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Need some fun, fresh exercises? Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from traditional activity and break out new exercise equipment. The stability ball a great way to challenge your balance and use your body weight as resistance! Get a killer bod with these 11 Best Stability Ball Moves!

These stability ball exercises will have your abs, legs, and arms feeling it the next day! They are going to challenge your balance as you try to stabilize yourself on the ball, and if you ever feel unstable during an exercise, or that it is too difficult, then feel free to stop. We don’t want you to hurt yourself, but we do want to challenge you to improve your fitness abilities!

Equipment Needed: Water for hydration, a stability ball, and a safe surface to workout on i.e. a yoga mat.

What to Do: Go through each exercise completing 3 sets of 15 repetitions. This is a great workout to do alone or on a cardio day. Some good cardio workouts to pair this with are 4 Minute Fat Blaster plus Bonus Blaster and Fat Blaster Challenge of the Year

Exercises:

1. Stability Ball Plank
2. Stability Ball Knee Tucks
3. Wall Squats
4. Split Lunges on Stability Ball
5. Inner Thigh Squeezes
6. Hamstring Pull-In on Stability Ball
7. Back Extensions
8. Stability Ball Chest Press
9. Tricep Dips with the Stability Ball
10. Push Ups balancing on Stability Ball
11. Leg Raises

Watch the videos below for a demonstration of each exercise!

Stability Ball Plank

Stability Ball Knee Tucks

Wall Squats

Split Lunges on Stability Ball

Inner Thigh Squeezes

Hamstring Pull-In on Stability Ball

Back Extensions

Stability Ball Chest Press

Tricep Dips with the Stability Ball

Push Ups balancing on Stability Ball

Leg Raises with Stability Ball

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Cheesy Skillet Bean & Veggie Taco http://skinnyms.com/cheesy-skillet-bean-veggie-taco-meal/ http://skinnyms.com/cheesy-skillet-bean-veggie-taco-meal/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:00:09 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=411932 One skillet. Easy prep.

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Cheesy Skillet Bean & Veggie Taco Meal

One skillet means easy preparation and minimal clean-up, which makes this Cheesy Skillet Bean and Veggie Taco Meal a weeknight favorite! It’s loaded with veggies, including zucchini, mushrooms, squash, and pepper, and it gets a big hit of protein from black beans and cheddar cheese. This crowd-pleaser is healthy, satisfying, and comforting. Your friends and family will be delighted to dig in!

One Pot Meal Recipe

Cheesy Skillet Bean & Veggie Taco Meal

Cheesy Skillet Bean & Veggie Taco Meal

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups | Calories: 223 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 20 mg | Sodium: 239 mg | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 12 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red or purple onion
  • 4 ounces mixed mushroom slices
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small yellow squash
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, cored, and diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup salsa, no sugar added
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, reduced-fat
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Directions

Slice zucchini and squash in half lengthwise and then into 1/4-in slices. Add oil to a large skillet, turn to medium-heat and and sauté onion, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, and bell pepper until desired tenderness. I prefer to cook the veggies just until tender when pierced with a fork, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add black beans, spices, and salsa. Stir and cook until warm, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with cheese, cover and cook just until melted, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and green onions. Remove from heat and serve in individual dishes or add to taco shells or tortillas. For healthy tortillas, try our Homemade Whole Grain Tortillas.

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Top 10 Holiday Slow Cooker Recipes

Preparing meals for the holidays can be stressful! Compiled here are recipes to help you deal with that inevitable stress. Enjoy these 10 Holiday Crockpot Recipes, and let something cook itself for a change!

1. Slow Cooker Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a staple for the holidays, but recipes for this dish are often tricky. Give this delicious slow cooker recipe a try for your holiday celebrations!

2. Slow Cooker Bananas Foster 

Add something from the Deep South to your holiday menu this year! This fiery New Orleans dessert is sure to please your holiday crowd!

3. Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

This dish is delicious during the holidays or on any day! This chocolate bread pudding recipe is the perfect guilt-free treat this season!

4. Slow Cooker Cranberry Poached Pears

Allow yourself something sweet to refresh you after indulging in heavy foods this season. This is a fruity treat that will remind you of those warm summer days!

5. Slow Cooker Fudge

Here’s a yummy morsel that you can’t pass up! Put out a plate of these at your holiday party for a nutritious treat that’s sure to please!

6. Slow Cooker Savory Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Sweet Potatoes

Put them in a pie, casserole, or serve them up plain! This is a recipe you won’t want to miss!

7. Slow Cooker Holiday Turkey Breast

It’s just not the holiday season without turkey on the table, but it can be time consuming to roast it. Make this year a little bit easier with this slow cooker turkey recipe!

8. Slow Cooker Southern Style Green Beans 

These slow cooker green beans are so easy and delicious, you’ll have guests clamoring for the recipe!

9. Slow Cooker Homestyle Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary

Comfort food and the holidays go hand in hand! Here is a comfort food you can feel good about eating.

10. Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce

This is not your average cranberry sauce, but a recipe you’ll make year after year!

