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by Skinny Ms.

21 Yummy Ways to Eat Your Greens

Choosing clean green recipes is one of the smartest ways to lose weight and to stay healthy. People tend to avoid leafy greens because they think they’re boring or tasteless. Not so fast! Leafy veggies, like spinach and arugula, will load the body with nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, while making your taste buds happy. Check out these 21 yummy ways to eat your greens.

1. Panzanella Salad with Arugula

Panzanella Salad with Arugula
skinnyms.com

We love recipes with greens like this one—they’re good for the body and taste delish!

 

2. Green-Queen Power Caesar Salad

Green-Queen Power Caesar Salad
peachycleaneats.com

Dig into the creaminess of this clean-eating salad—serve it as a side or light lunch.

 

3. Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto
myeatingcleanjourney.com

Add this pesto to your favorite whole wheat pasta for an entrée high on yumminess.

 

4. Fig and Arugula Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Fig and Arugula Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
autoimmune-paleo.com

Forget pre-mixed salads from the grocery store and incorporate healthy greens into your lifestyle with this clean-eating salad recipe.

 

5. Collard Green Slaw

Collard Greens Salad
sweetsavant.wordpress.com

This is a no-cook recipe featuring that Southern cuisine staple.

 

6. Swiss Chard and Baked Salmon

Swiss Chard and Baked Salmon
bellamiablog.com

Get your greens on with clean green recipes, such as this tasty salmon meal. Find the how-to here.

 

7. No-Crust Greek Spinach & Feta Pie

No-Crust Greek Spinach & Feta Pie
bellamiablog.com

Enjoy a yummy Greek cuisine-inspired classic without the heavy pastry crust guilt.

 

8. Pad Thai Kale Salad

Pad Thai Kale Salad
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Chopped kale combines with other good-for-you veggies to deliver the Asian cuisine-inspired taste you’re craving.

 

9. Turnip Greens Stir Fry

Turnip Greens Stir Fry
saltedandstyled.com

Give turnip greens a try with this alternative to common stir fry dishes.

 

10. Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus
closetcooking.com

Spinach is the perfect leafy green for delicious dips—check out this version.

 

11. Romaine Salad with Mint and Dill

Romaine Salad with Mint and Dill
cleananddelicious.com

Add refreshing flavor to your lunch or dinner menu with this easy-to-prep recipe.

 

12. Swiss Chard Wraps with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”

Swiss Chard Wraps with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”
tasty-yummies.com

Put a new spin on taco night with clean green recipes like this one.

 

13. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Herbs

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Herbs
skinnyms.com

Arugula adds leafy goodness to this clean-eating salad. It’s ideal for summertime—or anytime!

 

14. Romaine Boats with Chicken and Quinoa

Romaine Boats with Chicken and Quinoa
candidrd.com

Your body will love this crisp, protein-packed clean eating meal.

 

15. Arugula & Goat Cheese Pizza

Arugula & Goat Cheese Pizza
spinach4breakfast.com

A garbanzo bean (or chickpea) flour crust makes the perfect foundation for layering spinach pesto and fresh arugula—yum! Find it here.

 

16. Chicken, Spinach, and Corn Sauté

Chicken Spinach and Corn-Sauté
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Ditch bagged frozen veggie mixes and make clean green recipes like this one instead.

 

17. Asparagus, Green Garlic, and Pea Tendrils

Asparagus, Green Garlic, and Pea Tendrils
cleangreensimple.com

If you can’t snag pea tendrils, substitute spinach or another leafy green. Find this easy dish here.

 

18. Spinach Couscous with Pine Nuts and Feta

Spinach Couscous with Pine Nuts and Feta
stilettosanddiapers.com

Use whole wheat couscous to create a filling foundation for this spinach side dish.

 

19. Roasted Cabbage with Lemon

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon
kalynskitchen.com

Simple. Healthy. Clean. You can’t ask for much more than that! Find the dish here.

 

20. Arugula, Beet, Feta, & Pecan Salad with Quick Balsamic Dressing

Arugula, Beet, Feta, & Pecan Salad with Quick Balsamic Dressing
thechiclife.com

Recipes with greens, like this one, will have you watching the clock until meal time.

