The Perfect Plate

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It’s time to dish about how we fill up our plates. Instead of trying to scale the food guide pyramid, just stick to this helpful guide to keep your meals healthy as well as tasty.

Don’t Spoil Your Oil: Stick with healthy oils like olive and canola

Your Better Half: Make half your plate a mix of fruits and veggies

Go Against the Refined Grain: Stick with whole grains like brown rice and whole-wheat bread

Make Stronger Choices: Choose healthy proteins like fish, poultry, beans and nuts

Fix Your Drink: Switch from sugary drinks and dairy to water with Skinnygirl Water Enhancers

Best Pre & Post Workout Treats

Knowing what to eat and drink before and after a workout can be as challenging as the elliptical routine itself — but once you’ve got the basics, you’ll be well-equipped for any exercise routine that comes your way. Here are a few nutrition-fueled tips and tricks to consider when it comes to pre- and post-gym practices.

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Before:
Hydrate
It’s important to hydrate in advance of a workout (about 30 minutes) for optimal energy and safety. Jazz up your normal water routine. Add a splash of flavor to your glass with any of the Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancers — from tropical Pineapple Coconut to tangy White Cherry.

Carbs
When it comes to working out, carbs are well-deserved and welcomed. Oatmeal gradually releases energy during a workout, which confirms two great facts: you can (and should) eat carbs, and now, you can totally tackle those extra 10 minutes on the treadmill.

Fruit
Opt for fruits that are easily digestible, such as a potassium-rich banana, or top your oatmeal with blueberries, which are big-time hydration helpers.

After:
Protein
On the Go: If you’re tight on time and need a quick pick-me-up, go for a nutrient-dense snack, such as Skinnygirl Daily On the Go Bars. Their fun flavors — from Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate to Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel — are just as satisfying as their hunger-curbing doses of protein and fiber.

To Stay: If you’ve got the time, make yourself a well-earned meal that centers around a protein-packed component, such as salmon or grilled chicken. The lean protein will help muscle maintenance, while also fighting hunger pangs for hours on end.

Carbs
That’s right — more carbs! To recharge post-workout, aim for vitamin-heavy, complex carbs, such as sweet potatoes, or indulge in a healthy heaping of fiber-charged quinoa with dried fruits and nuts.

Organizing Your Fridge

As much as we love using Skinnygirl Liquid Sweeteners to whip up a tasty snack, nothing’s worse than finding out an ingredient went bad during the recipe. Instead, use our guide to organize your fridge like a pro and keep food fresh for longer. That way you can bake your cake and eat it too.

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Skinnygirl Spring Trends

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Designers and their runways have helped guide our fashion do’s and don’ts for years, but what about the other necessities in our lives? Just as our clothing and accessories can benefit from the occasional en vogue expertise, so can the other areas of our daily regimen — right down to the water we drink. Luckily, the new line of Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancers packs four different fruit-forward flavors, so we can stay hydrated in style. Here are three of this spring’s biggest fashion trends — and three ways to dress up your water accordingly.

Wild in White
When we can dig deep into our closet to find our whitest pieces, it’s official: spring is here. While the black and white combination is sweeping the runways this year, an all-white look is just as fierce — and versatile — especially when rocking any of the season’s other trends (think crop tops, cut outs and leather). Dare to make your white wardrobe stand out even more with spring’s boldest accessory yet: Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancer in White Cherry, a bright and delicious hydration helper.

Over-the-Top Orange
Sound the style alarms: orange is in — and in a big and bold kind of way. Whether you’re rocking the attention-grabbing hue on your lips or your legs (maxi skirt, anyone?), you’re bound to win over street style-savvy crowds while also looking ready for an island hopping vaca. Add a five-calorie dash of Pineapple Coconut Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancer to your glass to keep the tropical party going — without the big-time calories that normally come with it.

Bold Blues
Make no mistake about it — there’s nothing sad about the blues that will be turning heads this season. From a range of hues (from navy to cobalt and royal to cyan) and ways to sport them (from clutches and necklaces to eye shadows and nail polishes), Spring 2014 may be your time to shine if you’re a cool-colored fan. Offer your water the same indigo overhaul with a splash of Blueberry Acai Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancer.

