Monday, May 4, 2015

Healthy Meetings (or Parties) Made Easy

Food and beverages are often a part of a meeting (or any get-together.) For someone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle that usually means they'll have to search the table to find the "good for me" foods in a sea of not so great choices. I wanted to share a few tips for hosting a meeting to help support your employees, friends, and all those in attendance in their health goals.

Tips for hosting a healthy meeting...

• Check the restaurant web site ahead of time to see if nutritional information is provided.
• Choose a restaurant that offers a wide variety of menu selections: nutritious foods that are prepared with low-fat cooking methods (grilled, baked, steamed), include a variety of leafy greens, lean meats and a colorful array of textures, look for freshly prepared items that use local ingredients.
• Avoid menu items with high fat, high sodium sauces and provide salad toppings like cheese, nuts and dressings on the side so adding them is optional.
• Encourage appropriate portion sizes by providing luncheon size plates.
• Provide low or no-calorie drink options.
• Provide fresh fruit or low or no-sugar desserts.
• Have a no candy dish rule. You can easily and mindlessly consume several hundred extra calories in candy coated chocolate pellets and gummy creatures.

I recently got a chance to test these tips out by ordering off the Rubio's catering menu. Rubio's is synonymous with San Diego putting down it's roots here back in 1983 with it's first walk-up stand in Mission Bay, San Diego. I love the Rubio's story. Rubio's now operates over 190 restaurants. Find a Rubio's near you.

Rubio's provides so many choices that make it pretty simple to keep your next meeting healthy. Rubio's menu is freshly prepared with low fat cooking methods. They only use boneless, skinless white meat chicken, lean "trimmed" steak, sustainable and socially responsibly seafood sources for their grilled salmon, mahi mahi, tilapia, and shrimp. They don't use lard or MSG. They will happily make changes like leaving a sauce on the side or exchanging protein sources on any of their menu items. They offer a free salsa bar which is a great way to dress a salad in a flavorful but low calorie way.

Check out the spread...

I ordered protein packed Grilled Chicken and Steak, Black Beans, "No-Fried" Pinto Beans and Mmmm Guacamole off Rubio's catering menu. I picked up a bag of salad so everyone could build their own healthy salad creation. Rubio's also has a great Balsamic and Roasted Veggies Salad with Grilled Tilapia another excellent choice.

You'll find lots of salsa choices (from mild to muy caliente) on the free salsa bar. Pictured are my two favorites Roasted Chipotle and Mild Salsa. They made a delicious, low calorie salad dressing.

I jazzed up water bottles with colorful duct tape to make them more festive. There's even lemon and lime wedges on Rubio's salad bar to make your water have a bit more pizazz without adding sugar.

I made a little fruit salad which a great choice for "dessert" I put a little Mexican spin on it by squeezing a little lime juice on it. Individual plastic cups helps with portion control and makes it portable so you can take it on an after lunch walk.

I'd definitely recommend having Rubio's help you make your next meeting a healthy and delicious one.

This post is in partnership with Rubio's. For the purposes of this post Rubio's provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy lunch. Want to learn more about Rubio's: LIKE their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by.

and... Today 5/4/15 till Tuesday 12 AM PT 5/5/15 Head over to my Instagram to enter to win a Rubio's Gift Card. Find details of this 1 Day Pop-up Giveaway over on the photo on Instagram.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Celebrate Mom! Eggface Mother's Day Giveaway

Let's celebrate all the Mom's this week! Mom's of human whippersnappers and furry creatures. I am blessed to have the BEST MUM IN THE WHOLE WORLD. She's my best friend. I make sure she takes her vitamins and takes good care of herself because I want her in my life for many, many years to come. Mom's have a tendency to take care of others and neglect themselves. That's just not an option especially as a post weight loss surgery Mom. These great products from Celebrate Vitamins (some of my very favorites) are a great way to take care of yourself.

It's Giveaway Time!

The Prize: If you are the winner this big box full of goodies will be headed your way including...

