Friday, April 17, 2015

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: I took a slice of Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Cake and sauteed it in a pan with small dab of butter. Mmmm when it was golden and toasty on each side I smeared it with a teaspoon of SF Orange Marmalade. Delicious.

Shelly's 5 Minute Lemon Poppy Seed 5 Minute Protein Cake

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Lemon Pudding Mix, dry
1/2 teaspoon Poppy Seeds
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, milk, syrup and oil and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, protein powder, pudding mix, poppy seeds and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined.

Nuke in microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. Wattage varies so if the cake is still wet add 20 second increments till it's set. Let it sit for three or so minutes (as it cools it pulls away from the sides) before tipping the cake onto a plate. Yields 4-5 slices. Great smeared with SF jam or almond butter. Toasted or untoasted.

I call these 5 minute cakes because they basically take 5 minutes or so from thinking "I want cake" to "Nomnomnom this is yummy cake."

More Protein Cakes
More Eggface Breakfast Ideas

Lunch: It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I took my bento box lunch outside on the patio to soak up some vitamin D before heading out to run a ton of errands.

Pink Box (top left): Sliced Cheese and a Tomato
Green Box (top right): Blueberries
Blue Box (bottom left): Turkey & Spinach "Wrap" (slice of Turkey wrapped around a bunch of Baby Spinach)
Orange Box (bottom right): a hunk of Premier Protein Honey Caramel Bar

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

Last weekend, I was representing the Obesity Action Coalition down in San Diego. I was gone all Saturday from 4 in the morning and didn't get home till Sunday afternoon. I love sharing the work the OAC is doing and encouraging people to check our their free educational resources, attend the National Convention or join the OAC (FYI not required to receive resources or attend events but at only $20/year it's a great pay it forward) but being away for the weekend did cause my to-do list to back up a bit. I also have a bunch of fun blog posts (and giveaways) to share so don't be surprised to see a bunch in a row. In fact... Do you know about my Pop-Up One Day Instagram Giveaways? Be sure to friend me on Instagram to get in that fun. You might see one pop-up very soon (hint hint!)

Dinner: I love these Path of Life brand bags of frozen quinoa. My favorites are the Kale & Quinoa and the Mediterranean. So convenient and quick either as a side or used as a starter to a casserole like the Cheesy-topped Chicken & Quinoa Bake I made for dinner. For the locals I found them at Sprouts Marketplace. They have a product locator on the website so you can enter in your zip and see where they are in your area.

I prepared the quinoa per instructions: nuke 4 minutes in the bag. How easy is that?! I mixed in some chopped green onion (3 or so, not necessary but I had it) and about a cup of chopped baked chicken I had leftover from the night before, sprinkled a little shredded Italian blend cheese on top (1/4 cup) and baked it 20 minutes until everything was gooey and golden.

It was delicious and packed with protein. Dinner in less than 30 minutes take that Rachael Ray. It would be great with leftover ground beef, steak, salmon, or a vegetarian version with zucchini or roasted peppers and onions. Mmmm.

Snacks: Too much coffee as usual and I had a bunch of apples and 1 very ripe pear that needed using up. I chopped them up with a couple of squirts of Sugar Free Torani Caramel Syrup and a dash of Apple Pie Spice. I cooked them till they were soft but still held their shape (a sort of compote) stir them every once and awhile. Oh yeah I tossed a couple of chopped up dried prunes in the pot too... 'cause you know prunes are helpful ;) I'm keeping it in the fridge in a Tupperware to top yogurt or... what I did as a dessert a scoop of ricotta, a dollop of fruit compote and a sprinkle of that Chai Protein Granola I make. Yum.

More Days in my pouch

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day: Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

Earth Day is next week and in honor of that Premier Protein created an Earth Day Dirt Shake. I had to give it a try. It's delicious. Now it's an old Native American tradition that when you take something from the Earth, you must put something back so I'll add two more Earth Day inspired protein shakes to Premier's pictured below. Happy Earth Day to all creatures great and small.

Premier Protein's Earth Day Dirt Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Chocolate Shake (30 g. protein)
1/2 cup Raspberries
1 cup Spinach
4-6 Ice Cubes
Topping: Cocoa Powder and Hemp Seeds

Blend Until Smooth & Enjoy! Top with cocoa powder & hemp seeds, mixed.

Shelly's Roots of the Earth Protein Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Vanilla Shake (30 g. protein)
1/4 cup Frozen Carrots
1/4 cup Sweet Potato, Cooked Mashed (or Sweet Potato baby food)
a dash of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Maple Syrup (I used SF)
a few ice cubes

Whiz on high till well blended. I topped it with another dash of cinnamon.

