Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscar Noshing - High Protein Feta Dip

Watching the Oscar arrivals. The guys have it soooo easy at these award shows... a tux, the end. The poor women get ripped to shreds in the magazines the next day. Speaking of the women... how stunning did Sandra Bullock look in that red dress?! Beautiful and classy and free of that piece of dog doo ex-husband. Better get back to the show. We're eating some yummy stuff. Here's just one of the healthy high protein snacks we are noshing on...

Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric Surgery Fitness Healthy Dips

Shelly's High Protein Feta Dip

1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt, plain 2%
2 Tablespoons of Feta Cheese, crumbled (I used Tomato Basil Feta)
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
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. Even people who hate cottage cheese will love it. I'm dipping cucumber slices (my crackers) in it tonight but it's also great for dipping meats (moisture is key to eating meat post weight loss surgery) or can be used as a high protein salad dressing replacement.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Drum roll...

Thank you for the wonderful response to the Green Giant Giveaway. Hope you make & enjoy the Speedy Broccoli Cheese Soup.

The random generator has selected:

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Congratulations!!! You are the winner of the Prize Pack (insulated bag, pedometer, bowl & spoon, and free veggie coupon.) Check your mail and follow email instructions for claiming your prize.

Another super groovy giveaway is in the works!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

A day in my pouch

My yummy post weight loss surgery day of eating...

Breakfast: You guys know I don't do pasta, rice, bread, white potatoes, crackers, or chips post weight loss surgery (my choice) but good complex carbs are still a big part of my diet (for energy, lowering cholesterol, "necessary" fiber if you know ;) what I mean) I just get them from things like veggies, fruits, and foods like oatmeal instead of the useless white stuff and I try and balance my day through meal planning. This was breakfast...

Umpqua Not Guilty Oatmeal No added sugar or salt. Naturally sweetened with apples, blueberries, flax and chia seeds. I added 1 packet of Splenda. Very yummy. Click here to locate a store near you that carries it.

It would be absolutely perfect for post weight loss surgery traveling. Comes in a paper container, you fill it with hot water, put the lid back on and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. So on a plane... perfect. Toss it in your carry-on and ask for hot water when the beverage cart comes round. Sure beats the $7 snack boxes full of poor choices.

Lunch: Made a protein shake. I have a chest freezer I seriously need to defrost very soon, so I'm trying to reduce stock a bit. It's basically filled with frozen fruit. When cherries and strawberries are super cheap I always grab a bunch and freeze them for my protein shakes and smoothies.

Shelly's Peanut Butter & Cherry Protein Shake

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Powdered Peanut Butter (aka Peanut Flour, PB2, defatted Peanut Butter)
1/4 cup Cherries (fresh or frozen)
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, optional.

Dinner: Made one of my favorites Philly Cheese Steak Casserole. Nom.

Snacks: Oodles of coffee, a bag of Crunchy Cheese and I'm back on a Fluff Stuff kick. Love this stuff. You remember Jello 123 from the 80's... it's basically like that but better. I made a Lime and Mango version and ate a dollop of it during Top Chef.

Shelly's Margarita Mango Fluff Stuff

1 cup Boiling Water
1 box (4-serving size - the small one) Sugar Free Lime Jello Mix
3 1/2 oz. (half a small container) Greek Yogurt (I used 2% Fage, Plain)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 1/2 cups Mango, chopped (fresh or frozen, defrosted)

Pour boiling water slowly over jello mix. Stir till dissolved. Set aside.

Mix yogurt & syrup together till well combined. Add to Jello mixture. Beat with an electric mixer till well combined. I use this gadget.

Place in fridge for 1 hour. Remove from fridge and beat again for 5 minutes till fluffy. Fold in fruit. Put back in fridge and allow to set fully (about 2 hours)

I served a scoop with a squirt SF Whipped Cream. You can use any fruit (fresh, frozen defrosted or canned drained), any Jello flavor, any Torani Syrup flavor.

A pretty darn tasty day.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Green Giant Giveaway

A few months ago I was asked to participate in the MyBlogSpark™ program. Basically it's a group of bloggers that have access to review products and services and participate in giveaways. I have not had too many come across my inbox that I felt matched my goals as a blogger (a lot of pasta, rice and potatoes have been offered) but this one I thought yeah I'll do that... I love veggies!

Green Giant provided me with a sample of their boxed vegetables and some fun goodies. I ate them and now I'm sharing my thoughts with you.

