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Clean Eating Cuban Recipes

Cuban cuisine is truly one of a kind. The island in the Caribbean celebrates the influences of several different cultures on its traditional recipes. The indigenous people who lived on the island in pre-colonial times made heavy use of the island’s tropical vegetables, including root veggies. The Spanish colonized the island and brought their own influence, and when the slave trade brought Africans to Cuba, the array of culinary influences diversified even more. So when you choose to prepare a traditional Cuban dinner for friends and family, be prepared for surprise after surprise, as your loved ones discover unique flavor combinations and ingredients as they dig into a popular Cuban recipe, Cuban Rice and Eggs.

This dish is a satisfying one, and will ensure that no one leaves the table hungry. Combining protein-rich eggs with the complex carbohydrates available in rice, and a whopping dose of veggies, will truly make a complete, and satiating meal! Choose a rice that is whole grain, so that you can ensure that none of the original nutrients in the rice have been stripped away, and that each grain contains the fiber you need to stay full and maintain stable energy. Combining a complex, whole grain carbohydrate with the protein in eggs and in lean turkey is a great way to make sure you’re keeping your body nourished and energized.

The crown jewels of this recipe are, of course, the veggies. We’ve used plantains, which are a Cuban food staple, and can now be found at most grocery stores. Because they look so much like bananas, remember to check the signage in your produce section! Combine them with onions, peppers, tomatoes, peas, carrots, and raisins, and you have a fabulous fruit and vegetable medley. You’ve heard that a colorful plate is a healthy one? This plate is the perfect picture of health and clean eating.

Cuban Rice and Eggs Dinner

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 plate | Calories: 480 | Previous Points: 10 | Points Plus: 13 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 196 mg | Sodium: 165 mg | Carbohydrates: 74 g | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 15 g | Protein: 20 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked short, medium or long-grained brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons lite soy sauce, Braggs Aminos or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 big potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 big carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup raisins, golden or regular, soaked in water for 10 minutes then drained
  • 2 very brown, soft (overripe) plantains, cut into slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 eggs

Directions

Rinse the rice in a strainer under tap water for 30 seconds to clean.

In a large covered pot over high heat, bring 12 cups of salted water to a boil.

Stir in the rice, and allow to boil uncovered for 30 minutes. Do not stir the rice at all cooking, just once when adding it to the pot.

Drain the cooked rice through a strainer, getting rid of all of the water.

Add back to the pot and cover ( no heat). Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

While the rice is boiling, over medium heat, in a medium saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic until golden then add the onions. Cook until they change color. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add the ground meat, cooking for 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked through then add the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Add the potatoes, carrots and bell pepper then cover and simmer over low - medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add the peas and raisins then cook for another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, while waiting for the meat to cook, quickly brown the plantains with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil in another saucepan then set aside. Wipe the saucepan with a kitchen paper towel to fry the eggs.

When the ground turkey is cooked, fry the eggs in the saucepan with little oil. Season with salt.

Compose the plate with the white rice on one side topped with the egg, fried plantains and meat on both sides. Serve hot.

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12 Ways to Substitute Ground Turkey or Chicken for Ground Beef http://skinnyms.com/12-ways-substitute-ground-turkey-chicken-ground-beef/ http://skinnyms.com/12-ways-substitute-ground-turkey-chicken-ground-beef/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:00:33 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422001 Take unhealthy meats off the menu with these delish options.

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Taking control of your weight or health? Fantastic! One basic step you can take toward creating a healthier, fitter body is by nourishing it with the right kind of meat. If your home has been eating from a red meat menu, it’s time to switch to ground beef substitutions. We’re sharing 12 ways to substitute ground turkey or chicken for ground beef.

Lean ground turkey is a healthy source of protein. For example, per ounce, it’s lower in calories and saturated fat than ground beef. And while ground turkey is lower in protein, the difference is only a couple of grams. Lean ground turkey is also surprisingly rich in calcium, offering about 37 grams in a 4-ounce serving. Always look at nutrition labels when purchasing ground turkey because some brands use a higher proportion of dark meat, raising the fat content.

