A day in my pouch

My Saturday in post weight loss surgery eating...

Breakfast: I wanted to get a walk in early before the Farmer's Market so I was out the door with Celebrate ENS Vanilla Cake Batter Shake I jazzed up a bit. It's totally a slice of sweet potato pie.

Shelly's Sweet Potato Pie Protein Shake

8 oz. Milk (any kind)
1 packet of Celebrate Vitamins Vanilla Cake Batter ENS
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Caramel Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons Sweet Potato, mashed (baby food, canned or leftover fresh)
dash of Cinnamon
a few Ice cubes

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with sprinkle of cinnamon.

Saw these baby ducklings on my walk. What a beautiful way to start the day.

Picked up the usual suspects at the Farmer's Market: a few sweet Maui onions, zucchini, garlic, basil, apples, strawberries, feta cheese (thinking Mediterranean Baked Shrimp this week it's been awhile), olive oil. Got home put everything away and set myself up outside on my newly cleaned patio to get some computer stuff done. I spent most of Friday cleaning it, washing tables, chairs, hosing down stuff, repotting some plants, I figured I'd sit and enjoy my labor. I had some computer stuff to get done, I fixed a few links on the blog, worked on this month's very very cool giveaways. Speaking of links... Thank you for making purchases through the links on the left hand side of the page. The small percentage commission received helps keep the blog going, doing giveaways, all the fun stuff :)

I got most of my stuff done, fueled by a yummy lunch but then I got sucked into Facebook and Pinterest. It's funny how 5 minutes becomes 50 in a blink of an eye on those sites.

Lunch: The contents of my bento box lunch...

Pink Box (top left): Leftover Grilled Chicken and Salami
Green Box (top right): Cucumber Slices (my crackers)
Blue Box (bottom left): Greek Yogurt Dip and a hunk of fresh Mozzarella
Orange Box (bottom right): Sliced Strawberries, a squirt of homemade No Sugar Added Chocolate Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of Toasted Almonds

Shelly's Homemade No Sugar Added Chocolate Whipped Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
2 Tablespoons Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Whisk till well combined. Fill whipping cream to the fill line of the whipper. Screw on the top. Insert the CO2 cartridge till it empties, unscrew that. Put the nozzle on, shake a few times and squirt away. It makes a ton, store it in the fridge for up to 10 days just give it another few shakes before squirting. Soooo good, it's like eating a chocolate covered strawberry.

More Bento Box lunches

Dinner: Mmmm Cauliflower Pie, one of my favorite post weight loss surgery dinners.

If you haven't tried this one yet. Do it. Even early post-ops could eat it... it's super soft and the cauliflower can be whizzed in a food processor first if needed. I just mash it with a potato masher.

Oodles of protein, totally will give you that "Lasagna" fix and non-ops LOVE IT. So a meal you can make and all eat together with no modifications. Heats up great the next day too. For best results I nuke the leftovers a few minutes then do the toppings like the original recipe (broil.)

Snacks: Too much coffee including a Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte from Bux as I walked around the Farmer's Market and some steamed Edamame later in the evening. I love these suckers. I use this gadget (the best for heating up leftovers BTW, keeps meat super moist), sprinkle of salt and microwave them for 4 minutes or so. Yum.

More days in my pouch

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Anonymous said...

Seen the recipe for cauliflower pie and had to make it today! It is absolutely scrumptious! I added a scoop of ricotta to the mixture for creaminess and used italian seasoning mix in place of spices. It's MY new favorite, too! I make something each week that I can take to work and not get tired of eating everyday during the week and this is a definate "yes". Thanks for the great recipes!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelly, the cauliflower pie dose sound scrumptious! But I have a question about the "whipper" gadget: do you think that using lite whipping cream or maybe even half and half would work in it? I'm kind of trying to watch my fat intake. I'm not even a year post op but I swear I can eat more and more so I really want to nip now by watching fat and sugar (I'm in that minority of wls'er's who do not have dumping...not even one episode) I love your site!! Laura

Michelle "Shelly" said...

So glad you enjoyed it!


