Skinny Ms. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:43:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Santa Fe Chicken and Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:30:31 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Santa Fe Chicken and Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe

This smoky, spicy dish, packed with veggies, is a unique twist on classic stir fry. This Santa Fe chicken and zucchini stir fry recipe comes together in a flash and brings flavor to the table that the whole family will love. Brown rice is the obvious choice for serving, but it’s just as good with quinoa or your favorite grain. If you want to indulge, you can add a sprinkling of cheese, but with all this flavor, it doesn’t need it!

Santa Fe Chicken and Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe

Santa Fe Chicken and Zucchini Stir Fry Recipe

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size:1/2 cup stir fry|Calories: 191| Previous Points: 4| Points Plus:  5| Total Fat:  9g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 62 mg | Sodium: 197 mg | Carbohydrates: 6g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 21 g |


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Brown rice or quinoa, for serving


Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and sear until browned. Remove from the pan and add the onion and garlic.

Cook until slightly softened and add the zucchini and carrots. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add the seasonings and stir for 1 more minute. Add the lime juice and the chicken back to the pan. Stir and cook until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve over the rice and top with the cilantro.

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DIY Avocado Hair Mask Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.


We all want to love our hair — the way it smells, its luster, its strength and its fullness. When our hair looks good, we feel good. When it’s dry, frizzy and lifeless, we feel … well, let’s not go there.

You don’t need excessive chemicals, ingredients and a wide assortment of shampoos and conditioners to your hair to make beautiful. Combining just two simple ingredients — avocado and olive oil — will give your hair all the benefits it needs to stand out anywhere you go.

Ingredients & Why They Work:

Avocado - Avocados are a miracle fruit, and we keep finding out just how amazing they can be for our bodies. Internally, they provide us with potassium, which helps reduce blood pressure; heart-healthy fat by way of oleic acid, which can fight off cancer; and fiber, which is great for your metabolism and weight loss.

What makes avocados beneficial topically is their richness in over 20 vitamins and minerals. For your hair, vitamins B and E work on protecting it and bringing it strength. Vitamin E has the ability to repair damaged scalps and promote hair follicle growth. Using avocados on hair has a long history, going back to the Ancient Egyptians, who were the first to use it to prevent hair loss. With their natural ability to moisturize and give natural shine, avocados are a go-to for any do-it-yourself hair treatment!

Olive Oil - What isn’t olive oil good for? Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even arthritis can be fought off with regular doses of olive oil in your diet. When applied topically, olive oil is a great moisturizer for your scalp. And the benefits of olive oil for your hair are plentiful. Split ends and frizzies? Olive oil provides a quick temporary fix to help, due do its weight and moisturizing abilities. Olive oil is also a great substitute for your conditioner. A deep olive oil cleanse weekly can bring new life, shine and softness to your hair and make it easier to style. With vitamins A and E and antioxidants, olive oil protects the protein in hair by sealing moisture, and it removes excess sweat build up, which causes a blockage of hair follicles and prevents hair growth.

Now that we’ve overwhelmed you with all the amazing benefits, let’s get to creating! (Please note, olive oil may lighten treated hair. If you have chemically treated hair, you can try jojoba oil, which has similar properties, as a substitute.)

What to Do:

1. Mix 2 tablespoons and one avocado together in a small saucepan. A hass avocado will work perfectly, since you don’t need too much.

2. Place the pan on the stove over low heat and stir the mixture to evenly distribute the olive oil. Stir until warm. You can also microwave the mix in a microwave-safe bowl if you prefer.

3. Once it’s warm, give it a stir and then massage the mixture throughout your hair and scalp. Pay special attention to your problem areas, whether that’s your scalp, ends or roots.

4. Once you have the mask evenly spread, place a shower cap on your head and leave it in for 20 minutes.

5. Once the 20 minutes are up, rinse off the hair mask with warm water in the shower. You’re all set!

6. None of the ingredients will cause any damage to your hair, so this mask is something you can do as often as you need. Also feel free to add some essential oils for some amazing smells to go with your newly moisturized hair!

Sources: Livestrong, Feminspire

DIY isn’t just for your skin. Workouts are all about doing it yourself. Check out some of our favorite body-weight exercises that focus on you doing the work all by yourself:
Body Weight Blast Workout
7-Minute Body Weight Blast Workout
Use Your Own Body Weight Workout

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Love Your Lower Belly Workout Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:30:25 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.


