Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ultimate Milk & Cookies

For those of you that are unable to find my beloved Max Protein the makers of Max SEI also make a brand called: Ultimate Protein which may be available in your local Max Muscle and/or Nutrishop. Just be sure to ask for SEI's Ultimate Protein. No monkey ass posers. If it's not SEI, run, run very far.

Here's my healthier version of "milk & cookies" a kick butt breakfast on-the-go full of protein and complex carbs to keep you powered all morning.

Shelly's Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Shake

8 oz. Vanilla Soy Milk (or Milk/Water Combo)
1 scoop of Ultimate Chocolate Protein Powder
1/4 cup Cottage Cheese (I use storebought pineapple cottage cheese, small curd)
1/4 cup Frozen Cherries
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
a couple of Ice Cubes
Optional topping: SF Land o Lakes Whipped Cream

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and a Drizzle of SF Chocolate Sauce, optional.

Other Eggface favorite protein shakes & smoothies

Shelly's Chocolate Mint Protein Cookie

1/2 cup Graham Flour (health food store, bulk bins, Whole Foods type stores or online)
1/2 cup Ultimate Chocolate Chip Mint Protein Powder
1/2 cup Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 cup Sugar Free Chocolate, chunked
1/4 cup Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil

Mix all ingredients together till combined. Scoop (a mini ice cream scoop works great for this) onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Flatten each cookie scoop to ensure even cooking.

Bake at 350 for 11 minutes. Remove to wire cooling rack. Makes 12 cookies.

Almost a week into the New Year. How's 2010 treating you so far? Did you make any resolutions? Before weight loss surgery it seemed like I always made the same New Year's resolution to lose weight. It lasted about a month or two. I'd lose a few pounds, hit a stall, get depressed, and sometime in March I'd say "screw it" with a big bowl (or three) of pasta or a bag of Pepperidge Farm Sausalito cookies.

I should have just made the resolution to treat myself with the same kindness, care and love that I would any of the dearest people in my life. Instead all those years I was my own worst enemy.

Well... I'm working on it.

Making healthier food choices and moving my body everyday are a few steps I'm making to that end.

I'm no saint. If a poor food choice is made, I recognize it and try to figure out a way I can set myself up for success next time (bringing a healthy snack, finding a yummy healthy alternative for what I'm craving, etc.)

This is a lifetime war against obesity. Like any war you head into each battle hoping to win. Sometimes you do and sometimes the enemy gets the upper hand.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." ~Winston S. Churchill

So I regroup, strategize and come back fighting the next day. No more guilt, beating myself up, one poor choice does not have to become a bad day, month, year, years.

I also try to include some sort of movement in my day. I started small. Parking across the lot from the store. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Walking a couple of blocks walk each night. Dancing 20 minutes each night. Hiking a few times a month. Find something you love to do. Build on it. If a day or two or three gets skipped for whatever reason. Don't beat yourself up or try and play catch-up. Just start moving again.

Most importantly I try and remember that with the sunrise of every new day (heck every minute) I have choices. I choose to be my own best friend. I resolve to love myself.


Kim said...

Great blog today, I feel so guilty when I have a cheat meal, then it turns into a cheat day and I beat myself up over it and add an extra hour of cardio the next day to "teach myself a lesson" lol...but like you said, tomorrow is a new day and in the struggle to stay fit we gotta find a happy medium between our body and mind. You can be the fittest healthiest person but without that inner self love, you really have nothing. I think that loving yourself is a great New Years resolution, because you already kicked obesity's butt lol...

Danielle said...

Is Ultimate the exact same as Max? it's 5 dollars cheaper on the SEI website and has all the same stats!! I was waiting till Jan. for the 20% eggface discount to start my investment in MAX! But if you say it taste the same, then by-golly I'm gonna save myself $5 bucks!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Kim. Exactly. That is a vicious roller coaster cycle I have officially jumped off :)

Danielle, Good deal. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It has really made a difference in my journey.


TheShortestAmiga said...

Danielle, I called SEI and they said yes, it is the exact same. I am enjoying the chocolate flavor!!

Question for Egg Face, do you calculate calories for your recipes? If so, I, for one, would love to see them with the recipes. Great blog--thank you!!

OliveOilTan said...

Shelly - where are you purchasing the SEI Max/Ulitmate Protein? Thx

Michelle "Shelly" said...

OliveOilTan, Some GNC's carry Max (it's a franchise owners choice so call your local), Ultimate (same company) is carried by Max Muscle, Nutrishop's, some other stores too. Just be sure it's SEI's.

Online you can buy it on their website:

Michelle "Shelly" said...

TSA, So glad you are enjoying the protein. It's the best.

Thanks for the kind compliments. So glad you enjoy the blog. I started it just to keep my friends and family up to date on my journey so it's neat to me that others have found it useful.

I don't put the nut info on my recipes because... nutrition facts can vary so widely... on my plan I use full fat cheese, full fat mayo, butter, olive oil, others may use low fat cheese or horrors that non fat toxic waste, what percentage % fat of beef, etc. Plus serving size can vary what I eat at 3+ year post weight loss surgery is a very different amount than a 3 month, 6 month, or 4 year post-op. The numbers would swing like a pendulum.

What I do when I need to find the nut info is go to type in each individual ingredient, add those totals and divide by the # of servings I get from the dish.

I understand sparkpeople and some other sites will give you nut info too.

Hope this helps,

Anonymous said...

I have been following you for awhile now, and I must say thanks for helping make my WLS journey happier, healthier and tastier.
You really have helped me, both mind and body.
I have adapted many of your recipes into my life. I am hoping for an ice cream maker soon. But, I got a WII, a Dyson and a Shark steamer for christmas, way too much loot for a middle aged lady.
Anyway, thanks again for opening yourself up to the world.

Erica-Scottie Thacker said...

Hi! I saw your post and have been dying to find your protein, but it's been a while since this post and I can't seem to find the proteins you mentioned.


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Erica, It's no longer made unfortunately. If you want a tasty Cookies & Cream here are 2 options I love: and Celebrate Vitamins has a new one Protein 20 Cookies & Cream.

Erica-Scottie Thacker said...

Thanks Shelly, I will have to check into those!