November 2011 archive

Baked Apple Oatmeal

Weight loss & female fitness blogger from Southern CaliforniaI am a big believer in having oatmeal at least four times a week. There are endless benefits [ to name a few: it stabilizes blood sugar, promotes a healthy heart, enhances the sense of fullness & contains a lot of fiber ]. This delicious recipe is adapted from blogger Laury, from The Fitness Dish [ she's a personal trainer, mom & certified fitness nutritionist ].

The Fitness Dish, Laury

Like I said: I love oatmeal. In fact, I love it so much I will now take the extra ten minutes & whip up Laury’s dish on a weekly basis [ it needs no artificial sweeteners or added sugars either ]. Everyone who had a bit of the spicy apple mix approved too.

Weight loss & female fitness blogger from Southern California

Weight loss & female fitness blogger from Southern California

Female weight loss & fitness blogger from Southern California

Female weight loss & fitness blogger from Southern California

Love, Lauryn

Baked Apple Oatmeal

[ Recipe adapted from The Fitness Dish ]

** Serves two

2 apples [ I used one Gala and one Granny Smith ]

2 servings of rolled oats [ not quick oats! ]

1 scoop of almond, peanut or soy butter

1 splash of rice milk

Half a handful of raisins

1/3 cup of water

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

A dash of ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and dice up an apple [ the smaller the chunks, the faster it will cook ]. Place in a baking pan with cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, raisins & some water to fill the bottom of the pan.Bake for about 10 minutes. While that’s cooking, start to boil the water. Add rolled oats for 5 to 7 minutes. When finished, combine baked apples, rolled oats &  2 tablespoons of almond, peanut or soy butter for protein. Enjoy with a splash of rice milk too.

Pumpkin Spice Margaritas

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It’s ironic how winter-time is approaching but the sun is shining brighter than ever [ ahhh, California- you're mixed up! ]. Although I would have appreciated crisp cool air & hot chocolate weather today, I embraced the sun and made this light pumpkin cocktail [ confession: I am writing this post buzzed ].

Quick Skinny Tip: most mixed cocktails are filled with sugar & calories [ but so easy to modify! ]. Instead of having the local bartender use margarita mix, substitute lemon & lime juice with a splash of water. The morning hangover will be so much kinder too!

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Fitness blogger and weight loss blogger from Southern California

Fitness blogger and weight loss blogger from Southern California

Fitness blogger and weight loss blogger from Southern California

Love, Lauryn

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

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[ My low-cal cranberry scones ]

Lauryn Evarts and Bradley Evarts talk skinny tips and tricks for Thanksgiving.

[ My adorable Dad & I ]

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[ Michael's parents table, post-meal ]

My Thanksgiving was filled with games of pool, bubbly wines, lots of food [ I definitely still tried to use portion control ], my beautiful family [ dogs too! ] & ended with a tryptophan coma. Per usual Michael and I attended both of our families Thanksgiving dinners, which was hectic but amazing. Here are some ways to utilize leftovers in a health conscious way.

Skinny Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas: 

+ Turkey Tacos: Use strips of turkey and place in a whole wheat tortilla. Add low-fat cheese, lettuce & tomatoes.

+ Cranberry Flaxseed Granola: Take granola [ I prefer Ezekiel cereal ] add cranberry sauce & flaxseed.

+ Green Bean Quinoa Pasta: Add green beans [ or any leftover veg ] to quinoa pasta. Sprinkle chili flakes & parmesan cheese.

+ Veggie Soup: Heat all veggies stove top and add a low-sodium chicken stock. Add a squeeze of lemon on top.

+ Pumpkin Pie Fruit Bowl: Stir in two scoops of pumpkin pie filling to a bowl of mixed berries. It’s delicious!

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[ The Nanz showing me how to strike a pose ]

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[ I added pomegranate seeds to my champagne ]

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[ My main man, Murphy ]

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[ Fresh herbs used for garnishes ]

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[ Rocco, Dante & Michael playing pool ]

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[ Our table at home [[crafted by my step-mom]] ]

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[ Fresh veggie and herb turkey dressing ]

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[ My Dad & Julie with the turkey ]

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[ The LOML ]

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[ M & I ]

Love, Lauryn

 

 

Cauliflower Mock Mashed Potatoes

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[ A pinch of sea salt livens the dish ]

These cauliflower mock mashed potatoes were discovered by my girlfriend, Erica who adheres to a clean, gluten-free diet. Surprisingly, this recipe taste quite similar to regular garlic mashed potatoes [ & who doesn't eat mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving?! It's a must! ]. The whole process took a total of fifteen minutes; perfect because currently I am busy with other essential Thanksgiving preparations such as turkey, cranberry sauce & dessert. Happy Turkey Day- so much to be thankful for!

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[ Medium sized cauliflower ]

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[ Fresh chives & sea salt ]

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[ All of the ingredients in my Ninja blender ]

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[ Thanksgiving side dish that pairs well with cranberry sauce ]

Love, Lauryn

 

 

 

 

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Blackberry and Raspberry Pie

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[ Lattice topped pie crust ]

There’s something comforting about berry pie. It reminds me of when I was a little girl & the smell of a homemade pie would cascade throughout the house silently calling my name. I usually ended up sticking my finger in it for a quick lick. This particular pie is made with whole wheat crust, organic sugar & gluten-free flour; honestly even a pie connoisseur would not notice the difference between this skinny version & a regular pie. Added plus: this recipe is perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert.

Weight loss and fitness blogger from Southern California

Weight loss and fitness blogger from Southern California

Weight loss and fitness blogger from Southern California

Weight loss and fitness blogger from Southern California

Weight loss and fitness blogger from Southern California

Love, Lauryn

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