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: If you haven't tried Big Train's Fit Frappé Protein Drink Mix get yourself some. It comes in a ton of great flavors. As a drink you can make it iced or blended with ice or frozen fruit. One of my favorite Fit Frappe flavors is Spiced Chai Latte. Chai is a traditional drink of India, flavored with black tea, vanilla, honey and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, clove. I especially love it in warm milk on a chilly evening. It's not only for drinking though... I've made waffles and crepes with it and these Spiced Chai Ricotta Pancakes, a packed with protein breakfast.
Shelly's Spiced Chai Ricotta Protein Pancakes
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon DaVinci Sugar Free Syrup (any flavor)
1 scoop Fit Frappé Spiced Chai Latte Protein Drink Mix
Mix all ingredients together till well blended. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain first.
Spray pan with non-stick spray. Cook on low till golden, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Serve each pancake with a drizzle of warm Sugar Free Maple Syrup, SF Jam or Fruit. Makes 8.
These can be frozen between slices of wax paper or kept in the fridge a day or 2 and reheated (nuke 25 seconds) for breakfast during the week. Surprising good cold too. I rarely reheat, my leftovers usually get some almond or peanut butter smeared on them, wrapped in foil and they become a great breakfast-on-the-go.
Lunch: This will be going into permanent rotation at my house. It's easy (only a few minutes to prepare), cheap (it is tax time, about $1.25 per serving), protein packed (chicken, beans, cheese, yogurt) and Mmmm tasty (onions, cumin, salsa... muy muy delicioso!
Shelly's Black Bean Burrito Bake (Tortilla-less)
1 Yellow Onion, chopped
2 Green Onions, diced (divided use)
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 (15 oz.) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 (12.5 oz.) can White Meat Chunk Chicken, drained
1/2 cup Salsa (I used a Medium Roasted Tomato, any heat you prefer)
1/4 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese (Colby Jack)
Greek Yogurt for serving
Saute yellow onion and most of the green onion till golden, save a Tablespoon or so of diced green onion back. Add cumin and oregano and saute 1 minute. Break up chunk chicken with a fork a bit. Add all ingredients. Stir and heat till warmed through. Spoon equally into 4 shallow oval gratin dishes. Sprinkle each with a Tablespoon of shredded cheese and remaining chopped green onion. Broil a few minutes till cheese is bubbly and golden. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt.
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Dinner: I tossed a pre-cooked frozen burger patty on the BBQ. Topped it with sauteed mushrooms and a 1/2 a slice of Swiss cheese. Broiled it till melted. I ate it as is but it would be great with a small green salad, sliced tomatoes or veggie.
Snacks: Lots of coffee and sliced Strawberries with Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream.
More Days in my pouch.