Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world.

Breakfast: Shelly's Almond Joy Protein Shake. Seriously tastes just like an Almond Joy! Sooo good. I used that new Silk Almond Coconut Blend Milk.


Shelly's Almond Joy Protein Shake

1 cup Silk Almond Coconut Blend Milk (any milk will do)
1 packet/scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I used Celebrate Vitamins ENS Chocolate Milk Flavor)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Coconut Torani Syrup
a few Ice Cubes

Blend. I topped it with...

Shelly's Homemade No Sugar Added Coconut Whipped Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Coconut 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. Great on berries, shakes and smoothies, crepes.

I use Silk soy milk mostly, liquid cow's milk and I just don't get along post weight loss surgery (pain, cramps) I don't seem to have the same issues with cheese or yogurt (thank goodness) but something about liquid milk (ouch) so I switched to soy at about 2 weeks post-op when through a series of experiments I realized my cow's milk issue. I've tried other milks: almond (a little too sweet and thick), coconut (a little too watery) so I was really excited when I heard Silk was making a combo Almond Coconut Blend. It's delicious... now I won't be changing from soy milk (I love the protein content too much) but this is a nice change and GREAT in protein shakes and smoothies (way less calories, they have a 35 cal/serving version and the 50 calorie version I tried.)


More Eggface Protein Shakes and Smoothies

Lunch: This is a meal I make when I want something warm and satisfying like a casserole but without the 30+ minute baking time. The leftovers are great heated up too. Fezziwig the visiting cat made a cameo.


Shelly's Chickpea and Beef Bowl

1/2 pound Ground Beef
1 Onion, diced
1 (15 oz. can) Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo Beans), rinsed and drained
1 Tablespoon Hummus (storebought, any flavor)
1 Tablespoon Za'atar (Middle Eastern Seasoning. Storebought or make your own)
Parmesan Cheese for top
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute beef (turkey or sausage can sub) till no pink is shown. Drain any fats and set aside. Saute onion till golden. Add beef and all remaining ingredients (except Parmesan) and heat till warmed through. Sprinkle with Parmesan before serving.

Dinner: A go-to dinner at my house. Foil Packet Fish. Tilapia filet (any fish will work), 1 small Zucchini, sliced , 1 green onion, chopped, drizzle of olive oil, generous sprinkle of seasoning blend whatever you like (Greek, Italian, Lemon Pepper, whatever you love) Wrap tightly in foil. Toss packets on the BBQ grill, covered for 15-20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish) don't lift the lid, trust me it'll be perfect every time.


Other Eggface Foil Packet Dinners

Snacks: Lots of coffee as usual and a Homemade Protein Square.


More days in my pouch.

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