Monday, January 3, 2011

This morning...

Started the first Monday of the new year out right. I got up early made this super yummy protein shake.

Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric WLS VSG Gastric Bypass Sleeve Recipes Cooking Food BlogShelly's Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Strawberry)
2-3 Frozen Strawberries (or if using fresh, add 2-3 cubes of ice)

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream and drizzle of Sugar Free Chocolate & Strawberry Topping (Smuckers), optional.


I had the morning free so I've started the typical new year organizational projects. I don't know why but every January I feel the need to tear apart every room in the house and reorganize. Right now I have my entire pantry spread all over the counters, checking dates and taking an inventory of what I have too many of...

11 cans of Chickpeas?!

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Healthy Pantry Food ItemsGuess a salad, casserole, chickpea patties and Mmmm roasted chickpeas are in the near future. Anyone up for a hummus party?!

Told you I needed an inventory. My short term memory is crap so I see a sale and think, "Yum chickpeas, I love those." Ha. Yeah I love them but not 11 cans!! Here's the latest shot of my Sugar Free Torani supply...

Weight Loss Surgery Fitness Workout Recipes CookingI made a list of these too. I use them really quick but even I couldn't use 11 of the same flavor. If you haven't tried Sugar Free Torani Syrups this variety pack is a great way to introduce yourself to them. They definitely make my post weight loss surgery life more flavorful.

The garage is to be tackled next but that is a several day errr maybe weeks and many trips (I have a 2-seater car) to the thrift to donate the too good to toss but no room in my world stuff. We have the Christmas stuff up till January 7th, the day after Epiphany/Little Christmas. I'd like to get a few projects done before the mess of dismantling the holidays happens. So that's what was happening in my world this morning. Hope you all have a great first week of 2011.
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17 comments:

Nella said...

LOVE IT!
I need a protein shake idea/recipe with a shot of espresso!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Nella, That's easy...

http://tinyurl.com/33knyys

Click Protein Espresso Drink... I love it like this...

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-sunshine-day.html

Enjoy!

~Oct said...

Shelly, the protein shake looks to die for. yum.

Inspired by all of your ice cream recipes I asked for (and received!) a cuisinart ice cream maker for Christmas. I tried one of the recipes in the book that came with the machine but used erythitol and a few drops of stevia rather than the sugar and almond milk rather than real milk. It turned out very yummy but also very icy. So, before I make my next batch I have a little question regarding the soy milk that you use. Do you use unsweeted vanilla soy milk (3ish carbs per cup) or the sweetend kind that is about 11 carbs per cup? I can't wait to try again but plan to use your recipes as the model rather than the book. :)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You can use any milk really as long as the fat content is 2% or above you'll get a creamy product anything under 2% and you get a more ice milk-ish product... not bad but not ice cream-ish.

Check these tips out before you do a batch:

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2010/02/protein-ice-cream-101.html

I tend to use the same milk I drink Silk Vanilla Soy Milk or occasionally Soy Dream Vanilla.

I Am Wonderfully Made said...

Holy Buckets that is a ton of syrup! I have been thinking about getting the Click Protein Espresso Drink but does it have that gross protein taste?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Click is great... no gnarly protein taste. My favorite is the Vanilla Latte flavor... milder espresso flavor, little sweeter, hint of vanilla.

The Lingo Family said...

YUM!!! I wish I had all those flavors of syrup. I have almond and vanilla right now. I guess I need to start adding more flavors so I can have a fantastic collection like you. :)

Melissa said...

Would really love to try out the vitamins. Been having trouble tolerating the ones that I am on now, so a freebie would be really helpful. I also requested the free sample. Thanks for everything!
Melissa
ma_5543@msn.com

Mediator784 said...

Hey Shelly,

Yum! I've got to try that protein shake.

I don't know if I missed it but is there any word on when Torani is releasing their SF salted caramel flavor to the general masses? I've been waiting with bated breath since your salted caramel post.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Melissa, Be sure to put your entry on the giveaway post. I wish I could move it but not able.

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Mediator784, I heard mid January in stores (my World Market seems to get them first) but I know you can order it direct from Torani's website :)

BeckyVDU said...

Hey Shelly, can you come to my house and help me organize. I have a problem getting rid of stuff. Right now it's come in a little handy since I'm down 44 pounds (since 11/2) and can now fit into stuff I couldn't for the last 2 years! Love the photos!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Becky, I wish I was better at it... I have that "can't get rid of this I might need it one day syndrome" then a year or two passes and I think... "what was I thinking?!" LOL. Trying to be better. I leave a box in the corner of the garage and when I have something to donate it goes in the box... when the box is full I take it to the thrift... that has helped a bit.

leendadll said...

I LOVE chickpeas!! And due to having problems with my band, I'm currently hooked on hummus. So I'll be right over!

Anonymous said...

I just want to let anyone know that Amazon has the variety of 6 large bottles of Torani on sale for $33, use the subscribe and save option and add coupon code SYRUP444 (exp 1/31) at checkout and get 6 bottles for $23 shipped! EXCELLENT deal. Once you get your shipment you can keep for cancel subscribe and save! Thanks again Shelly I absolutely love your recipes!

Anonymous said...

You make everything look sooo yummy!

Kate
smithjo58@yahoo.com

Valerie L. said...

Shelly,
I absolutely love your blog and the amazing recipes that you create. I've been meaning to ask this question, but just now decided to bite the bullet. No biggie, but where do you find the Land o lakes sugar free whipped cream? I'm in San Diego and travel up your way frequently, so if I have to get it somewhere in Temecula, I can do that. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!
Valerie

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Valerie. Albertson's here in Temecula. Just hit up your dairy manager at Albertson's and ask him to order it. Tell him the Temecula store carries it.