Sunday, January 22, 2017

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. Today's delicious rainy day menu...

Breakfast: I made Scrambled Eggs with a sprinkle of cheese and bacon. It seems like a Sunday AM when you have a breakfast like Eggs and Bacon, midweek I don't often take the time to make breakfasts that require too much clean-up.

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Lunch: We're getting RAIN in Southern California. It's real rain too, not our normal sprinkles that we call "rain storms." I have to laugh as someone born and raised on the East Coast (New York, Long Island) when we get sprinkles our news goes nuts... we have banners "Storm Track 2017" and several reporters across the county showing us the sprinkles from different vantage points, some are just standing waiting for the sprinkles to arrive. The news reporters actually have something to report on this time... and it's perfect weather for soup.

I had a zucchini and a yellow crookneck squash in the fridge that I needed to use and I scored a big box of Earthbound Farms Baby Kale at the 99 cents store. I often get random, crazy cool deals on produce so if you are on a budget you might want to check it out. Last week it was one of those cool orange (aka cheddar) cauliflower for 99 cents. Anyway the kale went in this soup my Sicilian Grandmother (Nonna) would have given 2 thumbs up...

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Shelly's Rainy Day Meatball Garden Soup

1 Yellow Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 cloves Garlic, minced
3-4 sliced Crimini Mushrooms, sliced
1 Yellow Squash, sliced
1 Zucchini, sliced
2-3 cups (uncooked) Baby Kale (or Spinach)
1 (14.5 oz) can Diced Tomatoes, with juice
2 cups Chicken Broth
10-12 Cocktail Beef Meatballs (frozen, cooked)
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

In a large pot, saute onions in olive oil till slightly golden, add garlic, mushrooms, sliced squash and zucchini and cook about 5 minutes. Stir and add remaining ingredients. You can use homemade, cooked meatballs but I love those beef cocktail size ones at Costco for this (and it's easy.) Lower heat and cover. Cook 30 minutes. Stir once or twice during cooking time. Serve with grated Parmesan Cheese or Homemade Crunchy Cheese Crackers or I had them with those Oven Baked Cheese Bites I mentioned the other day on the blog.

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More Eggface Soups (January is National Soup Month)

Dinner: We had plans to go out to dinner (yay holiday gift cards) but the weather makes you just want to watch the Kid's Baking Championship curled up under a blanket on the couch. I made a batch of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for this coming week, to make  They heat up great, but I also love them cold with a smear of almond butter wrapped in foil on my early AM walk. Dinner was a couple of pancakes with a little Sugar Free Maple Syrup on them.

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Oodles of Eggface Pancake (Savory & Sweet) Recipes

Snacks: Too much Coffee and a couple Blueberry Muffin Quest Protein Bar Cookies watching the rain.

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Hope everyone has a great week! Tomorrow be sure to check back to see who is the winner of the latest Eggface Giveaway (ends tonight.)

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Eggface Get Well Soon Giveaway

When I'm feeling sick or have a cold it's really one of the only times I crave comfort carbs. It's something from my childhood (it's more about the comfort than the carbs) and most Italian-American kids will be nodding their head in agreement on this... it's a bowl of egg pastina (super tiny pasta) with freshly grated Parmesan and butter. It's what we eat when we're sick. Pasta is not a part of my post weight loss surgery life (my personal choice) so my sick day replacement is steamed zucchini with the same toppings and the bonus is zucchini's nutrients: vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin K makes it a healthier (and equally comforting) choice. These are a few other items I like to have around when I'm feeling under the weather...

It's Giveaway Time! 


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The Prize: Hopefully the great Celebrate Vitamins included in this care package will keep you feeling 100% but if the creeping crud gets hold of you here's a few items to make it a little bit better...

