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Just The Yummiest Snack Ever + Why You Should Never Eat Nasty-Ass Movie Theater Popcorn

The Skinny Confidential shares an apple popcorn recipe.

The Skinny Confidential shares an apple popcorn recipe.

The Skinny Confidential shares an apple popcorn recipe.

It’s like, really seriously weird how excited I was when I purchased a popcorn machine.

You would have thought I had just bought my first home. In cash.

When the popcorn machine arrived, I was even worseeeee.

Kid you not, it was a very, very exciting time when Mr. FedEx man arrived.

Because the options are really limitless with a popcorn machine.

But really let me pull out my scroll & read ya off some, mkay? For 1.) you can make caramel popcorn AKA Kettlecorn ( without nasty-ass ingredients ), 2.) you can make DIY birthday cake batter popcorn ( yes this is real life & this exists, I know life hasn’t really started though until you try this one ), AND 3.) YOU CAN MAKE SKINNY, APPLE BALL CINNAMON POPCORN LIKE SO:

The Skinny Confidential shares an apple popcorn recipe.

The Skinny Confidential shares an apple popcorn recipe.

First off, I’m pretty sure anything apple/cinnamon-ish is entirely acceptable for the festive, cold season. Secondly, I’m fully committed to popcorn.

BUT.

Not normal popcorn. See normal popcorn found at the movie theaters or grocery store ( AKA ) is CRAP.

But seriously guys— it’s suchhhhhh crap. Some of the ingredients found in the above? Just some casual insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants, & other chemicals used to ‘treat’ the corn. Also it’s full of trans fat & artificial flavors/preservatives. And don’t even get me freaking started on the butter because it’s “artificial-butter-flavored topping is typically made mainly from hydrogenated soybean oil ( another trans fat ), artificial flavoring, beta carotene for color, & preservatives.” More here if you’re extra curious.

BTW, if you HAVE to have movie theater popcorn ( hey, sometimes I’m seeing a double bill & want a little crunch-a-de-crunch ) then get the kid’s popcorn because it’s totally pre-portioned.

And yes, I’m talking about the little kid’s box. You know the one that comes with a mini Coke, bite size Skittles, & a couple of handfuls of butter laden popcorn? Yes, that one.

Ok, so anyway wanted to make the recipe as easy as F-ing possible, so here’s a viddy-poo:

If you’re having a romantic date night at home in front of the fire THEN YOU HAVE TO make this for your significant other. Seriously they will fall in love with you all over again.

All you do is pop some non-GMO popcorn, add dried apples, cinnamon crunch apple clusters AKA balls ( LOL ), & some cinnamon/nutmeg.

Ta-da, party in your mouth x a million.

Talk soon, Lauryn xx

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The Skinny Confidential shares an apple popcorn recipe.



Another 5 Second Party In Your Mouth: Honey/Fig Jam (!!!) With WEN Hair Care

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

Ok so if you guys read The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Guide & this post you already know that I AM OBSESSED WITH WEN cleansing conditioner. Their products are bomb.com ( << just realness ).

So when they asked me to create a fig recipe to match their fig conditioner, I said “uhhhh…duh.”

I genuinely love WEN, so it’s kind of a win/win. The creator of WEN, Chaz Dean just understands a woman’s hair. My locks always look super luscious after using the product.

AND FIGS!!!

YOU GUYSS!!! I mean…it’s all about figs.

So today I present: honey/fig jam.

It’s kinda like this little quick raspberry jam but it’s almost better because what the hell is better than figs x honey ( plus some lemon & chia seed )? So Martha S.

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

Going off on a tangent here: remember Fig Newton’s? Makes me feel so nostalgic. Everyone ate them when they were younger? Yellow box? Anyway I can vividly remember my parents thinking they were fully healthy.

Whelp- welcome to 2014, because guess what?

They’re filled with GMO’s…UGGGH.

So attention Fig Newton lovers: this raw honey fig jam will replace the so-called ‘healthy cookies.’

And FIGSSSS!! Like, the real figs…they’re full of benefits. To name a few: they are filled ( like, FILLED ) with fiber, they keep your digestive system healthy ( nudge, nudge, wink, wink ), & are a major antioxidant/super food.

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

For this recipe: cut figs in half, scoop fig-goodness out ( I used the best invention ever: a melon scooper ), add to a tiny bowl, add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 2 squeezes of lemon, 3 squeezes of raw honey, & mash/mash/mash ( ‘Crush’ mashing bowl found here ). Spread on your favorite piece of toast ( I prefer a Rudi’s spelt English muffin with this 5 second recipe ). Other options: add to two ingredient pancakes, use as a baked potato or sweet potato topping, &/or crackers with cheese.

So eat your figs, people.

Ok, so I’m totally going to go wash my hair with fig conditioner & eat fig jam.

Peace, Lauryn

{ similar video tutorial here }

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

A fig recipe by The Skinny Confidential.

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Yummm…A Halloween Candy Bar Cart

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

Ok, so this was SUCH a fun post to set up.

Sometimes when I have an idea it never quite pans out the way it’s supposed to…AKA the pumpkin pie pancakes I attempted to create a week ago.

But this candy bar? I’m very much feeling it.

And I had to share because it’s SO EASY TO RECREATE IT’S STUPIDDDDD.

First things first, here’s an up close view of the top & bottom:

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

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This project started out while I was roaming the aisles of Home Goods ( this happens a lot: ideas at Home Goods…anyone else? ). Basically I grabbed a bunch of vases/glass dishes, some candles ( blacks, whites, golds ), two black display stands, & a packet of black plastic, creepy-ass spiders.

I went home, emptied my bar cart, & set up for Halloween.