 

21. Strawberry Spring Kale Salad

Strawberry Spring Kale Salad
theleancleaneatingmachine.com

Kale combines with edamame, berries, and cabbage in this delish dish.

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Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach http://skinnyms.com/healthy-mashed-potatoes-wrapped-in-spinach-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/healthy-mashed-potatoes-wrapped-in-spinach-recipe/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:30:16 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=400328 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach

How do we make classic mashed potatoes both exciting and healthy? Let’s replace butter with any healthy oil, including almond, walnut, grapeseed, safflower, or sunflower. Use light cream in place of the regular cream. Those two steps reduce the fat and calories in these mashed potatoes a great deal, and add nutrients!

Wrapping the mashed potatoes with spinach not only gives the dish a creative look, but it adds nutrients as well. Spinach is high in antioxidants, iron, and calcium. 

Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach

2 servings

Healthy Mashed Potatoes Wrapped in Spinach

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 122 | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 3 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 11 mg | Sodium: 213 mg | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 3 g |

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces spinach or more, choose big leaves
  • 9 ounces potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil (can be replaced with walnut oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil)

Directions

Over high heat, in a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the spinach for about 30 seconds.

In a waiting bowl with ice and water, put the spinach inside to stop the cooking.

Spread out the spinach on a plate and pat dry the spinach carefully. Set aside.

In the same pot where you cooked the spinach, cook the potatoes for about 20 minutes or until they are tender.

Mash the potatoes in a bowl then mix in the oil, cream, salt and pepper.

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Here are more potato recipes to enjoy:

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Orange Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Southwestern Styled

Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Two Ways: Candied Maple or Savory & Herby

Twice-Baked Potatoes

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6 Moves to Leaner Legs Workout http://skinnyms.com/6-moves-to-leaner-legs-workout/ http://skinnyms.com/6-moves-to-leaner-legs-workout/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:32:42 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=380435 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

6 Moves To Leaner Legs

Whether it’s summer or winter, we all want to look good in our swimsuits and jeans! If you want to tone and define your lower half, then give our leaner leg exercises a try. We will help you sculpt all areas of your legs in one clear, concise, time-efficient plyometric workout. Remember that regular cardio workouts and clean eating will greatly enhance your results. Though relatively quick, this routine is a physically challenging workout. Get ready to take the next step and get the legs you’ve always wanted!

Equipment recommended: Interval timer

What to do for this workout: Perform each exercise for 45 seconds; rest 15 seconds rest after each move. Complete 2 rounds of the following circuit, resting 1 minute after each round. This routine is under than 15 minutes.

Review the videos below for correct form.

Squat Jacks
Plyometric Lunges
Knee Tuck Jumps
Hip Extensions
Plyometric Plie Squats
Lateral Jumps

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Squat Jacks

Plyometric Lunges

Knee Tuck Jumps

Hip Extensions

Plyometric Plie Squats

Lateral Jumps

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Mediterranean Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes http://skinnyms.com/mediterranean-penne-with-sun-dried-tomatoes/ http://skinnyms.com/mediterranean-penne-with-sun-dried-tomatoes/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:31:46 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=44907 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.


This Mediterranean penne recipe is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  It is also a good source of vitamin A, which helps to improve night vision and is an immune booster. Pasta is often one of the first foods to fall to the wayside for dieters, but if made properly and eaten in the right portions, pasta is a decent source of whole grains. Our healthy penne recipe beefs up the health factor even more by adding fresh veggies. If you love pasta, but you want to make it as healthy as possible, our penne with sun dried tomatoes is a great choice.

There are many reasons why pasta is such a popular dish. People love pasta because it is filling and can serve as a canvas for a variety of different flavors. Pasta dishes are typically Italian, but can given Mexican, Asian, or in this case, Mediterranean flavors. Pasta is considered a comfort food and is often associated with warm, wholesome dishes like macaroni and cheese and beef stroganoff. Unfortunately, some of these dishes are full of fat and carbohydrates, so dieters tend to avoid them. This healthier version of pasta allows you to get your carb fix without overdoing it with saturated fat. You also get a healthy dose of veggies in this recipe.

