Monday, June 27, 2016

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Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface Special Days Giveaway featuring Celebrate Vitamins

The random generator has selected:

Nancy H.

Congratulations Nancy! You are the winner of the latest Eggface Giveaway! You win the Nike workout bag filled with some of my favorite Celebrate Vitamins protein, vitamins, bars, shakes, drinks, healthy weight loss friendly products and lots more. You have mail!

Want to learn more about any of the contents of the giveaway above: Click here for more info and sources.

Not a winner this time... no worries another Eggface Giveaway is starting very soon! Follow along on the Blog,TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram for the latest eggciting announcements! FYI: If you are on Instagram... psst one is coming VERY soon.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Best Obesity Health Blogs of the Year 2016

I am so honored that The World According to Eggface was selected by Healthline Media as one of the Best Obesity Health Blogs of the Year for the second year in a row. Blogging my weight loss journey helps me keep my head in the game and knowing you are all out there is a great comfort. I never feel alone. I've got an awesome group of people who "get it" just a few keystrokes away. Thank you for being a part of my support system.

I get so jazzed when I receive a message from a blog reader that a tip helped them or a recipe has become a family favorite. I hope the blog continues to help others in their journey, taking a little of the fear of the unknown out of life post weight loss surgery, passing along some tips for those new to this journey and OG's like me fighting the good fight, information and resources and hopefully helping to dispel some misconceptions along the way.

Please check out all of the wonderful blogs on the list (click on the badge to see complete 2016 winners list.) Some of my very favorite blogs are included. Great reads, a nice mix of education, inspiration and fun. Thank you so much Healthline for thinking the blog worthy of making the list.

Healthy Living Weight Loss Bariatric Blogging Websites The World According to Eggface Blog

P.S. I am doubly proud to say I serve on the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Board of Directors whose blog is also on this year's list. I hope I will get to meet some of you in person at OAC's Your Weight Matters National Convention in Washington DC this summer.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Premier Protein: News, Free Sample and Summer Recipe

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share some Premier Protein® news, a way to get a FREE bar or shake and a fun summer recipe!

Summer is here in a BIG way, it was triple digits yesterday, hopefully you have some outdoor fun planned: a few picnics in the park, beach or lake days, maybe a road trip. The ready to drink protein shakes and bars Premier Protein® makes are perfect ways to take a protein packed meal or snack with you. Tip: Toss a shake in the freezer the night before, put it in your bag or backpack in the morning and mid-adventure you'll have a frosty protein pick-me up.

A few months back, I announced Premier Protein®'s Bananas and Cream flavor. I'm excited to share the news another NEW FLAVOR will be joining the Premier Protein® Shake line-up. Beginning in July, be on the look-out for Premier Protein® Caramel Shake! 30g of protein, 24 vitamins and minerals and just 160 calories, available at select retailers nationwide, including Walmart. I'll give you a shout and let you know when I get my hands on one to try. Mmmm Caramel.

Premier Protein®’s Share Good Energy giveaway is offering fans the opportunity to receive a FREE BAR or SHAKE. Follow this link to request your choice of bar or shake. Limit one (1) sample per person & two (2) per household. Samples are available while supplies last. Free stuff rocks!

and here's a Fun, Summer Recipe to try...

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery

Shelly's Life's a Beach Premier Protein Pudding Jars

6 - 4 oz. jars (or clear cups)
2 Premier Protein® Bars, chopped (any, I used Premier Protein® Honey Caramel Protein and Fiber Bar)
2 cups Premier Protein® Vanilla Shake (Ready to Drink RTD)
1 - 1 oz. small package Sugar Free Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix (dry)
Optional: 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Coconut Syrup or a few drops of Coconut Extract

Beach Sand: 1/4 cup Ground Blanched Almonds (aka Almond Flour)
Beachy Decorations: Paper Umbrellas, Sugar Free Candies (Lifesavers, Gummy Peach Rings, Gummy Bears, Gummy Fish), Dried Apple Rings, Graham Bears.

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery

Spoon a layer of chopped protein bar on the bottom of each 4 oz. jar. Set aside while you mix up the protein pudding layer.

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery

Pour the chilled shakes, pudding mix and syrup flavoring into a shaker bottle. If you choose to add a flavoring put one less Tablespoon of the shake.