I am lucky to live in Southern California where Farmer's Markets are year-round so we are never really at a loss for the freshest veggies, veggies that taste like what they are supposed to taste like. I remember growing up on Long Island and in the cold of winter, under a blanket of snow, the only veggies in the supermarket produce section were shipped in from who knows where, by the time they reached our dinner table the flavor was long gone and I'm sure nutrients too. Green Giant boxed frozen veggies solves that issue. They are picked at the peak of freshness and frozen so when you taste the broccoli it tastes like what broccoli should taste like. I am a big fan of frozen veggies and a big fan of Green Giant and now 25 of their frozen veggies have been endorsed by weight watchers which is pretty cool me thinks. It's yummy stuff and green is my favorite color ;) Grab a coupon off their website and get yourself some. Nom.

I tried the Broccoli & Cheese Sauce. I was going to have it as a side dish with grilled chicken but that day I had taken the chicken out of the freezer too late and it was still a little frozen so I turned that package of broccoli & cheese sauce into this super yummy soup...

Shelly's Speedy Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 (10 oz.) package of Frozen Green Giant Broccoli and Cheese
1 Yellow Onion, diced
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon Butter
2 Tablespoons Garbanzo Bean Flour (any flour will do)
1 cup Milk
1 (14.5 oz.) can Chicken Broth
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
a dash of Hot Sauce
Shredded Cheese for topping

Cook Green Giant Broccoli and Cheese according to package instructions and set aside. Saute onion till golden. Add garlic, butter and flour and cook 1 minute. Add milk and broth slowly, stirring as you add. Add contents of broccoli & cheese packet. Add remaining ingredients and cook till heated through. I chose to use my super cool immersion blender to whiz everything smooth. If you don't have a gadget like that, you can whiz it in the blender (careful not to fill blenders too full with hot liquids, do it in batches.) I served bowls topped with a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Yum!

What I received:

A cool insulated bag. (I love these. You know the silver coated kind that keeps things cold. I toss mine in the trunk so I always have it when I need it.)
A pedometer.
A serving bowl and spoon.
A free box of veggies. (You get a coupon.)

Here's your chance to score one of these prize packs (courtesy of Ho Ho Ho Green Giant and My Blog Spark):

* In the comment section of this post tell me your favorite Green Giant Boxed Vegetables and leave a email addy where I can reach you if you are the winner.

Want extra entries?

* LIKE Green Giant on Facebook and tell them Eggface sent you

and/or

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At midnight (pacific) Friday, February 25th. I will use a random number generator to select a winner. I will announce the winner here on the blog sometime Saturday, February 26th. I will also email the winner at the addy posted. You'll have one week (7 days) to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

One COMMENT ENTRY per person. Remember blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the United States (48 contiguous, Alaska & Hawaii.)

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Drum roll...

Thank you for the wonderful response to the Valentine's Giveaway. We had a ton of entries. So fun! I wish I had a tub for everyone or you could all come over for a protein tasting party. We could eat protein ice cream or protein donuts and chit chat.

The random generator has selected:

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Congratulations!!! You are the winner of the HUGE 5 lb. Tub of SEI Max Protein (in their Valentine-y pink Strawberry flavor) and a super groovy Hot Pink 28 oz. Blender Bottle Shaker. Check your mail and follow email instructions for claiming your prize.

Hope you enjoy it. SEI Max is one of my favorite protein powders and my blender bottle shaker goes with me on every post weight loss surgery travel trip.

Thanks for playing everyone. I've got another giveaway in the works.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

National Chocolate Mint Day!

Happy National Chocolate Mint Day! Starting the day with my Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie Protein Shake...


Shelly's Chocolate Mint Protein Shake (like Thin Mints™)

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Peppermint Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream and a shaving of SF Mint Chocolate or drizzle of SF Chocolate Topping, optional.

Other Chocolate Mint Weight Loss Surgery friendly ways to celebrate the day:

Shelly's Chocolate Mint Protein Fudge
Shelly's Chocolate Mint Protein Ice Cream Cake
Shelly's Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream

Shelly's Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream Bon Bons
Shelly's 5 Minute Chocolate Peppermint Protein Cake
Shelly's Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Ice Cream Cakelettes
Shelly's Candy Cane Cocoa

Shelly's Chocolate Protein Mini Muffins
Shelly's Mini Protein Donuts
Shelly's Sugar Free Peppermint Bark Popcorn

and one of my ultimate favorite protein bars: Premiere Nutrition Protein Crisp Bars.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

A day in my pouch

Breakfast: Started my day with a Mocha Roca CLICK Protein Latte. So yummy. I didn't get to walk the neighborhood yesterday it was rainy and damp in the morning. So I turned on DirectTV Music Choice and danced. If you have DirectTV or Music Choice on your cable network you have to do this one day, you can also listen on your computer. I love it. That's the kind of exercise I like, makes you sweat and burns calories but is fun! No treadmills to nowhere for this chick.

