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10 Pets and Their Adorable Human Siblings

Which came first, the pet or the baby? In this case, it doesn’t matter, because these pets and their human “siblings” seem to be getting along swimmingly!

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This dog’s eyes say it all. What a good sport!

 

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That’s a lifelong friendship in the making.

 

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A pet sibling means a built-in snuggle buddy.

 

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…and a built in pillow!

 

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“Now let me teach you how it works around here…”

 

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This duo even looks alike!

 

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Wild night?

 

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“How the heck do we get out of these things?!”

 

10 Pets and Their Adorable Human Siblings 009Those faces tell us these two were definitely up to something!

 

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Best friends for life.

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11 Best Foods for Cellulite Reduction http://skinnyms.com/11-best-foods-cellulite-reduction/ http://skinnyms.com/11-best-foods-cellulite-reduction/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 13:00:20 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=425451 Foods to help ditch the look of those dimples.

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Foods That Fight Cellulite

Bumps. Dimples. Orange peel. No matter how you describe cellulite, it’s definitely unsightly. So what’s a woman to do when it makes its unpleasant appearance? While there may be no way to banish it 100%, lifestyle changes, including healthy eating, may help make it less noticeable. Here are the 11 best foods for cellulite reduction.

Cellulite occurs when fat cells are pushed against the skin’s connective tissue, causing that cottage cheese texture that everyone dreads. It isn’t harmful and can affect anyone, regardless of weight. Cellulite is more common in women, and it may be more noticeable in those with lighter complexions.

Several factors play a role in whether you’ll battle cellulite. For example, if your mom or grandma had cellulite, you’re more likely to have it. Other factors include hormonal changes and poor diet.

Along with the foods to reduce cellulite below, make sure you’re getting regular exercise as well. Try our HIIT Workout Calendar, which gives you fat-blasting and body-toning workouts for four weeks.

You might also want to try a DIY Coffee & Coconut Oil Cellulite Scrub, which helps stimulate circulation to skin cells and helps skin repair itself.

1. Wild-Caught Salmon
Omega-3 fatty acids help repair and strengthen skin tissue for a healthier appearance. Add Herbed Salmon with Broccoli Bulgur Pilaf to the menu this week.

2. Chili & Cayenne Peppers
These peppers are rich in the B6 vitamin that fortifies connective tissue, plus they offer capsaicin, a substance that boosts metabolism for up to three hours after consuming it. Dishes like Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers are a tasty way to help your skin.

3. Oatmeal
When it comes to foods to reduce cellulite, this one’s a winner because it offers soluble fiber to help flush out the toxins that contribute to cellulite formation. Start your day with Slow Cooker Creamy Almond Oatmeal.

4. Hummus
This low-glycemic food triggers little insulin release, which may help prevent the formation of the fat cells that eventually become cellulite. Snack on Skinny Ms. fan favorite Zucchini Paleo-Friendly Hummus.

5. Water
A dehydrated body can’t properly flush out the toxins that contribute to cellulite production. Increase daily water intake, and try Flush & Detox Water, which includes oranges, cucumber, and more.

6. Berries
Dark berries, like blueberries and blackberries, contain antioxidants that help break down the fat that attaches to connective tissue. Toss yourself a Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar
This golden ingredient offers potassium and magnesium, which help flush out toxins. Serve your skin some goodness with Sweet & Tangy Cole Slaw.

8. Green Tea
Green tea contains EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate, which may help stop the expansion of fat cells. Treat your skin to a Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie.

9. Olive Oil
Monounsaturated fats in this pantry staple support healthy thyroid function, maintaining metabolism for healthy fat burn. Mix EVOO with dried herbs for a tasty salad dressing, or enjoy delish Basil & Spinach Pesto.

10. Dark Chocolate
It’s full of antioxidants that improve cell function, including that of skin cells. Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters are a perfectly-portioned treat to support healthy skin.

11. Sunflower Seeds
Vitamin B6 in these seeds supports proteins that repair connective tissue. The seeds are also a diuretic, helping eliminate the bloat that makes cellulite more visible. Eat them as a healthy snack, or try Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Granola.

 

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Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Entrée Salad http://skinnyms.com/mediterranean-grilled-shrimp-salad-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/mediterranean-grilled-shrimp-salad-recipe/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 13:00:18 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=422960 Bite into a festive shrimp and veggie mix!

