Thursday, September 15, 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...

Breakfast: If you are a carrot cake fan promise me you will make these. They are sooooo good. Pre weight loss surgery I used to frequent a Mexican restaurant in my town. They had carrot cake on their dessert menu, it was their signature dessert. One day I happened to look up the nutritional information on it and almost died... one slice was 910 calories, 52 grams of fat and 107 grams of carbs. A slice.... no joke! and I'd eat a slice after a meal of plenty of chips & salsa, a couple of tacos, rice, beans... and... I'd take an extra piece home for later. Eeek. So these pancakes give me my carrot cake fix and I don't have to walk the length of the Baja Peninsula to burn them off.

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Shelly's Carrot Cake Ricotta Pancakes

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Carrot, raw, shredded
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Cheesecake Pudding Mix, dry
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (SF Caramel or SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon)
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix

Optional Cream Cheese Topping: Mix together 2 Tablespoons Whipped Cream Cheese and 1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (Sugar Free Vanilla, SF Caramel or SF Brown Sugar Cinnamon), add a dash of Cinnamon and a sprinkle of chopped pecans.

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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 each pancake with a drizzle of Cream Cheese Topping or warm Sugar Free Maple Syrup or they are really delicious 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: Leftovers. Shelly's Pepperoni and Olive Pizza Bites (aka Mini Crustless Quiche) these are a great Sunday Meal Prep type food (they are great reheated and last several days in the fridge.) They are also super kid friendly, in fact, have the kiddos help you make these.

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Shelly's Pepperoni and Olive Pizza Bites (aka Crustless Mini Quiches)

5 Eggs, beaten
2 Green Onions, diced
1/4 cup Black Olives, sliced
1/4 cup Tomatoes, diced (canned & drained or fresh)
Mini Pepperoni Slices (about 3 pieces per quiche)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1 Tablespoon Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together (except pepperoni). Spoon into lightly greased (non-stick cooking spray works great for this) mini muffin tin. Place approx. 3 mini pepperoni pieces in each quiche. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool a few moments they pull away and pop right out. Makes 24.

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Dinner: We had our final #YWM2016 debrief meeting of the Your Weight Matters National Convention Committee. It gives everyone an opportunity to share their thoughts about the event while they are still fresh in our minds, a lot to cover and despite best efforts it ran about 20 minutes over so I was so glad I had most of this prepared before and just assembled it. We ate our little weight loss surgery friendly tidbits and watched a little mindless TV.

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Pictured: Cucumber Sticks, Caprese Skewers, Crunchy Cheese "Crackers" and 2 Greek Yogurt Dips: Hummus & Yogurt Dip (just equal parts plain Greek Yogurt & Hummus) and Greek Yogurt with this new Trader Joe's find mixed in to taste.

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Snacks: Too much coffee as usual and a Protein Shake before my meeting.

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Shelly's Chocolate Cinnamon Coffee Protein Shake

8 oz. Almond or Soy Milk (any milk will do)
1 scoop Chike Nutrition High Protein Iced Coffee (Mocha flavor)
dash of Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Chocolate Syrup
a few Ice Cubes

Blend on high till well combined. I topped it with No Sugar Added, Homemade Whipped Cream and a dash of Cinnamon.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Premier Protein Peaches and Caramel Baked Pancake

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein®. I'm excited to share this delicious, healthy breakfast recipe I created using the latest flavor of Premier Protein® shakes

Some days you just need a grab and go breakfast but on the weekend when you can spend a little more time this recipe is one to make. It's super simple (great one for the kiddo to help with) and easy clean-up but you do have to wait while it bakes and puffs up into this golden brown yumminess. I used the latest flavor of Premier Protein Ready to Drink Protein Shake: Caramel and a couple of beautiful peaches I picked up at the Farmer's Market yesterday.

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Shelly's Peaches and Caramel Baked Pancake

2 large Peaches, sliced
Batter:
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Cottage Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3/4 cup Premier Protein Caramel Protein Shake
1/2 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix
1/4 cup Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (Torani, Davinci, in the coffee aisle)

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Arrange sliced peaches in a baking dish, casserole or deep pie plate that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. I used a thrift shop score (I collect vintage Pyrex) but any size around 8x8x2 would work.

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Whiz the batter ingredients in a blender till smooth. Pour batter over top of the peaches.

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Bake at 425 for about 25 minutes, switch to broil for 3-4 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden brown on top.

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Serve a wedge warm with a drizzle of Sugar Free Maple Syrup or Homemade, No Sugar Added Whipped Cream. Serves 6-8.

Warm peaches, caramel, cinnamon... this was a delicious start to the day and bonus... it made the house smell ahhh-mazing. Hope you give this protein-packed Peaches and Caramel Baked Pancake a try!


If you are serving coffee with it...  Did you know you can use Premier Protein shakes as a coffee creamer too.

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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 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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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Obesity Action Coalition Photo Gallery: Refocus Obesity!

This year at the Your Weight Matters National Convention attendees were given a sneak peak at the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Image Gallery. The purpose of this gallery is to help refocus the perception of obesity and the way individuals affected by this chronic disease are depicted visually. All images are FREE.  

