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Meet My Crush: Raw Almond Butter

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I have a major, serious crush…on almond butter.

For reals though.

It’s so perfectly creamy & full of protein. And on Granny Smith apples with cinnamon?

Nom.

But wait, wait, wait…let’s inspect.

When I see regular, old almond butter on the shelves of every health food stores, I silently shed a tear.

For years I believed I was being all healthy & cool eating my Justin’s almond butter cutie packets….

…& then, well, I did some research.

Research can be a funny thing, ya know? Ignorance is certainly not bliss but sometimes you kinda, really don’t want to know the real actual truth.

P.S. ask my friends & they’ll tell you I’m always using the word “delusional”…( I would call a house fly delusional given the opportunity— I just love the damn word so much ). & in my pre-research almond butter days, I was totally delusional.

Do you blame me though? My Justin’s almond butter packets were just so cute…they were literally the perfect size to throw in any white leather clutch.

Anyway I eventually discovered the packets contained roasted almond butter.

Boo.

So I went on a mission…I get fixated on certain brands, ingredients, colors, etc & this particular day I was obsessed ( like, Swimfan-stalker-obsessed ) with finding RAW, organic almond butter.

The Skinny Confidential talks home.

So I headed to our local Whole Foods to purchase some raw goodness…& was shocked: it was $18 dollars.

For a tub of almond butter?!

Why? Well:

This source states, “roasted nut butters are, as their name suggests, made with roasted nuts. Roasted nuts are treated with heat to bring out a toasty flavor. Raw nut butters are made from nuts that have not been heated. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, which help your heart without raising your cholesterol levels. Raw foodists say that the heating process destroys certain enzymes and makes the nuts, & their corresponding nut butters, less healthful — but these claims have not been adequately studied. Roasted nut butters are more subject to rancidity than raw butters. The roasting process may alter the polyunsaturated fats in the nuts, making them more vulnerable to oxidation. Butters are particularly susceptible to rancidity because all of the nut’s surface is exposed to air.”

If you’re not convinced, make your own almond butter at home! Also, you can read more here & raw, organic almond is avail here.

My raw almond butter is added to: apples with chia seeds, baby carrots, PB & J on an open faced sandwich, celery, banana slices, smoothies, oatmeal, a piece of dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, TSC two ingredient pancakes, &/or any baking recipes. Add cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg for added flavor.

Anyone else an almond butter fanatic? Do tell.

x. Lauryn

Abbie Ginsberg of “The Amazing Race”: Skinnista of the Month

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Say hello to my GF, Abbie Ginsberg!

Between filming this season’s “Amazing Race,” teaching dance classes, & choreographing competitive dancers, this girl manages to find time to fuel her hot bod with the proper nutrients/workout on the reg.

Oh! & only a cool ten MILLION people watch her an episode. She’s pretty much a rockstar…!! Read on for this Skinnista’s diet tips & tricks:

+ Tell us about yourself.

Abbie Ginsberg: I am a thirty-two year old active girl who loves Southern California & has called it home for the past ten years. I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in ‘sunny’ Seattle where I graduated from University of Washington with a double major in fine arts & psychology and a minor in Art History . In 2003, my love for fashion design relocated me to Los Angeles where I earned my professional designation degree in Fashion Design from FIDM. A year later, I found myself down in north county San Diego and have been here ever since.

After briefly pursuing my own women’s clothing line in 2003, I fell back on my lifelong passion for dance & turned to teaching/choreographing dance as my profession. I am currently beginning my ninth year at Carlsbad Dance Centre where I train & choreograph mostly competitive dancers. I love being able to design and costume my pieces.

On a more personal note, I have a seven year old black lab named Bear who is often my exercise companion. I love being healthy, which to me encompasses working out, eating well, & maintaining a balanced lifestyle. My interests include art, music, fashion, exercise, travel, & of course my lab! One of my greatest accomplishments has been competing on this season’s “Amazing Race”. I have been an avid fan since the show first aired nearly ten years ago.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

+ Let’s talk “The Amazing Race,” tell us how you kept in shape during filming?

AG: To be honest, I lost weight [ muscle ] during the actual filming of the Race. In general, we were eating less, eating less frequently, & eating anything when we had the time. We would grab and take whatever we could and we learned to eat EVERY airplane meal provided. Talk about a poster child for unhealthy eating! I am used to exercising everyday, so we went nearly a month without a regular workout routine & healthy eating routine. Our activities and tasks during the show kept us moving and active, so that was a plus. Before we left, I was probably in the best shape of my life. I had cut out virtually all alcohol/indulgences & upped my workouts so that I could build some extra strength before we left. Both Ryan & I knew that we would probably lose a few pounds along the way.

+ Quick skinny tips or tricks?

AG: Sometimes I crave carbonated beverages, particularly after long hours of teaching. I despise soda, but taking a Perrier & mixing it with a bit of fruit juice usually does the trick and helps avoid the extra calories of a fruit beverage. I think portion control is very important; I’m big on the individual Almond Butter packets that you can get at Whole Foods. Those are great paired with apples. I like to make my own pita chips from whole wheat pita bread. This is a healthy alternative to processed or packaged pita chips that are significantly higher in calories. Lately, I have been big on slicing up sweet potatoes & baking them. As you can see, I like my carbs =).

+ Weekly workout schedule?