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Sweet Potato, Kale, and Leek Gratin http://skinnyms.com/sweet-potato-kale-and-leek-gratin-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/sweet-potato-kale-and-leek-gratin-recipe/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:30:17 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=375714 Capture the nutritious powers of sweet potatoes!

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Sweet Potato, Kale, and Leek Gratin Recipe

When served at Thanksgiving, sweet potato recipes are often made with tons of sugar. While they are delicious this way, they’re not exactly healthy. This recipe offers a creative way to prepare sweet potatoes, maximizing their health benefits. It makes a perfect side dish, but is hearty enough for a light meal when paired with some soup or a green salad.

Sweet Potato Kale and Leek Gratin

Sweet Potato Kale and Leek Gratin

Yield: 4 as a main course | Calories: 340 | Total Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Sodium: 245mg | Total Carbohydrates: 47g | Fiber: 6g | Sugars: 4g | Protein: 11g | Points Plus: 9 | Previous Points: 7

Ingredients

  • 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts, sliced
  • 12 ounces kale leaves, chopped, washed and dried
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/8 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the leeks and cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add the kale and garlic, and cook until kale is wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Add the milk and nutmeg. Stir and turn off heat.

In a 10 inch cast iron skillet or casserole dish, layer the sliced sweet potatoes and kale mixture, starting and ending with sweet potatoes, seasoning with salt and pepper between layers. Sprinkle a few drops of water on top and cover with foil.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with breadcrumbs and cheddar. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Let cool for 5-10 minutes, slice and serve.

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You might also like:
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mash
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Style
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Kale Soup

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How Healthy Is My Holiday Ham? http://skinnyms.com/healthy-holiday-ham/ http://skinnyms.com/healthy-holiday-ham/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:00:52 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=413000 Find out what's in your holiday ham.

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Holiday traditions and yummy foods go together like apple and pie. For many, ham is a traditional part of the celebration. But how healthy is that holiday ham? Get the ham health facts you need to make informed decisions about what to serve over the holidays.

Processed Meat Additives

Sodium nitrate is a preservative used in many processed meat products. When we consume nitrates, they interact with other compounds in the body to create substances with the potential to cause cancers, particularly those of the colon and liver [1]. Learn more in 5 Facts About Nitrates. In addition, research suggests that consuming processed meats increases the risk for a range of health problems, including coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes [2].

Sodium

Ham contains high amounts of sodium, especially when compared to other meats—a three-ounce serving offers about 42% of daily intake. Too much sodium boosts the risk for high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke. Nine out of ten Americans consume excess sodium [3], so even if you’re careful about your intake, consider that some holiday dinner guests may not be as mindful of its risks.

MORE: 15 Make-Ahead Clean Eating Dinner Menus

Fat and Cholesterol

One of the ham health facts to understand is that this meat is high in fat. One three-ounce serving of cured, roasted ham offers about 22% of total fat intake and 25% of saturated fat intake. Ham’s also high in cholesterol, with one serving delivering over 40% of your daily intake. (Need heart-healthy food ideas? Try The Top 10 Foods for Cleaning Your Arteries.)

Nutrients

Like other meats, ham offers plenty of protein—about 19 grams in each three-ounce serving. Ham is a good source for several nutrients, including thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin. It also delivers B vitamins essential for the skin, hair, eyes, and liver. Ham contains potassium as well, which is an important nutrient for heart health.

MORE: 10 Clean-Eating Do’s and Don’ts

Healthier Alternatives to Traditional Ham

If ham is a holiday tradition in your home but you have concerns about ham health facts, consider switching to a nitrate-free, preservative-free brand. Or you can mix up the holiday menu this year by serving another main course. Try one of these healthy holiday recipes:

Slow Cooker Holiday Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Herb-Crusted Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Classic Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Roast

Discover more tasty ideas for your holiday table—check out these side dishes, entrées, and desserts at Skinny Ms. Holiday Recipes.

 

Do you have a favorite ? We’d love to hear about it. Tell us in the comments section below.

Keep nutritious meal ideas at your fingertips with Skinny Ms. Recipe Collection: 101 Fan Favorites

 

Resources

[1] PLOS Medicine

[2] NIH Library of Medicine

[3] American Heart Association

 

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6 Scrumptious Pie Recipes http://skinnyms.com/6-scrumptious-pie-recipes/ http://skinnyms.com/6-scrumptious-pie-recipes/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=412578 Pie that's healthy and delicious is a favorite this season!

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6 Scrumptious Pie Recipes

Fall desserts are full of the flavors of pumpkin, cranberry, and apples. Pies filled with fall flavors are the perfect way to get the family gathered around the table to enjoy a wonderful dessert. Fall into the holiday spirit will these 6 scrumptious pie recipes!

1. Slow Cooker Pecan Pie

The holiday season is full of tasty desserts, but they’re not all unhealthy. This pecan pie recipe is full of flavor and healthy fats!

2. Clean Eating Apple Pie

Apple pie is notorious for being full of sugar, but this Skinny Ms. apple pie is full of quality, whole ingredients. Feel great about indulging in this tasty treat!

3. Happy Herbivore Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Low-calorie pumpkin pies are hard to come by. This particular pumpkin pie is vegan and full of fall flavors!

