Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Five

A weekly round-up of tidbits, tips, ideas, news articles, random cool things from the weight, health, nutrition, food, fitness, weight loss surgery world...

1. You can still take part in the fun of the Your Weight Matters National Convention brought to you by the Obesity Action Coalition #YWM2014 During the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention being held next week, attendees (and those that want to take part but couldn't make the event) will be marching to Washington, DC – virtually and symbolically. The Virtual Advocacy March takes place throughout the weekend. All you need to do to join the OAC’s Virtual Advocacy March to Washington, DC is track your steps beginning Thursday, September 25 – Sunday, September 28 using any tracking device (if you need one Steps is a great App and it's free) At the end of each day, text the number of steps you took to (813) 708-5728. We will announce our progress via social media every day.

I will be live tweeting throughout the event. So you'll get snapshots (literally) of what an OAC event is all about... the awesome, science-based education, world renowned speakers, supportive friendships and lots of fun!

Follow the official event hashtag #YWM2014
Follow me on Twitter: @Eggface
Follow the OAC on Twitter: @ObesityAction

Friday night during the dress like your favorite decade costume party: watch for the announcement of the date and location of next year's convention.

2. There is nothing like attending a Your Weight Matters Convention but if you'd like a little taste of what the attendees will be hearing and hopefully encourage you to make plans to attend next year. 2 of the speaker sessions will be livestreamed on the OAC's YouTube Channel. Merrill Littleberry is awesome, her presentation in Dallas was a life changer for me and I am super interested in Dr. Levine's NEAT research. I heard him on a radio interview once and I was sucked in. Tune in...


If you are joining me at the event. I will be speaking on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Thursday: Advocacy for Beginners Training
Friday: Welcome Ceremony and Lunch Session: Linking with Others Finding your Support System & Tools Online
Saturday Lunch Session: In it for the Long Haul: Tips for Success in Your Bariatric Surgery Journey

Also if you are an early riser come join me and my pal Rob Portinga (who blogs about weight loss surgery from a male perspective) on the morning organized walks, Friday and Saturday morning, we'll be gathering at the Pool Terrace and starting to walk at 7:00 AM.

3. A few articles that crossed my radar this week that are worth a read...

How Overeating Starts: Body Fat And Unhealthy Eating Habits Change The Brain
Who Can Really Afford to Eat Healthy in the U.S.?
Link Between Poverty and Obesity is More Evident in Women
U.S. diet shows modest improvement but overall remains poor
Don't Feed High-Dose Saccharin to Your Mice
Social Networking Sites Can Help People Affected by Obesity Lose Weight: Study

4. Celebrate Vitamins just released a new flavor in their protein/meal replacement line: Cinnamon Roll, 27 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams sugar, 160 calories per serving, I scored a couple of packets, so the other night when it was too hot to sleep I did a couple of taste tests.


I first mixed it per packet directions with water, just shook it up in my blender bottle shaker. It mixes great, no lumps, very good but then I tested a combo of 1/2 water and 1/2 vanilla soy milk. Mmm the vanilla soy milk added a wonderful creaminess, a few extra calories but my recommended way for sure. If you love cinnamon this is a must try. I may have to try baking with this one. I could totally see making my homemade Protein Squares with it. This sweet, rich Cinnamon Roll flavor joins the other Celebrate meal replacement flavors: Vanilla Bean, Deep Chocolate, and savory flavors: Tomato Soup and Chicken Soup. Available in tubs and single serve packets. If you are traveling drop a packet and one of those yummy new Celebrate ENS 2 in 1 Bars in your carry-on and you will be ready for anything!

5. I wanted to share this resource. It had been so hot here (100-106°F for a couple of weeks straight) I wasn't able to do my regular walking. I hit the mall and walked that and tried to go very early a few mornings but this free resource saved me: Fitness Blender. A couple of these 10 minute videos was a fun way to get my exercise in and stay out of the dangerous heat. This one is a favorite of mine... well until about minute 7.



