Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Post Weight Loss Surgery Traveling

Getting excited for my upcoming NYC trip... so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite travel snacks and tips that have helped me as a post-op.

These are some snacks I toss in my bag when I'm on the go. They keep me from making poor choices and most require no refrigeration. Great to carry-on the plane... saving you from paying $7 for an in flight snack box that maybe has 1 or 2 items in it we can eat.

Click on the pic to get a closer look:

* I love my Blender Ball Shaker Cups. I take them everywhere. Road, train, plane trips. I pre-measure 1 scoop portions of my favorite protein powders (SEI Max or Ultimate or Click Espresso Protein) into snack size Ziploc baggies and stuff the baggies into the shaker cup. When I'm on the plane or reach my destination I just get a bottle of water or cup of milk, empty the contents of one of the baggies, pour the liquid in (measurements are on the side) and shake, shake, shake. I have a ton of these... they come in 2 sizes (20 oz. and 28 oz.) and a bunch of colors.

* Other things to drink... Taster's Choice and Starbucks Via Tubes. Hotel rooms never have enough coffee but I can use the coffee maker to boil water for these little coffee tubes. Bring a few non-dairy creamer packets and you are set.

You guys know I'm not a plain water fan. I force myself but fail miserably and sometimes I pay in the form of a kidney stone attack. That was until I found these... GNC carries them. Be-Quenched Peach Green Tea Tubes. Empty one into a bottle of water and transform it into a yummy and good for you (contains vitamins & minerals) drink. Not pictured: Tea Bags, Crystal Light Tubes.

* Jello Pudding Singles in SF Chocolate & Vanilla 1/2 cup milk and a packet in your blender bottle and you have a yummy snack. It's not Ben & Jerry's but it may save you from spending your precious va-cay time curled in a ball dumping. Mix one of those coffee tubes in it for an unbelievably good coffee pudding.

* Snack bags of Mixed Nuts, Almonds, Beef or Turkey Jerky, Kay's Protein Cereal, Ann's Soy Energy Blend (I get it at Costco, soy nuts, almonds, cranberries), all require no refrigeration but are handy to pull out of your bag when the only choices are not so good.

* SF Hard Candy & Gum - Lots of choices and I swear you can't tell these are Sugar Free. Just don't go crazy & suck the whole bag (most SF Candy have a laxative effect if consumed in large quantities - I limit myself to 2 or 3 pieces a day, eat the whole bag and you'll get to know the inside of the plane's bathroom intimately) some of my favorites are SF Lifesavers, SF Werthers, and SF Jolly Ranchers.

* Not pictured: Protein Bars Watch the carbs & sugars on these some are really glorified candy bars.

If you are doing the road trip thing or have reached your destination and scored a mini fridge in your room (I request them ahead of time "for dietary reasons")

* Get yourself a super cool bento box and load it up with protein packed snacks. Type the word bento in the search box under my before & after picture and oodles of ideas will come up.

* Cheesesticks are my go-to, I usually hit a deli or supermarket and get a 1/4 pound of turkey or roast beef, a box of soy milk, a couple of pieces of fruit (grapes usually.) Those tuna kits, crab or salmon foil packets, yogurts or cottage cheese are all great to have on hand too... much better choices then the rest stop convenience store or room service menu offerings of deep fried, battered or sugary chocolate.

* RTD Ready-to-drink protein drinks - not my favorite (most are chalky & gnarly) but 7-11 type convenience stores are carrying them now. You can't carry them on the plane (the whole over 3 oz. liquids rule) but they are convenient for road trips or once you get to where you are going. I prefer the blender bottle method with my good stuff in baggies.

Here's more Post Weight Loss Surgery Travel Tips that have helped me and some Strategies for Eating Out.

16 comments:

battynurse said...

Those are all great ideas. I got one of those mixer cup things yesterday and it's really cool. I had went to Click's web site and ordered some individual packets of the protein powder and they sent me a mixing cup.
Hope your trip is great.

amybee said...

how do you use your blender bottle and not have it come on lumpy and/or frothy??

Ammie said...

I just bought some of the Ann's Soy Energy Blend and it is awesome! Love it so much!

Have a great trip!

Kiersti said...

Great info! Newbees are always asking about this stuff - how to travel, etc. You have laid out some good basics! Thank you!

kerrig said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I love your blog and recipes! I see you have SB Via! I love that stuff and put it in my protein shake. I was happy to read recently that it will be on grocery store shelves in about a month. Yay! Since the closest SB to me is pretty far away!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@amybee I don't find lumps an issue... maybe its the protein. I use Vanilla soy usually and 1 scoop. It gets a little frothy but it dies down after a bit. Even lumps of my powder would be yummy though ;) I can dip my finger in it its so good. Maybe try doing a little at a time then adding the remainder?

@Ammie Isn't it good?! I make snack size portions from the tub when I first get it. It's addictive.

@kerrig Yes so good in protein shakes. Here's one of my favorites:

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2010/01/cafe-biscotti-protein-shake.html

TY Battynurse :)
TY Kiersti :)

Christine said...

Hi there! First of all, I just came across your blog today and shall bookmark it and come back to read more!

I'm one year post gastric banding surgery. I have a blog too, that talks about my surgery and living with the band. (www.phoenixrevolution.net)

I love to see the nuts in the photo! I love my almonds and have them almost every day!! Other foodstuffs I like to travel with include:

* Pudding
* Applesauce
* Canned pears
* protein shake powder
* cut up cucumbers

Keep up the great work!
Cheers!
Christine

*Tanyetta* said...

Great Blog! I am here by way of Juliet's Blog. I used to live in Temecula and now we're living in Pensacola (don't laugh please) :)

GREAT BLOG and GREAT PROGRESS! WAY TO GO!

Walter said...

I LOVE this blog! My surgery is 6/2and I'm trying to practice food portion control and good choices. It's so wonderful to know there's good tasty food out there post-op.

I absolutely love to eat and was in mourning for yummy food. I thought "If I don't give up eating and have the surgery I'll die.If the lap band can get me to a normal healthy weight, giving up food is worth it."

I can see I don't have to now. You must write a cookbook. The 5 minute cakes alone are worth the price!

Cynthia said...

Cool. I like this post. A good refresher for what to bring on a trip. Going somewhere that I have to stay in a hotel instead of with family, which means a little extra planning snack & protein-wise.

Thank goodness for all the drink options in a foil tube! Have a great time in NYC!

F. Belt said...

Hi Shelly! it looks like a congrats is in order. I must catch up since my return from Idaho. Have a wonderful time in NYC. I'm sure you could use a bit of pampering:)I adore those Cheesy Onion Bites. They sound just perfect for taking on the run. I'm off to the flea market tomorrow and I just may whip a batch before I go. In fact, everything looks GREAT!Thank you so much for sharing...Have Fun!!!

amandajolyn said...

This is VERY helpful! We're taking a road trip up to Illinois this weekend and it's my first post op trip! These ideas will be a life saver for me!

Jaime said...

I made these for the first time today! They are soooo yummy :) Thank you so much for your blog! I am preparing for a gastric sleeve surgery in a couple months and I have learned so much from you!!

Regina Marie said...

Having gastric sleeve surgery may 11, 2015. Need tons of advice. Love your blog.
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Regina Marie

Susi Livingston said...

Any idea where to get the Jell-O singles? I have never heard of them but they sound great! I am also going to try to be quenched. Thanks a lot!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Unfortunately they stopped making the Jello Singles. The alternative is spooning it out in a baggie, not as convenient.