Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

My post weight loss surgery yesterday in eating...

Breakfast: I took the car in for an oil change where I found it needs a bunch of hoses and belts (those will have to wait, there is a comma in the total) and the tires were dangerously in need of replacing so I was out of the house most of the day dealing with that. I drank an Oh Yeah Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Protein Shake on the fly. I really enjoy these. The small ones like this (8 oz.) are 18 grams of protein, only 2 sugars, 3 carbs, 130 cals. The large ones (14 oz.) are 32 grams of protein, 3 sugars, 4 carbs, 220 cals. Quick, portable source of protein. All of the flavors I have had are pretty tasty. I picked up a few for my road trip to the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America Meet & Greet this month. Can't wait to meet everyone!

Lunch: I had about an hour at home and the Yogurt Cheese I made the night before was ready so I ate some with cucumber slices "my crackers" and this cool spice I found the other day that tastes like an everything bagel.

The yogurt cheese (aka Labneh) is basically just Greek yogurt drained overnight in the fridge. I sprinkle it with a little salt to help the draining process.

You need:
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
dash of Salt (optional)
a coffee filter
a metal sieve
a bowl

Line a metal sieve with a coffee filter (if they are thin double them up) place the sieve over a bowl tall enough that the sieve doesn't touch the bottom. Put 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt in the coffee filter, sprinkle with salt. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.

The next day you'll have a cream cheese like texture "cheese" made from yogurt. Waaaaay lower in fat and cals than the real deal cream cheese. Stores in the fridge for several days. I sprinkled mine with Bagel Spice (basically it's poppy seeds, minced onion and garlic, white and black sesame seeds, caraway seeds and salt) for a "low carb bagel" fix, a little pesto sauce drizzled over it is yum too.

My tires were a special order... of course. After a few calls, I found a place in town that could get a hold of them quickly and I was off to the tire shop. I sat in the waiting area reading Golf Digest and Guns and Ammo magazine. I told them they needed a token Better Homes and Garden or People magazine for the chicks that come in. I left knowing more than I ever wanted to know about golf shoes and $300 poorer. Fun times.

Dinner: I had some leftover cooked bacon from the other day that needed using so I made a BST Bacon, Spinach, Tomato Frittata. I love breakfast for dinner especially when the messy part like bacon making is already done.

Shelly's BST Frittata

4-6 slices of cooked Bacon
Handful, 3/4 of a cup-ish fresh Spinach leaves
2 Tomatoes, chopped
3 Eggs, beaten
a few twists of Black Pepper
Salt to taste

Saute bacon, tomatoes and spinach till spinach is just wilted in an oven safe non stick pan. Add egg and seasoning. Sprinkle Parmesan over and when eggs are almost set place under the broiler to brown and puff about 5 minutes.

Snacks: Too much Coffee (including some rather scary coffee, at least I think it was coffee, at the tire shop) and when I finally got to plop on the couch and chill I had a Gala Apple sliced with Almond Yogurt Dip. Some days I swear I live on Greek Yogurt. I should move to Greece, find me a Greek shipping magnate.

Shelly's Almond Yogurt Dip

1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (SF Almond, Vanilla, Caramel, whatever)
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sliced Toasted Almonds

Nuke the almond butter for 10 seconds to thin it out. Stir it into the yogurt and SF Torani. Top with a sprinkle of almonds.

An expensive but yummy day.


jenncrane79 said...


Where do you find the bagel seasoning, and also, do you have to order the Oh Yeah drinks on line or have you ever seen them in the stores. I think those would be great to grab in a pinch!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

The bagel seasoning I bought online (link in the post) it's not in any of my store locally (I'm in Southern California)

The Oh Yeah drinks are more commonly available. I get them at Albertson's (local supermarket) or Dick's Sporting Goods. There is a link to get them online in the post if you can't find them.

Nanette said...

Hey Shelley find a shipping magnate you wont have to deal with car repairs. Good luck if you find one, make sure he has a brother for me.
I have found that if you let the guys at the oil change place do the belts, they charge you 5 times more than what it costs. They get you by convenience, "while you are here and we are under your hood" Not sure if you have autozone, but they will do some minor repairs for you, lights, batteries etc, and all you do is buy the part. Check and see if you have one. replacing belts is not that difficult, if you are a little handy with tools, you usually have to loosen one bolt, put on the belt and tighten the bolt back up. Serpentine belts are sometimes harder. But check your autoparts store and see if they will help you, play the helpless female, flirt, lol.

Trish said...

I do the straining thing with reg yogurt turns into a greek yogurt. So funny.

D. Mitchell said...

Shelly..I found a link to your blog on a WLS forum. I am scheduled for my surgery on June 4th...6 days from now. I am nervous about this and a little scared. I am 65 years old and surgery at my age is scary. I do want to live a healthier lifestyle without the health problems I have now, like diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, etc, etc. That is my motivation for having the surgery. I have been surfing thru your blog for 2 hours now and you have lessened my fear considerably. I was so afraid of not being able to eat good tasting food..then I saw all your receipes and I want to start eating everything I have seen! I am also afraid of being put to sleep at my age...then I read this on "your" story: " I'd rather die fighting for life then passively kill myself which is what I was doing... committing suicide by knife and fork. Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin." I'm not saying all of the fear is gone but...God bless you for those words..they have made a big difference in how I feel 6 days pre-op. I breathe a little easier and I wanted to say Thank You for sharing your story.... and making a huge difference in mine!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

D. Thank you for this lovely comment. I am so glad you have found a bit of peace with your decision and I send prayers, wishes and good thoughts that you soon feel like I do about having weight loss surgery... that it was the best gift I ever gave myself. Please keep me updated. Speedy healing.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your recipes and all the good ideas you have. Do avoid carbs except for fruit? If so, do you limit yourself to certain number of carbs daily?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Jo, I get my carbs from fruit, veggies, milk, some whole grains, oatmeal. My only no's are white flour, rice, white potatoes, crackers, chips, bread. I personally do 25% of my day carbs.