Truth About Cleansing

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Between the rapid weight loss, through-the-roof energy potential and serious celebrity backing, a mid-winter cleanse can be tempting—especially when picturing a swiftly approaching swimsuit season. But don’t start stocking up on the cayenne pepper just yet. The requirements of some cleanses can be expensive, and perhaps ultimately ineffective for those seeking long-term results and benefits. Most importantly, the intense regimen of some detox programs can potentially bring with them a whole slew of immediate health consequences, from depleted energy levels to mood swings. As with every health consideration, remember that no one option fits all, and that there is no universally perfect cleanse. However, by listening to your body and incorporating the following three practices in moderation, you can expect to see—and feel—big-time health benefits, both now and later.

Hello, Hydration: In addition to flushing out toxins, adequate water intake (approximately eight glasses per day) helps transport nutrients to cells and aids in kidney function. And while a 10-day water cleanse does exist, the potential side effects—from nausea and dizziness, to a weakened immune system and quick weight regain—imply that you’re best off sticking to a more traditional fork and knife approach. For bonus detox effects, squeeze a lemon wedge into your glass—the potassium-rich citrus helps to stimulate liver function. In a hydration rut? Try adding a squeeze of Skinnygirl Liquid Water Enhancer for a quick and simple flavor boost.

Skip the Sugar: Unlike vitamins and minerals, our bodies have no need for sugar—hence its “empty calorie” moniker. In addition to this unsettling idea, the fructose in sugar puts our liver workload into overtime and could carry long-term metabolic consequences. Needless to say, finding ways to eliminate sugar from our diets—from the obvious chocolate chip cookie to the processed and refined culprits like breads and cereals—has significant benefits in the long run. While cutting out sweets cold turkey is likely to prompt some undesirable side effects (think crankiness and mild headaches), a speedy onset of augmented energy and better sleeping patterns are likely to follow. To help curb cravings, try incorporating Skinnygirl Sweetener where you’d normally use sugar—from coffee and tea, to whipped cream, Greek yogurt and fruit.

Eat Your (Raw and Cooked) Vegetables: Vegetables have always been lauded in the health realm for their megadose of vitamins and minerals. While raw food cleanses advocate keeping your legumes away from the stove (i.e. no more than approximately 115 degrees celsius) for maximum nutrient intake, some vegetables maintain or release their biggest health benefits with a little more cooking time. The nutrient powerhouses that do best “au naturel” include broccoli, beets, onions and peppers, while those that can (and should) take the heat include mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and asparagus.

Women’s History Month

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March is National Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme—character, courage and commitment—leaves us much to celebrate. We know you’re busy juggling a host of variables to ensure a healthy and balanced lifestyle throughout the year, so use this month to reflect, appreciate and cherish how strong, brave and resilient you are, each and every day. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Character
Sticking to your values is one of the greatest tests of character. Sure, everyone has to compromise at times, but you shouldn’t be afraid to stand your ground when it really matters. This month, remember your importance by honoring the promises you’ve made to yourself. Whether it’s a movie date, home cooked dinner or that monthly girl’s-night-in; some things should never be sacrificed.

Courage
Change is never easy, but us women are a strong and fierce breed who are ready for anything. This month, strive to do one thing each day that challenges you, whether it’s signing up for an invigorating exercise class at your gym or asking for the big raise you’ve worked for. We know you can conquer anything.

Commitment
A healthy lifestyle is less about restriction and rules, and more about a balanced routine that incorporates all of the things you love most in life. But we know balance doesn’t come easily, and a strong dedication to healthful choices is required on a daily basis. It can be tough to hit the gym instead of the snooze button, but you’ve got what it takes.

Coffee For Every Situation

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With the exception of the few naturally-enabled go-getters in this world, most of us crave, look forward to, and, yes, OK—depend on—caffeine to get us through the day. And while any style of java will guarantee that awakening aid is on its way, we like to think that your coffee ritual deserves the same amount of shaking up as do the rest of your schedule’s going-ons. To ensure you’re equipped with the best possible jolt for any moment, check out the following buzz-worthy brews and recipes.