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery Recipes Menus

Shake for 3 minutes or until thickened slightly and place in fridge for about 5 minutes to thicken further. Spoon the thickened protein pudding on top of the crumbled protein bar base.

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery Recipes

Top with "Beach Sand" and beachy decorations. You can make these a day in advance, refrigerate and just don't put the toppings on till you serve them or let everyone create their own beach scene. Be sure to choose age-appropriate decorations for those you are sharing with (watch harder candies/choke hazards with little kiddos.)

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery Recipes Mason Jars

I hope you enjoy them and like Premier Protein® shakes and bars they are also portable so if you want to take them to your 4th of July picnics, parades and firework celebrations, just screw the lid on and go. Don't forget a spoon!

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery Recipes

Sugar Free Protein Weight Loss Health Fitness Bariatric Surgery Recipe

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein® #MyOneMore For the purposes of this post Premier Protein® provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy bars and shakes. Want to learn more about Premier Protein® products LIKE their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

10 years: Ramblings of a weight loss surgery post-op

I think I am officially a vet now ;)

6/20/06 I gave myself the BEST GIFT EVER when I decided to take the helping hand of weight loss surgery, the weight loss (150+ pounds) and renewed health (off 8 meds, resolved my high BP, severe GERD, severe sleep apnea) allowed me to make some major lifestyle changes that are just part of my life now.

I feel like I should offer something to those just joining our ranks... so here goes the rambling (just another post ops err wisdom/2 cents take it or leave it)

Build a support team and stay connected with them (Dr, dietitian, therapists/psychiatrist/psychologist, supportive family and friends, online and real world support groups, events #YWM2016) You've heard "war on obesity" I would never go into battle alone... I want people that have my back (my special ops team) when the you know what hits the fan... because... life happens. And NEVER be afraid to say "I need help." Chronic disease = chronic treatment.

Speaking of life... work on any neck up stuff... no seriously... no more avoiding, pushing stuff under the carpet, self medicating with food, people, or anything else. The emotional journey = hardest but MOST WORTHWHILE. 9 out of 10 times IMHO you don't need a pouch test, you need a good therapist. Trust me on this.

Consider this weight loss surgery opportunity as a DO BETTER not a do over... find some healthy foods you enjoy, plan meals, set yourself up for a great week, don't just wing it. Find ways to move your body that you dare I say it look forward to, put it on a calendar. If you have a crappy day try not to look back other than to figure out how to do better... guilt, regret are pretty useless energy uses... review, adjust, action. Get rid of the diet mentality that you can suffer through something till a # on the scale appears or a clothing size is hanging in your closet (spoiler alert: there is no finish line) make changes that you can repeat FOREVER and EVER AMEN ;)

Best wishes to all on the road,

Shelly xo

Weight Loss Blog
Quote: Yoni Freedhoff

P.S. I've got a celebratory giveaway going.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Eggface Special Days Giveaway featuring Celebrate Vitamins

A couple of special days are happening in my world. June 20th is the anniversary of my weight loss surgery (the best gift I ever gave myself) and June 28th is my birthday (I can't complain about getting older, I feel better now than I did in my 20's) so in honor of my special days coming up I hope you will help me celebrate by entering my giveaway and maybe telling a pal about the blog.

It's Giveaway Time!

The Prize: a super cool blue Nike Gym Bag you can use to hit the gym or as a carry-on bag (hope to see you at #YWM2016 this summer) and it's jam packed with some of my post weight loss surgery bariatric favorites sponsored by Celebrate Vitamins: want to learn more about Celebrate products or ask questions about the products pictured they would love to hear from you.

Celebrate Vitamins Soft Chew Multivitamin (60 ct. Very Berry)
Celebrate Vitamins Calcium Citrate Soft Chews (60 ct. Caramel)
Celebrate Vitamins Iron + C (30 ct. Berry)
Celebrate Vitamins B12 Sublingual (90 ct. Mint)
Celebrate Vitamins Essential Multi 3 in 1 Drink Mix (60 serving tub, Wild Cherry)
Celebrate Vitamins Protein 20 Protein Powder (15 serving bag, Iced Decaf Coffee)
Celebrate Vitamins Protein & Calcium 2 in 1 Bars (7 ct. Crazzberry Crunch)
Celebrate Vitamins Protein & Calcium 2 in 1 Bars (7 ct. Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch)
The World According to Eggface Reusable Lunch Bag
28 oz. Pink Blender Bottle Shaker

How to Enter: LEAVE A COMMENT on this blog posting (be sure to include a name and some email address where I can contact you if you are the winner) Scroll down to # of comments/post a comment below to leave yours. That's it, easy peasy.