Celebrate Vitamins Calcium Plus 500 (90 ct. Berries & Cream)
Celebrate Vitamins Multi-Complete with Iron (60 ct. Mango-Peach)
Celebrate Vitamins B12 Sublingual (90 ct. Mint)
3 Celebrate Vitamins Chicken Soup Single Serve Meal Replacement Packets (27 grams of protein in each serving)
Ludens Sugar Free Wild Cherry Cough Drops
Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea
Heart Tissues
Hand Sanitizer
Cake Batter and Sugar Cookie Chapstick (addicted)
Word Search Book
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2 Hot Hands Hand Warmers
2 pairs of Fuzzy Aloe Vera Socks (I love these)

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): Is there something you like to have when you are feeling crummy? Has it changed since having weight loss surgery?

Want an extra chance to win: Follow my Instagram page and mention in your comment on this post letting me know.

Example: Jane Doe jdoe@someemail.com I liked you on Instagram too!

Contest Period Ends: Sunday, January 22 (11:59 PM Pacific), winner announced sometime Monday, January 23. 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 may be chosen. One ENTRY per person. Blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. only (contiguous United States plus Alaska & Hawaii mailing address only, sorry it's a international law thing.)

Thanks Celebrate Vitamins for partnering with me on this giveaway. For more information about their extensive line of products be sure to check them out on Facebook and tell them Eggface sent you.

Good Luck!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

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. Today's healthy and delicious menu...

Breakfast: We're getting some nice winter storms and we sure need the rain (and snow pack in the mountains) but it's putting a dent in my exercise schedule. I missed my morning walks. The sun finally came out this morning so I made the most of it and took an extra long walk. I came back and made myself a Wildberry Protein Shake (Celebrate Vitamins Wildberry Protein 20 Protein Powder, Soy Milk, and a few ice cubes in the blender), it's one of my favorites.

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More Eggface Favorite Protein Shake Recipes

Lunch: One of my lunch go-to's are cold cut roll-ups, sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes in a bento box lunch like today. Though I didn't stay outside long... it was pretty chilly if you weren't moving and we have metal outdoor chairs, Brrrr.

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Pink Box (top left): Trader Joe's Rosemary Marcona Almonds
Green Box (top right): Quest Protein Bar Cookies - Blueberry w/ Pecan & Chocolate Chip w/Pecan
Blue Box (bottom left):  Roast Beef & Pickle Spear Cold Cut Roll-up
Orange Box (bottom right): Mustard, S&P

More Eggface Bento Box Lunches
5 Things to Do With Cold Cuts

Dinner: Leftovers! I was so looking forward to this. It was dinner last night and it was ahhh-mazing. It was cold and rainy and this hit the spot. I scored a great deal on eggplant this week so I roasted a few trays. Just cube it (you can peel it but I don't), spread it evenly on a baking sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and kosher salt. Roast in a 425 oven (it takes about 40-45 minutes, depending on the water content of the eggplant) I give it a stir at the 20 minute mark and then every 10 minutes after that, you want golden and soft. Place it in the fridge (up to 3 days) great side on it's own with a sprinkle of Parmesan, great in a frittata or scrambled egg bowl, or use it in this recipe...

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Shelly's Greek Roasted Eggplant Moussaka

1 Yellow Onion, chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Pound Ground Beef or Turkey
2 cups Roasted Eggplant, cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
dash ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper
3/4 cup Tomato Sauce
1 large Egg
1 cup Cottage Cheese
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese

Preheat the oven to 350. Saute onion till golden, Add garlic cook 1 minute. Add the beef (or turkey) and cook until no longer pink. Drain any fats. Add seasonings. Add the tomato sauce and roasted eggplant. Stir till combined. Pour into a baking dish and set aside.

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In a mini food processor, whiz cottage cheese, ricotta cheese and egg till smooth.

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Spoon over the meat in the baking dish.

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Bake until the top is firm 40 to 45 minutes and then broil for 3-5 minutes till golden. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

More Eggface Healthy Greek-inspired Recipes

Snacks: Too much coffee and a handful of another Trader Joe's find (warning addictive, I made it serve 4 times) these Oven Baked Cheese Bites. No TJ's near you? These are close to them or can't wait just make your own Crunchy Cheese "Crackers" instead.