In some areas, lean ground chicken isn’t as common on grocery store shelves. However, you can ask the meat department to grind chicken breast for you. Lean ground chicken is high in protein and offers less saturated fat than ground beef.

Ground chicken and ground turkey recipes are delicious and easy to prepare. Try one of our favorites tonight!

Check out How to Avoid Dry or Tough Meats in the Slow Cooker and DIY How to Defrost Meat Quickly.

1. Slow Cooker Turkey Stroganoff
We spruced up a classic recipe so it’s both tasty and healthy—and only 235 calories per serving.

2. Turkey Sloppy Joes
Don’t sacrifice taste to serve the family a nutritious meal. Our version uses 100% clean-eating ingredients to satisfy everyone at the table.

3. Slow Cooker Turkey Loaf
Lean ground turkey recipes like this one offer far less fat than beef, plus our take on this classic is made in the slow cooker for easy prep any day of the week.

4. Soft Chicken Tacos
Make taco night a nutritious night with ground beef substitutions like this recipe.   

5. Slow Cooker Lasagna
Use lean ground turkey to prepare this healthy lasagna recipe—always a family favorite.

6. Turkey Veggie Burger
Satisfy the burger hounds in your house with this burger recipe that’s big on taste, not fat.

7. Caribbean Mango Chicken Burgers
Here’s another yummy alternative to beef burgers; it’s super flavorful and made with whole ingredients you’ll feel great about serving.  

8. Easy Turkey Enchilada Skillet
Use ground turkey or chicken to prepare this delicious, easy-prep recipe.

9. Italian Meatballs
Whether you have a hankering for a meatball hoagie or want to “beef” up whole wheat spaghetti, ground turkey recipes like this one are a tasty alternative to less healthy meats.   

10. Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros
Ground beef substitutions never tasted so good—indulge in Greek-style yumminess without the guilt by putting this healthier gyro recipe on the menu.

11. Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Lean ground turkey makes this a delicious alternative to traditional cabbage roll recipes—it offers fewer than 220 calories in each 2-roll serving.  

12. Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti with Homemade Sausage
This is a super-tasty alternative to regular ol’ spaghetti and meatballs because the sausage is made from lean ground turkey.  

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9 Best Grumpy Cat Memes http://skinnyms.com/9-best-grumpy-cat-memes/ http://skinnyms.com/9-best-grumpy-cat-memes/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:00:19 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=424353 Snuggle up to Grumpy Cat!

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A little ball of fluff named ‘Tardar Sauce’ became famous when her naturally sour expression took off as a viral meme. Used to mock everything from celebrities to the Super Bowl, the feline known as Grumpy Cat is an endless source of entertainment for sarcastic and sharp-witted internet commenters. For your viewing pleasure (and perhaps your lunch break distraction), here are 9 of the best grumpy cat memes.

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The original. Always a classic.

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How can a creature so cute be so evil?!

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This cat is the world’s worst football fan.

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Not funny. We still cry when Jack lets go of that door. Every. Time.

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How cuddly is the little guy on the left, though?

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Sometimes, you’re just not in the mood.

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It was probably a Monday.

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Rude.

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No words necessary.

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Your Guide to Essential Oils http://skinnyms.com/your-guide-to-essential-oils/ http://skinnyms.com/your-guide-to-essential-oils/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:29 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=421981 Learn how scent can work wonders!

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After a day of commuting, meetings, and afterschool activities, sometimes you just want to head home to your favorite spot, and just relax. A good book, a favorite show, or even a nice bubble bath can all be enhanced with some additional aromatherapy. Essential oils are an amazing addition to any space you occupy. From your home, office, or car, having the right oils on hand can enhance every experience.

