Wednesday, April 16, 2014

No Bake Healthy Snack: Protein Balls "Truffles"

I've made these protein balls in various forms before. I call them "protein truffles" because they are so good they deserve a fancier name then protein balls. I've made chocolate protein truffles and a combo of chocolate and coffee protein... this time I used vanilla protein powder and rolled them in unsweetened coconut. I think they look like Easter Bunny tails. A perfect protein packed breakfast-on-the-go or snack when you are craving something sweet.


Shelly's Protein Balls "Truffles"

1/2 cup Almond Butter
2 1/2 scoops (60 cc scoop) Vanilla Protein Powder (any flavor or combo of flavors will do)
1 teaspoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor)
1/4 cup Chopped Nuts (I used a combo of pecans & almonds)
1/4 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup-ish  Unsweetened Coconut for coating

Mix all ingredients except coconut together. It takes a minute or two of mixing to get it to come together but it will. Roll into quarter size balls. Roll into unsweetened coconut. Refrigerate. Makes 18-20 truffles. Keep refrigerated for several days or they can be frozen. They will defrost good as new in minutes in the fridge.





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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The World According to Eggface Facebook 20,000 Giveaway

The World According to Eggface Facebook page hit 20,000 likes this week! When I started blogging my weight loss surgery journey I could never have imagined that it would allow me to cross life paths with so many awesome people. I truly believe that having a support network and staying active in the community helps "keep my head in the game" so THANK YOU for sharing the road with me and for sharing the blog and Facebook page with your friends, family, support groups. I appreciate the kind shout outs. You rock! I think 20,000 Facebook pals is worthy of a celebration...

It's Giveaway Time!


The Prize: A Nike Gym Bag Hit the gym, Zumba class, or use it as your carry-on when you join me in Orlando this year at #YWM2014 and it's jam packed with some of my post weight loss surgery bariatric favorites...

Celebrate Vitamins Sugar Free Calcium Soft Chews (Chocolate... soooo yummy!)
Celebrate Vitamins Multivitamin (Chewable Grape) 60 ct.
Celebrate Vitamins Iron + C (Chewable Grape) 30 ct.

6 Single Serving Travel Packets of all of Chike Nutrition's flavors (1 each of Chocolate Bliss, Very Vanilla, Strawberry Burst, Banana Magic, Orange Creme, High Protein Iced Coffee)

1 Mini Sampler Set of Sugar Free Torani Syrups (4 - 150 ml mini bottles in SF Caramel, SF Raspberry, SF Vanilla, and SF Hazelnut)

1 Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar (the latest flavor)

3 Premier Protein Crisp Protein Bars (Chocolate Mint, Honey Caramel, Peanut Butter Caramel)

1 Detour Smart Bar (Apple Cinnamon)

1 Crucha-ma-me Freeze Dried Edamame (Lightly Seasoned)

1 Tub of Big Train's Fit Frappé Protein Drink Mix (Spiced Chai Latte)

1 Pret a Paquet Snack Pack (1.5 cup) with Thermo Sleeve (Great for taking your breakfast on-the-go)

1 - 20 oz. Orange Blenderball Shaker 

An Eggface "Remember Why You Started" Black Bracelet and a Red Your Weight Matters Bracelet


How to Enter: 1.) LIKE The World According to Eggface Facebook Page 2.) COME BACK HERE and LEAVE A COMMENT on this blog posting (include a name and some email address where I can contact you if you are the winner) Scroll down to # of comments below to leave yours. That's it, easy peasy.

For fun... tell me what you most want to try in the prize package or favorite item if you've already tried them all.

***Want extra chances to win?***

* Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway: Hey everyone enter the @Eggface Facebook 20,000 Giveaway http://tinyurl.com/nmxkqcl  

* Follow me on Pinterest and pin at least one of your favorite Eggface recipes or an Eggface recipe you'd like to try to one of your Pinterest boards.