Did the above mention of macaroni and cheese catch your eye? Check out our cleaned up version of mac and cheese here.

Mediterranean Penne

Mediterranean Penne

Yield: 5 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 318 | Previous Points: 7 | Points Plus: 8 | Total Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 389mg | Carbohydrates: 41g | Dietary Fiber: 6g | Sugars: 5g | Protein: 11g

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cooked whole-grain penne pasta, cook until al dente
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup fat-free feta cheese

Directions

Cook penne according to package directions. Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet, and saute garlic over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add to skillet the sun-dried tomatoes, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes, and continue to saute 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Add cooked penne and remaining tablespoon of oil; toss to coat, cover, and cook on low an additional 2 minutes. Add pine nuts and baby spinach, toss to combine. Turn off heat, cover and allow spinach to slightly wilt, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle on feta cheese and serve.

This recipe can be found in our cookbook, Skinny Ms. Superfoods...check it out here!

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Asian Chicken Sandwich http://skinnyms.com/asian-chicken-sandwich-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/asian-chicken-sandwich-recipe/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:30:20 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=401145 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Asian Chicken Sandwich

Our Asian chicken sandwich hits the spot at lunchtime and hits all of its marks when it comes to nutrition! Chicken is packed with lean protein and potassium, whole grain bread is filled with fiber and is low on the glycemic index, and we’ve filled this sandwich with a number of crunchy vitamin and antioxidant-rich veggies. And with a dash of vegan mayo, olive oil, and Sriracha, you’ve got a sandwich that’s bursting with flavor but light on fat and cholesterol.

Asian Chicken Sandwich

Asian Chicken Sandwich

Yields: 4 servings | Serving size: 1 sandwich | Calories: 313 | Previous Points: 7 | Points Plus: 8 | Total Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fats: 3 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 38 mg | Sodium: 152 mg | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Dietary fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 21 g

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 whole wheat baguette
  • 4 leaves of red leaf lettuce
  • 1 medium carrot (cut into strips)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 medium cucumber (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (whole)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/8-teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, Sriracha preferred

Directions

Place carrot strips in vinegar and allow them to marinate for 15 - 20 minutes.

Brush chicken breasts with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook chicken, let rest for 5 minutes and then slice into pieces.

Mix mayonnaise and hot sauce and set aside.

Cut baguette into four sandwiches.

Spread spicy mayonnaise on bread.

Top bread with chicken, carrots, cucumber, sesame seeds, cilantro and finally top with lettuce.

Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to one day.

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12 Strawberry Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth http://skinnyms.com/12-strawberry-recipes-to-satisfy-your-sweet-tooth/ http://skinnyms.com/12-strawberry-recipes-to-satisfy-your-sweet-tooth/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:30:19 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=399790 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

12 Strawberry Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

To make dessert healthy, put fruit center stage. Our strawberry recipes capitalize on a berry that’s good for bone health, memory, the digestive system, and more. Our healthy strawberry treats deliver in both nutrition and taste. Check out these 12 strawberry recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a post-workout snack.

2. Skinny Strawberry Ice Cream

Skinny Strawberry Ice Cream

A complex but easy-to-make treat with white balsamic vinegar!

3. Strawberries in Balsamic Yogurt Sauce

Strawberries in Balsamic Yogurt Sauce

This creamy sauce is the perfect accompaniment for your berries.

4. Strawberry, Almond Butter, and Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait

Strawberry, Almond Butter, and Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait

What a way to get your fiber! This hearty breakfast easily doubles as dessert.

5. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This recipe combines antioxidant-rich dark chocolate with fresh strawberries.

RELATED: 10 No-Bake Yummy Desserts

6. Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

Drink your dessert! Strawberries and vitamin C-laden lemon juice meld beautifully in this recipe.

7. Strawberry Pops

 Strawberry Pops

Strawberries, pineapple, and banana, frozen to perfection.

