A dinner the whole family will enjoy

Story Highlights

  • There's nothing special you need to change about the way you make family meals
  • A few simple adjustments are all that's required
  • Be sure to consult with your doctor about your nutrition plan

Think you’re tied to always making separate meals to meet your needs versus your family’s? We’ve got some good news - with just a few adjustments, you can continue sharing mealtimes and menus.

Don’t worry! You don’t have to turn your mealtime preparation upside down following your Gastric Banding Procedure. Foodwise, there’s nothing special you need to change about the way you make the family meal - a few simple adjustments are all that’s required. What’s more, these simple tweaks can help your family eat healthier too!

Downsize your portion

Prepare the same meal for yourself as for your family, just a little less. It will help if you dish out servings at the stove and counter. That way you can avoid having to wash serving dishes too! If you find it difficult to convert recipes into smaller yields, save the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Focus on slow

Whatever you’re enjoying, eat slowly, and chew your food thoroughly. If you have kids at home, encourage them not to wolf down dinner - you can even make it a game. Try challenging them to eat with chopsticks.

Make over your meat

Serve poultry (minus the skin), pork, and fish more often than red meat - it’s easier for you to digest and better for everyone’s health.

Go gourmet with poaching

Skip the frying. Consider gently poaching fish and chicken the way gourmet cooks do - they’ll turn out moist, tender, and delicious. And it’s a snap! For one pound (approximately 0.5 kg) of boneless, skinless chicken or fish fillet (salmon is an excellent choice), use one cup of flavourful liquid (try half a cup of white wine and half a cup of water; chicken broth or clam broth for fish), a few slices of onion, and a few sprigs of fresh dill or parsley. In a skillet, bring the liquid, onions, and herbs to a gentle simmer. Add the fish or chicken fillet, cover, and simmer gently until done - about 5 to 10 minutes.

Pack in nutrition

You’ll be eating small amounts at a time, so choose the most nutrientdense, delectable foods you can find, such as:

  • Salmon: rich in heart-healthy, omega-3 fatty acids
  • Red beans: packed with fibre, protein, and essential minerals
  • Spinach: offers vitamins A, C, and B6, and folate, riboflavin, calcium, iron, and magnesium
  • Sweet potatoes: loaded with beta-carotene
  • Apples: along with vitamin C, contains pectin, which helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels
  • Bananas: source of potassium.

Tip: These delicious superfoods puree well and are excellent choices during the weeks you’re eating soft, mushy foods.

Be sure to consult with your doctor about your nutrition plan.


Professor John B Dixon


Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Contents of article are author’s own views and experience. Comments on this article should be made directly to author.

For more information, you can contact Professor John Dixon on www.bakeridi.edu.au