We’ve compiled 12 of our favorite essential oils, giving you a quick guide so that you can have the right essential oils on standby.

Please Note: Essential oils can be applied on the skin, however, they should be diluted in cold pressed or vegetable oils, known as carrier oils, such as olive oil, canola oil, or peanut oil.

Prior to using any of these mixes, test your sensitivity. Combine one drop of essential oil with 1/2 tsp carrier oil. Rub on the inside of your upper arm and wait a few hours. If redness or itching ensues, you should avoid usage.

If pregnant, please review these guidelines as a precaution.

1. Bergamot – As we age, our joints begin to cause us problems. Applying a mix of 1 drop oil and 1 teaspoon carrier oil onto your joints and lightly massaging them can help loosen your joints and relieve pain.

2. Cinnamon Bark – Instead of putting alcohol on a cut to fight infection, use a mixture of 1 drop of oil and 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. All natural and no burn. Cinnamon bark is also great at increasing the libido.

3. Eucalyptus – Great for congestion issues. You can boil 1 quart of water, allow it to cool, and after adding 4-5 drops of the oil, lean your head over and inhale the vapor to help with decongestion.

4. Clove-Bud – Mouth sores and toothaches can put us in a sour mood. Clove-bud can help bring relief. Add one drop of oil into 1 cup of water, grab a cotton swab, submerge in the mixture, and apply directly to the problem area.

5. Grapefruit – Sugar cravings come without warning, and as much as we want to stay on target with our fitness plans, we sometimes cave. Next time a craving hits you, mix 1 drop of oil in 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil, rub thoroughly on your hands and inhale for 5-10 minutes. This will help to fight your craving and indirectly help you with weight loss.

6. Jasmine - If you find yourself in a rut, jasmine can help give you an emotional boost. Add 4 drops of oil into 1 ounce of carrier oil and rub thoroughly on your shoulders. The constant aroma circulating you will have you feeling better in no time.

7. Lavender – Stress is an everyday enemy and lavender is perfect for helping to relieve tension. Once your day is done, head home, run a hot bath and drop 5-6 drops and submerge your body in the mixture. Additionally, the bath is great for burns and bug bites.

8. Lemon – Some of our favorite household items are lemon-scented, and we all feel that boost of energy when we inhale the vapor while cleaning. You can add a few drops of lemon oil in random places throughout your home to give you an upbeat feeling in any room.

9. Lemongrass  Feeling mentally exhausted from all of your responsibilities? Lemongrass has the ability to bring mental clarity. You can either inhale lightly from an open bottle, or mix 1 drop with 1 teaspoon, massage into your hand, and inhale the mix for 5 minutes to feel your mind reawaken.

10. Peppermint – Too much noise around you? Dilute two drops into 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and massage gently into your forehead.

11. Spearmint  Just finished a vigorous workout and want a quick fix to get rid of the soreness? Mix 2 drops into 1 teaspoon of carrier roil and massage the muscle 2-3 times a day.

12. Tea Tree  Acne can be a never ending problem for some. Tea tree’s antibacterial properties can help minimize the bacteria which cause acne. After cleansing your face, mix 5 drops of oil into 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and gently apply to your face.

Sources: NAHA, AromaWeb, RealSimple

Looking for a great introduction to essential oils? The Fabulous Frannie Starter Gift Pack has a great mmix of essential oils to get you started on your journey.

Once you choose an essential oil you like, try one of DIY to mix it in with:
DIY Shea-Coconut Oil Body Butter
DIY Coconut Oil Deodorant
DIY Eucalyptus Shaving Cream

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How to Grow Catnip for Your Furry Feline http://skinnyms.com/grow-catnip-furry-feline/ http://skinnyms.com/grow-catnip-furry-feline/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:24 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=423329 Ditch the dried stuff - grow fresh catnip for your furry friend!

