5 Fat-Blasting Recipes For Swimsuit Season

Five fat-blasting recipes you can actually feel good about enjoying, just in time for the weather to heat up.

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Despite the temptation to hit snooze on your alarm, daylight saving means that spring is right around the corner. Warmer weather, longer days and a serious dose of sunshine have never seemed more exciting after an especially brutal weather. But, if you’re anything like us, the first thing that comes to mind as the sun starts shining is the imminent approach of bathing suit season, a time that can be equal parts terrific and terrifying.

This year, we’re determined to avoid the latter with fat-blasting recipes that will bring your bikini body back in no time. Yes, you heard us right! We sought out a series of mouth-watering meals made from ingredients that have been shown to reduce fat and even burn more calories. We know it sounds too good to be true, but looking svelte in your swimsuit has never been easier. Check out the healthy recipes below!

Roasted Habanero and Mango Salsa via Life’s Ambrosia

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Let’s face it, warm weather basically screams creamy guacamole and fiery salsa, so why not combine the two to create the best of both worlds. That’s exactly what this mouthwatering dip does, all while boasting impressive fat-blasting abilities. That’s because hot peppers, particularly spicy habaneros, contain a compound called capsaicin, which is shown to speed up the metabolism while curbing the appetite.

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken via Life of Meg

Greek Yogurt

Forget about parfaits and smoothies because Greek Yogurt has so much more potential! The versatile ingredient can be substituted for a variety of unhealthy options like butter and mayo, and the health benefits it provides are seriously impressive. In fact, the high protein content in Greek Yogurt means you will feel full and satisfied longer, while the body burns extra calories during digestion.

Iced Green Tea Limeade via Kitchen Treaty

Green Tea

The health benefits of green tea have been touted for years, but new research shows that it’s particularly effective in burning belly fat. Therefore, it’s no surprise that green tea is a go-to ingredient during the pursuit of a toned tummy. Take advantage of the increasingly warm weather by indulging in this chilled version of green tea while you watch the pounds pour off.

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries via The Pioneer Woman

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This recipe is a triple threat when it comes to delicious and nutritious ingredients, but balsamic vinegar is the star of the show. Not only is it tart and tangy in all the right ways, but balsamic has also been shown to break down fat in the body. Impressed? Try this dish that can be served as a main course or a side, and finish feeling both slim and satisfied.

Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps via Foxes Love Lemons

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Lentils are a great vegetarian options for meat lovers because they share a similar rich and hearty taste and texture. So before you indulge your craving for a double cheeseburger, try this take on a classic sloppy joe. Why? One reason is lentils contain 35% of your daily iron needs, providing a fix for the nearly 20% of Americans who are deficient in the vitamin. Because the body’s metabolism slows down when it lacks necessary nutrients, indulging on this savory ingredient may cause an extra fat-blasting boost.

Which fat-blasting recipes are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments below!

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Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Start Sipping…Spa Weeks’ Top Tea Picks

Our favorite brands to enjoy this spring and all year long! 

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Simply stated, spa and tea are just two things that go hand-in-hand. So naturally, we have a lot of opinions on the matter.

Health and wellness gurus often suggest tea as less-caffeinated version of coffee to get your morning going. The health benefits are aplenty, including possible help with weight-loss, improved bone mineral density and even UV protection. For most, tea is a little luxury to sit back and enjoy every day. These particular brands are our ‘cup of tea,’ (pun intended), and we say stock up so you can sip in peace all spring long:

Numi Organic Tea

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Numi Organic Tea has you covered, no matter your craving. The flavors in their collection range from typical (Green, Matcha), to indulgent and sweet (Chocolate Mint), to savory and delicious (Spinach Chive). The most unique offering is a tea made by fermentation, called Pu-erh Tea, which is rich and smooth with a bold flavor to boot.

White Lion Traditional Tea

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White Lion actually started out with an Iced Tea that is still today, with over a dozen popular flavors in circulation. From there, of course, the brand ventured into warm teas, our favorite being the Raspberry Truffle! Plus, White Lion offers you a simple way to sweeten, with classic honey pearls. It offers the sweetness of honey without the mess, because it’s in the form of sugar. Brilliant!

Mighty Leaf Tea

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Mighty Leaf Tea prides itself on their handcrafted tea blends and high standards when it comes to ingredients. The tea pouches are specially created leaving extra space for the tea to unfurl, in eco-friendly compostable bags. Plus, the wide-range of tea varieties offered by Mighty Leaf can’t be beat!