Example: Jane Doe

Want an extra chance to win: LIKE Celebrate Vitamins and The World According to Eggface Facebook pages. Let me know in your comments you liked the pages.

Example: Jane Doe I like both pages!

Contest Period Ends: Sunday, June 26th, midnight (Pacific), sometime Monday, June 27th. I'll draw a name using a random number generator and announce the winner here on the blog! I will also email the winner at the address provided. You'll have one week (7 days) to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen. One comment entry per person. Blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours, especially at night if I'm sleeping Zzzz) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the contiguous United States (48 contiguous, AK and HI Only. Sorry it's a legal issue international laws govern giveaways)

Good Luck!

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P.S. HEADS UP: You'll want to be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I'll be doing something fun to celebrate this week on those pages as well! Keep your eyes out for those.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My DIY Coffee Bar Project

I have a pretty small, older kitchen, it really needs a remodel but since that is not in the cards (until a money tree grows in the backyard or lottery win) I had an idea to free up some counter space by moving my coffee machine and related items. I was in search of a small (and cheap) buffet to turn into a "coffee bar" with little storage below for my coffee related extras. I wanted an antique because the idea of putting furniture together makes me ill... seriously just looking at a box full of pieces of wood with an allen wrench and instruction manual with diagrams and I'm queasy. I also love the idea of recycling and repurposing an antique.

The town I live in has a little touristy section that has several antique stores and last month my Mum and I had a fun morning hitting up a few of my favorites. I lucked out at the third stop of the day.

This is how I found it... dusty, in back corner of the store.

4th Street Antiques Old Town Temecula California Kitchen Decor

I loved the little glass cabinet knobs, turned legs and ball casters. It's maple I believe. It has some scratches but I think that gives it character. I was tempted to buy the giant unicorn sculpture sitting on top of it but resisted... kidding ;)

I got it home, cleaned and oiled it and it was looking better already. It was thirsty.

I wanted a granite top for it so I went on a local DIY Facebook page and asked if anyone knew of a place that sells remnants. I had a reply from a member of the group within minutes to check out a local (yay local) business. I called and sure enough the owner said he had several remnants and to come on down with my measurements. I found the perfect piece in the back room. Two days later (I wanted rounded edges) I had my granite top. Holy moly?! it was a workout carrying a thick piece of granite from the car to the house.

Southwest Granite Temecula CA

I gathered some of my coffee items from around the kitchen: my K-cup machine, K-cup carousel, Sugar Free Torani Syrup Bottle Rack.

Antiquing Temecula Old Town California

The drawer pulls are cool. They have little troll looking creatures on them. I've Googled and can't find anything about them. They kind of remind me of the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are."

I lined the drawers with non-adhesive grip liner. I use one drawer for tea stuff, one for extra K-cups, cocoa packets, protein packets, things like that.

Keurig Coffee K cup Coffee Cart Kitchen Decor

The cabinets below have extra bottles of Sugar Free Torani Syrup, Protein Bars and Snacks in them.

Sugar Free Torani Syrup Coffee Tea Kitchen

So that's my DIY project. I think it turned out great... and you guys know how much I love my coffee, it will be well used.

The before and after...

Kitchen Coffee Tea Antiques Recycling Do it yourself decorating

Who needs Starbucks when you can make a cup of coffee at your very own coffee bar?

Furniture Coffee Tea Recycle Kitchen Decorating

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Oodles of Healthy Bento Box Lunch Ideas

For those new to the blog, I work from home mostly (it has it's good & not so good points) so as long as I can get access to wifi and a phone I am good to go. The great weather lately (it's about to get triple digit HOT) has had me spending most of the afternoon outside. These have been some of the latest bento box lunches & snacks I have brought with me. Hope it gives you a few ideas and inspires you to spend more time outside whether it's lunch on the patio or a picnic with a view on the weekend.