Low Carb Protein Snacks

More Weight Loss Surgery Friendly Snacks

Hope everyone has a nice weekend and P.S. You might want to check back tomorrow for some fun starting on the blog.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Product Alert: Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites

A couple of weeks ago I read about this new breakfast item coming to the Starbucks menu and I was so excited. Yesterday, a reader (& barista) gave me the heads up that Sous Vide Egg Bites were now available in stores. I hadn't had breakfast yet so I walked over to my local Starbucks to give them a try.

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Sous Vide is a cooking technique where an item is vacuum-sealed and cooked in a hot water bath at a very consistent temperature without the use of added fats or oils. The result of the technique to these egg bites is a tender, velvety texture, sort of halfway between scrambled eggs and a quiche.

I love that Starbucks finally has this bread free breakfast (or anytime really) option as someone post weight loss surgery who has eliminated bread. I can imagine those affected by diabetes, those on a grain-free or gluten free diet, paleo or keto diet folks are cheering this new menu addition too. You know I love them because they are very similar to something I am already obsessed with for breakfast, my Eggface Egg Bites (aka crustless quiches.)

These Starbuck's Sous Vide Egg Bites come in 2 flavors:

Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper, 170 calories (2 per serving), 13 grams of protein - cage-free egg whites, Monterey Jack, cottage cheese, with spinach and fire-roasted red pepper. Vegetarian.

Bacon & Gruyere Cheese, 310 calories (2 per serving), 19 grams of protein - cage-free eggs, aged Gruyere and Monterey Jack cheese topped with a layer of Applewood smoked bacon.

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Verdict: I loved them both, I'd bring a friend, each order a different flavor and swap one of them so you get one of each flavor. I suppose if forced to choose, my favorite was the Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper. I love the savory roasted veggie flavor but... I might need another taste test to be sure.

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Well Kudos to you Starbucks... I was worried with the elimination of some of the Sugar Free syrup flavors lately (they axed SF Caramel & Hazelnut, still have SF Vanilla and Cinnamon Dolce) that Starbucks was starting to forsake its customers with health needs. This new menu item makes me hopeful.

Now... they are not cheap (prices in different markets may vary) I paid $4.45 for the pair and you can buy a dozen eggs and all the ingredients to make many batches of my egg bites with that but these will be a go-to for me when traveling and on days I'm out and about for convenience. Thanks Starbucks.

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Strategies for Eating Out Post Weight Loss Surgery
Keeping Your Health On Track While Traveling

P.S. For Weight Loss Surgery post-ops these are very soft and might be a good earlier option. Eggs often are hard going at first (lay a little heavy) but the cooking technique really helps.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Drum roll...

Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface Crackerjack Nutrition Bariatric Reboot Giveaway

The random generator has selected:

Kay C.
kaycsbemt@xxxxx.com

Congratulations Kay! You are the winner of the latest Giveaway! You win the Bariatric Reboot! Program (for gastric sleeve and bypass patients) access to the downloadable, 6-part Powerpoint series created by Elizabeth Anderson MA, RDN, LD. You have mail!

Want to learn more about the program: Click here for more info and source.

Not a winner this time... no worries another Eggface Giveaway is starting very soon! Before the month is out! Follow along on the BlogTwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram for the latest eggciting announcements!


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Heads Up: Premier Protein Shakes On Sale at Costco

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share a 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 (also available at Costco.com) this January. From January 5th through January 29th Premier Protein’s 18-pack shakes will be discounted $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 but I am so jazzed my Costco is carrying the Bananas & Cream flavor now and perfect timing...

