Grocery Shopping for Bariatric Surgery

Grocery Shopping for Bariatric Surgery

Essentials for Stocking Your Pantry After Bariatric Surgery

It is encouraged that you plan ahead and stock your kitchen with foods that will support your nutritional needs after surgery. The following are suggestions for a shopping list to get you started on your way to a new life.

Protein and Vitamins Supplements

HINT: Ask for samples of the various protein supplements BEFORE you purchase a supply of a brand to make sure you can tolerate the taste and texture!

Protein Supplements

  • Isopure zero carb/low sugar
  • Myoplex Lite
  • Muscle Milk Light
  • Protein Isolate
  • Lean Muscle Milk
  • Unjury

Vitamin Supplements – Typically beginning two weeks post-operatively

  • Vitamin B-12 – 5000 mcg daily – sublingual, liquid or chewable
  • Biotin – 5000 mcg daily capsules (prevents excess hair loss)
  • Pantothenic Acid – 500 mg daily capsules
  • Multivitamins and minerals – chewable or liquid
  • Vitamin D3 – 1000 – 5000 iu soft gel or liquid
  • Calcium – Chewable – 1 gram daily

Grocery Items

Dry goods

  • Whey protein powder
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • soy-nut butter


  • Herbal teas
  • Bottled water (non-sparkling)
  • Crystal Lite
  • Non-carbonated zero calorie beverages


  • Sugar-free frozen fruit
  • Sugar-free canned fruit
  • Applesauce


  • Low fat cream based soups
  • Vegetable soups
  • Lentil soups
  • Bean soups
  • Chicken broth
  • Beef broth

Canned Goods

  • Fat free refried beans
  • Pasta/tomato sauce
  • Canned fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)
  • Canned white meat chicken
  • Chicken broth
  • Beef broth