Shelly's Berry Pie Protein Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Strawberries & Cream Shake (30 g. protein)
1/2 cup Frozen and/or Fresh Berries (I used Blueberries and Cherries)
a few ice cubes
Optional Topping: a hunk of Premier Protein Honey Caramel 15g. Protein + 7 g. Fiber Bar
No Sugar Added Whipped Cream

Whiz on high till well blended. I topped it with No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream and a hunk of crumbled Premier Protein Bar.

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. For the purposes of this post Premier Protein provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy bars and shakes. Want to learn more about Premier Protein products LIKE their Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by. Hope you enjoy the shakes or it inspires you to create an Earth Day shake of your own.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Got Eggs?

Here's a few ideas for using up all those leftover hard cooked Easter eggs...

Shelly's Pizza Deviled Eggs
Shelly's Baked Scotch Eggs
Shelly's BTE Bacon Tomato & Egg Salad
Shelly's Bacon Cheeseburger Deviled Eggs

and find even more on my Easter Pinterest Page.

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Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface Healthy Happy Easter Giveaway

The random generator has selected:

Joanne E.

Congratulations Joanne! You are the winner of the latest Eggface Giveaway! You win the Nike Workout Bag (aka Eggface Easter Basket) filled with some of my favorite protein shakes, bars, vitamins, healthy weight loss friendly products and more. You have mail!

Want to learn more about any of the contents of the giveaway above. Click here for more info and sources.

Not a winner this time... no worries another Eggface Giveaway is starting very soon! Follow along on the Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and now Instagram for the latest eggciting announcements!

In fact... hint hint... you might want to watch for one of my 1-day Pop-up Giveaways on Instagram starting very soon.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

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: A dollop of Greek Yogurt (sweetened with a little SF Vanilla Torani Syrup) Strawberries, and topped with a squirt of No Sugar Added Homemade Chocolate Whipped Cream.

6 Protein Packed Yogurt Parfaits
More Eggface Breakfast Ideas

Lunch: This was one of those "why have I not done this before now?!" meals. It's sort of a Mexican Shepherd's Pie. So good. This will definitely be put on rotation at my house. Cinco de Mayo is coming up this might have to be on the menu instead of the usual Crockpot Carnitas.

Shelly's Individual Tamale Pie

1/4 lb. Ground Beef (or Turkey or Chicken)
1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
2 small Zucchini, sliced
1/4 cup Chopped Tomatoes, diced
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
a few twists Black Pepper
Salt to taste
2 Green Chili & Cheese Tamales

Saute beef till no pink is seen, drain any fats. Set aside. Saute onion and zucchini till just tender and starting to get a little color. Mix in cooked beef, tomatoes and seasonings. Spoon evenly into 4 ramekins.

If you are using frozen tamales (I used Trader Joe's Green Chili & Cheese, any flavor will do) nuke them per instructions and then mash with a fork. For freshly made skip the nuking and just mash. Form into 4 patties and place like a lid on top of filled ramekins. Bake at 30 for 25 minutes.

You could certainly make these vegetarian or instead of cooking any meat, use up leftovers like grilled or rotisserie chicken.

More Eggface Healthy Mexican Recipes

Dinner: I had a phone meeting then ran some errands... I was going to make a Caprese Salad for dinner but I saw that Burger Lounge had opened (SoCal locations only) and I thought I'd give it a try instead. I had been craving a juicy burger for a few weeks. The choices are great all organic, grass fed meat. They have beef, bison, turkey, and a quinoa & black bean veggie patty. I got the beef, had them wrap it in lettuce instead of a bun, grilled onions, cheese, no sauce.

Mmmm so good. I put a good sized dent in the burger, my mouth wanted more but my rearranged guts said otherwise (ALWAYS listen to the guts.) What I ate was delicious though.

Most any burger joint will do a lettuce wrapped burger on request some are better at wrapping than others. In & Out Burger calls it Protein Style, Five Guys places it on a bed of lettuce so a knife & fork is required, Red Robin, etc. even the fast food places will do it.

Tips for Eating Out Post Weight Loss Surgery

Snacks: Too much coffee and a hunk of a Premier Protein Chocolate Mint Protein + Fiber Bar. I love these... they taste like those little, rectangle Andes Mint Chocolates. They are a great Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie alternative.

More Days in my Pouch

I'm sitting here now planning my Easter menu. I think I'm going to repeat that yummy salmon dish I made the other day. I'm just not feeling ham. It's been pretty warm here and I usually made Split Pea soup with ham leftovers.

If you haven't put your name in the hat for the current giveaway be sure to do that. It ends Sunday at midnight pacific. Winner announced sometime Monday.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Eggface Easter Pinterest Page

Check out my Easter Pinterest Page for tons of dinner and brunch recipes to enjoy as a part of a weight loss or post weight loss surgery diet and oodles of ways to use those leftover hard cooked eggs. Plus fun crafts and ideas for candy and chocolate free Easter Baskets for the children in your life.

and check out my other Pinterest Pages...