 Fact: everyone wants a tight and toned belly. However the lower belly is one of the most difficult areas to keep flat. Your abs are their own muscle group, which is why it’s important to not forget to do abdominal exercises. Show your lower belly some love with these quick toning exercises!

These are not all magical moves though. In order to keep your lower belly flat remember to always add cardio to your weekly workout routine and eat clean! For tips on how to eat clean check out our Top 25 Flat Belly Foods!

Equipment Needed: a soft surface or yoga mat to lay on, and medicine ball or dumbbell for weight.

What to Do: Perform each exercise in sequence for one circuit for the amount of time or repetitions specified below with a 30 second rest in between each exercise. Be sure to check out the videos below for correct form to prevent injury!

Beginners: complete 1-2 circuits
Advanced: complete 3-4 circuits


1. Plank- 45 second hold
2. Leg Raises-
15-20 repetitions
3. Lower Ab Crunches-
15-20 repetitions
4. Russian Twist-
15 repetitions to each side
5. Leg Circles-
15 circles clockwise and counter-clockwise


Leg Raises

Lower Ab Crunches

Russian Twist

Leg Circles

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Beautiful Abs via Youtube

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Slow Cooker Molten Lava Cake Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:30:39 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Slow Cooker Molten Lava Cake

Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate Lava Cake sounds like a dessert too decadent for a clean eating regimen. But, you’re in luck! We’ve changed this classic naughty dessert into a simple, healthy treat!

Rev up your slow cooker, pull out four quick and simple ingredients, and you’ll have spoonfuls of this hot, gooey chocolate cake ready to enjoy by dinnertime!

If you’ve never cooked a cake in a slow cooker before, the process may surprise you with how simple it is. The slow cooker bakes the most tender, moist treats. But, different slow cookers will cook with different finish times. So, the first time you make a cake in your slow cooker, you’ll want to stay close to ensure your first crockpot cake isn’t overcooked!

Slow Cooker Molten Lava Cake

Slow Cooker Molten Lava Cake

*just the molten lava cake, without ice cream Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1/8th of cake | Calories: 240 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 7 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 106 mg | Sodium: 25 mg | Carbohydrates: 37 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 28 g | Protein: 7 g |

*molten lava cake and banana ice cream Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1/8th of cake and 1/8 ice cream | Calories: 306 | Previous Points: 6 | Points Plus: 9 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 106 mg | Sodium: 25 mg | Carbohydrates: 53 g | Dietary Fiber: 6 g | Sugars: 37 g | Protein: 8 g |


  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup very dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • FOR THE ICE CREAM (optional)
  • 4 ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs


In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Pour into a 4 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate.

Cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours, or on low for 2-3 hours. Crockpot times will vary, so start checking your cake around 1 1/2 hours. You'll know it's done when the center is set, and springs back to the touch.

As soon as the cake is done, unplug the crockpot, and keep the cake covered until ready to serve.


For the ice cream topping, use a hi-speed blender (like a Vitamix) to blend together frozen bananas and cacao until soft and creamy OR top bowlfuls of the hot cake with Skinny Ms. Whipped Toppingl or Skinny Ms. Soft Serve.

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13 Ways to Transform Your Body Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:30:39 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

13 Ways to Transform Your Body without Equipment

Whether you’re traveling or just don’t have space in your home for clunky workout equipment, we’ve got you covered. These workouts provide options that will slim down your waist, tighten your butt and core, and make those arms toned and sexy. With so many options, you have a variety of ways to make sure you get your routine in!

One important factor in every amazing workout is hydration. Read our 12 Easy Ways to Increase Your Water Intake to ensure you’re hydrated throughout the whole day.

1. At-Home Hamstring Workout

At-Home Hamstring Workout

Pop-up from the couch and get rid of that back of thigh jiggle here.

2. 7 Yoga Poses to Tone and Define Your Arms

7 Yoga Poses to Tone and Define Your Arms

Focus. Steady. Control. Breathe. Tone. Yoga workout is here.

3. Workday Arms Challenge

Workday Arms Challenge

Get paid to workout here! We won’t tell your supervisor.

4. 21 Pushup Styles to Get a Total Body Workout

21 Pushup Styles to Get a Total Body Workout

Variety. Who knew pushups could work out your whole body? Start pushing here.

