DYER | The Midwest Bariatric Institute at Franciscan St. Margaret Health Dyer offered its first Protein Palooza recently during a monthly patient support group meeting.
“We survey patients twice yearly to find out what they would like to be addressed at support group," said Millie Sasaki, R.N., the institute’s certified support group coordinator. "The protein shake cook-off was born from patient input.”
Weight-loss surgery patients are required to consume protein shakes before and after bariatric surgery.
The contest consisted of patients bringing in their favorite protein shake recipes for others to sample. Shakes were graded on taste, nutrition and creativity.
The institute also asked protein vendors to provide samples. “We had support from more than a dozen companies. They sent us everything from protein powders to bariatric vitamins,” said Lori Granich, registered bariatric dietitian.
Granich explained that proteins play vital roles in the body, helping repair cells and build new ones. Consuming enough high-quality protein is important for building lean muscle. Diets higher in protein have been shown to promote weight loss, since it aids in healing and helps maintain muscle mass.
Support group meetings take place at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month and 11 a.m. the first Thursday of the month, at Franciscan St. Margaret Health, 24 Joliet St. Call (800) 931-3322.