Certain foods must be avoided immediately following surgery to prevent complications. Nuts, seeds, popcorn, dried fruits, high fiber, fibrous or raw gas forming foods such as vegetables, tough meats and any food that swell such as rice, pasta, high fiber breads and grits are some foods to avoid.
Food tolerances vary from person to person. You may be able to introduce more foods as your body heals from surgery and your pouch matures. (Which could be as much as one to two years post-op).
This recipe is for those who can tolerate seeds and fiber and have a "mature" pouch. When adding any new food to your diet, it is suggested to take it slow and easy and only under the advice of your surgeon or dietary counselor.
Adding extra fiber and nutrition to your diet later on post-op can be easy and great fun.
I discovered this seed mixture to be good on veggies, chicken, or homemade breads and pizzas. I love it in tuna salad. Some of my (unaltered tummy) friends love to add it to their raw green salad as well.
Recently, I purchased a whole wheat pizza dough (uncooked) from our local Wilmington, NC, Great Harvest Bread Company. Before baking the crust, I added a few of the seeds onto the pizza dough which added more fiber and flavor.
Seeds can be varied and amounts added according to taste. Flax provides great heart healthy fats and quinoa can be eaten in its dry form to add extra protein and vitamins. (Raw quinoa is harder to digest.)
I purchased organic seeds from the local health food store and just added them together until I was please with the taste and appearance. I had just as much fun making the seed mixture as I did eating it. I also found it made great gifts in small jars during the holidays.
Flax and Fiber Seed Recipe
(for mature pouches only)
- flax seeds (golden and brown)
- quinoa (colors range from white, orange, red, purple, to black, depending on the variety).
- black and white sesame seeds
- poppy seeds
- black pepper
- red pepper
- onion (dehydrated)
- garlic (dehydrated)
- sea salt
More about Quinoa. Pronounced ("KEEN-wah") The Quinoa seed is about the size of millet and resembles the grain of some cereal grasses, but it is not a grass.
The seed of Quinoa is an excellent food, rich in protein and high in fiber. The protein is well balanced and rich in the amino acid lysine and contains no gluten.
It is also high in calcium, phosphorous, vitamins B and E. Quinoa can be cooked, sprouted, or eaten raw and are the only spout to contain all the essential amino acids for humans.
Quinoa may be hard to digest early after gastric bypass surgery, so this fun and healthy pleasure may be best for the mature pouch.
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