Celebrate Vitamins Multi Complete with Iron Chewable 60 ct. (Forest Berry)
Celebrate Vitamins Calcium Plus Chewable 120 ct. (in one of my favorite flavors Hot Cocoa)
Celebrate Vitamin Hair, Nails, & Skin Formula 120 ct.
1 each ENS 2 in 1 Protein & Calcium Bar (15 g of protein and 500 mg of calcium citrate) (Caramel Chocolate Crunch and Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch flavors)
1 packet of Tomato Soup Meal Replacement (27 g of protein in each serving)
1 packet of Chicken Soup Meal Replacement (27 g of protein in each serving)
3 packets of each flavor of 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) shake (Chocolate Milk, Vanilla Cake Batter, Strawberry)
Weekly Vitamin Organizer
20 oz. Blender Bottle Shaker
1 Mini Sampler Set of Sugar Free Torani Syrups (4 - 150 ml mini bottles in SF Caramel, SF Raspberry, SF Vanilla, and SF Hazelnut)

I have Celebrate Vitamins products. One of my ultimate favorite protein powders (perfect for new post-ops because of the bonus of all the vitamins, etc. added is their Vanilla Cake Batter ENS.)

How to Enter: 1.) LIKE The World According to Eggface Facebook Page 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) Tell me something about your Mom

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Contest Period Ends: Sunday, May 10th, midnight (Pacific), sometime Monday, May 11th. 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 The World According to Eggface. 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, Happy Mother's Day and... Thank You for always sharing the the blog and social media pages with your family and pals. I appreciate it :)

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Friday, May 1, 2015

DIY Craft Project: Protein Bar Bouquet

My local supermarket floral department makes really cute "Candy Bar Bouquets" and as I was walking by a display of them the other day I thought I'm going to make a healthier version that I can have. I watched a few online how-to videos and picked up most of my supplies at the Dollar Store. I think it came out super cute!

It would be a great gift for a fellow health and fitness conscience pal, teacher's gift, personal trainer, support group leader, friend having surgery, doctor's office staff, or Mom.

What you need:

Container: Small Vase or Mug
Foam Pool Noodle
Serrated Knife
An Assortment of Protein Bars
Wooden Skewers
Garden Pruners or Heavy Duty Scissors
Clear Packing Tape
Ribbons, Tissue Paper, Silk Flowers to decorate

Tape wooden skewers to the back of your protein bars. You may have to cut the skewers down a bit depending on the size of your container. Heavy duty scissors or garden pruners work great for this. Set aside.

Cut the pool noodle to fit your container. Insert it into your container. You can cover the noodle with tissue to hide it or use ribbon like I did. There won't be a lot visible after you insert all your protein bars.

Insert your skewered protein bars into noodle in sort of a fanned out pattern. Amount of bars you need will depend on the size of your container.

Jazz up your bouquet with ribbon and silk flowers. That's it. It was an easy and fun DIY craft project. If you make one I'd love to see it snap a pic and tag it with #Eggface on Instagram or Twitter or message me the photo on Facebook.

Chance to win the bars...

Speaking of Instagram... Today 5/1/15 till Saturday 12 AM PT 5/2/15 Head over to my Instagram to enter to win a set of the protein bars pictured above for you AND a pal. Find details of this 1 Day Pop-up Giveaway over on the photo on Instagram.

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. For the purposes of this post Premier Protein provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy bars. 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. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 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 some Spiced Chai Yogurt Dip with hunks of Mango for dipping. Have you made this yet?! Soooo good. I made plenty to share but if you have leftover dip or want to make it in advance it can be refrigerated for a day or 2, just give it a little stir before serving. Not a fan of mango you can dip strawberries, bananas, pears, apples, a spoon, your finger... not that I've done that ;)

More Eggface Favorite Breakfasts

Lunch: I had a couple of avocados that were perfect for guacamole. Made a batch and roasted some shrimp to dip in it. Roasted Shrimp: Peel and devein shrimp, leave the tails on. Place them in Ziploc baggie with a little drizzle of olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper and any spice you'd like to add (lemon pepper, Greek seasoning, cumin, whatever you like) give them a rub to make sure they are completely coated and spread them on nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes (depends on size of shrimp) just until pink, firm and cooked through.

