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If you’re crashing hard on the weight loss plateau, you understand how frustrating it is to see that scale stuck at the same old number. The good news is that losing weight can sometimes be as simple as making small, but important, lifestyle changes. Read on for 10 reasons you aren’t losing weight:

1. Skipping meals
Missing a meal slows your metabolism, which means that when you do eat again, the body won’t burn as many calories as it otherwise would. Eat four to six small meals each day. Visit Skinny Ms. Meal Planning for loads of healthy ideas so delicious you won’t want to skip a meal.

2. Drinking too many calories

Healthy Lemon-Ginger Sparkling Water

A regular soda packs as many as 150 calories in a 12-ounce can. A 5-ounce glass of wine may have as much as 130 calories. Stick to water or lightly naturally-sweetened beverages, like Healthy Lemon-Ginger Sparkling Water or Zingy Pink Grapefruit Soda. Tough time going cold turkey? Start by swapping out one sugared drink each day.

3. Getting top-heavy with toppings
Is your healthy salad or sandwich topped with extra calories and fat? One of the most simple weight loss techniques is to avoid unhealthy toppings—bacon, croutons, heavy salad dressings—and start enjoying these 11 Tasty Salad Toppings for Weight Loss.

4. Pumping up portion sizes
Your portion sizes may be larger than they need to be, and the result is the consumption of too many calories. Learn tips for paring down portions (and your weight!) in 6 Ways to Reduce Portion Size.

5. Eating mindlessly

10 Reasons You Aren't Losing Weight

A couple of crackers. Leftover crust from the kids’ pizza slices. It’s easy to get into the mindless munching habit. Those calories add up more quickly than you might think. Use a food journal (on paper, on a spreadsheet, or with an app) to keep tabs on what you’re consuming. Find out more in The Benefits of Keeping a Food Journal.

6. Moving too little
Even with regular exercise, it can still be tough to fit in as much activity as the body needs. So make movement a priority by taking the dog for an extra walk or choosing the stairs over the elevator. Learn more in How to Walk 10,000 Steps a Day- 5 Can-Do Tips.

7. Developing muscle
Muscle tissue weighs more than fat. If you’ve been shedding fat and replacing it with lean muscle, the scale may be moving down more slowly—or not at all. Put less emphasis on the scale and more on how you look and feel. Reassure yourself with 25 Reasons Why Women Should Lift Weights.

8. Boring the muscles

15 Yoga Poses to Zen Out Your BodyRocking the same exercise routine for a long time acclimates the muscles to the movement, making them work more efficiently—and that translates into fewer burned calories. Mix up the routine occasionally by challenging the muscles in new ways. Find a fresh workout by visiting Skinny Ms. Fitness.

9. Sitting all day
Research suggests that after sitting for a few hours, the body produces significantly less lipase, a protein that helps break down fat [1]. If you sit a lot at work, make time to regularly get up and move. Try these Desk Push-Ups. Or consider switching to a standing desk, if possible at your workplace, to keep muscles engaged throughout the day.

10. Skimping on sleep
Lack of shut-eye lowers the metabolism and negatively affects hormones related to hunger [2]. Set a regular sleep schedule, and relax the body and mind with Evening Yoga for Relaxation.

What weight loss techniques, tips, or tricks have helped you? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

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Resources

[1] Journal of Physiology

[2] PLOS Medicine

 

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Slow Cooker Meatball & Potato Soup http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-meatballs-potato-soup-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-meatballs-potato-soup-recipe/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:00:45 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=417940 Comfort food without the guilt!

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Slow Cooker Meatball & Potato Soup Recipe

When you think of warm, satisfying comfort foods, what comes to mind? Creamy potatoes? Maybe a hot soup? The delicious meatballs you loved on top of spaghetti as a kid? What if we combined savory meatballs with tender potatoes in a velvety soup that will warm and sustain you? Our meatballs are made with lean chicken, cutting fat and calories from this recipe, and red pepper flakes and chili powder add a pop of flavor to this scrumptious dish!

