Fresh Start Bariatric Cookbook: Healthy Recipes to Enjoy Favorite Foods After Weight-Loss Surgery

Mint Dream Protein Shake

MAKES 2 SERVINGS / PREP: 5 MINUTES / TOTAL: 5 MINUTES

Take me back to the 1950s, when ice cream drinks were all the rage. A meal wasn’t complete unless it was capped off with a cool, creamy dessert like a Grasshopper: a combination of sweet chocolate, vanilla ice cream, and mint liqueur. Try this (yes, alcohol-free) Mint Dream Shake as a perfectly delightful substitute. Toss in the secret ingredient, a handful of fresh spinach, to give this shake some extra green, and you will never even know it’s there! Enjoy this shake after dinner to satisfy your sweet tooth and finish off your protein goal for the day.

1 small handful (less than 1 cup) fresh spinach

1 cup low-fat milk

1 scoop (¼ cup) vanilla protein powder

¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

½ teaspoon peppermint extract

3 ice cubes

2 to 3 fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

1 In a blender, blend on high speed to combine the spinach, milk, protein powder, yogurt, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, and ice for 3 to 4 minutes, until the spinach is thoroughly pureed and the powders are well dissolved.

2 Pour half the shake into a glass, garnish with the fresh mint sprigs, and enjoy.

3 Refrigerate any shake you don’t drink or use right away, and reblend prior to serving. Discard any remaining shake after 1 day.

Did you know? Spinach is an excellent source of iron. After a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (or BPD), iron absorption is impaired in the body, and many people need to take iron supplements. Toss a handful of spinach into your next protein shake to help you reach your iron needs. Other high-quality sources of iron include meats and beans.

Per Serving (1 cup): Calories: 135 Total fat: 1g Sodium: 115mg Total carbs: 12g Sugar: 8g Fiber: 1g Protein: 18g

Post-Op Servings

image 1 to 3 cups per day