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Often referred to as a “kitty drug,” catnip is a completely natural herb that many cats can’t get enough of! Catnip belongs to the same family as basil and oregano, and when some felines get their paws on it, they couldn’t be happier. Some become incredibly mellow, purring like crazy, while others like to engage in high-energy playtime. Vets agree catnip is a healthy, low calorie treat for kitties who enjoy it, so by learning how to grow catnip you’ll save yourself money and have a coveted reward on hand for your cat at all times.

Start by picking up some catnip seeds or seedlings at your local garden supplier. Some pet stores carry it, too. Or, if a friend or neighbor has an existing catnip plant, you can transplant one of their seedlings to your garden.

You’ll want to plant your catnip in a place with lots of sunlight, and water it lightly twice a day until it takes root. It’s important to keep your kitty away from the plant until it’s had a chance to grow, as many cats will roll around on the plant, stifling its growth. If your garden is prone to stray cats, consider using a hanging planter or propping up a sheet of chicken wire over your catnip.

You might be surprised to learn that catnip grows like a weed, and will often pop up in other areas of your yard. If this is undesired, keep a close eye on your plant to see that it doesn’t climb and spread.

Once the stems have begun to produce full leaves, your catnip plant is ready to be harvested and enjoyed by your kitty! You can even dry out some sprigs to use through the winter if you live in an area that’s prone to snow.

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Chickpea Cucumber Salad http://skinnyms.com/chickpea-cucumber-salad/ http://skinnyms.com/chickpea-cucumber-salad/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:18 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422609 Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean in this crunchy salad.

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Chickpea Cucumber Salad

Sometimes, a terrific salad is just a matter of thinking of what types of foods are popular in the Mediterranean region, and combining them into one crunchy, tangy, delicious bowl! The Mediterranean diet is famed for its healthy, vegetable-based approach, and this Chickpea Cucumber Salad recipe is an excellent example of the most nutritious and flavorful ingredients found in Turkey, North Africa, Greece, and Italy.

The base for this salad is the crunchy, mellow chickpea, a favorite of those who stick to a vegetarian diet, but still crave the protein and satisfying texture that legumes offer. Chickpeas are rich in lean protein and high in fiber, and are a great source of iron for those of us who don’t get enough meat in our diets to keep our iron levels where they should be! Add a dose of tomatoes, and you’ve got immune boosting vitamin C and antioxidant lycopene. Cucumbers provide even more fiber and contain high amounts of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and cancer-fighting agents.

A salad like this doesn’t need a creamy, heavy dressing to weigh it down. A fatty dressing will only drown out its innate flavor and texture! For this salad, we use a classic Mediterranean pairing with honey and mint. Mint, when paired with a sweet flavor such as honey, is both refreshing and delicious, and enhances the flavors of the veggies and legumes in this fabulous salad. Get ready for a great taste and crunch!

Chickpea Cucumber Salad

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 206 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 152 mg | Carbohydrates: 21 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 4 g |

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint, parsley, or dill
  • 12 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Combine the honey, olive oil, vinegar, and salt and pepper in the bottom of a large bowl. Add the other ingredients and toss to coat.

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Red Lentils and Peas Risotto http://skinnyms.com/red-lentils-peas-risotto-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/red-lentils-peas-risotto-recipe/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422830 Risotto is made healthy with EVOO, veggies, and lentils!

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Healthy Rissotto Recipes

Risotto is a traditional northern Italian dish that has gained immense popularity all over the world. Arborio rice, cooked until just al dente, mixed with a variety of veggies and proteins, has become a staple on restaurant menus and in many peoples’ homes. And while traditional risotto recipes contain a heaping amount of butter, this vegetarian risotto is light, prepared with extra virgin olive oil and a medley of veggies and legumes that make it a healthy and nutritious lunch or dinner.

You can use any one of several rices to make risotto, such as Arborio, the easiest to find in North American supermarkets, or Vialone Nano or Carnaroli. After sauteeing your soffritto, made with celery, carrots, and onions, you’ll simply add your rice and lentils for a light toasting, and then stir in your liquid, along with your peas, for a slow simmer that only needs to be tended to with a spoon until your liquid is absorbed and your rice is a chewy texture and the pot has a creamy consistency.

