Healthy Snacks and Christmas Preparations

Last night I ate this healthy and yummy snack while I wrapped some stocking stuffers and watched some holiday must see movies.

Health Weight Loss Fitness Bariatric Surgery Kids After School SnackingShelly's Apple Wreaths

Slices of Apple
Dried Juice Sweetened Cranberries
Sliced Almonds & other Nuts
Protein Granola
Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Sweetened Ricotta (1/4 cup Ricotta sweetened with 1 teaspoon Sugar Free Torani)

Slice and core an apple (peel if you want), spread toppings on, add almonds and cranberries.

Today I've got a couple of errands and then the cooking of the feast and some goodies (all weight loss surgery friendly of course) begins. Tonight's dinner is mostly seafood (protein heaven) at my house (Feast of the Seven Fishes, Festa dei Sette Pesci.) I'm experimenting with a few new things so if they turn out blog worthy you'll see them.

Tomorrow is still up in the air, depending on the weather. Hopefully after breakfast we'll be headed to the beach (our tradition) for a picnic with leftovers.

If you are a longtime follower of the blog you know another tradition at my house is for my Mum and I to make new ornaments for the tree. I cut the patterns (some I draw free hand, some I just get from the net) from brown paper bag first, then from the felt, then my Mum does the sewing part because I suck at it, then we both do the decorating. It's a team effort. We make ornaments, we've made tote bags, I always make a few food gifts, something fun & crafty that gets us in the Christmas spirit... well that is except when we mess up on something then we curse like truck drivers. Yeah that part is not so festive ;) Here's this year's ornaments...

When my Mum fell earlier this year and she wasn't mobile for awhile I bought her this book on how to make knitted flowers so she'd have something fun to do. She has made some really cool ones. She made these awesome poinsettias. I loved them so much I said she should mount them on scarfs as gifts.

Last week I stood on the post office line from hell mailing one to my sister. She loved it. Here's a picture of me wearing mine today...

Merry Christmas Everyone!

P.S. When the not so great choices start calling. Remember: Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment. Some tips I hope help.


Karen said...

The scarf is wonderful!

Kari said...

Love the scarf! Maybe you should do a giveaway of one of those :)

Sandy said...

I love that scarf!! What a great idea! Also think the snowmen are adorable! Merry Christmas!=)

battynurse said...

That scarf is really cool. I used to make all my Christmas presents until I went back to work full time (I was a student before) and ran out of time.
A Christmas picnic on the beach sounds wonderful. A few years back I spent New Years Eve at Pismo and it was a beautiful sunny and 70. I'm hoping to go again this year. Hoping too for the sunny and 70 although I won't hold my breath.

Lisa D said...

Merry Christmas Shelley! I've been thinking of you with all the rain you guys have been having - hope you and your Mum are doing ok. Thanks for all you do!

materialgirl522 said...

Very cute ornaments and love the scarf with the flower.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, even though I am in Florida we wont be going to the beach thanks to the cold front.


Sherry said...

Merry Christmas Michelle! Love the scarves!, but I Super especially love the Quote; about trading something you love the most for something you love for the moment... Hope your Mom is doing well, and your Holidays have been magnificent!!