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cool Eats - Foods to eat in yet another heat wave

So once again we are dealing with triple digit temperatures this weekend. "But it's a dry heat." Yeah, yeah. It's dry but once you are over 100... it's just HOT. I have been doing the usual avoiding turning on the oven, cooking everything I need for the day early in the AM (it was almost 80°F at 8 AM) or grilling outside (foil fish packets) so nothing heats up the house more than it already is. I also have a few no cook or minimal cook favorites I make in this kind of weather. I know the rest of the United States is starting it's change into Fall (very jealous) so you guys hit the search button above and type in casserole or soup but for pals in the west these cold eats are for you and me...

Cucumber Crackers and Dip - Since I don't do chips post weight loss surgery. Not because I can't physically but just because chips are a pretty high calorie, low nutrition scooper that can add up quickly so I choose not to. Cucumbers are my scoopers of choice, not only are they crisp and cool and full of water but they are a great source of Vitamin K (BPD/DSers should probably crunch on cucumbers from time to time.) I use them to scoop up Greek yogurt based dips like my High Protein Feta Dip or my High Protein Avocado Dip


or I turn them into little vessels for my Greek Hummus Rounds or Bacon Egg Salad or turn them into little "sandwiches."


Strawberry Cannoli - Cold, juicy strawberries stuffed with sweetened, protein packed, ricotta filling. Strawberries are also about 92% water so help replenish all the water I am sweating out.


Bean Salads - Toss a bunch of veggies together, add some protein, a tiny bit of dressing and set them in the fridge. Bean Salads only get better and better with a day of all the ingredients loving on each other and it's a protein packed, no cook meal. I make a few that vegetarian (beans, legumes are a great source of protein in and of themselves) but I often add protein like a can of tuna or my latest easy, cheap, lazy summer trick is getting a couple of grilled chicken breasts from the supermarket deli (locals: I get mine at Albertsons) I toss them in the fridge to get cold and remove the meat from the bone and diced it up. 2 gave me enough chicken for my Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad and a little left to make a couple of individual Greek Salads.


Protein Ice Cream and Protein Shakes - The most obvious go-to with it's oodles of icy cold protein. I have been super thankful for Chike Nutrition's High Protein Iced Coffee and I'm loving Labrada's Lean Body Protein (BTW it's got no artificial sweeteners for those looking for that) this week especially. Today with predicted high of 104 I get to try a sample I scored of Celebrate Vitamins' new Cinnamon Roll Protein.


More Eggface Protein Ice Cream
More Eggface Protein Shakes and Smoothies


Frozen Protein Wafer Bars - I prefer to use the wafer type bars like Power Crunch for this (pictured: Peanut Butter Creme and Triple Chocolate) they have a Chocolate Mint and Wild Berry flavor that are to die for frozen. So good.


Greek Yogurt Parfaits and Cottage Cheese Doubles - Greek Yogurt Parfaits or Cottage Cheese Doubles. I wait till I see a sale (priced between $1 and $1.50, Walmart, Ralphs/Kroger, Albertsons, Vons) and then I grab a stack (or 2.)



Shrimp Cocktail or California Roll Salad - Precooked shrimp or real or imitation crab and you have a great cool lunch or dinner. My California Roll Salad is one of my favorite post weight loss surgery summer meals.



Cold Cut Roll-ups and Antipasto Skewers - A visit to the deli and you have all the makings for this. If your supermarket has a salad bar even better you can get just a few of something.



5 Things to Do With Cold Cuts
More Eggface Healthy Salads and Cold Eats

Hope a few of these help you stay cool this weekend! Remember to check on elderly neighbors maybe bring them a bowl of protein ice cream and go have a chat... amazing wisdom and stories they have to share.

As I hit post on this it's 102°F and rising. Uggh.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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...

I was super thankful for the Sunday prep I had done. I made a few things on Sunday to help my week go smoother and they came in handy even more than I thought they would when I got a migraine from hell. It was nice to have a few things done.

Breakfast: Sunday I made a batch of Ricotta Pancakes. I love them. Hot with a little drizzle of SF maple syrup or cold with a smear of almond butter. You can make them and reheat them and they taste the same, if not better than the first time. I made the super cute Sand Dollar version. I have a couple left which will end up going on a walk with me tomorrow for breakfast if I feel up to it. Right now I feel like I have a bowling ball for a head.


