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It is now officially one week since I returned from my vertical sleeve gastrectomy where nearly 80% of my stomach was removed to help me on my weight loss journey. While my recovery is progressing as expected, I’ve experienced a few setbacks due to the amount of sodium consumed during my liquid phase pre and post op which when coupled with being off my diuretic led to a worsening of my edema. As I still have a week left on liquids – and I’m tired of processed and canned broths/soups – I’ve compiled a list of heart healthy, low sodium, liquid phase friendly soups/bisques to help me make the final stretch with as little negative impact on my blood pressure and edema as possible. As always, everyone’s bariatric plan is different with unique preop and post-op guidelines for their phases. For me, I am able to have liquids that are thinned and contain no chunks. Anywhere between a water and thinned milk or thin gravy consistency.
Anywho, remember, to refer to your dietary guidelines given to you by your professional and substitute ingredients as needed. If for any reason your soup is too thick – thin it with whatever liquid you used as the primary base (broth, water, milk, etc). Also, feel free to mix in a serving of your favorite unflavored protein powder to make the soup a great meal replacement. Unjury and Genepro are best (add to your individual bowl when the soup is WARM not boiling hot).
Have other suggestions? Leave them below in the comments!
1. Loaded Baked Potato Soup Via Carolyn Casner at EatingWell.com
Reduced sodium chicken broth lowers the sodium in this classic soup and the extra dose of your protein powder will make this a filling meal. Remember – thin the soup with additional milk or broth to help reduce the sodium even more and run it through a blender if there are any chunk. I would also skip the bacon or swap it with low sodium bacon (remember to remove any chunks) and add more onions and chives – but that’s just me. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250812/loaded-baked-potato-soup/
2. Roasted Garlic Soup via Renee Kohley of Raising Generation Nourished
This soup is sure to kill any vampires that make their way into your home at night, but man is it delicious!!! While the nutrition information wasn’t available on the site, I entered the ingredients into MyFitnessPal and at an estimated 5-6 servings, you’re looking at 175 calories, 16 grams of carbs, 27 grams of protein, and only 230 mg of sodium (depending on the bone broth and added salt and pepper). http://www.raisinggenerationnourished.com/2014/02/roasted-garlic-soup/
3. Peanut Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup via A Saucy Kitchen
Staying with those orange/yellow hued soups is this delicious medley: Peanut Carrot and Sweet Potato soup. I just recently became a fan of sweet potatoes and blending them with carrots and a hint of the nutty flavor from the nuts makes this soup taste phenomenal! This recipe is dairy free, however, if you want to make it a little creamier or you need to thin it out for your liquid phase – blend it with a little half and half or cream. https://www.asaucykitchen.com/peanut-carrot-sweet-potato-soup/
4. Creamy Vegan Navy Bean and Tomato Vegetable Soup via In Pursuit of More
For my vegan friends out there, this soup is healthy without that “health nut” taste that turns so many off from super healthy foods. This recipe does need a few alterations regarding the sodium, so I would say adjust the salt to your own taste levels and use a low sodium broth rather than regular broth– again sodium content is one of my greatest concerns when preparing meals. If you’re post-op liquid phase, I would start with small servings as beans, of course, can create gas – and nothing is worse than gas pain post op. If you’re not a fan of navy beans, you can substitute with any white beans.
5. Lobster Bisque via RedBook
For those that are feeling fancy and are looking for something elegant to try – this bisque by famed Chef Rocco DiSpirito can be simplified (and budget-fied) by buying lobster tails on sale ($2 when a good Harris Teeter sale comes around) or even subbing for canned crab meat. For those of us that don’t drink – a little white grape juice cut with lemon can sub for the ½ cup of Reisling wine.
6. Keto Buffalo Chicken Soup via I Breathe I’m Hungry
Ok look, this soup is fattening – more so than what we want – so I would recommend it to be preop liquid phase and only 1 serving -or at least make some swaps with lower calorie half and half as well as low-calorie margarine and cream cheese. You’ll also really need to blend the chicken well or remove the chunks. But either way – just the liquid of this soup is AMAZING!!!!!!! The recipe is very simple to follow and the taste cannot be beaten! Its keto diet friendly which is what we want to follow as many preop and post-op liquid plans are low carb/high protein, and by making those swaps you’ll be able to enjoy the soup with a little less guilt.
7. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup via DamnDelicious
This soup only has 315mg of sodium per serving and a whopping 15 grams of protein. The flavors are out of this world – rich, creamy, savory, earthy. I absolutely love it! As always, you’ll need run it through the blender to smooth it out and then strain it but what you’re left with is a flavorful liquid that will make you completely forget that you’re on a liquid diet. While substitutes aren’t really needed, if you want to lighten it more you can use a low sodium chicken stock and a low-calorie half and half. https://damndelicious.net/2015/01/10/creamy-chicken-mushroom-soup/
8. Creamy Cauliflower and Ham Soup via I Breathe I’m Hungry
Making another appearance on this list is a low-calorie soup from I’m Breath I’m Hungry. This cauliflower and ham soup tastes like a guilty treat but the calories are only 125 per 10 ounce serving – that’s more than our little tummies can hold after surgery! So cut the serving in half and slurp up! Its insanely easy to make – you know I love “chop and plop” recipes – and if you want to cut the sodium rinse the ham or buy a low sodium ham – you’ll be blending it into the soup so you want to watch that sodium. https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/cauliflower-leftover-ham-soup-low-carb/
9. Broccoli Cheese Soup via Katrina Runs for Food
You really thought I could make it through this list without our favorite – broccoli and cheese soup?! This soup makes the liquid diet bearable, it makes life worth living when you’re day 8 and the sight of one more protein shake makes you question if surgery is worth this torture. As the carrot and broccoli can make it chunky – pulse it through the blender to make it smooth and if its too thin add in a red potato or two to thicken it and give it an even creamier taste. https://www.katrina-runs.com/the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year
10. Egg Drop Soup via Annacia at Genius Kitchen
This last soup almost did me in when I would order it from Chinese restaurants. The sodium level is astronomical, so I would have to thin it out so much with broth or water. Now that I found this recipe, not only is it incredibly simple to make (less than 10 minutes) but I also can control the amount of sodium in the broth. Instead of spinach, I added in cilantro and garlic. Absolutely delicious.