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Halloween Dinner

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Holiday | 1 comment

This Halloween, why not enjoy a Halloween themed dinner that is delicious, hearty, easy to make and fun to eat? You can choose to make either homemade chili or reheat chili from a can. In a hurry, I like to buy Amy’s Organic Chili. It’s tastes a little spicy, full of flavor and totally delicious. When you eat it, you would never know that this hearty chili was Vegetarian. Go ahead and pour hot chili into individual bowls. With Halloween themed cookie cutters, cut out fun shapes with slices of cheese! Place a slice of cheese in each warm bowl of soup.   This is a warm meal that’s perfect for a cool Fall night – hassle free! Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Panda Licorice

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in Twinkie's Favorites | 2 comments

I love black licorice, and I’m so happy that I found Panda! It’s the only brand that I am aware of (hopefully not the only one) that makes black licorice that I can eat without the guilt. Other “all natural” licorice that I have found are loaded with corn syrup or other junk. Panda’s all natural licorice is a great low calorie treat that has no white sugar or artificial ingredients added! The soft texture and delicious taste isn’t anything to complain about either. The only reason someone wouldn’t like this is if they just aren’t fond of black licorice. Panda has been producing the world’s leading premium quality, soft licorice with real licorice root extract since 1927. Panda Licorice is made from All Natural ingredients. It doesn’t contain fat, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or white sugar. It has...

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Box of Candy or Box of Cereal?

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Nutrition, Parenting | Comments Off on Box of Candy or Box of Cereal?

We have been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why are millions and millions of people buying and then consuming sugary cereal for ourselves and feeding it to our kids? Do We REALLY Believe Marketing Campaigns? We have been told by the big cereal companies such as Kellog’s, Post, and General Mills that their cold cereals are “part of a complete breakfast” and a great way to start the day. But are they really healthy for us? Just in case you weren’t sure, let me help you with the answer to that question. No, these sugary cereals are not healthy for you! I am starting to get these cereal’s nutrition labels confused with a box of candy! So why are these cereals advertised as a healthy breakfast choice? You might not like what I...

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Find A Way, Not An Excuse!

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Skinny Tips & Quotes | Comments Off on Find A Way, Not An Excuse!

When you make a goal to improve your health, do you focus on all of the obstacles you are going to face, or the positive aspects of achieving your goal? Bottom line is,  you can either make excuses for yourself or you can find a way to make it happen. “A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.” – Stephan Dolley Jr. You probably know the basics of improving your health. It’s easier than you think it is, but most people make it harder on themselves. Check out ways you can eat healthier, discover new healthy products, find new healthy recipes, and learn how to exercise efficiently. You can do it, and Skinny Twinkie is here to help! Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Image Credit:   Feel...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in Recipes, Sides and Snacks | Comments Off on Bruschetta

Ingredients:  1 French Baguette Olive Oil Fresh Basil 3 sliced Tomatoes Instructions: Step 1) Slice the baguette into thin pieces. Step 2) On each baguette slice, drizzle a small amount of olive oil, add a basil leaf, and then add a sliced tomato on top. Step 3) Bake for 10 minutes. Notes: Bruschetta looks and tastes gourmet, yet it is extremely easy to make! I suggest using the artisan French baguette from a Target Superstore bakery. This baguette only has about 6 ingredients – all healthy – unlike their whole wheat baguette which has too many ingredients to count, and too many of them too unnatural to consider healthy. Bon Appétit! Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Keep Warm When It’s Cold Outside

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Natural Solutions | 2 comments

For most of us, the weather is getting cold outside! How will you stay warm this Fall and Winter? In addition to dressing accordingly, I like to do a couple of things to help me keep warm and cozy during the cooler months, as well as keep my health in check! Drink Herbal Tea Whenever you drink warm beverages, it immediately increases your body’s temperature. I suggest staying away from hot chocolate, since they are (usually) full of sugar and will do more harm than good since sugar suppresses the immune system. For the last couple of years, I have started to try different caffeine-free herbal teas that have a specific health benefit to them. For example, I love to drink Echinacea Tea to help support the immune system during the colder months. I figure that I could use all the help...

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Mind Your Portion Sizes

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in Weight Loss | Comments Off on Mind Your Portion Sizes

Portion Control. Do you know why it’s important? Here’s a hint: If you want to lose weight or maintain your goal weight, you need to keep healthy portion sizes in mind when you are eating. Here’s a quick little visual aide to help you understand the power of dish size, and how it will effect the amount you will eat. Do you see these two bowls? The have the exact same amount of cereal in them. It’s easy to see how you can add multiple serving sizes of cereal (or whatever else you are eating) in the larger bowl, compared to the smaller bowl, which ultimately leads to eating more than you should. If you are trying to lose or maintain a healthy goal weight, try to eat using a smaller bowl (or plate!), and the less you are...

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Baked Apple Slices

Posted by on Oct 15, 2011 in Desserts, Recipes | Comments Off on Baked Apple Slices

Ingredients: 3 Apples 1/2 cup Maple Syrup 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Nutmeg Whipped Cream (garnish optional) Nutmeg (garnish optional) Instructions: Step 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Step 2) Cut and core each apple into 8 slices and place in a dish. Step 3) In a separate container, mix the maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Pour over apples. Step 4) Cover the apples with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes or until apples are soft. Step 5) Separate apple slices in individual bowls and add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle nutmeg on top as a garnish. Notes:  I love this recipe! It’s extremely easy to make and just hits the sweet spot perfectly! Nobody would know that this recipe was actually healthy, and that’s just how I like it....

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