More Healthy Mexican Recipes

Dinner: Found another great use for that yummy Path of Life Mediterranean Quinoa I blogged about the other day. It made a delicious stuffing for stuffed peppers. These were delicious. They heat up great too. Awesome for breakfast with an egg. In fact, if you are looking for a different Mother's Day brunch item these would be perfect.

Shelly's Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

3 Bell Peppers
1 bag Path of Life Mediterranean Quinoa
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
1 cup Cooked Sausage, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
dash Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1/2 cup Colby-Jack Cheese, shredded

Place de-seeded, halved peppers in a dish and microwave 6 minutes. Set aside while you prepare the filling. Prepare the quinoa as directed (basically microwave 4 minutes.) Saute sausage till golden. If you are using precooked sausage crumbles that's just about 2 minutes or so. Fresh, cook until golden and no pink is seen. Blend sausage with quinoa, cottage cheese, and seasonings. Divide filling among the pepper halves. Place peppers in a Pyrex baking dish that has been sprayed lightly with non-stick spray. Top with Shredded Cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Not a fan of sausage? Mix in leftover cooked beef, turkey, chicken, or leave the meat out but I'd up the cottage cheese to 1 cup then or add black beans or another bean.

Snacks: Too much coffee and a hunk a Honey Caramel Premier Protein Bar (one of my favorites)

More Days in my pouch

I'm very excited about a couple of upcoming posts. I think you guys will enjoy them. Be sure to follow the blog on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram and watch for one day pop-up giveaways. Thank you for sharing the blog with your pals and support groups online and in the real world. When I count my blessings you guys are among them... you are a BIG PART of my support network, knowing you are out there makes me never feel alone and writing the blog has helped me keep my head in the game... so THANK YOU for that!

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Life After Weight Loss Surgery Q & A

Questions and answers, one post-op's thoughts on life after weight loss surgery.

Q. I have stopped losing weight and can't seem to get going on eating right or exercising. Do you have any tips for me?

A. If you aren't planning your meals at least a day in advance I would suggest that... that way you know what your eating day will look like. Use a free online calculator or App: My Fitness Pal or Fitday. Do it for a week or so at least and see calories, fats, carbs, proteins and make sure they are still where your Dr's plan want them to be. It's easy to let carbs creep up, protein go down, and portions increase. Once and awhile enter your day and get a reality check so to speak. You can usually see what needs to be adjusted.

The idea behind weight loss surgery is to use the first year to make lifestyle changes that you then just continue. Your sentence "can't seem to get going on eating right or exercising" makes me think you didn't or did and then gave it up... you want to think about WHY... only you know that... then find the professional to help you overcome whatever your WHY is...if it's not eating the healthiest (a dietitian), some emotional stuff going on (therapist), finding time or an exercise you enjoy (take some classes or join a team, walk at the least, add extra steps into your day), lack of support (support groups: online and in the real world, YWM2015.) Remember this mantra... "we can't continue the same behavior and expect a different result." Good for you for realizing a change needs to happen. Talk to your Dr. they can help guide you.

It is easy to get lulled into thinking the scale will always go down but it still goes both ways and nothing magically happens the day after you reach that goal weight... just more of the same... eating the best you can, moving every day and working on the head stuff but we aren't alone (lots of pals on the same road) and there is help for us if we need it. All we have to do it ask. There is no shame in saying, "I thought I had this but I guess I don't, help me" 

Build your team... Dr, therapist, dietitian, support groups, family and friends to help. Obesity is a chronic disease and requires chronic treatment... Dr's get this or at least they should if their degree is worth the paper its written on. I look at obesity like a war... I'm not gonna fight a war alone... I want a team, someone who has my back, snipers, special ops, medics, etc.

Best to you!!

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Best laid plans was to make this an on-going blog series. I'll try and do more of them. Of course it's just one post-ops perspective and **we're not one size fits all** but... I hope it helps. Some of the past Q & A's:

Question 1: I'm pre-op and I'm realizing that so many things in my life are centered around food. How do you deal with that after weight loss surgery?
Question 2: Can you drink alcohol after weight loss surgery?
Question 3: What did you do about friends and family that said things like "Are you sure you want to risk dying?" and "Can't you just lose it on your own?" when you told them you were going to have weight loss surgery?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Remember those sliders on Oscar night?

