5 Digestion Rules for an Easy Skinny Life

5 Digestion Rules for an Easy Skinny Life

Eating a plant-based diet filled with vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and legumes is already a huge step to reducing digestion problems, toxin build-up, and unhealthy bodies and minds.  However, excellent digestion is more than just the food we choose and more important than you may realize.Proper digestion of our food, along with proper elimination of waste makes weight and health management easier.  No more stomach gurgles, discomfort, bloating, toxins, retention or fatigue which can occur from buildup of undigested food.Here ...
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Healthy Beach Living Photos!

Healthy Beach Living Photos!

Here's a short fun photo gallery on some of the ways I maintain optimal healthy eating while traveling or on vacation:Hollywood Beach, Florida First stop after I drop off my luggage is to the local farmers market and grocery store for a supply of easy to prep and ...
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Easy Skinny Chili

Easy Skinny Chili

I adore chili!  The spices, the steam, the comfort....  Perfect.  While it can be healthy with its ingredients, traditional chili is also a very calorie dense food.  That means a little goes a long way, so it's easy for all of us to overeat.  Who wants a tiny bowl of anything?Most chili cooks also use salty canned beans and salty and sugary seasoned canned diced tomatoes, paste and/or puree.  Look at the labels and pick no-salt and no-sugar.  The leanness of the meat makes an enormous difference in the calories, and restaurants often use inexpensive fattier ...
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Favorite Healthy Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Want a natural and "real foods" detox for 2013?  This easy and healthy recipe is my favorite side dish of choice several times a week!  It's light in calories, yet filling, steamy and spicy comfort food.   Using onions, garlic and sweet potatoes adds the perfect ying and yang of sweet and savory flavors, too.  Turmeric ground spice is a powerful antioxidant to add even more healthy goodness to this meal.  Vegetables chosen all support great thyroid function, too.With this as a large side dish on 3/4 of my plate, it ...
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Healthy Cooking Oil for a Skinny Kitchen

Healthy Cooking Oil for a Skinny Kitchen

Here is my favorite kitchen gadget to provide the healthiest use of oil for an Easy Skinny Life.  My inexpensive Misto bottle "mist sprays" my extra virgin olive oil or other healthy oils, instead of drizzling or pouring it.I use it as a cooking spray on pans, and on top of seafood, meat or beans before sauteing, grilling or baking, and as a mist over my salad to add a little healthy fat if ...
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Easy Skinny Two Ingredient Pancakes Gluten-Free and Flourless

Easy Skinny Two Ingredient Pancakes Gluten-Free and Flourless

Yes, you read that correctly, and this breakfast recipe completely blew me away. Passed around on a few health nut sites recently, it's downright obscene.  Only two ingredients for a protein-packed, gluten-free, flourless, low calorie and healthy batch of pancakes that REALLY taste like pancakes?No way?  Even my white-carb-loving big guy Matt inhaled an entire plate and loved them.  Kids will adore them too.Bananas and eggs.  That's it.  As an option, ...
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Dinner Out?  Then Two Plates of Vegetables with Lunch

Dinner Out? Then Two Plates of Vegetables with Lunch

Dinner out at a restaurant on a Saturday or Sunday?  Then my easy strategy is to roast or steam two large plates of vegetables to go with my lunch.  It’s the weekend, so why not take 45 minutes mid-day to roast a large tray of vegetables?  It gives me the flexibility to order a light entrée or appetizer for my dinner at the restaurant without feeling deprived of my large quantity ...
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Quick Skinny Dinner Trick

Quick Skinny Dinner Trick

Yikes.  I’m not certain what possessed me to eat 4 (!) large baked chicken drumsticks for lunch as if I were Henry VIII at a medieval banquet, but those plump spicy leftovers in the frig just looked and tasted awesome.  After a big breakfast and obviously an even bigger lunch, I still never skip dinner.  Although it’s tempting, skipping meals just slows the metabolism and sets myself up for overeating the next day.QUICK ...
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No-Tortilla Skinny Mexican Shrimp, Beans and Vegetable Cheese Enchilada

No-Tortilla Skinny Mexican Shrimp, Beans and Vegetable Cheese Enchilada

Who doesn't love the spicy flavors of a Mexican style large enchilada?  But who needs the 1000+ calorie salt mine and unhealthy fat/carb overload?  Searching for a flourless and highly nutritional twist to a cheesy Mexican style enchilada, I stumbled upon this masterpiece of spicy gooey flavors.  It was really incredible!A smooth "base" was created using vegetables and beans.  Black beans are a great slow-burning complex carb and served as my Main Carb for this meal, so ...
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Seared Wild Rockfish with Pineapple Avocado Salsa

Seared Wild Rockfish with Pineapple Avocado Salsa

It’s the dead of summer, my AC is barely working in this house, and it’s starting to affect my appetite. Not good. You know how much I absolutely adore eating, so I don’t like anything messing with it! But once I visualized this new recipe in my head, my appetite returned big time.I craved a chilly sweet salsa to add to the rich flavor of some freshly caught ...
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Roasted Spiced Chickpeas, Squash and Asparagus Medley

