Monday, March 1, 2010

A day in my pouch

Yesterday. My post weight loss surgery day in eating...

Breakfast: Now this is the way to start the day. A Sweet Crepe stuffed with warm cinnamon dusted peaches and pineapple cottage cheese (SF Torani sweetened ricotta would be great too) I nuked some defrosted frozen peaches for 45 seconds with a squirt of SF Vanilla Torani and a dash of cinnamon.

Lunch: I was still full from breakfast so I just had a protein shake for lunch. Mmmm this was like a cross between Chinese restaurant almond cookies and a snickerdoodle.

Shelly's Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Protein Shake

8 oz. Vanilla Soy Milk
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Almond Syrup
Handful of Ice Cubes
dash of Cinnamon

Whiz in blender till frosty. Top with Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon, optional.

I use Vanilla Max Protein or Ultimate Protein (same taste, same company) Just a heads up there is a brand I've seen in stores called Ultimate Max that is NOT my protein (it tastes like monkey's ass.) I can only swear to the non-monkey ass status of SEI's Max Protein or SEI's Ultimate Protein. Click here for info on the protein powder and 20% off discount code.

Dinner: I was going to go out for dinner but got busy. I'm so behind after being sick for a week. I have a to-do list a mile long. I ended up just tossing this salad together. It was soooo good.

Shelly's Tuna Caprese Salad

1 can Tuna Fillets, packed in Olive Oil, drained (I use Roland Ventresca Tuna Fillets)
1 cup Grape Tomatoes, halved
1 Cucumber, diced
1 cup Fresh Mozzarella Balls
2-3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts, toasted
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, chopped
2 Tablespoons Storebought Pesto Sauce
2 Tablespoons Storebought Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Toast pine nuts in a dry pan for a few minutes till slightly golden. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Snacks: many cups of coffee, a Cutie Mandarin Orange, a slice of Chocolate 5 Minute Cake with SF Chocolate Sauce and SF Whipped Cream

It's the first day of March! Wow 2010 is going fast. It's a beautiful sunny day in my neck o' the woods so I guess we are coming in like a lamb here in Southern California. Remember that saying when we were kids. "If March comes in like a lion it'll go out like a lamb" and vice versa. I remembered the saying but not the story behind it so thanks to Google... "the phrase has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of the month."

March is usually one of my favorite months. February with it's dreaded Valentine's Day (aka Singles Awareness Day) is outta here, spring is around the corner, flowers are starting to pop up. Here's a few pics from my garden this morning:

Our state flower: the California Poppy (above) - not quite open yet

So Happy March my friends. Hope your month is full of flowers and good things.

9 comments:

Di said...

Thanks for sharing pics from your "neck o' the woods." We still have piles of once-plowed now-icy snow piles in parking lots, smooshie, muddy lawns and gray skies. I am planning my garden and bought myself a new plant so my thoughts are tending towards the green.

With all of the produce you are able to buy year-round, do you preserve any of it? If so, how? I am hoping to work that into my future as the midwestern weather will one day yield fresh produce.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Morning Di, Oh I remember those large gray piles in the corner of the parking lots that stayed for months. Yay garden plans... I'm only doing herbs and oodles of different tomatoes this year I think. Well I say that but we'll see.

I dehydrate fruits and freeze them for protein shakes. I roast veggies and freeze those for soups & casseroles but I don;t do any canning... well tomato sauce sometimes if its a bumper crop year.

Anonymous said...

Love the flower pics, can't wait to have them pop from under the snow in Binghamton, NY...

Hey, I got my approval for surgery today. I have my pre-op appt tomorrow!!! Loving it!!!!!

Diane
navymom13760@hotmail.com

lizjoelg said...

Shelly - You and youe site are absolutely amazing. I had Lap-Band surgery on 12/29/2008 and have lost 81 lbs. to date. Needless to say, I visit your site on an almost daily basis, just to see what amazing creations you've concocted. One of these days I'll go out and get an ice cream makes so I cna FINALLY try some of your delicious looking protein ice cream, but until then I'll have to continue loving your myriad of protein drinks.

Bravo to you for such a great site and for keeping us all smiling :0)

Elizabeth
lizandjoel@comcast.net

Gail UK said...

Hello Shelly
All the way from Manchester in the UK.
I'm 4 weeks post op RNY and would just like to add my thanks. Your such an inspiration and you site has given me many ideas. I don't start the 'mushy' stage till next week and am seriously looking forward to sinking my teeth into something. Keep on blogging x
Gail

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Linda M said...

I ♥ Click!

Linda Madison
madisonl910@aol.com

babaloo3 said...

The lion roared here in MA yesterday, that's for sure -- 80 mph winds! Blew our heavy Webber grill right across the deck :-)

I'm enjoying your recipes and posts so much, and especially the protein shake recipes and photos. I'm finding them hard to drink at 6 weeks post-RNY, but I'm using your recipes to make them more interesting. Thanks!

Barbara

MonicaP said...

LOVE the crepes!!!!!! Fixed with with some greek yogurt and some strawberries! YUMMMMMMM.

Thanks so much for the creative ideas.