Slow Cooker Meatball & Potato Soup

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup or 1/6th of recipe | Calories: 234 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 19 g |

Ingredients

    Soup:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (large) Yukon Gold potato, cut into 1” cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth, fat-free, low sodium
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cold milk (optional)
  • 2 cups kale leaves, (stems removed) rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • Meatballs:
  • 1 pound lean ground chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Directions

In a medium bowl combine meatball ingredients and shape into 1” bite size meatballs. Cover and place in the refrigerator.

In a medium skillet sauté onion over medium-low heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. In the same skillet add the meatballs and lightly brown over medium heat, drain fat. Add to slow cooker, meatballs, sautéed onion, garlic, potato cubes, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, chicken broth and milk, and stir just to combine. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

Add kale and cook just until wilted, approximately 10 -15 minutes.

Optional: For a thicker soup, combine cornstarch and cold milk, stir until smooth and add to slow cooker the last 20 minutes of cooking time.

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Celeriac Fries with Spicy Dipping Sauce Recipe http://skinnyms.com/celeriac-fries-spicy-dipping-sauce-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/celeriac-fries-spicy-dipping-sauce-recipe/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:00:37 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=414335 Potatoes aren't the only root veggies that taste great as fries!

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Celeriac Fries with Spicy Dipping Sauce Recipe

On the outside, celeriac may look unappealing with its rough brown texture, but it has a surprisingly fresh flavor when cut into fries and roasted. It has a similar density to potatoes, but is much less starchy, which is perfect for those watching their carb intake. When served with a spicy dipping sauce, this recipe will become a favorite side dish for your favorite sandwich or burger recipe.

Celeriac Fries with Spicy Dipping Sauce Recipe

Celeriac Fries with Spicy Dipping Sauce Recipe

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: about 1/2 cup fries and 1 tablespoon dipping sauce|Calories: 105| Previous Points: 3| Points Plus:  3| Total Fat:  8 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 191 mg | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 4 g |

Ingredients

    Fries:
  • 1 large celeriac root, peeled and cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Toss the celeriac sticks with the olive oil and salt, and lay on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast until browned and tender.

Whisk the yogurt with the chili sauce and lime juice and serve on the side.

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5 “People Foods” that are Toxic for Pets http://skinnyms.com/5-people-foods-toxic-pets/ http://skinnyms.com/5-people-foods-toxic-pets/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:42 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=413507 Keep these culprits away from your pet!

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It’s hard not to share your favorite treats with your four-legged friends. After all, they look so darn cute with those puppy dog (or kitty cat) eyes! But it’s important for pet owners to know which foods not to feed to pets. Below are five toxic pet foods you should avoid giving to your pet.

Raisins and grapes

Raisins and grapes can be extremely dangerous for dogs and cats, causing sudden kidney failure. Scientists aren’t quite sure what it is about the fruit that makes them toxic to pets, but symptoms include general weakness, abdominal pain, refusal to eat and excessively drinking water.

Caffeine in any form

Most dog owners know that chocolate is a no-no. But coffee, tea and soda are also off the table. Caffeine consumption can cause elevated heart rate, heavy breathing, muscle spasms and seizures.

Fruits with seeds and pits

Not only do seeds and pits pose a choking hazard, many of them contain cyanide, which is toxic. Whole apples, cherries, apricots, plums, peaches and pears should all be avoided as treats for Fido.

Baking Ingredients and Spices

One good reason to keep your baking ingredients on a high shelf: common pantry items like baking soda, baking powder and nutmeg can all be toxic to dogs. The amount it takes to affect a dog varies from breed to breed, so best not to take any chances.

Xylitol

This one is twice as dangerous because it’s hidden in so many ordinary products. Many candies, gums, and even toothpastes contain the sweetener xylitol, which can lead to liver failure in pets. Watch for initial signs of vomiting, lethargy and overall lack of coordination, and contact your vet immediately if a product containing xylitol is ingested.