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Eggface Weight Loss Surgery Breakfasts Pinterest Page

Lunch: I made a batch of Egg Bites (aka crustless quiches) on Sunday. They make great breakfasts or lunches (with soup or sliced tomatoes or a green salad) I had them with a sliced tomato. The keep several days in the fridge and I prefer to reheat in a toaster oven (I like crispy edges) but microwave is fine too.


Shelly's Ham, Cheese, Triple Onion Egg Bites

5 Eggs, beaten
3-4 Green Onions, diced
1/4 lb (about 4 slices) Low Sodium Ham, diced
1/2 cup Gruyere Cheese. shredded (any you love can sub)
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Chives
1/2 teaspoon Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Saute ham and green onions till slightly golden. Set aside to cool. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly greased (Pam non-stick spray works great for this) mini muffin tins. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool a few moments they pull away and pop right out. Makes 24.

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Dinner: A made a variation of my sweet potato topped Shepherd's Pie. I had mushrooms that needed using. This is the ultimate, Fall comfort food but they are so attractive I could really see serving them to company fancied up a bit maybe (maybe use a variety of mushrooms) and serve with a little fall themed salad with apples or cranberries. I ate it on its own. I can't wait for leftovers today.


Shelly's Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie V2

1 Sweet Potato
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Milk
dash of salt
3/4 pound Ground Beef (or Turkey or Sausage)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
6-8 Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Frozen Peas
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Thyme
1/2 teaspoon Marjoram
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese

Nuke a clean sweet potato till soft about 9 minutes. I poke it a few times with a knife. It's done when you can easily insert a knife. Peel and mash with butter and milk. Add salt to taste. Don't leave out the butter. Fat = flavor but more importantly the fats from the butter mixed with the sweet potato help us get the full benefit of the beta carotene the sweet potato is full of. So see you are eating butter for nutritional purposes. That's my story. No really it does and 1 Tablespoon over 4 ramekins really isn't outrageous.

Time Saving Tip: Toss the sweet potato in the microwave then start the other steps by the time you are needing the potato it will be ready and waiting no lag time.

Saute onion and mushroom till golden. Set aside. Saute beef till no pink is seen, drain any fat. Add soy sauce and seasonings to meat. Combine all ingredients.


Divide mixture equally in 4 ramekins till 3/4 full. Save any leftover meat in fridge for the delicious beginnings of breakfast the next day. Top each ramekin with the mashed sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Snacks: Coffee, a hunk of a Power Crunch Chocolate Mint Protein Wafer Bar and I made one of those Chike High Protein Iced Coffee shakes, I blended it with, milk and ice and topped it with homemade, no sugar added whipped cream. It was hot yesterday (supposed to be 100+ this weekend, ugh.) and it hit the spot. If you are struggling to find a protein you love, are allowed caffeine and are a Starbuck type drink lover, this is a must try. It comes in regular and mocha.


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I'm feeling a bit better this morning. I ended up going to the Dr. yesterday (it's an inner ear, sinus thing we think) because feeling sick is not an option. I've got too much going on this month. Including #YWM2014 which is just a couple of weeks away now. Hope I will get to meet some of you. Still time to go. Here's all the 411.

Two things I'm hoping you can help me out on... I am working with WEGO Health on a survey about weight loss myths. It's a 1 question survey, literally take a minute and all who complete it are entered to win a gift card. It ends later today, so if you want in do it now.

and... we're still gathering signatures on the OAC's Petition to remove those hideous fat shaming, tools of bullying Apps. You can even send a letter direct to the CEO's now with a simple click.

Thanks for your help on these.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

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, basically I eat protein packed, complex carb meals and I avoid added sugar. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: I mixed up this shake and took off to run some errands. Mmmm tastes like Fall.


Shelly's Pumpkin Chai Spice Protein Shake

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Whatever milk you like)
1 scoop Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Latte Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
3 or 4 cubes of Ice

Blend on high.

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Lunch: Came home and made a couple of Melted Turkey and Swiss Cold Cut Roll-ups. I love these, sometimes I add avocado slices or green chili.


