Protein Pudding Pops

Hot Summer Afternoons = Icy Cold Treats. We're in for another bout of triple-digit heat here in my corner of the world. Ugggh. These Pudding Pops are delicious and protein-packed life-savers that really help me stay on track in the summer. Who needs Häagen-Dazs?

These are great for newly post-bariatric surgery post-ops too. I had surgery in the summer and so I remember how hard it was in those first few weeks finding approved icy cold treat items. These should be approved on most early post-op plans. Yay! As always: confirm with your dietitian.

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How to make the pops: Just blend together 1 cup of the milk of your choice, 1/4 cup Premier Protein 100% Whey Protein Powder (I used Vanilla Milkshake flavor, 30 grams of protein per serving) and 1 Tablespoon Instant Pudding Powder, dry (your favorite flavor, I used Sugar Free Butterscotch) and pour into popsicle molds.

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I found mine at the dollar store but they have some great ones online too. If you don't have molds or want to buy them, those little paper cups you use in the bathroom and popsicle sticks work great too.

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Freeze several hours or overnight. Warm sides a bit to unmold easily. ⁣Enjoy and while dreaming of cooler days.

Register for the Your Weight Matters National Convention

If you are searching for a great way to stay on track with your health and weight I highly recommend attending #YWM2019 the Your Weight Matters National Convention. Trust me on this... it will be a life-changing and awesome experience that will energize or reaffirm your commitment to your journey with weight. The education is of the highest caliber, the nation’s leading experts (the scientists putting out all the latest studies) break down all the confusing, conflicting messages (free of scams and BS) to give you practical knowledge you can take home.



The Obesity Action Coalition hosts the convention each year and it floats around the country but where ever it is each year treat yourself and go. This year it's in Tampa, Florida which is actually the hometown of the Obesity Action Coalition so you can be sure it will be extra special.

August 1-3
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 S. Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

Here’s what you can expect at YWM2019:

Science-based education presented experts in the field.
Connections and support in a like-minded community of others.
EXPO Hall with 30+ vendors offering products, services, samples!
Fun special events and activities. We do a fun theme party each year.
Learn about how to get involved or active in advocacy and #OACAction opportunities.

View the 2019 Program Agenda.
REGISTER (get in on early bird pricing before 5/31)

You will get that great education but even better it will inspire and motivate you for the year.

Hope to see you there!

Winter Issue of Weight Matters Magazine

For my friends with kiddos, I wanted to bring your attention to the Winter issue of Weight Matters Magazine. I had the privilege of writing this issue's Kids Korner article. I loved writing this article. Early childhood education is my first love so it was nice to be able to tap into that creative side. I hope you and your family enjoy the ideas and recipes presented.

Kids Korner Childhood Obesity Nutrition Families Fitness Family

It is an especially awesome issue with articles on making the most out of your relationships with your health care providers, managing your sweet tooth, dressing for comfort and confidence, taking the fear factor out of advocacy and more.

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If you are interested in receiving a hardcopy of the magazine in your mailbox choose premium membership in the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). Check out a sampling of some of the articles accessible FREE to the entire OAC Community.

Lemon Blueberry Mini Protein Muffins featuring Premier Protein

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share this new recipe featuring Premier Protein 100% Whey Protein Powder with you. 

I bought a basket of blueberries at the Farmer's Market yesterday. Today I used a handful in a batch of Lemon Blueberry Mini Protein Muffins. They will make a great grab-and-go breakfast with yogurt or a shake or for afternoon snacks this week. I love having something like this ready for the week ahead. It helps make making the healthier choice much easier.

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Shelly's Lemon Blueberry Mini Protein Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Liquid Sweetener
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix, dry
2 Tablespoons Almond Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar-Free Lemon Pudding Mix, dry
1/4 cup Premier Protein 30 g. Vanilla 100% Whey Protein Powder
Pinch salt
1/4 cup Fresh Blueberries (frozen work great too if you are still some months away from fresh in your neck of the woods)

Mix egg, milk, sweetener (I used Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup you find in coffee aisle, you can use maple syrup, honey, whatever you love) and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, almond flour, pudding mix, Premier Protein 30 g. Vanilla Milkshake 100% Whey Protein Powder and salt.

