Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts (I try and post them every few days) to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. My Memorial Day...

Breakfast: I had a Celebrate Vitamins Vanilla Cake Batter ENS Shake. I point a lot of newer post-ops toward this shake. Not only does it taste yummy but it has some added vitamins and fiber and in those early weeks all the added good stuff the better. If you are early on looking for a liquid protein source hit the Celebrate Vitamins website and print out the stats to bring to your next Dr. appointment for their thumbs up. For us old timers, it just tastes great. Comes in Vanilla Cake Batter (my fav to shake up in my blender bottle), Chocolate Milk (my fav in Frozen Yogurt Cubes) and Strawberry (my fav mixed in Greek yogurt.)

Spent most of the holiday doing laundry and cleaning bathrooms. Ohhh the glamorous life.

Lunch: I eventually thought I needed to do something outside the house so I packed up my bento box with some goodies and took off to the park for a walk and some fresh air.

Pink Box (top left): Mango Slices and a dollop of Pineapple Cottage Cheese
Green Box (top right): Sliced Tomato and Fresh Basil
Blue Box (bottom left): Ham Roll-ups, Mustard, Olives
Orange Box (bottom right): Individual Fresh Mozzarella Ball (LOVE these)

I love these individual fresh mozzarella balls that BelGioioso makes. Have you seen these?! So perfect for us. Each bag contains 6 - 1oz individually packaged fresh mozzarella balls. I don't know about you but I can go a little overboard with fresh mozzarella so these will keep me on the straight and narrow. Look for them in your deli fridge section.

More bento box lunches

It was gorgeous out and I stayed most of the afternoon at the park. Worked on my computer a bit (thank you City of Temecula for your free wifi) and enjoyed the day.

I got home and did a little gardening. I've given up on the grass. It's dead and patchy already. I'd have a water bill through the roof if I wanted a lawn but I deheaded roses, weeded and picked the first tomatoes!

Dinner: I BBQ'd some Beef & Mushroom Kabobs. Cubes of Top Sirloin I marinated overnight in a little Greek Seasoning, a Tablespoon of Olive Oil and a Tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar. Toss meat cubes till coated. Refrigerate. Assemble kabob skewers alternating meat and mushroom and BBQ'd them about 8 minutes (4 and flip.)

I served them with a Greek Yogurt Dip (just Greek Yogurt, Greek Seasoning, Dried Mint, Salt & Pepper) and made a meatless batch of my Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad and a handful of fresh picked, warm from the sun cherry tomatoes grown by yours truly.

Snacks: Too much coffee and for dessert I made a batch of my Fluff Stuff. I was planning on making Red, White & Blue Strawberry Cannoli which has become a tradition but the strawberries this week were not the best. The past few weeks they have been great but this week not so much, must be a lull in the local crops.

Shelly's Fluff Stuff

1 cup Boiling Water
1 box (4-serving size - the small one) Sugar Free Orange Jello Mix
3 1/2 oz Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla but any fruity flavor would work too)
1/2 cup Mandarin Orange Segments (in 100% juice), drained

Pour boiling water slowly over jello mix. Stir till dissolved. Set aside. Mix yogurt & syrup together till well combined (If you want to boost the protein even more you can mix a few Tablespoons of protein powder into the yogurt and syrup Mmmm Chike Orange Creme would be great in this one.) Add to Jello mixture.

Beat with an electric mixer till well combined. I use this gadget.

Place in fridge for 1 hour. Remove from fridge and beat again for 5 minutes till fluffy. Fold in fruit. Put back in fridge and allow to set fully (about 2 hours.)

 I served a scoop with a squirt Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream. You can use any fruit (fresh, frozen defrosted or canned drained), any Jello flavor, any Torani Syrup flavor.

No Sugar Added Homemade French Vanilla Whipped Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free French Vanilla Torani Syrup (any flavor will do)

Whisk till well combined. Fill whipping cream to the fill line of the whipper. Screw on the top. Insert the CO2 cartridge till it empties, unscrew that. Put the nozzle on, shake a few times and squirt away. It makes a ton, store it in the fridge for up to 10 days just give it another few shakes before squirting. Soooo good.