Teavana

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Probably one of the most luxe, popular tea brands on the market, now owned by Starbucks, Teavana even has its own tea bar in NYC. Those not located in the Big Apple, however, easily enjoy Teavana’s rich blends from the comfort of their couch with its innovative infusers and teamakers.

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

V-day Gift Idea: zChocolat

The only chocolate luxurious enough to wow your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day!

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 Put down the Hershey’s! It’s only natural to want to wow your beloved on Valentine’s Day with something as sweet as she—but in order to do that, you need something special. Yes, something like zChocolat!

These elegant chocolates are handmade in France by World Champion French Chocolatier Pascal Caffet. He handpicks top-quality raw materials to create the worlds finest chocolate. And after trying it myself, I can certainly uphold this claim. This stuff is ridiculous!

Another important thing to note: Women like things from France. Louboutins (we’re giving them away!), Louis Vuitton, Laudree, men…you name it. And believe us, that list includes zChocolat.

That’s why we’re recommending it as a top Valentine’s Day gift this year. A treat from zChocolat will truly impress your sweetheart. They come in beautiful mahogany boxes (a crafty lady will surely find a use for these post-binge) that will impress your honey even before they open it up.

zChocolat’s Valentine’s Day collection has an array of beautiful boxes to choose from. You still have plenty of time to order, too! Our three top picks:

Je T’Aime

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This half-pound chocolate heart is just the thing to indulge your Valentine this year. The delicious dark chocolate is luxurious itself, and the inside is stuffed with roasted caramelized hazelnuts. Decadent is an understatement!

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This is the perfect combination for a serious sweet tooth. The box is packed with two collections, containing a twelve piece assortment with four shades of heart shaped pieces, and a 15 piece assortment of their most popular chocolates. Delish!

Romantic Ambrosia

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165 pieces of pure chocolate bliss. This is the holy grail of chocolates! It’s definitely the box to go for if you’re really looking to make a statement. Or, bring it to a V-day soiree as an impressive party addition. The box would make an adorable jewelry holder after you’ve eaten your fill of its contents!

In addition to the special mahogany boxes, there are plenty of ways that you can personalize your gift. You can insert a gift message, wrapping paper (with options to add recipient’s initials), wood decals for the gift bag, engraving on the box, and our favorite part, your own secret combination! This is a heart shaped lock on the outside of your box with four numbers special to the recipient—birthday, anniversary, anything! Can you saw AW!

Worldwide express delivery for just $19 to the US (believe us, that’s a small price to pay for such an elegant gift). Our box of zChocolat came to Spa Week HQ specially wrapped in a temperature controlled box, even though it’s February and has been quite cold in NYC—so you can expect that they take the greatest care in shipping.

We’re telling you, this is THE gift this year. Bonus—you can enjoy it with your sweetie! Ready to order? Just head over to their website today and your Valentine’s Day will be set. Pair it with a Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week (15% off!) and you’ll truly have the happiest Valentine around.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Light & Tasty Super Bowl Fare

Don’t ruin your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy already! Pig out on these treats at kickoff this year and you won’t have to worry about breaking the calorie-bank. 

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It’s the time of year again…Super Bowl XLVIII is officially upon us (this weekend). It’s especially exciting for us here in NYC because even though neither the Jets nor the Giants made a run for it this year, the big game will be held in the Meadowlands, stomping grounds for both of our beloved home teams! Oh, and did we mention that there will be a Full House reunion during the commercials?! Yeah, we LOVE the Super Bowl.

One aspect of the big game that we’re not so excited about? The outrageous food spreads that are sure to be happening from coast-to-coast, dashing all dreams of a successful New Year of healthy eating just ONE measly month into 2014! Luckily, bloggers everywhere have realized  this problem and dreamt up tons of totally tasty ways to avoid the calorie-killer recipes, without sacrificing an ounce of flavor or satisfaction.

Guacamole Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes via Kokocooks

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Tomatoes are just so much healthier than chips. Plus, this snack is a perfect way to exert portion control over guac, because while it is a healthy snack, that stuff can get fattening fast. Cherry tomatoes still give you a bit of that satisfying crunch!