These are a go-to at my house since about week 8 post weight loss surgery when I was cleared for meat on my plan. I dipped them in plain Greek yogurt (sprinkled a little Zaatar seasoning in.)

5 Things to Do With Cold Cuts

Dinner: This was sooooo good. I was craving Mexican flavors and this hit the spot. This dish is a great use for the cup of cooked quinoa leftover from making my Quinoa Patties. If you hate quinoa try some of my quinoa creations because I swore I hated quinoa.


Shelly's Mexican Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

1 cup Cooked Quinoa (I used Red)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
1/2 lb Ground Beef or Turkey
1/2 cup Enchilada Sauce (canned, Mexican section or near jarred salsa)
1/4 cup Salsa (any I used a black bean spicy one)
1/4 cup Corn Kernels
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/4 cup-ish Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Saute onions till golden set aside. Brown ground beef (or turkey) till no pink is seen. Add all ingredients together (except cheese) mix till combined. This is a great use for leftover veggies. I had 1/4 cup of corn kernels (but beans, squash, even green beans would be great.) Pour into a Pyrex casserole dish. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Then top anything you like to top your enchiladas with: Greek yogurt, sliced avocado or guacamole, cheese, more green onions, cilantro. I did a dollop of Greek yogurt and guacamole.


Snacks: Too much coffee and 2 scoops of Cannoli Protein Ice Cream. I think this might be my favorite protein ice cream ever well... one of the top 5 for sure. My Mum says it's her new favorite bumping Black Cherry. It is totally a cannoli (what is the singular of cannoli?!) 


Shelly's Cannoli Protein Ice Cream

1 cup Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1/4 cup Ricotta cheese
2 dashes of Cinnamon
Optional Mix-Ins: 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (Walmart), 1 Tablespoon shelled Pistachios, 1 ounce or so of crushed Kay's Cinnamon Almond Protein Cookie Bites (cannoli shell-ish)

Mix together milk, protein, syrup, ricotta, cinnamon. Whiz it on super turbo high in the blender, you want airy, almost double in size. Pour into ice cream maker. Follow your machine's instructions for freezing.


Fold any of the optional additions in at the soft serve stage. You can eat it right away it is soft serve-ish (pictured double batch) my Mum loves it like this but I like to put it in the freezer to set for an hour or so to get scoopable. If you leave it to get too hard just nuke ice cream 25 seconds to soften again.


Optional yummy topping (pictured): true Sicilian Cannoli have a little candied citrus peel in them so I drizzled a little SF Orange Marmalade on top of my scoops, nuked 20 seconds till drizzly. Perfetto!

More Eggface Protein Ice Cream Recipes
More Days in my pouch

Hope everyone is having a nice Labor Day weekend. I'm trying. The world is in a pretty crummy place right now (news, war, violence all over the world) and it has made me a little blue but today is a new month so I'm going to try and take the great words of  Gandhi to heart and "be the change you want to see in the world" do what I can, focus on the good and hope that love and kindness will win in the end.

Speaking of good... I hope to see some of you in Florida toward the end of the month at the OAC Your Weight Matters #YWM2014 National Convention. Amazing weight and health education and lots of laughter and fun! For more info: www.ywmconvention.com

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Please Sign the Obesity Action Coalition Petition to Remove Fat Shaming Apps

Friends,

Please take a moment to sign the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)'s petition to ask iTunes, Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. to remove fat shaming apps like Fatify, Fat Booth, Fat You! and others.


For more information and TO SIGN THE PETITION

Obesity is not a laughing matter. It is a disease. One that killed my father, and one that nearly killed me. There is nothing funny about it.

It hurts my heart to think of the kids that will be made fun of or taunted with crap like this. Studies (via CDC) show weight is likely the leading cause of bullying and one study even showed that nearly 20% of girls who faced weight bullying attempted (not thought about, ATTEMPTED) suicide. Time to put our foot down and nail stuff like this when we see it.

Thank you for adding your name to the PETITION and for SHARING this petition on your social media accounts. Take a further step and use this easy form to send letters to the CEO's of the above companies.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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 today. Hope it give other post-op a few new ideas. The blog is a recommended site by many bariatric programs but everyone's program is different so keep that in mind and when in doubt, print it out and get the thumbs up from your program.

