Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day Remembrance and Recipes

As a kid, I remember thinking it odd that people celebrated Memorial Day Weekend because Memorial Day honors the brave men and women who died serving in the U.S. military, it seemed wrong. As I've gotten older, I realize that we are not guaranteed more than today, never more apparent than last night in Manchester, England. I understand the importance of taking a weekend to enjoy family and friends and break bread well... not bread in my case ;) but sharing some yummy food. As we enjoy our BBQ's in the backyard or picnics in the park I hope we all take time to remember and honor those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.

One easy way to help: Do you have clothing you no longer fit in? Consider donating it to Vietnam Veterans of America. The donations are sold in thrift stores across America to help fund programs for veterans of all eras.

Here's some favorite protein packed Memorial Day weekend recipes to kick off the unofficial beginning of Summer. They are all weight loss surgery friendly but your loved ones (including the kiddos) should enjoy them as well.

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Shelly's Quinoa Patties (for your vegetarian friends and family, make extra non-vegetarian pals will love them too)

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Kabobs and Skewers

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Grilled Veggies

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Shelly's Caprese Chicken

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These next 2 are great to take to the park (no mayo to spoil) or parade watching. I love to use those take-out chinese food containers to transport, just remember to bring a fork.

Shelly's Greek Chicken Cucumber Noodle Salad


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1 English or Hothouse Cucumber, spiralized
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
a few Kalamata olives, chopped
a few dashed of Oregano
Optional: Top whatever protein you want I used Grilled Chicken but would be great with Grilled Shrimp, Steak.

Dressing
1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar or Fresh Squeezed Lemon
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
a few twists of Black Pepper

If you have a spiralizer, use it to cut the cucumber into "noodles" if you don't have one get one, you won't regret this purchase especially this summer. You can use a julienne peeler but it will give you strips instead. Not nearly as cool.

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Sprinkle cucumber "noodles" with salt and let sit in the fridge about 10 minutes. Drain any water. Toss with veggies and dressing. Top with optional grilled protein.

Don't be afraid of carbs... I don't eat bread, pasta or rice, the simple white carbs (my personal choice) but I eat a nice amount of complex carbs a day, I just choose them wisely. Beans full of nutrients and fiber versus pasta for example...

Shelly's Award Winning Jazzy New Orleans Muffaleta Salad

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Shelly's Baked Bean Casserole

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Shelly's Bacon Cheeseburger Deviled Eggs

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A few desserts...

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Shelly's Red, White & Blue Strawberry Cannoli
Shelly's Red, White & Blue Layered Protein Cake Jars
Shelly's Farmer's Market Berry Crumble
Shelly's Mini Almond Protein Muffin Strawberry Shortcakes

Need more ideas...

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More Bariatric Surgery Friendly Desserts

I hope everyone has a healthy and safe Memorial Weekend!

"Enjoy the little things, for one day, you may look back and realize they were the big things."
~Robert Brault



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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Farmer's Market Premier Protein Berry Crumble and Shopping Tips

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share one of my favorite recipes featuring Premier Protein Whey Protein Powder with you.

For me, there’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful weekend morning than to stroll around a Farmers' Market. Our Old Town Temecula Farmers’ Market is great. It's held every Saturday morning, rain or shine but if for some reason I can't make it we have one not too far away held on Sunday and many of the same farms sell at both: local cheeses, plants and flowers, artisans selling their homemade items like salsa, jams, soap and of course lots of just picked fruits and veggies.

I usually walk around once to see what everyone has to offer, find a little spot somewhere to sit down to develop a game plan based on what's available before I go back around again and make my purchases.

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A Premier Protein Bananas & Cream Protein Shake (30 grams of protein, 24 vitamins and minerals, low in fat, only one gram of sugar and just 160 calories) and local blueberries powered my morning.

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Here's some of my haul and those berries (well, minus the handful I ate) became this delicious, super easy to make Berry Crumble with a protein-packed topping.

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Shelly's Farmer's Market Premier Protein Berry Crumble

3/4 cup Almond Flour
1/3 cup Premier Protein Vanilla Milkshake Whey Protein Powder, dry
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (or liquid sweetener of your choice: honey, agave)
2 cups of Berries (I used Raspberries and Blueberries)

Preheat oven to 350. Wash berries and divide equally in 4 ramekins. Mix crumble ingredients together (hands are best) till clumps form (add a teaspoon of water if needed, it'll depend on almond butter brand some are thinner or thicker than others.) I used Premier Protein Vanilla Milkshake Whey Protein Powder, it has 30 grams of protein per scoop, no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners but Premier Protein Chocolate Whey Protein Powder would be great too. I mean hello?! Chocolate and berries. Yum!