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Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non-stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Place 3 fresh blueberries in each muffin.

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Bake at 350 for 15 minutes till lightly golden. Let cool slightly before removing from pan.

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If you make these Lemon Blueberry Mini Protein Muffins or are inspired by them to create your own Premier Protein powder recipe post it on Instagram and tag it #PremierPowderRecipes for a chance to be featured on Premier's Instagram feed.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Easy and Healthy Dinner: Cauliflower Rice

Looking for an easy and healthy dinner idea... I love Cauliflower "rice" it not only gives me my take-out food fix but preparing it almost as fast as going to pick up take out. It only has 20 calories per cup (plain) and is packed with vitamins and nutrients. It's way lower in carbs than white or even brown rice and prepared in one of the recipes below you won't miss rice at all. Cauliflower rice is really a blank canvas so it's easy to adjust one of these recipes to the ingredients you have on hand. It's a great way to save money and use up any leftovers.

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Row 1 (L to R): Shelly's Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto, Shelly's Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice, Shelly's Spanish Style Fried Rice (served as a side with Barbacoa-Style Beef, Guacamole & Greek Yogurt)

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Row 2: Shelly's Cauliflower Beef Fried Rice Bowl, Shelly's Shrimp Fajita Cauliflower Rice (see below), Shelly's Sicilian Deconstructed Riceless Rice Balls

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Row 3: Shelly's Quick Mexican Fried Rice (served as a side with Real Good Enchiladas), Trader Joe's Frozen Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry Mix with Shelly's Egg Foo Young Bites, Shelly's Spanish Style Fried Rice (topped with cheese)

You can break-up a head of cauliflower into florets and pulse the florets a few at a time in a food processor until reduced to the size of rice grains or use pre-riced cauliflower (fresh or frozen) which is way less work and less cleanup. If you have a Trader Joe's around they carry both the fresh and frozen pre-riced cauliflower. Most major supermarkets carry them as well as larger stores like Walmart and Target. A favorite of mine is Green Giant steamer bags of riced cauliflower, plain or some have added veggies. Birds Eye has some steamer bags that are seasoned. Steamer bags make dinner super easy because there is less to clean-up.

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You'll just need to adjust cooking times for fresh versus frozen. From fresh: Saute with a drizzle of olive oil for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally till the cauliflower "rice" becomes slightly golden then saute in the pan with other ingredients. From frozen: Microwave (or cook) as package directs then saute the "rice" in the saute pan with other ingredients.

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Shelly's Fajita Shrimp Fried Riceless "Rice" 

1 (12 oz.) Steamer Bag of Cauliflower Rice (cook as directed)
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
1 Bell Pepper, diced (any color, I used 1/2 red and 1/2 green for color and flavor difference)
1 Small Zucchini, diced
10-12 Medium (uncooked, peeled and deveined) Shrimp, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Fajita or Taco Seasoning (Cumin, Oregano, Chili blend)
Salt to taste

Microwave cauliflower rice steamer bag per package directions and set aside. Saute onions, peppers, and diced zucchini in a drizzle of olive oil till tender and slightly golden. Add seasoning and shrimp until they just turn pink, 3 to 5 minutes depending upon their size. I like to chop the shrimp a bit so more bites have shrimp in them and they cook faster. You can leave them whole if you prefer. Add steamed cauliflower "rice" to the pan and stir till well combined. Cook till warmed through. Add salt to taste.

Hope these inspire you to create some cauliflower rice creations of your own. If you post them online tag them #Eggface so others can check them out.

The Best Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Have you noticed that almost all peanut butter cookies have a crosshatch pattern on the top? It sort of reminds me of a hashtag but of course, peanut butter cookies were happening long before the Internet. I am #OBSESSED with these sugar-free, lower fat, no white flour peanut butter cookies. Pressing the little hashtag design in the top of each cookie with a fork allows them to get a little crispy and extra yummy in those raised areas.