Breakfast: I am so done with summer. Summer however isn't done with us as apparently it's going to be nearing triple digits this week. Ugh. I can not wait for Fall. I was wishful thinking yesterday by breaking out the pumpkin for this protein packed dip.

 

Shelly's Healthy Pumpkin Ricotta Apple Dip

1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup
6 Almonds, crushed

Mix all ingredients together except crushed almonds (sprinkle those on top) I used Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (SF Caramel, SF Pumpkin Pie, SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon, SF Vanilla Bean all would be yummy or honey if you don't do the SF Syrup thing) I used Blue Diamond Honey Vanilla Almonds (put them in a snack sized baggie and crushed them with a can) for a little crunch factor.

 

I dipped Fuji apple slices but this dip would be great smeared on ricotta pancakes or as a filling for crepes.

Lunch: I took a gorgeous tomato I bought at the Farmer's Market on Saturday, sliced it and spooned one of those Starkist Tuna Creations Packets on top of the slices. Have you seen all of the flavors of these tuna packets they have now: Lemon Pepper, Ranch, Hickory Smoked, Herb & Garlic, Sweet & Spicy, well and Plain of course.


They are between 80-110 calories each. Oodles of protein between 16-19 grams per pouch. I have found them for around $1 at my local supermarkets and Walmart, so a super cheap protein packed lunch. My favorites are the Herb and Garlic and Lemon Pepper. You can eat them right out of the pouch. They really don't need anything added. You can of course make tuna salad with them. Add Greek yogurt, chopped celery, pickle and all that but I just spooned it straight out of the packet onto the slice of tomato, a few twists of black pepper, sprinkle of sea salt, topped it with a slice of really good cheddar cheese and broiled it till it was all melty and bubbly. Voila. A breadless, low carb, tuna melt. A single tuna packet made 2 tuna melts and 1 was plenty for me for lunch.


Dinner: This was a perfect Meatless Monday dinner, lots of protein from the eggs. cheese, Greek yogurt. If you wanted you could serve these with a green salad or bean salad or topped with a egg for dinner or breakfast. I had them as is with a dollop of yogurt dip.


Shelly's Vegetable Fritters

1 cup Zucchini, shredded
1 cup Carrot, shredded
2 Eggs, beaten
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon Dried Chives
1 Tablespoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Shred the carrot and zucchini. Let sit for about an hour in a colander, allowing them to drain. Squeeze to remove any remaining liquid. The veggies should be fairly dry. Mix all the ingredients together. I just bought a veggie spiral slicer so next time I make these I will give that a try... this time I just used my shredder attachment on my Kitchen Aid but you know those big things are a pain to clean. Hoping the little gadget works like the infomercial says it will. You could even just get a scoop of shredded veggies from a to-go salad bar if you have one in your local supermarket. We have a couple of great ones and sometimes when I just need a little bit of something it's easier to buy a scoop or 2. Not as cost effective usually but convenient and less cleanup.


 

Using a 1/4 cup measure make patties. Place in pan and flatten slightly. I saute 4 at a time in a 10" non stick pan with a Tablespoon of oil on medium heat. Cook about 5 minutes on one side. When you see the edges are golden, flip and continue about 5 minutes on other side till golden brown and crispy. Makes 6 patties. Leftovers keep in fridge for a few days. To reheat, nuke a minute then place under the broiler a few minutes to crisp back up.

I served them with Parmesan Herb Yogurt Dip

3 oz. Greek Yogurt, plain
1 Tablespoon Parmesan, grated
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Basil
Salt to taste

Mix till well blended.

Snacks: Lots of coffee at the house and while I was out and about I made a Starbuck's pit stop and had a 3 pump (Grande usually has 4) Iced Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte.

 

and about 3/4 of a bag of Kay's Cinnamon Almond Protein Cookie Bites when I watched a little of the Emmy's last night. I like to watch the arrivals after that I lose interest. I wanted to see the Robin Williams tribute. I haven't been as affected by a celebrity death before. Princess Diana is one that comes to mind but I think because Robin's movies have been such a part of our lives for years that it really did feel like a family friend had died. I've been wanting to pop in Good Will Hunting or Dead Poet's Society and have my own tribute day, maybe this weekend.


