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

Fruit-Infused Waters

MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS / PREP: 10 MINUTES / TOTAL: 10 MINUTES

Although artificial sweeteners are safe to have after surgery, there is something to be said about trying to drink clean beverages free of both sugar and any artificial sugar substitutes. For some people, drinking excessive amounts of sugary beverages may cause cravings for other sugary foods. Infused waters are a tasty option for having a flavorful drink without sugar or a substitute. And the options are endless when choosing what to put in your fruit-infused water—be creative and experiment with a variety of herbs and spices. Increasing the flavor in your water may help you reach your fluid goals for the day.

Infuser options:

3 to 5 cucumber slices, 2 lime wedges, and 4 fresh mint leaves


4 sliced strawberries and ¼ jalapeño pepper


4 fresh basil leaves and ¼ cup cubed watermelon


1 fresh rosemary sprig, stemmed, and ¼ cup grapefruit wedges


2 or 3 blackberries, ⅛ cup blueberries, and 2 orange wedges


2 lemon wedges, 2 lime wedges, and 2 orange wedges


2 cucumber slices, ½ fresh lavender sprig, stemmed, 3 fresh mint leaves, and 2 lemon wedges


¼ apple, sliced, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick

1 Mix any of the preceding combinations with at least 2 cups of water.

2 If using herbs, use a wooden spoon or muddler to muddle them with the fruit to help bring out their flavors.

3 Consider using an infuser bottle or pitcher to help separate seeds and herbs so they don’t mix into the drinkable portion of the water.

Per Serving (1 cup): Calories: 0 Total fat: 0g Sodium: 0mg Total carbs: 0g Sugar: 0g Fiber: 0g Protein: 0g

Post-Op Servings

image 1 to 8 cups a day