…..so freakin' bad!!!


Ham and Avocado Wrap

Today we had for lunch a ham wrap with yummy vegtables in a whole wheat tortilla.  We used 100% whole wheat tortilla from H.E.B. .  It had the lowest amount of calories than all the others, only 90!  I also ate it wrapped in just romaine lettuce and dipped it in Ginger Pear dressing (all natural), and only used a teaspoon per wrap.  So about 10 calories for that.   My kids even at this and loved it!   So it has to be good!

Ham and Avocado Wrap

1 whole wheat tortilla

2 slices of ham

handful of spinach leaves

3-4 slices of avocado

slice of tomato

a few ribbons of  red onion on top

Defintely something we will be trying more often!


Sick as a dog……


Me and the kids having fun in the pool!

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Whaaaaaaaaat?!?  My throat is sore still and it feels dry……dry like I haven’t had anything to drink for a year dry.  When I swallow, my eustachian tube and a small part of my ear can be felt and it is slightly uncomfortable.  I will say that my tonsils are not as sore as the other day but all the same they are still bothersome.  Last night I made chicken soup and let me tell you something!  Best chicken soup I ever made!  Everyone had it and thoroughly enjoyed it and I was pretty proud so here is my chicken soup recipe which is probably very basic compared to some of the culinary wonders you people are used to whipping up:

Chicken soup

1 large pot just big enough and deep enough to fit one whole chicken with a little room.

1 whole chicken

2 boxes of chicken broth fat free

6 sprigs of rosemary (we have rosemary in our garden)

This is chicken soup today. We ate a whole bunch last night. DEEEEEEEEELICOUS!


4 sprigs of thyme (also in our garden)

2 bay leaves (garden)

8-10 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed

1 lb. bag baby carrots

2 whole onions cut to preference

5-6 stalks celery cut to preference

2 lbs. corn

Pour water and two boxes of chicken broth in pot.  Throw garlic, onion, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves into pot.  Boil chicken for an hour, assuming you have thawed the chicken previously.  After one hour, remove from pot, keeping broth in same pot.  Strip chicken from bones.  return chicken to pot and add carrots, celery and corn. 

I will keep up the blog and will continue my quest for a better lifestyle through better eating, exercising, and attitude. 


Jalapenos are our friends……

Food for thought

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  I thought I would blog this first blog today with some of the recipes, food substitutions and additions I have done to make better my eating repertoire for both nutrition and taste.  I cook in bulk and a lot to taste since you can tweak it to your liking.  I love this dish I made last night because of the flavor and also it is so healthy for you.  Just natural foods and peppers.  Hot peppers are known to assist in boosting your metabolism and helping increase your fat-burning capabilities.  Follow the link to read up on the benefits of hot peppers.



Chicken chile rojo

5 lbs. chicken thighs

2 onions cut to your liking

6-8 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and diced

8 tomatoes diced

3 Tbsp. cumin

salt and pepper to taste

1 bunch of cilantro

1 whole lime

4 poblano peppers (optional)

You can roast the garlic and peppers or not.  I did not.  To make it easy I used a large, deep pan with a little saffron oil (your preference) and put the chicken thighs in whole.  I let them cook for five minutes per side before flipping over to other side.  I diced up all the peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and after the chicken has been cooking for about ten minutes,(also to allow me to prep the veggies), I added it to the pan.  You can also put all of it in a blender with cilantro included and puree and pour in pan to make it ten times easier.  Add 5 cups of chicken stock.  I even added one can of tomato sauce….its to your liking.  Cook down until chicken comes apart without effort.  Then, it is ready!  Squeeze lime juice all over and stir in.  Can serve over rice, spanish rice or tortillas.  I just made white rice and added a tomato chicken bullion cube to the pot while it cooked.  Yummy and healthy! 






My own recipe for chicken chile rojo



Thank Goodness for Breakfast

Hello.  My name is Pono and I want to be a skinnyaire.  Last night was quite a night.  I feel miserable today because I missed going on my walk last night.  The night air was cool with a slight breeze that made it the perfect night for a walk or jog.  All of that changed in a matter of half an hour when I stepped outside again and the air was filled with the smell of smoke; a result of the massive brush fires sweeping across Texas  with reckless abandon.  I suffer from Asthma so am inclined to stay indoors when the air quality is really bad, bad like San Bernardino county when Los Angeles decides to share its smog and blows over into the valley, bad.  So, last night I was caught up with the news on the fires and if they had reached us yet.  By the time I looked up, it was nearly midnight and I did not work out.  Another disappointing day gone, a day never to be done over again, a workout lost in the depths of my memories to be replayed over and over with disappointing redundancy.

Homemade Yogurt

I woke up this morning still mad at myself for not doing something last night indoors to get my heart rate up.  Through the disappointment and sadness of my lack of effort last night, I did have something to look forward to for breakfast.  My wife and I attempted our very first homemade yogurt.  WoW!  We pulled it from the fridge and it had solidified to the consistency of yogurt!  Ahhhh, the sweet smell of success in the morning is truly invigorating!  But alas, it needed one final test.  The dreaded taste test!  It was plain yogurt so we decided to add some honey and strawberries to each individual bowl.

 The yogurt has a wonderful taste and texture to it.  You can find the recipe for it here.  Since it was such a success we will be experimenting with tastes and textures more, so we will share our results as they happen.  I usually eat roughly 30g of protein in the morning within 30 minutes of waking up which is something I learned on the Dr. Oz show.  Eating 30g of protein in the morning 30 minutes from waking up allows the body to burn more efficiently throughout the day and allow you to burn more calories.  Thirty grams of protein is equivalent to five eggs in the morning.  Eggs are a great source of protein but you can get your protein from many other sources besides eggs.  So, here’s to the rest of my day!  Let’s go!