I've got a few fun things coming up very soon on the blog so you will want to check in and be sure to friend me on Facebook and Twitter to not miss out on any of the fun!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Drum roll...

Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface and Celebrate Vitamins NEW 2 in 1 Protein and Calcium Bar Giveaway.


Congratulations to the 10 winners! KayDawn M., Melanie D., Amanda M., Tara P., Amy M., Kathy C., Heidi P., Maryann F., Ron T., and Kelly P. You each have won a 7 bar box of Celebrate Vitamins NEW 2 in 1 Protein and Calcium Bars. You have mail! 

Not a winner this time... no worries another Eggface Giveaway is beginning very soon be sure to follow along on the Blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest for the latest eggciting announcements!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Eggface and Celebrate Vitamins ENS 2 in 1 Protein Bar Giveaway

Protein bars are an easy and portable protein source. Pop one in your purse or carry-on and you are sure of something healthy and on plan to power your day. I always have a protein bar on me. You never know when your appointment will run late or plane will be delayed when traveling. I have checked-in to a hotel later than anticipated only to find my choices for dinner were a late night room service menu of overpriced deep fried foods or a vending machine filled with 400-calorie who knows how old pastries.

My secret protein stash has saved me many a time from making a not so healthy choice under stress. We know that we’re more likely to eat the wrong foods when we’re stressed and I just read a study that said that stress-induced changes to metabolism could lead to an 11-lb weight gain in an average year. Set yourself up for success and as those little Boy Scouts tell us "Be prepared."

I've got an exciting new protein bar option for you to check out! Celebrate Vitamins (an awesome company in our weight loss surgery community that gives back so much) has created a line of protein bars but these are not just any protein bar...


Celebrate ENS 2 in 1 Protein and Calcium Bar Highlights:

15 grams of Protein PLUS... 500 mg of Calcium Citrate and 333 IU of Vitamin D3 per bar. Very cool!

High protein snack (Between 130-140 calories) comes in 2 delicious flavors: Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch (peanut butter and chocolate, classic combo) or Caramel Chocolate Crunch (rich, sweet caramel flavor. Mmmm I want the world to smell like this bar... the aroma is divine.) These are soooo good.

A great new portable protein source that is ready to go on your next big adventure or small adventure navigating the break room of temptations each day at work.


Want to learn more... LIKE Celebrate Vitamins on Facebook and tell them The World According to Eggface sent you over to check out their new bars.

Here is the link to order them. Oh and heads up: I just read that in every Celebrate Vitamins online order through August 31, 2014 you will receive one Free Caramel-Chocolate Crunch Bar and one Free Peanut Butter-Chocolate Crunch Bar so now is the time to get your vitamins refilled.


The Celebrate Vitamins gang have graciously offered 10 of my blog readers a chance to win a box of bars. It's GIVEAWAY TIME!

The Prize: 10 Winners! will each win a 7 bar box of Celebrate Vitamins ENS 2 in 1 Protein and Calcium Bars in the flavor of their choice: Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch or Caramel Chocolate Crunch.

How to Enter: 1.) LIKE The World According to Eggface and Celebrate Vitamins Facebook Pages 2.) COME BACK HERE and LEAVE A COMMENT on this blog posting (include a name and some email address where I can contact you if you are the winner) Scroll down to # of comments below to leave yours. That's it, easy peasy.

Optional for fun: Share in the comments where you will be (or would like to be) enjoying your bars if you are a winner! Me: I'd love to be packing my ENS 2 in 1 Bars for a trip to Sicily.

***Want an extra chance to win?***

* Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway: Enter the @Eggface and @CelebrateV NEW ENS 2 in 1 Protein & Calcium Bar Giveaway http://tinyurl.com/kg59vdc

Contest Period Ends: Sunday, August 24th midnight (Pacific), sometime Monday, August 25th. I'll draw names using a random number generator and announce the winners here on the blog. I will also email the winners at the addresses provided. You'll have **7 days to respond to my email** or another winner will be chosen. Remember winners MUST be a Facebook follower (aka have LIKED) both of the pages listed above. One COMMENT ENTRY per person. Blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours, especially if it's nighttime on the west coast) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the United States only (50 states.)