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Sprinkle clumps of the topping equally over each ramekin of fruit. I place the ramekins on a baking sheet it's easier to remove them from the oven and saves any oven clean-up if your berries are especially juicy.

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Bake at 350 for 25 minutes till golden. Serve warm, room temperature or cold with or without Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream or a dollop of Greek yogurt.

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Cooks Note: Almond Flour is just ground blanched almonds. Almond Meal may be subbed that's ground almonds with the skins on but Almond Meal is a little denser so I prefer Almond Flour in this recipe with delicate berries. Almond Meal would be fine for heartier fruits like peaches or apples in the summer and fall.

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Make the most of your Farmers' Market shopping experience with these 5 tips:
  1. Bring a sturdy reusable shopping bag or folding shopping cart if you anticipate a large haul or are planning on buying a giant watermelon.
  2. Bring small bills especially if you are shopping very early in the day; breaking $100 bill for a $3 basket of berries is not good market etiquette. Set aside dollar bills during the week for market day.
  3. Be respectful of the produce: don't squeeze all the avocados looking for the perfect one (or let your kids play with them) if you're not sure about how ripe something is or need something to be ready for a recipe later on in the week, ask the farmer to help you pick out the best.
  4. Ask questions. Farmers' markets are a great place to learn about a culture or areas local cuisine. Not sure what something is or how to prepare it? You may even score a sample or learn a new recipe.
  5. Take advantage of your Farmers' market's website, info booth or bulletin board. Many have rules like no dogs allowed (except for service dogs) based on your county's health & safety codes. Some markets offer "Veggie Valet" service so you can pick up your purchases later in the day if you do buy that giant watermelon. Some market's even offer cooking demos or market tours and there's also usually great info available on what fruits and veggies are in-season with recipes.

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein® #TheDayIsYours For the purposes of this post Premier Protein provided me with products used. 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. Hope you find a Farmers' Market near you and give this recipe a try!


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Monday, May 15, 2017

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Brunch and Gift Ideas

Nothing says "I love you Mom, You're the best" like letting them sleep in while you make them breakfast or brunch. You may think post bariatric surgery you might have to eliminate this tradition but you'd be wrong, unless Mom (or Grandma) is a very new post-op any of these recipes should work out fine. If she's a very new post-op bookmark this post for next year and scroll down to the bottom for some other non-food gift ideas to make her day special.

But first, the food. Oodles of easy to make, post bariatric surgery sweet and savory eats sure to make Mom's Day:




and some sweet treats for Mom...







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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Eggface and Celebrate Vitamins Celebrating Mothers and Others Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Celebrate Vitamins. I am excited to share with you some of my favorite Celebrate products.

Building a support system of people including doctors, dietitian, psychologist/psychiatrist, support groups & resources (both IRL and online) and of course friends and family, those we can turn to for both practical and emotional support in our journey to better health is so important. If you don't have a support team in place already, take some time to build it. Trust me, there is no finish-line and there will be bumps, curves and the occasional need to recalculate on this road... your support team will be there to help. If you are lucky to have some or all of those supporters in place... celebrate them!

For me, my greatest supporter has been my Mum. Who is (are) your greatest supporter(s)? 

It's Giveaway Time! Whether it's your Mother or some other person this giveaway will make you both a winner!

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The Prize: One prize pack for you and one for your greatest supporter. I'll choose one winner, you keep one and you can give the other (all or part shhh they will never know LOL) to your greatest supporter!

6 single-serve travel packets of Celebrate Vitamins Wildberry Protein 20 Protein Powder (now you must make my Unicorn Protein Shake)
2 - 30 ct. boxes of Celebrate Vitamins BALANCE Probiotic
2 Celebrate Vitamins Sampler Packs (chockful of multis, iron, B12, calcium, 27 different product samples in total)
2 Sistema To Go Collection 4 Piece Cutlery Set (easy to assemble knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks in a carry case)
2 Purple Blenderbottle Shakers
2 The World According to Eggface Reusable Lunch Bags

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Example: Jane Doe jdoe@someemail.com I liked you on Facebook too!

Contest Period Ends: Sunday, May 14th (11:59 PM Pacific), winner announced sometime Monday, May 15th. 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 may be chosen. One ENTRY per person. Blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. only (contiguous United States plus Alaska & Hawaii mailing address only, sorry it's a international law thing.)

As always, thanks for following and sharing the blog link, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter social media pages with your friends, family and support groups and for checking out the great companies that I feature on the blog from time to time. I appreciate it.

