Friday, December 17, 2010

A day in my pouch

My day in post weight loss surgery eating...

Breakfast: I drank this yummy shake (tastes just like Apple Pie) while I packed up my super cool bento for a day away from the house.

Shelly's Apple Pie Protein Shake

8 oz. Soy Milk (or 4 oz milk/4 oz. water)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon No Sugar Added Apple Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (SF Caramel, SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon, or SF Vanilla would all work)
dash Apple Pie Spice
2-3 Ice Cubes

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with optional squirt of SF Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, drizzle of Sugar Free Caramel Topping and a dash of apple pie spice.

Lunch: One of my favorite salads. It has all the flavors of a California Roll without the pointless white carbs of rice. Sometimes I serve it on a bed of baby spinach.

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's California Roll Salad
Green Box (top right): Manchego Cheese
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Peppermint Espresso Protein Truffles
Orange Box (bottom right): Almonds

Dinner: I spent most of the day making meatballs for an event my friend is catering and the rest of it running errands including standing on a hellacious line at the post office mailing a special surprise to my sister. I can't tell you about it until she gets it but later this week I'll share pictures (I have a matching one.) When I finally got home I was wiped. Here's what I managed to wrangle up...

Shrimp and Imitation Crab Meat Cocktail

and a super yummy Avocado Dip


Shelly's High Protein Avocado Dip

1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (I used Fage plain 2%)
1/2 an Avocado
a few twists of Black Pepper
Kosher Salt to taste

Whiz all ingredients in a mini food processor till smooth. This dip is soooo good. You would never know there is cottage cheese in it. I served it with a plate full of cucumber "chips" just some slices of English (Hothouse) Cucumber.

It's also great for dipping meats (moisture is key to eating meat post weight loss surgery) or veggies or use as a high protein salad dressing replacement. Mmmm a dollop of this dip on top of some refried beans and/or ground turkey or beef spiced with taco seasonings would be a great weight loss surgery friendly way to get your Mexican food fix without the big pile of greasy chips or taco shells. You might want to make a double batch, non-ops love it.

Snacks: Stuff out of my bento (above) and a Starbuck's Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce No Whip, No Foam, Soy Latte

Hope everyone is handling the holiday stress and food temptations well. Here's some tips that help me. Remember...

"Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment."

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P.S. Just a few more days to enter the Merry CLICKmas Giveaway. If you haven't already... here's how to add your name to the hat.

15 comments:

Karen Butler Ogle said...

Michelle,
I love to see your bento creations and would love to recreate them but down here in the south we are slightly deprived in the healthy foods department. There is probably a health food store in the nearest big city but our family is working with one car and my husband's hours make it difficult to make those trips. I am just having to work with what is available. However, I though you would like to know that a few months back I made some of your cheeseburger bites for the family and last night my husband asked when we can have those again. It is amazing how your recipes appeal to people who aren't really concerned about healthy eating. Some people even AVOID things that are healthy because they suspect the taste won't be up to par. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for sharing your creativity with the rest of us. :)

sasicas said...

Loving all these recipes! Im totally not a creative person when it comes to food so Ive been a little concerned that I would eat the same things day after day once I have my sleeve but thanks to you I have tons of awesome recipes to choose from :)

Julie S. said...

"Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment."

truer words have never been spoken. i needed to hear that, so thanks. "keeps my head in the game" as you so often say!

R.L. Lawrence said...

I like to do "california rolls" without the rice too! Avocado, carrots, crab meat, a little seaweed, and a bit of wasabi and low sodium soy sauce. Makes me feel like I'm eating one of my fav things. Glad you mentioned it. R.L. (new follower)

Jackie said...

What is in the little cactus cup? Is it cocktail sauce? Did you make it yourself? I can't seem to find any that isn't loaded with sugar!

Also, where do you find sugar free candy canes? I've been looking everywhere!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Karen! Happy Holidays to you and your fam :)

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@sasicas Hope you enjoy all you try!

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Julie, I recite that to myself whenever I feel a pull in a negative direction. LOL if it wasn't so long a quote I'd get it tattoo'd on me

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Nice to meet you RL

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Jackie, Yes. Sorry for the lack of detail... Cocktail Sauce I rarely use Sugar Free condiments... I don't dump that easily (only 3 X in 4 1/2 years) so I use the real deal just sparingly... no slathering.

I found my SF Candy Canes at Rite Aid and Walgreen's Bob's brand... if you can't find them you usually can find starlight round peppermints... smashed its all the same :)

Holly said...

I tried the pancake/sausage muffins and loved them!!! The bento creations are great too!!! Thanks for all the helpful recipes. You make our new "eating habits" easier with great tasting recipes.

Hara Longoria said...

Hi Shelly! I've never left a comment on your site (well..FB)! I love this website! I'm so glad I found it. I've already made 3 of your dishes and they were all so wonderful. I would love to be in the Bento giveaway!! I was just telling my boyfriend last week that I wanted one and then I saw you were giving one away, so I hope this counts as an entry! My email is girldaisie@yahoo.com.
Thanks for being such a great help to me and so many others!!
Merry Christmas!
Hara

Anonymous said...

Hi, Shelly! Love, love, love your blog! Tell me, is there a place on your site that has all your bento box goodies? I'm getting such great ideas for lunch from them, and think I will order one.

Thanks so much and Happy New Year!

Janie

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks guys. Hope you enjoy all your try.

No one particular page with all the bento box meals but this is a good start...

http://tinyurl.com/y9kogcw

Hope it gives you a few new ideas.

Anonymous said...

How have I never stumbled on the egg & bacon salad??? OMG!Vacation ends today, gonna treat myself & mix up a batch for next weeks back-to-work lunches. Thanks for another yummy creation to help me maintain my newly fit & healthy body!

mshell said...

just wanted to comment on the High Protein Avocado Dip...I totally can't handle cottage cheese, but as you said, you don't even know it's in the recipe! Absolutely delish...and the suggestion to have it with taco meat? Brilliant!

Jenny said...

I made the Avocado Dip for a movie day today. I had gotten a cuke and veggie tray. Daughter loved the dip she was even eating it with her popcorn!

alejandro_nava_99 said...

Can you replace cottage with ricotta cheese?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

alejandro_nava_99 In the dip? Well... I think it would be too heavy... you don't taste cottage cheese if you are a hater of it ;)