8. Strawberry Avocado Salad

Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Tantalize your sweet tooth at lunch or dinner by incorporating strawberries into a delicious salad. This recipe uses them in the dressing as well!

9. Strawberry-Basil Water

Strawberry-Basil Water

This sweet and incredibly refreshing water will leave you hydrated and satisfied.

10. Red, White, and Blueberry Lemonade

Red White and Blueberry Lemonade

This patriotic lemonade recipe combines strawberries, blueberries, and white grape juice for a sweet and tart treat.

11. Strawberry Cheesecake

Skinny Mini Strawberry Cheesecake

We make this classic dessert healthier without eliminating the indulgence factor.

RELATED: No Sugar Added – Skinny Desserts

12. Strawberry Yogurt

Skinny Strawberry Yogurt

Creamy, cool, and sweet. Enjoy as a breakfast, dessert, or snack.

Don’t stop at desserts! Skinny Ms. has an arsenal of clean recipes to help you stay healthy. Check out our Facebook and Pinterest pages for a constant supply of fresh ideas, and get our Skinny Ms. Recipe Collection eBook for 101 mouth-watering dishes.

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Coconut Curry Chicken Soup http://skinnyms.com/coconut-curry-chicken-soup-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/coconut-curry-chicken-soup-recipe/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:30:00 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=389442 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Looking for a coconut curry meal that will spice things up on a weeknight? This coconut curry soup is sweet and spicy, filled with healthy ingredients, and tastes great. When topped with shredded coconut and cilantro, this curry soup with chicken has an out-of-this-world flavor, and is sure to become a household favorite!

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups |Calories: 374| Previous Points: 9| Points Plus:  10| Total Fat: 27 g | Saturated Fat: 20 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 62 mg | Sodium: 1042 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 5g | Protein: 24 g |

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Shredded coconut, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and the onion. Cook until soft and add the garlic. Cook for 1 more minute and add the cauliflower and curry powder. Stir and cook for 1 more minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the chicken stock and chicken breasts. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, until cauliflower is tender and chicken is cooked through.

Remove chicken breasts from pot, shred with two forks and return back to the pot. Add the coconut milk, cilantro, and lime juice. Stir and simmer about 5-10 minutes, until heated through.

Serve the soup hot, topped with shredded coconut.

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Potato-Wrapped Asparagus Rolls http://skinnyms.com/potato-wrapped-asparagus-rolls-recipe/ http://skinnyms.com/potato-wrapped-asparagus-rolls-recipe/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:30:35 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=398176 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Potato Wrapped Asparagus Rolls

Looking to serve something different to guests with a fancy presentation, but without the fuss? Wrap thin potato slices around asparagus, brown and enjoy. Imagine dinning at a fine French restaurant. That’s exactly how you’ll feel once you bite into these mouthwatering rolls. If using the optional cognac, approximately 85% of the alcohol evaporates while cooking. The remaining percentage gives you the unmistakable flavor of cognac, reserved for after dinner drinks and for very special dishes, too.

Potato-Wrapped Asparagus Rolls

Potato-Wrapped Asparagus Rolls

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 1 wrap | Calories: 295 | Previous Points: 6 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 108 mg | Sodium: 261 mg | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 1 g | Protein: 46 g |

Ingredients

  • 6 asparagus spears, hard ends taken removed
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and sliced vertically (slice thinly)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cognac or broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Look for potatoes that are longer verses round.

In a pot of boiling salted water, blanch the asparagus for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, transfer them to a bowl of ice water. When they have reached room temperature, slice them in the middle and set aside.

Using a mandoline slicer or sharp knife, vertically slice the potato very thinly. Start making the rolls by laying the potato slices on a plate, then 2 pieces of asparagus in the middle of each potato slice. Secure with a toothpick. Cut away the long ends of the toothpicks for easy rolling in the saucepan. It's important to leave a little bit of the toothpicks sticking out so that they will still be visible when being eaten. Repeat process for the remaining ingredients.

