The Skinny Confidential || A Lifestyle Blog. by: Lauryn Evarts

Archive of ‘Mini Bites’ category

Snacks To Throw In Your Purse When You’re Running Out The Door Like A Lunatic

snacks to throw in your purse 17 | by the skinny confidential

snacks to throw in your purse 13 | by the skinny confidential

If you know me you know I’m always running out the door in a pure, utter panic.

ALWAYS.

Sparkling water, keys, laptop, iPhone in one hand & an oversized handbag, packed with way too many things, in the other.

Since I’m flying out the door like a lunatic, it’s difficult to prepare, food-wise.

Like, I’m definitely not one of those people who meal preps for a week in advance ( props if you do this, teach me your ways )— there’s no 4 ounce chicken with a side of sweet potatoes & grilled zucchini laying perfectly in a casual Tupperware in my fridge. OH NO…So clearly, I have to get creative.

And by creative I mean SNACKS. In my bag. At all times. ALWAYS AND FOREVER.

Because without snacks I would die of hunger, mid-freeway, on the way to Pilates.

snacks to throw in your purse 3 | by the skinny confidential

snacks to throw in your purse 7 | by the skinny confidential

So let’s dissect those snacks along with the rest of the stuff in my bag, shall we?

* Please do not mind the contents of my purse, I know— there’s a hell of a lot stuffed in my everyday handbag =).

Ok, so snacks first, rest of the stuff second:

Homemade trail mix: this is my version of meal prep guys. Basically I’m sick of store bought trail mix being BLAH. So I made my own with goji berries, sliced almonds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, unsweetened toasted coconut flakes, & whatever else looks fun in my pantry. Throw it in a bag & you’re golden.

Berries: easy, quick, organic, you get it. The reason I bring berries is to throw in my yogurt. Sometimes I’ll eat them with cacao nibs too for a little extra sweetness. Berries are FILLLLLED with antioxidants & make a great snack. Grapes are fun too if they’re in season.

snacks to throw in your purse 12 | by the skinny confidential

snacks to throw in your purse | by the skinny confidential

Chobani Simply 100 yogurt: yogurt is a must for me because it has protein. I tend to feel fuller after protein SO yogurt is a great ‘throw in your purse & go snack’. Chobani Simply 100 has NO artificial ingredients, made with real fruit, & it’s packed with fiber and protein so it’s the perfect snack. I’m also a fan of the newest flavor Strawberry Banana. There’s Mixed Red Berry too. Nothing better than adding my homemade trail mix to the yogurt & topped with berries.

Banana: no brainer. Easy to carry. Sometimes I’ll bring a side of raw almond butter to dip my banana in. YUM.

Unsalted pistachios or raw almonds: again, quick & easy is kind of my thing. Nuts are an awesome source of protein. If Michael’s in the car with me he usually eats them all ( which is great because his hypoglycemia is at a full time HIGH whenever we’re in the car ).

Ok now, here are the other goodies:

2016 Day Planner + white pen: my day planner is my bible. If I leave it at home, I use my Google calendar instead. I am HUGE calendar person. Like it’s annoying. The calendar struggle is real. I strive to be better each day.

TSC Bombshell Body Guide: a girl’s gotta workout & I use TSC guide everywhere. I know that sounds weird but it’s easier to follow a workout by myself if I have a visual.

snacks to throw in your purse 11 | by the skinny confidential

White Mophie X 8 ( yes, 8. Told you I was nuts ): THAT’S RIGHT, THERE’S EIGHT CHARGERS. Don’t pretend like you’re not curious. The second someone’s phone dies, I’m their best friend. Why? Because I have 8 chargers in my purse. My phone is constantly plugged into my handbag like a dork but who cares at least my phone isn’t dead. For phone cases, I’m loving this one & this one lately. Very Beverly Hills hotel, if you will.

Sunglasses: must have, need I say more? These ones are badass & simple. LOVE.

