Success After Weight Loss Surgery Means Enjoying Food Not Dieting

by sandi on February 4, 2015

Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting
Enjoying Food Not Dieting

I have said many times before that I am NOT on a diet although I track my calories and protein.  I do that to live in awareness so that if the scale goes up or my clothes feel snug I know why.  It’s quite simple really.  It also gives me the opportunity to change what I am doing to “unsnug” those clothes because I can easily look back and clearly see where I can improve.  I am a work in progress and am never perfect, no matter how hard I try.  Imagine that.  Are you?  Didn’t think so, and glad to know we’re all human.

Anyway, this is not about tracking, it is about delicious food.  In checking my cupboard I found that I had about 4 cans of pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie filling) left over from Thanksgiving.  How could I use it was my next thought.  Decided that if I could make banana flourless pancakes and top them with blueberry “syrup” I could probably come up with something like that using pumpkin and apples….so I did.

Here’s the end result and my husband’s last words were “Are you gonna eat that last pancake?” and when I said no, he did.  If that tells you anything, it should since he has not had weight loss surgery and he had 18 small pancakes, 2 sausages and 2/3 of a large apple on his plate.

I started with making the pumpkin pancake “batter”:

To my Ninja Pro I added 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 cup egg beaters, 1 teaspoon baking powder, a good “splash” of pure vanilla extract, and about 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.  I pulsed this quickly to just blend.

In the meantime I had sprayed two small nonstick frying pans with coconut oil spray and was heating them to medium on the stove.

I poured a couple of tablespoons of batter into each and while they started to cook I turned the oven on to 175 and put 2 plates in there since I love my breakfast nice and hot and would be putting the pancakes 2 at a time in the oven to stay warm until all were done.  This is a great temperature for the plates to stay warm and to not dry out the pancakes.

When the edges of the pancakes were done and the center was bubbling and getting “dry” I gently flipped them and allowed them to finish cooking.

I popped the finished products in the oven and started from spray and continued until all were cooked, adjusting the temperature on the stove to keep the pancakes cooking but not burning.

As this process continued I peeled, quartered and cored a large Fuji apple and sliced it very thinly into a Pyrex 1 quart measuring cup (just so I would have enough head room in the microwave for nothing to run over).  I added 3 teaspoons Splenda and A LOT of cinnamon, along with 2 splashes of vanilla.  I mixed this all together and put the microwave on half power for 2 minutes.  (All this time going back to my pancakes and spraying, pouring, flipping, removing to the oven etc.) I removed the cup from the microwave and stirred everything again and set aside.

For my breakfast I also had some Trader Joe’s Maple Chicken Sausage, each link is 45 calories and 5 grams protein.  Based on the stats for ½ of the pancake recipe I decided to use only 1 for myself and 2 for my husband.  After all of the pancakes were cooked and in the oven I placed the sausage in one of the pre-sprayed pans and cooked on medium, turning frequently for about 5 minutes.  …Meanwhile back to the apples.  I mixed everything again, put them back in the microwave on half power and let ‘em go for another 2 minutes to heat them up and really get the juices going.

Served on the hot plates and realized I could no more eat ½ of the pancake recipe than try to eat an entire standing rib roast.  I reduced my portion to 1 sausage, 1/3 of the pancakes (which happened to be 9) and 1/3 of the apple pie filling.  A true taste bonanza for approximately 151 calories and 14.1 grams of protein.

The entire pancake recipe with the entire apple was approximately 323 calories and 27.3 grams protein.  The sausage links are 45 calories and 5 grams protein each.

Try it on a nice Sunday morning when you have nowhere to be in a hurry and enjoy your healthy, delicious satisfying gourmet style breakfast.  Why not?

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