Surgery Pre-op Class-Dietary
About Lesson
Protein/Protein Foods
Protein is critical after surgery in order to help your body heal and to get your energy back.  During the puree phase you should aim for 5-6 servings per day of protein.  Use the guidelines below!
1 serving of meat/seafood = 2 ounces = 16 grams of protein
Food Items
Meats/Seafood: (1/4 cup)
  • Pureed chicken or turkey (no skin)
  • Pureed fish, water packed tuna
  • Pureed soft fish (haddock, tilapia, cod, and salmon
  • Pureed canned chicken
  • Pureed meatballs
  • Stage 2 baby food meat (no dinners) 
Dairy/Eggs:  (1/4-1/2 cup)
  • Scrambled eggs/egg substitute
  • Cream soups made with skim milk (avoid tomato, potato, or pea soups)
  • 1-2% pureed cottage cheese
  • Part-skim ricotta cheese
  • Sugar-free pudding (made with skim milk)
  • Milk or Lactaid Milk (skim or 1%)
  • Reduced-sugar yogurt
  • Carbmaster (Kroger)
  • Kroger Greek Lite
  • Light and Fit Greek

Plant Proteins: (¼ cup)

  • Pureed tofu
  • Refried beans (thinned)
  • Reduced sugar soy milk
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Pureed bean or lentil soup
  • Pureed vegetarian chili

Protein Supplements:( ½-1 cup) as tolerated. Refer to protein supplement handout.