Shelly's Mocha Roca CLICK Protein Latte Shake

2 scoops CLICK Vanilla Latte Espresso Protein
1 cup Soy Milk (any milk will do)
2 Tablespoons Torani Sugar Free Almond Roca Syrup
a few Ice Cubes

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with optional squirt of Land o Lakes Sugar Free Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of ground almonds.

If you love coffee you will love CLICK. I was asked the other day to describe the flavor differences in the two flavors: Mocha and Vanilla Latte. Mocha is coffee and chocolate flavor and is the stronger espresso flavor of the two. It's what I use mostly in my desserts made with CLICK like ice cream, cakes, crepe filling, fudge and truffles. The one I usually make into shakes and smoothies is the Vanilla Latte flavor. A lighter coffee flavor with a vanilla taste. If you love rich dark roasts or drink your coffee black go with Mocha. If you add lots of milk or creamer to your coffee go with Vanilla Latte.

You can actually get these very cool packets now that come with one box of Mocha and one box of Vanilla Latte. A great way to introduce yourself to CLICK or perfect for post weight loss surgery traveling. Toss a few in your carry-on or purse with your blender bottle, on the plane ask for milk or water and you are sure of something yummy and protein-packed.

Lunch: Leftovers of that yummy Tuscan White Bean Stew. Even better then next day.

Dinner: I grilled some shrimp kabobs and as I was cleaning out the veggie bin I found a zucchini and summer squash that needed using. Sliced them, tossed them with a Tablespoon of Basil-flavored Olive Oil, a sprinkle of Greek Seasoning, and closed them up in an aluminum foil packet that I tossed on the closed grill for 15 minutes. I considered just putting the shrimp in the packet too (also yummy) but this time I skewered and grilled them.

Snacks: As usual too much coffee, a handful of green grapes midday and two CLICK Espresso Protein Truffles during Grey's Anatomy. It's an especially good season. Can I just say how much I love Dr. Alex Karev. I have a weakness for bad boys with a heart of gold.

Shelly's Espresso Protein Truffles

2 Scoops CLICK Mocha Espresso Protein Powder
3 Scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Sugar Free Torani Vanilla Syrup (any flavor will do)
1/4 cup Chopped Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts, Pistachios or a combo)

Optional Toppings: Toasted or Untoasted Unsweetened Coconut, Crushed Nuts, more CLICK, Unsweetened Cocoa, Non-fat Dry Milk Powder, Crushed SF Candy Cane (I make these every year for Santa's Christmas snack) or candies (CVS, Rite Aid)

Mix all ingredients till thoroughly combined. You want a slightly stickier than Playdoh texture. Almond Butters vary slightly so if it is too sticky add a little more protein or ground nuts or powdered milk works great too. Too dry: add a little more SF Torani. Roll into walnut size balls, it's messy but worth it. Roll in optional topping choice. Place in fridge to firm before serving. Keep leftovers refrigerated. You can also freeze them and defrost in the fridge as needed. Makes about 25.

Well that was my yummy day of post weight loss surgery eating. Not too shabby.

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P.S. Remember the Progress Souper You Contest is still going on. Here's the info on how to enter and a video of yours truly. I would love to see one of my pals get the same VIP treatment I got last year.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lots to Love

Hope everyone had a nice Valentine's weekend. Mine was lovely. This was my beautiful Valentine's table. I made a batch of my Strawberry Cannoli and my sweet Mum got me six Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries YUM! and this gorgeous cake plate. I absolutely love it. You can change the ribbon to match the holiday.

It's raining today and from what I hear it will be this weekend too. The Farmer's Market is rain or shine, we have some die-hard farmers but the weather may put a damper on my hiking plans. Looks like I may have to Zumba again. Quick! Close the blinds!

I actually am enjoying the rain today. The neighborhood was getting dusty and needed a bit of a wash and I have been dying to make a big pot of Italian Grandma love.

