Monday, August 22, 2016

Off to #YWM2016 Your Weight Matters National Convention

I'm heading to the Your Weight Matters National Convention #YWM2016 this week. I am proud to be part of the Convention Planning Committee. I can't wait for everyone to experience the wonderful speakers and education in the agenda this year. I am fangirling over a few of the speakers.

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And my favorite part...  the wonderful community, reconnecting with friends and making lots of new ones! I hope many of you will be in attendance.

I will be taking part in the Event Welcome: Uniting Your Community to Inspire Health Friday morning, moderating a session called: Balancing Perspectives: A Look at Real Life Post-Bariatric Surgery later that day.

I'm also hosting two lunch talks, Holidays and Celebrations: Tips for Staying on Track on Friday and Linking With Others: Finding Your Support System and Tools Online on Saturday.

Sneak peek at some goodies I'm packing up for my table mates including the appropriately (since we're in peanut country) Celebrate Vitamins (sponsor & #YWM2016 exhibitor) Peanut Butter Protein 20 Protein Powder.

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If you are close... come! There's 3-day and single day on-site registration, health professionals can earn up to 16 CE units too if you need added justification ;) Oh and locals can get a FREE Pass for the Community Outreach Day Event on Saturday. They have access to some cool special programming, the health testing, the free samples and swag in the exhibit hall. See the link for more info and if you have a pal in the area tell them to come by.

If you are not headed to #YWM2016 this year, please consider attending the event next year. Psst... the 2017 location will be announced Friday night at the costume party. Watch my twitter feed for the breaking news! It really is an event not to be missed. For me... it's a way to renew my commitment to my health. It energizes me and the inspiration and motivation carries me throughout the year. Well worth the price of admission! I wouldn't miss it for the world.

Catch a glimpse of all the fun on social media: I will be tweeting, snapping pics, maybe even taking a few videos from inside the action (and behind the scenes) so if you want to follow along be sure to follow my social media accounts:

Twitter (where I will be the most active)
Instagram
Facebook

The official hashtag is #YWM2016 if you'd like to follow that and be sure to follow the Obesity Action Coalition's (convention hosts) tweets too.

In honor of my trip I made a couple recipes this weekend...

My take on one of the most famous soups in America. It's served in the dining room of the United States Senate every day, a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. I remember reading about it when I was a whippersnapper and on my first trip to DC in 6th grade I got to try it. I wasn't impressed.

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History 1982 1983

My version adds a little Italian flare (aka flavor) with a little Rosemary and a topping of shaved Parmesan Cheese. Hmmm maybe those government folks in Washington DC would get more work done if their soup tasted like this ;)

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Shelly's Senate Bean Soup

2 cans White Beans, rinsed and drained
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Green Onions, diced
3/4 cup Cooked Ham, cubed
1/4 teaspoon Rosemary, dried
a few twists of Black Pepper
3 cups Chicken Broth
Parmesan cheese, shaved for top

Saute onions in a drizzle of olive oil till golden. Add ham and seasonings and cook about 1 minute more. Add beans and broth and simmer for 20 minutes covered.

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Puree soup. A groovy gadget like this works great or you can do it in batches in a blender. 

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Simmer 10 minutes longer. Serve with a shaving of Parmesan cheese.

and since technically our beautiful hotel is in Virginia, famous for peanuts here's a peanut recipe...

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Shelly's 5 Minute Peanut Butter Protein Cake

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
3 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoons Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
3 Tablespoons Powdered Peanut Butter (aka Peanut Flour)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
Pinch salt
1 - 2 cup Measuring Cup or Microwave Safe Mug

Topping: Smucker's Sugar Free Strawberry Topping, No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream

In a measuring cup or microwave safe mug, Mix egg, milk, syrup and oil and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, powdered peanut butter, protein powder (I used Vanilla but (or Peanut Butter Protein Powder if you have it would be great too) and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Nuke in microwave for 2 minutes on full power (start with 2 minutes & add 20 second increments as microwave wattages vary, top should be dry like picture below.) 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

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon... and if you are not joining us this year... make these recipes, follow the tweets and make plans to come next year! You will be glad you did!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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 had some early morning errands so I mixed up a Chike High Protein Iced Coffee packet in my blender bottle and wrapped up a couple of leftover Ricotta Pancakes that I smeared with a little almond butter and off I went. I had to laugh... a few minutes before I took off I was scrolling through twitter and clicked on a trending topic... those trending topics always make me question our values as humans... anyway... I clicked, I read about the latest Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez drama (hey at least it wasn't the Kardashians) and I tweeted this random comment. Of course, of all the tweets I post about things I ACTUALLY care about... my Bieber tweet went viral and by the time returned from errands I had hundreds of retweets and likes... my notifications blew up. It figures. Well I hope they scrolled down educated themselves about health and obesity issues a little ;) yeah doubt it too.