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Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Salad Recipe

Do you remember your last great beach vacation? Maybe you had the opportunity to visit Italy’s shores, and dined al fresco, enjoying fresh vegetable salads topped with luscious shrimp right from the ocean. Or maybe you toured Northern California or the coast of Florida, and enjoyed crisp, green salads, with in season veggies and that same scrumptious shrimp. This recipe for our Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Entree Salad is reminiscent of the type of coastal Italian fare served up in Italy, or in warm, beachy locales across North America. Now you can delight friends and family with this salad in your own kitchen or backyard.

The base of this salad is comprised of ripe, cherry tomatoes, delicious and juicy, combined with tangy sundried tomatoes and peppery arugula. But fennel adds its own unique flavor, truly Mediterranean, and totally gourmet. Fennel tastes of anise, or licorice, ands lends a sweet, surprising twist to any dish. Using both the bulbs and seeds of the fennel plant will enhance this salad, giving it a well-rounded flavor profile. Topping this salad with fresh shrimp, straight from the grill, truly gives it the warm, scrumptious summer vibe you’re looking for.

This salad is a terrific side, but can even be enjoyed as a meal on its own, for lunch or for a light dinner. Shrimp adds protein, allowing you to feel fuller longer, and keeping your energy levels stable. The mix of hearty vegetables will satisfy you with each crunchy bite of fennel and juicy bite of tomato. This antioxidant and protein-rich salad is a must for healthy eaters who want a bit of gourmet indulgence.

Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Entrée Salad

Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Entrée Salad

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 4 jumbo shrimp and 2 cups salad | Calories: 390 | Previous Points: 8 | Points Plus: 9 | Total Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 48 mg | Sodium: 175 mg | Carbohydrates: 52 g | Dietary Fiber: 34 g | Sugars: 7 g | Protein: 20 g |

Ingredients

  • 24 jumbo shrimp (about 1-1/2 pounds), shelled & deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more for sprinkling on the griddle
  • 8 cups arugula
  • 24 sun-dried tomatoes (from a jar, preserved in oil)
  • 2 fennel bulbs, shaved with the use of a mandoline or sliced as thinly as possible with a sharp knife
  • 24 fresh cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 lemons, zest only
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Directions

Over medium - high heat, place an oven-top griddle or a heavy bottomed saucepan with then sprinkle it with salt. Grill the shrimp and brown both sides. Set them aside.

Distribute the arugula on the plate then add the fennel, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh tomatoes.

Place the grilled shrimp on top then sprinkle with the lemon zest, fennel seeds, salt and pepper.

Dress with the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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One Skillet Mixed Vegetables http://skinnyms.com/one-skillet-mixed-vegetables-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/one-skillet-mixed-vegetables-recipe/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:51 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=423139 One skillet, a ton of health benefits, and minimal clean-up!

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One-Skillet Mixed Vegetables Recipe

Meals that you can whip up in one skillet are our favorites on evenings when we’ve come home from work exhausted, and have just enough energy to make a healthy dinner, but not enough energy to clean up pots and pans afterward! Make sure you stock up on healthy groceries over the weekend or early in the week, and making this one skillet meal will be a no-brainer, even after a day filled with meetings, daycare pick-ups, and even a workout!

This one skillet meal is comprised mainly of healthy, filling, and delicious vegetables. We’ve packed enough superfoods into this skillet to meet a multitude of nutritional needs! Zucchini is a rich source of vitamin C and plentiful phytonutrients that improve eyesight and long-term eye health. Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that combats heart disease and a number of types of cancer, including colon, uterine, and prostate cancers. Green beans are also a rich source of antioxidants as well as B vitamins. And carrots and butternut squash contain high levels of vitamin A and carotenoids. All of these veggies provide a hearty amount of dietary fiber.

Cooked with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper, the true flavors of these vegetables comes through. This veggie combination is delicious on its own, but it can also be topped with grilled chicken, or added to a bed of brown rice or other whole grains, for a complete meal. Make it your weeknight go-to!

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One-Skillet Mixed Vegetables

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 2 cups | Calories: 191 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 165 mg | Carbohydrates: 36 g | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 5 g |

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced leaving the skin on
  • 4 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 big white onion, sliced
  • 1-1/4 cups green beans, stem side trimmed off
  • 2 big potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 2 big carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Over medium heat, in a large saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè all the vegetables together for 10 minutes then add 1 cup water.

Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove cover and cook for about 10 minutes more or until all the vegetables are cooked through. Stir once in a while to avoid sticking to the pan. Add more water if necessary during cook time.

Season with salt and pepper.

