Sunday, March 1, 2015

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. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: I made Breakfast "Tacos" scrambled eggs, topped with cheese and picante sauce, and taco-fied it with a slice of low sodium ham. You need a knife and fork for this one. I left the breakfast dishes and I head over to the Farmer's Market to beat the rain the weather forecast said we were going to get yesterday... we actually got the rain today. I picked up a nice assortment of fruits and veggies for the week ahead... a spaghetti squash I've been craving that Sausage and Ricotta Stuffed Squash I made a couple weeks ago, cauliflower, tomatoes, avocados, strawberries, apples, pears, hmmm there was something else... oh yeah a variety of onions... green, red, yellow... I'm covered for onions. Our market is all year long, rain or shine, the only days it closes are the two weekends of the year when the town holds the Rod Run, a vintage car show... that's next Saturday as a matter of fact. I'm going to have to seek out a market in another town next week.


More Eggface Favorite Breakfasts

Lunch: The Edamame and Salmon Salad I posted yesterday. Sooo good. If you don't like salmon you could totally do the same thing with grilled chicken, leftover cooked steak, shrimp, tuna... tofu. Whatever you like.


Dinner: I didn't really want to cook. I actually thought I might head out for dinner somewhere. I have been craving steak. I got too comfortable (aka holey sweats and braless.) Well and the avocado and tomato was sitting on the counter just calling to me to turn them into a salad. I made a sort of Caprese Salad with Avocado. Mexico meets Italy... Avocado, Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, a dollop of Pesto Sauce, Oregano, Salt & Pepper to taste. The juices from the tomato and pesto mixed together to make a great "dressing." I love dinners like this.


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Snacks: Too much coffee and I picked up some Strawberries at the Farmer's Market. I froze a basket for protein shakes but a few are destined for desserts like this... dipped in No Sugar Added Homemade SF French Vanilla Whipped Cream.


More Days in my pouch

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dinner and Leftovers: Salmon

One of my favorite simple dinners is Baked Salmon and Carrots. Tons of protein and vitamins. I almost always toss an extra piece of salmon in the oven so I can turn it into lunch the next day. Sometimes I just have it as is with a dip made from Greek yogurt and dill or blend it with cream cheese and smear it on cucumber rounds or flaked on a green salad. Yesterday I turned it into a delicious protein packed salad.


Shelly's Baked Salmon

Salmon Fillets (about 4 oz.)
a drizzle of Olive Oil
sprinkle of Fish Seasoning (whatever you like, what I use)
a few sprigs of Fresh Dill
a slice of Lemon

Wash and dry salmon. Place in a Pyrex dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle seasoning and dill, top with lemon slice. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes depending on thickness. Served with cooked carrots with little dab of butter.

My extra piece of salmon became this great salad for lunch the next day...


Shelly's Edamame and Salmon Salad

4 oz. Cooked Salmon, flaked
12 oz. Bag Frozen Shelled Edamame
1 cup Cooked Mushrooms, sliced
2 Green Onions, sliced
2 Tablespoons store bought Teriyaki Sauce
squeeze of Lemon
a few twists of Black Pepper to taste

Cook edamame per package instructions (generally it's boil for 5 minutes then drain) and allow to cool slightly. Saute mushrooms till golden. Toss all ingredients together. You can serve now or chill, either way it's delicious. In the summer this will be going in a bento box and on a picnic.

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More Eggface Favorite Dinners

I used Soy Vey Veri Veri Teriyaki which is garlic, ginger, toasted sesame seeds and soy sauce basically. It's tasty stuff I scored a free bottle the other day so thought I'd try it in this... perfect. It has some sugars but 2 T. spread out over the whole recipe (serves at least 4) doesn't bother me. FYI: On the company website they are giving away a coupon for $1 off right now. Just whatever you do don't accidentally click on the little meat cleaver on the left hand side of the page with your speakers up loud. I almost had a heart attack. I am not a fan of autoplay sound effects, music or videos especially since I'm on the Internet often at 3 AM (insomnia)... there ought to be a law.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Almond Breeze "Do Better" Breakfasts

We are all wiser than we were yesterday so now we must use the wisdom to do better. I used to reach for a bagel slathered with butter or deep fried donut to start my day but I can do better. Breakfasts like these mini breakfast oatmeal muffins and cinnamon protein shake made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk are delicious do betters.


