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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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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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Skinny Review:  Eating Healthy at Bonefish Grill

Skinny Review: Eating Healthy at Bonefish Grill

What is healthy to eat Bonefish Grill?  First, the restaurant has the word “fish” in its name, so I knew there was hope.  (The Cheesecake Factory would cause me pause).  Of course, in any restaurant, even food that is healthy in its purest form can turn into a calorie and fat bomb depending on its preparation, additions of oil, butter, and sauces.Bonefish Grill does not offer calorie or nutritional information online for its entrees, so ask about the preparation.  All of the grilled white fish and shellfish options are ...
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Skinny Review:  Healthy Eating at Whole Foods Market plus The Councilman’s Pick

Skinny Review: Healthy Eating at Whole Foods Market plus The Councilman’s Pick

Want a lunch meeting with our County Councilman Chris Trumbauer?  Then expect to meet this staunch environmentalist and farm-to-table food advocate at Whole Foods or a local green restaurant.  It's an Easy Skinny Life girl's dream lunch date!Whole Foods Market has more bars than a nightclub with its gorgeous Green Essentials Salad Bar, Signature Salad Bar, Soup Bar, Coffee Roaster Bar, Hummus & Salsa bar, Hot Bar, Smokehouse Bar, Pizza Bar, Burger/Crab Cake/Breakfast Sandwich ...
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Skinny German Food Choices at Oktoberfest

Skinny German Food Choices at Oktoberfest

Another day, another dollar, and another cocktail party with the movers and shakers around town.  This one was a loud and fun Oktoberfest focused on German bier and drinks flowing in a cozy bar area with plenty of liquid and little substance.  Still, it was getting late, I was hungry , and I wanted FOOD.  I knew I needed to pick some type of snack from this festive spread of authentic German food.  My choices ...
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Skinny Reviews:  Eating Healthy at VIN 909 Cafe in Annapolis Maryland

Skinny Reviews: Eating Healthy at VIN 909 Cafe in Annapolis Maryland

VIN 909 Café, a locally owned Annapolis Maryland restaurant:Opened just six months ago in the former Wild Orchid bungalow in downtown Eastport, VIN 909 Café has quickly become a locals favorite with its organic, farm-to-table eclectic cooking, reasonable prices, sleek interior and equally cool chandeliers.  I arrived hungry at 5:00 pm sharp for VIN 909's advertised opening time, yet every table in the front section was already occupied with customers drinking wine and ...
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Healthy or Not?  The Skinny on Vegetable Dips

Healthy or Not? The Skinny on Vegetable Dips

I just returned home from a cocktail reception filled with very friendly schmoozers and boozers.   While I was there, one of our enthusiastic readers came running up to me with a plateful of Spinach Artichoke Dip and crackers.  "Look, Kathy!  I am eating so healthy and light tonight!," she proclaimed with absolute pride.  I just smiled.  Why ruin this beautiful woman's fun at an intimate party with the bad news that not all dishes with a vegetable name are light or healthy?  Besides, ...
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Another Skinny Cocktail Party:  Eat This; Not That

Another Skinny Cocktail Party: Eat This; Not That

I grabbed a glass of wine, sauntered past all of the elected officials and CEOs that turned up at last night's cocktail party, and headed over to the appetizers table to scope it out.   Displayed was a beautiful housemade Brie cooked with a layer of fruit berries inside, surrounded by slices of crispy Italian bread, along with a raspberry jam accompaniment.  What did I eat?None of it!  Brie is just gorgeous on cocktail ...
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Skinny Rules:  Vegetables for Lunch if my Dinner is out

Skinny Rules: Vegetables for Lunch if my Dinner is out

It's just simple skinny tweaking each day when planning meals.A happy hour social is scheduled this evening at a local waterfront restaurant, so it'll be an appetizer-style dinner for me.  Since pure vegetables or whole grains are typically NOT part of a free appetizer spread or cocktail party, I just make certain to have a diverse vegetable-heavy lunch such as a huge, but low calorie salad, with a small side of ...
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Exercising on Vacation:  Healthy Skinny Traveling

Exercising on Vacation: Healthy Skinny Traveling

How do I stay on my fitness track while traveling?  Exercising on family vacations is much easier when planned for first thing in the morning.  Now, it's a healthy tradition for our entire family.  The secret is to make it fun and not a dreaded activity.Right after a good breakfast, I take everyone on a one hour, quick-paced “tourist walk” around the town, trails or beach.  Or, we rent bikes for one hour.Then no matter *what* occurs for ...
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Skinny Travels: Incredibly Delicious Healthy Eating on Vacation

Skinny Travels: Incredibly Delicious Healthy Eating on Vacation

Eating my way through a vacation without ever feeling deprived or off my skinny track is easy and delicious when following a simple strategy.   This week, I'm in New England with different destinations each day, so almost every meal is ordered out.What's my vacation eating plan?Every morning, my breakfast goal is to find some farm fresh protein and large fresh vegetables or fruit for breakfast at a top local spot.  I ask the residents for their recommendations for the best ingredients served at a non-tourist restaurant.  Then, I ...
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Lobster is my Healthy Skinny Best Friend