Costco Coupon Protein Shakes Recipes

I serve on the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Board of Directors and every year we set the goals and agenda for the year at an annual Strategic Planning Meeting. For the past few years we have held this planning meeting in the same city where the OAC's Your Weight Matters National Convention is being held later in the year. This year's Convention is going to be in New Orleans. So I am headed there this weekend! I'll tell you that city with it's Beignets (doughnuts that are more powdered sugar than doughnut) and Bananas Foster (favorite New Orleans dessert, made from bananas, ice cream, a caramel sauce and rum then lit on fire!) could really put a dent in your calories for the day. I choose to use those calories while I'm there on the city's protein packed seafood and instead I made myself this delicious Bananas Foster Protein Shake this morning with a Premier Protein Bananas & Cream (each 11 oz. Ready to Drink Shake has 30g of protein, just 160 calories and only 1g of sugar, an easy and convenient way to meet your protein goals for the day and way less sugar!)

Shelly's Bananas Foster Protein Shake

1 (11 oz.) Premier Protein Ready to Drink Bananas & Cream Shake
1/2 teaspoon Rum Extract
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Butterscotch Pudding Mix, dry
dash of Cinnamon
a handful of Ice Cubes

Blend ingredients on high till well combined. I topped it (optional) with a squirt of Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream, a dash of Cinnamon, a Freeze-dried Banana Chip, and a swirl of Sugar Free Caramel Sauce.Yum! I don't advise lighting it on fire though.


After you stock up on shakes at Costco be sure to make some of my favorite Premier Protein "Frappe-style" Shake recipes:

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This post is sponsored by Premier Protein #TheDayIsYours 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.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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...

Breakfast: We had BBQ steak on New Year's Day with sauteed mushrooms for dinner and I had a little leftover so I made a Steak and Scrambled Egg Bowl with the leftovers warmed up with a sprinkle of cheese.

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Lunch: I had a pretty hearty breakfast and a little later in the morning than usual. So I made myself a Protein Shake for Lunch... one of my favorites Celebrate Vitamins Chocolate Mint Protein 20 (the one that tastes like Andes Mints) and I had a couple of Quest Bar Cookies a little while later.

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I am getting over an injury and being sick. Long story, sort of short. I have a dead tree (California drought has taken it's toll on my older trees) and because I am cheap/poor, take your pick I decided I would take it down myself. Well... yeah that didn't go well. I fell about 5 feet directly onto dirt, flat on my back, nothing broken but the wind knocked out of me and pretty stiff (still) and about the same day or so I had a bladder/kidney thing start (that's better.) I missed my yoga and gave that a try yesterday and I'm still a little stiff but getting there. I literally injure myself every time I garden. I think I need to move to a condo.  Anyway back to the menu...

Dinner: If you were good and Santa brought you a Spiralizer this Christmas I'm sure you will be making this dish often. It's a super quick weeknight dinner. Pretty family friendly too. I think these are an easy veggie to slip by the kiddos.

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Shelly's Zucchini "Noodles" & Meatballs

3 Medium Zucchini
1 Yellow Onion
1/2 jar Store bought Tomato Basil Sauce (I love Rao's)
8 Cooked Meatballs (homemade or storebought)
1/4 cup Parmesan
a few twists of Black Pepper

Made my "noodles" and even sent the onion through the spiralizer. Saute the onion in a little olive oil till golden. Add the zucchini and cook till desired tenderness. I put a lid on the pan to help the zucchini along and stir a few times in the cooking time. About 5 minutes. Heat meatballs through in the sauce, when warmed through top the zucchini noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan and a few twists of black pepper. This makes enough for at least 3 people.

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Snacks: Too much coffee and the last of the Apple Pear Crumbs I made for New Year! I took 2 pears and 2 apples I had bumping around the crisper for awhile and cooked them with a dash of Cinnamon and a couple of Tablespoons of Sugar Free Caramel Torani Syrup and a splash of 100% NSA Apple Juice. I just cooked them till they gave gave a bit, let them cool and I put them in the fridge. I was going to use them for breakfast to top Cottage Cheese or a dollop of Ricotta Cheese but later I decided I wanted a sweet treat to ring the new year in.