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Lunch: When I got home I was sort of glued to my computer getting some of my to-do list done before I take off for the Your Weight Matters National Convention #YWM2016 next week. So I filled my bento box and ate at my desk. I have 17 things on my list currently. Yeah I know... "good luck with that."

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Pink Box (top left): Caprese Salad (Sliced Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Salt & Pepper)
Green Box (top right): Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quest Protein Bar "Cookies"
Blue Box (bottom left): Hard Cooked Egg sprinkled with a little salt & oregano
Orange Box (bottom right): Fresh Mango Chunks

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Dinner: I baked some Salmon fillets in the middle of the night last night. It was 105 yesterday (gonna be 101 today big cool down LOL) so when I woke up at 2 AM I sliced up a lemon and sprinkled some salmon with olive oil and a store bought herb blend. That's about the only time I'm OK with the oven being on. 25 minutes later I was back in bed for a bit with most of dinner done.

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Just before dinner I tossed some foil packets of summer squash on the grill with the same treatment as the fish (drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of seasoning blend) when they were done 20-25 minutes, closed grill. I opened the packed (careful for steam) and sprinkled some Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese on top.

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I ate the salmon cold. I love cold salmon (great for salads like my Edamame & Salmon Salad tomorrow's lunch) but you could reheat (these little microwave steamers are great for reheating fish, meat, veggies and not drying them out.)

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Snacks:
Coffee in the morning. Sugar Free Raspberry Lemonade sticks the rest of the day. At the hottest part of the day I popped a couple of Greek Yogurt Cubes in my mouth. I always have a freezer bag of those in the summer. Just don't eat them too fast... brain freeze. Ouch.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cook Once, Eat Twice or More: Basic Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is a staple in my post-op world. It's packed with protein and it's so versatile. Here's a great time saver I've been doing lately to make my life easier in the dog days of summer. I've been picking up a rotisserie chicken and using it to make a basic chicken salad base. I divide that in half and with just a few additions that basic chicken salad base is transformed into two completely different tasting meals.

Shelly's Basic Chicken Salad Base

1 Cooked Chicken, chopped (Rotisserie works great)
1 Stalk Celery, chopped fine
1 Green Onion, chopped fine
1/4 cup-ish Greek Yogurt, plain
Salt, to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix till well combined. Divide into 2 dishes, cover and refrigerate. When you are ready to have lunch or dinner. Grab one dish and your additions. Keeps several days in the fridge. Great to make on Sunday for lunches for the week.

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Today I made Caprese Chicken Salad: I added a 1/4 cup pearl-sized, fresh Mozzarella Balls, 1/4 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved and 1 Tablespoon of chopped Basil.

Yesterday I added 2 slices Bacon, crumbled, more diced Green Onions and 2 Tablespoons of shredded Cheddar Cheese for this "Loaded" Chicken Salad.

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Other ideas to turn ordinary chicken salad into awesome chicken salad...

Mexican Chicken Salad Additions: 2 Tablespoons Shredded Colby Jack Cheese, 1/4 cup Black Beans, rinsed and drained and Taco Seasoning, to taste.
Curry Chicken Salad Additions: 2 Tablespoons Cashews or Pecans, 2 Tablespoons Cranberries or Golden Raisins and Curry Powder, to taste.
Asian Chicken Salad Additions: 2 Tablespoon slivered Almonds, 1/4 cup diced Cucumber, more Green Onion, and Chinese 5 Spice, to taste.
Italian Chicken Salad Additions: 1/4 cup Roasted Peppers and Onions, chopped, 1/4 cup pearl-sized, fresh Mozzarella Balls, and Oregano, to taste.

Eat as is, make a lettuce wrap or taco, cucumbers make great "crackers" or scoops or homemade Crunchy Cheese "crackers" or form them into cups and fill them. 

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

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 today...

Breakfast: Happy Sunday Everyone! For breakfast I made Yogurt Parfaits. I made a batch of Protein Granola which was the bottom layer and topped that with Fig Yogurt and Fresh Raspberries and Blueberries that I picked up yesterday at the Farmer's Market.

