Grilled Chicken Vegetable Skewers with Tzatziki Recipe for Bariatric & Diabetic Diet

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce


Bariatric and Diabetic Approved

Dietary Concerns: This recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and high-protein. It can be made dairy-free by using a non-dairy yogurt alternative for the tzatziki sauce. It is specifically designed for bariatric and diabetic diets. Always check individual ingredient labels for specific dietary needs or allergies.

These Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce are an excellent lunch option tailored for bariatric and diabetic individuals. High in lean protein and low in carbohydrates, this dish helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and promotes satiety, crucial for both bariatric and diabetic patients. The balanced combination of protein, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables supports weight management and provides essential nutrients without excess calories.

Friendly Advice: Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes for best flavor. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before grilling to prevent burning. Serve with a small side of mixed greens for added nutrients without significantly increasing carb intake.


Benefits for Bariatric and Diabetic Individuals

  • High Protein Content: With 35g of protein per serving, this meal helps bariatric patients meet their protein needs and supports muscle maintenance during weight loss.
  • Low Carbohydrate: Only 8g of carbs per serving helps control blood sugar levels for diabetics and supports continued weight loss for bariatric patients.
  • Nutrient-Dense Vegetables: Zucchini, bell peppers, and onions provide essential vitamins and minerals without adding excessive calories or carbs.
  • Portion Control: The skewer format naturally encourages proper portion sizes, crucial for bariatric patients.
  • Low Glycemic Impact: The combination of protein, healthy fats, and fiber helps slow digestion and minimize blood sugar spikes.
  • Easily Digestible: Grilled, lean protein and soft-cooked vegetables are typically well-tolerated by bariatric patients.
  • Flexible Texture: The tzatziki sauce adds moisture, making the meal easier to consume for those with restricted eating capacities post-surgery.
  • Satisfying Flavor: The flavorful marinade and tzatziki sauce make the meal enjoyable without relying on added sugars or unhealthy fats.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 zucchini, sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (0% fat for lower calories)
  • 1/4 cucumber, grated and squeezed dry
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare Marinade: In a bowl, mix olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate Chicken: Add chicken cubes to the marinade and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Make Tzatziki: Mix Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, lemon juice, and dill. Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Assemble Skewers: Thread marinated chicken and vegetables onto skewers, alternating pieces.
  5. Grill: Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Grill skewers for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Serve: Plate skewers and serve with tzatziki sauce on the side.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories Approx. 280
Protein 35g
Carbohydrates 8g
Fat 12g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 4g

Tips and Additional Info

  • Portion Control: This recipe serves 1-2 bariatric patients. Adjust portion sizes based on your specific dietary guidelines and stage of post-operative diet.
  • Veggie Variations: Feel free to use other low-carb vegetables like cherry tomatoes or mushrooms to keep carb content low while increasing variety.
  • Protein Options: Substitute chicken with lean beef or firm tofu for variety while maintaining high protein content.
  • Serving Ideas: Serve with a small side of mixed greens or a few slices of cucumber for extra freshness without adding significant carbs.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or oven to maintain texture suitable for bariatric patients.
  • Meal Timing: For diabetics, this balanced meal can help maintain steady blood sugar levels. For bariatric patients, it provides a nutrient-dense option that can be consumed slowly to promote satiety.

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