Surgery Pre-op Class-Dietary
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    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.