preoperative bariatric diet grocery list

It is essential that you prepare and stock your kitchen with foods that will bolster your nutritious needs after a weight loss surgery. It is so easy to get back into old eating habits and even easier to take a quick bite into old favorites that are not so good for our health.

We scoured the internet and found some favorites mentioned among many sites. This bariatric diet shopping list makes it simpler for you to settle on what you need and what is right for you during your preoperative diet stage.

Many patients tell us that their taste buds have changed a bit after surgery. Our best advice is to keep it simple and do not overstock. You may have the desired taste for new items after surgery, you may not like some of the food items you like before.

Bariatric Grocery List:

Protein powder or ready-made shakes will become part of your daily routine

Listed below are a few favorites from patients:

  • Protein One MultiVitamin & Meal Replacement
  • ETB Naturally Protein, The Clean & Lean Alternative
  • Garden of Life Raw Organic Fit
  • Syntrax Nectar (gluten-free, lactose-free)

Clear fluids:

  • Kettle & Fire Grass-Fed Bone Broth beef or chicken
  • Pacific Natural Foods Organic Bone Broth chicken and turkey sampler (make sure to get bone soup and not just stock)
    Matcha Maker Green Tea
  • Coconut water is more hydrating than ordinary water.
  • Spring water, you can enhance this with SweetLeaf stevia water drops or a couple of ounces of no-sugar-included juice
  • Sugar-free Jell-O gelatin
  • Sugarless popsicles

Full fluids:

  • V8 or green juice weakened with spring water
  • No-sugar-included juice mixed with spring water
  • Almond milk

Dry Goods:

Protein supplements source:

  • Whey protein (whey protein isolate or whey protein hydrolyze)
  • Pea, rice or the combination of both for vegetarians patients
  • Grams of protein per portion (regular for a scoop): 20-30 grams
    • Prefer zero or the minimum of carbs in the supplement to avoid sorbitol or mannitol in “other ingredients” because it causes gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Decrease the intake of fats because they are hard to digest
  • Natural peanut butter, powdered peanut spread, almond margarine, and soy nut spread
  • Cocoa powder
  • Benefiber
  • Pulverized flaxseed

*Prefer zero or the minimum of carbs in the supplement to avoid sorbitol or mannitol in “other ingredients” because it causes gastrointestinal discomfort


  • V-8 juice
  • Fruit juices, including carrots, turnips and green juice
  • Canned peas, carrots, turnips, and squash
  • Brown vegetable
  • Any roasted vegetables, without starch


  • Low fat, cream-based
  • Progresso Light soup
  • Vegetable
  • Lentil
  • Bean
  • Chicken, turkey, meat and veggie stocks
  • Bisque
  • Butternut squash
  • Tomato
  • Sacred heart soup
  • Egg move soup

Canned Foods

  • Beans — if utilizing canned, flush them first to expel the sodium
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned angle, including salmon, fish, and sardines
  • Canned white meat chicken
  • Canned crab
  • Canned organic products with no sugar included
  • Canned veggies


  • Oatmeal
  • Grits
  • Cream of wheat
  • Cream of rice
  • Kashi hot grain

Dairy Foods

  •  Skim milk
  • High protein milk
  • Soy, lite almond, lite rice, and lite cashew milk
  • Cottage cheddar
  • Ricotta cheddar
  • Plain, nonfat yogurts
  • Sugar-free, nonfat yogurts, including Activia and Oikos Triple Zero (endeavor to hold yogurts under 150 calories)
  • Eggs, egg whites or egg mixers (egg blenders concoct extremely fleecy, and you can utilize only a little sum)
  • Silken Tofu

Do you have any favorites we should add? Comment below to give us your favorite bariatric preoperative diet must haves.

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