Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

My yesterday in post weight loss surgery eating.

Breakfast: A sliced apple and this fall flavored protein packed dip...

Weight Loss Surgery Healthy Dips Dessert Breakfast Apple Pumpkin Bariatric Recipes

Shelly's Protein Packed Pumpkin Greek Yogurt Dip

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (I used 2%, plain)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Torani Syrup (SF Caramel or SF cinnamon Vanilla would be yum too)
1 Tablespoon Canned Pumpkin (not pie filling)
a dash or 2 of Pumpkin Pie Spice
Optional: 1-2 Tablespoons Protein Powder (Celebrate Vitamin's ENS Vanilla Cake Batter is GREAT in this)

Sliced Toasted Almonds
Grape Nuts Cereal

Mix together till well combined. Because I need texture in my yogurt I topped it with a sprinkle of nuts & cereal. Great for dipping fruit or eating as is.

Lunch: The weather was absolutely dreamy yesterday. After one of the worst summers I can remember we are finally getting fall temps and cool breezes. I took advantage of it, packed my bento box and took my lunch outside. I walked over to the park near my house and worked most of the afternoon from there. For those of you that received email correspondence from me yesterday this will explain any errors. I was replying from my phone and I have chubby fingers ;)

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Pink Box (top left): Sliced Grilled Chicken (Breasts pounded flat, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with Greek Seasoning and BBQ'd) and sliced Tomatoes with a sprinkle of oregano
Green Box (top right): Shelly's Greek Yogurt Hummus Dip for dipping chicken & asparagus
Blue Box (bottom left): Asparagus
Orange Box (bottom right): 1/2 an Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookie

The key to eating meats post weight loss surgery is moisture. I love to dip them in Greek yogurt based dips. Here's an easy one: Shelly's Greek Yogurt Hummus Dip: Equal parts plain Greek Yogurt and Hummus. This is great for dipping meat or veggies.

More Eggface Bento Meals

Dinner: I had turkey defrosting in the fridge to make a batch of mini meatloaves but those take a whole package and I realized it wasn't quite enough for that so decided to turn it into my Lettuce Cups instead.

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Shelly's Asian Lettuce Cups

3/4 lb. Ground Turkey or Chicken (about 1/2 a package)
4 Green Onions, diced
6 Mushrooms, chopped
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon Ginger, grated
1 Tablespoon Sherry
Lettuce Leaves (Green Leaf, Bibb, Boston, Iceberg all work fine)
Cashews, chopped

Separate lettuce leaves. Wash and spin dry. Set aside. Saute all ingredients together. Use a wooden spoon to break up meat. Cook meat till no pink is seen.

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Divide mixture among lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Fold and eat taco style.

Snacks: Too much coffee and a Tomato Basil Cheese Stick.

I'm hoping the cooler temps are here to stay and am officially starting to decorate for Fall. My Halloween mantle...

Happy Halloween Holiday Fireplace Decorations Banners Pumpkins

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Anonymous said...

oooooooh, those lettuce cups look delish!

Barton Family said...

I am wondering if what you put in your Bento box is for one meal or for a longer period of time. I will be having surgery in the next few months and am wondering about the amounts at a meal knowing the stomach is the size of an egg. Thanks and I love your site. Shannon

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you enjoy them!


Here are some FAQ's about Bentos:

:) Remember portions will change over time, vary based on activity level of the person and should be determined by your medical posse.

Robin said...

Sherry, Trying to figure out how to make a creamy pumpkin soup for Thanksgiving - have you ever tried this? I was wondering how greek yogurt would work to thicken and make that creamy texture I am craving (without the fat!). I thought maybe if it was heated at a really low temp it wouldn't curdle. Any thoughts?? Thanks,

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I would use a hand blender to
whiz it up then just before serving (off the heat) add a little Greek yogurt. ~Shelly


I'm always looking for ways to make my Greek yogurt more exciting. A woman can only handle so many packets of sugar-free vanilla Jell-o pudding mixed in. And pumpkin is my reason for living from October to December. Thank you!

Betty said...

Shelly - how do I contact you about medical tourism? Thanks!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Betty, You can email me: if you just need contact info the Dr's I went to are in the Links & Resources section.

Nancy said...

I made the Greek Yogurt Dip yesterday. I didn't have the SF Pumpkin Syrup or the Pumpkin Pie Spice. I substituted Caramel SF Syrup and just plain 'ole Cinnamon. Yummy! Thanks, Shelly!

Kat said...

Oh I totally agree with you about having foods that are wet or moist. Easier to eat for me, sits well in my pouch.

tina paul said...

Where do you buy your bento boxes? Also I am 9 months post op, how do you resist carbs, I found I have gone back to a mostly crab diet and my blood work is not good, but i am so addicted. to carbs and sugar :(

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Tina, <--- link over on the left for the bento box :)