Skinny Ms. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:09:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Puma Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:55 +0000 ]]>


Puma: It's All in the Pants

A healthy lifestyle can be a challenge to maintain. Every high intensity workout or period of interval training gets you closer to your fitness goals, but motivating yourself to head to the gym can be difficult. How do you stay committed as you work toward a healthier, sexier body? A key component to workout success is to stay comfortable and feel attractive in your workout gear!

The Pants from Puma

A pair of well-fitting pants, complemented by a comfortable sports bra, can make all the difference between a good workout and a great workout. Puma helps to make each of your workout routines successful with its quality range of products.

Use the Puma Fitness Pants: Fit Guide and discover a range of shorts, tights, capris, ankle pants, and full pants. You can also take your pick from the Puma ACTV Collection, a stylish selection of sports bras, tank tops, endurance shorts, short tights, ¾ tights, and long tights.

Available in a variety of colors, sizes, and designs, the products from these selections are guaranteed to keep you comfortable during your workout, while ensuring that you look and feel fantastic.

Workout Shoes

Stylish and comfortable fitness pants and sports bras will only get you so far on the road to a fitter, sexier you. That road requires hard work, and a comfortable, well-fitting pair of sneakers is a must.

Puma offers a well-designed, trendy sneakers and running shoes that will help you go the distance. Whether you are jogging or running, you will make heads turn when equipped with sneakers, a sports bra, and fitness pants from Puma.

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Rock Creek: The Boots Worth Hiking For Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:43 +0000 ]]>

Happy Hiking with Rock Creek

Great cardio? Check. Spending time in nature? Check. Relaxing? Check! Hiking is a nearly perfect recreational activity. In fact, the only way to improve upon the experience is to enjoy it while wearing hiking boots from Rock Creek.

If you haven’t laced up a quality pair of hiking boots and hit the trails recently, let’s consider the myriad advantages of hiking. Hiking gets you outdoors and moving, which is necessary after a day spent in a cubicle or behind the wheel of a car! Plus, you’ll benefit from the sunlight, fresh air, and the serenity of a natural landscape, not to mention the physical workout. Perhaps most importantly, hiking helps you maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

The Rock Creek Advantage

The next time you glance out your window and notice that it’s perfect hiking weather outside, make sure you plan a hike, a trek, or at least a walking tour. But before you head out, make sure you’re sporting proper hiking apparel, particularly if you are in the mood for mountain hiking. No hiking gear is complete without a pair of Rock Creek hiking boots.

Rock Creek presents a range of sturdy and durable, yet stylish, women’s hiking boots. They can be worn comfortably across all types of terrain and for all sorts of activities, including hiking, trekking, and walking tours. Furthermore, these boots are available at highly competitive prices, and are offered in an enticing range of colors, designs, and shapes.

Browse the incredible collection of Rock Creek hiking boots, but be warned, it may take you awhile! Take your pick from a selection that is suited toward a variety of walking and running activities. The next time beautiful hiking weather is in the forecast, lace up your new boots. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed in their, or your, performance.

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3 Recipes with Ancient Grains that Aren’t Quinoa Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:19 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Farro Salad with Apples And Walnuts

If quinoa has you hooked on ancient grains, incorporate a greater variety of these whole, healthy, versatile grains into your diet! Our three ancient grains recipes will introduce you to a whole new world of delicious meals and their multitude of health benefits.

Sweetly Spiced Granola with Amaranth Raisins and Pecan Pieces

1. Amaranth. For a perfect midday snack to munch on, or to cook up and give as a gift, try our Sweetly Spiced Granola with Amaranth, Raisins, and Pecan Pieces. The ancient grain amaranth adds a mildly peppery, nutty flavor, and is rated number three on our Top 10 Good Mood Foods list.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Sauce

2. Kasha (Buckwheat). Our Buckwheat Pancakes with Berry Sauce are an excellent alternative to traditional pancake recipes that come straight from a box. Kasha, more commonly known as buckwheat, is an ancient grain in fruit seed form that has been proven to provide better blood sugar control, a lowered risk of diabetes, and a healthier cardiovascular system. Instead of topping your buckwheat pancakes with sugary syrup, consider trying our yummy berry sauce.

Kale Caesar Salad

3. Farro. Farro is one of the oldest cultivated grains in the world and provides a great source of complex carbohydrates and protein. Though not gluten free, farro is typically easier to digest than regular wheat. For recipes to try out that incorporate farro, try our Farro Salad with Apples and Walnuts and our Kale Caesar Salad. Both are flavorful and offer a wealth of health benefits.