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Lunch: I had phone meeting that sort of went into lunch (we're getting soooo close to the Your Weight Matters National Convention #YWM2016 Hope to see you there!) so when I got off the phone it was a bit too close to dinner to have what I planned so a protein shake to the rescue. What a great combo this was Celebrate Vitamins (sponsor) Chocolate Mint Protein 20 and coffee.

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Shelly's Chocolate Mint Coffee Protein Shake

8 oz. Almond or Soy Milk (any milk will do)
1 scoop Celebrate Vitamins Protein 20 Chocolate Mint Protein Powder
1/2 of a Tube of Instant Coffee Crystals (Taster's Choice, Starbucks Via, Folger's)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Vanilla Syrup
a few Ice Cubes

Blend on high till well combined. I topped it with No Sugar Added, Homemade Whipped Cream and sprinkle of instant coffee crystals. Yum!

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Dinner: This was sooo good. I was feeling like a burger and these little sliders hit the spot. I seasoned a 1/2 pound of ground beef (you can use turkey too) with some garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and formed them into 4 little sliders and cooked them on my grill pan. In another pan I sauteed some onions, set those aside then sauteed some mushrooms. I had some pre-cooked bacon I just warmed in the pan to crisp it up. When the burgers were almost done I sprinkled some shredded cheddar cheese on each and placed them under the broiler to get all gooey and melty. Everyone makes their own cheeseburger slider creation.

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Snacks: Coffee. Tons of water with drink sticks. My new favorite: Raspberry Lemonade.

Later there's a couple of Quest Bar turned into Oatmeal Chocolate Chip "Cookies" with my name on them. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip is the latest flavor Quest Bar. Keep your eye out for Blueberry Muffin and Rocky Road coming soon.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Instagram Pop-Up Giveaways

Be sure to follow me on Instagram. Besides the typical photos and quotes. I host Instagram exclusive giveaways. I call them Pop-up Giveaways because they pop-up when you least expect it and unlike my blog giveaways that usually last a week these pop-up giveaway are quick, you have a limited time to get in on the fun!

Like the one going on right now...

It's time for an #Eggface Pop-Up #Giveaway: FOLLOW @theworldaccordingtoeggface Instagram account, LIKE this picture then TAG a friend in the comments below & I'll select a random winner and you AND your tagged pal will win the same prize (first comment is an example) Prize: Reusable #Lunch Bag and 3 #protein #travel packets: Celebrate Vitamins Chocolate Milk ENS, Chike Mocha High Protein Iced Coffee, Quest Peanut Butter Shake and 2 protein bars: Celebrate Vitamins Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch ENS and the new Quest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip. (US mailing address only, one prize per address, must be 18, ends 11:59 PM Pacific 8/7/16, winner announced on this post on Monday 8/8/16.) Check out my #Blog www.theworldaccordingtoeggface.com www.pinterest.com/eggface for tons of #lowcarb protein packed #recipes
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This Pop-up Giveaway ends this Sunday 11:59 PM (Pacific)
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Heads Up: Premier Protein Shakes On Sale at Costco

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share this great deal and some of my favorite Premier Protein recipes.

Heads up Premier Protein shake lovers: Score $5.00 off 18-pack shakes at Costco stores nationwide this August. From August 4th through August 23rd, Premier Protein’s 18-pack shakes will be discounted at $5.00 off. There is no coupon necessary it'll auto deduct the discount at the register when you checkout, limit 2 each, selection varies by location. Costco already has an awesome deal on Premier Shakes so this is especially awesome and not to be missed.

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Premier Protein shakes are great when you need a protein-packed, grab and go breakfast or afternoon boost. This deal came at a great time. I can imagine in the next few weeks with school starting back my pals with kiddos may neglect their own nutritional needs in the hustle to get everyone out the door on time. Premier Shakes are a perfect solution for you. Each 11 oz. Ready to Drink Shake has 30g of protein, just 160 calories and 1g of sugar. Toss a shake in your bag and you'll be sure of meeting your protein goals for the day.

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I hit up Costco this morning and mine actually had them on sale for $6 off! Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberries and Cream.

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Now I have plenty to drink as is or use to make some of my favorite Premier Protein "Frappe-style" Shake recipes...

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When you grab some for yourself this month be sure to make this new favorite recipe...

