Seafood is often the perfect soft food for bariatric surgery patients or any adult requiring soft food. Tired of tuna? How about lemon garlic pureed salmon?
Fish is considered a lean protein, meaning that fish is low in fat. Salmon is actually a fatty fish, but this doesn’t mean it’s loaded with fat. The little fat in salmon helps keep a soft texture, making this a perfect choice for anyone requiring softer foods.
Canned or fresh? Up to you really, however for many post-operative weight loss surgery patients or anyone with chewing or swallowing issues I would suggest canned. Fresh and canned salmon are relatively the same nutritionally.
The only difference between canned salmon and fresh salmon may be the sodium content. Canned salmon may contain more salt due to the canning process. You can purchase low sodium options if needed.
Another reason canned salmon would be better post surgery is the texture. Canned salmon is softer and flakes easier making it easier to tolerate. Fresh salmon, which of course needs to be cooked can end up more dense than canned.
You can simply mix the salmon the same way you would tuna, but make something different and change up the flavors? Garlic and lemon are the perfect combo for any fish.
Tips to make Pureed Salmon Salad:
- You can use a cooked salmon fillet instead of canned salmon if you wish.
- The garlic powder can be changed to fresh and either increased or decreased to your taste.
- The lemon juice can be increase if you want more flavor, however the extra liquid will make the puree runny. You could instead use about 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest.
Lemon Garlic Pureed Salmon
- 5 ounces canned salmon
- 2 Tbsp Reduce-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- Drain off the water from the canned salmon.
- Place salmon into a food processor.
- Add in mayonnaise, garlic and lemon juice.
- Blend until smooth.
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