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Help...what are the BEST tasting Protein Drinks for the Liquid phase (3 wks after surgery)?

on 2/13/11 1:14 pm - Garner, NC

Scheduled for RNY on March 2nd and am beginning to look around for items I'll need after surgery.  I'm looking at buying protein drinks now.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what are the BEST TASTING protein drinks out there available for use after surgery during the 3 week liquid diet???

Also how many protein drinks do you have to drink daily?  Is it 3 (breakfast, lunch, dinner)?

Boost HIGH PROTEIN is on our "list" of protein drink options, but these protein drinks also have 27 grams of sugar instead of the recommended 15-20 grams of sugar.  Yes, it provide more protein than the recommended 13 grams but was wondering if the sugar level would be a problem.  Not sure that the HIGH PROTEIN BOOST drinks are a "real" option due to the sugar level.  Any one use them and find them okay after surgery??

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your help!!!!!    

"Nothing tastes as GOOD and being HEALTHY FEELS!" 

RNY (3/11)   Age: 45  Height: 5'5"  &  NO plastic surgical procedures                                                      Starting weight: 270  Lowest weight: 132  Goal weight: 135  Current weight: 138.8 


on 2/13/11 1:28 pm
On my program the Boost would have too much sugar and too little protein. I am using Body Fortress from Wal-Mart right now, on my pre op liquid diet. 1 gram of sugar and 26 grams of protein. My protein goal is 70 grams per day.
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on 2/13/11 1:33 pm - Bowie, MD
Our favorite is the BSN Synthra6 and Lean Dessert proteins. has samples at reasonable prices.  My favorite Synthra 6 is strawberry milkshake, chocolate milkshake and cookies and cream.  My favorite Lean Dessert is whipped is slightly thicker than syntra 6.  I usually flavor is sugar free syrups or sugar free pudding mixes and milk and ice.  I also love Click (available on Amazon) but it has espresso in it and I am over three years out.  Best of luck finding ones you like.  Everyone's taste is different so try samples first. 
on 2/13/11 1:36 pm - OH
RNY on 12/28/10 with
Please remember your taste buds will change post surgery!
Cicerogirl, The PhD

on 2/13/11 1:43 pm - OH
I'm surprised that they would put the high sugar Boost on your "approved" list.  Liquids with too much sugar will make you dump even more quickly (in terms of time) and more strongly because it goes right through the pouch into the intestines.

Taste is VERY subjective when it comes to protein drinks, and the smell and texture often come into play as well.  I would suggest that you go out to and order a bunch of different samples so that you can find out what YOU like rather than trust what anyone else likes.  As someone else mentioned, something you like now may make you gag after surgery.  I don't know why it happens, but it frequently does.


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on 2/13/11 3:19 pm - CT
RNY on 11/01/10 with
My fave was GNC AMP in strawberry yummy and no protein taste, a favorite of bodybuilders for muscle (those are the people to trust because they have tried everything and want zero carbs)
on 2/13/11 3:20 pm
RNY on 06/22/10 with
I liked the Atkins shakes during my first post op phase...the milk chocolate and strawberry.  The vanilla is good but the consistancy was too thick for I diluded it with skim milk and then it was okay.  You can find them the cheapest at Walmart..approx $5 for a 4 pack.
on 2/13/11 3:55 pm - CA
RNY on 12/17/10 with
My favorite is Optimum Nutrition. They have a million flavors and I can never taste the protein. It's 24 grams of protein per scoop, 1 sugar, 120 calories and 3 carbs. You can get samples of some of the flavors from Vitalady.

Shannon D.
on 2/13/11 5:09 pm - Columbus, OH
For on the go convenience...I just got hip to Pure Protein Shakes.  They are in a can sold seperately at trader joe's.  I think Target has them too.  They come in Vanilla or Chocolate.  21g or 35g. (The 35g are $2.29 each...i know (yikes!) but the convenience is what I need sometimes) I'm 22weeks post-op and drink 2 (35g shakes) daily and eat more protein to put me over 100 daily.
RNY 9/13/2010, pre-op/current/goal---> 360/260/180
Best Wishes!

on 2/13/11 6:08 pm
I seen muscle milk light pre made shakes at costco today.  Anyone tried those?  Didn't want to buy a case and they are disgusting.  I like the body fortress chocolate made with warm skim milk but could use some pre made for my late mornings.
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on 2/13/11 6:12 pm
oh, also has anyone tried the chocolate peanut butter or cookies and cream body fortress powder?  I seen walmart has the 2# tubs 3/$35.
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Christina D.
on 2/13/11 6:25 pm - Flagstaff, AZ
I am in the pre-op phase right now and I am drinking Cytomax - Protein Pure Performance Drink.  I am not one that likes the shake type drinks and this is more like a Crystal Lite type drink that has 20 grams of protien in 10 oz of drink, I am drinking one bottle per day right now since each bottle has 40 grams of protein in it and 0 sugar or carbs.

The taste is kidna strong but if you crush some ice and water in a blender and then mix in the drink it makes a really good slushie and tones down the flavor. 

Lady Lithia
on 2/13/11 6:28 pm
I would keep your grams of sugar below 10, zero if possible.

Syntrax Nectar has a great protein shake that is 23 g of protein, and NO sugar. All kinds of flavors. I put them with water and crystal light.

I'm almost three years out, and still drink an average of 2 to 2 1/2 per day.

27 g of sugar is a LOT of sugar and i'd avoid that like the plague! 

~Lady Lithia~ 200 lbs lost! 
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on 2/14/11 11:17 am - Garner, NC
Thanks Everyone!  I appreciate all of your suggestions and will explore my options this week in prep for the surgery which is scheduled a couple of weeks away now.  I will stay away from drinks too high in sugar...definitely want to start out on the RIGHT NOTE :-)!!!!

Thanks again!!

"Nothing tastes as GOOD and being HEALTHY FEELS!" 

RNY (3/11)   Age: 45  Height: 5'5"  &  NO plastic surgical procedures                                                      Starting weight: 270  Lowest weight: 132  Goal weight: 135  Current weight: 138.8 


on 2/27/11 3:19 pm - Varysburg, NY

That is a lot of sugar... I use the Unjury shakes- 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar & 20 grams of protien.  I like both of their chocolate flavors, but what I use daily is the unflavored.  I mix it up with Crystal lite lemonade mix (I do it 1 scoop per 8 oz of lemonade).

Your taste buds will change, as well as your ability to hold as much of the drinks.  Post op I found the protien shakes with the fat free milk (chocolate flavored, etc) was just too heavy for me. 

I drink 2-3 eight ounce servings with a scoop (20 grams protien) per day. I have been doing that since I had my surgery.

I have also tried the GNC protien shakes- they arent too bad and do have a bit more protien - I think 28 grams- but they are a little on the heavy side for me too-  I only have the chocolate and strawberry, so I have never tried their unflavored in the Crystal lite drink mix.

Unjury has a sample starter pack you can order that gives you a chance to try them without buying a whole tub!  I get them at

Good luck!

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