Any time the body undergoes an operation, it’s being put under added stress. Recovering from surgery requires more nutrients from our bodies, so being well-nourished leading up to surgery means your body is better equipped to handle surgery and this translates into faster healing and recovery.
Here are some fast, easy, and nutritious suggestions for us busy on-the-go people : )
Clif bars are convenient, fulfilling, and come in over 36 varieties. I like the oatmeal raisin, white chocolate chip, banana nut bread, and iced gingerbread. I also love the organic iced oatmeal cookie bars for kids. The bars are loaded with 70% organic ingredients, ~12 vitamins and minerals per bar, including Vitamins: A, C, Calcium, Iron, D, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B6, Folate, B12 (good mood vitamin!), and more. Trader Joe’s seem to carry the most variety from where I’m from, AZ, USA for like $1 or less each. I also love Trader Joe’s mini organic apples which would be perfect to eat pre and post surgery.
Whole Foods carries a whole wall and large variety of nutrition bars from $1-$4 each. This is the best quality and it’s fun to choose as this place supports local vendors. I love gathering different nutrition bars from here in general in place of other snacks @ home. Here are some samples of nutrition bars you can get at Whole Foods grocery:
Eat the beef one first and get it out of the way. lol jk.
Another delicious snack to have on hand are organic chips, pita bread, and hummus. Who isn’t obsessed with hummus? My favs are the red pepper and the cilantro jalapeno kind. Hummus is rich in protein and the high iron content helps boost your energy and are also important for creating new blood cells. The combined nutrients in hummus can help you bounce back after surgery.
If you want whole veggies and something so easy, I recommend organic avocado and tomato with your fav crackers. Slice tomato, mash avocado, and fold avocado over tomato to combine! The super food avocado provides vitamin b to help you fight off infections, vitamin C to help support wound healing and also is involved with the production of collagen, which maintains healthy connective tissues in your skin and blood vessels. Perfect to eat at this time! Bonus: The avocado totally masks the tomato taste and contains fiber which makes you feel full so you’re not scrambling around in a couple of hours looking for something else to eat. You can even pack a plastic knife and fork with you and bring it on the plane as a carry-on item, as long as it’s wrapped.
Organic pressed juices also aid in healing and are super yummy + nutritious.
Along with your pre-op Vitamin C, a diet rich in nutrients will give your body that extra boost to help you recover from the stresses of surgery.
What are some of your food recommendations for surgery?
Leave them in the comments below.