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. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: At the Farmer's Market on Saturday I bought a 3 pack of Strawberries. I chop them up and depending on the sweetness of the berries I toss them with a Tablespoon of Sugar Free Strawberry Topping (Smuckers) and put them in the fridge to top yogurt, cottage cheese, microwave protein cake or ricotta pancakes which is what I made for breakfast...

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Shelly's Strawberry Cheesecake Ricotta Pancakes

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Cheesecake Jello Pudding Mix, dry
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (Sugar Free Vanilla or Vanilla Bean)
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
Serve with chopped Strawberries

Mix all ingredients together. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain first. Spray pan with nonstick spray. Spoon a dollop of mixture in pan and pat flat. Cook on low till golden, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Serve the pancakes with a spoon of strawberries or delicious just plain. Makes 8 pancakes.

These can be frozen between slices of wax paper or kept in the fridge a day or 2 and reheated (nuke 25 seconds) for breakfast during the week. Surprising good cold too. Leftovers usually get some SF jam, almond or peanut butter smeared on them, wrapped in foil and they become a great breakfast-on-the-go.

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Lunch: I had a couple of phone meetings this morning (putting the finishing touches on the Your Weight Matters National Convention) so these cold cut roll-ups were perfect: Low Sodium Ham Muenster Cheese and Cucumber Spear. I sometimes replace the cucumber spear with a pickle spear but I figured cucumbers would be quieter on the call... ideally avocado would have been the quietest ;) but I was all out.

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Dinner: The oven was not getting turned on in this muggy, nasty heat we are having so I made some Foil Fish Packets. These are great no heating up the house, easy clean-up, we eat them right from the foil packet. If you like to camp these are great for that, assemble them at home and toss them in the cooler.

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Shelly's Pesto Foil Fish Packets

1 fillet of Fish (I used frozen Basil Pesto Tilapia from Costco)
1-2 Green Onions, chopped
a couple of small Zucchini and/or Summer Squash, chopped
drizzle of Olive Oil
sprinkle of Sea Salt
a few twist of Black Pepper

Ingredients listed are for one packet multiply it for how many packets you are making. Place all ingredients in center of a piece of heavy duty foil (if you are using the $1 store stuff double it.) Fold the foil over and seal each packet. BBQ 20 minutes (if frozen add 5 minutes) in covered grill. Open packets carefully (steam burns are not fun.)

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Snacks: Missing my hot coffee I limit that to the early morning before it gets hot these days and then I stuck with water with sugar free drink sticks. In the evening when it cooled down I sat outside a bit, stared at the stars and shared one of these awesome steamer boxes of edamame (frozen veggie section of the supermarket.) You just vent the lid and put it in the microwave for 4 minutes.

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Great protein packed snack and sort of fun to eat (FYI they are those pods you get at Sushi restaurants.)

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Stay cool and drink that water!