Grapefruit lip balm: by far my favorite lip balm because of its hint of rosy pink. The smell is the best ever too.

ID holder: not a wallet fan. I’ve never been a wallet fan really. My men’s ID holder just holds my credit card, a couple of TSC cards, & my license. Easy.

snacks to throw in your purse 11 | by the skinny confidential

snacks to throw in your purse 8 | by the skinny confidential

Business cards: yes. TSC & blog-doo cards are always on hand.

White camera x gold chain: this white camera is light, gets the job done, & is great for Instagram. Plus it has a selfie cam so there’s that. And it’s white. Who DOESN’T like a white camera? The gold chain was gifted to me by my friend, Erica. Fun right— it adds a little flair to the camera.

( Also, handbag is sold out, but VERY similar is here for $14.99!!! ).

snacks to throw in your purse 10 | by the skinny confidential

I propose to make it a rule that every girl in the world should carry snacks.

…That way no one will ever get in a fight with their boyfriend because they were HANGRY.

Making worldwide snacking strides in 2016, lauryn x

+ this post is in collaboration with Chobani.
snacks to throw in your purse 15 | by the skinny confidential
snacks to throw in your purse 14 | by the skinny confidential

snacks to throw in your purse

Lauren Conrad’s Chocolate Coffee Stirring Spoons

Lauren Conrad chocolate spoons 8 | by the skinny confidential

Lauren Conrad chocolate spoons | by the skinny confidential

Remember when Lauren Conrad had that perfect single tear mascara cry?

…damn her, because now she has the perfect holiday dessert: peppermint chocolate coffee stirring spoons.

UM YUMMMMM.

Really though, these LC-approved treats were such a hit in our house that I couldn’t NOT share the recipe with you guys.

Firstly, if you’re into tea, coffee, & hot chocolate – like the rest of the world – you’ll DIE FOR THESE. And they take like 4 seconds to make. YES, me & my 4 second recipes— the quicker the better, really.

Lauren Conrad chocolate spoons 3 | by the skinny confidentialLauren Conrad chocolate spoons 6 | by the skinny confidential

Lauren raves about this unconventional dessert & after testing out these minty spoons, they’re definitely TSC approved. Basically these are portion controlled chocolate treats that you can eat alone ( I may have had 3 to 4 ) OR infuse them in any warm drink ( how good does a hot toddy sound with this?? ).

LC says you need:

Metal spoons
Microwavable bowl
Baking sheet
Parchment paper
White & milk chocolate melting chocolate
Candy cane pieces

Lauren Conrad chocolate spoons 4 | by the skinny confidential

How To:

♡ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.

♡ Melt either your white or milk chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Tip: Be sure not to overheat your melting chocolate or else the whole batch will be ruined!

♡ Take your spoons and dip each one in the melting chocolate. Be sure to get as much chocolate as you can on the spoon.

♡ Set each spoon on the baking sheet and sprinkle each one with the candy cane pieces.

♡ Once you’ve repeated these steps for each spoon, allow each spoon to harden completely.

♡ Serve the spoons at place settings, deliver them on cookie plates, or dip them straight into a mug of coffee or hot chocolate. Enjoy!
{ recipe via }

Lauren Conrad chocolate spoons 7 | by the skinny confidential

Ultimately I feel like Lauren Conrad’s chocolate coffee stirring spoons are more memorable that her blackened tear? I mean I guess anything having to do with chocolate outweighs everything.

Too bad Spencer was such an ass to LC, he could have been stuffing chocolate spoons down his throat every Christmas.

Sucks for Speidi.

On that note, happy holidays to the best readers on the planet. Get buzzed, enjoy some chocolate spoons, AND BE MERRY.

X lauryn

{ spoons & coffee }

Lauren Conrad chocolate spoons 9 | by the skinny confidential

My Guilty Pleasure ( Especially During The Holidays )

holiday caviar 6 | by the skinny confidentialGT_3352-b

HI!

So I have a very expensive habit.

