Monthly Archives: August 2013

Skinnygirl Summer Workout

Just because summer is (sadly) drawing to a close, doesn’t mean we can’t get our already fabulous figures in better shape! There’s a few more weeks of beach and barbecue time left. That’s why we created our own patented Skinnygirl End-Of-Summer workout, just for you.

This no-nonsense routine will strengthen & tone important spots:

the core, legs and shoulders. You can do this routine right at home two-to-three times a week with very little equipment necessary. So let’s get ready to sweat!

The Squat Four sets of ten repetitions

You may have heard it before, but it warrants repeating: squats are, quite possibly, the most important exercise you can do. They work your core, legs and your butt, giving your biggest muscles a great burn. Simply place your feet a little wider than your hips, lower your body by pushing your hips back and bending your knees. Aim to have your thighs parallel to the floor. Push back through your heels and stand back up into your starting position. You’ll certainly feel the burn of these squats

The Pushup Three sets of eight repetitions

The pushup is one of the first exercises we learned in gym class, and for good reason. It’s a wonderful way to work your shoulders and abs all at the same time. Just lie on your stomach and place your hands shoulder-width apart. Exhale and push yourself all the way up, then lower yourself until your chest touches the ground. If this is a little difficult for you, try them from your knees. You’ll feel the burn from these pushups pretty quickly, but when you show off those arms in that sleeveless dress you love so much.

Walking Lunges Three sets of 12 repetitions on each leg

For hip strength and stability, lunges are the way to go. Walking lunges work your glutes, hamstrings and quads as well as stabilizing your core. To do the walking lunge, stand upright and take a step forward with your left leg. Lower your hips towards the floor and bend both knees to about 90 degrees. Make sure to keep your back straight and your chest up! Push off with your right leg and bring your legs back together in your starting position. Repeat on the other side. If you feel like giving up, remember how much you love wearing short shorts!

Cool Down Run 20-30 minutes

Tired yet? You’re almost there! Finish off all that strength and toning work with some good old-fashioned cardio. Just strap on your sneakers and throw on your iPod. Enjoy the outdoors while it’s still warm. At the end of your workout, you’re going to need a cool, refreshing recovery drink. Treat yourself to Skinnygirl’s mixed berry smoothie! It’s a delicious, sweet drink that will taste oh-so-good after a hard workout. You deserve it!

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The Skinnygirl Tea Party

There’s nothing we love more than getting dressed up and throwing a party with friends. That’s why throwing a tea party is one of our favorite things to do in the summertime. It’s just the right amount of fancy and fun. Here are the things you need to throw one of these elegant affairs, the Skinnygirl way.

Send Invitations

One of the best parts of fancy parties is receiving an invitation in the mail! If you’re the artsy type, use your skills to add a personal, hand-written touch to the notes. Your guests will appreciate the cute gesture and get even more excited for the occasion.

Set the Scene

You don’t have to live at the Plaza Hotel to give your party the touch of class it deserves. Simple solutions include adding tablecloths and flower arrangements to each table. If you don’t already have a china set, you can find some really pretty sets at your local antique store. It won’t break the bank and it’s another touch that will give your guests the best experience possible.

Make the Menu

The key to a great tea party is, of course, a lot of tea! Purchase a variety of blends that include flavors from all over the world. English, Japanese and fruit-flavored teas are usually great options. Make sure to have plenty of Skinnygirl Liquid Sweeteners on hand so your guests can sweeten tea their way! We recommend putting a few on each table so you give them the opportunity to try them all.

If it’s warm outside, you may want to give your guests the option of a cold drink. Try making a pitcher of Skinnygirl’s Iced Tea (recipe below) it’s a cool and refreshing way to enjoy the tea party!

As far as the food options go, it wouldn’t be a proper tea party without tea sandwiches. Cucumber, egg salad, cheese or turkey sandwiches are standard options that never disappoint. You can include some delicious scones and cookies as well to satisfy your guests’ sweet cravings.

Dress the Part

Once all the planning is done, it’s time for the best part: dressing up! Think big floppy hats, floral print dresses and maybe even some Hepburn-style gloves! If you and your guests dress the part, you’ll feel the part. Enjoy and keep those pinkies up!

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All About Agave

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When leading a healthier lifestyle, one of the first things to do is to ditch refined sugar. We all know that the stuff is bad! But sweet food and drinks taste oh, so good. So what is a girl to do? The answer can be found in the magical agave plant.

