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

Dreamsicle Protein Shake


Nothing says refreshing like fresh citrus flavors. Chocolate and vanilla can get boring after a while, so give your taste buds a treat and try something with a sweet orange flavor. This protein shake will give you the creamy orange flavor of an Orange Julius. The cottage cheese is a key ingredient for not only protein but to help give it an ultracreamy texture.

1½ cups ice

½ cup low-fat cottage cheese

½ cup water, plus 2 to 4 tablespoons additional if needed

1 small tangerine or mandarin orange (about 2 ounces) or 1 small mandarin orange fruit cup, drained

1 scoop (¼ cup) unflavored or vanilla protein powder

1 teaspoon powdered stevia extract

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 In a blender, blend on high speed to combine the ice, cottage cheese, water, tangerine, protein powder, stevia, and vanilla for 2 to 3 minutes, until the shake is smooth and no longer lumpy. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons more water if the shake is too thick.

2 Pour half the shake into a glass and enjoy.

3 Refrigerate any shake you don’t drink or use right away, and reblend prior to serving. Discard any remaining shake after 7 days.

Per Serving (1 cup): Calories: 137 Total fat 1g Sodium: 104mg Total carbs 12g Sugar: 8g Fiber: 1g Protein: 21g

Post-Op Servings

image 1 to 3 cups per day