When it comes to sharing people foods with your furry friends, the best rule of thumb is to ask your vet if you have any uncertainty.

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By Skinny Ms. If you’re short on time but want a challenging workout that will push you to your limits this workout is for you. This advanced workout targets every single major muscle group through various compound exercises. The high …

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If you’re short on time but want a challenging workout that will push you to your limits this workout is for you. This advanced workout targets every single major muscle group through various compound exercises. The high intensity and circuit routine also provides you with the benefit of any 14 minute cardio run. This is the perfect workout for all fitness levels.

Equipment Needed: yoga mat or soft surface, interval timer, set of medium weights (8-12 lbs)

What to Do: Read the descriptions and watch the videos below. Perform each exercise for the designated time. No rest in between. Perform this workout at a high intensity, 3-4 times a week to keep you strong, toned and energized. If you’re up for a challenge add more round.

Beginner’s Level: 2 rounds
Intermediate Level: 3 rounds
Advanced Level: 4 rounds

Exercises: (click each exercise to see instructions on how to correctly perform and length of time)

  1. Alternating Superman
    Lying on your stomach, extend your legs straight behind you and your arms straight in front. Lift your left arm into the air while lifting your right leg until you feel a slight tightening in your lower back. Hold for 2-3 seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat with opposite arm and leg. The higher you lift both arms and legs the more of the muscle you work. -30 seconds
  1. Weighted Jackknife
    Lie flat on your mat with your legs straight out in front of you and your arms straight behind your head. Grab one dumbbell and hold the bottom of the top part with both hands. Simultaneously, bring both your legs and the ball up in the air and have the ball meet your legs as they form the letter “V.” Keeping both legs and arms straight , return to the starting position and repeat. -30 seconds
  1. Push-up Row to Burpee
    Get into a push up position with weights in hand and separate your feet behind you. The weights and your hand should be slightly wider than your shoulder and your elbows should be facing back diagonally. Perform one push up and immediately perform one row on each side, elbows tucked into your side and going pass your ribs. Avoid rotating too much on each row. Keep your core tight and make your arms do all the work. Once you finish both rows, jump both feet towards the weights, immediately stand up with weights in hand and jump into the air keeping the weights on your sides.. Reach down, place the weights on the floor, kick your feet back and repeat. -60 seconds
  1. Sumo Squat into Tricep Extension
    With a single weight, stand upright, and grab the bottom part of one of the weighted sides. Your elbows should be facing slightly outward and should tucked into your ears. Your feet should be more than shoulder width apart, toes facing slightly outward also. Squat down, driving your butt backward, while keeping your chest up and core tight. Your knees should be behind your toes. As you press up extend your arms fully to bring the weight up. Bring the weight back down repeat. -30 seconds
  1. Side Burpee to Pushup
    Start in a frog squat, knees bent, feet together, hands on he ground and arms straight. Kick both feet out to the side. If you’re jumping to your left, your left foot is on the outside of your right foot. Keep your core tight and body straight perform a push up. Bring your both feet back together to the center, jump straight up into the air arms straight, return back into a frog squat and repeat on the opposite side. -30 seconds
  1. X Jump
    Standing upright with feet more than shoulder width apart, squat down with your butt low, knees and toes facing out diagonally and bring your arms in front of you in an “x”. Explosively jump straight up and bring your arms straight overhead. Once you land return to the starting position and repeat. -30 seconds
  1. Plank Hip Dips
    Start in a low plank position, forearms on the floor. Keeping your butt low and your core tight, tilt the right side of your body until your hip touches the floor. Once you touch, rotate it back and have your left side touch the floor. Make sure to keep your core engaged throughout your reps. If you’re unable to tap your hips to the ground, rotate as low as you can. -30 seconds
  1. Alternating Lunge with Bicep Curl
    Standing upright with your feet slightly apart and weights in hand, palms facing each other.Take a strong step forward with the right leg and bring it down to a 90 angle, while simultaneously curling the weight towards your shoulder. As the right leg comes forward, the left knee should be moving down towards the floor. Your left foot should end up resting on the toes. As you step back bring the weight back down to your side. Repeat with the other leg. -60 seconds