Lentils and peas add lean protein and fiber to this delicious dish, making it a sustaining meal that won’t leave you cravings snacks. And since it’s packed with veggies, you’re getting a ton of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This risotto recipe is easy enough to prepare on a weeknight, but has a beautiful presentation and a unique flavor that will impress guests at a dinner party. Take some leftovers to work for a satisfying lunch!

Red Lentils & Peas Risotto

Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups risotto | Calories: 293 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 7 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 4 mg | Sodium: 167 mg | Carbohydrates: 52 g | Dietary Fiber: 11 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 14 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cups hot vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup rice for risotto (like Arborio, Vialone Nano, Carnaroli)
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen green peas
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes. After tossing together for about 10 minutes, add the lentils and rice then toast for 3 minutes.

Pour half of the hot broth in the saucepan, let it boil then simmer on low heat.

Add the frozen peas.

Keep on ladling the remaining hot broth gradually while cooking. Stir frequently to avoid sticking to the pan.

Season with salt and pepper.

When the risotto is cooked, after about 17 minutes, and has a creamy consistency, turn off the fire.

Add the Parmesan (adjust according to your taste) and the parsley then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Serve immediately.

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Don’t Lose Your Furry Friend: ID Your Pet! http://skinnyms.com/dont-lose-furry-friend-id-pet/ http://skinnyms.com/dont-lose-furry-friend-id-pet/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:27 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=425751 Keep tabs on your pet!

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Don’t Lose Your Furry Friend- ID Your Pet!

The third week in April is National Pet ID week. As the weather warms up and you spend more time outdoors, it’s the perfect time to make sure you’ve taken proper precautions in case your pet is lost. Follow a few simple pet ID tips to make sure your pet can be returned to you safely if he goes missing.

Check for a microchip.

Even if you were told your pet had a microchip when you brought him home, it’s a good idea to double check. A microchip is a tiny sensor placed just beneath the surface of the skin that contains a pet’s identification information. It only takes a minute to scan for a microchip; most vets and humane societies will check for you for free.

Get a microchip.

In this day in age, it seems crazy not to take advantage of this simple piece of technology! It could make all the difference in bringing your pet back home to you one day. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and it’s inserted under the animal’s skin with a small needle, similar to the way a vaccination is given. It’s a painless process, even for the smallest animals, and many pet owners will choose to microchip their pet at the same time they’re vaccinated.

Microchipping typically costs between $20 and $50, or less if it’s included as part of a larger package of services. Many veterinary offices and humane societies run specials on free or low-cost microchipping a few times a year, often during National Pet ID Week. Call your vet to ask about upcoming specials to take advantage of the reduced cost.

To see just how valuable microchips are in reuniting owners with lost pets, read about 5 incredible pet reunions here.

Have a backup.

Would you believe this? The ASPCA estimates that only one in three pets wears an ID tag at all times! That’s the equivalent of driving around without your driver’s license. A physical ID tag on your pet’s collar is always recommended, even if your pet has a microchip. It’s the quickest and easiest way for your pet to be returned to you safely should she sneak out or accidentally get loose.

Most major pet stores sell custom ID tags for less than $10 that can be engraved with your pet’s name and your phone number on the spot. Or, your vet can provide one at the time of your pet’s annual vaccinations.

By taking proper pet ID precautions now, you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache down the road if your furry friend is ever lost.

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11 Easy No-Bake Desserts http://skinnyms.com/11-easy-no-oven-desserts/ http://skinnyms.com/11-easy-no-oven-desserts/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:26 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=424667 Get your sweet on with these healthy recipes.

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Easy Dessert Recipes

You don’t need to ignore your sweet tooth to lose weight and eat the healthy way. In fact, it’s okay to indulge yourself once in a while with a properly-portioned, clean eating dessert. Get sweet on treats with these 11 easy no-oven desserts.