Shelly's Peanut Butter Butterscotch Protein Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Ready to Drink Vanilla Shake (also great w/Chocolate or new Caramel)
1 Tablespoon Powdered Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Butterscotch Pudding Mix, dry
a few Ice Cubes

Blend on high till well combined. I topped it with No Sugar Added, Homemade Whipped Cream and another dash of Powdered Peanut Butter and a grating of Sugar Free Chocolate. Yum!

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...and a few shakes are destined to become my FAVORITE Premier Protein Pudding Jars. These are soooo good! You have to make yourself a batch. They last several days in the fridge so they are great to make on the weekend and you'll have a protein packed treat whenever you want.


This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. For the purposes of this post Premier Protein provided me with products used. 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 get in on the Costco deal and give some of my Premier Protein recipes a try.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

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Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface Protein Shake Pantry Essentials Giveaway! I loved all the ideas you shared for how you jazz up your protein shakes, I have a few new ones to try now. Thank you!


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Congratulations Wanda! You are the winner of the latest Eggface Giveaway! You win the BIG BOX of AWESOME filled with some of my favorite weight loss surgery friendly protein shake making products and supplies. 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 will begin VERY soon! Follow along on the Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram for the latest eggciting announcements and pop-up giveaways!



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Sunday, July 31, 2016

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've had a craving for Oatmeal for a week so I finally gave in. I think it's me longing for the Fall weather. I made a packet and instead of using milk I used about 1/2 a Bananas and Cream Premier Protein Ready to Drink Shake. I topped it with a drizzle of Sugar Free Caramel Sauce (Smuckers) and a couple of crushed Pecans on top.

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Lunch: Filled my Bento Box with some yummy things and got a little work done I have been not able to do this week. It's been a week of appointments and shifting schedules around. My Mum's hearing aid stopped working, she has profound hearing loss so it's a necessity it gets replaced right away, zero hearing without it, so we've been dealing with that. She feels quite cut-off from the world as you can imagine :( Hopefully sometime this week she'll be back in the world of noise. She reads lips quite well, she began to lose her hearing at age 26 so we get by and I should own stock in post-it notes this week. On another note, hearing aids are crazy expensive, especially the really powerful ones like she requires and they are not covered by Medicare which I think is insane. It's so sad some seniors are in a world of isolation and silence because they can't afford an aid. When life gets a little less busy I'd like to go talk to some people about that. There is a bill to amend Medicare to cover them but it only has 12 co-sponsors. That is shameful. OK well off soapbox (for now) and back to lunch...

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Pink Box (top left): Leftover Chicken Salad (Shredded Cooked Chicken, Greek Yogurt, Dill, Celery, Green Onion, Salt & Pepper
Green Box (top right): Strawberry
Blue Box (bottom left): Cucumber Spears 
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Orange Almond Protein Balls

If you have eaten Marzipan before these remind me a bit of that...

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Shelly's Orange Almond Protein Balls

1/4 cup Quick Cook Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 cup Non-Fat Dry Milk, powder
1/4 cup Coconut Flour
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Orange Marmalade
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any will do but I used SF Almond)

Mix till well combined and sticky dough forms. You may have to adjust slightly if your almond butter is looser (I used fresh ground) just add a little more protein or if it's drier, add a little more SF syrup. Shape into quarter sized balls. Store in the fridge or freezer and pop out a few minutes to thaw before eating. Makes 18.

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Dinner:  I was on a chicken kick, they were so different I didn't even notice. I made another favorite foil packet recipe: Chicken Fajita Foil Packets. These are great eaten right out of the packet. I top them with shredded cheese and sometimes a dollop of Lime Yogurt Dip.

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Shelly's Chicken Fajita Foil Packets

1 Boneless Chicken Breast, cubed
1 cup of Veggies: Red, Yellow, Green Peppers, Red Onion, Zucchini, sliced.
drizzle of Olive Oil
dash Garlic Powder
dash ground Cumin
sprinkle of Sea Salt
a few twist of Black Pepper

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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 30 minutes (if frozen add 5 minutes) in covered grill. Open packets carefully (steam burns are not fun.)

Top with cheese, avocado, and/or a dollop of this...

Lime Yogurt Dip (not pictured)

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, plain
dash ground Cumin
zest of 1/2 a Lime
juice of 1/2 a Lime
Sea Salt to taste
a few twists of Black Pepper

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Snacks: Coffee early before the heat. Tons of water with drink sticks. I found this neat Rubbermaid container that fits them perfectly.

