Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

It was National Donut Day (or is it Doughnut) yesterday so I made a batch of my Mini Protein Donuts. I made the Berry version. I also have a Chocolate and a Fall Spice version but I think my current favs are these Berry ones. The SEI Max (aka Ultimate) Protein I use has little chunks of dehydrated strawberry in it and it makes the donuts super yummy.

Breakfast: Donuts of course!

Shelly's Mini Berry Protein Donuts

1 cup Almond Flour (aka Almond Meal) (Trader Joe's, health food stores, online or make your own)
1/2 cup Strawberry Protein Powder
1/2 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Coconut
1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla but Black Cherry, Raspberry or Strawberry would be great too)
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/4 cup Water
Super Groovy Mini Donut Pan

Preheat oven to 325. Mix all ingredients till well combined. Spray Mini Donut Pan with Pam. Fill 1/2 full with batter (batter is the consistency of brownie batter). Bake 8 minutes.

Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Donut Glaze

4 Mini Sugar-Free Chocolate Bars (or milk, dark or white chocolate)
1 Tablespoon Sugar-Free Torani Syrup

Nuke for 30 seconds or so till melted. Stir to combine. Coats 12 donuts. Dip cooled donuts into chocolate glaze and then into optional toppings.

Topping Ideas:

Crushed SF Candy (SF Candy Canes, SF Malted Milk Balls, SF Jordan Almonds)
Toasted or Untoasted Unsweetened Coconut
Crushed Nuts (Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds)
Crushed SF Cookies
No Sugar Added Malted Milk Powder

Save leftover toppings and toss into a batch of Protein Ice Cream. I call it my "Kitchen Sink" Protein Ice Cream (as in everything and the kitchen sink)

Lunch: a dollop of Pineapple Cottage Cheese with Fresh Cherries. The cherries are great this year. Not cheap yet, I'm hoping they drop in price next week. When they get really cheap I buy up a bunch, pit them and freeze them for use in smoothies and other recipes all year long.

Dinner: Mmmm Shelly's Philly Cheesesteak Tortilla Pizza - Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Size Tortilla topped with sauteed Peppers and Onions, Roast Beef, a sprinkle of Parmesan and Shredded Cheese. I know my Philly friends would use Provolone (a provi) or a smear of Cheese Whiz (a whiz wit) but I only had Co-Jack on hand... whaddya want from a New Yawker ;)

When you saute the peppers and onions right before they are done toss in the roast beef and 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a few twists of black pepper.

Snacks: Currently hooked on homemade Caramel Iced Coffee.

I use my Keurig machine. I brew an extra bold coffee on the iced setting. Pour over ice. Add soy milk (my fav), a pump of SF Vanilla Torani Syrup, a squirt of No Sugar Added Whipped Cream and a drizzle of SF Caramel Topping (Smucker's) and another donut.


Sandi said...

Thanks for this blog
I realized that I started reading this blog days before "national donut day" last year. And, what a year it has been! I could never have known the joy of weight loss 6 months out, 60+pounds, health is amazingly improved!
You helped get me there. by reading your blog I realized that life doesnt end after surgery. And you make it all seem so fun! Your ideas keep me focused on protein. I feel that its all still so new that I really appreciate that reminder. You also help me get a handle on protion and choices. I just want you to know , again, that you are making a huge difference in peoples lives. I am one of those people. God Bless you and your MUM.
I recieved a donut pan for christmas, but because my kitchen has been under remodel since january.....i havent made any yet. These look great..perhaps I will get into the construction zone and try.
Its been a great year...and eggface has been a huge blessing!

Kim said...

Do these donuts freeze well?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Aww Thank you Sandi (TY from my Mum too) you made my day.

@Kim Yes, just don't chocolate dip them till defrosted.

*Christie* said...

I agree with Sandi... your blog is so helpful! I can't eat some of these things yet (less than 3 weeks post op) but they already have me all excited. My husband is just 2 days post op right now. He is a huge philly cheesesteak fan so I showed him the picture of this pizza and he was really excited about it! I have a question though... is there any type of sauce on it? You didn't mention. Is it moist enough from everything else?
Also, do you make this pizza in the oven or in a toaster oven? I am trying to decide if it is worth purchasing a toaster oven for some of the things I would like to make.
Thank you so much.

Shawn said...

I am sooo buying the stuff to make them this next weekend. Plus might freak out my co-workers having them, but eh, What makes me happy and do I have to tell them they are "healthy". Thank you for the recipes.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Shawn, Hope you enjoy them! LOL I think your co workers will love them too... I slip them past non-ops all the time. I tell them they are healthier but not protein, no sugar added, low carb... details scare people hehe.

:) Thank you Christie, I make them in the regular oven. Here's the how to's:

375 for 10 minutes

I add sauce sometimes... this one seemed moist enough from the cheese and the Worcestershire sauce in the veggies/beef to not add anything. Hope your husband approves :) and you both enjoy it soon.

DiZneDiVa said...

Yum! I can't wait to try these recipes... I am from Philly and Provolone sounds wonderful. Wit wiz, not so much...LOL! Your blog is a blessing! *Maria* blogger from-This one time at "Band" Camp

battynurse said...

The donuts look good.
I got some cherries at the store yesterday for 1.99 and was planning to try freezing them. I've never done so before but there is no way I'm going to make it through the bag by myself.

mesosne said...

Have you considered making and selling your donuts as a business venture? I'm sure there are just as many people who haven't had RNY as those of us who have who would LOVE to find figure-friendly donuts in stores and/or online. Just a thought...

Liz - Lizzle - Libby Lou said...

I had to share your blog today, b/c I have so many newer followers and I wanted them to have access to all your wonderful recipes. I love the donut idea, I've got to try it someday!!!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Batty, They are great in smoothies. ONe of my favs:


Thank you Liz


Natalie: The blog email is

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelley,

Is there a retail store where I can buy the Max protein, or do I have to buy it on-line?

Thanks so much!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

SEI Max Protein is a GNC exclusive. does not carry it. It is a franchise store owners choice to carry the protein brands they carry so you have to call around to your local GNC's and ask for SEI Max Protein. If you hit the SEI facebook page they may be able to help you locate the closest one too. You can also check indy nut stores, Nutrisports, Max Muscle for SEI Ultimate Protein (same stuff, different name) or order it online (my blog readers can get a 20% discount - helps defray shipping at least)

PsychoChris said...

Oh my sweet friend.

In LOLCAT speak for you...

"I teh luv you so much. I can haz nommies thanks to you!"


Anonymous said...

Hello Shelly! I saw this donut-maker and thought of you:

It makes donuts like a waffle iron. I wonder if it would work with your donut recipe! I'm thinking I might buy it to try it out!


Deb said...

You make lots of RNY'ers successful. We all love your ideas and make eating exciting!

janiepoo said...

I've been trying some of your pizza recipes and enjoying them. Funny thing is my husband loves them have to fix double all the time.


Livinglifeabundantly said...

Ahhhh, food porn!

I agree with Sandi also. You are indeed a blessing! I am only 13 days post op VSG and I am looking so forward to trying every one of your recipes. Thank you graciously for sharing your recipe inventing gift!