Good Luck!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Protein Shake Recipes: Mint Mocha

I had a meeting that was cancelled this evening so with about 45 minutes free in my schedule and since it was 91 degrees today (supposed to drop this weekend thankfully) I decided to tackle a weight loss surgery friendly version of the latest Starbuck's limited edition creation, the Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino. The original (even paired down to Tall with nonfat milk) has 35 grams of sugar and 39 grams of carbs... so yeah that's not happening. Here's what I came up with.

Slurp. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did...

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Shelly's Mint Mocha Protein Shake

8 oz. Milk (any)
2 scoops (or one single serving packet) Chocolate Mint Protein Powder (I used Celebrate Vitamins Chocolate Mint Protein 20)
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
a few cubes of Ice
Optional: if you want the caffeine kick add 1/2 stick of Espresso Powder (Via or Bustelo)

Whiz on high in blender. Fill glass about 3/4, make a ring of No Sugar Added, Homemade Whipped Cream, pour in the rest of the shake, top with a little more whippage and a sprinkle of pulverized protein bar (something chocolate & mint) or additional cocoa.

No Chocolate Mint Protein (use SF Peppermint Torani and Chocolate Protein Powder) but this Chocolate Mint Protein 20 is one of my favs.

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Shelly's Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor will do)

Whisk till well combined. Every batch I make a new flavor: SF Vanilla, SF Coconut, SF Almond, if you want pink cream Sugar Free Raspberry is great. Fill whipping cream to the fill line of the whipper. Screw on the top. Insert the CO2 cartridge till it empties, unscrew that. Put the nozzle on, shake a few times and squirt away. It makes a ton, store it in the fridge for up to 10 days just give it another few shakes before squirting. Great on berries, shakes and smoothies, protein cake. You can make chocolate whipped cream too just add unsweetened cocoa powder 2 Tablespoons to recipe above and into the whipper.

Feeling like you need a little magic in your life try my Unicorn Protein Shake that was all the craze last month.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Favorite Recipes

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French Army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1882, many in the U.S. think it's Mexican Independence Day (that's September 16th.) My understanding is Cinco de Mayo is not a major holiday in Mexico but somehow north of the border we've embraced it as a great excuse for a fiesta (party) with food, friends and family!

I had weight loss surgery and have chosen to make some healthy lifestyle changes but that doesn't mean the fiestas ended. Here are a few of my favorite protein packed recipes. I've included a few breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as a few for early post-ops. I hope you find a few to incorporate into your Cinco de Mayo celebraciĆ³n.


Shelly's Breakfast Taco Pie

4 Eggs, beaten
1/4 cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
dash of Sea Salt
1/4 cup Pico de Gallo (or Chunky Salsa), drained
1/2 cup Mexican Cheese, shredded (I used a blend of Manchego, Oaxaca, Quesadilla and Asadero)
1 cup Cooked Ground Beef, crumbled
2 Tablespoons Black Olives, sliced

Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 9" glass pie plate with non-stick spray. Arrange cooked, crumbled beef in pie plate. Sprinkle evenly with sliced olives.


Beat eggs and add other ingredients. Stir to combined. Pour slowly over the beef & olives so not to disturb.


Bake for 25 minutes and then broil the top for 2-3 till slightly golden and puffy.


Serve with optional toppings: Greek yogurt with a sprinkle of Chili Lime Seasoning and salsa or hot sauce, sliced avocado or guacamole would be great too. This would be perfect for a brunch or lunch with a green salad.

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Shelly's Mexican Scrambled Egg Bowl (soft)
Shelly's Cinnamon Churro Ricotta Pancakes (soft)
Shelly's Shrimp and Guacamole
Shelly's Mexican Caprese Salad
Shelly's Mexican Layered Salad
Shelly's Black Bean Soup (liquid)
Shelly's Crockpot Carnitas and Calabacitas
Build Your Own Taco Salad Bar & Taco Bites
Shelly's Individual Baked Chili Relleno Casserole (soft)
Shelly's Individual Tamale Pie
Shelly's Salsa Fish Foil Packet (soft)
Shelly's Spanish Style Cauliflower Rice
Shelly's Burrito Stuffed Peppers
Shelly's Black Bean Burrito Bake
Shelly's Flan (soft)


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Find even More Healthy Mexican Food Favorites on my Pinterest page.


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Best Obesity Health Blogs of the Year 2017

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

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Blogging my weight loss journey helps me keep my head in the game. You learn quite quickly post weight loss surgery that there is no finish-line, every day you wake up and make the best decisions you can that day; bad days, good days, life happens and we adjust the sails, forever.

