Monday, August 1, 2011

Weight Loss Surgery Meet & Greet Snacks

Looking to throw a weight loss surgery friendly shindig like our Meet and Greet this past weekend? Here's some recipes and suggestions for snacks for the party...

A variety of Cheeses
Shelly's Caprese Skewers
Build your own Shelly's Greek Hummus Rounds
Shelly's Italian Cannelini Tuna Salad

Shelly's Espresso Protein Truffles
Shelly's Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Muffins
A variety Fresh Fruit (Strawberries, Kent Mango, Black Grapes, Melon)
A variety of Sugar Free Cookies
Water with a variety of SF drink sticks
Labrada Lean Body On the Go Ready-to-Drink Protein Shakes in Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Cream Flavors
and a visit from the Kona Ice Truck (Sugar Free Hawaiian Ice)

Shelly's Caprese Skewers

You need:
Bamboo skewers (I used 6" skewers from Sur La Table)
Storebought Pesto Sauce
Bocconcini (small Fresh Mozzarella Balls)
Fresh Basil Leaves
Cherry Tomatoes

Thread items onto bamboo skewers. Repeat until you’ve run out of skewers or ingredients. Drizzle skewers with pesto sauce nuke it for a few seconds to thin it out and sprinkle with Kosher salt and a few twists of black pepper.

Shelly's Italian Cannelini Tuna Salad (for a group)

4 (15 oz.) cans Cannelini Beans, rinsed & drained
1 (14 oz.) can Artichoke Hearts, drained, non marinated
3 (4 oz.) cans Ventresca Tuna Fillets, drained
1 1/2 cups Bruschetta Sauce, drained (solids only)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried Oregano
Kosher Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix everything together. Voila. Chill. Even better the next day when all the flavors have had a chance to love on one another. You can use other protein sources (chicken, shrimp, crab would all be yummy) but try and get a hold of Ventresca Tuna. Even if you hate tuna, you will love Ventresca tuna. Warning it is $$ but I'd rather have 1 can of Ventresca a month than 6 cans of dry, tasteless tuna any day. Premium pouch space = only the best. You can easily 1/2 or 1/4 this recipe.

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12 comments:

Marlena of Mohegan said...

I'm not nearly the foodie that you are but you do a lot of yummy looking dishes. I've recently discovered flax seed meal. I love it with my Greek yogurt and it is nutty and delicious. Have you used this healthy ingredient in any creative ways? One caveat though. Too much can be too much for one's guts. I limit to two tbsp per day.

Best wishes,
Marlena of Mohegan
Bariatricrenewal@blogspot.com

Heather said...

First of all I would like to say thank your for the wonderful "food porn". I have tried many of your recipes and gotten some wonderful ideas too. I can't wait to try the canneloni tuna salad recipe. Looks num! I have a quick question for you. I am 5 months out tomorrow and am religous about journaling what I eat every day and keeping track of my protein. Is this something you still do? And what do you average as far as your protein everyday? I end at about 60-70 and the dietician is thrilled.
Thank you so much Shelly
Heather

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you Heather. Yes absolutely I aim for 70 grams or above and usually exceed that.

I highly recommend an online free tracking program like nutrition data or fitday. They have some smart phone apps too I hear. A pain at first but we repeat a lot of foods so once you've done it for a month or two it gets easier.

Becky said...

I Shelly, I just wanted to thank you for your blog and encourage you to keep at it. Even though I may have only commented a couple times, you've altered my life and caused me to be much more successful in my weight loss.

I make Bento Box lunches for the kids and I several times a week and many of your recipes. Thank you, you are so very needed and appreciated!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Becky, Thank you what a lovely compliment to log on to tonight! You made my night.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Marlena, Thank you. On the Flax Meal: About the same as you have sprinkled on yogurt and I've beefed up smoothies with it. Got a bag at Costco. I need to mess with it more.

Kimberly said...

Good Morning Shelly, food for the Meet&Greet was perfect. I didnt get to try one of the cookies that you had there , it was white and looked like it had frosting on it? If you could possible post the recipe because it looked delicious and Im not a big chocolate fan...thanks a million again for the get together :)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Kimberly, Thank you! The Sugar Free Cookies were all storebought... Striped Chocolate & Vanilla (bought at Walmart, found in the cookie section but grouped together with other SF options) and the Shortbread are my favorite Aunt Gussie's Sugar Free Spelt Pecan Shortbread's.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Some great looking snacks! Looks like a great group.

Beachgal862 said...

I love, love your recipes! You give me inspiration and ideas. I also appreciate the ideas for new products. I get bored so easily.

Thank you, Shelly!
Wendy

Anonymous said...

my son made the caprese skewers tonite for my birthday party with my sister..i wanted it instead of a cake! so yummy..thanks for a great idea..as usual. debbie

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelly...you suggested this link to me and I am definitely going to do this MANIFICENT idea of snacking using skewers! I've another potluck in a couple of weeks, and this is it! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sending this link to me! (btw, I am the one who made your rainbow fruit display to our bowling league, Pot of Gold potluck. Everyone loved it!
Judy!