No-bake desserts using clean-eating ingredients are a healthier option than traditional recipes. If you’re like us, you grew up with sweets that were loaded with refined sugar, which has no nutritional value. Skinny Ms. recipes offer unrefined sweeteners, like honey, 100% maple syrup, and coconut palm sugar. These natural sugars deliver the taste you crave without the chemical refining found in conventional sugars. Learn 6 Ways to Cut Back on Refined Sugar Today.

Easy dessert ideas that are healthy are a great way to satisfy the sweet tooth. These yummy desserts offer no-bake convenience, making them a smart choice for busy days. As a bonus, they’re a good option in the heat of summer when you don’t want to turn the oven on.

No matter which dessert recipe you choose, be sure to check out the proper portion size to avoid overeating. Learn 8 Easy Tips for Controlling Portion Sizes.

1. No-Bake Lemon Berry Cups
Easy dessert ideas like this guilt-free treat make it simple to enjoy a refreshing something after dinner.

2. Vanilla Ice Cream
Bananas and Greek yogurt make this a healthier alternative when you crave a sweet treat.

3. No-Bake Mini Apple Cheesecakes
Sink your spoon into this seriously delicious apple recipe, which incorporates dates, walnuts, Greek yogurt, and more.

4. Grilled Pineapple with Rum and Frozen Yogurt
All-natural ingredients and no-bake convenience make this an extra delish dessert recipe.  

5. No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Whether you need a treat for the family or you signed up to bring a dessert to the potluck, this classic is made with clean-eating ingredients that nourish the body and please the taste buds.

6. No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
With just five ingredients–most of them are already likely in your pantry–this dessert delivers that bake shop taste in a nutritious, clean-eating treat.

7. No-Bake Skinny Chocolate Cheesecakes
This tasty dessert combines superfoods like walnuts, honey, and Greek yogurt for a nutrient-rich recipe.

8. Lemon-Lime Popsicles
Cool down with this no-hassle recipe that you can enjoy at any age.

9. Strawberry Ice Cream
With Greek yogurt and strawberries, this is one treat you’ll feel good about eating.  

10. Superfood Banana Pops
This dessert is a snap to whip up and a super-tasty alternative to store-bought frozen pops.

11. Cantaloupe Granita
Easy dessert ideas, like this dish, are a refreshing way to treat yourself.

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By Skinny Ms.

Simple Moves for Toned Arms

Utilizing simplicity is one of the best ways to get results from your workouts. We’ve chosen the two top arm exercises and have created a unique arm workout to get you quick results.

Bicep curls are the best way to strengthen and tone your bicep muscles. Tricep push-ups isolate build and tone but also work your shoulders. This workout is designed as a ladder and offers no rest in between repetitions. Your rest comes as you work the opposing arm muscle. This helps to give you a fat blasting advantage. As you shed fat, you’ll reveal toned muscle for the gorgeous look you’ve been working toward.

Equipment Needed: set of medium dumbbells (8-12 lbs)

What to Do: Perform this workout as a ladder, alternating between each exercise. For example, do 1 bicep curl, 1 push-up, 2 bicep curls, 2 push-ups, and so on. Work each muscle until you exhaust that muscle. Use the level guide to decide how your ladder should increase. Keep track of your numbers and try to surpass them for the next workout. Perform this workout 2 times per week with at least 2 days of rest in between.

Beginner’s Level: 1, 2, 3, 4…
Intermediate Level: 2, 4, 6, 8…
Advanced Level: 3, 6, 9, 12…

Exercises:

1. Bicep Curl
2. Tricep Push-up

Bicep Curl

Tricep Push-up

Try these other workouts that have amazing results with limited moves:
4 Moves to Lift and Tighten Your Butt
5 Moves to a Stronger Back & Core
5 Quick Workouts for Absolute Beginners

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