It's a great comfort knowing I've got an awesome group of people who "get it" just a few keystrokes away. I appreciate you and THANK YOU for being a part of my support system. I am honored that you allow me to be a part of your lives as well.

I get so jazzed when I receive a message from a blog reader that a tip or resource on the blog has helped them, a product I mentioned or a recipe has become a family favorite. I will continue to write with the hope that 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 and hopefully helping to dispel some misconceptions about obesity, weight loss and weight loss surgery along the way.

Please add all of the wonderful blogs to your reading list (click on the badge above to see the complete 2017 winner's list.) Some of my very favorite blogs are included, a nice mix of education, motivation, inspiration and fun.

and Thank You!! so much Healthline for thinking the blog worthy of making the list.

P.S. I am also 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 New Orleans this summer.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Protein Shake Recipes: Unicorn Protein Shake

I just had to make my own version of that darn Starbuck's Unicorn Frappuccino concoction that is all over my timeline. Now I'm not sure how the real deal tastes because it's like 39 grams of sugar for the tall which would be a ticket to dump city post weight loss surgery but I heard from a pal that it tastes like a cross between Amoxicillin and Sweet Tarts. Umm no thanks. My version is a yummy fruity concoction, no added sugar and it's protein packed too. Mmm magical.

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Shelly's Sugar Free Unicorn Protein Shake

8 oz. Milk (any)
1 packet/serving of Protein Powder (I used Celebrate Vitamins Wildberry Protein 20)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Raspberry Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Strawberry Torani Syrup
1-2 Tablespoons Frozen Blueberries 
a few cubes of Ice

Whiz on high in blender. I topped it with No Sugar Added, Homemade Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of magical unicorn dust... aka Strawberry & Blueberry Freeze Dried Fruit Powder. I made the Freeze Dried Fruit Powder by tossing freeze dried, no sugar added fruit into a coffee grinder 

Note: Must use freeze dried (crispy) not dehydrated or dried fruit (chewy.) It's sort of like Astronaut Ice Cream texture if you remember that. I found freeze dried fruit at Trader Joe's, if you don't have a TJ's here's an online source or sometimes camping supply stores have them too. 

Shelly's Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor will do) 

Whisk till well combined. Every batch I make a new flavor: SF Vanilla, SF Coconut, SF Almond, if you want pink cream Sugar Free Raspberry is great. Fill whipping cream to the fill line of the whipper. Screw on the top. Insert the CO2 cartridge till it empties, unscrew that. Put the nozzle on, shake a few times and squirt away. It makes a ton, store it in the fridge for up to 10 days just give it another few shakes before squirting. Great on berries, shakes and smoothies, protein cake. You can make chocolate whipped cream too just add unsweetened cocoa powder 2 Tablespoons to recipe above and into the whipper. 



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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. Today's healthy and delicious menu...

Breakfast: I made a batch of my Chai Spice Protein Granola. If you haven't made this yet... do it it's soooo good. You can put it in a baggie and take it with you on a walk or hike or top cottage cheese, ricotta cheese or Greek yogurt. It makes a great movie theater snack or travel snack in a little snack size plastic container. Today I filled my bento box and took my work outside, thank you wifi. It was a gorgeous day. The only negative was the distraction of looking at all the weeds I need to pull this weekend. I just pulled a ton and they are back...uggh they grow like... weeds ;)

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Pink Box (top left): Sliced Strawberries tossed with a little SF Strawberry Sauce (Smuckers)
Green Box (top right): LOL just some of my vitamins (Celebrate Vitamins Grape Multi Chewable, Calcium Caramel Chew, Iron with C, and B12 Cherry Sublingual)
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Chai Spice Protein Granola
Orange Box (bottom right): Cottage Cheese with Cinnamon

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P.S. Remember to space your iron from your calcium. I was outside awhile.

Lunch: Leftovers of last night's dinner. Roasted Eggplant Baked Ricotta, a cross between my infamous Ricotta Bake and Eggplant Parmesan. Our local market had a great deal this past week on eggplant: 49 cents a piece. I love eggplant. I grew up eating it (1/2 Sicilian) but I know a lot of people that don't eat it (or at least rarely prepare it at home) thinking it's difficult. It really doesn't have to be. I love to roast it. You can peel it but when you roast it the peel is super flavorful and I have no issues post weight loss surgery digesting it, it's an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, vitamins B1 and B6... and since it's a pretty good source of fiber... TMI... it helps keep things umm moving.