Over medium heat, in a large skillet add the extra-virgin olive oil, sautè the rolls until golden brown on both sides. Pour the cognac or broth over the rolls and let the sauce slightly thicken. Season with salt & pepper. Serve while hot.

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Fresh Air Alternatives To Gym Workouts http://skinnyms.com/parks-playgrounds-offer-fresh-air-alternatives-to-gym-workouts/ http://skinnyms.com/parks-playgrounds-offer-fresh-air-alternatives-to-gym-workouts/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:06:24 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=406830 ]]>

Parks, playgrounds offer fresh air alternatives to gym workouts

By Dorene Internicola
Reuters

From park bench pushups and monkey bar lifts to open air runs, fitness experts say the workout possibilities of playgrounds and parks are worth the consideration of even the most diehard gym users.

During the warm, waning summer days, fresh air workouts offer a wealth of new ways to boost the mood, channel the inner child and even burn extra calories.

Chris Freytag, a personal trainer and health coach with the American Council on Exercise, loves the gym but lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a city notorious for brutal winters.

“I’m a big believer in change of venue, of getting away from the same treadmill, the same spot. And there’s something about fresh air and moving in space,” said Freytag, who leads boot camp and circuit classes in parks and parking lots during the summer months.

The changing terrain can also inspire the solitary exerciser to mix it up.

“I’m all about hills: every time you see a hill or steps or stairs, lunge at it,” said Freytag. “Step up and down on curbs and park benches.”

A child’s playground offers core-strengthening possibilities from deep plank pushups, with feet placed on swings, to training with resistance bands slung around poles, to monkey bar pull-ups, she explained.

Research suggest the outdoor boost can be mental as well as physical. In a 2014 study on indoor versus outdoor activity published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being researchers analyzed national survey data from Finland.

They found that nature provides an added value to the known benefits of physical activity and repeated exercise in nature is, in particular, connected to better emotional well-being.

In his book “Beat the Gym,” Connecticut-based running coach and personal trainer Tom Holland said running on a treadmill is slightly easier than running on the ground.

“You don’t have to deal with changing terrain, wind resistance,” he said, adding that the zero incline on most treadmills is actually slightly downhill.

New York City-based personal trainer JR Allen, said the first benefit of the outdoor workout is balance.

“You have to be aware of your surroundings because you could step in a pothole,” Allen said. “It is a less safe, more uncontrolled environment that is more of a strain on your body.”

Allen suggests the newcomer to outdoor exercise should start with a simple walk around the neighborhood. The seasoned exerciser should head to the park for sprints, power push ups, in which hands leave the ground, and walking planks, moving side to side and back to back on hands and feet.

Daniel Taylor, author of the book “Conditioning to the Core,” thinks outdoor training is great as long as people take some precautions.

“People who utilize children’s playground equipment ought to double check it. Make sure bars aren’t slippery,“ he said. “One of the reasons we go to the gym is it’s safe and dry.”

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30 Reasons to Eat Clean in September http://skinnyms.com/30-delicious-reasons-to-eat-clean/ http://skinnyms.com/30-delicious-reasons-to-eat-clean/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:44 +0000 http://skinnyms.com/?p=404752 ]]>

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30 Delicious Reasons to Eat Clean in September

 

Whether you’re celebrating Labor Day or dreaming about sweater weather, September is a transitional month when a abundance of fruits and vegetables are at their best and are ready to be worked into your diet!

We’ve put together 30 of our favorite clean eating Skinny Ms. recipes for September, each including some of this months’ standout flavors. Try one each day this month!

1. Clean Eating Chipotle Burgers

Chipotle Burger eMeals

We’ve heard raves from our community that this is the best burger they’ve ever eaten, and we think you’ll agree!

2. Barbecue Grilled Chicken Breasts

Barbecue Grilled Chicken Breasts

Use our sweet and savory Skinny Ms. Barbecue Sauce recipe to make this delicious grilled chicken.

3. Grilled Apple, Pears & Parmigiano Reggiano Skewers

Grilled Apples, Pears & Parmigiano Reggiano Skewers

Grilling apples and pears enhances their taste while retaining their health benefits.