From left to right, top to bottom:

Pink Box (top left): Strawberries tossed with a drizzle of Smuckers Sugar Free Strawberry Topping
Green Box (top right): Homegrown Cherry Tomatoes (nothing like warm from the garden)
Blue Box (bottom left): Sliced Hard Cooked Egg (sprinkled with Bagel Spice)
Orange Box (bottom right): Cheese Cubes

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Curry Chicken Salad
Green Box (top right): Cucumber Slices
Blue Box (bottom left): Homemade Crunchy Cheese Crackers
Orange Box (bottom right): Quest Bar Protein "Cookies"

Pink Box (top left): Sliced Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella (sprinkle of Salt & Pepper)
Green Box (top right): Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip (plain Greek Yogurt and a dollop of store bought Pesto Sauce)
Blue Box (bottom left): Grilled Leftover Chicken and Bean Salad (storebought)
Orange Box (bottom right): Quest Bar Protein "Cookies"

Pink Box (top left): Cornichons, Cheese Stick, Almonds
Orange Box (top right): Quest Bar Protein "Cookies"
Blue Box (bottom left): Grilled Leftover Chicken
Green Box (bottom right): Parmesan Greek Yogurt Dip for Chicken (Greek Yogurt, a Tablespoon of Grated Parmesan, dash of Oregano)

Pink Box (top left): Cottage Cheese with a sprinkle of Cinnamon
Green Box (top right): Mixed Berries
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Mini Apple Breakfast Loaf, pan toasted
Orange Box (bottom right): Strawberry

Pink Box (top left): Simple Chicken Salad
Green Box (top right): Cucumber Slices
Blue Box (bottom left): Caprese Skewers (First Tomatoes from the Garden, Fresh Mozzarella Balls, Basil, sprinkle of Salt, Pepper & Oregano)
Orange Box (bottom right): Sliced Mini Apple Breakfast Loaf

Pink Box (top left): Caprese Salad (Sliced Tomato, Basil and Fresh Mozzarella sprinkle of sprinkle of Salt, Pepper & Oregano)
Green Box (top right): Quest Bar Protein "Cookies"
Blue Box (bottom left): Cold Cut Ham Roll-ups with Mustard for dipping
Orange Box (bottom right): Cornichons

Pink Box (top left): Ham and Cheese Melted Cold Cut Roll-up
Green Box (top right): Cucumber Slices
Blue Box (bottom left): Sugar Snap Peas, Strawberry
Orange Box (bottom right): Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip (plain Greek Yogurt and a dollop of store bought Pesto Sauce)

More Bento Box lunches, FAQ's and an Online Source for them
My Bento Pinterest Page (Tons of Lunch Ideas)

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Yesterday's healthy and delicious menu...

Breakfast: First triple digit temperatures of the year. It reached 100 here and it'll be around the same temps again today. I am not ready for summer. Yesterday was National Donut Day so I had to celebrate... so despite the temperatures the oven went on. I planned to make my regular mini protein donut recipes but discovered I was out of one of the key ingredients. Grrr. Baking is a pretty exact science. If you mess with a recipe too much... it'll fail (though I always learn a little something from my fails.) I fully expected this cooking experiment to be perhaps edible but not blog worthy... but hello, yum! These are so worthy of sharing. I hope if you give them a try you enjoy them as much as I surprisingly did.

Protein Powder Sugar Free Healthy Dessert Recipes

Shelly's Mini Peanut Butter Protein Donuts

1/2 cup Almond Flour (aka Almond Meal) (Trader Joe's, health food stores, online or make your own)
1/2 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1/4 cup Powdered Peanut Butter (like Chike PB)
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/4 cup Water
Super Groovy Mini Donut Pan

Preheat oven to 325. Mix all ingredients till well combined. Spray Mini Donut Pans with nonstick spray. Fill 3/4 full (dough is sort of mashed potato consistency.)

Doughnuts Protein Powder Recipes SF Sugar Free Weight Loss Surgery

Bake 12 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Makes 16.

Weight Loss Surgery Desserts Sugar Free Protein Powder Cooking

Optional: Melt Sugar Free Chocolate (30 seconds or so in the microwave) and dip cooled donuts into melted chocolate and sprinkle with few nonpareils (or other toppings.)

Weight Loss Surgery Desserts Sugar Free Protein Powder Cooking

Place in fridge to set especially if you are in a warm place like me because triple digit temperature and chocolate do not mix.

