Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Product Alert: Foster Farms® Organic and Simply Raised Chicken

Tracking PixelI had the opportunity to try Foster Farms® new Organic and Simply Raised fresh chicken, a new generation of products from a company that has been putting delicious chicken on our tables (and in our belly nomnomnom) since 1939.

Look for a trio of new products including: Foster Farms® Fresh & Natural, Foster Farms® Simply Raised (without antibiotics) and Foster Farms® Organic.

This new generation of fresh chicken is answering the call for antibiotic-free, organic and locally raised poultry. Based in California's Central Valley, Foster Farms operates ranches throughout California and works with more than 32 family farmers in the Pacific Northwest making them the leading producer of organic and antibiotic-free poultry on the West Coast.

I picked up a package of Foster Farms® Simply Raised Breast Fillets at my local Albertsons. There's a slightly different package look and logo...

Here's key some info from the package:

• No Antibiotics are administered, ever
• 100% vegetarian feed
• American Humane Certified
• 100% natural (minimally processed, no additives or preservatives, steroids or hormones)
• Produced with no added sodium
• Simply Raised is locally grown throughout CA, OR, and WA

But how does it taste...

These Foster Farms® Simply Raised Breast Fillets are delicious, very flavorful and juicy. I made a simple marinade (just 1/4 cup of Italian salad dressing and 1/2 lemon sliced), placed that and the chicken breasts in a gallon zipper bag and put in the fridge for at least 4 hours (up to a day.)

When you are ready to start grilling, remove the chicken breasts from the bag and discard any leftover marinade. Place the breasts on the grill and cook for about 15 minutes, flipping once. Chicken is done when juices run clear when pierced with a fork (internal temp of 165.) Remove from grill and foil for about 15 minutes before slicing.

One of the breast fillets I sliced up and turned into this great Bruschetta Chicken and Bean Salad, a perfect dinner to take with you to those 4th of July parades and firework displays or concerts in the park. That's exactly where I took mine, a free summer concert in my neighborhood park. I packed the salad up in to-go boxes, tossed a couple of bottles of water and an ice pack in my cooler bag and we got to the park just in time to watch the sunset.

This is the perfect dinner on a hot summer night, no heating up the kitchen, quick, just open a few cans and mix together.

Shelly's Bruschetta Chicken and Bean Salad

1 Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Breast, Grilled, Sliced
1/2 cup White Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Green Beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Fresh Mozzarella Balls, halved
1/2 cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup Marinated Artichoke Hearts, chopped
1/2 cup Bruschetta Sauce (find it near fresh pasta in the supermarket)
1 teaspoon Oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste

Slice the grilled chicken into strips. Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate till you are ready to head out.

This post is sponsored by Foster Farms, the opinions expressed are my own. For the purposes of this post and recipe development Foster Farms provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy chicken. Want to learn more about Foster Farms LIKE their Facebook page and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by.

Hope you enjoy the salad on your next outing.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quest Protein Bar Cookies

This week people have been asking Siri (iPhone Siri) "What is zero divided by zero?" and getting a snarky reply. Go ahead. Ask her. See. Don't be sad Cookie Monster.

Here's some cookies for you. 8 of them. You can divide them any way you want. I have 2 when I want a little something sweet because sometimes you just want a warm cookie.

1 Quest Bar cut into 8 pieces.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 325 for 3 minutes. Flatten slightly with a spatula and bake for 3 more minutes.

Nom nom nom in 6 minutes you have crispy edged, warm, chewy, gooey cookies. Nutritional stats for each cookie: divide Quest bar wrapper stats into 8.

Now this is a fun recipe but you know if cookies were your pre weight loss surgery demon (a food trigger or something you didn't have control over) you might want to take a pass on this one. I eat a hunk of a protein bar when I want a little something sweet, so this works for me and it's a great way to breathe life back into a Quest Bar that has been hanging around the house too long. I often have a partial bar that once opened becomes sort of rock-like... this a great way to save it from the trash bin.

While you eat your Quest protein bar cookies here are some other silly questions to ask Siri:

Who let the dogs out?
Who's the fairest one of all?
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Here's an online source for the bars if you can't find them in your 'hood. Any flavor will work so far my favorites have been Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Stuffed Squash Spaceships

I love squash! Zucchini, Spaghetti, Butternut, Crookneck, all squash. In fact, zucchini with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top was one of the first veggies I ate post weight loss surgery. It was soothing and went down really well, still my go-to food when I'm not feeling well. Squash is probably the most versatile vegetable there are endless ways to prepare it from grilling, sauteing, roasting it. It's my pasta replacement, a mainstay in casseroles, a side dish, even a salad ingredient. You can always find a few in my Farmer's Market haul. This Saturday, I spotted these beauties called Sunbursts related to the Pattypan. The look sort of like spaceships (remember when I was abducted by aliens.) True story. OK... back to the recipe...