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip via Gimme Some Oven

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It’s not like you’re not going to have buffalo chicken dip at your Super Bowl bash…but this healthier version should suit even the pickiest of buffa-lovers. Using reduced fat cream cheese and substituting Greek yogurt too makes this dish infinitely lighter than the classic. For an extra health-kick, try serving with celery sticks!

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Buttermilk Sauce via Katie’s Cocina

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Baked, not fried! Veggie filled egg rolls get an instant health-upgrade when prepared in the oven. All of the spices included in this recipe will make sure they’re packed with flavor—not to mention the addition of a mouth-wateringly delicious dipping sauce. Our motto stands that no spread can ever have too many avocado-infused dishes, ever.

Deviled Eggs via Full Thyme Student

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These adorable eggies will add a little flair to your app spread. This will be the easiest dish you make, and probably the most festive, too—perfect to display in the center of your table! Eggs are a protein-packed snack to keep you energized well beyond the halftime show.

Turkey Chili via Spa Week Daily

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We shared this recipe with you a couple of weeks ago and it’s absolutely perfect to dole out on Super Bowl Sunday. This is one main course that will have your crowd cheering for more on the sidelines. Pro tip: Make sure you double it—this is going to go fast!

Peanut Butter and Pretzel Dip via Happier than a Pig in Mud

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You’re going to need to splurge a little bit this weekend! After all, it is the Super Bowl and it only comes once a year.  This dip has some healthy aspects, as the base is made mainly of good-in-moderation peanut butter, and you can eat it with pretzels!

What healthy recipes will be gracing your Super Bowl spread this year? Tell us in the comments below!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Three Slow Cooker Recipes to Warm You Up

Easy slow cooker recipes to impress guests all winter long.

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We’re officially in the midst of the mid-winter lull. It’s past the excitement of the holidays, but we’ve still got a couple of months of chilly temps to look forward to. What we need is something to help make passing the time between now and spring a little more exciting! One perfect winter boredom-breaker: Dust off that Crock-Pot. Use it to make protein-packed, filling recipes that you can eat, freeze, and even bring to work as lunch for days.

Disclaimer—slow cooker recipes definitely don’t have to be fatty. Here are three lightened up recipes you can whip up on a Sunday to ensure that you eat well all week long!

Sesame Honey Chicken via Skinnytaste

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Why we love this recipe: This dish is super tasty! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory to warm your senses up on a cold day. Skinnytaste is also our favorite healthy eating blog—we’ve truly never come across a disappointing recipe!

Insider tip: Some of the ingredients in this recipe are less common (like rice wine vinegar), or may be falling victim to food shortage (read: sriracha—gasp!) so make sure to head to the store in advance to make sure you can secure all the necessary materials.

Get the full recipe here

Herb Sausage Stuffed Peppers via Cooking Light

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Why we love this recipe: It’s just so easy! All you need is fifteen or twenty minutes to prepare the peppers, and you’ll have yourself quite an impressive meal just a couple of hours later.

Insider tip: Make sure not to overcook the sausage on the skillet—or else it may become too dry in the slow cooker.

Get the full recipe here

Turkey Chili via My boyfriend’s mom (one of the best cooks I know!)

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Why we love this recipe: This recipe is a personal favorite and complete crowd-pleaser. It only takes a couple of ingredients and about thirty minutes to prepare. After eight hours of slowly simmering, it’s the perfect thing to chow down on after a long winter’s day spent outside (you know, by people who do walking tours in NYC in January—all for the sake of chocolate).

Insider tip: This is a BIG recipe. Don’t fret if you’re not cooking for a family—it freezes really well!

Recipe Ingredients

2 packages ground turkey

1 large and one small can diced tomatoes

1 small can green chilies

2 packages chili seasoning 1 large can red kidney beans

1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce

Instructions

First brown the turkey meat in a skillet chop it up as small as you can. If it’s too lumpy it’s dry. As it’s  cooking sprinkle 1/2 package of the chili seasoning to the meat so that it gets flavored. Cook the turkey until no longer pink, on med high heat.  Drain liquid if needed.

Put small can of tomatoes on the bottom of Crock-Pot then add turkey meat. Add beans and rest of tomatoes, can of green chilies, and the rest of the chili seasoning. Toss it all carefully so that the beans don’t break up.

Put Crock-Pot on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Add the hot sauce with about 1/2 hour to go, to taste.

Serve with marinated jalapeños, hot sauce and shredded cheddar cheese.

Comment below with your favorite slow cooker recipe!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.