Eat Your Veggies!

Aug 28, 2023

Vegetables are an important part of the bariatric diet. They are high in fiber, which will help to keep you full throughout the day. They are also packed with vitamins and minerals which help to prevent deficiencies after surgery. Non-starchy vegetables are also low in calories, making them a good option for those on a weight loss journey. When planning a meal following surgery, choose a protein source and a non-starchy vegetable. For example, chopped onions and peppers can be added to an omelet in the morning. Tossing a big salad at the beginning of the week is convenient, so you can add it to meals throughout the week. Frozen, bagged vegetables can also be kept for longer and are ready to be baked, sautéed, or air fried. The following are examples of non-starchy vegetables:

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Collard greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Hearts of palm
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Leafy greens
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Swiss chard
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini
South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center on Facebook
South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center on Instagram