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Delray Beach, Parkland, and the Palm Beaches.