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Smoothies

There’s a nasty little stomach bug going around the house. All three kids got it, and at least one was the cause of poor FatChocoboMom having to steam clean her rugs. Ah, the joys of parenthood. I’m also on some antibiotics for an infection, which has left my stomach feeling quite queasy. Today is the worst, after taking my last pill, so I’m praying to the Gods that it’s just the pill and not whatever nasty little bug the kids brought home.

Things are proceeding well enough on the surgery path. I hit a bump when the local hospital decided to cancel my EGD and reschedule it for a month later. This puts my entire schedule behind a month, as there is little to do about it, we have to go with the flow. I’ve done everything else, including hitting my initial weight goal. Once I got into the groove of it, it wasn’t that bad.

One of the things that have helped has been protein shakes. I used to think that was just some silly muscle-head fad, but considering the doctors want me to get 80-110 grams of protein daily, it doesn’t seem so silly anymore. At first I was just drinking these shakes. Premier, which is found in Walmart, isn’t so bad. I really like the Unjury ones, and some of the Syntrax Nectar ones are really good (though a few were REALLY bad.) I also found a few various brands at the local natural store, some good, some not so good. It’s all personal though, and I would recommend trying as many as you can, but I’ve also been told your tastes change after surgery. So be prepared to experiment all over again. The only real negative I can think of is I haven’t found a good chocolate protein shake yet.  They all taste bland. However, I did find a hot chocolate that is delicious and higher in protein. It has a touch of that artificial sweetener taste, but it isn’t too bad. Having these in the house has helped me to deal with chocolate cravings. In fact, I need to order more (while I cry over the price…yeah…it’s a touch expensive.)

Seriously, an awesome blender!

Last week, Target had a sale on the Nutri Ninja Blender with Auto IQ technology. This baby is awesome! I’ve always bought cheapo blenders that I could never have green smoothies in. I made a green smoothie with spinach and kale, fairlife milk, strawberries, blueberries and a frozen banana on the first day. It was so smooth I didn’t taste the greens at all. No chunks, no grit. SMOOTH.  It was fantastic. And the kids love it too, because now FatChocoboMom can make them smoothies, one of their favorite foods.

Today, thanks to that queasy stomach, I opted to go for a liquid lunch. I thought I’d share the recipe, because I considered this one to be a success.

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

1 premier protein shake- Chocolate

1/2 frozen banana

6 strawberries, fresh or frozen (I used frozen.)

Put in your ninja cup, in that order. Put on blender base and hit extract.  ENJOY.

I only used 6 strawberries and it’s not strawberry enough for me. Next time, I might double it, though that adds sugar and carbs. I know a lot of people add sweetener to their smoothies- sugar, honey, agave syrup…even Splenda or stevia. I don’t feel the need, I actually have been developing a taste for more “naturally” sweet stuff. Nutritionally, this is 227 calories, 3 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 22 carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 10 grams of sugar and 30 grams of protein. This isn’t for everyone, of course. Many bariatric patients aim for ketosis, but this isn’t what the doctor proscribed for me, and with a net carb total of 17, it’s totally good for me. You just can’t beat those 30 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber. (Of course, adding greens would make this even more healthy, I just happened to have run out!)

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