Shelly's Mini Breakfast Oatmeal Muffins

1 Ripe Banana, mashed
1/2 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup Oatmeal, dry (Quick Cook or Rolled)
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
1/4 cup of "stuff" (raisins, nuts, SF chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or combo)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients. My "stuff" additions for this batch were 2 Tablespoons of sugar free chocolate chips and 2 Tablespoons of chopped Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds (Have you tried these!? Yummy!) Spray a 24 mini muffin pan (or 2-12's) with non-stick spray.


Fill each muffin 2/3 way with batter. Bake 20 minutes till knife inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan.

These flourless mini muffins were a delicious start to the day. They could easily be made gluten free if need be because Almond Breeze products are wheat and gluten free just be sure to use gluten free oats and baking powder. They would be great on a breakfast buffet with a fruit salad or build your own yogurt parfait bar.


or toss a few in a snack size baggie and take them on a hike with a protein packed shake like this one...


Shelly's Fauxchata Protein Shake (Horchata without the Rice) 

1 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
3-4 Cinnamon Frozen Yogurt Cubes

Blend on high. I topped mine with a little No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream and a dash of Cinnamon. Frozen Yogurt Cubes are great to add to smoothies (no ice to water down) or in the summer pop one in your mouth to cool you down on a hot day. Here's how you make them...


8 oz. container Greek Yogurt, plain
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Mix together till well blended. Spoon into an ice cube tray and freeze. When frozen pop out and store in a gallon zipper bag. I added cinnamon to this batch but you can leave them plain or add unsweetened cocoa, powdered peanut butter, fresh or frozen berries, etc.


This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almond Milk. For the purposes of this post and recipe development Almond Breeze provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy Almond Milk. Want to learn more about Blue Diamond Almond Breeze LIKE their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by. Hope you give these breakfast recipes a try.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscar Eats: Top Hat Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

I watched The Oscars even though I didn't see any of the nominated movies. They all seemed pretty emotionally heavy. The real world has been emotionally heavy so I tend to look for happy and light for entertainment. I'll at least have to see the Best Picture winner when it goes to DVD. I like to watch the arrivals, the opening monologue, the :( In Memoriam, Lady Gaga's tribute to The Sound of Music was great and wow...  best speech of the night goes to Graham Moore, Best Adapted Screenplay winner who shared he had attempted suicide as a teen and told those who feel like they don't belong to, "Stay weird, stay different." Awesome and powerful use of those few minutes. In the middle of the show somewhere in between makeup and documentaries (aka the boring part) I made dinner. I made Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders with a little Oscar spin, they are wearing Top Hats!


Shelly's Top Hat Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

3/4 lb. Ground Beef (or Turkey)
2 Tablespoons Bacon Bits (or Crumbled Bacon)
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
Sliced Cheddar Cheese
Sliced Tomato
Dill Pickle Sliced

Mix meat, bacon, and seasonings till just combined (do not over mix.) Form into a roll. I use plastic wrap to help make it even. It makes 8 sliders (6 pictured above, I gave 2 to my neighbor).


Grill on one side till browned about 5 minutes, flip cook about 4 more minutes. I use this type of grill pan. It's oven safe so in the last minute of cooking I add cheese and broil till melted.



Add sliced tomato and pickle top hat. You could place them in a Boston (or Butter) Lettuce Cup which was the plan but it never made it on my shopping list. I dip everything... I served them with a Greek Yogurt Horseradish Dip (just plain Greek yogurt and a dollop of fresh horseradish mixed in.)

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Friday, February 20, 2015

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. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: I woke up with a gnarly headache. I think it's sinus related. We have had Santa Ana winds here. Dry, hot and blowing particles around. Not complaining. I'll take that over the snow you guys on the east coast are dealing with. It did make me have a slow start to the morning and I really just wanted a protein shake and to sit in the sunshine a bit. I had some phone calls to make so it worked out...