You can chop them up and use them in any recipe that calls for the more easily found crookneck summer squash but these four were so close in size (tea cup-ish) I just had to stuff them.

Shelly's Stuffed Starburst Squash

4 Starburst (Pattypan) Squash
1/2 Yellow Onion, chopped
2-3 Green Onions, diced
1/2 cup Cooked Sausage, crumbled
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
Salt and a few twists Black Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese

Remove the stem of the squash and using a teaspoon scoop out some of the inside flesh (don't discard it), scoop enough out to create a small cavity. Place the hollowed squash on a microwave safe dish and nuke for 2-3 minutes till just starting to get fork tender. Set aside.

Saute the onions and chopped squash middles till golden. Add cooked sausage (or cooked ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken or skip the meat for a vegetarian option, I might add more onion) and seasonings.

Remove from heat. Add ricotta and mix till well combined. Fill the hollowed squash with the filling and place in a Pyrex baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray or a drizzle of olive oil.

Sprinkle tops of filled squash with Parmesan.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. You can serve as is or as a variation warm some marinara sauce and spoon over the top.

If you can't find these Starbursts. You can use the same filling to stuff spaghetti squash I've done that before.

More Eggface Italian Healthy Eats

I had a great birthday weekend filled with yummy foods like this (and a few other delicious things I'll blog about this week) and despite really muggy weather and a bit of a headache (probably weather related) it was wonderful. Thank you for all the sweet messages on Facebook and email. My brother came out for a visit. Here's a photo we took with my Mum...

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Birthday Treats Post Weight Loss Surgery

My first birthday post weight loss surgery in 2006, I was 8 days post-op so right in those first few weeks of WTH?! What the heck did I do to my body, anesthesia and pain medication induced blues. They are normal feelings and will subside, for me the more I was able to walk and breathe fresh air the better and better I felt but I must admit I cried like a baby when I was eating a couple of tablespoons of refried beans for my birthday dinner, then smelling the 4th of July neighborhood BBQ's the following weekend. I couldn't see the light at the end of the healing tunnel 8 days post-op but it was right around the corner. If some of this rings true for you... know this.... celebrations will be in your future again but hopefully in a healthier way.

Here are 10 Tips for Celebrating Holidays and Special Days Post Weight Loss Surgery that have helped me. Hope they help you too.

This weekend is my birthday (my brother is coming to visit, it's actually his birthday weekend too, we are 1 day and 12 years apart) and I was beginning to do some menu planning. I thought of all the different birthday treats I have made since having weight loss surgery. I wanted to draw attention to a few of my favorites in case someone (or someone you love) is celebrating soon too. There are even a couple early post-ops should be able to partake in. Remember: when in doubt, print it out and ask your medical posse for their thumbs up.

Shelly's Protein Ice Cream Cake

Shelly's 5 Minute Protein Cake

Shelly's It's My Party Birthday Cake Shake

Shelly's Strawberry Cannoli

Shelly's Birthday Cake Protein Pudding Cups

2 cups Premier Protein Shake (Ready to Drink RTD, any flavor)
1 (1 oz.) small package Sugar Free Instant Pudding Mix (dry, any flavor)
Optional: 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Syrup (any flavor)

Pour the shake (about 1 1/2 containers), pudding mix and optional syrup flavoring into a shaker bottle (or mason jar works too.) If you choose to add a flavoring put one less Tablespoon of the shake. I often change it up by adding SF Caramel or SF Hazelnut Syrup, etc. Shake for 3 minutes or until thickened slightly. Pour into individual dishes. Place in the fridge to set (about 5 minutes or so.) You can top with all sorts of things to make them festive: a squirt of Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream, Nuts, Berries, Crumbled Protein Bar, and of course Birthday Sprinkles (nonpareils)

More Eggface Desserts
More Healthy Party Recipes
Gift Ideas Post Weight Loss Surgery

I can't really complain about getting older... I actually feel healthier now than I did 20 years ago!

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P.S. They're not gray hairs. They're wisdom highlights ;)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Drum roll...

Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface and Celebrate Vitamins Celebrate Your Health Summer Giveaway!

The random generator has selected:

Laurie B.

Congratulations! You are the winner of the super groovy Pink Beach Bag filled with an assortment of Celebrate's summery flavors!

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 begins soon. Follow along on the Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and now Instagram for the latest eggciting announcements! If you are on Instagram be sure to watch for my occasional Pop-up Giveaways. There just might be one very soon ;)

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

9 Years

9 years ago I made the choice to change my life. Having weight loss surgery was the best gift I ever gave myself. A few photos...