When Celebrate Vitamins asked me to try their latest product and share the news I was excited to. You know I love to try new things. The products (including the nom nom nom samples I gobbled up for this review) and the nutritional information have been provided by Celebrate Vitamins. The commentary and opinions are all me.

Good Luck!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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. My yesterday...

Breakfast: I made a batch of my homemade protein bar squares (cross between a protein bar and an oatmeal cookie) in the middle of the night when I woke up and could not make myself go back to sleep. When the sun came up I smeared one with some almond butter and took it on a quick walk around the block.


When I got back I pulled one of my make ahead smoothie bags out of the freezer. This is a huge time saver. Instead of having to pull all the ingredients, tubs of protein, cut up fruit, etc. all you have to do is dump the contents of the snack sized baggie in the blender, add milk and voila.


Be sure to label them or you may forget what's inside or you'll have to play guess the mystery shake. Today's was an Iced Coffee Banana Mocha-chino made with Chike High Protein Iced Coffee.

 

Eggface Protein Shakes on Pinterest

Lunch: I believe I am officially warming up to quinoa. It took me awhile but I have a few recipes now I really enjoy. I love this latest recipe because I always seem to have 1 leftover cup of quinoa when I make my favorite Quinoa Patties that sometimes goes a-begging. This is the perfect use for it.


These would be great for brunch with a fruit salad or Yogurt Bar. They have a breakfast vibe with eggs, cheese, ham. They would also be perfect to make on Sunday to make mid-week breakfasts easier. They heat up great, a few minutes in the toaster oven and they were just as tasty as the first day. I had them for lunch with a sliced tomato (sprinkle of oregano, salt and pepper)


Shelly's Ham and Cheese Quinoa Breakfast Bites

1 cup Cooked Quinoa (I prefer Red)
5 Eggs, beaten
2-3 Green Onions, diced
1/4 lb (about 4 slices) Low Sodium Ham, diced fine
1/4 cup Shredded Cheese (any you love)
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
1 Tablespoon Chives
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/4 teaspoon Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly greased (Pam non-stick spray works great for this) mini muffin tins.

Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool a few moments they pull away and pop right out. Makes 24. 

More Eggface Egg Bites (aka crustless quiches) 

Dinner: I was gifted a sample of Progresso's new line of chili. You can find the chili in the soup aisle but it's not in a can, look for a pouch (with a clear bottom so you can spy on all the ingredients.) They have 2 flavors: Smokehouse Pork and Beef Chili with Beans: andouille sausage, beef, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pinto and red kidney beans with a little spice kick (nothing to hot but hot enough you know you are eating chili) and Southwest Style White Chicken Chili with Beans: white meat chicken, white beans, green peppers, tomatillos and onions. I haven't tried my sample of that one yet. If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner grab one of these chili pouches when you spot them in your supermarket.

How's this for quick... I whizzed up some cauliflower florets in my mini food processor, dumped the cauliflower "rice" into a pan and sauteed it with a little drizzle of olive oil for about 8 minutes. I emptied the Progresso Chili pouch into a saucepan. I takes 5 1/2 minutes to heat. You can microwave it too.

When the cauliflower was done I put it in one of my vintage Pyrex casserole dishes, made a well in the center and spooned the Progresso Chili in the middle. I topped it with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chopped green onion. About 10 minutes from nothing to nom nom nomming. Take that Rachael Ray. Who needs 30 minutes?! Not me ;)


A few years ago (long time blog readers will remember) I won a makeover in NYC from Progresso. I love their Split Pea with Bacon and Lentil soups, especially in the first few weeks after surgery, I was so sick of sweet things and those two became staples during the pureed and soft food stage. I shared that I loved those soups and a picture of myself in one leg of my pre-op pants and with a lot of votes from you guys I won. It was a blast. I took my Mum. Awesome memory.

Snacks: Too much coffee and a handful of raspberries.


More Days in my Pouch

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