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, basically I eat protein packed, complex carb meals and I avoid added sugar. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: I mixed up this shake and took off to run some errands. Mmmm tastes like Fall.

Shelly's Pumpkin Chai Spice Protein Shake

1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Whatever milk you like)
1 scoop Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Latte Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (not pie filling)
3 or 4 cubes of Ice

Blend on high.

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Lunch: Came home and made a couple of Melted Turkey and Swiss Cold Cut Roll-ups. I love these, sometimes I add avocado slices or green chili.

These are a go-to at my house since about week 8 post weight loss surgery when I was cleared for meat on my plan. I dipped them in plain Greek yogurt (sprinkled a little Zaatar seasoning in.)

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Dinner: This was sooooo good. I was craving Mexican flavors and this hit the spot. This dish is a great use for the cup of cooked quinoa leftover from making my Quinoa Patties. If you hate quinoa try some of my quinoa creations because I swore I hated quinoa.

Shelly's Mexican Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

1 cup Cooked Quinoa (I used Red)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
1/2 lb Ground Beef or Turkey
1/2 cup Enchilada Sauce (canned, Mexican section or near jarred salsa)
1/4 cup Salsa (any I used a black bean spicy one)
1/4 cup Corn Kernels
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/4 cup-ish Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese

Saute onions till golden set aside. Brown ground beef (or turkey) till no pink is seen. Add all ingredients together (except cheese) mix till combined. This is a great use for leftover veggies. I had 1/4 cup of corn kernels (but beans, squash, even green beans would be great.) Pour into a Pyrex casserole dish. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Then top anything you like to top your enchiladas with: Greek yogurt, sliced avocado or guacamole, cheese, more green onions, cilantro. I did a dollop of Greek yogurt and guacamole.

Snacks: Too much coffee and 2 scoops of Cannoli Protein Ice Cream. I think this might be my favorite protein ice cream ever well... one of the top 5 for sure. My Mum says it's her new favorite bumping Black Cherry. It is totally a cannoli (what is the singular of cannoli?!) 

Shelly's Cannoli Protein Ice Cream

1 cup Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
1/4 cup Ricotta cheese
2 dashes of Cinnamon
Optional Mix-Ins: 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (Walmart), 1 Tablespoon shelled Pistachios, 1 ounce or so of crushed Kay's Cinnamon Almond Protein Cookie Bites (cannoli shell-ish)

Mix together milk, protein, syrup, ricotta, cinnamon. Whiz it on super turbo high in the blender, you want airy, almost double in size. Pour into ice cream maker. Follow your machine's instructions for freezing.

Fold any of the optional additions in at the soft serve stage. You can eat it right away it is soft serve-ish (pictured double batch) my Mum loves it like this but I like to put it in the freezer to set for an hour or so to get scoopable. If you leave it to get too hard just nuke ice cream 25 seconds to soften again.

Optional yummy topping (pictured): true Sicilian Cannoli have a little candied citrus peel in them so I drizzled a little SF Orange Marmalade on top of my scoops, nuked 20 seconds till drizzly. Perfetto!

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More Days in my pouch

Hope everyone is having a nice Labor Day weekend. I'm trying. The world is in a pretty crummy place right now (news, war, violence all over the world) and it has made me a little blue but today is a new month so I'm going to try and take the great words of  Gandhi to heart and "be the change you want to see in the world" do what I can, focus on the good and hope that love and kindness will win in the end.

Speaking of good... I hope to see some of you in Florida toward the end of the month at the OAC Your Weight Matters #YWM2014 National Convention. Amazing weight and health education and lots of laughter and fun! For more info:

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Living 4 Real said...

That shake sounds absolutely amazing! It's definitely next on my list.

Judy, Judy, Judy said...

I have cooked / baked all my life. I'm 57. I've grown to really dislike it. I'm worried about that after surgery. Looks like you spent a lot of time in food prep.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope you enjoy the shake :)


Judy, I love to cook, I find it soothing and well I have a blog so I change things up and experiment a bit. You could just find 3 or 4 things you like and repeat them. I'd be bored but the prep and cooking would be easy :)

DrTerri said...

I really wish that big Train did coupons.. Do you ever know if they do.. Their Chai Fit Frappe is lovely.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

It is yummy. If they did they would post it on their Facebook & Twitter so be sure to follow @Bigtrain @FitFrappe accounts :)

Vanessa said...

I love your blog! I just bought FitnFrappe Chi on amazon for $24, i cant wait to try it! have you ever made it warm/hot? Also I found sugar free pumkin spice syurp at target, Archer Farms (target brand). I've been making my own sugar free pumkin spice lattes yum! Also SEI protein is hard to find now, where do you buy it? I am also in southren Cali. Thanks! Vanessa

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Vanessa, Yes the Chai is great warm. I mix it in soy milk (any milk is fine) then nuke it a bit like a steamer. sells Max online (I heard they changed the formula and I have not reordered since) I have several protein powders I enjoy now and quite a supply on hand so it'll be awhile before I need too. Locally I have purchased it at GNC Promenade Mall here in Temecula. If you are ever in town maybe we can grab a cup of coffee :)

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Nanette Adams said...

Shelly, my dear cousin, a Dominican priest and canon lawyer tells a funny story about being in Rome and ordering "un cannoli." The shop keeper was puzzled and then responded, "Padre, รจ come un cannolo?" So, even clergy may appear gluttonous when accidentally ordering multiple cannolis in Rome. I stuck to Gelato while there... and I gained 10 pounds in 2 weeks. It was worth it! Trip of a lifetime!

P.S. Stop by the Pumpkin Spice Cafe in my room at OAC. We will have Big Train Fit Frappe Pumpkin Vanilla Lattes and Pumpkin Spiced Chai!