And it’s not exactly a shopping habit.

Actually, quite the contrary.

…this little habit of mine, well, it’s FOOD.

Caviar, if we’re getting specific.

holiday caviar 7 | by the skinny confidentialholiday caviar 5 | by the skinny confidential

Here’s the thing, there’s just really nothing better than a tiny crunchy blini with a little crème fraîche topped with diced red onion, tomatoes, & chopped egg…topped with a scoop of delicious caviar.

Of course I cover each little delight with Meyer lemon…& finish the bite with a sip of dry champagne ( or a little vodka, if I’m feeling rebellious ).

Something about all those tastes together are just my idea of pure heaven.

If you haven’t tried this whole experience, don’t judge. Typically people hear “caviar” & think raw fish eggs. And while YES, IT IS raw fish eggs…it also happens to be a rare, delectable delicacy…& it just might surprise your taste buds.

caviar | by the skinny confidentialholiday caviar 0 | by the skinny confidential

Preparing caviar in this specific way kind of tastes like lox, capers, onion concoction ( but 10373726 times better ).

All of the flavors just GET IT. They compliment each other in the best way possible.

Anyway, so why am I telling you this?

BECAUSE. I found a new brand called ROE Caviar that would make an insane holiday treat. I would say caviar is for special occasions so with the holidays coming up— I had to share. & no, this isn’t sponsored, I just really enjoyed this particular caviar.

holiday caviar 9 | by the skinny confidential

So how did I enjoy it? Easy! I invited The Nanz over with some girlfriends & just lived it up ( hey, it was a Friday! ). We all got buzzed, listened to smooth jazz, & stuffed our face with caviar.

KIND of epic.

Basically we had a caviar party. SO fun. And of course Boone, my chihuahua, ended up finding caviar bits on the floor…when he smiled he had a tiny egg between each tooth. My grandma was also a real hoot— she adapted an English accent & lifted her pinky while sipping her champagne. Apparently caviar means she’s royality. LOL.

Are you guys caviar fans? I feel like you either ARE or you aren’t?

Ok goodnight, off to dream about crunchy blinis & caviar, lauryn x

{ PC }

holiday caviar 4 | by the skinny confidentialholiday caviar 3 | by the skinny confidential

TSC Healthy, Skinny Syrup…For Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, You Name It

   The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

I have this weird thing for syrup.

It’s just so good.

I remember when I was a “I’m too cool for school” Sophomore in high school. Like clockwork I’d wake up, pop a Buttermilk Eggo in the toaster, & heat up Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry syrup with a cube of butter.

::sigh::

Times have changed.

Now I actually look at the ingredients I’m putting in my mouth. Eggos are out, three ingredient pancakes are in. Knott’s Berry Farm GMO filled fake-ass syrup is out, TSC syrup is in.

I hope this recipe changes your waffle/pancake/French toast game, as much as it’s changed mine.

The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

This recipe is very similar to TSC jam. If I’m being honest, I like my routine & I like clean foods so there’s no need to go f-ing crazy when I make up recipes. Keep it simple, stupid.

The difference is this has coconut nectar & lemon in it. You can also use maple syrup but PLEASEEEE check the bottle to make sure it’s 100% organic dark maple syrup.

Aunt Jemima’s just isn’t cuttin’ it, ya know.

The reason I do this is because regular syrup has a lot of CARB & SUGAR. This cuts it all, you know? Make it skinny style. The berries add a sweet taste & you get some nutrients. The chia seeds add bulk so you’re not eating syrup with a side of pancake. You’re enjoying a bit of syrup in a smart way.

Easy, right?

Raw coconut nectar is a fun twist though because it resembles syrup & tastes similar. There’s some benefits too. Like what? Firstly, it’s high in enzymes, amino acids, it’s not chemically treated, & the nectar is filled with potassium, magnesium, zinc & iron. Oddly, it’s especially rich in inositol which fights inflammation & depression. You can read all about coconut nectar here too.