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The new issue of Your Weight Matters Magazine came in the mail. Your Weight Matters Magazine is an awesome magazine and mailed to you with Obesity Action Coalition $10 membership. If you already receive it be sure to turn to page 50 for my article, "Online Resources for Health, Fitness and Well-being" I sat outside in the shade reading the other awesome articles with a snack of Apple Slices and Homemade Chocolate Protein Spread.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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! Oh and enter my latest giveaway that runs till Sunday 7/31/16.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Eggface Protein Shake Pantry Essentials Giveaway

Getting enough protein in the first few weeks post weight loss surgery is pretty difficult without protein shake supplementation and some of us continue to use them on our weight loss journey on those days we just don't feel like a heavy meal, are on-the-go, need a protein boost in the day, to fuel fitness workouts, or in this latest triple digit heat wave they have been my protein packed, low calorie way to cool down. It's been miserable this week, hot and muggy, I don't know what I would have done without that frosty shake boost in the afternoon.

I love to add low calorie additions to my protein shakes to change them up. I've gathered together some of my favorites additions into this Protein Shake Making Pantry Essentials Box. If you are the winner of this box of goodies you'll be able to create many of the shake recipes on My Favorite Protein Shake Pinterest Page including a couple of award winners: Candy Cane Shake, Tiramisu Shake and Chocolate Covered Cherry Shake.

It's Giveaway Time!

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The Prize: Some of my favorite post weight loss surgery protein shake pantry essentials:

10 Different Single Serve Travel Packets of Protein Powder including:
Celebrate Vitamins Protein 20 line: Cookies and Cream, Peanut Butter Cookie, Chocolate Mint, Caramel Vanilla Swirl, Iced Decaf Coffee, and All Purpose/Unflavored (1 packet of each flavor) and Chike Nutrition: High Protein Iced Coffee Mocha & Original, Chocolate Bliss and Very Vanilla (1 packet of each flavor)
5 Premier Protein (RTD Ready-to-Drink) Protein Shakes: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberries and Cream, Bananas and Cream, and their latest flavor Caramel (1 of each flavor)
1 Mini Sampler Set of Sugar Free Torani Syrups (4 - 150 ml mini bottles) in SF Caramel, SF Raspberry, SF Vanilla, and SF Hazelnut
2 jars of Chike Nutrition Chike PB Powdered Peanut Butter (add the taste of peanut butter with only a fraction of the calories, fat and sugar) in Original and Chocolate.
2 Sugar Free Pudding Mixes: SF Pistachio, SF Butterscotch
3 Davinci Coffee Flavors: Caramel, French Vanilla, Hazelnut
28 oz. Blender Bottle Shaker

How to Enter: LEAVE A COMMENT on this blog posting (be sure to include a name and some email address where I can contact you if you are the winner) Scroll down to # of comments/post a comment below to leave yours. That's it, easy peasy.

Example: Jane Doe jdoe@someemail.com

For fun (optional): Tell me something you love to add to your protein shakes

Contest Period Ends: Sunday, July 31st (so 11:59 PM technically Pacific), sometime Monday, August 1st. I'll draw a name(s) using a random number generator and announce the winner(s) 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. 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, AK & HI) (sorry it's a legal issue: international laws govern giveaways and a money $ thing)

Good Luck!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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...

Whenever I BBQ I try and toss a little something on the grill to make the next day's meals easier: planned leftovers. Sometimes it's an extra foil packet of veggies or an extra piece of chicken for chicken salad lunches or quick and easy dinners. The temperatures are in the triple digits again so as much as I love to cook. I didn't want to spend much time in the kitchen. I was especially thankful for the planned leftovers.

Breakfast: I just topped a scrambled egg with leftover foil packet zucchini from last night's dinner and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Breakfasts like this remind me of my childhood. My Sicilian father did not believe in waste so leftovers were always turned into breakfast. While my school friends were talking about eating Captain Crunch, Eggo Waffles and Toaster Pastries I was starting my day with Frittata di Zucchine e Funghi, it sounds delicious now but I did not appreciate it as a child. I wanted the prize at the bottom of the cereal box. My tastes have thankfully changed. I'll have to make a real Zucchini & Mushroom Frittata when it cools down and I can turn on the oven in the daytime again, till then this scrambled egg bowl will have to do...