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15 Crowd-Friendly Salads http://skinnyms.com/15-crowd-friendly-salads/ http://skinnyms.com/15-crowd-friendly-salads/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:19 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=424669 Give the gang a taste of delicious, healthy salads.

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Healthy Salads for Any Occasion

Got a shindig on the to-do? If you’re responsible for taking a salad to the next party or for planning the menu for a party you’re hosting, it might seem impossible to find healthy salad recipes that will please the entire gang. No worries—we’re sharing 15 crowd-friendly recipes you’ll be proud to serve.

When it comes to serving a group, pasta salads, potato salads, and the like are often crowd favorites. The snag is that so many recipes are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, like mayonnaise, refined sugar, and more. And forget about packaged pasta salad kits–they’re often packed with sodium and preservatives. (I don’t know about you, but they never really taste quite right to me.) The good news is that you can prepare group salads the gang will dig into without loading everyone up with unhealthy ingredients.

These group salad recipes make it easy to take along dishes that look yummy, taste great, and won’t wreck the waistline. You might also like Healthy Deviled Eggs for your next get-together.

1. Fresh Summer Fruit Salad with Basil Syrup
Freshen up the fruit salad bowl with healthy salad recipes like this one. It incorporates a delish syrup made with basil and natural sugar. Present it in a large bowl instead of the individual portion sizes in the recipe.

2. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
This twist on traditional fruit salad will please guests with berries, mandarin oranges, mango chunks, and a refreshing dressing that contains no added sugars or preservatives.

3. Prickly Pear Salad with Pomegranate Syrup
Give party goers a taste of something delicious and different with this easy prickly pear (also called cactus fruit) salad.

4. Creamy Kale Potato Salad
Group salads, like potato salads, are always a winner at parties and picnics. This version features superfood kale and healthy Greek yogurt.

5. Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad
Serve up low-carb goodness with this pasta salad recipe that also includes peppers, cucumbers, and olives.

6. Creamy Vegan Potato Salad
Vegan mayo and red potatoes make this a tasty, healthier alternative to grandma’s recipe.

7. Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
Healthy salad recipes like this one feature Greek yogurt for a good-for-you creaminess. This dish also has sun-dried tomatoes and whole wheat pasta.

8. Pasta Salad with Pesto, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes
Yum up a party table the healthy way with a super-yum crowd pleaser.

9. Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables
This is one of those perfect group salad recipes to prep when you’re on grill duty–it offers eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and more.

10. Skinny Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw
Maple syrup adds a touch of clean-eating sweetness to this party favorite.

11. Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad
This is another super salad side when you’re on grill duty–it’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and, of course, tastiness.

12. Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Poppyseed Yogurt Dressing
Fresh strawberries star in this yummy salad, which also features superfoods quinoa and Greek yogurt.

13. Green Bean and Zucchini Salad
When you want an alternative to a typical green salad, give this slightly crunchy recipe a go.

14. Classic Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Simple, delicious, and healthy–you just can’t beat this recipe when you want group salads for your next get-together.

15. Panzanella Salad with Arugula
Sometimes called bread salad, Panzanella is a fantastic fresh addition to any party table. Our bread salad recipe also includes honey, tomatoes, and onions.

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How to House Train a Puppy http://skinnyms.com/house-train-puppy/ http://skinnyms.com/house-train-puppy/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=425139 Help your puppy learn the ropes.

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How to House Train a Puppy

Puppies are adorable, but man are they a lot of work! One of the most challenging tasks of bringing home a young dog is teaching him the business of, well, where to do his business. It’s a difficult but necessary step in raising a well-mannered dog, and potty training him as early as possible will save you lots of frustration later on. Here are 6 steps for house training puppies.

1. Take your puppy outside to go frequently—around once every hour to start. Dogs under 12 weeks old don’t have complete bladder control yet, and may not be able to hold it for very long. It’s a good idea to stick to a regular schedule for meals, playtime, potty time and sleep.

2. As soon as you notice your puppy getting ready to go in the house, clap your hands loudly or make an “Uh-uh” sound. Bring him immediately outside. Don’t scold him harshly; you don’t want him to become afraid of going or to try to hide it from you.

3. Each time he eliminates outside, reward him with lots of praise or a treat. The goal is to associate going potty outside with positive feelings. You may have success taking your pup directly to a spot where he went earlier. It’s okay if he doesn’t go every time; just be sure to watch him closely so he doesn’t go when you’re back in the house.

4. If your puppy goes in the house and you don’t catch him in the act, don’t scold him or rub his nose in it. Experts agree dogs have no way of connecting the punishment with something that happened earlier.

