Friday, March 14, 2014

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts (I try and post them every few days) to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Yesterday's menu...

Breakfast: I had some mushrooms that needed using up so I sauteed them and they went on top of a scrambled egg with a sprinkle of cheese.

Lunch: I made a batch of one of my favorite salads to keep in the fridge. It only gets better and better as it sits. I added some chopped up, grilled chicken I had leftover from dinner the other night. I always throw an extra piece or two on the grill for salads or lunches later in the week.

I filled my bento box and went outside on the patio. I brought the computer outside and worked on a few projects and tried to avoid looking at all the weeding and tree trimming I need to do. I have been advised by my Dr's (PCP sent me to a hematologist) not to do too much physical stuff until I get my iron back up to snuff. I'm scheduled for a series of iron infusions next week. I'll let you know how that all goes. The malabsorptive component of RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery is a bit of a double edged sword. Despite taking all my vitamins faithfully and eating well (lots of iron rich foods) I am not absorbing it. Take this as a pubic service announcement: Get those labs done! Don't let it get super low like I did.

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad
Green Box (top right): Sliced Strawberries
Blue Box (bottom left): Shrimp with Lemon and (in the little blue container) Cocktail Sauce
Orange Box (bottom right): a hunk of Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar

More Bento Box lunches, FAQ's and an Online Source for them

My Bento Pinterest Page

Dinner: I love these mini meatloaves. I make a lot of different version. This one with all the flavors of Middle Eastern Falafel is a favorite and will be in rotation for awhile for sure. I served it with Shelly's Greek Yogurt Hummus Dip (just equal parts Greek Yogurt and Hummus.) I didn't feel like anything else but it would be great with leftover bean salad above or

Shelly's Middle Eastern Mini Meatloaf

1(1.25 lbs) package Ground Turkey
1 Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Milk
1/4 cup Oatmeal, dry
1 Egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons Storebought Hummus (any flavor)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
a dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute onion till golden, set aside to cool. Soak oatmeal in milk for 1 minute (you can use almond meal or bread crumbs) Add cooled onions, soaked oats and all remaining ingredients to ground turkey. Mix till combined.

Divide into 8 equal mounds. Form into mini meatloaves or if you have this super groovy pan like me use it. I sprayed the pan with a little bit of Pam non-stick cooking spray.

Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. These freeze well either cooked or uncooked.

More Mini Meatloaves

Snacks: Lots of coffee and some Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn while watching American Idol (which I am only watching for Harry Connick Jr.) Yum. Oh and the popcorn was yummy too ;)

More Days in my pouch.

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Dani said...

Your food looks great! I am very appreciative of all your advice & recipes. I am currently awaiting my date for revision surgery from band to bypass and am trying to do my homework and be prepared for my new life. I love your blog!!! It is a huge help! Following on Pinterest also. Mahalo!

Mickie said...

I also am having a revision done on March 31. Band just did not work for me. I am kind of nervous. Dr says a revision is trickier than just doing sleeve or bypass. But I know I need to do it

Anonymous said...

I liked you on Facebook, but really I love you. Thanks for all you do.

Anonymous said...

I love all your menus, they really help me keep on track since having my vertical sleeve. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Donna Smith said...

Thank you so much for all the menus I love this site I am on it every day keep p the good work
thanks Donna

Donna Smith said...

I love this site you do such great work for us that need
help thank you

Anonymous said...

Yum yum! You have been a blessing through my journey of bypass surgery... You have also helped my husband lose 60 pounds on his own! Can not thank you enough!! Nikole;

Lisa Poland said...

I love following your blog and have some of your recipes in my rotation.
Thanks Lisa

Jaime Frates said...

My surgery is April 16 so 2 days away,I am exited and scared at the same time but cant wait to start my new life :)I know your website will help me so much and has helped me because I have made some of your recipes already:) Thank you so much for this site and your time ~ jaime

Jen said...

I love your site and am so appreciative of all the time you invest to giving people creative ideas and ways to enjoy their new way of eating. I have learned so much about new ways to cook thank you so much!!!
Jennifer -

Anonymous said...

After my surgery in September, when I thought I would never be able to eat again and enjoy it, when I thought I would never be able to tolerate real food again, when I thought all hope was lost and regretting my decision, I found you. Now, down 83 lbs and loving my new life! More than you'll ever know...thank you.

Anne Wanty said...

I'm so excited that my cousin told me about you! I am only 12 days post-op, but feeling great (thank you Jesus). I have no doubt that your recipes and menus will be favorites. Thank you for giving us all insight from someone who has certainly been there!
<3 Anne