Contest Period Ends: Sunday, April 20th, midnight (Pacific), sometime Monday, April 21st. I'll draw a name using a random number generator and announce the winner here on the blog! I will also email the winner at the address provided. You'll have one week (7 days) to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen. Remember winners MUST be a Facebook follower (aka have LIKED) of the The World According to Eggface. One comment entry per person. Blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours, especially at night if I'm sleeping Zzzz) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the contiguous United States (48 contiguous only, sorry it's a legal and $ thing.)

Good Luck and Thanks!



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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. 

Breakfast: If you haven't tried Big Train's Fit Frappé Protein Drink Mix get yourself some. It comes in a ton of great flavors. As a drink you can make it iced or blended with ice or frozen fruit.  One of my favorite Fit Frappe flavors is Spiced Chai Latte. Chai is a traditional drink of India, flavored with black tea, vanilla, honey and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, clove. I especially love it in warm milk on a chilly evening. It's not only for drinking though... I've made waffles and crepes with it and these Spiced Chai Ricotta Pancakes, a packed with protein breakfast.


Shelly's Spiced Chai Ricotta Protein Pancakes

1 Egg, beaten
1/2 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon DaVinci Sugar Free Syrup (any flavor)
1 scoop Fit Frappé Spiced Chai Latte Protein Drink Mix

Mix all ingredients together till well blended. I use whole milk ricotta, if you use part skim, drain first.


Spray pan with non-stick spray. Cook on low till golden, flip, pat flat, cook till done. Serve each pancake with a drizzle of warm Sugar Free Maple Syrup, SF Jam or Fruit. Makes 8.


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. I rarely reheat, my leftovers usually get some almond or peanut butter smeared on them, wrapped in foil and they become a great breakfast-on-the-go.

Lunch: This will be going into permanent rotation at my house. It's easy (only a few minutes to prepare), cheap (it is tax time, about $1.25 per serving), protein packed (chicken, beans, cheese, yogurt) and Mmmm tasty (onions, cumin, salsa... muy muy delicioso!


Shelly's Black Bean Burrito Bake (Tortilla-less)

1 Yellow Onion, chopped
2 Green Onions, diced (divided use)
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 (15 oz.) can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 (12.5 oz.) can White Meat Chunk Chicken, drained
1/2 cup Salsa (I used a Medium Roasted Tomato, any heat you prefer)
1/4 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese (Colby Jack)
Greek Yogurt for serving

Saute yellow onion and most of the green onion till golden, save a Tablespoon or so of diced green onion back. Add cumin and oregano and saute 1 minute. Break up chunk chicken with a fork a bit. Add all ingredients. Stir and heat till warmed through. Spoon equally into 4 shallow oval gratin dishes. Sprinkle each with a Tablespoon of shredded cheese and remaining chopped green onion. Broil a few minutes till cheese is bubbly and golden. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

More Weight Loss Surgery on a Budget Ideas

Dinner: I tossed a pre-cooked frozen burger patty on the BBQ. Topped it with sauteed mushrooms and a 1/2 a slice of Swiss cheese. Broiled it till melted. I ate it as is but it would be great with a small green salad, sliced tomatoes or veggie.


Snacks: Lots of coffee and sliced Strawberries with Homemade No Sugar Added Whipped Cream.


More Days in my pouch.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Your Weight Matters National Convention Registration is OPEN!

Registration is now OPEN for the 2014 Your Weight Matters National Convention brought to you by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC.) If you are interested in Health, Nutrition, Exercise and Fitness, Support, Advocacy and Weight Bias, Weight loss and Obesity Treatments, Mindful Eating, Body Image Issues, Addiction, Family & Obesity, Emotional Health and Weight and 50+ other health related topics... this is the MUST ATTEND EVENT of the year.

Here's the link to the awesome AGENDA

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Please join me...