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Eggface Healthy Happy Easter Basket Giveaway

Growing up one of my favorite holidays was Easter. Hello?! a basket full of chocolate just for me and having much older siblings I didn't have any competition searching for eggs. Well just because we've grown up doesn't mean we can't have an Easter Basket. Here's my version of a post weight loss surgery Easter Basket...

It's Giveaway Time!

The Prize: a super cool Purple Nike Workout or Carry-on Bag filled with some of my post weight loss surgery healthy favorites...

Celebrate Vitamins Calcium Citrate Soft Chews 500 mg (Chocolate) 90 count
Celebrate Vitamins Multivitamin Chewable (Grape) - 30 count
6 (2 of each flavor) single serving packets of Celebrate's ENS 4 in 1 - Multivitamin, Calcium, Fiber, & Protein Shake (Vanilla Cake Batter, Chocolate Milk, Strawberry) - 25 grams of protein
5 Premier Protein 15g. Protein + 7g. Fiber Bars (Cookies ‘n Cream, Peanut Butter Caramel, Honey Caramel, Chocolate Caramel and Chocolate Mint)
6 Premier Protein 30g. Protein Bars (Double Chocolate Crunch, Peanut Butter Crunch, and White Fudge Raspberry)
3 Premier Protein 30g. Ready to Drink Protein Shakes (Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberries & Cream)
1 - 28 oz Pink BlenderBottle Shaker
and an Eggface "Remember Why You Started" Bracelet

How to Enter: 1.) LIKE The World According to Eggface Facebook Page 2.) COME BACK HERE and LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST (Be sure to include your name and some email address where I can contact you if you are the winner) Scroll down to # of comments below to enter. That's it, easy peasy.

For fun: What's your favorite holiday?

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

* Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (no need to let me know I'll see your tweet):

Enter the @Eggface Healthy Happy Easter Giveaway

* Follow me on Pinterest (let me know in the comments)

* Follow me on Instagram (let me know in the comments)

Contest Period Ends: Sunday, April 5th, midnight (Pacific), sometime Monday, April 6th. 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 issue: international laws govern giveaways and a money $ thing)

Good Luck, Happy Easter and... Thank You for always sharing the the blog and social media pages with your pals. I appreciate the shoutouts. 

5 Tips for Staying Healthy at the Holidays

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easy, Elegant, Healthy and DELICIOUS Easter Dinner

If you're welcoming guests on Easter weekend this recipe would be a great addition for a sit down dinner or as a dish on your holiday buffet table. I love recipes like this that taste amazing and look elegant but are super easy to prepare. It's also a protein packed and healthy meal so perfect for those who want to celebrate but still work on their weight loss goals.

Shelly's Salmon with Honey Dijon Gremolata Topping

1/4 cup Blue Diamond Honey Dijon Almonds
1 clove Garlic
zest of 1/2 a Lemon
1/4 cup Fresh Parsley
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
4 (5 oz.) Salmon Fillets

Whiz almonds till fine in a mini food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Pulse again until all is finely chopped.

Spread mixture evening on top of salmon fillets. Recipe makes enough topping for 4 (5 oz. fillets)

Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes depending on thickness.

I served the salmon with steamed asparagus. It would be great with green beans or sauteed spinach too. Leftovers are delicious cold on top of spring salad greens or baby spinach.

5 Tips for Staying Healthy at the Holidays

1. If possible bring a healthy dish to Easter gatherings you are attending, that way you are assured of something yummy you can eat. Make sure you grab your portion. You'd be surprised how quickly healthy dishes get gobbled up. I've gone back to the buffet only to find my healthy dish gone and other heavier dishes with barely a dent.

2. Learn to say "No Thank You" when offered unhealthy items. "Oh Aunt Suzie thank you those look soooo good but I'm saving room for some of that *insert food you can eat* (Ideas: delicious turkey, cheese, veggie...)" and don't feel guilty about saying No. It's not your job to make everyone happy and certainly not at your health's expense.

3. A protein packed snack like a few almonds or a cheese stick can help stave off hunger pains till your next meal and prevent you from eating too many of your kiddos Easter Basket treats. I love Blue Diamond's Honey Cinnamon Almonds and a little hunk of Asiago Cheese for nice sweet and salty combo.

4. Once you've served yourself from the Easter buffet offerings, move away from the table and find someone to talk with. Focus on spending time with the special people in your life. Turn off the cell phone. Be present.

5. Encourage some movement by taking the kids on a neighborhood walk or playing a round of Egg & Spoon.

You need: Plastic Easter Eggs (or hard cooked) and Wooden Spoons

Rules: Simply balance your egg on the spoon and race to a finish line without dropping it. You can add tasks for older kids (balance on one foot and balance your egg, switch hands, relay race with it.) They sell super cute Egg & Spoon Sets or you can get everything you need at the dollar store. To be fair everyone's spoon should be the same size.

