A day in my pouch

My yesterday in post weight loss surgery eating...

Breakfast: I had to squeeze a bunch of stuff in the AM because I was having work men come at 1 PM. I grabbed an Oh Yeah Vanilla Creme RTD (Ready to Drink) and ran out the door. I love the convenience of these things. 18 grams of protein in a few sips of yum.

I finished almost everything I needed to do. I was running close to that window of time they give you (between 1 PM and whenever the heck they want) and though they NEVER show at the beginning of the window of time knowing my luck lately they would be prompt. They actually were quite prompt. I was impressed. Super nice guys and bonus: easy on the eyes too, gotta love that.

What I had done... the ceiling fan broke sometime around the end of the summer last year. I went to pull the cord to turn it off and the whole chain came out. Grrr. It was the END of the summer and it didn't effect the light so we just dealt with it. It's getting warmer so I finally called someone to come fix it. I also had a fan installed in the garage for my kitty Charlie who seems to have taken up residence in there.

Lunch: I hate hovering over workmen. Our house is small so I always feel like I'm hovering if I stay inside. I loaded up my bento box with some leftovers mostly and set myself up on the patio.

Pink Box (top left): Spinach, Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Shelly's Basil Yogurt Dip
Green Box (top right): Leftover Chickpeas with a sprinkle of Za'atar
Blue Box (bottom left): Leftover BBQ Chicken from the other night's dinner
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Espresso Protein Truffles (ate 1, shared 1 with one of the guys)

Shelly's Basil Yogurt Dip

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
3 Frozen Dorot Basil Cubes
Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

Nuke frozen basil cubes covered for 35 seconds. Mix in yogurt and seasonings. Makes a great dip for meat, fish, veggies, mixed in chicken salad instead of mayo, or a dollop as a high protein salad dressing.

More Bento Lunches

After the hottie hot workmen left I was able to head out and finish the last of my errands. It's a busy week and things are getting shoved together because early next week I'll be in San Diego (I'm slightly north of San Diego) for a few days at The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Annual Meeting. I am excited to be manning an information booth for the Obesity Action Coalition in the expo hall. I am proud to be an OAC member. I'd like to encourage you to Join! It's only $20/individual membership.

If any weight loss surgery pals are local enough to come hang out Tuesday night, June 19th we're meeting up between 6-7 PM in the pool area of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California. Fellow WLS blogger Beth (aka Melting Mama) will be there. After that we'll (and anyone that wants to join in) will be wandering the streets of San Diego (Seaport Village or the Gaslamp District) Hope you can come hang out.

Dinner:  I had a few blog readers email me asking me about tofu recipes but I rarely use it. It's a great protein source but the whole pressing it, draining it process, annoying and I have used silken tofu in smoothies, it's OK. The other day when I was in Trader Joe's I spotted Baked Tofu in the refrigerator section. I was intrigued by it and thought what the heck. Each 150 calorie piece (2 pieces per package) contains 16 grams of protein. I took 1 piece, cubed it and added a few more ingredients to make a Asian-Style Slaw Salad.

It was yummy. It would be great on a picnic (lack of dairy.) For those who wanted some tofu recipes here you go...

Shelly's Asian Slaw

1/2 a 1 lb. bag of Cole Slaw Shreds (green & purple cabbage, carrots)
3 Green Onions, sliced
1 cup of Steamed Edamame
2 Tablespoons Toasted Sliced Almonds
1 slice of Trader Joe's Baked Tofu, cubed
2-3 Tablespoons Storebought Asian Sesame Dressing
1/2 teaspoon (or so, to taste, it's hot) Wasabi Paste
Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix everything together. Tastes even better if you make it a hour or so in advance.

Snacks: Oodles of Coffee, some Cherries, and one of those Protein Popsicles I made the other day.

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