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Chocolate Banana Wonderland Smoothie Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:05 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Chocolate Banana Wonderland Smoothie

Chocolate, bananas, and peanut butter are a delicious combination. And when prepared properly, they are also really good for you! Blending them with some almond milk or coconut milk makes for a yummy drink, for breakfast or for a post-workout pick-me-up.

Freezing bananas before adding them makes for a creamy smoothie. If you make a lot of smoothies, get into the habit of chopping up fruit and freezing it, so that you’ll always have it on hand for your smoothies.

Raw cacao is packed with antioxidants, and peanut butter adds a punch of protein. Bananas contain potassium, which aids in hydration and keeps you energized.

This recipe is for two people. If making for one, use half of the ingredients.

Chocolate Banana Wonderland Breakfast Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Wonderland Breakfast Smoothie

Yields: 2 | Serving size: 1 1/2 cups | Calories: 297 | Total Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fats: 9 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 9 mg | Sodium: 128 mg | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Dietary fiber: 3 gm | Sugars: 18 g | Protein: 9 g


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (lite canned or carton)
  • 1 banana, frozen or unfrozen
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
  • Ice cubes


Place all of the ingredients in the blender on blend on medium to high until the smoothie is completely liquified and foamy. You may decide to blend the ice cubes with the drink or add them at the end. Ice can be a bit much for some blender blades and may be added at the end. Enjoy!

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Grilling Guide 101 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:46:06 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Grilling Guide 101

Believe it or not, springtime is on its way, and nothing ushers in the warm weather like dusting off your grill and cooking up a fun and tasty outdoor spread! Don’t miss out on the fun of a family cookout or the enjoyment of a seasonal summer dinner, served al fresco, simply because you’re not comfortable using proper grilling techniques. Become a seasoned grillmaster, barbecuing dishes including fish, chicken, beef, burgers, and vegetables to perfection.

Miso Orange Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale

Always brush both your fish and the grill grates with oil before you begin to grill, in order to reduce sticking. Preheat your grill for at least 30 minutes, allowing it to get nice and hot. For larger filets, cut your meat into smaller portions to ensure that the fish cooks evenly. Place your fish either directly on the grill grates, in a grilling fish basket, or on a cedar or cherry plank. Cook your fish on one side for three or four minutes, and use a spatula to carefully flip it to the other side. After the other side has grilled for three to four minutes, remove your fish from the grill and enjoy! If you’re a beginner, you may want to stick with recipes that include precise cooking times for specific types of fish, until you get your sea legs! Try our fantastic Orange Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale recipe.

Grilled Chicken and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema

Chicken breasts are a choice for a beginner, because their cooking time is the easiest to predict. Begin by pounding the meat to a uniform thickness (about ½ inch for a chicken breast). Place the chicken on a preheated grill and turn your meat regularly to minimize flare-ups and to prevent burning. Cook on both sides for 10 minutes each. Once the meat has thoroughly cooked, removed from the grill and let it rest on a plate for a few minutes. For a new way to try your grilled chicken, check out our Grilled Chicken and Avocado Tacos with Cilantro Crema recipe.

Marinate your cut of steak if you like, and preheat the grill for 30 minutes or so. Next, sprinkle both sides of your steak with salt and pepper to taste and place it on the grill grates. Grill the steak, covered with foil, on medium-hot for 10 minutes. Remove from the grill using tongs, let rest for a few minutes, and then slice into thin pieces across the grain to serve. Since steak can be safely enjoyed cooked medium rare, medium, medium well, or well done, you can adjust your grilling time to suit your preference.

MORE: On the Grill: Crisp Rosemary Fries with Low-Fat Aioli recipe.

Portobello Burger with Savory Balsamic Marinade

Burgers are a classic American favorite worth learning how to grill. Begin by using fresh, lean ground hamburger meat. Organic, grass-fed beef will yield the best flavor without the unhealthy biproducts found in mass-manufactured meat. Season your meat using any sauces, herbs, or spices you desire, and shape the hamburger meat into 1/2 to 1/3 pound patties about 1/2 inch thick, and the diameter of a hamburger bun. Bring your grill to a nice hot temperature and brush the grill grates with oil to prevent sticking. Place the burgers onto the grill and allow them to cook for about 4 to 5 minutes before flipping them and cooking for 3-4 minutes. If desired, add a slice of cheese two minutes before burgers are done grilling. Remove your burgers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes on a plate before assembling into buns with toppings. Looking for a delicious vegetarian alternative? Try our Portobello Burger with Savory Balsamic Marinade.