Shelly's Triple Chocolate Raspberry Protein Shake

1 cup Soy Milk (any milk will do)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
6-8 Raspberries
a few Ice Cubes

Blend on high. Top with No Sugar Added Homemade Chocolate Whipped Cream and I added a sprinkle of nonpareils and a raspberry on top because it made me smile.

Oodles of Eggface Protein Shakes and Smoothies

Lunch: My lunch was a taste test of a recipe that I've entered into a cooking contest that Food Network has going on right now. It's sort of like the TV show, "Chopped." You are told 4 ingredients you must use and have to create a recipe with them. You can use additional ingredients but the 4 recipe musts were: 6 Cheese Italian Shredded Cheese, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, Red Bell Pepper and Greek Yogurt... some of my favorites. I think it turned out really well and it tasted great... we'll see if it's a "winner, winner chicken dinner" (sorry couldn't resist) but for sure it will be made many times at my house. Here's what I entered...


You can cast a vote for it if you like it. I don't think the votes make a difference in the judging but I'm happy to get a few if you like what you see.

Want to try one of my recipes that won an award. Try this Jazzy New Orleans Muffaletta Salad. Perfect for this Mardi Gras month too.

Dinner: To celebrate Chinese New Year I made a pot of my Chinese New Year Soup (the quickie version.)


I usually make my Egg Foo Young Bites to go with but this time I made those Savory Onion Mini Ricotta Pancakes I made at New Year's, just made them regular size versus mini.


They went very well with the soup. I made 8 so I'll have leftovers to make "sandwiches" tomorrow.


I won $10 on a scratcher. I never play them but I bought one on Valentine's Day and found it bumping around in my purse. I think this Year of the Goat is going to be pretty good. Figured I'll toss a $1 back in for another try (I want a house by the ocean) and use the $9 for a Mum and me coffee date. So maybe a scratcher will be my Chinese New Year tradition and raisins for calendar New Year.

Snacks: Coffee and 4 beautiful strawberries that I dipped in No Sugar Added Homemade Chocolate Whipped Cream. Sooo good.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time to Act on Obesity Video

Ever been told "all you need to do to lose weight is push away from the table and move more." Did that person live? Kidding.

Seriously though... anyone who is fighting this war on a personal level knows obesity is a complex multifaceted issue and more than the simple math of calories in, calories out. It it were that simple we wouldn't have 93 million Americans affected. Check out this great video that explains what causes obesity and why is it so hard to lose weight through diet and exercise.



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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Heads up: #YWM2015 National Convention Scholarship Program

The Obesity Action Coalition wants to make attending the Convention a reality for any individual interested in benefiting from this AMAZING 3-day educational event! The Convention Scholarship Program is designed to open the doors up to give any individual the ability to gain the knowledge they need, without letting the expense get in the way.


The Convention Scholarship Program is NOW OPEN and accepting scholarship applications to help bring individuals who would not otherwise be able to attend ‪#‎YWM2015! The DEADLINE TO SUBMIT an application is MARCH 31. Scholarship applications submitted past this date will not be considered.

Here is the LINK FOR INFORMATION AND TO APPLY.

Please consider taking the time to apply. The form is really quite simple, just a few questions. The need last year was of course greater than the amount the OAC had to award but many people were able to attend who otherwise would not have been... registration, travel, it was awesome. It's worth a shot!! Trust me this event is something that is life changing and I credit with helping me stay on track with my health goals.

The applications are reviewed by an independent review group at George Washington University so rest assured I don't see them, thankful of this as I'd never be able to choose. I want you all to go! FYI: applicants not eligible to receive a scholarship include: health professionals seeking CE Credits; and relatives of OAC staff, National Board Members, or OAC Committee Members (or actual members of these groups.)

Go do it now.
Don't put it off... a couple of questions.
APPLY!