4. Clean Eating Blueberry Pie

Never made your own pie crust before? Don’t worry – this blueberry pie recipe takes you step by step to make the ultimate berry pie!

5. Raw Chocolate Coated Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is not usually heard of as a typical fall dessert, but still a favorite to many. This raw dessert is full of healthy fats and perfect for those with a sweet tooth!

6. Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Eating allergy-free can be difficult for families, especially around the holidays. Skinny Ms. caramel apple pie is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free – and is a delicious dessert for families with allergies or without!

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DIY Lemon Brown Sugar Hand Scrub http://skinnyms.com/diy-lemon-brown-sugar-hand-scrub/ http://skinnyms.com/diy-lemon-brown-sugar-hand-scrub/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:30:19 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=411019 This hand scrub exfoliates and moisturizes for glowing hands!

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Our hands go through a lot during the course of each day. Between pulling, pushing, typing, hand-washing, and weight lifting, our hands are involved in nearly every moment of our lives. We put the skin of our hands through a great deal of stress, but we also enjoy having nice-looking, soft hands. Our hand scrub brings you the perfect solution to overworked hands.

Simplicity is always best for our bodies. Combining lemon, brown sugar and olive oil, this hand scrub is meant to soften and exfoliate your skin, treat your cuticles and nail beds, while leaving your hands with an amazing natural glow and light aroma. Talk with your hands more frequently and allow this clean, natural scent to become your trademark.

Ingredients & Why they Work:

Brown Sugar – If you’ve decided to lighten up on sugar, but have some left over that you’ve been itching to get rid of, use it in this scrub! Brown sugar is more beneficial than bleached sugar to your skin, because the sugar grains are smaller and softer, causing less stress to your skin. Brown sugar grains are still strong enough to exfoliate dead skin cells and let healthy new ones bring radiance to your skin. Brown sugar contains glycol acid, which helps break down bacteria. It also absorbs natural moisture and keeps it locked in, which produces hydrated and glowing skin.

Lemon - Lemons have been used topically for years. The acidity provides a natural cleanser to remove bacteria from our bodies. Our hands are very scar prone, and lemons have the ability to diminish these scars. Lemon also fights off wrinkles, reduces excess oil, lightens dark spots, and brings a natural shine to your skin.

Olive Oil – Olive oil always seems to make a guest appearance in our DIY body recipes. For this specific recipe, this miracle ingredient will help to soften dry skin and fight off wrinkles.

What to Do:

1. Measure 3/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. You can use freshly squeezed lemons or purchase lemon juice.

2. Pour all the ingredients into a small bowl and mix them thoroughly.

3. Pour the contents onto your hand and mix softly. Work your way down to your wrists, in between, your fingers and your cuticles.

4. Rinse your hands with cool water and you are all set! Enjoy your soft, lightly scented hands!

Sources: Livestrong, NewHealthGuide, WikiHow

Your arms start at your shoulder and end at your fingertips. Get some sleek and sexy arms to match those beautiful soft hands:
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Parmesan Hash Browns Recipe http://skinnyms.com/parmesan-hash-browns-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/parmesan-hash-browns-recipe/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:30:25 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=405681 Warm breakfast the healthy way.

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Parmesan Hash Browns Recipe

Shredded potatoes get a punch of flavor from savory grated cheese in this Parmesan hash browns recipe. It comes together easily for a morning breakfast and is healthier and tastier than anything you can buy in the freezer aisle at your grocery store. Don’t skip the step of salting your potatoes; that’s what gives you the crispy browned crust and delicious flavor.

Parmesan Hash Browns Recipe

Parmesan Hash Browns Recipe

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 cup|Calories: 157| Previous Points: 3| Points Plus:  4| Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 307 mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 4 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Directions

Coarsely grate the potatoes on a box grater or in a food processor. Sprinkle with salt, toss lightly, and transfer to a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Using a wooden spoon or spatula, press as much water out of the potatoes as you can and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and toss lightly with a fork.

Heat a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the olive oil, and then add the potatoes in an even layer. Allow to cook without stirring for several minutes. Using a spatula, check that the bottom is browned. When golden brown, flip and continue cooking until other side is well browned.

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3 Tips for Cats with Separation Anxiety http://skinnyms.com/3-tips-cats-separation-anxiety/ http://skinnyms.com/3-tips-cats-separation-anxiety/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:05:02 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=404570 Three tips to help with your cat's separation anxiety.

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Cats and Separation Anxiety

Tips for Your Cat’s Separation Anxiety:

1. Occupy your cat for hours with a Cat Maze or Ball.
2. Don’t make a big deal about leaving, just leave.
3. Leave without saying goodbye.

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Why Dogs Eat Grass http://skinnyms.com/dogs-eat-grass/ http://skinnyms.com/dogs-eat-grass/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:02:00 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=402796 Dogs eat grass for two reasons...

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Why Dogs Eat Grass

Does your dog like to chow down on the green stuff? Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, explains why dogs eat grass and if you should be alarmed. While this behavior is often perfectly normal, it can also be symptomatic of a larger problem, or possibly a need to make change in your doggie’s diet.

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