May 2012 archive

Fresh Herbs: Why they Should be in your Fridge ASAP

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for how to lose weight.

Poor herbs. They’re often forgotten. Most people will use them if they are around, but typically the aromatic leaves are not usually sought out when grocery shopping…Welp, I’m going to tell you why everyone should have herbs on hand 24/7. Like, if they’re not in your refrigerator now, go run to store & buy some. Why? Here’s why:

++ Herb Benefits [ in appropriate picture order ]:

+ Basil: ahhhh! My most favorite herb. I could inhale the smell for days. Basil has plenty of antioxidants & anti-inflammatory properties. Super, super low calories & cholesterol, but the flavorful leaves contain so many essential nutrients. I’m obsessed with this on brown rice pasta with fresh tomato sauce + lemon.

+ Rosemary: helllllo, vitamins! This savory herb is full of them- think Vitamin A & C . It also has iron, potassium, calcium, & manganese [ an antioxidant ]. Major plus: helps fight off colds, the flu, & depression. Rosemary is fab in fresh bread, salads, & quinoa.

+ Mint: amazing for acne or pimples [ especially mint juice ]. If you’re feeling anxious, it’s known as one of the most calming herbs. I die over a hot cup of mint tea too. The best part? It promotes digestion & freshens breath. Mojito, anyone?

+ Cilantro: maintains a healthy liver, rids bloat, & boosts the immune system. This herb also detoxifies your body [ <<< I am definitely eating some of this tonight! ]. I always put cilantro in my guacamole or salsa.

+ Dill: helps with hiccups, digestion, menstrual cramps, & insomnia. Also dill is a diuretic- the perfect pre-poolside herb. Add some to a cucumber salad before you get into a summer bikini ; ).

P.S. There are tons of amazing herbs out there to experiment with, these are just some of the ones I use frequently. You can find a more in-depth list here- so, pick your poison & eventually you will not cook without them! xx.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and lifestyle blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

Eat It, Wear It, Drink It: San Francisco Chic

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Forgive my pictures; it just wasn’t practical to lug around a heavy camera while out & about, so I had to use my phone. I figured I would share my highlights in SF with all of you. To enhance the list, I would love any recommendations for next time I am visiting San Francisco- comments below are welcomed!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

+ Fab Places to Eat in San Fran:

Bocadillos: go for the cheese plate + a red spicy wine [ maybe even a Trumer pilsner beer too ; ) ]. Perfect for a late lunch & drinks.

Locanda: my appetizer was the carciofi crudi which is grilled ricotta, wild arugula, & avocado. As for an entree, I had the whole wheat spaghetti with olives paired with a big, hearty red wine.

Nopa: known for their food: I had a spring lettuce salad with strawberries, almonds & pantaleo and ended with the Moroccan vegetable tagine & almonds with lemon yogurt. This restaurant was one of my favorites.

Wayfare Tavern: my pick was the butter lettuce salad, fresh Kusshi oysters w/ lemon, & glass of champagne. Oh! And their herb cocktails are fab too.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

+ What I’m Wearing:

Bracelets found here:

- House of Harlow cutout bracelet

- Urban Outfitters spiked bracelet [ similar ]

- Forever 21 spiked bracelet

- Urban Outfitters cross bangle [ out of stock ]

- Urban Outfitters random bracelets [ similar ]

Jacket:

- Forever 21 camo jacket

Vest:

- Revolve clothing jean vest

P.S. the shopping is ridiculous here! Be prepared ; ).

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

+ Drinks Galore: 

Absinthe: not only did we have an amazing brunch here [ the oatmeal + dried, sliced apricots was definitely memorable ], the drinks are world famous. Between the three of us we probably tested half of the cocktails on the menu. The owners/bartenders are known for penning the book, The Art of the Bar. They also own the insane bar below.

