Thursday, May 2, 2013

Healthy Lunch Ideas: Bento Box Bonanza

The weather has been so beautiful the past few days, I've been bringing my bento box lunch outside...

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Pink Box (top left): Turkey and Cheese Cold Cut Skewers
Green Box (top right): Cucumber "Crackers"
Blue Box (bottom left):
Red and Green Pepper Strips
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Hummus Yogurt Dip (just equal parts Greek Yogurt & Hummus)


 Lunch Recipes Weight Loss Surgery Friendly Bariatric Gastric Bypass Sleeve VSG RNY WLS Recipes

Pink Box (top left): Strawberries with No Sugar Added Homemade French Vanilla Whipped Cream
Green Box (top right): Cucumber "Crackers"
Blue Box (bottom left):
Shelly's Awesome Guacamole
Orange Box (bottom right): 1/2 a Hardcooked Egg


No Sugar Added Homemade French Vanilla Whipped Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup (any flavor will do)

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.

Lunch Recipes Weight Loss Surgery Friendly Bariatric Gastric Bypass Sleeve VSG RNY WLS Recipes

Pink Box (top left): Leftover Shelly's Bruschetta Pancake
Green Box (top right): Tomato Basil topping for Bruschetta Pancake
Blue Box (bottom left):
Turkey and Cheese Cold Cut Skewers
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Triple Chocolate Mini Protein Muffin


Shelly's Triple Chocolate Mini Protein Muffin

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa (Hershey's, baking aisle)
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
Pinch salt

Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil (applesauce or cottage cheese can sub for oil but 1 T divided between 12 muffins is really not a lot) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, cocoa, protein powder and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour into a non stick 12 cup mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam.

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Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for a minute or two before removing from pan. Dip in SF Chocolate Glaze. Glaze will harden as they cool or speed it up in the fridge.

Sugar Free Chocolate Glaze

1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (Wal-mart)
1 teaspoon Canola Oil

Nuke in microwave for 45 seconds. Stir till smooth. 

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More of my bento box lunches  

I highly recommend heading outside for a break mid day. My work has me staring at a computer screen for a big portion of the day. Taking an outside break even if it's only 15 minutes... breathing fresh air, soaking in some sunshine and Vit. D is therapeutic. It makes me happy.

Get a super groovy bento box of your own.


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8 comments:

nichole said...

I love love love the idea of Cucumber Crackers. However, I loathe cucumbers - the smell, the taste, the texture. Any thoughts on a substitute? I'm having surgery at the end of June and I'm trying to reconfigure my meals. I look forward to your bento posts. Such great ideas!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Nicole, Hmmm well any veggie really or apple slices or Whole Foods has these great parmesan cheese crisps (tried making them and they are better storebought) or Pepperoni Chips: http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2008/06/roasted-vegetable-soup.html

nichole said...

I'll check those out - thanks!

Kelly said...

I bought a laptop lunch bento box right before my surgery in September. I am finally using it and I love it. I felt I was getting off track on my portions and planning of meals and using the bento box has really helped!! I love all of your ideas. Thanks!!

Julianne said...

How much is one scoop of protein powder? Many of my powders don't come with a scoop, and sometimes different brands of powders have different sized scoops.......

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Most are pretty close and my recipes can adjust a T or so either way without issues... aim for 30 g - 35 g

KimmyGee said...

Chocolate muffin recipe is in the oven as I type...actually I made them in the donut pan, because I wanted to use the toaster oven and the 24 cup mini-muffin won't fit in it! I haven't made your muffins or pancakes for a while and I was having a hankering for both, so my fridge is stocked with yummy Eggy stuff :) Someday, I will have a Bento! Take care!!

Joyce Patton said...

I think I would the Yogurt/Hummus mixture "Yummus Dip". Trademark it!