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas, Squash and Asparagus Medley

If you don't have ground cumin and turmeric in your spice drawer right now, run out to the store and buy it!  There is nothing quite so interestingly fragrant as this spiced dish roasting in the oven.  The easiest part --- It's a one dish, one pan, pop it in and forget about it kind of meal.   Another bonus is it is very low in calories, yet absolutely filling ...
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Kale Barley Soup:  Skinny Food for Comfort

Kale Barley Soup: Skinny Food for Comfort

I was really in the mood for a spicy, comforting, highly nutritious soup to serve as my vegetable side dish with dinner.  Unfortunately, most soups offered at restaurants, specialty food stores, grocery stores or the processed kind in those god-awful canned varieties contain way too much sodium.  Innocent victims think they are eating healthy by having "soup", yet wake up the next morning with puffy eyes and bloated bodies.  No thanks!This fresh and clean Kale Barley Soup ...
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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray.  Don’t believe it!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray. Don’t believe it!

I confess.  I was a butter spray addict, spritzing away at everything on my plate including fish, chicken, eggs, potatoes, rice and vegetables with healthy joy.  Then, I read the label very, very carefully and calculated its real calories.  I don't like to get duped, especially when it comes to my food and my health.Be aware that "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter" spray, an emulsion of soybean oil and water, claims to have 0 calories and fat.  However, that's ...
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Naked Skinny Turkey Burger with Swiss Cheese

Naked Skinny Turkey Burger with Swiss Cheese

It's time for summer cook-outs and BBQs with family and friends, especially this week for Independence Day.  When offered the basic all-American choice for either a burger or hot dog, one simple strategy I use is to request a medium-rare burger with cheese, but hold that typically big white roll of empty calories.  One slice of full fat cheese is usually 100 calories of filling protein, yet a large roll is up to 300 calories, typically with no filling ...
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Healthy Tuna Salad with Avocado, Goat Cheese and Beans

Healthy Tuna Salad with Avocado, Goat Cheese and Beans

Give me a can opener, and I'm set for a no-bake, no-heat, no-processed food healthy meal.  This easy dinner using cabinet staples worked perfectly during a summer power outage at my home.  Think plain tuna from a can is dry and boring without gobs of mayo?  Think again.With each forkful, I layered the quality protein tuna with tangy goat cheese and smooth avocado to create a moist and salty taste.  I was sold!  ...
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One Pan Seared Tilapia, Broccoli and Red Skinned Potatoes

One Pan Seared Tilapia, Broccoli and Red Skinned Potatoes

Table for one, please.  It is a week night, and everyone is gone....  No extra hungry little mouths to feed, no extra sides to add for the big guy, and no complaints from the peanut gallery on whatever I am serving.  What's a skinny chick to do with all of this foodie tranquility?  I do NOT turn to take-out, which leaves my body with a horrendous case of buyer's remorse the ...
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Easy Skinny Grocery Shopping Rules to Live By

Easy Skinny Grocery Shopping Rules to Live By

What came home in my shopping bag this weekend?   More of the good stuff, of course!Those who follow my blog know where to find me every 3 days.  As an easy way to stay on the skinny track, I hit the grocery store every 3 days (4 days tops!) to cover my breakfasts, lunches and dinners so there is always something in the house.  I typically purchase 3 large bagfuls of fresh vegetables for steaming one night, roasting the ...
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Easy Skinny Steak Night

Easy Skinny Steak Night

Sometimes I just get a hankering for a thick juicy steak on the grill.  It’s a Saturday night, the weather is perfect, and the New York Strip Steaks were on sale at my grocery store this morning.  What more of an excuse do I need?!  And tonight, I wasn’t in the mood to cut off one-half or less of my pretty and plump steak for a reasonable Easy Skinny portioned meal.  I wanted the ...
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Skinny Habits:  Scales are the Solution, not the Problem!

Skinny Habits: Scales are the Solution, not the Problem!

Scales are the solution, not the problem!  Don't toss them away as some professionals recommend.  Take 30 seconds to weigh yourself first thing every morning to monitor it.It may be tough love and an even tougher wake-up call than an alarm clock, but the end goal is to live an easier Easy Skinny Life.  Monitoring your weight daily achieves this by preventing a snowballing surprise weeks or months down the line.First, toughen up.  Understand and accept that ...
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Skinny Halibut with Lemon Butter, Capers and Shallots

Skinny Halibut with Lemon Butter, Capers and Shallots

Tonight’s fish dinner was downright decadent and seemed the perfect kick off to my Mother’s Day weekend.  The white Atlantic Halibut tasted rich, smooth and chunky, yet light and flakey, and the different flavors were amazing.  There is a salty hint from the capers and a touch of butter, a sweetness from the shallots, and a citrus tanginess from the lemon.  No added salt, sugar or marinades needed!Skinny Halibut ...
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