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. All of the opinions are mine. For the purposes of this post and recipe development Blue Diamond Almonds provided me with products used. Thanks for the yummy nuts. Want to learn more about all of Blue Diamond Almonds great products LIKE their Facebook page and tell them The World According to Eggface told you to stop by.

Hope you give the recipe a try and you and your holiday guests enjoy it.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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: This is soooo good. Shelly's Spiced Chai Yogurt Dip with Mango chunks to dip. You could use any protein really but this chai (with Spiced Chai Fit Frappe) and mango combo is particularly yummy.

6 Protein Packed Yogurt Parfaits
More Eggface Breakfast Ideas

Lunch: The avocados are great right now. I am lucky to live the next major town over from Fallbrook, CA "Avocado Capital of the World" or so the sign says so at certain times of the year they are really cheap and especially tasty. We also a few varieties that most people aren't as familiar with. There are hundreds of varieties (some as big as my head) but about 7 we see here in California. I picked up a few at the Farmer's Market on Saturday.

One (not quite ripe enough) is destined to become that yummy Irish Avocado Dip I made the other day. One was ready this afternoon and became this Avocado Tuna Melt: I filled 1/2 an avocado with 1/4 cup of tuna salad (I made mine with Greek yogurt, dill, a twist of Black Pepper, and diced green onion.)

Top with cheese and broil till bubbly. Delicious. Worth every fat gram... it's a good fat. Cooks Note: 1 tuna packet makes enough for 1 whole avocado. Don't like tuna... crab salad or chicken salad would be great too.

More Eggface Healthy Salads

Dinner: Leftovers of a yummy protein packed casserole I made the night before for dinner. It was Chicken Enchilada-ish with green chilies, onions, chicken, black beans, and cheese.

Shelly's Creamy Green Chili Chicken Casserole

2 Cooked Chicken Breast, shredded (about 1 cup)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Spelt Flour
1 cup Chicken Broth
1 (4 oz.) can Mild Green Chilies, chopped
1 (15 oz.) Black Beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup Cottage Cheese, pureed
1 Teaspoon Taco Seasoning
1/4-1/3 cup Shredded Cheese for top

Saute onion till golden. Add butter and spelt to pan cook 1 minute, slowly add chicken broth. Mixture will bubble and thicken when it does add chilies, black beans, cottage cheese (I whiz it in a mini food processor to get rid of curds), seasoning. Stir till combined. Pour into a Pyrex casserole dish. Top with shredded Cheese (a good melter like Colby-jack, Cheddar, Mexican blend) Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

More Healthy Mexican Recipes
More Eggface Casseroles

Snacks: Coffee and a hunk of Premier Protein Honey Caramel Protein Bar (one of my latest favorites.)

More Days in my pouch

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Monday, March 23, 2015

#YWM2015 Registration is Now Open!

You can now officially register for the Obesity Action Coalition's "Your Weight Matters" National Convention #YWM2015 - this year’s theme is Our Journey – Restore. Refresh. Renew.


Whether you are interested in the basics, want to cut through the often confusing health information out there, are looking to advance your knowledge about your weight and how it can affect your health, are currently involved in a weight management program, a post-op bariatric surgery patient or are a support-person to someone who is affected – #YWM2015 is the place for you!

Take a look at the comprehensive agenda of  40+ health, weight, nutrition, fitness, and wellness topics!

#YWM2015 not only marks our 4th National Convention but it also is the 10th anniversary year of the Obesity Action Coalition (a little extra special this year) For the past 10 years the OAC has been the voice of those affected by obesity through advocacy, support and education. The journey of those 10 years ultimately led to the creation of the Your Weight Matters National Convention as a way to extend the OAC’s commitment to sharing evidence-based education on weight and health and providing an opportunity for our supportive community to come together.

It is an AWESOME weekend of education and learning (usable and truly life changing), making friends (I can't wait to meet y'all... like that y'all it is Texas after all), sampling products (gotta love freebies) and having so much fun (I usually lose my voice from talking and my face hurts from smiling and laughing!) I hope you will join me in San Antonio, Texas, August 13th – 16th to restore, refresh, and renew yourself in this lifelong journey we are on together!


Additional Links:
Discount Room Block & Travel Info - San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is our host hotel right on the Riverwalk. Gorgeous.
Your Weight Matters Facebook Group where attendees can chat and get to know one another a bit before we all meet this summer.
Scholarship Info (hurry deadline to apply 3/31)
Medical Professionals: 16.5 Contact Hours Available CEUs
Sign-up for Convention E-news Alerts to receive all the exciting convention announcements straight to your email inbox as they are released.

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