Undergoing bariatric surgery is a big step towards better health. However, with this big step comes big responsibility. Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons in Knoxville says bBariatric surgery alone is not a lifetime solution. Post operation, it is important that patients change their lifestyle and create healthy habits for a successful bariatric journey. One of these important changes is diet.

The Importance of Protein After Bariatric Surgery
An important aspect diet after bariatric surgery is protein. It helps your body in a number of ways after surgery and it maintains and builds muscle mass that is essential for weight loss. Protein fills you up for longer period of time so you will find yourself less hungry between meals.

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons knows how important protein is, but we also know how hard it can be to get your suggested amount (60-80 grams) post bariatric surgery. This is why we created a special protein formula of our own. Foothills protein powder can help patients reach their recommended daily protein intake and can be used to create a number of delicious shakes!

Pumpkin Protein Shake
It is the season for pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING. If you’ve recently undergone weight loss surgery, these fall-themed drinks, snacks and desserts may be tempting you to sway from your diet.

The holidays can be tough for anyone trying to lose weight, but for someone who has a restricted diet because of surgery, the holidays present even bigger challenges. Don’t give in to the sugary pies and pumpkin spice lattes… try this pumpkin protein shake recipe instead!


  • 1 cup of low-fat milk
  • ⅓ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop of Foothills vanilla protein powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Stevia
  • ⅛ teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup of ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top if off with some cinnamon, or freeze it for dessert later and enjoy! For more delicious smoothie recipes visit the Whey Protein page on the Foothills Weight Loss website.