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Shelly's Roasted Eggplant Baked Ricotta

2 Eggplants, cubed & roasted
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (oregano, basil blend)
1 cup Marinara Sauce (I used storebought Rao's straight from the jar)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

To roast the eggplant: Wash, dry, slice and cube into 2 inch-ish pieces. Place them on a baking sheet, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with some Kosher salt, toss to coat and roast in a 425 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes every 15 or so give them a turn. You want slightly golden brown yummy parts and softened. I usually roast the eggplant on Sunday and then Monday or Tuesday it's just a matter of assembling this quick and delicious casserole.

To make the casserole: Mix seasoning into ricotta. Place 1/2 the roasted eggplant cubes into a Pyrex baking dish (any brownie pan-ish size will do)

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Dot with 1/2 the ricotta cheese and sprinkle with 1/2 the Parmesan cheese.

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Spoon 1/2 the sauce on top.

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Then repeat, sort of, I like to end with the Mozzarella & Ricotta cheeses on top.

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Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, broil the top for the last 2-3 minutes.

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Dinner: My Mum's favorite Egg Bites (and she has tried them all) are my Egg Foo Young Bites. I made a batch of those by request. I served them with grilled (stovetop grill pan) Shrimp and Green Onions.

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I basted the shrimp in the last few minutes with a Tablespoon of Kikkoman Garlic & Green Onion Teriyaki Sauce. Yum.

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Snacks: A couple of cups of Coffee and after I hit publish I'm going to have the last of my Premier Protein Pudding Flower Pots while I watch a little mindless TV.


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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface Celebrate Vitamins Spring Forward Giveaway


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Premier Protein 5 Fun and Festive Ideas for a Happy and Healthy Easter

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share a couple of my favorite recipes featuring Premier Protein Shakes with you and fun activities to get everyone moving this holiday weekend.

Here's 5 fun and festive Easter recipes and activities for the whole family to enjoy that will also keep your health and weight loss goals intact.

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Shelly's Premier Protein Pudding Spring Flower Pots 

6 - 4 oz. jars (or clear cups)
2 cups Premier Protein Chocolate Shake (Ready to Drink RTD, chilled)
1 - 1 oz. small package Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding Mix (dry)
Optional: 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Almond, Coconut, or Caramel Syrup (make your pudding taste like your favorite Easter candy) and toppings (see below)

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

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Shake for 3 minutes or until thickened slightly and place in fridge for about 5 minutes to thicken further. Spoon the thickened protein pudding into jars.

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You can top your garden with all sorts of things: I made green Coconut (a few drops of food coloring in a baggie of shredded unsweetened coconut), but crushed nuts, sunflower seeds, powdered peanut butter or crumbled Premier Protein Bars make great "dirt" to plant your flowers in!

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You can make these a day in advance and just don't put the toppings on till you serve them or better yet put out little bowls of toppings and let everyone create their own delicious flower pot and add plastic flowers, "shovel" spoons, sugar free gummy worms or bugs.

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Premier Protein Easter Bunny Carrot Cake Shake

1 Premier Protein Vanilla Shake (11 oz. Ready to Drink RTD shake)
1/4 cup Carrot, shredded
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix, dry
a dash of Cinnamon
a dash of Nutmeg
a few ice cubes

Blend on high. Top with Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream and another dash of Cinnamon.

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Premier Protein shakes provide 30 grams of protein, 24 vitamins and minerals, are just 160 calories, low in fat and only one gram of sugar so you will have plenty of good energy to hide all those eggs for the egg hunts and play these three eggciting active games that will get the whole family moving this holiday weekend.

Egg Says

You'll need: plastic fillable Easter Eggs, a slip of paper for each egg & a pen. On each slip of paper write some activity that the whole family will have to complete. Take turns picking eggs and completing the task. Ideas for activities: 20 jumping jacks. dance for 3 minutes non-stop. hop on one foot for a minute. 10 push-ups, longest plank, 5 bunny burpees: regular burpees but while wearing bunny ears.

Egg & Spoon Race

You'll need: hard boiled or plastic eggs and wooden or plastic spoons. Egg & Spoon Race is a classic. Each family member places a hardboiled egg on a spoon, then tries to dash from one end of the yard to another without dropping the egg. If the egg drops, you have to start over from the beginning.

Egg Roll

You'll need: hard boiled eggs and wooden or plastic spoons. Like the egg & spoon race, except instead of carrying your egg, each family member pushes their egg with a spoon, through the grass and across the yard to the finish line. Make it even more challenging by setting up a winding course to navigate or obstacles in the path (boxes, lawn furniture, the family dog) to go around.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Easter!

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