I'd also ask you please share the information and links with friends, family, support groups, online groups, gyms, walking groups, yoga class, anyone... so that others might benefit.

More about the Your Weight Matters National Convention #YWM2015
More about the Obesity Action Coalition
My OAC Blog about this year's theme

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

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. What I ate yesterday... Valentine's Day... a few more sweet treats but nothing too damaging.

Breakfast: I made a Onion Frittata: sauteed onion, beaten egg, a few twists of black pepper, a sprinkle of Parmesan. Cook till almost set and finish under the broiler, add a little extra Parmesan when you serve it.


Favorite Breakfasts

Lunch: It has been just gorgeous weather here this week. Today was 83°F. I made a Valentine-themed Bento Box, brought it outside and kept the cats company while they sunbathed. I wish we could send some warmth over to the U.S. east coast and you guys could ship us over some snow. I figure by the time it gets here it'll be water and we need that desperately. The government needs to work on that... somebody make a call ;)


Pink Box (top left): Sliced Tomatoes with a sprinkle of S&P
Green Box (top right): Baby Bell Cheese (cut a little heart out with a mini cutter)
Blue Box (bottom left): Roast Beef & Pickle Roll-ups
Orange Box (bottom right): Homemade Sugar Free White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry

FAQ's about my bento box and an online source
More Bento Box Lunches

Bought some great strawberries at the Farmer's Market and gave them a little dip in melted Sugar Free White Chocolate (nuked 1 minute or so, I use Amberlyn brand, available online and often at Costco, they do road shows) and a sprinkle of nonpareils. I stuck them in the fridge for about 30 minutes till they were set. I think they look quite festive.

Cooks Note: Berries must be completely dry when you dip them in melted chocolate. Chocolate will seize if any water gets in it, so wash and let sit long before dipping.


I turned a couple into strawberry pops for the kiddo that lives across the street. I just made a hole in the stem side of each berry and shoved one of those paper straws in.


I had to run few errands. It was crazy busy in town and I got home much later than I thought I would. I was glad I had a pretty easy dinner planned. I made it even easier by picking up a couple of grilled chicken breasts at the supermarket deli, so no cooking really.

Dinner: I made a modified version of my Pimento Chicken Salad. The modifications were delicious.


Shelly's Pimento Chicken Salad V2

2 Grilled Chicken Breasts, chopped
1 stalk Celery, sliced
2 Green Onions, diced
1/2 cup Frozen Peas, steamed & chilled
2 Tablespoons Blue Diamond Chipotle Almonds
3 oz. Greek Yogurt, plain
2 oz. jar Pimientos, drained
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix all ingredients together till well combined. Chill. I served a scoop in a romaine lettuce leaf like a taco.

10 Favorite Protein Sources

Snacks: Too much coffee always, another strawberry (well LOL... I had to check if they were set enough) and speaking of coffee I made this yummy dessert that I ate while catching up on my American Idol DVR'd episodes. Nothing says Valentine's Day like a decadent dessert but if you are wanting to have the decadence without the damage try this protein packed Tiramisu inspired dessert... a perfect ending to the day.


Shelly's Tiramisu Protein Pudding

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tablespoons Chike Nutrition High Protein Iced Coffee Protein Powder
1-2 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (or sweetener of choice) to taste
Unsweetened Cocoa for dusting

Blend together ricotta, SF syrup (I used SF Belgian Cookie flavor but any would do SF Vanilla, SF Chocolate, SF Irish Cream) and coffee protein powder till well combined. Spoon into demitasse cups dust with unsweetened cocoa. Makes 2: one for you and one for someone you love or both for you ;)

More days in my pouch

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day and got to spend it with those you love whether in person, online or on the phone... and thank you for always showing me love by sharing the web site and eggface social media pages with your family and friends xo.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

YWM2015 Theme Revealed

The Obesity Action Coalition's Your Weight Matters National Convention #YWM2015 theme has been revealed...



My OAC blog about the theme reveal.