When: September 25-28, 2014
Who: You, me, a bunch of other awesome people looking to learn about their health and a ton of world renowned experts sharing their knowledge and latest research. 
Where: at the beautiful Renaissance Orlando directly across from Sea World in Orlando, Florida (discounted conference rate of $109/night)



Link to REGISTER 

You will want to get in on the "First to SHINE" Registration Contest, which gives those who are among the first to register the chance to win a 3-night stay at the host hotel and free registration to the events! Any individual who registers before April 30 will be entered-in for a chance to win the grand prize, which includes:
  • 3-night stay at the beautiful Renaissance Orlando at Sea World during the meeting
  • Full Convention Registration, which gives you full access to all that YWM2014 has to offer
  • Two tickets to the popular Lunch with the Experts sessions (Friday and Saturday)
The drawing will take place on May 1, so be sure to register before April 30 for your chance to win! Registration online at YWMConvention.com or by calling the OAC National Office at (800) 717-3117.

You do not have to be a paid OAC member to attend the convention... paying the $20 each year gives you a great magazine and you are contributing to the work the OAC does on behalf of people affected by obesity but not necessary at all to attend the convention.

After you register be sure to head over to the Facebook Event Page to start to get to know fellow attendees and be sure to sign up to receive email updates.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

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.

Breakfast: I made a variation on my Cinnamon Apple Walnut Salad. I replaced the walnuts with pecans and used Sugar Free Belgian Cookie Torani Syrup (any flavor would be great.)


Lunch:  Chicken Salad Melt. Mixed up some Chicken Salad (canned white meat chicken, a dollop of Greek yogurt, chopped celery, chopped green onion, dash of dried dill, a few twists of black pepper), spooned it onto a thick slice of tomato, sprinkled it with a little cheese and broiled it till the cheese was melted. Soooo good.


Other Eggface Chicken Salads  

Dinner: I made a sort of Inside-Out Chicken Cordon Bleu and served it with steamed green beans.

 

For each you will need: 1 slice of ham (look for low sodium, nitrate-free), 1/2 a piece of Swiss cheese, a few pieces of cooked chicken (I used leftover sliced BBQ chicken.)


Roll those up ham on the outside, cheese then chicken in the center. I placed 2 in an oval gratin dish (1 was plenty per person) with a veggie.


I topped the roll-ups with a mushroom sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan and placed the whole thing under the broiler for a few minutes till golden and bubbly.


Shelly's Mushroom Sauce

8-10 Mushrooms, sliced
pinch of dried Thyme
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Spelt Flour
1/4 cup Chicken Broth
1/4 cup Milk

Saute mushrooms (any, I used white because it was all I had but crimini would be great or a combo) till golden, I spray the pan with a little Pam (optional.) Add thyme, butter and spelt, mix together and cook for 1 minute. Add liquid slowly. Stir and cook till bubbling and thickened.

Snacks: Too much coffee, a Grande 3 pump Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte and a hunk (about 1/3) of Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar.



More Days in my pouch.

Update on me: I had my second iron infusion this week. This one didn't go as well as the first. I apparently have very small veins (doesn't that sound like a compliment... it's not) so they kept blowing through them. After 2 nurses, a couple of hot packs and many, many needle sticks they finally got one. For those that asked about what I'm having done... This was the 2nd of 2 treatments of Injectafer scheduled a week a part (about 1/2 hour treatment once they found a vein) then we'll do labs again in May and see where I am at and if more are needed. All my other labs are stellar so hopefully we can get this one up and all will be grand again. Thanks for thinking of me.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Work Out Tip Jar

For every workout (walk, bike ride, dancing, whatever) of 30 minutes or more I complete I'm sticking $1 in the jar.


You could use the money for a trip or a new outfit. I think I will use mine in September at the Obesity Action Coalition's "Your Weight Matters" National Convention. Registration opens on April 7th! Join me!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dinner and the Leftovers

This Tuesday at my house was Build Your Own Taco Salad Night. I sauteed some ground beef with some taco seasoning sprinkled in... I used beef but ground turkey, shredded chicken or pork, even grilled shrimp or fish can be your protein source then I just prepped a bunch of veggies and "taco" toppings:

 

Shredded cheese, kidney beans, shredded lettuce w/ cilantro and green onions, black olives,  chopped tomato, guacamole, Greek yogurt w/ a dash of taco seasoning and green onions mixed in.

Tonight I took the leftovers (about 2 cups of "stuff") and turned them into Taco Bites, mini crustless quiches with hardly any effort. Both meals are super family and pocketbook friendly (it is tax time, ugh.)


