Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Today Inspired: Rise After the Fall


I know that we've heard the cliche since childhood, pick yourself up when you fall. But how many of us live the philosophy? This is one I need to work on and this one applies to the 5 Day Pouch Test. As you know I've written the 5DPT is not about perfection, but more about persistence and learning. Nobody has ever done the plan perfectly, but many have done the plan well enough to use it effectively as a vehicle for change in their weight management with WLS. So here is the Today Inspired for all of you today!

Today Inspired are original images by me, Kaye Bailey, with inspired quotes to elevate our mood and motivate positive personal growth. I hope you enjoy them.  Thanks for visiting the LivingAfterWLS Blog.



Monday, March 14, 2016

Irish Flavor: Cock-A-Leekie Soup

The 5 Day Pouch Test: Express Study Guide

This week, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, consider a refreshing and hearty soup that brings an Irish flair to your table while supporting your weight management goals after weight loss surgery. A well-made soup is a terrific remedy for carb cravings without taking us off-track in our post-WLS Protein First diet. (Protein First: Understanding and Living the First Rule of Weight Loss Surgery). The complex carbohydrates found in vegetables and fruit (celery, carrots, leeks, and prunes) and grains (barley) support our nutrition goals without adding empty calories from simple carbohydrates to our meals.

This cleverly named soup features chicken, celery, leeks, barley, and the surprise ingredient prunes for a delightful marriage of flavor and texture in one satisfying bowl.  Each 1-cup serving provides about 400 calories with 18 grams protein, 6 grams fat, 20 grams carbohydrate, and 4 grams dietary fiber.  Leeks are a beneficial digestive aid and can soothe an irritated WLS pouch. The prunes add sweetness and chewy texture to the soup for a refreshing flavor burst, don't leave them out. Preparation and cooking takes about an hour, a good option for a hearty weeknight supper. 

Cock-A-Leekie Soup 

Serves 6-8; 70 minutes to prepare and cook.
Ingredients:
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth, fat free (about 4 cups)
4 cups water
2 pounds bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 3 cups cooked)
3 ribs celery, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 bay leaves
2 large leeks
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
12 pitted prunes, chopped

In a large pot or Dutch oven combine broth, water, chicken, celery, carrots, and bay leaves; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30 minutes or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken to cutting board to cool.

While the chicken cooks prepare leeks by trimming and removing roots and damaged leaves and tough tops. Cut in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces. Wash well to remove sand and debris from the growing fields that is trapped between the leaves. Add prepared leeks to the soup after you've removed the chicken. Add barley, 1 teaspoon salt, and allspice to pot; cover and cook at a low simmer for 30 minutes or until leeks and barley are tender.

Meanwhile remove the meat from the bones and cut or shred into bite-size pieces. When the leeks and barley are tender add the chicken and prunes to the soup. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves and serve warm in soup bowls or mugs.

Shortcut:
In place of raw chicken thighs use roasted or rotisserie chicken removed from the bone (about 3 cups). Place all ingredients except prunes in large pot or Dutch Oven and cook at low simmer 30-40 minutes until leeks are tender. Add prunes and simmer 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves and serve warm in soup bowls or mugs.