More info, info to book your hotel room and where to sign-up for e-alerts to receive all the 411 on the National Convention as it is released (including Scholarship info)

Hope you will join me this summer!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: If you own a tub of Spiced Chai Protein Powder from making that "protein granola" I love spare a little for this yogurt dip one morning. I dipped fresh mango chunks in it.


Shelly's Spiced Chai Yogurt Dip

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, plain
2 Tablespoons Big Train Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Honey

Mix together till well blended. The honey, mango, chai combo was perfect together sort of Indian. If you can't do honey any sweetener you use would be fine.

6 Greek Yogurt Breakfasts

Lunch: I love salads like this they get even better the next day. This is something that would be perfect to make the day after you make my Quinoa Patties because there is always a spare cup of cooked quinoa from that.


Shelly's Chickpea and Quinoa Salad

1 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup Cooked Quinoa
1/2 Hothouse Cucumber, peeled and chopped
3 medium Tomatoes, chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Mint, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Crumbled Feta Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
juice of 1/2 a Lemon
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix all ingredients together till well combined. You can add a dressing or a drizzle of olive oil... I don't the lemon juice and tomatoes make it's own dressing that is perfect for me. You could add tuna, cooked chicken or salmon to this. I actually intended on putting tuna in but forgot.


More Favorite Salads
Oodles of Bean Recipes

Dinner: I picked up a spaghetti squash at the Farmer's Market on Saturday. I didn't really have a plan at the time but I was chatting with my Mum about foods I used to eat as a kid and it reminded me of a sandwich I loved. It was sausage and ricotta cheese on homemade Sicilian bread rolls. It was sort of calzone-ish. I don't do bread post weight loss surgery and truly I could never replicate my father's bread and anything else would be a disappointment, so why bother. This gave me all the delicious flavors of my childhood.


Shelly's Ricotta and Sausage Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

1 small/medium Spaghetti Squash
1/4 cup Water
1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Green Onions, diced
1/2 cup Cooked Sausage, Crumbles
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (plus another Tablespoon or so for sprinkling on top)
1/2 teaspoon Italian Blend Seasonings (Garlic, Basil, Oregano, Red Pepper)
1 Teaspoon Oregano

Half and deseed the spaghetti squash. Place open end down on a Pyrex baking dish, pour 1/4 cup of water in dish. Cover with foil. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes. You want a fork to insert easily. Allow to cool slightly. Use two forks to shred the flesh of the cooked squash into "spaghetti." remove as much of the squash as possible leaving the hollowed out skins. In a clean dish towel squeeze the squash to remove any excess water. Place in a bowl. Set aside.


Saute onions till golden. Add sausage and seasonings. Cook for a couple of minutes till sausage is warmed through. I used those Jimmy Dean Cooked Sausage Crumbles. You could certainly saute some sausage meat or use leftover BBQ sausages chopped up. If you are not a sausage fan you could use turkey or beef but I'd toss in some fennel or something to give it a "sausage flavor." Mix ricotta, onions, sausage, 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and seasonings till well combined. Fold this mixture into the squash until they are thoroughly combined. Spoon everything back into the hollowed squash skins. Sprinkle with a little more Parmesan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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Snacks: Too much coffee, a Cottage Cheese Double and a few Blue Diamond Salted Caramel Almonds,


More Days in my pouch

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Drum roll...

Thank you all for entering the Eggface Love Being Healthy Valentine Giveaway. I loved reading all your comments and reasons for loving being healthy. I was nodding in agreement with so many of them.


The random generator has selected:

Susan
frogmullins814@xxx.xxx

Congratulations Susan! You are the winner of the latest Eggface Giveaway! You win the super cool pink workout bag filled with some of my favorite pink products. 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! I've got some more LOVE planned this month. Follow along on the Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and now Instagram for the latest eggciting announcements!


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Friday, February 6, 2015

Eggface Valentine's Day Pinterest Page

Check out my Valentine's Day Pinterest Page for tons of recipes to enjoy as a part of a weight loss or post weight loss surgery diet and share with those you love plus tons of cool ideas for candy and chocolate free Valentine's for the children in your life.


and check out my other Pinterest Pages...


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