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I ran a bunch of errands before it got unbearably hot out. Including mailing my latest Giveaway winner's prizes. Speaking of... be sure to check back soon because I have a cool giveaway beginning in the very near future!

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Lunch: This is one of my go-to lunches lately. Turkey, Cheese (Muenster) and Avocado Melted Cold Cut Roll-up. It's my post weight loss surgery grilled cheese replacement. I love these suckers. Look for low sodium cold cuts.

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Dinner: Extra grilled chicken breast became Egg Roll Bowls, basically all the good stuff from the inside of an egg roll without the deep frying in hot oil. Less than 15 minutes from opening the bag of slaw mix to eating. Whapow take that Rachael Ray ;)

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Shelly's Egg Roll Bowl

1 (14 - 16 oz.) Bag Coleslaw Mix (green & red cabbage, carrot mix)
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Green Onions, diced
1-2 cloves Fresh Garlic, grated
1-2 teaspoons (to taste) Fresh Ginger, grated
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 Chicken Breast, sliced (great use for BBQ leftovers)
2 Tablespoons of Slivered Almonds, toasted

Saute the coleslaw mix, green onion, soy, rice wine vinegar, ginger and garlic till limp about 8 minutes. Add sliced cooked chicken and a few twists of pepper, toss till warmed through. I add toasted almond slivers I like the nutty crunch surprise in every few bites (toast almonds  1-2 minutes in a dry pan, stir once or twice, don't walk away they'll burn quick.)

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Snacks: Not much coffee beyond the early AM cup. Lots of water with sugar free drink sticks and made myself a frosty coffee protein shake right around the time we hit our hottest temp. Ahhh so thankful for these suckers in the summer.

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Shelly's Banana Mexican Mocha Coffee Protein Frappe

8 oz. Milk (any cow, soy, almond, coconut)
1 scoop Chike High Protein Iced Coffee (Mocha flavor)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Chocolate Torani Syrup

a few dashes of Cinnamon
a hunk (1/3 a banana) of Frozen Banana 
a few Ice Cubes

Whiz in blender on high. With or without No Sugar Added, Homemade Whipped Cream and another dash of cinnamon


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Premier Protein Shakes - 5 Unexpected Ways to Enjoy Them

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share some of my unexpected uses and recipes for Premier Protein® shakes and share a way to score a FREE shake or bar sample.

Premier Protein® ready to drink protein shakes are a healthy and convenient way to ensure you get the nutrients you need even when you’re on-the-go. They come in 5 flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberries & Cream, Bananas & Cream and their newest flavor Caramel.
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All Premier Protein® shakes provide 30 grams of protein, 24 vitamins and minerals, are just 160 calories, low in fat and only one gram of sugar. You can drink them right from the container or turn them into some of my delicious frappe style blended creations...

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Here are 5 unexpected ways to enjoy your Premier Protein® shakes:

1. Premier Protein® Pudding - One of my favorite ways to get my protein in is to use my Premier Protein® shake as the milk when making sugar free instant pudding. It is soooo good. I love to make them in little mason jars. Sometimes I use crumbled Premier Protein® Fiber Bars as a sort of pie crust base. These are a must make.

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2. Premier Protein® topped Oatmeal - Make your oatmeal as you would normally and if you add milk as a topping try using your Premier Protein® shake instead. I love the new Bananas and Cream with a sprinkle of toasted walnuts and drizzle of sugar free caramel topping. Try Strawberries & Cream or Chocolate with some powdered peanut butter mixed in for a PB&J or Peanut Butter cup start to the day.

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3. Premier Protein® Cubes - On hot summer days after a workout or coming in from gardening a few of these Premier Protein® Cubes cool me down right away. Just pour any flavor shake into ice cube trays (I prefer the small bite size style) and freeze several hours or overnight. Pop-out a few as needed or store them in a freezer zipper bag.

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4. Premier Protein® Pancakes - Replace the water or milk in your favorite pancake or waffle mix with any flavor of Premier Protein® shake. Cook as directed.

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5. Premier Protein® as your Coffee Creamer - Vanilla and the new Caramel flavor make great coffee creamer replacements, lightens your coffee with the added bonus of protein that traditional creamers don't provide.

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Premier Protein®’s Share Good Energy giveaway is offering fans the opportunity to receive a FREE BAR or SHAKE. Follow this link to request your choice of bar or shake. Limit one (1) sample per person & two (2) per household. Samples are available while supplies last. 

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein® #MyOneMore 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. 

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