Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A day in my pouch

My yesterday in post weight loss surgery eating...

Breakfast: Yogurt Parfait. Make these ahead of time for a super quick grab and go protein packed breakfast. For portability I use a disposable cup and covered with Saran wrap. Don't forget your spoon though. A yummy parfait and no spoon is a sad start to the day.

Toasted Almonds (top layer)
Sugar Free Torani sweetened Greek yogurt (middle layer)
Frozen, defrosted Cherries (bottom layer)

Lunch: Packed up my bento box and took lunch outside. Seems like I have a never ending to-do list lately and every time I think something is checked off it comes back. It's just one of those weeks. Eating lunch outside this week has been my decompression time.

Pink Box (top left): Caprese-ish Salad (Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil)
Green Box (top right): Cucumber Slices (my crackers)
Blue Box (bottom left): Cooked Shrimp & Lemon (in little blue container) Cocktail Sauce
Orange Box (bottom right): Mixed Nuts and Cruncha Ma-Me
Along side: Lipton Tea & Honey Lemon Flavored Ice Tea Packet (you add them to a water bottle, 20 cals)

More Bento Lunches

Dinner: I made pancakes for dinner. I think pancakes are better for dinner because they take a little more time than I am able to give to cooking and cleaning up most AM's. I make lots of versions of protein packed pancakes but this is the one we had last night (a favorite)

Shelly's Butterscotch Crunch Ricotta Pancakes

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Butterscotch Instant Pudding Mix, dry
1 Egg
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor SF Vanilla, Caramel, etc.)
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1/4 cup Grape Nuts Cereal

Whiz all ingredients (except cereal) in mini food processor. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain first. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Cook on low till golden, top with a sprinkle of Grape Nuts, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Serve each pancake with a drizzle of warm Sugar Free Maple Syrup, SF Jam or Marmalade or Fruit. Makes 4 small pancakes or 8 silver dollar size.

These can be frozen between slices of wax paper or kept in the fridge a day or 2 and reheated (nuke 25 seconds) for breakfast during the week. Surprising good cold too. Leftovers usually get some SF jam, almond or peanut butter smeared on them, wrapped in foil and they become a great breakfast-on-the-go.

More pancakes

Snacks: Too much coffee as usual and on my way home from errands I stopped in Bux and got a Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte.

Hope every one is having a good week. I have to say I have been a little blah this week. The too much to do that I mentioned above and the tragic Colorado shooting news footage put me in a bit of a funk. I think this weekend a trip to the beach might be in order, a little staring out at the crashing waves. Pre-op I might have chosen to make a huge bowl of pasta or a fancy dinner out to feel better. Post weight loss surgery I look for healthier choices.

What do you do to breakout of a funk?

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Catracks said...

I either go on a hike or go horseback riding. Grab a friend to do it with you. Hiking also includes things I don't normally get to eat because unless I up my carbs, I will hit the wall so to speak. I always pack some Trader Joes rustic pane bread (whole wheat) and some peanut butter. It will keep me on my feet for 8 mile hikes.

Shopping is good too.

Melissa T said...

To break my post WSL funk I exercise. Gets the endorphins flowing and brings me right out of the funk.

kreationzbyzabrina said...

Did you saute the shrimp?

kristen nicole said...

When I'm in a funk I go out with my best girl friends and laugh as much as I can.

Btw, I love that bento box! I'm going to search around for a link as to where you got it on your site. :)


Michelle "Shelly" said...

I'm going for a long walk tonight for sure. Thank you for the encouragement!


Zabrina, I bought them cooked. They are chilled (shrimp cocktail) style.

Shell said...

Definitely a pedicure!

Leah said...

Today I went shopping to get out of a funk, usually I just window shop/play dress up. Today I bought things, but that's ok too.

Denise said...

Your blog is so encouraging to Me.I'm starting My 3rd week tomorrow.Your packed lunch looks enormous to me?Is that a lunch I will be able to eat some day?Oh to eat that pancake you made! Denise

SqueezyMama said...

Denise, I was thinking the same thing! I am a year out and if I ate 5-6 shrimp, I am not sure I could eat anything else in the box. I was wondering if that was normal?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Bento Q: Do you eat it all?, Can I eat _____?

A: Do you eat it all? Sometimes. Sometimes it's a meal & a snack if I'm going to be out for awhile. Sometimes it's shared. I usually bring extra protein muffins to give to someone when they say "what's that?" Also I stop when I feel almost full (when I recognize my soft cue: that post gastric bypass little message your body tells you when you have had enough - for some it's a sneeze, a runny nose, hiccup, sigh, yawn. If you recognize yours quickly you can avoid overeating and potentially losing what you just ate by not taking "just one more bite.") so I often bring a little home. Portion size should be determined by your medical posse. Can I eat _____? My blog is filled with oodles of weight loss surgery friendly food ideas and recipes that are OK on MY PLAN and I am honored my recipes and ideas are used by bariatric programs, nutritionists and dietitians all over the country (and a few overseas too) but my standard disclaimer is: "when in doubt, print it out" and ask your Dr before you try something you are unsure of.

This meal... I put a pretty good dent in it. Left a few cucumber slices and tomatoes. I always aim for the protein first so the shrimp went first. I had the orange box later in the day.

Lehnanne G. Kidd said...

My local Sbux just got in SF Torani Caramel syrup for drizzling. You KNOW I am in heaven! I have yet to come across something I want on the menu that they can't figure out how to make SF or at the very least NSA. = )

CJ - Food Stories said...

I always love to see what's in your bento box!