Italian Roasted Vegetables with Summer Basil

Grilled veggies are always a scrumptious side dish. Rinse, trim, and slice your vegetables, and brush them with a coat of olive oil to prevent them from sticking on the grill. Preheat your grill, and place your veggies either directly on the grill or in a packet of foil. Allow them to cook, uncovered, over medium heat for five to eight minutes. It’s important to watch your vegetables closely to prevent charring. Finally, remove and enjoy. For a new way to enjoy your grilled veggies, try our Italian Roasted Vegetables with Summer Basil recipe.

Now that you have learned how to grill a variety of meats and veggies, go ahead and invite family and friends over for a summer day to remember!

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10 Easy Ways to a Healthier Lifestyle Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:30:17 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

10 Ways to Make the Healthier Lifestyle Transition Easier

Making the switch to a healthier lifestyle can feel overwhelming. We find comfort in our unhealthy habits, and we fear that we’ll enjoy life less if we have to give up our favorite fatty and sugar-loaded comfort foods (not to mention our cherished sit-on-the-couch time).

The truth is that, in addition to increasing our potential to live longer, we enjoy life more when we adopt a healthy lifestyle. And, the best news is that there are a few virtually painless steps you can take right now to get started.

1. Eat What You Like. Not everyone likes salads and quinoa. Luckily, there are other types of healthy foods out there. When you’re just starting out, try eating healthy versions of your favorite foods. Try grilled, steamed, or baked foods instead of fried ones.  Swap out the ice cream for Greek yogurt recipes.

10 Ways to Make the Healthier Lifestyle Transition Easier

2. Do Whatever You Want to Exercise Your Body. If you like being outside in nature, start by taking walks with your significant other, friend, dog, or even by yourself. Take up tennis. Zumba to your heart’s content. Just find whatever motivates you, and give it a shot. A 5K run that may have once seemed impossible, just got easier with our step-by-step “free” downloadable training guide.

Or maybe you just want to exercise in the privacy of your own home. Well, Skinny Ms. can help with that, and you don’t even need to own a treadmill! Try our 10 Fat Burning Exercises You Can Do at Home.

3. Take Baby Steps. If completely changing your lifestyle overwhelms you, take it one step at a time. Take your vitamins. Try veggies and nuts for snacks. Go for a walk. Start small, and keep pushing yourself a little more each day.

One of the simplest things you can do to improve your health is drink more water. Learn more about how water benefits your body in 4 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water.

4. Set Goals. Recognize that those “baby steps” you’re taking are actually small goals, and each time you are taking a step in the right direction, you have accomplished a goal. Then use the pride you gain from accomplishing those goals to make even more healthy choices.

10 Ways to Make the Healthier Lifestyle Transition Easier

5. Reward Yourself. All hard work with no pay-off is no fun at all. Acknowledge your hard work with a reward of some sort, to keep you motivated. If you have the extra cash, maybe you can buy a new outfit when you reach different weight loss milestones. Or, maybe you can plan occasional massage, mani-pedi, or facial appointments to complement your new healthy lifestyle. You can even start a ritual of enjoying one square of dark chocolate (yes, chocolate!) each day.

6. Give Yourself a Break. Remember that improving your overall wellness also involves reducing stress. Try taking some time out each day to reflect, meditate, or just enjoy a few minutes of silence.

7. Take Note. Of your portions, that is! If you pay attention, you’ll most likely notice you are putting way more on your plate than what you need to satisfy your hunger. Start reducing your portions, and you will most likely start to notice a difference. Consider taking our 30 Day Skinny Plate Challenge and discover how with a few simple adjustments you can lose weight and get healthier.

8. Start Over. Listen, this isn’t a competition, and no one is judging you. If you “fall off the wagon,” eat junk, or forgo exercise, don’t get discouraged and give up. Each day is a new opportunity to recommit to the new, healthier you.

10 Ways to Make the Healthier Lifestyle Transition Easier

9. Find a Buddy. Let’s face it. Most activities are more fun with a friend, including exercising and eating right. Do a recipe-swap of your favorite healthy recipes. Make a regular date to go on jogs, hikes, or other fun aerobic outings. You’ll enjoy it more, and you’ll also have someone to help keep you accountable.

10. Go Ahead and Indulge. Just because you’re trying to be healthier, it doesn’t mean you can never have dessert again. Recipes like Skinny Ms.’s low-calorie, sugar-free desserts allow you to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt.

No matter what you do, do something. Any step you take toward a healthier lifestyle can only help your overall health and well-being. You’ve got nothing to lose (except the weight) and everything to gain in terms of healthy, energy, and longevity!