Shelly's Tuscan White Bean Stew

4 Italian Sausage Links, hot or sweet, 1/2" slices (I used fully cooked Italian Chicken Sausage)
2 Yellow Onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon Garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Good White White
1 (15 oz.) can Cannellini Beans, drained & rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can Garbanzo Beans (aka Chickpeas, Ceci) drained & rinsed
1 (10 oz.) bag Baby Spinach
1 (14.5 oz.) can Chicken Broth
1 cup Water
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons of grated Parmesan plus a little more for topping
Olive Oil for sauteing

Saute onion till golden. Add sausage. I used fully cooked Italian sausage, if you are using uncooked cook till no pink is seen. Add all the remaining ingredients. Do not skip the wine, no one will catch a buzz off your stew, the alcohol will cook off but the flavor is vital. Simmer covered, on low 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you can make it earlier in the day or the night before and reheat even better. Everything gets a chance to love on each other. Serve with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan.
I used an absolutely delicious fully cooked Italian Chicken Sausage with Pepper & Onions made by AMYLU, ATK Foods. They also make those super yummy Sweet Caramelized Onion Chicken Burgers with Red Bell Peppers and Gouda Cheese I reviewed awhile back. Well these sausages are another winner. Highly recommend them. If you email the company I'm sure they will be able to tell you who locally carries them or looks like you can even order online. I will definitely add these to my Pantry Essentials List. Love them.

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P.S. If you haven't already entered my Valentine Giveaway. Click here for the 411 on that.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Giveaway

It's GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: a HUGE 5 lb. Tub of SEI Max Protein (in their Valentine-y pink Strawberry flavor) and a Hot Pink 28 oz. Blender Bottle Shaker

I use SEI Max Protein in oodles of my weight loss surgery friendly dishes... Protein Ice Cream, Protein Donuts, Protein Muffins, 5 Minute Protein Cakes, Protein Shakes and Smoothies and more. It really is one of the best tasting protein powders out there.

and my blender bottle shaker goes with me on every post weight loss surgery travel trip. I make up a few snack sized baggies of protein powder and store them right inside the shaker. I place the shaker in my carry-on bag, when I'm on the plane I just ask for a bottle of water or milk, empty one of the pre-portioned baggies and shake shake shake. On road trips I always know I will have a great protein source in case good choices are scarce.

How to enter: Just leave a comment (include your name and an email address) on this blog posting by Sunday, February 20th, midnight (Pacific time) and sometime on Monday, February 21st. I'll draw a name using a random number generator and announce the winner here on the blog! I will also email the winner at the addy posted. You'll have one week (7 days) to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

One COMMENT ENTRY per person. Remember blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the United States (48 contiguous, Alaska & Hawaii.)

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Valentine's Day is a time to recognize things you love. I love my family, this new wonderful healthy life and my pals, both real world and cyber. Love you guys! Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Cool Product Alert: Mini Brie

Spotted the coolest thing at Trader Joe's. Perfectly portioned mini brie cheese wheels. Aren't they just the cutest thing ever?! Absolutely perfect for us weight loss surgery post-ops. I know some of you need to do the reduced fat/non-fat thing when it comes to cheese, my condolences ;) but for those of you who like me, eat the real deal full fat cheese. These are perfect.

My thoughts on full fat... I eat full fat (cheese, mayo, butter, olive oil, etc.) Fat = flavor. I eat it in moderation (thanks to my surgically altered guts) if I ate Reduced Fat or Fat Free (aka nuclear waste) I wouldn't be satisfied and in an hour I'd be thinking about my next meal. I eat yummy, lip smacking stuff so I never feel like I'm on a diet or suffering in my new life. This new lifestyle is about making changes that you can live with FOREVER not just get through. There is no finish line, the day after you reach your goal weight, you wake up to more of the same. So to be a long term success IMHO you need to love your new life, not suffer through it.

That being said, this is my journey. Always follow your medical posse's advice.

OK back to the cheese...

Trader Jacques Mini Brie Bites Soft Ripened Cheese
Made from Cow's milk from cows not treated with rBST

$3.99 for a bag of 5 mini wheels, individually sealed .09 oz servings.

Nutritional Information:
Calories 70
Fat 6 g.
Carbs 1 g.
Sugars 1 g.
Protein 4 g.

Verdict: Yum! These little suckers are delicious. A few minutes at room temperature and they are oozy and gooey like the big boy brie wheels. I love them because you can take out one at a time as needed, with a big wheel once its cut it needs to be used quickly. These last for months unopened in the refrigerator (bought these the other day, expiration date is September.) They are the perfect size for us and so darn cute!

I ate mine for dinner outside under the electric stars from my super cool bento box. I smeared it on cucumber slices and ate it with a turkey cold cut roll-up and a little apple compote. The perfect combination. They would be great smeared on apple or pear slices too.

Pink Box (top left): Sliced Cucumber
Green Box (top right): Shelly's Apple Compote
Blue Box (bottom left): Turkey Cold Cut Roll-up
Orange Box (bottom right): Trader Joe's Mini Brie

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P.S. Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day (aka Singles Awareness Day) I'm celebrating with a batch of Strawberry Cannoli.