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Shelly's Apple Pear Chai Crumbs 

1 cup of the Cooked Apple & Pear

Topping (I just used my Spiced Chai Protein Granola recipe)
1/4 cup Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Big Train Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Protein Powder
1/4 cup chopped Nuts (I used Pecans)
1 Tablespoon Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup

Divide apple & pear mixture into 4-4 oz. ramekins. Set aside. Squeeze together topping ingredients with your hands till clumps form. You need to use your hands for this one. Sprinkle clumps of the topping equally over each ramekin of fruit.

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Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden. I served the cooled crumbs with a squirt of Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream.

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It was the perfect first bite of 2017. Oh and for those keeping track I was 11/12 on my annual raisin toss. I think that was the same as last year.

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I hope everyone had a nice New Year. I hope this year brings you lots of laughs and fun times with those you love, a few adventures, a Powerball win ;) remember your long lost err blogger/cousin? if you do!

I have a couple of work related trips planned so far, the first one in just a few days. I am heading to New Orleans for the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Board of Directors Annual Strategic Planning Meeting & Retreat, it's a chance to set the organization's goals and agenda for the year, check in on progress made on our 5 year goals and since our big Convention will be held in New Orleans this summer. **Please make plans to come, you will have an amazing time, learn so much and renew your health commitment** Having this OAC Planning Meeting at the Convention site is a great opportunity to meet with the hotel and for the Convention Planning Committee to do a little event planning at the site. It's a nice weekend, catching up with the fellow board members too. Many I have been friends with now for almost a decade. A wonderful group of volunteer Board Members and our Organizational staff members. We speak often on the phone and email but really only get a couple of times of year to see each other in person. I'm looking forward to it... you can follow my New Orleans adventures on Twitter I'm @Eggface I tweet a lot (family friendly mostly), occasional random musings about my neighborhood and what it smells like, lots of recipe links and articles about obesity, health and fitness, occasional social or political rant. You have been warned ;)

There's still time to get in on the current giveaway and watch for another great one starting when I get back from New Orleans. Watch for it!





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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Heads Up: Introducing CrackerJack Nutrition, Discount & Giveaway!

I am happy to work with sponsor CrackerJack Nutrition and share this great resource with my readers.

I often get emails from fellow weight loss surgery post-ops that have had a little regain, maybe a little more than a little. Life happened... or maybe death or divorce or work or kids or _____. The how's and why's may be different but ultimately they just desperately want to get back on track. I always suggest heading back to their doctor, it's usually long overdue for lab work. I advise them to track their food and fitness while they wait for the appointment and bring that with them (it often can give some insight into what's happening and where adjustments may be made) and I remind them that obesity is a chronic disease and any medical professional worth the paper hanging on their wall should understands that chronic diseases requires lifelong treatment and monitoring. I tell them to never be afraid to ask for help.

For some that encouragement from a fellow post-op helps and they often write again sharing the results of their renewed health commitment. For others, they have long lost touch with their bariatric team, the 2-3 hours to a major city to see someone isn't as feasible, some because of moves can't find a program that will take them on, some had surgery in another country and never really had a support network in the states, others just can't take that step yet. If that sounds like you... I'd like to share a resource and possible solution by introducing Crackerjack Nutrition's Elizabeth Anderson MA, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian with over 15 years experience who will work with weight loss surgery clients online!

I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth at the Your Weight Matters National Convention, she shared with me some of the services she offers and I thought what a cool option this might be for some of you who are feeling like you need some help in your weight loss journey. I love that she attends events like the Your Weight Matters National Convention and ObesityWeek. Elizabeth is motivated to continue to learn and share the latest information and evidence based science with her clients. We are learning new things in obesity and weight loss all the time and continuing education is so important. After having several conversations with her and reading her blog... I know she gets it. She understands that we all come to the table with a different set of circumstances and challenges and what works for one person may not for another. If you feel you have veered off course she can help you get rededicated to an eating and lifestyle plan that supports your goals and is doable in your world.