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The latest way the OAC is chipping away at the stigma and bias people affected by obesity face in the world. Have you ever glanced at a newspaper or online article about obesity chances are you have seen some of these photos used in them...


Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article about the OAC Gallery and this was my comment...
9/9/2016 3:20 PM PDT
I am sick of seeing the same photos of a headless someone sitting on a park bench in ill-fitted clothing next to a crumpled bag of fast food on EVERY. SINGLE. ARTICLE about obesity. It ignorantly simplifies what is a very complex issue and stigmatizes those affected by obesity. What other disease would we allow this to happen? Does every story about lung cancer have a person with a cigarette dangling from their mouth? No, of course not, because we know better, that would be stigmatizing, harmful and downright false and when you know better you do better. I hope media outlets utilize this gallery.
What I know... people affected by the disease of obesity are our Mom, Dad, best pal, firefighters, teachers, nurses, people who eat fast food and people who wouldn't touch the stuff with someone else's hand. We are people who dance, run and yes sometimes sit down on a park bench to eat lunch but we definitely all have a head ;) and we all deserve to be treated (and depicted through photos) with respect.

How I intend on spreading the word and I hope you will consider doing some of these too...

  • When I see an article that is using a stigmatizing photo I will comment online or write a letter to the editor or tweet a reply: As a person affected by obesity or as a reader of your paper or magazine (or website, tweets, posts, blog) I ask that you stop using stigmatizing images to depict people with obesity. Here is a source for free non-stigmatizing photos: http://www.obesityaction.org/oac-image-gallery
  • I will also spread the word about the OAC Gallery through posts and tweets (feel free to RT this one below):

  • When I see non-stigmatizing photos being used I will send a thank you and words of encouragement to continue doing the right thing

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cool Product Alert: New Blueberry Muffin Quest Bar "Cookies"

Got my hands on some of the newest flavor of Quest protein bar: Blueberry Muffin. Verdict: yummy! It has little dried blueberries and the same graham chunks the S'mores bar has (if you've tried that one) I tasted it as is and then of course I had to turn them into "cookies" which I personally think is the best way to eat Quest bars. I love the portion control (1 bar = 8 cookies) because 2 cookies is always plenty for me but somehow I can eat more bar.... and some of the flavors I wasn't that fond of I tried again as "cookies" and I love them now. See the link below for how to make the cookies.

Here are the results...

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Cooking Instructions: How to make Quest Protein Bar Cookies

An online source for the NEW Blueberry Bars and my favorite flavor: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough too.

and I am giving a couple away in a Pop-up Instagram Giveaway (ends 9/10, winner announced 9/11) so go enter that.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Coffee Lovers Protein Packed Recipes Just For You

I made a coffee version of the Protein Balls I made the other day. I used Chike High Protein Iced Coffee. If you haven't tried it I highly recommend it. My favorite is the Mocha flavor. It's great with water but I prefer it with milk and a little ice and whizzed in the blender like a frappe (better than anything at Starbucks) and if you get your hands on some be sure to try the Protein Balls or one of these other fun recipes on the blog using it.

Shelly's Mocha Protein Balls

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

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 powder (any flavor will work) 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 14-18.

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Shelly's Mocha Protein Balls
Shelly's Tiramisu Protein Pudding (pureed phase)
Shelly's Coffee Caramel Nut Greek Yogurt Parfait
Shelly's Mocha Madness Protein Shake
Shelly's Coffee Cannoli Dip with Strawberries
Shelly's Irish Cream Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Espresso Pancakes (just mix a scoop into your regular or low carb pancake batter)
Shelly's Toasted Coconut Mocha Coffee Frappe
Shelly's Chocolate Chip Coffee Cannoli Cream Tarts



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Saturday, September 3, 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. Today's healthy and delicious menu...

Breakfast: Farmer's Market Morning! I had a few items on list for recipes I plan on making this week. With the Convention over and cooler days coming I'm excited to cook and blog a bit more. Today's haul: cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash, peppers, onions, strawberries, raspberries, avocado, apples, cilantro, fig yogurt.

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I had a free Starbucks coming (those early AM visits at the YWM2016 Convention added up) so I got my usual Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte, I got my Mum a coffee and a pumpkin muffin (I will have to make my version soon.) I had a Chai Spice Protein Ball that I had tossed in a snack sized baggie and into my purse before we left. These are soooo good...

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Shelly's Chai Spice Protein Balls

1/4 cup Quick Cook Oatmeal, dry
1/4 cup Spiced Chai 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 Vanilla)

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 powder 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 quarter size (this batch I made slightly bigger and got 14.)

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I had an unexpected errand I had to run back out for... a first world crisis... my Keurig coffee machine kicked the bucket so I had to run the Costco to get a new machine (don't you love unplanned expenses) but me without coffee = a hazard to myself and others.


All's right with my world again. Now I just need to pay the bill ;) sigh.

My DIY Coffee Bar Project

Lunch: Leftovers. I made a new version of my mini meatloaves for dinner yesterday. I have found the trick to eating leftovers as a post-op is to keep things moist. I love this gadget for that. It's the kind where you put a couple of tablespoons of water in the base and it steam heats the food. Totally keeps foods from drying out. One of the best post-op gadgets in my kitchen.