Comstock Saloon Bar: obviously a saloon-inspired bar with an old-school piano player, western double doors, & bartenders dressed like they’re from that specific era. The drinks really lived up to my expectations. These were some of the most impressive, professional bartenders I have ever seen & you can see they thoroughly enjoy their craft. My cocktail choice? The South Side Cocktail: gin, lemon, mint, sugar, & seltzer- such a treat! Since this was voted as “One of the Best Bars in America” by Esquire magazine, this place is a must.

As you can see too much eating & drinking – sighstill paying for it today!

[ All photos filtered with Instagram { username: LaurynBoBoryn } // pictured: w/ Stephen Sandoval who was the most gracious host ]

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

How to Recover from a Few Days of Eating like Shit

Lauryn Evarts talks weight loss and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Since I stepped off the plane from SF, I’ve felt bloated, tired, & slightly hungover…until today. You know that post-Thanksgiving scene when you feel like a fat pig? Welp, that needed to disappear- stat. I wanted to show you all how to get back on track after a few days of eating crap & drinking too much booze:

++ How to Recover from a Few Days of Eating like Shit:

+ Sweat it out: that’s right. Don’t make excuses- it’s more effective to force yourself out of bed & sweat it all out, as opposed to lounging around. Today I did a Pilates class & then met my workout group at the beach for some strength training [ see above: Sara, Elena, & Bri ]. I cannot express how much better I felt. My endorphins kicked in- & boom!!! Instant recovery.

+ Example of a recovery meal plan:

- Breakfast: steel cut oatmeal + blueberries + cinnamon + Truvia + rice/almond milk.

- Snack: watermelon or grapefruit slices [ these are both 92 & 91 % water ].

- Lunch: an open-faced sandwich [ that means one slice ; ))) & I prefer 7 carb Oasis bread ] with spicy mustard, sliced tomatoes, chili flakes, lettuce, & organic turkey [ toasted ].

- Snack: one apple, sliced with two scoops of a nut butter.

- Dinner: load me up with veggies! Tonight will be an arugula salad with watermelon chunks, avocado, beets, broccoli, celery, orange bell pepper & cucumber slices with a sliced egg on top [ dressing a bit of red wine vinegar, EVOO, fresh lemon, garlic, & Italian seasoning ].

Dessert: fresh berries with squeezed lemon on top or a small piece of dark chocolate.

+ Water [ + some coffee & tea ]: drink as much water as possible. Coffee [ with a splash of soy + cinnamon + nutmeg ] gives me a nice jolt. More than one cup & I turn into a full-blown maniac- lol. Green tea is full of antioxidants AND speeds the metabolism!

+ Cut alcohol for a few day: buh-bye wine! Detox a bit. It’s fabulous for your skin, hair, & liver. Give yourself a break.

 Sooooo…stop the self-criticism BS & do something productive about it!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health expert talks how to feel better after overeating.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health expert talks how to feel better after overeating.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health expert talks how to feel better after overeating.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health expert talks how to feel better after overeating.

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

Mini DeLites

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks weight loss tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks weight loss tips and tricks.

Ahhhh…San Francisco was a whirlwind! We had way too much fun, ate the most delectable foods, & drank enough to make me say “I am never drinking again” [ <<< I'm sure you all know this feeling! ]. It was a welcomed three-day vacation; in the past couple weeks I’ve been multi-tasking at full force, so it was heavenly to shut off my computer & relax.

Since my daily routine is rather healthy, the indulgent trip took its toll this morning. My immune system needs a swift kick in the ass! Tomorrow I’m doing a double workout, drinking only water, & eating foods filled with vitamins & nutrients [ think every vegetable imaginable, egg whites, water-filled fruits, & quinoa ]. I really try to practice balance: if I let loose for a few days, then the next couple weeks I push myself to eat healthy & sweat often.

What’s your recovery advice- any tricks?

[ Oh! & above and below are some extra birthday pictures that I'm loving ].

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks weight loss tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks weight loss tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks weight loss tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks weight loss tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

Today in S.Fran

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks on how to lose weight.

I have been in San Fran for the past couple of days on a much needed vacation- lots of fresh oysters, shopping, & light beer! I hope you’re all relaxing too. Happy 3-day weekend ; ). xx,

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

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