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Citrus Quinoa Salad Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:00:50 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

Citrus Quinoa Salad

Have you made quinoa a regular part of your healthy eating plan? If not, our citrus quinoa salad serves as a good introduction to the nutty taste and numerous nutritional benefits of this ancient seed. Full of veggies and nuts, this salad is tossed with a light citrus dressing that makes it a refreshing side dish for a spring or summer barbecue. You can serve this quinoa dish with a piece of grilled chicken or fish for a complete meal. Plus, it has the added benefit of being gluten-free.

We love the fact that quinoa cooks up quickly. You can prepare dishes like this citrus quinoa salad for a light meal or side without spending an hour in the kitchen! Fifteen minutes on the stove is all it takes. Just toss your quinoa with the rest of the ingredients and you’re done. Learn more about quinoa’s superfood benefits here.

You might also like our Quinoa Recipe eBook or:

Quinoa Protein Bars
Quinoa (Meatless) Meatballs
Quinoa and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Quinoa & Shrimp Paella

Citrus Quinoa Salad

Citrus Quinoa Salad

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1/2 cup |Calories: 438| Previous Points: 7| Points Plus:  10| Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 23 mg | Carbohydrates: 59 g | Dietary Fiber: 8 g | Sugars: 4 g | Protein: 15 g |


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Juice and zest of 1 orange
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Put the quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely. (Alternately, you can use leftover cooked quinoa you may have in your fridge.)

Combine the quinoa with the bell pepper, edamame, almonds, and coconut. Toss until well mixed.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a jar or other container with a lid. Shake vigorously until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss the quinoa with the dressing and chill until ready to serve.


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Three Seed Berry Parfait Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:30:50 +0000 ]]>

By Skinny Ms.

Three Seed Berry Parfait

This easily prepared berry parfait is made from yogurt, berries, and a high fiber, high protein mix of seeds. It’s very simple, but you’ll be amazed at how delicious it actually is. This berry parfait recipe is perfect for a quick and healthy dessert, but it’s also light enough to eat for breakfast or brunch.

Three Seed Berry Parfait

Three Seed Berry Parfait

Yields: 6 servings | Serving Size: 3/4 cups | Calories: 128 | Previous Points: 2 | Points Plus:  3 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 5 mg | Sodium: 59 mg | Carbohydrates: 21 g | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugars: 17 g | Protein: 6 g |


  • 2 cups Greek yogurt, fat-free
  • 2 tablespoons honey, more or less to taste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds


Add yogurt, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl and stir to combine.

Layer the yogurt, berries, and seeds in a parfait glass or bowl, ending with a sprinkling of seeds on top. Serve immediately.

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4 Moves to a Sexy Summer Back Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:00:22 +0000 ]]>

by Skinny Ms.

5 Moves to a Sexy Summer Back

Many of us are terribly familiar with the lingering problem of back fat. It’s a troublesome area even for very fit women, since it’s so hard to target and trim. Of course, cardio exercise plays a role in getting rid of this nuisance, but weight training that targets the backs of your shoulders, your upper back, and the midsection of your back, will really produce results. Back exercises are key in achieving that sleek, toned look, and this sexy back workout routine will have you well on your way!

Related: 7 Day Back & Shoulder Challenge

Equipment needed: one set of dumbbells of medium weight; stability ball or flat bench

What to do: All Fitness Levels perform each move for 12 reps; repeat routine 2 times weekly for best results

Beginner Workout: complete 1 round
Intermediate Workout:  complete 2 rounds
Advanced Workout: complete 4 rounds

See the videos below for demonstrations of each move.

Single Arm Dumbbell Row (12 each arm)
Bent over Dumbbell Row 
Back Extension

Single Arm Dumbbell Row


Bent over Dumbbell Rows

Back Extension

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Sweet Potato Chia Seed Pancakes Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:30:52 +0000 ]]>

Skinny Ms.

Sweet Potato Chia Seed Pancakes

A superfood rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds add flavor and texture to these healthy sweet potato pancakes. Richly spiced, these hearty sweet potato pancakes with chia are easy to prepare for a weekend breakfast. Feel free to substitute pumpkin or other squash for equally delicious results.

Sweet Potato Chia Seed Pancakes

Sweet Potato Chia Seed Pancakes

Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 3 pancakes|Calories: 298| Previous Points: 6| Points Plus:  7| Total Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 14 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 240 mg | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 5g |


  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 small sweet potato, baked and cooled
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


Add the chia seeds in a bowl with 1/4 cup water. Set aside.

Add the sweet potato, almond milk, and honey in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and blend until just combined. Add the chia seed mixture and pulse until mixed.

Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle to medium heat. Add the coconut oil and pour 2-3 tablespoons per pancake into the skillet. Cook until browned on both sides. Serve with additional chia seeds and maple syrup.

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