Elizabeth offers a variety of services.  Click here to learn about the different programs including individual nutrition counseling sessions via phone or Skype and a Bariatric Reboot! Program, a 6 part series available for instant download where she shares information on how to regain your footing and get back on track and woot woot if you enter: EGGFACE in the promo code section for the Bariatric Reboot program my readers will get it for 50% off until 1/31/17!

Here's Elizabeth herself explaining the Bariatric Reboot program...


Building a support network to be successful is a no brainer to me (you don't go into battles alone) but now that fact is supported by research done at Duke and Stanford Universities that found weight loss surgery post-ops who sought support were almost two times more likely to achieve successful weight loss outcomes. Great resources like Elizabeth and CrackerJack Nutrition are available without even leaving your house. You don't have to go it alone.

Want a chance to win CrackerJack Nutrition's Bariatric Reboot! Program. It's Giveaway Time!

The Prize: One Bariatric Reboot! Program (for gastric sleeve and bypass patients) access to the downloadable, 6-part Powerpoint series created by Elizabeth Anderson MA, RDN, LD.

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

Want an extra chance to win: LIKE Crackerjack Nutrition and The World According to Eggface Facebook pages. Let me know in your comments you liked the pages.

Example: Jane Doe jdoe@someemail.com I like both pages!

Contest Period Ends Sunday, January 8th (11:59 PM Pacific), sometime Monday, January 9th. 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. One ENTRY per person. Blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. only (contiguous United States plus Alaska & Hawaii mailing address only, sorry it's a international law thing.)

Good Luck!

Thanks CrackerJack Nutrition for partnering with me on this post and giveaway. Be sure to check Elizabeth out and tell her Eggface sent you. I highly recommend following Elizabeth on twitter and bookmark her website you may not have need now or perhaps be ready to take that step yet but be sure to put it in your toolbox of resources. Because life happens and we all need to adjust the sails from time to time


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Eggface 2016 - The Blog Year in Review

A look back at some of my favorite blog posts, healthy recipes and menus, ideas and tips from the past year. My 10th year post weight loss surgery.

January: National Soup Month Recipe Round-Up and being named to the Top 100 Obesity Global Influencers List (#35) was pretty darn cool (Jamie Oliver was #1, love him.) I am proud to represent those affected by obesity by sharing my story. I hope it helps others on their journey.

http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2016/01/national-soup-month-recipe-round-up.html

February: My Berry Favorite Valentine's Day Desserts and a particularly tasty Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

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March: Grasshopper Protein Pudding Jars (you must make these) and Happy and Healthy St. Patrick's Day

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April: Scrambled Egg Bowls (a favorite breakfast) and revamp of post I hope has been helpful over the years Weight Loss Surgery Post Op Life on the Cheap

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May: One for the new post-ops Liquid Phase for Post Weight Loss Surgery and May is National Salad Month

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June: I had to mark 10 Years Post WLS with a few words of... umm wisdom? ;) and I had fun with My DIY Coffee Bar Project 

Craft Home Food Coffee

July: Healthy Sugar Free Recipes for World Chocolate Day and another tasty day in my world Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

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August: Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch and Cook Once, Eat Twice or More: Basic Chicken Salad

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September: YWM2016 Your Weight Matters National Convention Wrap-Up (I am honored to serve as the chair of the convention planning committee) and Take Out Inspired Recipes for Post Weight Loss Surgery

Your Weight Matters National Convention YWM YWM2016 YWM2017

October: 10 Favorite Cauliflower Recipes and Healthy Snacks: Apple Pie Protein Balls

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November: 10 Ground Beef Recipes and lots of zucchini noodles in this Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

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December: Holiday Party Recipes and my DIY Cocoa Bar

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Past Blog Year in Reviews:

2015 Blasts from the Past
2014 Blasts from the Past
2013 Blasts from the Past
2012 Blasts from the Past
2011 Blasts from the Past
2010 Blasts from the Past

In these uncertain times, it helps me knowing I'm never alone on this road. Thankful for all of you! Happy New Year! Wishing you all good health and lots of laughter.

