Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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. Here's what I ate yesterday with an early nod to St. Patrick's Day.

Breakfast: Ricotta Pancakes are a go-to breakfast at my house. I love these things... especially because it makes the next day's breakfast so easy. I love the leftover pancakes, cold (surprisingly delicious) smeared with a little almond butter. This Pistachio version is a favorite...

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Lunch: It has been unseasonably warm here and this was perfect: Avocado Dip (I add cottage cheese but you would never know) which is basically my way of getting in a little protein with my guacamole and this time I added a little bacon for a touch of Irish. It takes guacamole to a whole new level. It would be a great healthy snack for a March Madness party. Make a double batch because it'll disappear.

Shelly's Irish Avocado Dip

1/2 ripe Avocado
1/4 cup Cottage Cheese
2 Tablespoons Bacon, crumbled bits
a few twists of Black Pepper
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Pico de Gallo or Fresh Salsa (refrigerated kind)

Whiz in a mini food processor everything except the pico de gallo. Mix that in. Top with a sprinkle more bacon. I served it with cucumber crackers. This makes plenty for 2-3 people snacks or less if you are eating it like lunch. Would also be great with cooked shrimp as dippers.

Cook's Note: You could use crumbled leftover cooked bacon I just used 2 Tablespoons of real bacon bits (Hormel or Oscar Mayer makes them, find them in the salad dressing aisle.)

Dinner: Can't have St. Patty's Day without a little corned beef and cabbage. I found the leanest and smallest. I really didn't want a ton of leftovers but if you have a bunch be sure to check out my St. Patrick's Day recipes for tasty ways to use them.

That's a little Horseradish Greek Yogurt Dip on the side just mix a dollop of fresh horseradish in plain Greek yogurt, as much or as little as your nasal passages can handle... it's pretty powerful stuff fresh horseradish... I like to feel the burn.

Snacks: As usual Coffee and I made another one of those Lucky Leprechaun Protein Shakes I posted the other day... soooo good seriously it tastes like Pistachio Ice Cream

Oh and I took a baggie of my Chai Protein Granola with me on my errands. I wanted to mail the latest Giveaway winner's prize right away. I see people in the checkout line at the store grab a Snickers bar or bag of chips, those on-the-fly calories add up... this is one way I save myself from going there.

Speaking of prizes... I think today I might have some fun on Instagram. Keep your eyes out if you follow me over there.

More St. Patrick's Day Eats
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Lisa said...

Hi Michelle, do you weigh your protein (in this case, the corned beef) before eatting. I weigh my meat to make sure it's 3 oz. Is that how much you eat? Also, I have a hard time not eatting at night so lately I've been trying to save a protein shake for evening time, after dinner. Do you "close the kitchen" at any time? I had my surgery 10 years ago and never lost the final 15 lbs to meet my goal, and NOW I have to lose 30 to meet my goal. Any specific advice? My hubby is the foodie/cook of our 3 daughter family, so I have to almost schedule an appt to get in the kitchen to make shakes and MY FOOD. The food my husband makes just isn't Bariatric surgery friendly, and he doesn't care.��

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I know my limits and just eyeball it mostly... dense protein I really can't physically OD on so I don't really worry about it. I plan my meals & snacks at least a day in advance and that really helps... if its not on the plan for the day it's either not going in my mouth or if it does I have to make up for it somewhere. So I tend to stick to the plan... allows me to be more aware of balance in my day... not too carby, not too much fat or adjust the next day accordingly. On the kitchen use issue... well a couple of things logistically get in on Sunday afternoon and prep your stuff make a few meals or components of meals to make the week easier. I might delve into the whys of why he's not being supportive of your lifestyle change... is it he doesn't understand how to make alterations for you (its not that hard really ax some carbs, moderate the fats) or it it a deeper issue... leveling is a crummy side of human nature... when there is a perceived change in the status quo (so your new lifestyle) people may try to bring you back down to the level they felt comfortable at (consciously or unconsciously) by sabotage or unsupportive behavior, making you feel guilty for the changes, etc. if that is the case...that's one for therapy :) If he's just being a stubborn butt he needs to be reminded obesity is the 2nd leading cause of preventable death and you are trying to prevent that so you can be with your loved ones as long as possible presumably.

Lisa said...

Thanks for your feedback, Michelle. I really appreciate it. That's a great idea to prep all my meals on a Sunday. I will try that!