Avocado with Cilantro Jalepeno Turkey Sammie & Green Smoothie!

Losing weight is hell (at least for most people).  That food we put in our mouthes had better be yummy and filling or it’s all over.  I’m an honest person and I’m not going to lie!  It is is overwhelming how much research is out there now on how there’s certain genetic predispositions, hormonal changes, metabolism changes, etc. etc. ad nauseum that sabotage our healthy weight.  But it still all boils down to one simple notion that we all excuse away:  getting rid of the crap that we’ve put in our bodies and putting in the good stuff instead!  That and changing bad physical habits into positive habits such as getting off the damn couch and logging off (dare I say) the computer!
We’ve all heard the mantras:
Eat more fruits and veggies!
Eat more lean meats and (as Dr. Oz recommends) only one meat a week from a 4-legged animal . . . Mr. M. and P. has to suffer without his red meat.  I’ll suffer more without my pork!  So it’s hello to more chicken, turkey, fish, and vegetarian recipes.
Eliminate as much processed food as possible (no problem there)!
No fast food!  Doable!
And more!  I can’t and do not want to list all of the proven strategies for improving our nutrition.  I’ll leave that to the tons of healthy nutrition lists on-line and in the plethora of nutrition and health books on the market!
But I did think that I’d share just a few things that I did this week to drop 2 pounds:
First of all, I don’t have enough of the precious resource of time in my life, so the most important element of preparing something in my insanely busy life (and I’m working on that issue too), is that the healthier food and recipes must be SIMPLE!!!
Nothing could be simpler than the green de-tox smoothie and a wonderful sammie that I had over the weekend.  The next post will be a wonderful tilapia recipe that I haven’t uploaded the photos yet . . . you know, it’s the time thing!
Turkey, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich with Jalepeno Cilantro Hummus
2 slices whole wheat bread
2 Tbsp. Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus (available at Whole Foods)
4 – 6 oz. sliced smoked turkey breast
lettuce or spinach leaves (your choice)
1/2 an avocado, sliced
2 – 3 tomato slices
a few shakes of Mrs. Dash Spicy Southwestern Spices no-salt blend
Salt and Pepper to taste
Toast bread
Spread the hummus on both slices of bread.
Layer each ingredient.
Sprinkle on Mrs. Dash and salt and pepper to taste!
Make any changes that you like!
Enjoy!  This is very good, very filling, and has quite a nice kick to it!
There is no cheese in this sandwich (which causes me to frown) and there is no mayonnaise.  The flavorful hummus and creamy avocado made up the difference very well!

And here’s the very first green smoothie concoction that I have ever made.  This was for a different lunch this past weekend and it is surprisingly delicious and filling!  Again, I cannot tell a lie!  Very easy, and quite fun to make as well.

Green De-Tox Weight-Loss Smoothie
(from ‘nutrition to invigorate mind body and spirit)
1 – 2 bananas
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen mango
a couple handfuls of spinach
1/4 cup of water
ice (if desired)
Add more water if necessary 
Since I don’t have a juicer (on the wish list), I used a mini food processor and followed up with my trusty boat motor immersion blender to chop up the spinach leaves more.  The results were just fine.
Again, this is a very good smoothie.  I gulped it down instantly.
But of course . . . I was hungry!

I loved the addition of the mango to this smoothie!
I’d like to try pineapple as well.
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  1. I’m so glad to see your blogging away and back on a healthy streak Roz. Of court this sounds delish.

  2. Hi Roz,
    That Sammie looks so good and I love the Cilantro Jalepeno Hummus. Maybe I could drink the smoothie as dessert. Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  3. Love all the flecks of seasoning on that sandwich!

  4. oh my weight issues are always on my mind as well, not good for a food blogger :) but these look amazing and that smoothie actually sounds like it is something that I would give a try! Happy week, Roz, Anne

  5. I want to eat that sandwich right now!

    It is hard and expensive to eat as good as I would like. I just received the ninja blender so the smoothie is something I can add to my mornings.

  6. A good sandwich is one of my favorite meals. Eating healthy foods in moderation is the key. I’m trying to include more fish and veggies into our diet. Nice post, Roz.

  7. oh yum! anything with avocado is delicious :)

  8. You bring a turkey sandwich to a new level! I agree with you 100% get rid of the crap we eat, and eat real food, with real taste, which leads to real satisfaction.

    It is constant battle to find that balance but you certainly did with this meal.


  9. We’re all trying to be healthier as the new year starts and this is a delicious way to begin.

  10. I’ve never tried a smoothie like this, but I love everything in it, so I ‘m sure I would, especially in the name of “good for me.”

  11. that sandwich rocks! Simply delicious, healthy, refreshing and perfect for everyday!

  12. Roz – Dieting and eating healthier is such a challenge for me. I definitely understand! This sandwich looks delicious and I love that it has hummus. Hummus is my true love… ha ha.

  13. What a great sandwich! I’ve been eating raw for nearly 2 months to get healthy. I keep looking for what I’m going to eat first once this is over. Your sandwich looks pretty special and healthy.

  14. What a delicious sandwich, Roz! And of all the healthy smoothies, you have some of the best! Good luck with your resolutions…I have faith you can follow through!!! Have a wonderful week~

  15. Hi U.S. Roz. This looks soooo good. Happy, Happy 2012 to you and your family! From, Canadian Roz

  16. I love avocado on sandwiches, this one looks divine. Hugs and smooches and happy wishes for the weekend!

  17. I love juicing and smoothing.. detoxing is so vital! I love your passion for health! I believe we need to cleanse on the inside and outside too! Would love for you to stop on over and visit my blog and see how we have similar passions. I want to eat right and use all natural products in and on my body/skin. Thanks for sharing these amazing recipes/detox drinks! I am getting excited and will try them soon.

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