Recipes and Exercises from the Housewives of Oz

If you've been inspired by the Healthy Housewives of Oz, there's no place like home to start implementing their diet and exercise secrets.

Recipes and Exercises from the Housewives of Oz

Faux Mashed Potatoes
45 calories per serving vs. 1-cup mashed potatoes, 230+ calories
4 cups cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp half &half
1 tbsp butter
Salt (optional) and pepper to taste

Steam or microwave cauliflower until soft. Add sour cream, butter, half & half, and salt & pepper. Blend in a food processor or blender until smooth. Garnish with bacon bits, cheese & chives, if desired.

Personal Pumpkin Pie
One slice is 75 calories vs. 320 calories
1 15-oz can pumpkin
1 cup evaporated fat-free milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup agave syrup
2 tsps freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
Whipped Greek yogurt with vanilla extract and cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 4-ounce ramekins with nonstick spray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except Greek yogurt. Mix well. Evenly distribute the mixture into the ramekins, using your hands or the back of a spoon to press lightly into the dishes. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Top each with a dollop of whipped Greek yogurt, and enjoy!

Band Exercises

  • Place one end of the band under your foot and hold the other end in your hand
  • Bend your elbow so it is pointing to the ceiling and your hand is behind you
  • Straighten your elbow and point your hand to the ceiling
  • Slowly return to the starting position


  • Stand with the middle of the band under your feet and an end in each hand
  • Start with the arms straight by your sides and the band held taught
  • Bend the arms at the elbows to lift the hands towards the shoulders
  • Slowing return to the starting position

Hip Extension

  • Start on all fours with the band wrapped around the sole of 1 foot
  • Wrap the ends of the band around your hands
  • Lift the leg off the floor and straighten it out behind you, lifting it up so that it is level with your spine
  • Slowly return to the starting position

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