Catch Up To Morning Madness
Between getting ready, packing lunches and tackling commutes, mornings aren’t exactly overflowing with free time. To be better prepared for AM multitasking, find a quick fix in instant coffee that can be gulped down chez vous or taken with you for on-the-go awakening. For big-time rushes, skip the hot water and opt for a two-step iced variation.
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Get Wide Awake At Work
You know you’ve got brilliant ideas and know-how in the office, and there’s nothing that can get in your way from saying so—except, perhaps, the sleep deprivation caused by last night’s meeting prep. Kick the fatigue—fast—with a café Cubano, a frothy shot of espresso with a touch of sweetness that’ll have you Powerpoint and laser pen-ready in no time.
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A Lazy, Sleeping In Kind of Sunday
No wonder we love the weekends so much. After six days of work presentations, parent-teacher meetings and social gatherings, there’s nothing more rewarding than getting a full night’s rest, only to be greeted by a day scheduled with absolutely nothing—except for reading by the fireplace. Get into full relaxation mode with a decadent and well-deserved mocha, built for sipping through the chapters.
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Skinnygirl Makes A Splash With New Water Enhancers

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The First Naturally Sweetened Water Enhancers Available in Four Delicious Flavors
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The Skinnygirl brand is out with another innovative take on low calorie beverages that blend great taste and personal flavor customization. Skinnygirl Water Enhancers are available in four unique flavors including White Cherry, Blueberry Acai, Pineapple Coconut, and Fuji Apple. The new line will launch nationally in March at leading food retailers across the United States.

The water enhancer category has seen explosive growth over the past several years as consumers become smarter about their beverage choices. Skinnygirl has created four new flavors that not only taste delicious but have just 5 calories per serving thanks to a proprietary blend of natural stevia leaf extract and cane sugar. Each bottle of Skinnygirl Water Enhancer contains 48ml of flavoring – enough to transform about twenty four glasses of water into a Skinnygirl experience.

Creating a great tasting, low calorie beverage choice is important to Bethenny Frankel, creator of the Skinnygirl brand. “I wanted to give women a delicious alternative to just plain water and typical sodas. My new Skinnygirl Water Enhancers are light, refreshing, and allow you to flavor to your liking”
Heartland Food Products Group, in a partnership with Skinnygirl, will manufacture and distribute the new Water Enhancers across North America. Ted Gelov, CEO of Heartland added “Skinnygirl Water Enhancers are a natural fit for us. As a pioneer in both innovative water enhancer flavors and low calorie sweeteners, we share Bethenny’s commitment to balanced living. We are excited to be introducing the first water enhancer products that combine exciting flavor combinations and natural sweeteners for a new kind of low calorie beverage.”

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About Skinnygirl
What started with the Skinnygirl Margarita from the mind of author, chef, TV personality and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel, has turned, quite frankly, into a lifestyle revolution. Skinnygirl is passionate about redefining the way women live by bringing them straightforward solutions that add ease and flair to their lives–each and every day. Women can have it all–and Skinnygirl is committed to creating delicious, smart products to help them enjoy everything they love about life. No guilt. No hassle.

About Heartland Food Products Group
Heartland Food Products Group is a global leader in the production of liquid beverage enhancers as well as zero calorie sweetener products for the retail market. Heartland produces and markets both store brand and branded offerings in a wide variety of versions, flavors, and packaging formats. The company is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana with production facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana and the Netherlands.

Food May Be The Way To Their Heart

Valentines-Day

Let’s face it: sugar plays as big of a gifting role on Valentine’s Day as do roses and greeting cards. While the indistinguishable, pre-wrapped box of chocolates is always an option, there’s never a better day to impress your main squeeze with a thoughtful and homemade sweet fix. Check out the following recipes using Skinnygirl Sweeteners to score yourself some extra points with your beau—while skipping the extra calories.

Hazelnut-Stuffed French Toast
Nothing will make you look better to your significant other than by serving up breakfast in bed, the tried and true bedroom trick that is sure to start off any day right—especially February 14.
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Raspberry Whipped Cream
Once in a while, it’s nice to get a sweet break from the chocolate-heavy holiday that is Valentine’s Day. Just one alternative is found in this raspberry whipped cream, a no-fuss pick-me-up that works just as well on its own as it does with complementing cookies and fruit.

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Chocolate Mousse
There’s no shortage of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but getting creative with how you dish out said cacao will help set you apart from the rest of the eager-to-please crowd. Put your culinary efforts into this fool-proof chocolate mousse to create rich, solo servings that are as easy to whip up as they are to fall madly in love with.

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