Agave is a perennial plant grown mostly in the south of Mexico, where more than 300 species of the plant grow. Agave is renowned for its many uses, particularly in food and drink. Blue agave nectar creates deliciously sweet syrup. The Aztec people thought agave was a gift from the gods and used its nectar to flavor food and drink. Agave has been used for thousands of years! How can you argue with that legacy?

Skinnygirl started from our love of the agave plant, and one thing we learned from our time perfecting our cocktails is that agave is one versatile plant. While you may think it just belongs in a margarita glass it can also pack a little punch of sweetness perfect for your favorite hot or cold beverage.

Today, agave is gaining in popularity; in fact, Bethenny herself uses agave in her coffee! Unlike sugar, it has a low glycemic index. You get the sweet taste without the spike in blood sugar levels and the inevitable energy crash that follows. Skinnygirl Agave Liquid Sweetener brings this option right to you with the sassy and sweet attitude that Skinnygirl does so well. Enjoy it at home, at the office or on the go. Skinnygirl Agave Sweeteners come in a convenient 1.68 ounce bottle that slips easily in your purse, making it a perfect accessory!

Use Skinnygirl Agave Sweeteners instead of sugar in your coffee and everyday cooking.  And enjoy the sweetness guilt-free. You can thank Skinnygirl for that.

If you’re thinking of hosting an outdoor feast, we have the perfect recipe. Every party needs some dip so here’s our recipe for a refreshing mojito fruit dip. Bolstered with Skinnygirl Agave Liquid Sweeteners, this dip is guaranteed to go fast.

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The Skinny on Monk Fruit

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When you and your girls search for a sugar substitute, you know it should strike the perfect balance between healthy and delicious. You can find all that and more in the new Skinnygirl Monk Fruit Liquid Sweeteners.

Monk fruit, which has been called “Buddha fruit” by some and “delicious” by all, has been used as a sweetener in China for 800 years. That’s right, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, monk fruit had been in use for over 300 years!

Like every smart lady knows, if you’re going to grow something for hundreds of years, it must be pretty good. Monk fruit certainly doesn’t let you down. The delicious fruit is super sweet is a perfect addition to your daily routine.

This sweetener is made directly from the monk fruit, giving you a fresh taste of sweetness. A few squeezes of the bottle delivers the same sweetness as a teaspoon of sugar. Made from natural ingredients and no calories? It almost sounds too good to be true.

Skinnygirl Monk Fruit Liquid Sweeteners really couldn’t be simpler to use: just add it to your favorite hot or cold drinks and dishes in place of sugar and you’re all set. They’ll come out giving you the deliciously sweet taste you deserve.

When it comes to the sweet cravings, there’s nothing better than a chocolate milkshake. Whether it’s a frozen treat to celebrate the day’s end or a party drink for a girl’s night in, this milkshake will satisfy your sweet tooth.

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The Skinny on Stevia

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Looking to indulge your sweet tooth while keeping a healthy and balanced lifestyle? You might want to try Skinnygirl Stevia Liquid Sweeteners. They are the perfect option for you, the lady on-the-go who wants a little sweetness in her life.

Stevia is one of the best sweeteners for those looking to ditch sugar. The pure extract of the stevia plant will gratify your sweetest cravings.

So where does stevia come from exactly? Stevia is actually a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family native to South America and Central America. One species is grown for its sweet qualities. While most people just call it stevia, it’s also commonly referred to as sweet leaf or sugar leaf.

Stevia has been around since the 1970s, but unlike bell-bottoms, it has staying power. The plant was first used by the Japanese, who looked for an alternative to artificial sweeteners. Stevia quickly gained wild popularity there and is now used in everything from food products to popular soda brands.

Stevia was so good it had to be shared with the rest of the world. With their new line of sweeteners, Skinnygirl has introduced a stevia product that is perfect for all your sweetening needs. It’s the guilt-free way to enjoy everything from your morning coffee to your post-workout smoothie.

So how do you use stevia? It couldn’t be simpler just squeeze a bit of Skinnygirl Stevia into your drinks or food. The only difference you’ll notice is that you don’t have any extra calories to count. When we’re making drinks to enjoy on a girls’ night in, that’s the kind of problem we like to have.

Since it is summertime, refreshing drinks are always in demand. Here’s one of our favorite recipes — an absolutely delicious basil lemonade. Whether you’re hanging by the pool or barbecuing with some of your favorites, this drink will impress. Be sure to make enough for the rest of the party!

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