Remember those little Top Hat Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders I made on Oscar night? Chef Wolfgang Puck had a contest and I entered them. I won second place.

My prize arrived today...

Shelly's Top Hat Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
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Wolfgang's Book

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Indian Take Out At Home

The weather was a little chilly last night and I was wanting something warm and comforting. This was perfect! Protein packed chicken simmered in the combination of Indian spices, coconut almond milk and tomatoes made a rich, creamy sauce. You'll seriously want to slurp every last drop of it. For lovers of Indian take-out this recipe is sort of a modified Chicken Tikka Masala but without the typical high fat and high calorie additions of cream, ghee or butter often found in Indian cuisine. Instead the richness comes from the natural creaminess of almond and coconut. I used Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend which added only 45 calories to the whole recipe. A much healthier choice. This was delicious and will be on regular rotation at my house.

Shelly's Curry Chicken Masala

1/2 Large Yellow Onion, sliced thin
3/4 - 1 lb. Chicken Breast Tenders
2 Tablespoons Spelt Flour
1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
1 1/2 teaspoons Curry Powder, divided use
dash Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 (15 oz.) can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup Diced Tomatoes
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro Leaves, Chopped
Olive Oil

Saute onion in a teaspoon of olive oil till slightly golden. Remove from pan and set aside. In a gallon Ziploc bag place spelt flour (any flour will do), garam masala, 1 teaspoon of the curry powder, salt and pepper. Shake to combine.

Place chicken tenders in bag and shake till pieces are completely coated. Saute the chicken in about a Tablespoon of olive oil. Cook about 5 minutes on each side.

Add cooked onions, chickpeas, tomatoes, coconut almond milk, cilantro and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon curry powder. Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, till liquid has reduced by half and thickened about 8 minutes. I served it with a sprinkle more of fresh cilantro.

Cook's Notes: Garam Masala and Curry (curry heat levels vary, I used mild yellow) are Indian spices and should be both easily found at most supermarkets in the spice aisle or online. Both are essential defining flavors, do not omit.

The Unsweetened Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend I used in the dish is a no sugar added blend of Almondmilk & Coconutmilk that's FYI: Lactose, Soy and Gluten Free, Vegan and Kosher and Bonus: it has 50% more calcium than milk. It's great a great option for post- weight loss surgery pals that have lactose intolerance issues.

Great in coffee, tea, to drink on it's own and it makes a great shake too. Keeping with the Indian theme. Here's my version of a Mango Lassi, another typical Indian takeout menu staple...

Shelly's Mango Lassi Protein Shake

1 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend
1/4 cup Frozen Mango Chunks
1 scoop (around 1/4 cup) Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt, plain
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
a few ice cubes

Whiz in blender on high till well blended. Serve with a dash of cardamom on top.

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 Coconutmilk Blend. 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 recipes a try.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

All About the Avocado

It was the annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival today. We make the short trek into Fallbrook, CA (the next town over) every year to celebrate the delicious green fruit (berry, if you want to get technical.) Lots of sun, walking and tastes of all things avocado. It's a great day!

There are so many varieties. It's really amazing. I learn something new every year.

Check out this massive, aptly named Queen avocado. Seriously some are as big as an infant's head.

Avocados are higher in fat, it's the good monounsaturated type though and they are full of vitamin E, magnesium and potassium so definitely worthy of incorporating into your meal plans. I always bring a few avocados home from the festival and inspired by the day create something for dinner...

Shelly's Tuna Caprese Stuffed Avocado

1/2 Ripe Avocado
1/2 of a (2.6 oz.) Lemon Pepper Tuna Packet
1 teaspoon Store Bought Pesto Sauce
2-3 Fresh Bocconcini Mozzarella Balls, chopped
2-3 Cherry Tomatoes, quartered
1 Fresh Basil Leaf, julienned
dash Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix all ingredients together and fill 1/2 of avocado.

More Favorite Eggface Avocado Recipes...