More days in my pouch 

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Memorial Day is about honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. I honor them and all military and their families ✰✰✰ Thank you.


Julie McGregor said...

Hi Shelley. I was turned on to your blog by a friend that had gastric sleeve surgery in November, and I love it. I had my sleeve surgery in February, and have lost about 40lbs so far. I even have my own bento box! I showed it to my dietitian and my weight control center doc, and they both loved it. My dietitian wrote down the website so she could check it out and recommend it to her other patients.

This is gonna sound weird, but I feel like you and I would be friends if we knew each other in real life. .. lol! I'm Julie Henninger McGregor on FB if you ever want to chat about all things Bariatric.

weight watcher girl said...

I'm new to your blog. Its great..your such a inspiration! Im having gastric bypass in july..check out my blog.its about my journey.

Jennifer said...

I was wondering where you found the BelGioioso Snacking Cheese? I buy the regular mozzarella logs to make caprese salad but the individual balls would be wonderful for everyday snacking.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you for the shout out Julie! Please tell your dietician thank you from me :)


Thanks for the link I will check it out.


I bought the cheese at my local supermarket (Sprouts Marketplace here in Tememcula) I saw them at Vons too.

Kris Schweighardt said...

OMG! What a yummy Brunch!

anoblekree said...

I love your blog!

Theresa Jones said...

Hiya. Your blog is a great read and there are so many recipes I can't wait to try and do try. A great way to add variety into a pouch's life! COngrats on 7 years, and Happy Birthday.


Laneybug said...

love your blog - liked you on Facebook for the contest :) email is

grandma n said...

Absolutely love your blog, your pen name, your recipes. You are an inspiration and so much fun. Thank you for giving back. My surgery will be 2 years old in July and I am down 80 lbs.


grandma n said...

Absolutely love your blog, your pen name, your recipes. You are an inspiration and so much fun. Thank you for giving back. My surgery will be 2 years old in July and I am down 80 lbs.


Jaana B said...

Congrats! And awesome giveaway!

Jaana Bauman

Thank you!

Laura Paulk said...

love your blog - liked you on Facebook for the contest :) email is

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! and Congrats on your surgiversary!

Paulette Simpson

Adrein said...

Thank you for keeping youe site up and posting your awsome recipes.

nansafit1 said...

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Anel said...

I love this blog!!!

Paula Reid said...

Thanks for all you do to keep us informed. Always find something new and exciting to learn.,

Paula Reid said...


Angie said...

I've liked your page since I was researching for my own gastric bypass surgery more than 3 years ago. I've referred several folks to you for your great recipes. Keep it. Its appreciated.

Wendy Dumke said...

Proud of your success, an inspiration to mine! Keep up th he good work!
Wendy dumke

Anonymous said...

I get so much inspiration from you & your posts, thank you. Wish I could go to the Convention but winning one of your givaways would be awesome too!

lazydaisy said...

Great recipes and ideas, thanks!

Cheri said...

Cheri Hernon
I had gastric surgery 5 weeks ago and am looking forward to trying your recipes and have been following your blog since just before my surgery. You are a great inspiration.

maleisha MEDLIN said...

Hi Shelly!
Before I make my grocery list I always come to your blog first. You help keep me grounded and make this "new life" so much easier (3 months post-op). Thank you!
MaLeisha Medlin

Carla Colvin said...

I have already "liked" your facebook page, but did go back and change my setting from receiving "most" updates to receiving "all" updates! You continually inspire me and I want to thank you for that! Your give-a-ways always rock! Hope you are having a great summer so far!

~ Carla ~ (

Anonymous said...

I just entered your prize giveaway by going to Facebook and pressing the LIKE button.

I love your blog....great recipes!

Lynne Arnoe said...

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Karen Junkin said...

I love love this site!! HAPPY Juneiversary & Happy Birthday!
Karen Junkin
47922 Long Lane Farm Rd
Lexington Park, MD. 20653

blash said...

Hi Shelley! Love your blog! I am scheduled for the sleeve on 7/10/13.Would love to win your giftbag!

Lisa said...

Would love to win!

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