Bariatric Surgery Success

Bariatric Surgery Success

#91 Bariatric Nutrition Q & A #8: Your Questions Answered

March 30, 2022

You know those days when it's just not happening? You need to go in the kitchen and prep meals but you can’t seem to even crawl in there. Whether you’re single or have a family to feed, the good news is that there are numerous meal options to check out. Gayle, Isabel and I all get this question frequently: "Are there prepared or semi prepared meals that work for me after surgery?" Yes. Let's take a close look at some of the most popular meals you can order. 

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Bariatric Dietitian Isabel Maples, RD

Fauquier Health Weight Loss Surgery


Gayle Brazzi Smith MS, RDN, CSOWM, LDN

Registered & Licensed Dietitian



Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery Institute

Isabel, Gayle and I each critiqued 2 meal companies looking specifically at calories, grams of protein, carbs, and fiber plus portion sizes.

We had specific nutrition criteria in mind so that the meals would work for you after surgery when you’re at the point to eat regular food again. 

Here are the criteria we looked for:

Calories: 250 to 400 per meal

Protein: 15 to 30 grams per meal

Carbs can be 5 grams up to 15/20 grams per meal

Fiber can be 3 grams up to 10/15 grams per meal

Sodium can be 100 mg up to 300/400 mg per meal

You can use these same ranges to critique meal options you’re interested in too as they are many meal companies to consider.

Companies we critiqued:



Hello Fresh at

Home Chef at


Tiny Tummyz

Remember that we eat with our eyes so when you heat or prep your meal, be sure and put the food on a nice smaller plate or in a pretty smaller bowl. Set up a place mat and napkin. The meal will take on an entire new look and feel of enjoyment than if you heat and eat from a bag. When you eat from the bag or container, you won’t feel satisfied and it’s hard to practice mindful eating where you enjoy each delicious bite slowly. 

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