More Eggface Grab & Go Breakfast Recipes and Ideas

Lunch: I sampled Good Culture Cottage Cheese at the Expo West event I went to a few months back. They have some neat flavors Strawberry Chia, Blueberry, Acai and Chia, but I was especially jazzed about their 2 savory flavors Sun Dried Tomato (perfect for recipes, thinking my Cottage Stuffed Peppers) and the Kalamata Olive which I think is my favorite. I found a couple of the flavors locally at Sprouts, looks like they are at Whole Foods too, they have a product locator on their web site.

Healthy Lunch Protein Weight Loss Diet Menu Recipes

For lunch, I spread the Kalamata Olive one on cucumber slices (aka my "crackers") it's a great protein packed snack or lunch... and cucumbers are full of water and hydrating, in the summer heat.

More Healthy Lunch Recipes & Ideas

Dinner: I am so happy to report Trader Joe's has brought back their Chicken Asada (aka Chicken Fajitas) The packaging is different, the name has changed and now it's sliced for you, instead of coming in 2 half breast portions which is GREAT considering that's what I have always done to it. Woot, woot, for one less step when I am hot and tired.

Cooked Quick Easy Meal Dinner Healthy Protein Low Carb

If you have a TJ's near you. Get this. It's in the refrigerated section, near salads. It's delicious. 4 minutes in the microwave (it's precooked). Sometimes I add a can of drained cannelini beans and saute till the beans are warmed through. Tonight we just ate it as is with sliced avocado. Leftovers, if you have any, are great turned into Egg Bites (crustless quiches) with some cheese and veggies mixed in or on top of a salad.

Cooked Quick Easy Meal Dinner Healthy Protein Low Carb

Snacks: My standard line is too much coffee but surprisingly not a whole lot of coffee was consumed, a cup early on but it was just too hot. I did have like 4 bottles of water with either Crystal Light or Sugar Free Tang drink sticks in them. I am not a plain water fan. I had another mini donut and a protein shake.

Protein Powder Coffee Frappuccino Healthy Starbucks Shakes

Shelly's Toasted Coconut Mocha Coffee Frappe

8 oz. Milk (any cow, soy, almond, coconut)
1 scoop Chike High Protein Iced Coffee (Mocha flavor)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Coconut Torani Syrup
a few Ice Cubes

Whiz in blender on high. Top with No Sugar Added, Homemade Whipped Cream and Unsweetened Toasted Coconut.

More Eggface Protein Shakes and Smoothies
More Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Yesterday's healthy and delicious menu...

Breakfast: Cottage Cheese Double with Pineapple (love these) and a couple of Quest Bar "Cookies". Did I tell you I once had 3 in a row that had no pineapple in the cup? I wrote to the company and they sent me a link (that didn't work) to a $2 off coupon (not the best customer service) so since then whenever I peel back the foil I feel like I won something when I see the little golden glow of pineapple.

How to make Quest Bar "Cookies"

Healthy Protein On the Go Eggface Breakfast Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Menus

More Eggface Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Lunch: I made a batch of red quinoa in the middle of the night, put it in the fridge and later I used 2 cups to make my Quinoa "Burger" Patties. Since I'm not the best sleeper, I often just get up and cook things at 3 o'clock in the morning. If Food Network ever needs some overnight programming... Insomnia Cooking with Shelly ;) I make a few versions of these patties... if you are a good sleeper LOL and you want to skip the making of the quinoa the ones I make with Path of Life frozen Mediterranean Quinoa (that only takes 4 minutes in the microwave) are great too. I usually make a Greek yogurt dip for them but I had an avocado that ripened quicker than I anticipated so I served the patties with a dollop of guacamole.

Meatless Monday Healthy Protein Fitness Meals Weight Loss Surgery

If you take part in Meatless Monday this is great for that, or if you have vegetarian pals coming to dinner, these are great alternatives to hamburgers with all the same fixins: cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, etc.