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Shelly's Asian Mini Meatloaf

1 1/4 pounds Ground Beef (or Turkey)
1/4 cup Oatmeal
1/4 cup Milk
1 Egg, beaten
1 (14 oz bag) Coleslaw Mix (cabbage & carrot)
3 Green Onions, diced
2 teaspoons Fresh Ginger, finely minced
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
a few twists of Black Pepper

Soak oatmeal in milk for 1 minute (you can use almond meal or bread crumbs if you do bread) Beat egg. Add egg and soaked oats to ground meat. Saute slaw mix and green onions for about 5 minutes till it just begins to get limp. Add ginger. Saute a minute more. Set aside to cool.

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Add cooled veggies and all remaining ingredients. Mix till combined. Divide into 8 equal mounds. Form into mini meatloaves or if you have this super groovy pan like me use it. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. These freeze well either cooked or uncooked.

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Dinner: Today was so much cooler than it has been. I washed and deseeded the mini bell peppers I bought at the market and roasted them. It gave me an idea to make a spanish style "rice" dish. This will be on my menu often. It was delicious. You could add meat (chicken, turkey, beef, sausage, shrimp etc.) I didn't this time but I'm going to do this again this coming week with shrimp and sausage, a sort of a play on Paella.

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Shelly's Spanish Style Cauliflower Rice

1 Yellow Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon Garlic, chopped
2 cups of Cauliflower, riced
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Oregano
a few twists of Black Pepper
1 cup (about 12 mini peppers) Roasted Peppers, chopped fine
1 cup Canned Diced Tomatoes, slightly drained
1-2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese
Optional: 1 cup cooked whatever protein (chicken, turkey, beef, sausage, shrimp, etc.)

Saute onion till just golden. Add garlic cook 1 minute more. Add riced cauliflower. (Break up the cauliflower into small florets. Pulse the florets a few at a time in a food processor until reduced to the size of rice grains (about 2 cups worth after whizzing) or better yet find some pre-riced (Trader Joe's, Green Giant, make fresh & frozen, either is fine), soooo much easier/less clean-up.) Place in the saute pan with a drizzle of olive oil and saute for 5 minutes stirring often. Add seasonings and tomato paste. Stir till well blended. Add tomatoes, roasted peppers and cilantro.

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If you are adding cooked protein I'd do that now. Cook for 5 minutes more. Stirring occasionally. Pour into an oven safe casserole dish, top with cheese and broil 2-3 minutes till melty and gooey.

Snacks: Well I had to break in my new coffee machine a few times of course and a slice of Pretty in Pink Microwave Protein Cake topped with sliced fresh Strawberries and No Sugar Added, Homemade, Whipped Cream is dessert as soon as I hit publish on this blog post.

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone!

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Friday, September 2, 2016

#YWM2016 Your Weight Matters National Convention Wrap-up

Happy September Everyone! Last week I crossed the country to Washington DC to attend the 5th annual Your Weight Matters National Convention. I am lucky to serve as chair of the Convention Planning Committee as part of my service on the Obesity Action Coalition Board of Directors. This convention is especially near and dear to my heart because not only is about uniting our community for support, advocacy efforts and sharing top notch science based education which is so needed to counter the BS scams that prey on those concerned about their health and weight but it's a chance to see my tribe, my squad, my people, many of the attendees are my online friends and my personal support system. Each year at Convention I add to that support system, I meet so many inspiring, wonderful new friends and by the end of the weekend we all are truly are a family (leaving everyone is like coming home from summer camp.)

If you haven't attended a YWM Convention yet. I promise you will love it! Next year #YWM2017 will be held August 10-13, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Sign up for e-alerts and you'll get all the event 411 as it's released in the months ahead.

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This year's committee planned an awesome weekend and it was exciting to see the past year's plans come to life. We had the highest attendance yet and lots of positive feedback! Yay! There's always tweaks and things we want to try new and I look forward to presenting the results of the conference surveys to the convention committee as we plan for next year.

Scroll through our Storify timelines to get a peek at the weekend: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday and the #YWM2016 Twitter feed.

Here's some of my personal pictures from the event...

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and I had a lovely surprise. I was presented the Obesity Action Coalition Chairman's Award (icing on the cake, cherry on the sundae, so many food metaphors, what's up with that?!) I think our photographer got a picture I'll add it when I get it. Here's a lovely write up about this year's award winners. I am honored to be in their company.

**Edited to add** Here's the photo...

Chairman's Award Obesity Action Coalition OAC Annual Awards Shelly Vicari
L to R: Joseph Nadglowski, President & CEO Obesity Action Coalition, Obesity Action Coalition BODs Michelle Vicari, Amber Huett-Garcia, Chair.
Well I have so many more photos I will probably do another post at some point but I wanted to just give those that did not attend a little view into the wonderful community that we invite you to become a part of the smiling faces, learning and laughing together. Join us next year!

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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

More Eggface Bento Box Lunches (tons of low carb, back to school or take to work lunch recipes and ideas)

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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