4. Pork Chops with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

Clean Eating Balsamic Strawberry Pork Chops

Fresh strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary create a fruity, fresh sauce for these clean eating pork chops.

5. Kombucha Tea Variations

5 Krazy- Good Kombuchas

These krazy-good kombuchas recipes will have you fermenting your own batch in no time.

6. DIY Sports Drink

7 DIY Real Sports Drinks

Say goodbye to the yellow #6, the brominated vegetable oil, and the high fructose corn syrup in many commercial sports drinks, and say hello to these simple homemade refreshments.

7. Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

This slaw is a perfect dish for sharing with others at a picnic or special occasion. Or serve it to your family as a side dish with Sunday dinner.

8. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

Have you been looking for a light, healthy, and tasty Thai dish that is quick and easy to make? Here is a yummy recipe that you can prepare in a flash!

9. Skinny Burrito in a Jar

Burrito in a Jar

Yes, we actually put a burrito in a jar, and it tastes great!

10. Super Veggie Lasagna

Veggie Lasagna

This super veggie lasagna takes only minutes to prepare and is a family favorite.

11. Apple Nachos Supreme

Apple Nachos Supreme

If you love caramel apples, you’ll fall head-over-heels for our Apple Nachos Supreme.

12. Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas

This crockpot chicken recipe brings together the best of Morocco’s unique flavors and fresh ingredients.

13. Rainbow Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

Rainbow Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

We’ve combined six superfoods with a simple dressing to create a multi-colored salad that is purely delicious.

14. White Bean Kale Soup

Low Calorie White Bean Kale Soup

This hearty soup has six grams of filling fiber, 10 grams of protein, and only 128 calories per serving.

15. Quinoa Chocolate Drops

Quinoa Chocolate Drops

Not only do Quinoa Chocolate Drops taste as good as any sweet, chocolatey candy out there, they’re also nutritional powerhouses, made with superfoods.

16. Vegan Avocado Spinach Smoothie

Vegan Avocado Spinach Smoothie

It may be a green smoothie, but it tastes creamy and dreamy.

17. Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge

Almond Butter Fudge

Rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fats, you won’t be sorry you tried this fudge made with almond butter.

18. Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

This salad, filled with high-quality, flavorful ingredients, will become your new go-to lunch.

19. Southwestern Kale Chips

Southwestern Kale Chips

Curb your junk-food cravings with these yummy, skinny kale chips.

20. Cauliflower Lasagna

Cauliflower Lasagna

Here’s a new, extra-healthy spin on a classic comfort food.

21. Homemade Breakfast Cereal

13 Ways to Make Your Own Breakfast Cereal

Enjoy your morning bowl of cereal without any of the preservatives, refined sugar, or artificial ingredients found in store-bought brands.

22. Asparagus Frittata with Herb Blossoms

Asparagus Frittata with Herb Blossoms

This creative frittata combination is as lovely to look as it is to eat.

23. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

This rich and creamy chocolate chia seed pudding is deceptively decadent, as it’s full of heart-healthy fats as well as natural sugars and flavors.

24. Quick Fish with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Sage

Quick Fish with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Sage

In no time, serve a perfectly healthy meal that the whole family can enjoy.

25. Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties

Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties

These easy-to-make patties are great to have on hand for a quick mini-meal or snack!

26. Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Cauliflower Stir-Fry

This cauliflower stir-fry has only 57 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per each one-cup serving. It’s a gluten-free, low-carb, vegan, and Paleo.

27. Clean Eating Chocolate Coconut Muffins

Clean Eating Chocolate Coconut Muffins

This chocolate muffin recipe is so good, with healthy ingredients like coconut oil and oats.

28. Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Taco seasoning gives these peppers southwestern flavor and mild spiciness.

29. Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus

Forgo your usual hummus and try this slightly sweeter version instead.

30. Paleo Basil Cashew Chicken Salad

Paleo Basil Cashew Chicken Salad

This fantastic chicken salad is great for lunches, dinners, and snacks.

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