Unlike many bariatric patients I come across I don’t imbibe very many protein drinks or shakes – I’ve found it hard to find one I really like. So many are overly sweet, grainy or artificial tasting for my palate and believe me I’ve tried a good few (and have a garage full of containers to prove it). So when I do use one I often like to mix and match with some fresh ingredients to get the flavour levels right. It’s a kind of half-way house – some convenience but some effort required.
I usually have one if I have an early morning breakfast requirement and
busy day ahead when I need to be up and out of the door fairly quickly. A drink that I can sip whilst getting ready and then finish in the car suits me fine on those days and, if like this drink, gives me a boost ‘bomb’ it keeps me going well until lunchtime. I also know I have a good hefty dose of protein already on board.
I have used a vanilla protein powder for this but you can use a chocolate flavoured one for a chocolate banana bomb instead if preferred. I also used half a frozen banana for a chilled result but you could use ordinary (I keep frozen bananas in my freezer for just this reason and to make speedy bariatric ice creams see here and here).
BARIATRIC BANANA BOMB SHAKE
100 g/4 oz plain fat-free Greek yogurt
100 g/4 oz unsweetened almond milk
2 scoops (about 40g) vanilla protein powder (I used Bariatric Fusion)
½ frozen banana
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Top with a few chopped pistachios if liked and garnish with a banana slice and mint sprig if you want to be fancy!
WLS PORTION: ½ – 1
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER PORTION: 266
PROTEIN: 38 g
CARBOHYDRATE: 23.5 g
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