Healthy Recipes Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Fitness Vegetarian Patty

More Eggface Post Weight Loss Surgery Lunch Recipes

Dinner: I had picked up a package of chicken breast tenders and planned to make Chicken Marsala but I totally forgot to buy mushrooms at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. "Oh no I don't need to make a list, I'll remember everything." Famous last words. It worked out though because all the neighborhood BBQ smells made me want to BBQ too. So I tossed the chicken on the grill along with some sliced zucchini just swiped both with some olive oil, a sprinkle of Greek seasoning and a few twists of black pepper. When they were done I sprinkled shaved Parmesan cheese on the zucchini and drizzled warmed, store bought, balsamic dressing (just nuke it for 25 seconds) on the chicken. Easy, healthy and delicious and bonus... I have leftover chicken for lunch today.

BBQ Weight Loss Low Carb Protein Fitness Meals

More Eggface Healthy Chicken Recipes

Snacks: Coffee and perfect finish to a tasty day a slice of Pretty in Pink Microwave Strawberry Protein Cake with strawberries and homemade, no sugar added whipped cream. Do you remember Crunch Berries cereal? This cake totally tastes like that.

Strawberry not your thing? Try these other Protein Cake flavors.

Protein Powder Recipes Low Carb Desserts Sugar Free Healthy Treats

Eggface Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Fitness Low Carb Healthy Desserts

More Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus

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Friday, May 27, 2016

May is National Salad Month

May is National Salad Month. I live on salads in the summer months in the Southern California Valley. We get HOT here... triple digits for a few weeks. When the house is already hot it's hard to bring myself to stand in front of the stove or heat the house up. My go-to cool eats are some of these salads pictured and oodles of others you can find throughout the blog just use the search box/tab above and type in salad and maybe another keyword like chicken or tuna or bean to find more recipes.

Salads Protein Weight Loss Surgery Recipes Bariatric Fitness WLS Food

Tomato Salad & Cucumber Sandwich Bento Box Lunch
Shelly's Avocado Caprese Salad
Shelly's Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad Bento Box Lunch
Build Your Own Salad Bar Night
Shelly's Award Winning Jazzy New Orleans Muffaletta Salad
Shelly's California Roll Salad
Shelly's Confetti Egg Salad
Shelly's Pizza Bean Salad
Shelly's BTE Bacon, Tomato, Egg Salad with Cucumber "Crackers"
Shelly's Italian Flag Salad
Shelly's Curry Chicken Salad with Cucumber Scoopers

Today's lunch was a variation on a Salad Nicoise: a simple Tuna Salad made with celery, green onion, green yogurt, and a sprinkle of dill served with kalamata olives, hard cooked egg, and tomato in a leaf of romaine lettuce. Simple, low carb, packed with protein and delicious.

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More Eggface Cold Eats and Healthy Salads

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3 New Frosty Shake Recipes with Premier Protein

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein.

Premier Protein Shakes are great, ready to drink and convenient right out of the fridge but if you are home and are wanting to get a little creative they also make a fabulous base for frozen concoctions. It will be summer before we know it. These three recipes will cool you down on the hottest of summer days. Hope you enjoy these or better yet it inspires you to come up with your own creations. I'd love to hear about them.

Fitness Health Workout WLS Weight Loss

Fitness Health Workout WLS Weight Loss Cherries

Shelly's Cherry Cobbler Protein Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Vanilla Shake (30 g. protein)
1/2 cup Frozen Cherries
a few cubes of Ice
Optional Topping: 1" hunk of Premier Protein Honey Caramel 15 g. Protein + 7 g. Fiber Bar, crumbled
No Sugar Added Whipped Cream

Fitness Health Workout WLS Weight Loss

Whiz on high till well blended. I topped it with No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream and a hunk of crumbled Premier Protein Bar.

Tea Mango Ginger Fitness Health Workout WLS Weight Loss

Shelly's Met Your Matcha Protein Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Vanilla Shake (30 g. protein)
1/2 of a ripe Mango, cubed (or 1/4 cup frozen)
1 teaspoon Matcha Green Tea Powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
a few cubes of Ice

Matcha Tea Mango Smoothies Fitness Health Workout WLS Weight Loss

Whiz on high till well blended. If you prefer it sweeter. You could add a little Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (or honey, whatever you use) to taste.