5. Watch your dog closely to learn the signs he’s got to go. Pacing, sniffing and turning in circles are often a sign he’s about to eliminate. You can also reward him when he goes to the door or paws at it to let you know he needs to go out.

6. Small periods of confinement will help your new puppy learn to hold it—no more than a couple hours at a time to start. Once he begins to learn, you can slowly lengthen the amount of time between bathroom breaks.

A few more tips to help you along the way:

-Even after your dog eliminates, don’t bring him inside right away. Give him a little time to sniff around and explore, otherwise he might develop a bad habit of holding it to stay outside longer.

-Even after your puppy is housetrained, it’s normal for him to regress or have accidents every now and then. Young dogs may have accidents when they get excited, startled or experience a new situation—like a friend’s house.

-Don’t confine your puppy if he continues to soil in his crate. This is a sign he hasn’t mastered the concept of holding it, or he may simply not yet have enough control over his body.

For those pesky accidents, use our fool-proof method for removing pet urine stains and odors found here.

House training a puppy is hard! Don’t be afraid to seek additional help from your vet or a certified animal behavior specialist.

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Mango, Cinnamon, & Basil Smoothie http://skinnyms.com/mango-cinnamon-basil-smoothie-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/mango-cinnamon-basil-smoothie-recipe/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:38 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=415422 This powerhouse smoothie is light on ingredients and bursting with flavor.

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Mango is a favorite smoothie ingredient, but pairing it with superfood cinnamon and refreshing basil elevate this drink and adds nutritional value. Mangoes are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin A, and cinnamon is a powerhouse that regulates blood sugar and eases digestion. Basil adds an herbal twist to this refreshing, inventive smoothie.

Mango, Cinnamon, & Basil Smoothie

Mango, Cinnamon, & Basil Smoothie

Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe | Calories: 260 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 7 | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 18 mg | Sodium: 56 mg | Carbohydrates: 43 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 34 g | Protein: 12 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 1 ripe mango, pitted and peeled
  • 2 cups (or more) almond milk (or dairy milk)
  • Honey (if almond milk is unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 4 medium fresh basil leaves

Directions

Grind the oats to an almost powdery consistency in the blender.

Add the rest of the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

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Clean Eating Nut Butter and Jam Sandwich http://skinnyms.com/clean-eating-nut-butter-and-jam-sandwich/ http://skinnyms.com/clean-eating-nut-butter-and-jam-sandwich/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 13:00:42 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=424709 PB&J, the clean eating way!

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Clean Eating Nut Butter and Jam Sandwich

Just thinking about the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches your parents used to make for you as a child probably has you hankering for a bite of crunchy nut butter sweetened with ooey gooey fruit jam. Putting these two ingredients together inside a sandwich is the definition of comfort food. But traditionally, the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches of our youth were likely loaded with peanut butter packed with preservatives and jelly made with added refined sugar. Make a clean eating PB&J with our Clean Eating Nut Butter and Jam Sandwich.

The key to making a clean eating sandwich with nut butter and jam is to choose your ingredients wisely. Look for a peanut butter, almond butter, or hazelnut butter made with all natural ingredients, free of added sugars and preservatives. When choosing a jam, look for an organic label with no added sugar. So many jellies and jams are packed with added sweeteners, but we like a fruit jam that derives its sweetness from the fruit itself. And choose a whole grain bread. The first ingredient in your loaf should be whole grains, and if you see ingredients such as oats, flax, barley, hemp seeds, and dates, then you know you’ve got a healthy slice of bread. Whole grain bread is full of fiber and nutrients, and is a complex carbohydrate that’s 100% guilt-free.

And if you’re up for a truly fresh, clean eating experience, make your own jam! Our recipe is a reader favorite. Tell us what you think!

Clean Eating Nut Butter and Jam Sandwich

Yield: 1 sandwich, 2 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 sandwich | Calories: 187 | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 115 mg | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 8 g | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 5 |

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite clean eating nut butter (store bought or homemade
  • 1 tablespoon Polaner All Fruit Spread of choice or other fruit sweetened jam
  • 2 slices whole wheat or whole grain sandwich bread

Directions

Spread the nut butter on one slice of bread. Spread the jam on the other slice of bread. Put both pieces together, slice in half, and enjoy!

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Easy Chilled Gazpacho http://skinnyms.com/easy-chilled-gazpacho/ http://skinnyms.com/easy-chilled-gazpacho/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=425715 No cook, easy prep.