Shelly's Irish Avocado Dip
Shelly's Citrus Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado
Shelly's High Protein Avocado Dip
Shelly's Awesome Guacamole & Shrimp Cocktail

Shelly's Mexican Caprese Salad
Shelly's Avocado Deviled Eggs
Shelly's Avocado Tuna Melt
Shelly's Melted Cold Cut Roll-Up

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Friday, April 17, 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 took a slice of Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cake and sauteed it in a pan with small dab of butter. Mmmm when it was golden and toasty on each side I smeared it with a teaspoon of SF Orange Marmalade. Delicious.

Shelly's 5 Minute Lemon Poppy Seed 5 Minute Protein Cake

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Lemon Pudding Mix, dry
1/2 teaspoon Poppy Seeds
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
Pinch salt
1 - 2 cup Measuring Cup or Microwave Safe Mug

In a measuring cup or microwave safe mug, Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, protein powder, pudding mix, poppy seeds and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined.

Nuke in microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. Wattage varies so if the cake is still wet add 20 second increments till it's set. Let it sit for three or so minutes (as it cools it pulls away from the sides) before tipping the cake onto a plate. Yields 4-5 slices. Great smeared with SF jam or almond butter. Toasted or untoasted.

I call these 5 minute cakes because they basically take 5 minutes or so from thinking "I want cake" to "Nomnomnom this is yummy cake."

More Protein Cakes
More Eggface Breakfast Ideas

Lunch: It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I took my bento box lunch outside on the patio to soak up some vitamin D before heading out to run a ton of errands.

Pink Box (top left): Sliced Cheese and a Tomato
Green Box (top right): Blueberries
Blue Box (bottom left): Turkey & Spinach "Wrap" (slice of Turkey wrapped around a bunch of Baby Spinach)
Orange Box (bottom right): a hunk of Premier Protein Honey Caramel Bar

More Bento Box lunches, FAQ's and an Online Source for them
My Bento Pinterest Page

Last weekend, I was representing the Obesity Action Coalition down in San Diego. I was gone all Saturday from 4 in the morning and didn't get home till Sunday afternoon. I love sharing the work the OAC is doing and encouraging people to check our their free educational resources, attend the National Convention or join the OAC (FYI not required to receive resources or attend events but at only $20/year it's a great pay it forward) but being away for the weekend did cause my to-do list to back up a bit. I also have a bunch of fun blog posts (and giveaways) to share so don't be surprised to see a bunch in a row. In fact... Do you know about my Pop-Up One Day Instagram Giveaways? Be sure to friend me on Instagram to get in that fun. You might see one pop-up very soon (hint hint!)

Dinner: I love these Path of Life brand bags of frozen quinoa. My favorites are the Kale & Quinoa and the Mediterranean. So convenient and quick either as a side or used as a starter to a casserole like the Cheesy-topped Chicken & Quinoa Bake I made for dinner. For the locals I found them at Sprouts Marketplace. They have a product locator on the website so you can enter in your zip and see where they are in your area.

I prepared the quinoa per instructions: nuke 4 minutes in the bag. How easy is that?! I mixed in some chopped green onion (3 or so, not necessary but I had it) and about a cup of chopped baked chicken I had leftover from the night before, sprinkled a little shredded Italian blend cheese on top (1/4 cup) and baked it 20 minutes until everything was gooey and golden.

It was delicious and packed with protein. Dinner in less than 30 minutes take that Rachael Ray. It would be great with leftover ground beef, steak, salmon, or a vegetarian version with zucchini or roasted peppers and onions. Mmmm.

Snacks: Too much coffee as usual and I had a bunch of apples and 1 very ripe pear that needed using up. I chopped them up with a couple of squirts of Sugar Free Torani Caramel Syrup and a dash of Apple Pie Spice. I cooked them till they were soft but still held their shape (a sort of compote) stir them every once and awhile. Oh yeah I tossed a couple of chopped up dried prunes in the pot too... 'cause you know prunes are helpful ;) I'm keeping it in the fridge in a Tupperware to top yogurt or... what I did as a dessert a scoop of ricotta, a dollop of fruit compote and a sprinkle of that Chai Protein Granola I make. Yum.

More Days in my pouch

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