Thank you for being a part of my story.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

New Product Alert: Trader Joe's Organic Riced Cauliflower

I absolutely love using cauliflower as a replacement for rice. I've made a great Sicilian Rice-less Rice Stuffing (Cabbaliata) that is part of my Thanksgiving feast, a Deconstructed Riceless Sicilian "Rice Balls" (Arancini) and a Chinese Fried Rice-less Rice and I've loved them all but... dragging out the food processor to whiz up the cauliflower is an extra step and then cleaning it... ugh. I really don't mind in the cooler months, nice to hang out in the warm kitchen but when the summer temperatures heat up I want cooking and cleanup to be simple. I had heard through the grapevine that Trader Joe's (and a few other companies) were going to start making frozen Riced Cauliflower *cue the Hallelujah chorus* this is one of those, "Hello?! how did this not happen till now!?" products.

I had my fingers crossed it was going to be tasty, convenient is great but you have to be tasty or why bother. Oh how I loved just cutting open the bag and dumping it in the saute pan, it's riced to a couscous or orzo-like consistency, very even.

I made a tried and true Eggface recipe with it: Chinese Fried Rice-less Rice. I figured a recipe I knew the results, taste and texture of was the best judge of the product. Sauteed in just a drizzle of olive oil till slight color change and heated through...

I added all the other yummy ingredients. You can add whatever you want really... it's a great use for bits and bobs of leftovers bumping around the fridge. This time it was yellow onion, green onion, mushrooms, frozen peas, scrambled eggs, sometimes I add chicken or beef (cooked, chopped up.) If you have a piece of steak leftover or extra grilled chicken breast. This is the perfect vehicle for that.


Verdict: We have a winner! Not only was this Riced Cauliflower super convenient, it was delicious. I noted no major texture changes from the freshly whizzed version and the taste soooo good. Now I have not tested it with something that needs to be crispy, so things like those cauliflower faux pizza crust recipes you see on Pinterest. I will one of these days and update the post but what a BIG time saver! Now all your focus can be on what to make with it. I'm jazzed and already planning my next "riceless" cauliflower creation.

Trader Joe's
$1.99 a bag/frozen section
Serving Size 1/3 package (4 oz.)
Servings Per Container about 3
Calories 30

It'll be added to my Post Weight Loss Surgery Pantry Essentials List. Let me know what you think of it.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keen for Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

I found a bag of quinoa (keen-wah) in the pantry and decided I would try and experiment with a sweet breakfast quinoa, again. I have tried my hand at breakfast quinoa in the past but none of my experiments or attempts at pinterest pins have been keepers or blog worthy until now. Here's the difference... instead of just sweetening leftover quinoa, this breakfast quinoa is cooked in Almond Breeze Almondmilk and cinnamon and that gives it a depth of flavor and nutty sweetness that makes it delicious. If a cinnamon bun is calling your name in the AM, just say no and try this Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa, a nutritional powerhouse, protein-packed source of magnesium, iron, fiber, calcium. A great way to start your day.

Shelly's Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

1/2 cup Quinoa, rinsed well
1/2 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original (plus a little more for serving)
1/2 cup Water
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Sweetener of your choice (agave, SF maple syrup, honey, SF coffee syrups)

Combine quinoa, Almond Breeze Almondmilk, cinnamon and sweetener (I used SF Vanilla Syrup) in a medium pot and bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes until most of the the milk has been absorbed. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Spoon into bowls (serves 3-4) and then have fun playing around with different toppings and mix-ins.

Some of my favorites:

"The PB&J" a splash of Almond Breeze Almondmilk, a teaspoon of peanut butter and a teaspoon of no sugar added jam.

"The Chunky Monkey" sliced banana, a few Blue Diamond Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Almonds, and a splash of Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

"The Chai Spice" a Tablespoon or 2 of chai protein powder mixed in and a splash of Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

"The Choco-Coconut" a Tablespoon or 2 of chocolate protein powder mixed in, a splash of Almond Breeze Almondmilk and a sprinkle of toasted coconut

This heats up great, so it's perfect to make on Sunday for a few days of quick weekday breakfasts. In an especially big rush? You don't even have to heat it up. It's delicious cold, a little stiff, just loosen it up again with almondmilk. P.S. My favorite version cold is "The Chai Spice."

Can't wait to hear about any fun flavor combos you come up with!

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. For the purposes of this post and recipe development Almond Breeze provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy Almondmilk. 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.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Heads up: Opportunity to go to #YWM2015 FREE

Wanted to give readers a heads up about an awesome new Scholarship Opportunity to attend #YWM2015 Your Weight Matters National Convention! This is one you will need to ACT FAST on as the DEADLINE is THIS FRIDAY! It's a quick application though, just a few questions. Can't wait to meet the lucky recipients!

