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 menu yesterday...

Breakfast: Last week I noticed my car was throbbing when it was idling and by Friday is was pretty bad so I took "Gustavo" in. Gustavo (he's a 1997) needs to last forever since any $ went to pay for RNY and post-op plastics (I was a self pay.) I nabbed the crack o' dawn appointment and was out of there in an hour. All fixed up... to the tune of $200. Always something. I whizzed up a protein shake before I took off and had a 1/2 a protein bar while I waited.

Shelly's Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

8 oz. Vanilla Soy Milk (any milk will do)
1 scoop Celebrate Vitamins ENS - Multivitamin, Calcium, & Protein Shake in Vanilla Cake Batter flavor
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla or Pumpkin Spice Torani Syrup
dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice
3-4 Ice Cubes

Blend on high. Topped it with another dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice.

They give out free danish and cookies at the car dealership but of course nothing I can have so I dug into my purse and ate 1/2 of a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Protein Bar in my super groovy protein bar holder.

I made it over to the Farmer's Market at almost the regular time I go. Picked up lots of great stuff for meals this week: a huge banana squash, a spaghetti squash, yellow summer squash, onions, garlic, avocado, apples, raspberries and strawberries (I was amazed they still are sweet.) I also bought some gyros meat from the Greek Food vendor (it's not on the menu but I said, "Can I just get a little meat in a box?" he charged me a couple of bucks) I had a plan for it for lunch.

I dropped my haul off at home and went over to the Methodist Church Annual Craft Faire. I've gone the last few years. I love to see all the creative things people come up with each year. Other than cooking I'm not that creative. My Mum and I have made a few cool things together over the years (our tote bags, we make some sort of fun Christmas ornament every year, oh and my famous coin purse) but I am the ideas (mostly) and she is the execution. After my expensive morning with Gustavo I didn't do much but look but I did buy a beautiful crocheted throw. I was drawn to it... it was so cheerful looking. Oh and a huge bag of used paperbacks for my Mum which once she reads will get re-recycled at the senior center.

Lunch: I came home a turned the gyros meat into these...

Shelly's Greek Gyros Bites

1/2 cup cooked Spinach
5 Eggs, beaten
1/2 cup cooked Gyros Meat (great use for leftovers)
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
2 Tablespoons Kalamata Olives, chopped
1 Teaspoon Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F. Saute spinach. Set aside to cool. Mix all ingredients together. Be sure spinach mixture has cooled slightly before adding to egg mixture. Spoon (I use a small ice cream scoop) into a lightly greased non-stick mini muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes or until centers are firm. Makes 24.

More Eggface Bites (aka Crustless Quiches)

Dinner: My go-to dinner when I don't want to clean-up much. I sliced up a yellow squash for each packet, a green onion, tilapia, drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of sea salt and "Northwest Seafood Seasoning" a blend I picked up at the store the other day (basically: celery seed, dill, paprika, garlic powder, lemon zest, onion powder, pepper) Toss the packets on the BBQ for 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish)

Snacks: Some fun Halloween baking took place last night. Shelly's Vampire Fang Protein Mini Muffins.

I made a batch of my Triple Chocolate Mini Protein Muffins and added 2 Silvered Almond "fangs" and some warm Sugar Free Strawberry Jam "blood." Mmmm tasted like a chocolate covered strawberry.

More Days in my pouch.