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. Yesterday's healthy and delicious menu...

Breakfast: Cottage Cheese & Spiced Chai Protein Granola. I had an very early AM phone meeting and after I took a walk to the park with my breakfast. The Obesity Action Coalition (I serve on the Board of Directors) offices are on east coast time and since I wake up super early it makes sense for me to schedule meetings early... it's already mid morning there.

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Have you checked out the Your Weight Matters National Convention agenda yet? The lineup this year is especially cool. I'm a fangirl of a few of them Scott Kahan and Brian Wansink and Merrill Littleberry has a special hands-on session. I love the theme this year too... "Inspiring Health" because inspired is what I always come away feeling after this event. It's a few days of the year where I recharge my commitment to living the healthiest life I can. I gain inspiration from the education and the support from the other attendees. We become a family of friends and support system by the end of the weekend and those connections and the tools I take away from the sessions and speakers carry me the rest of the year. I highly recommend it.

Shelly's Spiced Chai Protein Granola Crumble

1/4 cup Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Big Train Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Protein Powder
1/4 cup chopped Nuts (I used Pecans & Almonds)
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (Torani, Davinci)

Squeeze together with your hands till clumps form. You need to use your hands for this one. Place on a Pam sprayed, foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool. Crumble. Store in an airtight container. Great on cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, protein ice cream, on it's own as a snack on a walk or hike. 

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Lunch: I made a variation of my Chicken Supreme Pizza Saute the other night for dinner. I did everything the same as the original recipe but added some sauteed zucchini (needed using up) put everything in a Pyrex baking dish and baked it for 25 minutes at 350 till the cheese was golden and bubbly. The leftovers were delicious for lunch today.

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Dinner: Speaking of leftovers I made corned beef and cabbage a few days early. I have a lot on my calendar tomorrow and it just made sense. Today I took the leftover corned beef (about a 1 cup chopped) and made some Egg Bites (mini crustless quiches).

Leftover Corned Beef St. Patricks Day

Shelly's Irish Bites

1 cup Cooked Corned Beef, chopped
2 cups Coleslaw Mix (will yield about 1 1/2 cups when cooked)
2-3 Green Onions, chopped fine
1 Tablespoon Mustard, prepared/wet kind
5 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
2-3 oz. Irish Cheddar, cubed

Preheat oven to 350. Saute coleslaw mix till slightly golden. Set aside to cool. When cool mix all ingredients except cheese) together.

Spoon into a lightly greased (Pam works great) mini muffin tin. Place a small cube of cheese in each bite. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Makes 24.

Deli corned beef slices can be used or this is a great use for repurposing leftover corned beef from St. Patrick's Day dinner.

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Snacks: Too much coffee and I'm starting to go through all the samples I picked up at the Expo West Convention I went to this past weekend. I had a couple of bites of bars I picked up. I'll let you know a few of my favorites in the coming weeks... maybe I'd do a couple of Friday Five posts and put a few up each time.

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I was grateful for the opportunity to check out the event as a member of the press. I was my first time attended and OMG it was HUGE. I was told it was but nothing prepares you for the sheer quantity of exhibits. It takes up 2 hotels and the Anaheim Convention Center. Over 70,000 exhibits... the booths are literally set up like mini stores. I made a real college try at seeing it all. I conserved calories the day before to try and make up for all the samples and tastes. I was pretty choosy... well sort of... I did sample protein bars made out of crickets!?!

My Fitbit buzzed 10,000 steps at about the 1/4 of the day mark. My calves are still screaming and my shoulder is bruised from the bag of samples that got heavier and heavier as the day went on. As if I didn't get enough steps in I also took a turn on the Stonyfield Smoothie Bike.

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