AG: Well, I am lucky that I have a job that keeps me active and in shape. I dance everyday with my students & torture myself with their core workouts, plyometrics, & warm-ups. Sometimes that is once a day, but it can also be two or three times in one night. We do a lot of pliés, releves, glute work, & core strengthening as well as ton of stretching. I still like to break a sweat on my own so I alternate my workouts between Pilates, yoga, & hitting the gym where I’ll either focus on cardio or circuits. Recently, I have been big on core workouts [ utilizing the bosu or swiss ball ] and then doing jump roping sets in between. I walk almost everyday with my dog & enjoy the occasional hike. I am not huge on lifting weights. I tend to bulk up/build muscle easily, so workouts like Pilates are perfect.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

+ Fav go-to healthy food?

AG: I eat fresh berries and nonfat Greek yogurt almost everyday for breakfast. I love, love, love quinoa which is a great source of energy for me throughout the day. I am usually eating on the go or in between classes, so you can’t go wrong with fruit or trail mix. I am addicted to the Pineapple Chili trail mix at Whole Foods too.

+ Cocktail of choice?

AG: I am definitely a red wine type of gal [ Pinot Noir or Cab ]… but if I’m going to have a cocktail I have to say a ‘Moscow Mule‘… in an authentic copper cup.

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

AG: Haha! That would be having to look at myself in a dance mirror everyday [ just kidding ]! Overall, my motivation is inner health and longevity. Of course I want to look my best, but more importantly, I want to feel my best and be able to teach & stay active. I think it’s important to invest in deep tissue & bodywork as more of a maintenance since I can be hard on my body at times. This summer, I really learned to value my health after contracting a parasite from my travels on the Race. I will never again take for granted the ability to have energy and be able to exercise & feel normal!

+ World’s best beauty product?

AG: Ooh…toughie. It’s a strange tie between Kiehl’s ‘Creme de Corps’ Light-Weight Body Lotion & Vaseline. I have used Vaseline as a cheap makeup remover since I was competing in dance at young age. It takes everything off in one swipe & doesn’t cause breakouts [ << I use this too- so amaze! ].

+ Quick, easy recipe?

AG: Since it’s fall and everyone is crazy about pumpkin anything, I thought I’d pass this recipe along. If you’ve checked out the calories on a Starbuck’s Pumpkin Frappucino, then you’ll be thrilled with this guy…

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Pumpkin and Cream Frappe

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tablespoons of pumpkin, canned [ not pumpkin pie ]

1.2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice, ground

1 teaspoon of Stevia

5 ice cubes

2 tablespoons whip cream [ fat free ]

Cinnamon, to taste.

Directions: In a blender add coconut milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, stevia and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream & desired amount of cinnamon. Each serving is 70 calories & 5 grams of fat!

+ To follow Abbie’s adventure, ‘like’ her on Facebook here.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Make Your Own Healthy Jam in Five Seconds

Lauryn Evarts, best fitness blogger of 2012 talks skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts, best fitness blogger of 2012 talks skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

These blog is all about eating what you love with slight modifications. I have all these weird, odd food tricks I do on daily basis…Example: I like jam & toast. So, I started making my own berry jams— and no, we aren’t talking the cute, cozy, Martha Stewart kind of way. Since I am always running late, my healthy jam trick needed to be time efficient. Cue “the Five Second Jam” recipe. I use any type of berry [ preference: raspberries, boysenberries, &/or blueberries { sometimes all mixed together } ], throw about eight on a plate, & mash them with a fork. Then I sprinkle 1/3 of an all-natural Truvia packet on the berries + one squeeze of lemon. Pop a piece of 7-carb Oasis bread in the toaster & then add your homemade jam-  & voilà! This instantly cuts the processed sugars & the other shitty chemicals that are in most store-bought jelly/jams/preserves.

+ Side note: adding a swipe of almond butter [ << hello protein! ] to the finished product is delicious too!

Lauryn Evarts, best fitness blogger of 2012 talks skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts, best fitness blogger of 2012 talks skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts, best fitness blogger of 2012 talks skinny tips and tricks and 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.

DIY Banana Chips

Lauryn Evarts fitness blogger from San Diego with skinny tips and tricks that help you lose weight.

I appreciate crunchy textures, so I figured baking homemade banana chips would be the perfect project. Considering they bake for roughly six hours, the appetizing scent of baked bananas made this recipe even sweeter. If you’re not up for the DIY banana chip commitment then grab some at the store & try some of these ideas: add them to oatmeal or cereal, create your own DIY trail mix [ like this ], or for a quick dessert dip them in dark chocolate or almond butter.

Lauryn Evarts fitness blogger from San Diego with skinny tips and tricks that help you lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts fitness blogger from San Diego with skinny tips and tricks that help you lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts fitness blogger from San Diego with skinny tips and tricks that help you lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts fitness blogger from San Diego with skinny tips and tricks that help you lose weight.

 

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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Quick Dark Chocolate Soufflé

Lauryn Evarts, weight loss blogger from Southern California with skinny tips and tricks

Since it’s National Peanut Butter Day, I feel it is more than appropriate to post accordingly. Lately, my nights have consisted of watching season one of the Sopranos [ I know, not exactly avant-garde ], & this soufflé especially hits the spot while I watch Tony perform his mobster antics. Fortunately, the vegan concoction is embarrassingly easy & tends to my nightly sweet tooth. Side note: there’s no reason to consume a gallon of ice cream, when there are delicious, health-concious dessert options such as this little piece of heaven.

Lauryn Evarts, weight loss blogger from Southern California with skinny tricks and tips

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and weight loss blogger with skinny tricks and tips

Lauryn Evarts, weight loss blogger from Southern California with weight loss tips and tricks

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger with ways on how to lose weight

Love, Lauryn

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