5. 5 Moves to a Stronger Back & Core

5 Moves to a Stronger Back & Core

These core and lower back workouts will allow you to bring strength and balance to all of your other routines. Tighten your center of gravity here.

6. 7 Exercises to do Right Out of Bed

7 Exercises to do Right Out of Bed

You can literally roll out of bed and assume a pushup position. Your great day begins here.

7. Do-Anywhere Cardio Workout Challenge

Do-Anywhere Cardio Workout Challenge

Park, living room, grocery checkout, or post office. Get your heart rate going here.

8. Fat Scorching Tabata Interval Training

Fat Scorching Tabata Interval Training

Find your ying-yang balance with this workout.

9. Use Your Own Body Weight Workout

Use Your Own Body Weight Workout

It’s your body, so control it and shape it! Equipment free results are here.

10. Plyometric Workout Challenge

Plyometric Workout Challenge

Train like an Olympian here. You might not be able to clear the High Vault, but you’ll look amazing!

11. 10-Minute Body Weight Circuit for Butt & Thighs

10 Minute Body Weight Circuit for Butt and Thighs

Slim thighs and a firm butt. This HIIT routine will get rid of excess fat.

12. 15-Minute Fat Burning Boot Camp

15 Minute Fat Burning Boot Camp

Camp used to be a place to go to relax. Those days are over. Blast fat away here.

13. Weekend Boot Camp Blast!

Weekend Boot Camp Blast

Most people rest on the weekend. We know you’re not most people! Boot Camp is here.

Great exercise routines demand great meals. Whether vegan, gluten-free or paleo, check out our Recipes section for a variety of food to keep you strong and energized before, during and after workouts.

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The Ancient Medicine Ball is Back Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:22:30 +0000 ]]>

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The Ancient Medicine Ball is Back

By Rebecca Palermo, Writer/Editor
Skinny Ms.

Anyone with a gym membership or who has participated in a bootcamp challenge has seen a medicine ball. While they look a bit like basketballs, their weight makes them ideal for a variety of training activities, allowing for the toning and targeting of specific areas of the body, and challenging users’ stability and balance.

According to Yahoo Health, the medicine ball, an ancient fitness tool used heavily in the Classical era, is back on many trainers’ agendas. Some tout its beginner-friendly qualities, noting that it seems more accessible than many free weights or machines. Others rave about its versatility, allowing gym-goers to throw, lift, hold, and even do push-ups on it. For these reasons, it’s growing in popularity.

The medicine ball is a great tool in any fitness enthusiast’s arsenal. It’s inexpensive, and small enough to store easily at home, making it great for home workouts. And not many pieces of equipment can give you the full body workout that the medicine ball can. From lunges and push-ups to squats, planks, and curls, this small piece of workout gear will have every muscle in your body on fire! Check out our Skinny Ms. Medicine Ball Workout for the best ways to use this fabulous piece of equipment to its fullest advantage!

Source: Yahoo Health


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Anytime Fitness Looks to Motivate the Gym-Phobic and Unathletic Among Us Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:23:31 +0000 ]]>

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Anytime Fitness Looks to Motivate the Gym-Phobic and Unathletic Among Us

By Rebecca Palermo, Writer/Editor
Skinny Ms. 

National gym chain, Anytime Fitness, has launched a brand new ad campaign that sets it apart from the scores of billboards and television spots promising young, fit people even more toned, ripped abs.

According to Ad Age, Anytime Fitness is targeting those of us who may need a bit of little extra help on the road to fitness. The new ad focuses on older people, overweight people, or even harried moms and dads who need a little extra motivation to shed the excess layer of fat around their mid-section that wasn’t there a decade ago!

Anything but intimidating, these ads are a powerful tool in motivating Americans who may be fearful of joining a gym, or may even think that they are too old, too unhealthy, or too unathletic to get fit. As a somewhat injury-prone person who has trouble with speed and endurance, these ads really speak to me! As much as I love whipping up healthy meals in my kitchen, I’m sometimes afraid that I’m too slow or too clumsy to join a class at my local gym. This article actually prompted me to check out where my nearest Anytime Fitness is located. The idea that someone who is not perfectly toned, or doesn’t exactly know how to properly use a kettlebell, might be welcome in any of their locations, has me motivated and interested in learning more about their company. If more gyms and fitness programs targeted people who aren’t gym rats by nature, they might actually convert many of us and help us to get just a bit more fit, one day at a time.

