Skinny Beautiful Skin Sandwich!

wild salmon avocado sandwich

Hey, this is another one of my five minute lunches you can throw together at home with virtually no effort.

If you ask skin experts what to eat for beautiful skin, they will usually include these three yummy things on their list:

1.) Wild salmon

2.) Avocado

3.) Extra virgin olive oil

This “skinny,” healthy open faced sandwich is kinda what the British call a tartine.

It’ll make your mouth water and you’ll feel virtuous at the same time! Your skin needs good fats, baby.


1.) About 2 ounces of good smoked salmon, I used hot smoked wild Sockeye Alaskan salmon with peppercorns, I got it in the refrigerated section of Trader Joe’s, 80 calories.

They say wild salmon is much healthier for you than farmed.

2.) One slice of good bread, toasted, I used a new brand for me called Dave’s Killer Bread Organic Good Seed bread.

It’s a pretty big and fairly thin and it’s high in both fiber and protein, at 130 calories per slice. I found it at Von’s.

I liked it open faced this time, but add another slice if you’d like your meal a little heartier.

3.) Low fat mayonnaise, I used about two tablespoons of Best Foods Light.

It you prefer, low fat cream cheese would be delicious, instead.

4.) About two slices of ripe avocado.

5.) A big pinch or small handful of lettuce of your choice, I used organic baby romaine.

6.) Six small tomatoes or slices (optional), I used organic sugarplum tomatoes.

7.) A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, about one teaspoon.

8.) Aged balsamic vinegar, a drizzle.

9.) Fresh lemon for a squeeze of juice.

Salt and pepper to taste.


This one is pretty self explanatory, I lightly toasted my bread, washed the tomatoes and cut them in half, and sliced the avocado.

I scrape off any grey part on the bottom of the salmon with a butter knife, as it can taste fishy, and I once read that’s where toxins are.

I assembled my beauty by spreading the mayo generously on one side of the toast, then laying the baby lettuce on top of that.

Next, I broke the salmon into pieces and put it on the lettuce, arranging the sliced avocado around the fish wherever it fit. Cut the avocado into smaller slices, if that’s easier.

I put the cut tomatoes on the side, then drizzled a little balsamic vinegar over them.

Last,  I drizzled the extra virgin olive oil over both the tomatoes and the top of sandwich, over the salmon and the avocado.


Calories: My plate pictured above was about 400 calories.

You could make it even less by leaving off the EVOO, using less mayo, or skipping the avocado, but this way, it’s more luscious and satisfying.

Have some fresh fruit like blueberries for dessert and you’ll probably go to heaven.

Enjoy and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.


~ Heidi

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Dolphin Tale 2- Love it!

Hi gentle reader, I don’t promote a lot of movies here on the blog and this is not a paid advertisement, I just genuinely loved going to see this wonderful family movie with my seven year old boy.

It happens that one of the producers of the film is the father of one of Bex’s school friends and the mother and wife in the family, K, is a lovely mom who I am friendly with.

The producers went to Princeton, as my husband Nick did, but the real connection to the movie for me and Bex is that Winter, the main dolphin in the story, has scoliosis, just like Bexon!

In fact, Winter wears a prosthetic tail that works sorta like Bexon’s brace that he still wears at night, both help prevent the scoliosis from progressing or getting worse.

Winter has been very inspirational for kids and adults with missing limbs and prosthetics. We see kids with them on every trip to our Shriners Hospital in Utah. It’s breathtaking what technology can do.

It’s always important to note that Bex had to wear special EDF/Mehta casts first to correct his spine before the brace, most of you are familiar with Bexon’s Story here.

This movie has a bit of drama, so it’s PG and good for older children like my boy. He loved it. Here is how far we’ve come without any surgery:

early onset scoliosis


We only have one more brace to go this year…that will be an emotional last trip for this mama.

Check out the movie if you love dolphins and sea turtles, and want to help save our ocean creatures, like me.

It’s also a great way to teach kids to embrace people with challenges different than their own.

A touching true story and all positive!


~ Bexon’s Mommy

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Miss America Pageant: A Boy’s View


Conversation with my seven year old boy Bexon last night, it was the first time he’s ever seen or heard of the Miss America Pageant.

Bex: (Seeing the women on stage for the first time): Why are there no boys in this?

Me: This is a competition, it’s been around forever, it’s always only women.

Bex: (annoyed) Why?

Me: It just has always been all girls. Young ladies.

Bex: But why is it all girls? No boys are allowed?

Me: Yeah, this is the Miss America Pageant, it’s old fashioned, but boys get to do a lot of other things.

He decides that’s true…but later, the host announces the swimsuit competition is coming up next:

Bex: (innocent, matter-of-fact) Why are they wearing swimsuits? Are these ladies going swimming?

Me: (giggles) Good question. Um, no, they’re not going to be in a swimming competition, there’s no water…they’re just being judged on…how they look.

Out of the mouths of babes.


~ H

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Leopard Print Clothes

Leopard print clothes are a perennial, I think they’re a classic and here to stay.

What do they say about me? Probably that I want people to think I’m a hot pocket. Or that I eat gazelles for lunch on the African plain.

Go wild with yo bad self, just don’t buy fur from the actual animal of course.

I’m past the stage of buying leopard print clothing on the reg, I sort of cut myself off from the *mild* addiction a year or three ago- probably because I already think I have enough.

It’s fun to sport a flirty safari once in a while and ya gotta laugh at yourself, especially when you comb through your crazy closet.

‘Dis how we do.

Rahr! :-)


~ Heidi

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The Upside to Forgetting

gorilla mask in bag

Sometimes when you come to this blog you find something lovely to look at, yummy to eat or inspirational, but this time, you won’t find any of those things.

Yesterday morning after dropping my son off to 2nd Grade I came home and felt a little tired.

I lied down and read Nora Ephron’s essay called “I Remember Nothing” along with some other ones and then I felt better, but not energized enough to go outside in the hot sun for a walk (plus I was hiding from the gardeners.)

Instead, I decided to explore my closet.

I don’t do this very often because while I don’t have early Alzheimer’s, a very serious disease, I do sometimes forget things I have shoved in there wayyyy back and they can stir up memories.

Both good and bad.

I have old journals and part of me wants to throw them away, but part of me thinks that if I really do get failing memory someday when I’m old, I may want to find out what that crazy young chick was thinking.

I have such sympathy for the old me(s) sometimes.

Have you ever found something you’ve written when you were in a bad place, and re-read it from a good place?

Yeah, it’s super weird.

So I was climbing on my little step ladder, as my bedroom closet goes floor to ceiling high, and I reached up and grabbed a random bag and looked inside.

The picture at the top of this post is what I saw.


Then it attacked me. Continue reading

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I Wish I Could Show You Hafiz Quote

i wish i could show you hafiz quote

Sometimes I wish I could show myself this, too.

Today I’m happy, but on some days, you know, those days when you feel some kinda way

Let’s remind each other, okay?


~ Heidi

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Animals Riding Animals Video

You’re welcome.


~ h

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