Make sure you have different heights going on when you set-up your own cart. One height is very vanilla, & you definitely want to sexy it up a bit.

To finish the bar cart up, simply light candles, add creepy crawlers in random places, & cue The Monster Mash. TA-DA. Fun for adults & kids!

For empty spots that need a little extra love, add fake candles.

( …truthfully I find fake candles highlllyyyy irritating ( they’re kind of half-assed ) but I used a couple because I didn’t want to have 32578923 candles around the candy ).

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

Ok before I go I have to tell you guys about ‘the black licorice fiasco.’ Last week, I was INTENTLY working. Totally in my zone— a little Brazilian Lounge on Spotify, a lot of e-mails, working on a post, & balancing my checkbook ( which IS NOT my strong suit ). So. I out of my peripheral I see BLACK X 10.

And there sits T.Boone Pickens…he had individually dragged half of the black licorice twists ( one by one, I might add ) across the floor from the lower bar cart area. There he sat, in his white plush bed, casually sucking on a long piece of licorice.

And naturally measly pieces of black licorice were stuck between each tooth. Let’s just say I immediately pulled out the ‘doggie toothbrush’ & a Swiffer.

Regardless…it still looks semi presentable, right? Some of the pictured licorice is definitely post-naughty Boone. He’s a wily little one. By the way, Pixy was sitting perfect in her teepee, clearly annoyed.

Anyway, I’m off to eat room service at 12:37 AM at night…late night, casual dinner of scrambled eggs & berries. Whoops.

Talk soon, Lauryn

+ P.S. if you’re looking for a gold bar cart, Target has the MOST BADASS one. It’s TO-DIE!

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

The Skinny Confidential's Halloween party.

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Too Busy To Deal? Try This 5 Second Chia Seed Jam

The Skinny Confidential shares a chia seed jam recipe.

The Skinny Confidential shares a chia seed jam recipe.

Ohhhh yes.

You that read that right: chia seed jam.

Made by yours truly.

Which can be VERY easily whipped up by YOU GUYS in 4.5 seconds.

Jam is my jam.

I LOVE it. It’s just so damn yummy on a piece of toast with a little grass-fed butter. But it’s full of weird fillers.

Don’t worry though, I gotcha covered. Check out this video:

Basically all you do is take your favorite berry ( mine’s raspberries but I also like boysenberries ), 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, & mash it together with a fork on a cutting board. Spread it on your favorite bread & you’re good to go. For a recipe without chia seeds click here.

& of course, chia seeds are full of healthy benefits: they’re filling, a total superfood, and full of calcium, potassium, iron, & protein.

I seriously make this recipe at least four times a week. & honestly? This jam is ideal for anyone’s who’s always running out the door like a freaking psycho every morning. AKA me.

The Skinny Confidential shares a chia seed jam recipe.

The Skinny Confidential shares a chia seed jam recipe.

Sometime I add a pinch of stevia or a squeeze of lemon too.

Ultimately, the goal of The Skinny Confidential is to make things simple for busy people who want to live a balanced life. And this recipe is SO simple!! It’s one that will work EVERYDAY.

Because sorry I’m not sorry, that I don’t have time to make handmade perserves like Suzy f-ing Homemaker.

Try this & let me know your thoughts! Happy Thursday, x.

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++ Pictures 1/5 & video by: Christopher Tran ( << the best videographer…EVER! )

The Skinny Confidential shares a chia seed jam recipe.

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Just Thank Me Later: Three Ingredient Apple Pie ‘Dip’

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, & health.

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The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, & health.

I’m going to get all Caption Obvious for a sec…k?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

But really though.

Apples have so many amazing benefits & I feel like they’re the totally forgotten fruit.

Pretty much people treat them like they’re a basic bitch.

& it’s so WRONG, wrong, wrong. Apples are the furthest thing from basic.

They’re actually kind of insane. Why?

1.) Apples whiten teeth…yup, that’s right. Chewing an apple reduces tooth decay because it lowers the levels of bacteria.

2.) Their peels have “potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon, and breasts.” Oh, hey.

3.) Decreases ricks of diabetes, Parkinson’s, & Alzheimer’s.

4.) Apples are high in fiber which means you’ll feel full quicker & longer. Meow.

5.) The beautiful, shiny fruit boosts the immune system ( hello, antioxidant quercetin!! ), detoxifies the liver, helps alleviate hemorrhoids ( too much info? What’s new ), & prevents cataracts.

6.) They also help with diarrhea AND constipation.

7.) Want to reduce your cholesterol? Good news: “the soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.”

8.) Fun fact: my dad has hiatal hernia & says the trick to keeping it under control is a red, delicious apple at night. He eats one before bed to curb any symptoms.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, & health.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, & health.

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff: three ingredient apple pie dip.

So damn good, so damn easy.

I found this recipe on Loni Jane’s Instagram. All you do is let about seven to ten-ish ( depending on how many peeps ) pitted dates soak in filtered water for one hour. After that pour dates into a blender, add two heaping scoops of chia seeds, & a bunch of sprinkles of cinnamon. Blend ( a food processor works best, FYI ). Slice apples ( I like to use different kinds/colors for a lil extra flair ), sprinkle some cinnamon on top of them, & serve. Enjoy your apple pie dip made from nature’s candy: fruit.

Ta-da.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, & health.I’m obsessed with making this for my girlfriend’s because it’s super, super filling & that whole ‘hand to mouth’ thing helps curb my serious chips/guac addiction.

What’s your favorite fruit? Maybe I’ll try to make a dip out of it!

x Lauryn

P.S. dates are well, kind of everything. I like to use one for sweetening green smoothies. MMMmmm.

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