Alternating Superman

Weighted Jackknife

Push-up Row to Burpee

Squat into Tricep Extension

Side Burpee to Pushup

X Jump

Plank Hip Dips

Alternating Lunge with Bicep Curl

Looking for a few more challenges? Try some of our favorite workouts:
Killer Kettlebell Workout Challenge
Plyometric Workout Challenge
10 Minute Belly Fat-Burning Workout

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Rhubarb Iced Tea http://skinnyms.com/rhubarb-iced-tea/ http://skinnyms.com/rhubarb-iced-tea/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:16 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=412553 Rhubarb makes a refreshing drink any time of year!

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Rhubarb Iced Tea

Rhubarbs have a delicious tart flavor that is so good when naturally sweetened. This veggie is popularly used in pies, jams, tarts, crumbles, drinks, and sauces. This time, we are sharing a refreshing, simple drink recipe that you can make over and over again, because after cooking the rhubarb syrup, you can conserve it in the refrigerator and prepare this drink whenever you like.

Rhubarb Iced Tea

Rhubarb Iced Tea

Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1 glass with ice (1/2 of recipe) | Calories: 129 | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 4 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 3 mg | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 31 g | Protein: 1 g |

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rhubarb stalks, chopped (rhubarb leaves are not edible)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey, sucanat, coconut palm sugar, or maple syrup
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water
  • 1 lemon, sliced, for garnishing

Directions

Over medium heat, in a medium saucepan, put the water, rhubarb and brown sugar together then boil.

When it boils, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the rhubarb becomes very soft.

Using a sieve, let the rhubarb syrup pass through it, press the rhubarb to take out the juices then discard them. Let the syrup cool down.

In 2 glasses, divide the syrup. Fill them up with ice, pour the sparkling water then stir.

Garnish with the lemon.

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Here are more delicious drinks to choose from:

Strawberry, Lime, and Basil Smash Drink

10 Skinny Drinks Under 200 Calories

Super Green Detox Drink

Top 10 Drink Recipes on Skinny Ms.

Flush The Fat Away With These 5 Delicious Drinks!

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

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6 Best Holiday Gifts for Your Dog http://skinnyms.com/6-best-holiday-gifts-dog/ http://skinnyms.com/6-best-holiday-gifts-dog/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:07 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=418423 Give your furry friend a holiday treat!

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If you’re like us, your pooch is a member of your family. So it’s only natural that you’re searching for holiday pet ideas that will include him in your gift-giving tradition! Here are six of our favorite holiday gifts for your dog that are sure to be a hit under the tree this year.

KONG Squeakair Balls

If your dog likes tennis balls and squeaky toys, he’ll fall head over heels (paws?) for KONG’s Squeakair balls. Perfect for both fetch and independent play, these toys are built tough to last much longer than an ordinary tennis ball. Plus, they come in fun, bright colors, so they’re easy to track down in a sea of grass.

Antler Chews

Too much rawhide can be rough on dogs’ stomachs, and processed bones can chip and splinter, making them a choking hazard. Enter antlers. Typically coming from deer or elk, antlers are an excellent, long-lasting natural chew for dogs. They’re on the pricier side, but they’ll get much more mileage than a standard rawhide bone. Choose a responsible company (we like this one) that only harvests antlers from natural shedding or legally hunted game.

Plush Dog Bed

Is your pup notorious for taking up half the bed? Gifting him with a comfy bed that’s all his own may be the perfect solution. We love the Happy Hounds Oscar Orthopedic model, which provides ample support for older dogs with arthritis or joint pain.

Treat Maze

Great for the dog who devours her food too quickly, the treat maze is a fun and interactive way to make her “work” for her food. It wobbles and wiggles unpredictably, only dispensing a few pieces of food or small treats at a time. An added bonus: it’s super simple to clean. Just rinse under running water or run in the dishwasher.

