Sunny Day Bentos

We're having a beautiful weather week. We started the winter with several weeks of rain and my walks (my preferred form of post weight loss surgery exercise) were either inside a warm, dry shopping mall or bundled up, dodging cloud bursts.

This week we are having perfect 70's and 80's, sunny days. I've been taking full advantage of it. I've been making myself a yummy protein shake in the morning and then taking off walking, hiking, or on a bike ride. There were a few days of work too (blah, gotta pay the bills) but even those days I tried to at least eat all my meals outside. Here's some of the super cool bento box meals I ate...

Bento #1:

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Chocolate Pecan Turtle Protein Muffins
Green Box (top right): Sliced Cucumber
Blue Box (bottom left): Chicken and Ham Cold Cut Rollups (in the little blue box) Mustard
Orange Box (bottom right): A Happy BabyBel Cheese

Shelly's Chocolate Pecan Turtle Protein Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Caramel Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa (Hershey's is what I used, baking aisle)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
12 Pecans
Pinch salt

Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, cocoa, protein powder and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Place a pecan on top of each.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Makes 12 moist, delicious, mini muffins.

Bento #2:

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Melted Chicken & Provolone Roll-up
Green Box (top right): Shelly's Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Yogurt
Bottom left: Just the Cheese Crunchy Cheese
Orange Box (bottom right): Pitted Fresh Cherries

Shelly's Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Yogurt

3 oz. of Greek Yogurt (could use SF Pudding too)
1/2 to 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Raspberry Torani Syrup
1 teaspoon SF Cheesecake Jello Pudding Mix, dry

Mix till well combined. Eat as is or great for dipping strawberries, sliced bananas, fresh cherries, apple slices or chunks of protein cake.

Bento #3: I took to the park and ate with this family of turtles...

Pink Box (top left): Madras Lentils
Green Box (top right): SF Andes Mint (found them at CVS) (in the little blue box) Shelly's Cool Yogurt Dip
Blue Box (bottom left): Shelly's Thai Chicken Skewers
Orange Box (bottom right): Cuties Clementine

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Got some great stuff at the Farmer's Market today. I have a bunch of cooking projects planned. I'll share the tasty ones.

P.S. Have you entered the Progresso Souper You Contest yet? Enter! I want to see one of my pals get the VIP treatment this year.


Nixie said...

I love making bento boxes for lunch or dinner. I've even done a breakfast one.

Carrie said...

I've been meaning to ask you, how do you keep your avocados fresh. Obviously we can't eat a whole one and I've been thinking about doing some roll ups for lunches but I'm at a loss for how to keep it fresh, both in and out of my lunch box.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Nixie, You've got to search bento on my search tab... lots and lots of them :) breakfast, lunch, dinner, themes. love my super cool bento box.


Carrie, I share it with someone :) lime/lemon and leaving the pit in the other half will buy me an hour or so but generally I don't cut one unless I have a pal or a family member to eat the other portion.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I should add they are super cheap where I am from... the next town over is the Avocado Capital of the World. No joke. I go to the Avocado Festival every year.

Karen Butler Ogle said...

Love your, Bentos , Michelle. I wish though that you could post some of the nutritional info. I know it can vary depending on the products you use but a general idea would help me decide if something with carbs like the muffins is worth the protein for me. I may try them and see what happens. They look yummy and we just got some fresh pecans.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Karen, That's precisely why I don't do it. If you change milk type, mix type, protein type you can vary many cals & grams of protein, fats, carbs. I let you do the math...
Clean day (nothing entered already)
Enter your stuff
You are given cals, fats, carbs, protein totals
Divide by serving size

I heard nutritiondata and sparkpeople are even easier.

I will tell you these work in my plan and I am about as carb conscious as you can get.

Natalia said...

I love that picture of the turtles!

Jen said...

Not about this post, but thank you SO MUCH for your quote of the day "Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment." I'm not sure how long you've had it up, but it was literally exactly what I needed to see at this moment.

Anonymous said...

So michelle, 1 bento box=1 whole meal for you? Just want to confirm. Brandy

Michelle "Shelly" said...

@Jen I'm think of getting a tattoo of it ;)


Brandy, Sometimes... sometimes it's 1 meal, sometimes it's 1 meal & a snack or 2... Sometimes I eat everything, sometimes 1/2 the box comes home, or share with someone ;) depends.

I leave the portion sizes up to you and your Dr/nutritionist. What I eat at a 4-1/2 year post op would be different from a 3 month-er 1 year, etc. Always go with what your medical posse says is right for your stage.

Carrie said...

Well poo! I was afraid that was going to be the answer. I don't have anyone to share one with so I'll just have to suck it up and look for some small ones so I don't have to waste as much.

Just got my own bento box from your store. I'm looking forward to packing my lunches in them so keep those yummy recipes coming!