Shelly's Taco Egg Bites

5 Eggs, beaten
Approx. 2 cups of leftovers from Build Your Own Taco Salad Night
1 teaspoon Taco Seasoning (make your own or storebought)
dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper


Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Spoon into lightly greased (non-stick cooking spray works great for this) mini muffin tin.


Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool a few moments they pull away and pop right out. Makes 24. Great for lunch or dinner with a salad, soup or veggie side dish or as party hors d'oeuvres.


More Eggface Bites (aka Mini Crustless Quiches)

More Ideas for Repurposing Leftovers

Repurposing: Transforming leftovers into something equally as yummy. The goal is for them to taste and look so completely different you don't realize you are having leftovers.

Mission accomplished.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

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. Yesterday's menu...

Breakfast: I made one of my Make-Ahead Protein Shakes in a Baggie. I place scoops of protein powder, fresh or frozen fruit, and other additions in Ziploc baggies. When I want a Protein Shake I reach in the freezer grab an individual bag, dump it in the blender, add milk or water and whiz away. No dragging out tubs of protein or digging through the freezer or pantry to find all the components each and every time.

 

I use snack size baggies, for most combos this size is plenty of room, if you add greens... to almost quote Jaws "you're gonna need a bigger bag." For each baggie: Add 1-2 scoops of your favorite Protein Powder (whatever your tub serving suggests) and then the possibilities are endless...


Frozen Fruit (cherries, mango are favs)
Fresh Fruit (hunk of banana, berries)
Veggies (spinach, carrot)
Powdered Peanut Butter
Unsweetened Cocoa
High Protein Greek Yogurt Cubes

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2013/01/high-protein-greek-yogurt-cubes.html

Be sure to write with a Sharpie marker on the bag what the flavor combo is (or not if you like a mystery.) This a great Sunday evening project to make breakfast or afternoon protein shake breaks easier during the week.

Today's baggie was a Chocolate Covered Cherry Protein Shake (Chocolate Protein Powder, Frozen Cherries, and a few High Protein Greek Yogurt Cubes.) I just grabbed the baggie out of the freezer, added milk (or water) and blend.

 

Eggface Grab and Go Breakfast Ideas. 

Lunch: One of my favorites: Shelly's Quinoa Burgers. I can't believe I'm actually using the phrase favorite to describe anything with quinoa in it. I was such a hater of it but I did create a couple of quinoa dishes I actually LOVE.

 

I served it with sliced tomatoes and a dollop of Green Onion Parmesan Greek Yogurt Dip

3 oz. Greek Yogurt, plain
1 Tablespoon Parmesan, grated
1/2 Green Onion, diced fine
Salt to taste

Mix till well blended. Great for dipping meats and veggies. 

Dinner: Shelly's Super Easy Bruschetta Chicken. I BBQ'd pounded out Chicken Breast tenders. Brought the grilled chicken inside, spooned some storebought Bruschetta Sauce on top and sprinkled with shredded Four Cheese Italian Blend Cheese, a few dashes of oregano and a few twists of Black Pepper. Baked at 350 till golden and bubbly about 20 minutes.


I ate it with Green Beans. Leftovers are great heated (or not) on top of salad greens.

Snacks: Too much coffee and a Homemade Protein Square.


More Days in my pouch.

Update on me: Remember a few weeks ago I had my labs done well my primary care provider was faxed my WellnessFX™  lab results and decided that I needed to see a hematologist. I had a consult and we're going to begin a series of iron infusions on Monday. I'm just not absorbing iron, it was kind of scary low (the double edged sword of malabsorptive bariatric procedures.) Good news: I understand that I should be feeling like a million bucks again after the infusions begin and all my other labs levels were perfect. I never miss my vitamins but despite that we can end up having a deficiency in an area so get your labs done.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Drum roll...

Thank you all for entering The World According to Eggface Healthy St. Patrick's Day Giveaway.


The random generator has selected: 

Carole T.
fourmilion@xxxxx.com

Congratulations Carole! You are the winner of all the awesome healthy goodies above.You have mail!