I've made 2 batches since New Year. We celebrated with one batch as we watched the ball drop New Year's Eve (Happy New Year Everyone!) and I gave the remainder of that batch to my neighbor but I couldn't stop thinking about them so I made another batch and this one I'm not sharing. They are #MineAllMine

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They make a great treat but I've been eating them as breakfast with Greek yogurt. Want a little extra protein mix some chocolate protein powder into your yogurt and crumble one of these cookies on top... Hello! Peanut Butter Cup for breakfast.

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Shelly's Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies 

1 cup Almond Flour (blanched, not meal)
2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 cup Butter, softened
2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Swerve, Granular
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream softened butter and peanut butter (crunchy or creamy, whatever you love, just watch added sugars) with the Swerve until well combined. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients and mix until dough comes together.

Roll the dough into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press the balls down with the palm of your hand to about 1/2 inch thick and press the tines of a fork in a crosshatch pattern on the top.

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They puff a bit but don't spread. Bake 20 minutes, until just barely beginning to firm up and are lightly golden on the bottom. Remove and let cool on the pan. They will firm as they cool. Makes 16-20 cookies.

If you make them, take a pic and post it on Instagram or Twitter. Add #Eggface I'd love to see.

Holiday Breakfast: Snow People Ricotta Pancakes

After all the gifts are opened Christmas morning how about making snow people. What? There's no snow where you live? Well, that's no problem. Here's a Christmas (or all winter long) protein-packed, low carb, bariatric surgery post-op friendly breakfast idea that will become a fun holiday memory for the whole family.

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Snowpeople Ricotta Pancakes

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sugar-Free Torani Syrup (Sugar-Free Vanilla, Caramel or Brown Sugar Cinnamon)
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix

Snowpeople Parts:
A few Raisins or dried Cranberries or Blueberries for eyes and buttons
A couple of pieces of cooked Bacon slices for a scarves
Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and/or No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream "snow"

Mix all ingredients together. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain first. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Spoon a dollop of the mixture into pan and pat flat. You'll want some bigger circles and some smaller for your snowman or snowwoman's head. Cook on low till golden, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Gather your snowpeople parts and let everyone build their own. Makes enough for about 7-8 snowpeople.

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Do you want to build a snowman? I'd love to see your snow people. If you snap a picture and post it on Instagram or Twitter tag me or add #Eggface

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Sugar Free Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are a traditional part of holiday celebrations. Some people just don't feel like it's the holidays without a little icing and a few sprinkles. If you are looking to have a little something sweet with a little less impact to your health, weight, or fitness goals give these sugar-free, lower fat, no white flour cookies a try.

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I use Swerve as the sugar replacement, it's made mostly of Erythritol, found in a lot of sugar-free gums and mints, you can find it in most health food stores or I added an online link below, it comes in Granular, Confectioners and Brown and measures the same as regular sugar. It doesn't seem to cause gastric issues some sugar replacements cause but you don't test it by eating the whole batch of cookies in one sitting. I cut out some of the ingredients that I try and limit on my plan in this recipe. So they should be a great holiday treat for those of you that are on a keto, low carb or diabetic diet but of course, as always run them by your health professionals for their thumbs up... better yet bring them a batch.

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Are they your Grandma's Christmas cookies? No, but those probably have oodles of sugar, butter and white flour in them. These really are a great alternative for traditional sugar cookies and I think Grandma might even fight you for the last one.

Shelly's Sugar-Free Almond Christmas Cookies 

1 cup Almond Flour (not meal)
2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/4 cup Butter, softened
1/4 cup Swerve, Granular
1 Large Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Glaze

3 Tablespoons Swerve, Confectioners
1 Tablespoon Milk, any
1/8 teaspoon Lemon Extract (you can sub any flavor Almond, Vanilla)
Holiday Nonpareils  (optional)

Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream softened butter with the Swerve until combined. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients and mix until the dough comes together. Roll the dough into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on the parchment lined baking sheet. Press the balls down with the palm of your hand to about 1/2 inch thick.