Here’s a quick video tutorial:

♡♡♡ TSC Healthy, Skinny Syrup

Handful of berries of choice
1 tablespoon of chia seeds & flaxseed ( or my magic seeds )
1 tablespoon of raw coconut nectar or 100% maple syrup
1 squeeze of lemon

Directions: add berries to a plate, add seeds, add nectar or syrup, & lemon. Mash with a fork. I like to heat it up a bit & add some grass fed butter! YUM.

The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.

Last week I made my favorite French toast with this syrup & Michael nearly had a heart attack. He LOVED IT. Didn’t even notice it wasn’t real syrup.

Swear guys, this shit is like CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT SYRUP! You won’t believe it.

By the way, share your TSC recipe on Instagram by tagging @theskinnyconfidential & I’ll feature them on The Bombshell Body Guide’s social media ; ).

Surgery update: hanging in there, will do a post next week when I have more energy. I had a horrible day yesterday but today was better. Clearly I need pancakes with this syrup tomorrow for a better day. Thank you for all the well wishes, you guys are so sweet that it overwhelms me. MWAH.

Talk soon, lauryn xx

{ vid/pics }

The Skinny Confidential talks favorite syrup recipe.


The Crunchy Peanut Butter Cashew, Get In Your PJ’s & Watch A Movie Smoothie

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies.

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies.

I have this weird thing with textures.

It all started when I was about 9 years old. My dad would take me to the local movie theater & there was this bomb-ass ice cream, like vintage-ish parlor that would make smoothies.

And guys, these weren’t like Jamba Juice days.

Smoothies were seriously slim pickens in my younger years.

Anyway, he would take me to this ice cream parlor before a Disney movie to get an ice cream or smoothie. Of course, being 9 I would add like the most ridiculous things to my smoothie ( like we’re talking gummy worm, Oreo smoothies ).

My favorite one though was always this peanut butter fro-yo concoction.

Basically it was chocolate chips, banana ice cream, peanut butter fro-yo, & sliced almonds ( at least I was healthy with the sliced almonds? ). I HAD THIS WEIRD OBSESSION WITH THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS BEING BLENDED INTO THE SMOOTHIE BECAUSE IT GAVE THE SMOOTHIE A CRUNCH.

If anyone loves textures like me, please tell me you know what the hell I’m talking about when I say ‘gave the smoothie a crunch.’

So the other day we were having a lazy Sunday & watching Beauty & The Beast ( we looooovveee Disney movies ). And naturally, I became all nostalgic & wanted to make a crunchy smoothie.

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies.

SOOOOOoooo of course, I decided to make it TSC-style. Introducing:

The Crunchy Peanut Butter Cashew, Get In Your PJ’s & Watch A Movie Smoothie:

1 banana
1 cup of Silk Cashew milk
1-2 ( or 3 or 4…lol ) tablespoons of RAW unsalted nut butter of your choice
2 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs
Handful of ice

Directions: blend. Top & garnish with a teaspoon of cacao & a pretty straw because you’re cute like that. Make one for your boyfriend too, he’ll love you forever.

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies.

Side note: cashew milk exists, guys. When I found out this tidbit of info, I nearly died. I MEAN CASHEW MILK?!! Is this real life? It’s seriously the best thing ever. You can also add it to your coffee, make cashew ice cubes, or use it as an ice cream base. Thank me later for this find, k!

As for the crunchy crunch: the cacao will rock your tastebuds & give your smoothie some volume. If you’re anything like me & love textures GET ACQUAINTED WITH CACAO IMMEDIATELY. I add raw cacao nibs to everything!!

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies.

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies.

This crunchy smoothie ( yummmm ) soooo brought me back to my ice cream parlor/peanut butter/pre-Jamba Juice/crunchy smoothie days, ya know? #TBT

What’s your favorite texture? Tell me something weird. I love weird stories. K, go.

x, lauryn

The Skinny Confidential talks smoothies.


This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

1 2 3 14