Thanks Laura... I haven't read the manual I did try soy alone and it was a fail. You really use so little at a time it lasts for days I personally don't think you'd have any issues.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelly, I am post-op 6 weeks and have been hooked up to your posts. I love them. I was wondering if you had a cook book with all of your recipes? That would be great. You are such an inspiration to me!

Thanks for doing this!

Lori Davis said...

Ok, I would LOVE to have the opportunity to try all of those products! I am 2 months post op and just starting to get to try differnt recipes and this would be the boost I need! Love your site! lorelei52462@yahoo.com

Nita said...

Not sure if this is where to leave a comment for the give away, but I wanted to let you know that I am 12 yearsout from my surgery and have a 160 pound weight loss to date. a few ups and downs, but it is blogs like yours that keep me headed in the right direction. I have learned about so many new products from you and have loved all of them. Thanks and keep up the good work. Nita Sage

Patsy said...

I love your site and would love to win and Happy Birthday, congratulations have a good week thank you Patricia Padgett

Amy Casper said...

I would like to enter the give aways.I would absolutely love to try all these products. I am six months post op and need a little boost in my weight loss journey. Thank you for your inspiration to all of us on this lifetime journey. These giveways are a terrific idea.

Tami said...

Shelly, happy 29th forever Birthday. I know since your rebirth of surgery, your life has changed not only for you, but for all of us who follow you! Thank-you for sharing your journey, your reciepes, and for passing on to all of us the ability to make our dreams come true! Thanks for giving us the chance to win a goodie bag in honor of your birthday. Hoping I can be as successful as you! bless you!

Cindy said...

Hi Shelly, Love your recipes and post. I get so inspired by them and can't wait to be able to make some of them. I am 6 weeks post op and am dying to eat some "Real" food. The soft foods are not the same. Your pasta less lasagna looks awesome. Would love to win your Birthday give away, it would help with my new collection on protein products. Got the Torani syrups and love them. Happy Anniversary on your surgery!


VNARN said...

Happy birthday, Shelli! I love your recipes. DH made me two batches of your protein mini muffins yesterday. I take them in my very own cool bento box for my lunches.

Falin said...

I love this site. I was blessed to have seen it in a feed. Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful tools. Falin Beck. falin_beck@live.com

Anonymous said...

Hi!! I must tell you that I've been following your site/recipes/facebook account and blog for my entire journey and the few months before - 2.5 years or so now! I love your tips and your recipes and agree with everyone else that you need to write a book.
Love the opportunity to win your contest too!!! Would love the products!
Congrats on your anniversary and Happy Birthday!!!
Tina Sawicki

Mb said...

Hi Shelly - I am about to embark on my journey (tomorrow) and I was lucky to stumble upon your site a few weeks ago. I too am a socal girl, a foody and love to cook for my family. Your blog and recipes have given me a glimpse into what the future holds and brought a smile to my face. Thank you for providing such an inspiring site for us -and happy 29th birthday ;0) I have liked your site on Facebook and would love to be entered into your celebration giveaway mabevied@gmail.com

Heath said...

As Always my kids loved your Choc Mint 5 minute cake last night! We all did, except my stinky husband. I would love to win this lot! I was just going through your recipes of treats, so I will have something to eat when we go on a family vaca! Grrr...family and food I can't eat, not good! Your recipes save the day! hwisell@gmail.com

Merrill said...

You are absolutely amazing. You are such an inspiration. Lat year, July4,2011, I made a change in my life. I joined Gold's Gym, change my eating habits, and lost 50 pounds. I go to the gym everyday. I'm not finished. This is the beginning of my new life. I am a 62 year old female, 5'9". I started at 237lbs. and am now at 182 lbs I look forward, not backwards

Geane McDaniels said...

Congrat's on your wonderful Milestones!! Geane McDaniels travelingmom03@comcast.net :)

Hedgehogs Rule said...

I just found your site through a Weight Loss Support Group and Liked you on Facebook. Enter me for your giveaway please.

Renee said...

I just have to say that your blog has made the last month of my life liveable. I had my surgery a little over a month ago, and since then I have had one problem after another, but after looking at your blog, I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. I would love to enter your give away. My name is Renee Johnson, and my email is curiousgeorge3313@hotmail.com