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They puff a bit but don't spread. Bake about 18-20 minutes, until just barely beginning to firm up and are lightly golden on the bottom. Remove and let cool on the pan. They will firm as they cool. Makes 16-20 cookies.

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Make the glaze: mix the Confectioner's Swerve, milk, and extract together till well combined. Dip the top of the cookies into the glaze and sprinkle with nonpareils.

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The glaze sets pretty quick... so dip and sprinkle each cookie, don't dip all then go to sprinkle because your sprinkles will roll off... or alternatively if you are not a fan of glaze you can melt Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips to dip or drizzle over cookies.



Here's our Christmas tree this year. I love my mixed up ornament tree. There is a story behind every ornament and as we decorate we remember the people, times or places they represent. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays filled with wonderful memories.

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Tips for Surviving the Holidays Post Bariatric Surgery



Holiday Giggle: Christmas Cookie Rules

It's a The World According to Eggface tradition to post this once a year...

1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test cookie and thus calorie free.

2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calorie free, (rule #1) yours is also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free also.

4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package.

8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.

9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING.

10. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It is a rule!

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Oh if only! 🎅   A
A few tough weeks ahead, stress, changes in routine, pressure... Remember YOU ARE TOUGHER... it's OK to Say NO. 

Headed to Nashville

I'm headed to Nashville. I'm attending ObesityWeek. ObesityWeek for those that may not know is the combined annual meetings of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) so the bariatric surgeons and their related staff (bariatric nurses, dietitians, psychologists, etc.) and the scientists and researchers in obesity.


A few years ago it was held in San Diego, which is the closest major city to my town and I worked in a booth for the Obesity Action Coalition (didn't attend sessions or meetings) and then last year it was in the Washington DC/Virginia area and just before I became OAC Board Chair so they sent me to learn and meet the folks we interact with on common projects. I attended some super interesting scientific sessions most of which were over my head a bit but I asked a lot of questions and gained a better understanding of the science of obesity... honestly it was empowering to hear from world-renowned scientist from all over the globe all saying it is not just "eat less and move more" which is sadly what much of society and the media portray it as. Personal responsibility for healthy behaviors is just one aspect and so much more is at play (brain signals, gut hormones, environment, and on-and-on.) Now how to get that message out to the general public... so that those affected aren't faced with the stigma and bias that obesity is all their fault... I'd love to hear your ideas!

I feel more comfortable going this year since it's my second one. I'll be tweeting, of course, www.twitter.com/eggface from some of the sessions and meetings and Tuesday I'm on a panel sharing my personal story and ways people treating obesity can make the experience better for people affected who choose to seek treatment. I hope what I share makes them more aware of the impact they can have (both good and bad.)


In my downtime, I'm looking forward to checking out the EXPO HALL which is huge and full of products and services... Celebrate Vitamins, Premier Protein, Livliga, and others (take a look at the list) I can't wait to share the new and yummy goodies I taste. If you spot something you want me to be sure to visit and report back on let me know.

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Be sure to follow me on Twitter for my Music City adventure and the #OW2018 hashtag. I've never been to Nashville if you can believe that... so it will be fun. Well technically, I drove through it when we moved cross country from New York to California but couldn't stop because I had a guinea pig in the car. It was too hot... this time... no guinea pig and it might snow. So fair warning my twitter feed might have a lot of whining about the cold... Southern Californians whine at anything under 60°F. 

While I love and am thankful for the experiences and travel I've been able to do on behalf of the Obesity Action Coalition I do have to say I'm looking forward to nothing on the agenda travel wise till January... just some holiday cooking, sharing recipes and products. Till then be sure to check out some of these past posts to get you ready for Thanksgiving and the holidays post-bariatric surgery.

Some of my favorite Thanksgiving Appetizers, Side Dishes, and Desserts
My Thanksgiving and Fall Pinterest Recipe Page
What to do with all those Thanksgiving Leftovers