I hope to see you this year at YWM2017 please try and come!


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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Savory Pancakes - Potato-less Potato Pancake Recipes (Latkes)

Say that 3 times fast. I usually make a sweet version of Cottage Cheese Pancakes for breakfast but instead I used plain cottage cheese and some savory herbs and spices and came up with a faux latke or potato pancake. These are great as a side with soup.

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Shelly's Potato-less Potato Pancakes

1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix
2 Tablespoons Chives, snipped
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Whiz in mini food processor. Spray pan with non-stick spray. Cook on low till bubbles appear, flip. Cook till done. Serve with sour cream. Makes 4 small latkes (pictured) or 8 silver dollar size.

Some variations:

Replace chives with dill. This would be a great side with fish. Omit salt and chives and add instead a tablespoon of grated parmesan and chopped basil serve with a dollop of ricotta cheese. Mix a little creamy horseradish and sour cream and top latkes with a dollop and some sliced smoked salmon.

Serve for breakfast with an over-easy egg.

You can replace cottage cheese with ricotta cheese (or 1/2 & 1/2 too) I do those often ricotta makes them (sturdier for appetizers) and "sandwiches."

Some other Eggface Savory Pancakes... 

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Shelly's Ricotta Pancake Breadless "Sandwich"
Shelly's Savory Onion Mini Ricotta Pancakes with Smoked Salmon
Shelly's Bruschetta Pancakes
Shelly's Savory Onion Ricotta Pancakes (larger size)


Sunday, December 25, 2016

DIY Hot Cocoa Bar

We've been downright chilly the past few days with lows in the 30's. I know some of you are laughing right now because in some areas 30's would be a warming trend. We're wimps here in Southern California. I used to be tougher I grew up in New York (Long Island) and we had real winters but I'm a wimp now too since weight loss surgery and losing some of my insulation. I survived the chilly Christmas Eve night by turning my DIY Antique Store find turned Coffee Bar temporarily into a Christmas Cocoa Station.

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Still plenty of chilly winter nights ahead if you want to set up a Hot Cocoa Bar at your house.

You Need: 
Coffee Maker or one of those Electric Hot Water Kettles are great too (just watch the cord around pets & kiddos)
Sugar Free Cocoa Packets (I actually prefer the No Sugar Added NSA ones though they are a few more calories)
Sugar Free Torani Syrups in a variety of flavors

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Spices, Mix-ins and Toppings: Powdered Peanut Butter, Crushed Sugar Free Peppermint Candies, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin Spice, No Sugar Added Homemade Whipped Cream and Nonpareils.
and of course you need a few Holiday Treats: Mini Protein Donuts and Protein Bar Cookies.

More Weight Loss Surgery Friendly Desserts

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My Creation... NSA Cocoa with SF Almond Torani Syrup, a squirt of Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream, a dash of Cinnamon and Nonpareils. Mmmm it was delicious. 

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 💕 to all my family & friends both IRL & online. Wishing everyone health, love, laughter and all good things in 2017.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Healthy Mexican Food Recipes: Tamales

A few days ago I stumbled on a tamale making demonstration and instruction at a local supermarket. Tamales are traditional Mexican foods served during Christmas and New Year's. I have wanted to learn how to make them for years. Well technically I did make them once but it didn't go well (I blogged about it here.) I have seen a few classes offered over the years but either they were full or didn't work into my schedule. I seized upon the opportunity to try my hand at it again.

The two ladies shared their tips and walked me through from soaking the husks to making the tamale batter, spreading and filling the tamales and steaming them. I got to take home my un-cooked tamale and taste some they had steamed earlier. I enjoyed the tamales I made but they were slightly higher in carbs and fat than I would like and my usual issue with tamales is that the ratio of batter was too much for the amount of filling.