Lobster is my Healthy Skinny Best Friend

Skinny Travels:  Ogunquit, Maine.  Skinny Superfood Spotlight:  Lobster.Forget diamonds.  Lobster is a healthy girl's best friend.  It may be an expensive indulgence back where I live, but when visiting New England, it is a regional cuisine that shouldn't be missed.  Lobster is my Skinny vacation dream come true ...
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Healthy Eating at the Airport:  Silver Diner

Healthy Eating at the Airport: Silver Diner

It's a week of impromptu Skinny Travels.  I packed a bag and grabbed a flight to New England this morning in order to celebrate the waning days of summer and taste some of the local favorite cuisine.First, I had to navigate my eating choices at the airport for an early breakfast.  My advice:  If you are in a hurry, grab a plain yogurt or refrigerated hard-boiled eggs and some fresh fruit.   However, if you have 10 to 15 minutes to spare, head directly to Silver ...
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Healthy Appetizer Choices Today:   Know When to Hold ‘Em and Know When to Fold ‘Em

Healthy Appetizer Choices Today: Know When to Hold ‘Em and Know When to Fold ‘Em

Breakfast and lunch today were perfect with my usual homecooked fast meals to go.  Dinner became a challenge with a yet another evening reception.  This time, it was at our historic City Hall.Take a look at my options.  What did I eat?Grabbing a small plate, I reviewed the spread and knew my game plan within 30 seconds.  Tonight would be a two-part dinner:  One at City Hall, and one at home!  You have to know when ...
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Skinny Picks:  Eating Healthy at Chick-fil-A Fast Food Restaurant

Skinny Picks: Eating Healthy at Chick-fil-A Fast Food Restaurant

The things I do for my loyal Easy Skinny Life readers!  After a glass of wine and a ton of coaxing, I walked into a fast food restaurant for the first time in ages to assess the healthiest options to eat at cult favorite Chick-fil-A, a fast food chain with a huge following.What's the healthiest entree item to eat at Chick-fil-A?Skinny Pick's Lesser of Evils:  Chargrilled Chicken Cool Wrap WITHOUT Ranch Dressing or Spicy DressingMulti-grain wrap Grilled chicken Lettuce, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes ...
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Skinny Travels:  Eating Healthy at Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Skinny Travels: Eating Healthy at Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

More Skinny Traveling!  Greenman Juice Bar & Bistro is my favorite go-to place in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to have an innovative and healthy meal at the beach.  Located just off the boardwalk, it is open for breakfast and lunch only.  I typically go for both!  Vegetarians will have a field day at this place, but carnivores are equally happy with its local meats.Skinny Pick for Breakfast:  Greenman Tofu ScrambleHash ...
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Skinny Observations: The Mayor’s Lunch Pick and my Skinny Picks for Eating Healthy at the Market House

Skinny Observations: The Mayor’s Lunch Pick and my Skinny Picks for Eating Healthy at the Market House

The recently reopened historic Market House at the City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland was the perfect place to grab a quick bite this week with Mayor Josh Cohen.  It's also his new favorite lunch spot in town, so his choice for a healthy restaurant review this month was an easy one.With a steady stream of local workers, neighbors, boaters and tourists, Market House felt like a friendly gathering place.  I was surprised to bump in to old friends and lobbyist colleagues, and I recognized some of the local ...
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Easy Skinny Drinking:  Low Calorie Cocktails

Easy Skinny Drinking: Low Calorie Cocktails

I often joke that I'm quite biblical when it comes to drinking -- water and wine.  That's about it, every day, plus a cup of my trusty Green tea after most meals.The fact is that I love to consume as much food as humanly possible within my Skinny life, so I prefer not to drink my calories.  No smoothies, fruit juices, or other caloric drinks.  No fake diet sodas ever.  ...
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Skinny Sushi and Hidden Calories:  Eating Healthy at Sushi Bars and Restaurants

Skinny Sushi and Hidden Calories: Eating Healthy at Sushi Bars and Restaurants

Sushi isn't an everyday meal for me.  I know that healthy eaters around the world have consumed it forever, but it's not "easy" to determine calories, ingredients and portions unless you are skilled enough to prepare it yourself.  In fact, solving the mysteries of all of the sushi options, along with the varying ways chefs create them is quite exhausting.  I'm lazy Skinny, so my meals are usually easy and fast to calculate....
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Skinny Review: Sushi at Whole Foods Market and a Salt Shocker

Skinny Review: Sushi at Whole Foods Market and a Salt Shocker

For years, my go-to place for take-out sushi was not at one of the local, famous places around my town.  If I didn't have a packed lunch handy in my briefcase or at the office, I headed to Whole Foods Market, where the sushi is created with whole-grain brown rice.  Since I avoid the white stuff, I assumed that I hit a goldmine ages ago by ordering its Salmon Avocado Roll with Brown Rice and Sesame Seeds....
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