BIG ❤ puffy heart love to all my pals. You'll want to check out the blog this weekend ;) Something fun begins!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crepe-tastic

These were soooo good. I served them for dinner with a dollop of cool Greek Yogurt Dip and some spicy Madras Lentils. A completely vegetarian meal, which I try to do at least once or twice a week.

Shelly's Savory Garbanzo Bean Crepes

2 Eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Soy Milk
1/4 cup minus 1 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Lemon Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
1/2 cup Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped
a few twists of Black Pepper

Blend all ingredients on low till thoroughly combined. Pour into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for a half-hour. I used cilantro in this batch but you could use flat leaf parsley (same amount), basil or dill (slightly less.)

Spray a non-stick 8 to 10 inch crepe pan with Pam. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan and twirl it around to spread the batter in a thin circle.

Cook till top appears dry and flip. Cook a minute or so on other side. Repeat till all batter is used. While you are making them you can keep them warm in a low oven 200 degrees or nuke for 20 seconds before serving. Makes 8-10 crepes depending on size of pan.

Yes, you can use a fry pan but crepe pans with their shallow sides make the process soooo much easier.

Extras can be refrigerated for a few days. Microwave 30 seconds to reheat, warm in a pan or in a toaster oven. They stand up to travel to so you can wrap them in foil or toss in a bento box for lunch.

These are perfect eaten as is or you can dip them in Madras Lentils or a Greek yogurt based dip like this one or this, fill with ricotta or a sprinkle of cheese, or use them as like a wrap with things like chicken salad inside. If you are looking for a better than bread alternative this is a great option. This week sometime I plan on filling some garbanzo bean crepes with a yummy filling and baking them in the oven: manicotti-ish. I'll let you know how it goes.

I used Garbanzo Bean Flour in this recipe. You could use Spelt. I make crepes with that usually but lately I've been messing around with Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Flour. Unlike other bean flours, it doesn't have to be combined with other flours (though you can) and it has a yummy beany flavor. Great for thickening sauces. It's higher in protein. The stats: 1/4 cup Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Flour contains 110 calories, 6g protein, 18g carbs (of which 5g is fiber) and oodles of iron. It's used a lot in Sicily, I remember my Sicilian Grandmother (my Dad's Mom) used to make all sorts of things with it. Oh and it's great for those on Gluten Free diets.

Looking for a sweet crepe. Here's my favorite version of those.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Girl Scout Cookie Combat

It's that time again. There is no getting away from them. Those smiley-angelic faces are everywhere, a sweet chorus of little voices, "Would you like to buy some cookies?" In my neighborhood you can't get in a store or bank without being hit up. The itsy-bitsy Daisies (first level Girl Scouts) are the worst. That should just be illegal, they are too darn cute. How do you say "No" to those?! It's just plain mean.

Ahhh but mean I must be because those little angels are hawking some of my pre-op crack. Not sure they still are packaged this way but Thin Mints boxes used to come with two sleeves of cookies inside. Wasn't that two portions? ;) Seriously though it's way too easy to eat a ton of them so since weight loss surgery they just don't get through my door.

Still jonesing for those iconic Girl Scout cookie flavors. Try these healthier ways to satisfy the urge...

Shelly's Chocolate Mint Protein Shake (aka Thin Mints™)

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Peppermint Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and a shaving of SF Mint Chocolate or drizzle of SF Chocolate Topping, optional.

Shelly's Caramel Coconut Protein Shake (aka Samoas/Caramel deLites™)

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Caramel Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Coconut Torani Syrup
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream, a sprinkle of Toasted Coconut and a drizzle of SF Caramel Topping, optional.

Shelly's Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake (aka Tagalongs/Peanut Butter Patties™)

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Chocolate Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Peanut Flour (aka PB2, aka defatted Powdered Peanut Butter)
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and shaving of SF Chocolate, optional.

Shelly's Peanut Butter Protein Shake (aka Do-si-dos/Savannahs™)

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Peanut Flour
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and a few chopped Peanuts, optional.

Ways you can still support the Girl Scouts:

Buy the cookies and leave the boxes with the troop. I'm sure the girls would like a snack (it's hard work selling crack) or can re-sell those boxes to others (double their $) or some troops are collecting cookies for Operation: Taste of Home (cookies for the US soldiers serving overseas)

If your sister, friend at work, neighbor is asking you to buy them from their kids and you feel like you must *cough* emotional blackmail. Tell your sister, friend at work, or neighbor to keep the cookies. They can figure out what to do with them.

Donate your saved cookie $ to the Girl Scouts. I was a Girl Scout (photo evidence below) The cookie sales money we made helped us go camping each year. Give them money instead.

Or if you can be strong on the car ride... buy the boxes and drop them off at your nearest food bank.

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