Sunday, July 31, 2016

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...

Breakfast: I've had a craving for Oatmeal for a week so I finally gave in. I think it's me longing for the Fall weather. I made a packet and instead of using milk I used about 1/2 a Bananas and Cream Premier Protein Ready to Drink Shake. I topped it with a drizzle of Sugar Free Caramel Sauce (Smuckers) and a couple of crushed Pecans on top.

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Lunch: Filled my Bento Box with some yummy things and got a little work done I have been not able to do this week. It's been a week of appointments and shifting schedules around. My Mum's hearing aid stopped working, she has profound hearing loss so it's a necessity it gets replaced right away, zero hearing without it, so we've been dealing with that. She feels quite cut-off from the world as you can imagine :( Hopefully sometime this week she'll be back in the world of noise. She reads lips quite well, she began to lose her hearing at age 26 so we get by and I should own stock in post-it notes this week. On another note, hearing aids are crazy expensive, especially the really powerful ones like she requires and they are not covered by Medicare which I think is insane. It's so sad some seniors are in a world of isolation and silence because they can't afford an aid. When life gets a little less busy I'd like to go talk to some people about that. There is a bill to amend Medicare to cover them but it only has 12 co-sponsors. That is shameful. OK well off soapbox (for now) and back to lunch...

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Pink Box (top left): Leftover Chicken Salad (Shredded Cooked Chicken, Greek Yogurt, Dill, Celery, Green Onion, Salt & Pepper
Green Box (top right): Strawberry
Blue Box (bottom left): Cucumber Spears 
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Orange Almond Protein Balls

If you have eaten Marzipan before these remind me a bit of that...

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Shelly's Orange Almond Protein Balls

1/4 cup Quick Cook Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 cup Non-Fat Dry Milk, powder
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Orange Marmalade
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any will do but I used SF Almond)

Mix till well combined and sticky dough forms. You may have to adjust slightly if your almond butter is looser (I used fresh ground) just add a little more protein or if it's drier, add a little more SF syrup. Shape into quarter sized balls. Store in the fridge or freezer and pop out a few minutes to thaw before eating. Makes 18.

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Dinner:  I was on a chicken kick, they were so different I didn't even notice. I made another favorite foil packet recipe: Chicken Fajita Foil Packets. These are great eaten right out of the packet. I top them with shredded cheese and sometimes a dollop of Lime Yogurt Dip.

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1 Boneless Chicken Breast, cubed
1 cup of Veggies: Red, Yellow, Green Peppers, Red Onion, Zucchini, sliced.
drizzle of Olive Oil
dash Garlic Powder
dash ground Cumin
sprinkle of Sea Salt
a few twist of Black Pepper

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Ingredients listed are for one packet multiply it for how many packets you are making. Place all ingredients in center of a piece of heavy duty foil (if you are using the $1 store stuff double it.) Fold the foil over and seal each packet. BBQ 30 minutes (if frozen add 5 minutes) in covered grill. Open packets carefully (steam burns are not fun.)

Top with cheese, avocado, and/or a dollop of this...

Lime Yogurt Dip (not pictured)

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, plain
dash ground Cumin
zest of 1/2 a Lime
juice of 1/2 a Lime
Sea Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

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Snacks: Coffee early before the heat. Tons of water with drink sticks. I found this neat Rubbermaid container that fits them perfectly.

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The new issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine came in the mail. Your Weight Matters Magazine is an awesome magazine and mailed to you with Obesity Action Coalition $10 membership. If you already receive it be sure to turn to page 50 for my article, "Online Resources for Health, Fitness and Well-being" I sat outside in the shade reading the other awesome articles with a snack of Apple Slices and Homemade Chocolate Protein Spread.

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Tammi Goff said...

Those orange almond protein balls look yummy! Definitely have to make some this week. Fajita foil packets look great for dinner this week on the grill - I refuse to turn on the oven in this heat ;-). As always, thanks for the great recipes & ideas!

Skye said...

How do you find room for all of this? I have trouble just getting my protein in so I rarely eat fruits and veggies anymore. I miss them a lot. Is your bento box all one meal?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks Tammi. That's it I can't turn the oven on when it's this hot... I've been roasting veggies and making Quest Cookies at 3 AM when the house is the coolest.


Skye, I'm assuming you are early out? It gets easier and you really want to get fruits and veggies in too... you know to... umm... keep things going ;) More to your Q can be found here: :)

Mandi Elder said...

I have a question regarding your bentonite box lunch. As i am about to progress into the solid food stage, how much of that typically eat? My guidelines after the first few weeks are specific on total amount consumed per meal. I am guessing it is a bit more than the 4oz i am allowed now. :-) any advice. I had sleeve procedure. Thanks

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Mandi, It depends... check out the bento FAQ link in the entry for detailed answer :)