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 recommended) 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 lack-of-time thing!
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Turkey, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich with Jalepeno Cilantro Hummus

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  • Author: Roz
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  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 Tbsp. Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus (available at Whole Foods)
  • 46 oz. sliced smoked turkey breast
  • lettuce or spinach leaves (your choice)
  • 1/2 an avocado, sliced
  • 23 tomato slices
  • a few shakes of Mrs. Dash Spicy Southwestern Spices no-salt blend
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Toast bread
  2. Spread the hummus on both slices of bread.
  3. Layer each ingredient.
  4. 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

Green De-Tox Weight-Loss Smoothie


  • 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


  • For this recipe, 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.