One of the most important duties I have as a bariatric dietitian is teaching pre-operative patients about the post-surgery diet. Inevitably when I get to the pureed stage I hear groaning. I get it. What adult wants to eat pureed food? However, when I suggest pureed chicken salad those frowns turn upside down!
I know the idea of eating baby food or pureeing food is not appealing to most adults. I generally do not recommend baby food. Let’s face it, babies spit baby food out. I usually suggest pureeing common foods, but patients don’t usually jump on that idea either. When I explain that a commonly consumed adult food like chicken salad would work patients feel a bit better about this stage.
One concern often expressed is regarding mayonnaise. Patients assume they can’t eat mayonnaise. Mayo is a source of fat, however lighter varieties are fine to include. Most patients can only handle about 2 oz of chicken, so there won’t be much mayonnaise per serving in this pureed chicken salad.
To lighten up the pureed chicken salad you can reduce the amount of mayonnaise and add non-fat Greek-style yogurt. You want the chicken salad creamy and pretty smooth. I don’t advise adding anything fancy like celery or onion. These veggies won’t puree smooth enough.
One chicken breast will yield about 4 1/4 cups servings. I always tell my patients that they would not need a lot of food. Just a few choices rotated through the stage will work.
Smooth Chicken Salad
A pureed version of chicken salad perfect for people who require smooth food such as bariatric surgery patients.
1 chicken breast, cooked
2 Tablespoons plain Greek style yogurt
2 Tablespoons Light Mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
pinch of black pepper
Place chicken breast into a food processor.
Grind chicken until it is a fine consistency.
Stir in yogurt, mayonnaise, celery salt, onion powder, and pepper.
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Unsaturated Fat 2.6 g
Cholesterol 32.2 mg
Sodium 148.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0.9 g
Sugars 0.7 g
Protein 10.7 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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