Not a winner this time... no worries another awesome Eggface Giveaway is already in the works be sure to follow along on the Blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest for the latest eggciting announcements!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Blue Sky and Bento Lunch

We have officially had the warmest and driest winter on record in California and although I love the sunshine and blue skies the lack of rain is really affecting the crops. We grow A LOT of things in California. I'm sure the prices at the supermarket will soon reflect the drought conditions. It was 84 for a high today and tomorrow it's supposed to be 90. It's crazy, it's March! 90 degrees?!


Well despite it being still "winter" I did what you should do on a Saturday with these kind of temps. I made a picnic lunch. I filled my bento box and brought it outside on the patio and had a nice visit with Fezziwig (she started visiting around Christmas hence "The Christmas Carol" inspired name) the kitty that has adopted my yard as it's daytime hangout.


Pink Box (top left): Celery Sticks and Green Pepper
Green Box (top right): Sliced Cucumbers (my crackers)
Blue Box (bottom left): Caprese Salad (gorgeous Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Oregano, Salt and Pepper)
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Pesto Parmesan Greek Yogurt Dip

Lunch was completely vegetarian but still protein packed.

More Bento Box lunches, FAQ's and an Online Source for them

My Bento Pinterest Page 

I went to the Farmer's Market this morning as usual. As soon as I got home I got a tray of peppers and onions cut up and in the oven to roast but I saved that piece of pepper to dip. It looked like a shamrock and I could use the luck ;)


Hope everyone is having a nice Saturday.


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Friday, March 14, 2014

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. Yesterday's menu...

Breakfast: I had some mushrooms that needed using up so I sauteed them and they went on top of a scrambled egg with a sprinkle of cheese.


Lunch: I made a batch of one of my favorite salads to keep in the fridge. It only gets better and better as it sits. I added some chopped up, grilled chicken I had leftover from dinner the other night. I always throw an extra piece or two on the grill for salads or lunches later in the week.


I filled my bento box and went outside on the patio. I brought the computer outside and worked on a few projects and tried to avoid looking at all the weeding and tree trimming I need to do. I have been advised by my Dr's (PCP sent me to a hematologist) not to do too much physical stuff until I get my iron back up to snuff. I'm scheduled for a series of iron infusions next week. I'll let you know how that all goes. The malabsorptive component of RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery is a bit of a double edged sword. Despite taking all my vitamins faithfully and eating well (lots of iron rich foods) I am not absorbing it. Take this as a pubic service announcement: Get those labs done! Don't let it get super low like I did.


Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad
Green Box (top right): Sliced Strawberries
Blue Box (bottom left): Shrimp with Lemon and (in the little blue container) Cocktail Sauce
Orange Box (bottom right): a hunk of Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar

More Bento Box lunches, FAQ's and an Online Source for them

My Bento Pinterest Page

Dinner: I love these mini meatloaves. I make a lot of different version. This one with all the flavors of Middle Eastern Falafel is a favorite and will be in rotation for awhile for sure. I served it with Shelly's Greek Yogurt Hummus Dip (just equal parts Greek Yogurt and Hummus.) I didn't feel like anything else but it would be great with leftover bean salad above or


Shelly's Middle Eastern Mini Meatloaf

1(1.25 lbs) package Ground Turkey
1 Onion, chopped
1/4 cup Milk
1/4 cup Oatmeal, dry
1 Egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons Storebought Hummus (any flavor)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
a dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute onion till golden, set aside to cool. Soak oatmeal in milk for 1 minute (you can use almond meal or bread crumbs) Add cooled onions, soaked oats and all remaining ingredients to ground turkey. Mix till combined.


Divide into 8 equal mounds. Form into mini meatloaves or if you have this super groovy pan like me use it. I sprayed the pan with a little bit of Pam non-stick cooking spray.


Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. These freeze well either cooked or uncooked.

More Mini Meatloaves

Snacks: Lots of coffee and some Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn while watching American Idol (which I am only watching for Harry Connick Jr.) Yum. Oh and the popcorn was yummy too ;)


More Days in my pouch.

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