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Easy Chilled Gazpacho

Looking for a summer recipe that meets all of your criteria as a busy, health-conscious eater with a penchant for bold, delicious flavors? This healthy gazpacho recipe hits all of the marks. No cook? Check. Superfoods? Check. Clean eating? Check. Low in fat and calories? Check. Bursting with some of the brightest, tangiest, zestiest flavor you can imagine? Absolutely. Serve this no cook chilled gazpacho to friends and family for an easy recipe that will impress even your foodie friends and clean eating devotees.

The base of this soup is purely ripe, juicy tomatoes, with their phytonutrients and tangy flavor. Choose the variety that’s in season and feels just ripe to you. Now add onion for a depth of flavor and red pepper for that mildly spicy sweetness. Garlic is a crowd pleaser, and cucumber gives the soup a light, refreshing, mellow feel that compliments the more bold and pungent ingredients. Add just a little extra virgin olive oil with vinegar, salt, and pepper, and simply blend your ingredients. No stovetop or oven necessary.

When you’ve blended up this delightful soup, serve it with a beautiful garnish of bell pepper, cucumber, and herbs. This soup is a feats for the eyes, a gourmet treat that will have your summer time guests traveling from your patio to sun drenched southern Spain. Serve it with a variety of tapas, or just as an appetizer before you grill up your main feature for your loved ones.

Easy Chilled Gazpacho

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 116 | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus: 3 | Total Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 148 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 4 g |

Ingredients

    For the gazpacho
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the toppings
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley, basil, or cilantro (optional)

Directions

Blend together all of the gazpacho ingredients in the blender. This might have to be done in two batches and then combined so that it will fit in the blender.

Chill in the fridge for at least an hour and serve cold.

Serve with toppings on the side or add them directly to the soup. Enjoy!

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How to Heal Stretch Marks

Are stretch marks stretching your mouth into a frown? There’s no doubt about it, regardless of age or ethnicity, these unsightly marks afflict many women, including an estimated 9 out of 10 pregnant women. This is your guide to understanding stretch marks and how to prevent and heal them.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are actually a type of scar that occurs when the body grows faster than it can create new skin. The growth causes the elastic fibers beneath the top layer of skin to break, creating that familiar mark. Reasons for rapid growth include:

-Puberty
-Weight gain
-Pregnancy
-Fast muscle growth through intense bodybuilding

Initially, stretch marks appear purplish or reddish, but they often fade over time. Marks on women with lighter skin typically fade to light pink or a silvery color, while the scars on those with darker complexions may become a tone lighter than the surrounding skin.

Disheartening but true, stretch marks can appear virtually anywhere. The breasts and stomach are common problem areas, but marks can also pop up on the upper arms, hips, thighs, or butt.

Stretch Mark Prevention & Healing Tips

While total stretch mark prevention may not be possible, we can take steps to reduce our risk as well as help these marks heal better.

1. Stay hydrated.
Dry skin loses elasticity, so one way to help reduce the chance of developing stretch marks is to drink water regularly throughout the day. Another way to stay hydrated is to eat foods with a high water content, such as grapefruit, apricot, and cauliflower. Discover more hydrating foods in 21 Ways to Eat Your Water.

2. Keep skin moisturized.
A good moisturizer improves and hydrates skin, which may help prevent stretch marks. Lotions with vitamin C, in particular, may stimulate collagen production and help skin regain elasticity. Apply moisturizer once or twice a day, ideally following a shower or bath, while the skin is still damp.

3. Try a nourishing scrub.
Because they occur underneath the top layer of skin, it can be a challenge to treat stretch marks topically. However, a scrub like DIY Coffee Scrub for Fading Stretch Marks may help. The olive oil in the scrub penetrates several layers of skin, while the coffee grounds stimulate blood flow and circulation. What’s more, the coffee exfoliates skin, helping it shed dead cells and allowing new ones to receive nourishment.

4. Get up and move.
Regular exercise promotes blood circulation, allowing skin cells better nourishment and more efficient detoxification, which tones skin and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. Give your skin the circulation it needs to stay healthier with one of these Beginners Workouts or Fat Blasters.

5. Consider using retinoid products.
If you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding, a retinoid product, like those used for anti-aging, may boost cell turnover and spark collagen growth. Over-the-counter retinols will take longer to work than the prescription retinoid called tretinoin. Always consult your doctor before using retinoid products on any part of your body. 

Have you tried other successful strategies for stretch mark prevention? Let us know in the comments below.

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