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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.

+ Striped cardigan in video avail here.

++ 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’

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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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The Look Like A Hottie Naked Smoothie

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

Tell me one person who doesn’t want to look hot naked?…

…crickets…

But right?!

I’m a huge fan of looking hot naked. Not just for my fiancé…but for myself!

And obviously, I’m also a fan of eating clean, clean, clean.

Whelp, this smoothie covers both bases: it’s a real ass tightener plus it’s full of minerals, vitamins, & greens.

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

Before I get in to the ingredients, let me tell you about my smoothie cupboard.

I, Lauryn, have a cupboard dedicated to smoothies.

Not because I’m a pillar of health though.

Nah, I’m not that cool.

It’s because of my wee little problem: I’m always running late. Late to dinner, late to meetings, late to bed, late to…well, err, everything. Hey, like I’ve said, I’m a work in progress. Honestly though— I’m truly working on ditching Larry Lateness & becoming Prompt Peter.

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The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

But becoming Prompt Peter takes work. And this is where my smoothie cupboard comes in to play. Because when everything’s organized & ready to rock, it’s way easier to grab ingredients & throw them in to a blender…( note: smoothie cupboards are especially helpful for people who are perpetually late… ).

The smoothie cupboard includes: all different kinds of oils, veggies, raw almond butter, fruits, powdered greens, E3Live, plant based protein powder, liquid B-12, omega-3 oil, flaxseed oil, chlorella, mushroom powder, MCT oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca, etc. ( sneak peek here ).

It’s all facing out ( #OCD ) & ready to grab. Super easy…because life seems to always get in the way of breakfast.

One of these days, I’ll Instagram TSC psycho-ass smoothie cupboard. Promise.

Anyway here’s the ingredients to my AM green drink ( I always make sure there’s a green, a good fat, & a protein ):

The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

There’s always leftovers ( you know when you can’t fit the whole smoothie in your cup? ) so make sure to give ‘em to your boyfriend/husband/girlfriend/wife/neighbor. Share the love.

Bottoms up! x Lauryn

P.S. the curls are a total product of ‘The Sleep Bun..’ Just saying ; ).

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The Skinny Confidential shares her favorite green smoothie.

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DRESS: Pitusa Clothing

RINGS: Child of Wild

LIP GLOSS: Lip Venom 

NAIL POLISH: Essie’s ‘Fiji’

SMOOTHIE GLASS: made by my brother, Myles

 

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Bomb-Ass Watermelon/Lime Ice Cubes

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks health, diet, and fitness.

You’re welcome.

Ya. You’re welcome.

Why?

Because I’m 100% confident that you’ll love these watermelon/lime ice cubes as much as I do.

First off, if you follow TSC on Instagram, you know I can’t get enough of watermelon juice.

This summer’s theme has been watermelon, watermelon, & more watermelon.

It’s one of the world’s healthiest foods because it’s filled with vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, AND the sexy fruit also happens to be one of most detoxifying foods on the planet.

Meow.

So naturally, my creative juices started flowing when I had the idea of freezing the juice with lime. Directions are the easiest thing ever: pick up fresh pressed watermelon juice from Whole Foods or make it yourself, add it to a super cute ice cube tray, squeeze a bunch of lime, freeze and…TA-DA.

The Skinny Confidential talks health, diet, and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks health, diet, and fitness.

Also, if you don’t remember my story of how I bought a giant-ass watermelon from Whole Foods & carried it to the Juice Bar for them to juice, click here.

I enjoyed these cubes of heaven in sparkling water & even ate them plain ( dessert after dinner, der ). If you’re feeling frisky, add them to chilled champagne.

Mmmmm!!! Too damn good.

So like I said: you’re welcome.

Happy Tuesday! xx. Lauryn

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