Fitness Health Workout WLS Weight Loss

Shelly's Elvis is in the Building Protein Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Bananas & Cream Shake (30 g. protein)
1 Tablespoon Powdered Peanut Butter
a few cubes of Ice
Optional Topping: Sprinkle of Bacon Bits
No Sugar Added Whipped Cream

Bananas Cream Peanut Butter Bacon

Whiz on high till well blended. I topped it with No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of bacon bits (look for real bacon ones, not imitation.) Yes, bacon bits. Trust me on this one, I promise you won't be able to help falling in love with it ;)

Hope you enjoy the Premier Protein shake recipes and...

Be sure to follow my Instagram account I'll be giving away a super cool Premier Protein Prize Pack with shakes and bars and some great swag starting sometime today. Watch for it to pop-up! 

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein #MyOneMore For the purposes of this post Premier Protein provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy bars and shakes. Want to learn more about Premier Protein products LIKE their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by. 

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Party Food: Crunchy Cheese Cups

The other night I made this fun variation on those Homemade Crunchy Cheese "Crackers" I make.

Low Carb High Protein WLS Paleo Snack Appetizer Party Food

I normally remove the crackers from the parchment paper they bake on and place on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil (some cheeses are oilier than others) and wait a few minutes till they cool and crisp up to use them as a low carb cracker or chip replacement.

Low Carb Paleo WLS Weight Loss Surgery Recipes

Crunchy Cheese Recipe - Time, Temps, Instructions How to Make

As I was taking them off the tray I commented they reminded me of those French Tuile Cookies they drape over rolling pins to form shapes... light bulb! I placed the just out of the oven, still warm and pliable cheese slices into the cups of a mini muffin pan to cool.

Weight Loss Surgery Food Appetizers Snacks

Yes! They cooled to form little edible cheese cups that you could fill with all sorts of things. I filled mine with simple Chicken Salad (cooked chicken, chopped celery, Greek yogurt, green onions, dill, salt & a few twists of black pepper to taste.) A couple made a delicious protein packed snack (or mini meal.)

Weight Loss Surgery Party Foods

Other filling ideas: tuna salad, crab salad, shrimp salad, ham salad, refried beans, guacamole, things like salsa, bruschetta, olive tapenade would be great too but drain any liquid and just use the solid goodies and fill last minute or they would soften them as they sat.

Low Carb Healthy Snacks Paleo

They are perfect for parties snacks. I will be making these for my next get together for sure.

More Eggface Healthy Party Foods

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

My ALDI Shopping Trip: Healthy Food Finds

This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

For year's I've heard about ALDI from my pals in other states. I envied their awesome scores and grocery bill savings. I was pretty excited to hear that they were expanding into Southern California. We are getting one in my town but I guess that's not until next year. In this first wave of SoCal store openings, one opened a few towns over and I was given the opportunity as a local area blogger to check it out, buy some groceries on ALDI and share my thoughts on my fun shopping trip and finds. 

Markets Shopping Food Stores

Some facts for the ALDI newbies like me:
  • ALDI operates in more than 1,500 stores in 34 states
  • More than 90 percent of the products they offer are ALDI exclusive brands, they regularly buy the most commonly purchased grocery items in the most common size generally purchased, which secures sizable discounts for purchasing in volume.
  • The store hours are typically from 9 AM to 9 PM, which also helps keep labor costs down.
  • ALDI does not provide grocery bags – you must bring your own or buy reusable ones at the checkout stand. Everyone should use reusable bags it's an easy way to help the environment. This is law in some states (and *jumping on soapbox* should be in California too, Senate Bill 270 was signed into law but out of state plastic bag companies have given a ton of money to get it on the November 8, 2016, ballot in California as a veto referendum - P.S. Vote YES to uphold the ban *jumping off soapbox*).
  • Carts are available for use but you must deposit a quarter. When customers are done using the cart, they return it and get their money back. I great big puffy heart love this idea! (*OK back on soapbox*) It drives me batty at other stores to see carts stuck in parking spots, flower beds and especially the ones left in the paths designed for wheelchairs. Hello?! Where are people's brains? What if wheelchairs can't pass or are unable to physically move them out of the way? One of my favorite Random Acts of Kindness ideas is running those back to the store. (*off soapbox again*) With the ALDI cart rental system that rarely needs to happen and if it does well you'll score their quarter. Reminds me of that old Tom Hank's movie in the airport.
Grocery Stores Shopping Trip

All of the above cool cost savings measures translate to savings for customers. Who doesn't like saving money?

