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 yesterday's healthy and delicious menu looked like...

Breakfast: It was National French Toast Day and you know how I must celebrate all wacky holidays. I made a Microwave Protein Cake that had all the flavors of French Toast.

Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric Diabetic Fitness Protein Powder Breakfast Dessert Sugar Free

Shelly's 5 Minute French Toast Protein Cake

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Eggnog (I used Soy Nog)
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Caramel Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
2 Tablespoons Almond Flour or Meal
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
dash Nutmeg
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
Pinch salt
1 - 2 cup Measuring Cup or Microwave Safe Mug

In a measuring cup or microwave safe mug, Mix egg, eggnog, syrup, and oil (can sub applesauce or cottage cheese) and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, almond meal, spices, protein powder and salt.

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Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Nuke in microwave for 2-3 minutes... (microwaves vary, mine takes 2:30) just watch the top, when dry it's done. Let it sit for three or so minutes (it pulls away from the sides) before tipping the cake onto a plate. Yields 4-5 slices. Great served with Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream with a dash of cinnamon & nutmeg on top or I pan sauteed it with a little dab of butter and served it warm and toasty with a drizzle of Sugar Free Maple Syrup.

Weight Loss Surgery Bariatric Diabetic Fitness Protein Powder Breakfast Dessert Sugar Free

Cook's Note: You can also turn any of my protein cake recipes into 12 mini muffins. Just pour batter in a non-stick sprayed, mini muffin tin and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes (till toothpick comes out clean)

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Lunch: My bento lunch box was especially tasty today.

Roast Beef Cold Cut Rollups Quest Cereal Protein Bar Healthy

Pink Box (top left): Cheddar Cheese Cubes and Mustard for dipping
Green Box (top right): Dill Pickle Chips
Blue Box (bottom left):  Roast Beef Cold Cut Roll-up
Orange Box (bottom right): a hunk of Quest Cereal Bar

That Quest Cereal Bar... it's totally waffles... melted butter and maple syrup... OMG yum! It's not the same texture as regular Quest Bars (not suitable for cookie making) this is more like a rice krispie treat sort of texture.

I love my Quest cookies and they do have better stats but this was a yummy treat. Oh they make 2 other flavors too: Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate. I haven't tried those. I'll get around to it one of these days but this flavor is going to be hard to top.

I love trying new things... well mostly. I did try a protein bar made out of crickets once. It tasted actually OK (Larabar-ish) but I couldn't get over the thought that I was chewing those things that you find in your basement back east. I took one for the team.

and they gave me a pin...

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Dinner: I jazzed up a box of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Soup. I just sauteed a small onion till golden brown. Tossed in a 1/2 cup of cooked sausage (Jimmy Dean, refrigerator section, always in my freezer pantry) till browned a bit and warmed through and added that to a boxed pumpkin soup.

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I served it with Homemade Crunchy Cheese. I made a nice sized batch. Leftovers get a little bendy but I still think they are tasty that way. I store them in a Pyrex lidded bowl on the counter.

Snacks: Too much coffee and it's an odd snack but I roasted some brussels sprouts (drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of Kosher salt, 425 for 30 minutes or so, turning twice) I promise you even if you HATE brussel sprouts you will love them roasted. We ate a few roasted sprouts and watched a little TV. I miss Amazing Race when it's in-between seasons. I don't really have a show I watched faithfully besides that... so I flip around... I'll start watching something, get bored in a commercial break and flip to something else... but always forget to flip back so I've seen a lot of beginning or ends of shows. Anyway... back to the sprouts... soooo good and leftovers while they aren't roasty/crispy they still have that great roasted flavor heated up the next day.

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