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I went home excited and determined to figure out a higher protein, lower carb version of a tamale that would be a healthier choice for me. I cut the batter with ricotta cheese which added flavor and allowed me to cut almost all the oil/lard in the original recipe and up the protein and as I filled them I adjusted the ratio of filling to batter. The batter was an Italian spin on a gnocchi dough my Grandma made. I hope you enjoy the results of my experimenting.

Shelly's Ricotta Tamales 

You need Corn Husks 16-18
1 1/2 cups Instant Corn Masa for Tamales (I used Maseca brand)
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 cup Warm Broth (any you love, I used Chicken)
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
Large Pot with Steamer Insert

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To prepare corn husks: Place cornhusks in a large bowl, cover with hot water and weight with a heavy plate or pitcher to completely submerge them. Let soak for at least 30 minutes.

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To prepare tamale batter: Put all ingredients except the oil in a bowl and stir with a spoon (or better yet clean hands) until a soft dough forms. Add oil and mix again. You want a very moist and spreadable, but not runny consistency (add a little more warm broth if necessary.)

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Fillings: I used 2 different combos. Chicken, Mushroom & Onion: I shredded 2 cooked chicken breasts (store bought rotisserie would be great for this) and to that I added sauteed onions (1 yellow) and mushrooms (a dozen or so, sliced.) The other filling was Green Chili and Cheese: canned mild green chilis, deseeded and sliced into strips and sliced Queso Fresco cheese. I added green chili salsa inside a few of the tamales too. My Crock Pot Carnitas would be a perfect filling too. Next time!

To assemble tamales: Drain the corn husks and pat dry. Cover the husks with a damp towel while you are assembling. Working on a flat, clean surface, unfold one of the large corn husks so it's completely flat. Spread a dollop (meatball/golfball) size in the center of the husk in a 4-inch square (trick the ladies taught me: use a plastic quart size bag sprayed with nonstick spray to press the batter onto the husk) leaving a wide border at the top and the bottom. Spoon about the same amount of your filling in a thin strip down the length of the batter square. Tamales always have too much batter to filling in my opinion. So I did a thin spread and about the same amount of filling. You can adjust to your tastes.

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Fold the long sides of the corn husk together, causing the batter to completely surround the filling, then fold the corn husk end up, creating a pouch. If a corn husk splits while you're folding just wrap a second husk right over the first. If you want to remember the different fillings tie the tamale closed using a thin strip of torn corn husk for one of the fillings.

My stubby fingers can't tie husks so it's a surprise what you get at my house... "Oh look! you got the one you wanted it's a Christmas miracle!" If not, just point out the window and say "Oh my gosh, look at that!" and when everyone at the table turns to look, quickly switch plates with a loved one. Problem solved.

To steam tamales: Fill a large pot with 2 inches of water. Place a steamer basket in the pot and loosely place the tamales upright in the basket. I actually owned a perfect pot for it which comes with 2 steamer inserts, it was from my pre-weight loss surgery pasta eating years. Cover and steam over medium heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Check the water level periodically (I added a little more boiling water at about 45 minutes.) Make one tamale the tester. When it gets to 1 hour and 15 minutes open your tester tamale up... the tamales are done when the batter is firm and easily pulls away from the wrapper. If it sticks it's not ready, just fold it up again and continue cooking a few more minutes (time will vary based on the moisture of the masa) it pulls away easily when it's done, it'll be obvious.

You can serve them with a little Greek yogurt or guacamole, both would be great if your fillings are spicier. I just topped mine with a little pico de gallo (salsa basically)

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Cook's Note: Ingredients can be found at a grocery store with a Mexican products section or online. Make the cooked fillings the day before to save time. Tamales will keep in the fridge 2-3 days steamed or place them in a freezer bag and freeze for a month or two. Reheat tamales in the microwave. I use this gadget (it's awesome for reheating everything.)

They take awhile to make but it's lots of fun and they were delicious so I think they might be a Christmas tradition.

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