Source: Ad Age

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Hearty Black Bean and Lentil Soup Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:38 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Hearty Black Bean and Lentil Soup

Superfood Soup That’s Naturally Low-Calorie

We’ve all had days when we need a lunch that’s sustaining and satisfying. If you’ve got a lot on your plate this week, consider making a batch of this healthy, spicy soup. It will keep your energy up for hours with its high fiber, high protein mix of black beans and lentils. A dash of cumin and chili powder, and you’ve got a flavorful lunch you’ll want to make a part of your regular routine!

Hearty Black Bean and Lentil Soup

Hearty Black Bean and Lentil Soup

Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups | Calories: 248 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 328 mg | Carbohydrates: 41 g | Dietary Fiber: 14 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 13 g |


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup red lentils (green or brown lentils are optional)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth


In a large pot add olive oil and sauté garlic for one minute. Add diced onions and carrots and continue to sauté until onion is tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and cover.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until lentils and carrots are tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:30:37 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Clean Eating Tacos Made In The Slow Cooker

What’s more craveable than a batch of tacos? These so-easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos!

You won’t believe how simple it is to prep this recipe. Just three ingredients–chicken, Skinny Ms. taco seasoning, and salsa. That’s it! Three deliciously easy ingredients!

Top your tacos however you please, but the combination of guacamole, Greek yogurt, diced tomatoes, and a touch of cilantro is our favorite!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 2 tacos | Calories: 474 | Previous Points: 10 | Points Plus: 12 | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 52 mg | Sodium: 154 mg | Carbohydrates: 57 g | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 27 g |



Place chicken breasts in a crockpot. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and cover with salsa. Cover crockpot with lid, and cook on high for 4-5 hours, or low for 6-8.

Remove chicken from the crockpot, and use a fork to shred. Return to crockpot and stir into salsa.

Serve chicken on whole wheat soft-taco shells, topped with guacamole and Greek yogurt. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

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5 Minute Arm Workout Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:30:31 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.


Tone and Tighten Arms in 5-Minutes

You always notice your arms. Walking, typing, eating or waving, your arms are always in the forefront. They may not be where you want them to be just yet, so we’re here to give you a quick and intense workout to get that definition and some of those cuts you’ve been aiming for.

This workout out is concise and focused on strengthening your biceps and triceps. The stronger you are, the more you feel you can accomplish. Since your arms are so important for everyday life, make them stronger and feel accomplished in everything you do. For just 5 minutes twice a week, you will feel the burn in your arms without burning up extra time in your already busy days.

Equipment Needed: Interval Timer, two medium weights(think 12-15 lbs), flat bench

What to Do: Review the workouts below and watch the videos to become familiarized with each exercise. Perform each exercise for 1 minute and immediately jump into the next exercise. Repeat two times. No rest needed! Perform this workout 2 times a week to strengthen and tone your arms.


1. Bicep Curl- Grab a weight in each hand, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and a put a slight bend at your knees. Start with your arms straight down and your palms facing forward. Keeping the inside of your arms tucked in towards your ribs, curl the weight only moving your forearm up. Bring the weight up to your shoulders, squeeze at the peak and extend all the way back down. Avoid rocking back and forth and keep your core tight.

2. Hammer Curl- With a weight in each hand place your arms straight down on your side with your palms facing each other. Curl the weights up and let the top of the weight slightly tap your shoulder. Extend all the way back down and repeat.

3. Tricep Kickback- Bend at your hips  and lean forward until your back is flat. With a slight bend at your knees, bring your elbows up alongside your ribs and slightly above your back. Bring your arms straight out behind you until it they are straight. Flex your tricep at the top to add to the burn and muscle strength.

4. Tate Press- Lying on a flat bench with a weight in each hand, bring the weights straight above you as if you were doing a bench press. Touch the inner weights together in the center and rotate your forearm inward and downward so that the outer weights end up being above your chest and the inner weights slightly touch your chest. Make sure to always keep the inner weights touching. Keep your back flat against the bench to avoid back injury.

5. Skull Crushers- Lying on a flat bench, grab both medium weights. Make sure your back is flat against the bench. Put your arms straight in the air and have your palms face each other. Bring the weights down towards your head. The only part of your arms moving are your forearm and hand. The weights should end at the outside of your head next to your ears. Exhale as you extend up.

Bicep Curl

Hammer Curl

Tricep Kickback

Tate Press

Skull Crushers

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