Heather’s Recipes for Weight Loss

A Dr. Oz success story: Heather was a busy mom who always placed others above herself – until she made the commitment to prioritize her health and wellness.

Heather’s Recipes for Weight Loss

In only one year, Heather lost nearly 80 pounds. The key was to integrate vegetables into her diet, find a healthy dessert alternative and ask for help and support from her family. See if her tips or recipes can make the difference in your life!

Eat Vegetables
Heather created a healthy and filling recipe for zucchini stew. Zucchini is a power vegetable high in magnesium, vitamins A and C, and fiber.

1 lb ground sausage (use 1lb ground turkey to be healthier)
2 small zucchini
1 (28 oz.) can of diced tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 large green pepper
2 cloves of crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste


Brown turkey in large skillet and drain grease. Cut zucchini into bite size pieces and dice onion and pepper. Add tomatoes, zucchini, onion, green pepper, garlic, salt and pepper to skillet. Cover with lid and simmer until the zucchini is tender, stir occasionally

This recipe can be altered to include some tomato juice and 1 cup of whole grain brown rice to make a rice dish.

Helpful hint: Make a large batch, and eat leftovers for lunch.

Find a Dessert Alternative

Heather mimicked the taste and texture of an ice creams sandwich by placing 1 tbsp of fat-free Cool Whip between 2 graham crackers; freeze and enjoy!

Ask for Help and Support

Take care of yourself and ask others to help you do so. Your friends and family will be motivated to help you find the time to exercise and eat right.

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