The 4th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention #YWM2015, takes place August 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas. As you know if you are a reader of my blog, the Your Weight Matters National Convention is the leading educational event for ANYONE concerned about weight and health, bringing together the leading experts in weight and health from across the country to arm you with the RIGHT information! To learn more about the Convention:

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has partnered with Eisai, Inc. for their new Weigh In for Healthy Change Initiative, with a goal to raise the patient voice for the medical treatment of obesity! The Weigh In For Healthy Change Scholarship Program, as part of this new initiative will award up-to 10 Full Scholarships (that's travel, hotel, registration, see I told you it was awesome!) to attend the National Advocacy Training Session on Thursday afternoon and Full Access to the the rest of the weekend!

In the upcoming year, the founders of Your Weight Matters, the OAC, will focus their efforts on the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA), a landmark legislation that expands coverage of pharmacological therapies and broadens the landscape of health professionals who are able to deliver quality care to individuals seeking to improve their weight and health. Weigh In for Healthy Change is an initiative designed to help raise the profile for the passage of TROA, so this scholarship program has been developed specifically for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • 18-years of age or older (or traveling with a parent or legal guardian)
  • A desire to influence the Legislative Advocacy process
  • Individuals who have addressed their weight through medical weight management, intensive behavioral counseling under the care of a physician, or pharmacological treatment - either past or present

Applicants NOT eligible to receive a scholarship include: health professionals; individuals seeking CE credits; individuals who have already received formal legislative advocacy training conducted by the OAC; and relatives/members of the OAC staff, National Board Members, or OAC Committee Members.

If you meet the basic eligibility requirements and are interested in attending #YWM2015 Your Weight Matters National Convention submit your application NO LATER than THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 19.

The Your Weight Matters Campaign and Your Weight Matters National Convention are proudly brought to you by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). The OAC, a more than 50,000 member-strong National non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by excess weight and obesity through education, advocacy and support. I serve on the Obesity Action Coalition National Board of Directors and am this year's YWM Convention Chair. I have no part in the selection of the scholarship recipients. Good Luck to all!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Celebrate Your Health Summer Giveaway

The first day of summer is next week! Is it just me or is this year flying by?! Things I'm looking forward to this summer: a few beach days, more BBQing and picnics and in August, the Your Weight Matters National Convention. It's going to be a great weekend of education about health, weight loss, nutrition, wellness and emotional health, fitness classes for all levels, fun evening events and lots of supportive friend-making. Speaking of support, one of the great companies that will be at the event is Celebrate Vitamins. The Celebrate gang will be sharing product samples and information about post weight loss surgery vitamins and supplements to keep us healthy this summer and beyond.

I hope to see some of you at #YWM2015! Let's celebrate summer with some Celebrate Vitamins.

It's Giveaway Time!

The Prize: You'll be ready for a healthy summer with this super groovy Pink Beach Bag filled with an assortment of Celebrate summery flavors!

Celebrate Vitamins Multivitamin Soft Chews, Very Berry 60 ct.
Celebrate Vitamins Calcium Citrate Soft Chews, Berry 90 ct.
Celebrate Vitamins Iron + C Chewable, Tangerine 90 ct.
Celebrate Vitamins B12 Sublingual, Cherry 90 ct.
3 Celebrate Vitamins ENS 4 in 1 (a high potency multivitamin, 500 mg of calcium citrate, 4 g of fiber, and 25 g of whey isolate protein in each serving) Orange Cream Single Serving Packets
3 Celebrate Vitamins High Protein Meal Replacement (27 g of protein) Bananaberry Single Serving Packets
6 Celebrate Vitamins ENS 2 in 1 Protein & Calcium Bars (15 g of protein and 500 mg of calcium citrate) (3 of each flavor: Caramel Chocolate Crunch and Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch)
28 oz. Pink Blender Bottle Shaker
and an Eggy's Mum original, knitted, Pink Flower Key chain

How to Enter: 1.) LIKE The World According to Eggface & Celebrate Vitamins Facebook Pages 2.) COME BACK HERE and LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST (Be sure to include your name and some email address where I can contact you if you are the winner) Scroll down to # of comments below to enter. That's it, easy peasy.

For fun (optional): What are you looking forward to this summer?

***Want extra chances to win?***

* Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (no need to let me know I'll see your tweet)

Enter the @Eggface @CelebrateV Celebrate Your Health Summer Giveaway

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Contest Period Ends: Sunday, June 21st, midnight (Pacific), sometime Monday, June 22nd. 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. Remember winners MUST be a Facebook follower (aka have LIKED) of the pages mentioned above. 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 only (sorry it's a legal issue: international laws govern giveaways and a money $ thing)

Good Luck!

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