Monthly Box of Goodies

Subscription boxes are all the rage in the beauty and fitness communities, and now your dog can join in on the fun. Pet-themed subscription boxes like BarkBox come in the mail once each month with a selection of treats and toys for your furry friend to try. If he loves one of the goodies, you can order more at a discounted rate.

Scented Shampoo

Let’s be honest—the is as much a gift for your nose as it is your pet. But for the dog who loves bath time, what’s more fun than some good-smelling suds to splash around in? We love DERmagic’s Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar because it smells amazing and it’s made from all natural ingredients with minimal processing.

Still have a few more humans to shop for? Check out our list of holiday gifts that give back to learn about some amazing rescue groups deserving of your support.

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No-Sugar Fig Fruit Spread Healthy Breakfast http://skinnyms.com/sugar-fig-fruit-spread-full-healthy-breakfast/ http://skinnyms.com/sugar-fig-fruit-spread-full-healthy-breakfast/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:34 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=412565 Easy, fruity breakfast in just a few minutes!

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No-Sugar Fig Fruit Spread Full Healthy Breakfast

It’s important to have a healthy start in the morning, and preparing a quick and easy breakfast that also fills us up on nutrients is the key. This fig spread has only two ingredients, and you can prepare ahead and store it in the refrigerator.  Just add some yogurt and spread it on slices of toasted whole grain bread. Not only are you keeping your calories down, but you’re also enjoying a sweet fruity treat without any added sugar.

No-Sugar Fig Fruit Spread and with a Full Breakfast

No-Sugar Fig Fruit Spread and with a Full Breakfast

*Fig Fruit Spread Yields: 32 servings/ 2 cups | Serving Size: 1 tablespoon | Calories: 21 | Previous Points: 0 | Points Plus: 0 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 0 g | *Full Breakfast with Fig Fruit Spread Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 2 slices of toast with 1/2 tablespoon spread, and yogurt topped with fresh fruit and 1/2 tablespoon spread stirred in | Calories: 357 | Previous Points: 7 | Points Plus: 7 | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 15 mg | Sodium: 120 mg | Carbohydrates: 51 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 25 g | Protein: 22 g |

Ingredients

    Fig Fruit Spread
  • 16 figs, peeled and quartered
  • 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Full Breakfast
  • 4 cups low-fat yogurt
  • 8 slices of whole wheat or whole grain toasted bread
  • 2 figs, peeled and quartered
  • Fig fruit Spread

Directions

Over medium heat, in a medium saucepan, cook together the figs and the balsamic vinegar. Cook them until the consistency becomes thick.

Conserve the fruit spread in sterile jars and refrigerate. They should last for at least 3 days.

For the yogurt bowl, mix them with the yogurt then garnish with fresh figs.

For the toast, spread them on warm toasted bread.

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If you are a healthy breakfast eater, then we have a lot of great recipes for you to try:

5 Healthy Breakfasts to Make the Night Before

7 Clean-Eating Breakfast Cereals

Strawberry, Almond Butter, and Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait

Vanilla Quinoa and Roasted Blueberry Breakfast

Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa

Easy Mint Yogurt with Strawberries

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7 Ways to Spoil Your Cat for the Holidays http://skinnyms.com/7-ways-spoil-cat-holidays/ http://skinnyms.com/7-ways-spoil-cat-holidays/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:25 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=418426 Pamper your pet kitty this season!

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Does your shopping list include a family member of the feline variety? We have a few holiday pet ideas up our sleeve that your fluffy friend is sure to love. Here are seven holiday gifts for your cat to keep in mind as you cross items off your list.

Subscription Gift Box

Dogs have BarkBox and now, cats have MeowBox—a monthly subscription box delivered to your doorstep filled with healthy treats and engaging toys for your cat. Meowbox offers 6-month, 3-month, or month-to-month packages to suit any cat (or cat lover!) on your list.

