Gastric Bypass Surgery Recipes

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Recipes

Gastric bypass surgery is a transformative procedure that can help individuals achieve significant weight loss and improve their overall health. However, adjusting to a new eating pattern post-surgery can be challenging. It’s essential to follow a carefully planned diet to ensure proper nutrition and successful weight management. To make this journey more enjoyable, here are three delicious dinner recipes for gastric bypass patients.

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Grilled Chicken

For this dish you’ll need:

  • 2 large-sized zucchinis, spiralized into noodles
  • 4 oz thinly sliced grilled chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp low-fat pesto sauce
  • 1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Over medium heat, gently sauté the zucchini noodles until they become tender but not too soft.

2. In another pan, grill the chicken breast until it’s fully cooked.

3. Combine the zucchini noodles with the pesto sauce and give them a toss.

4. Add the chicken and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste preference.

Baked Salmon with Steamed Asparagus and Quinoa

Salmon is a great choice of meal for gastric bypass patients after surgery as it offers protein and omega-3 fatty acids. When paired with asparagus and quinoa, this meal becomes a flavorful option for dinner.

For this dish you’ll need:

  • 4 ounces salmon filet
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup steamed asparagus spears
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Lemon wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Season the salmon filet with oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place the salmon on a baking sheet. Bake it for 15-20 minutes or until it easily flakes with a fork.
  3. In a pot, cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package.
  4. Steam the asparagus until tender.
  5. Arrange the quinoa, salmon, and asparagus together on a plate, garnishing them with lemon wedges for added flavor.

Turkey and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Stir fry is a healthy option that you can customize according to your preferences. By using turkey along with an assortment of vegetables, you can enjoy a nutrient-packed dinner. Here’s a recipe you might like.

For this dish you’ll need:

  • 4 ounces lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup stir fry vegetables (such as bell peppers, snap peas, and broccoli)
  • 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup cooked cauliflower rice
  • Cooking spray


1. In a stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray, cook the ground turkey until it’s fully done.

2. Add the garlic and ginger to the skillet, then mix in the stir fry vegetables.

3. Drizzle some soy sauce over everything. Continue cooking until the vegetables are tender and crisp.

4. Serve this tasty stir fry on top of a bed of cauliflower rice.

These post-gastric bypass meal ideas are not only delicious but also suitable for your recovery’s dietary needs. Remember to consult with your healthcare provider or nutritionist for meal plans and recommendations. For more information on gastric bypass in Tijuana, Mexico, consult with US board-certified weight loss surgeon Dr. Jalil Illan.

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