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The store is smaller than traditional supermarkets - 4-5 aisles so if you are looking for a can of diced tomatoes, you will have 1 or perhaps 2 choices instead of 10 different flavor and size varieties but that sort of focused purchasing is another way you save $. I love reading labels and I was jazzed to see so many organic, free of hydrogenated oils, no colors or MSG items, look for their SimplyNature® line of products. If you are gluten free look for the liveGfree® products.

My haul... I bought some great organic spices, you know how expensive those can be. SimplyNature® organic red and green lentils too (lentils are packed with iron). They had a super price on Carlini Olive Oil No-Stick Cooking Spray. I got some nuts for future recipes. I bought a bag of their SimplyNature® organic popped popcorn for our next movie night. I bought a box of their Barissimo coffee pods and they make a delicious and rich cup of Joe. Slurping it as I type.

FYI I bought my Mum a bag of their Benton's Caramel Coconut Fudge cookies that she said tasted exactly like the ones the kiddos sell. They also had a great wine section, lots of award winners and many from our Southern California local wineries for those reading who like to sip the vino.

Healthy Foods Products Market Finds

In the Meat section, I scored a great price on chicken. In Frozen Foods, I tossed a bag of Sea Queen Jumbo Cooked Shrimp in my cart. When I got home placed about 1/2 the bag in a bowl of cold water in the the fridge to defrost and within the hour they were perfected defrosted. We had them for a late lunch, they were delicious. I also picked up a bag of Speciality Selected Mahi Mahi Fillets. They had Sea Queen salmon, flounder, huge scallops, super prices.

I love to have frozen seafood on hand in the summer. I put a couple of fillets in the fridge in the AM and by dinner time they are defrosted. I just cut up some zucchini, maybe some green onions, a piece a fish, a sprinkle of seasoning, drizzle with a Tablespoon of olive oil wrap in foil and toss on the BBQ grill for 20 minutes or so. It makes a great protein-packed healthy dinner without heating up the house and there's hardly any clean-up.

Some Foil Packet Dinner Recipes

Speaking of healthy meals... once I picked up the bag of Sea Queen Jumbo Shrimp I knew I what I was going to make for lunch. In the Produce section, I bought all the ingredients to make some killer guacamole: fresh avocados, cilantro and limes. Over to the refrigerated section for Pueblo Lindo Cotija Cheese (shhh my secret ingredient) and fresh Little Salad Bar Salsa. The Little Salad Bar Salsa is ahhhh-mazing seriously best I ever had and that bag of cilantro was 25 cents?!

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More Healthy Mexican Recipes

I was jazzed to see big bags of Honeycrisp and Fujis for literally what I have paid for only 2 apples in other stores. I bought 3 bags. I sliced a few and cooked them with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a squirt of Sugar Free Syrup till they were fork tender but not falling apart for toppings on Ricotta Pancakes, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese this week.

The Cheese section was awesome. I think I spent the most time here. You know how I love cheese. I was good I only bought a couple. I stopped myself from getting a 2 ball container of BelGioioso Burrata because although it was an awesome deal and HEAVEN (worth every. single. fat gram), it is limited to a once a year treat near my birthday. So ALDI, I will be back for it next month! I usually grill some peaches or saute some apples and top with a ball of burrata. It's better than birthday cake.

Recipes for Birthdays and Other Celebrations

Oh... non-food related... the middle aisle is like this random collection of awesome deals called Special Buys. I bought a gorgeous outdoor picnic blanket that would have been $39.99 in stores for only $9, a 2 pack of super cute garden gloves for $2. I was really tempted to get buy this outdoor fire pit they had. I saw practically the same one at the local garden center just the other day for $149 but the ALDI price was $69, still not in my budget right now because practically everyone in my family was born in the next few months. I hear these go fast so if you see something in this section don't expect it will be there when you return.

Healthy Mexican Recipes

Speaking of returning, the nearest store is about 20 miles away but that fresh salsa is worth the drive alone. I will be back and looking forward to the future opening of the Temecula, CA. ALDI store.

Want to learn more about ALDI? Let them know you want a store in your 'hood... more are coming. Head over to their Facebook page to find out all the 411 on the stores and let them know The World According to Eggface sent you over.

Did I miss any of your favorite ALDI finds? Let me know for my next trip.

Thanks for the opportunity and groceries ALDI.

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