Laser Toy

If you haven’t tried out a laser toy with your kitty, you’re missing out on hours of off-the-wall fun. The SmartyKat Loco! Laser is shaped like a mouse and emits a bug-sized laser point that will have your cat going, well, loco, as she tried to chase it down. Bonus: it’s great exercise for her!

De-shedding Tool

Cat hair has a way of finding you and following you no matter where you go. Help cut down on excess fur—and give kitty a relaxing rub-down—with a de-shedding tool. It’s a gentle way to reduce shedding on your furniture and clothes while cutting down on all of that extra hair your cat ingests while grooming.

Cat Tree

For the ultimate pampered feline, a cat tree is the perfect way to allow your cat to indulge his natural instincts to climb and lounge in high places. Cat trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with build in perches and rope-lined scratching posts. Many models have interchangeable parts, so you can expand kitty’s playground piece by piece.

Pop-Up Tunnel

If your cat has a propensity for burrowing and tunneling under the covers, she’ll get hours of fun out of a pop-up cat tunnel. Great for households with more than one cat, so kitties can chase each other back and forth through the tunnel!

Activity Center

Cats are naturally curious animals who love to investigate. Take advantage of their inquisitive nature with Trixie’s 5-in-1 activity center. Cats will test their foraging skills fishing treats out of mini fish bowls, and map out strategies to capture elusive “prey” as it moves within the activity center’s obstacles. It’s a great way to get your kitty to work for her food as she would in the wild!

Cat Cave

We don’t know about you, but our feline friends love their personal space. Give your kitty the ultimate private hideaway with his own bed that doubles as a cat cave. It’s comfy and cozy–everything a cat loves in a hiding spot!

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13 Ways To Jazz Up Your Morning Oatmeal http://skinnyms.com/13-ways-jazz-morning-oatmeal/ http://skinnyms.com/13-ways-jazz-morning-oatmeal/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:47 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=402357 Look at oatmeal in a whole new way!

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By Skinny Ms.

13 Ways To Jazz Up Your Morning Oatmeal

There’s nothing like enjoying a bowl of warm and delicious oatmeal at the start of your day. Oatmeal is a fantastic superfood that is high in fiber, and low in fat and cholesterol, allowing you to keep your weight under control. We’ve put together 13 healthy ways to jazz up your morning oatmeal. You’ll never get bored of this amazing breakfast food again!

1. Banana Coconut Oatmeal

Banana Coconut Oatmeal

This recipe is perfect for kids and adults alike. Grab it here.

2. Slow Cooker Almond Blast Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Almond Blast Oatmeal

Start your morning with this healthy oatmeal that tastes just like your favorite almond candy.

3. Flax and Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Flax and Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Flax seed and apple pair nicely together in this warm and comforting oatmeal recipe.

4. Nutty Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Nutty Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

Prepare a batch of this delicious oatmeal for Sunday brunch, and save the rest for a quick weekday breakfast.

5. Savory Oats

Savory Oats

This savory oatmeal is filled with delicious superfoods.

6. Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal

Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal

Filled with protein and a burst of flavor, this tasty recipe will leave you wanting more.

7. Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

A perfect breakfast on a cold winter day. Find the recipe here.

 8. Fig and Pumpkin Oatmeal

Fig and Pumpkin Oatmeal

This delicious oatmeal is fall comfort food in a bowl.

9. Key Lime Pie Overnight Oats

Key Lime Pie Overnight Oats

Cool and creamy oats with all the flavor of a key lime pie. Grab the recipe here.

10. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal

A perfect pre-workout breakfast that provides lasting energy and tons of nutrients.

11. Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker - Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal

The whole family will enjoy this chocolatey, mouthwatering breakfast.

12. Grapefruit and Avocado Oatmeal

Grapefruit and Avocado Oatmeal

The flavorful grapefruit and creamy avocado go perfectly together in this unique and tasty recipe.

13. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Custard Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Made with 100% clean ingredients, this thick, custard like oatmeal is a hit all year long.

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