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: I took off to the Farmer's Market without having breakfast (bad I know) I did grab a latte at Starbucks. Not sure who Mychelle is but her Grande, 3 pump Sugar Free Vanilla, No Foam, Soy Latte was tasty ;)

My Farmer's Market haul: Onions (Red, Sweet Maui and Green), Garlic, Tomatoes, Avocado, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Peas, a few Persian Cucumbers and these beautiful Berries...

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They will make great breakfasts this week: a few Greek Yogurt parfaits, in a few protein shakes and topping for oatmeal.

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Lunch: I made a batch of my Quinoa Burgers. These heat up great and will make a quick and easy breakfast, lunch or dinner this week. To reheat: I nuke them for a minute and usually top with a slice of cheese and broil it till it's golden and bubbly.

Low Carb Meatless Monday Recipes

I had one for lunch with a little Tomato and Cucumber Salad with a sprinkle of Parmesan, black pepper, and oregano and a dollop of Green Onion Parmesan Greek Yogurt Dip.

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I sat outside and grilled a bunch of chicken, some for dinner and some for Sunday or Monday meals. I admired my really great purchase. Last year, I bought this cactus for $1 at the Farmer's Market and look at it now...

Dinner: I bought a small cauliflower at the market this morning I was going to make Cauliflower Pie later on in the week but it was a little too small for that but the perfect size for making Riceless Fried "Rice."

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Shelly's Cauliflower Chicken Fried Riceless "Rice"

1 small head of Cauliflower
1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Eggs, cooked, scrambled
1/3 cup-ish Cooked Peas
2 Green Onions, diced fine
1 cup Grilled Chicken, chopped
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Rice Wine Vinegar
dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute yellow onion till golden. Set aside. Break up the cauliflower into small florets. Pulse the florets in a food processor until reduced to the size of rice grains (about 2 cups worth after whizzing.) Place in a saute pan with a drizzle of olive oil and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, the cauliflower will become slightly golden when it's done. Add onions, cooked egg, grilled chicken, and all remaining ingredients. Cook till warmed through. This serves 3-4 people. I used peas because I had leftovers but sometimes I use bean sprouts or green beans, anything you have on hand or a combo.

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Cooks Note: If you have a Trader Joe's around you might want to look for pre- riced cauliflower (in fresh and frozen), Green Giant makes one (fresh) as well. I have see it at Super Targets.

Check out an Italian very similar dish I make.

Snacks: Too much coffee as usual and as I grilled the chicken for dinner I sampled this Coco Libre Protein Coconut Water. The other day I spotted this at my local health food store (Organic Roots for the locals reading) and tossed it in my basket.

I tried the Almond flavor, it also come in Vanilla and Chocolate. 140 calories, 20 grams of protein, no added sugar, 22 vitamins and minerals. It might be a few too many carbs for the early post-ops, so remember when it doubt always ask your medical team. I would think it would be a winner for the post-op runners... coconut water is full of electrolytes. Verdict: It's really tasty. I'd get it again. It's nice to have a few Ready to Drink Protein Shakes in the fridge especially when the summer heatwaves hit or in cooler on a road trip. Quick protein with no effort.

More days in my pouch.


Tara Cruz said...

I so enjoy your blog. I am 2 weeks out from RNY surgery and you have been so helpful. I have a question about the protein powder you mention early on in your blog, Max Protein. Is that still available? Does it have a different name? Trying to find it. Thanks.


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you Tara, Congratulations on your WLS! Yes, Max is still available I use it often still. It's available online at if you use code Eggface2010 you get 20% off (I don't get anything for the code, just ordered a lot of one time and they gave me a discount to share) they are also on facebook. The tub has changed a few times I think its currently white.

Kahla said...

I am always so impressed by these posts. Our life is so busy with school, baseball, and dance that I feel like we are always on the run with no time to cook. I'm going to make these Quinoa burgers and see how they would be for grab and go. Thanks for all the great tips!!

Dani said...

Hi Shelly, I am now 5 days post RNY and am curious if you found and or use flavorless protein powder. I am trying TwinLab Invisiwhey from my local vitamin shop but don't care for it too much. I tried it out pre sx but not post just yet. My stomach feels so much better now that my band has been removed. Making it all day without pain meds today. Yeah!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I hope you and your family enjoy them Kahla :) they are a fav over here.


Dani, Yeah is right I know they are a necessary evil but they always make me feel icky and foggy. So happy for you and your new start! I didn't use much flavorless because well without the flavor of chocolate or vanilla or what have you you just taste the protein and some proteins are kind of hideous. I stuck mostly to the flavored ones. I wish unflavored meant "tasteless" but sadly it does not ;)

Anonymous said...

How much food are you able to eat now? like a cup or 2 cups? im 2 years post op and im so scared of the amount of food i can eat now and i don't know if its normal or not :/ and i don't want to eat less because of this

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I eat about 1 cup or so. Depends on what it is... dense protein waaaaay less water veggies like zucchini more. I aim for protein first so I get fuller quicker, never clean the plate anymore and measure.

Blue OGrady said...

I love unflavored unjury protein powder.

Amy said...

I made the Cauliflower Stir Fry for dinner last night and it was SO good but SO many dishes to make all the individual components. Worth it though ! Even my picky kids ate it. Thanks again for saving my butt when it came to dinner time :) Keep up the amazing inspiration to keep on eating healthy.

(I really wish I lived in the States though, you guys have the best protein powders etc Chike being one that's hard to get here in Canada. BOO)

angelaruti said...

Just wondering what you use to lighten & sweeten your coffee? Thanks and I would be lost without you
See you in Orlando!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

So glad it was enjoyed Amy!! Yes that one is labor intensive ;) Glad it was worth it.


Angela, Thank you :) that is so nice to say. I use a splash of Soy Milk and SF Vanilla Torani at home.

j monae said...

I really enjoy your blog and facebook pages. I record and cook almost all your recipes and im very thankful for you and the work you do.. My name is Jessica Smith and my email is

Thank You :)

LaDenna said...

I really enjoy your recipes! On my way out now to look for the Think Thin protein bars and bananas for my pancake bites. My surgiversary was May 15th and this blog has been a lifesaver. I never win anything but what the heck!! LOL

Elisa Stoll said...

I enjoy your blog very much. It gives me even more motivation than I thought I already had. Your recipe ideas and insight really make this WLS newbie pretty excited. Thank you.

rosie said...

Hi Michelle "Shelly" Do the quinoa burgers freeze well? You, sister, have made me not feel hopeless about eating real food again! kisses from Canada

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You know I have never frozen them... they do stay great in the fridge for several days though and I really can't see why they wouldn't. Next batch I make I will test one in the freezer and remember to comment :)