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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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Why I’m a Cold Brew Coffee-Whore

Lauryn Evarts talks about Seaworth Coffee Company.

Lauryn Evarts talks about Seaworth Coffee Company. Guess what guys?

I used to be a real Starbucks-whore.

Key words: ‘used to.’

That’s right. We broke up.

I mean, it’s still fun to grab a Venti iced green tea &/or a protein plate ( << I love eating the egg & apples when I’m on the go ) but I’m totally over their coffee.

Why?

Glad ya asked.

Lauryn Evarts talks about Seaworth Coffee Company.

According to the amazing Food Babe it sucked. In her own words: “you might think it is a bit radical to suggest not drinking their most prized ingredient that makes over 85,000 different combination of drinks, but it’s also radical drinking and paying a premium for coffee that’s ridden with potential toxins. Let’s get real here, they do not actually serve organic coffee at most Starbucks locations, which means (like all brands of conventional coffee) it’s been sprayed with pesticides. We all know Starbucks coffee ain’t cheap, but most people don’t know that regular consumption of conventional coffee can be a serious source of pesticide exposure.

Starbucks coffee is grown all over the world in developing nations. The United States doesn’t regulate the type and amount of pesticides foreign countries use in their production of coffee beans, which makes consuming non-organic coffee on a regular basis pretty risky. You could be drinking toxins from pesticides that are in fact banned here in the United States but not else where, like the pesticide Chlorpyrifos that is a contact poison. It has caused human deaths, and has been linked to birth defects. It is extremely toxic to birds, freshwater and marine organisms, bees, and other wildlife.

Furthermore, we know that increased exposure to pesticides are linked to birth defects, nerve damage and cancer. The President’s Cancer Panel has urged us not to consume food sprayed with pesticides and doesn’t believe any amount is safe.

And in regards to their decaf… did you know that conventional decaffeinated coffees are made decaf by soaking the beans with a chemical called ethyl acetate used in nail polish and glues and a carcinogen called methylene chloride?” { source }

Lauryn Evarts talks about Seaworth Coffee Company.

So here’s the deal: I’m not in love with coffee. I like one shot ( sometimes two ) of espresso about five days a week. It gives me a lil zing & makes me ten times more productive.

So ya, I freaked when I read about Starbucks.

BUT.

Have no fear because Seaworth is here.

Seaworth is my brand new, sexy boyfriend who was introduced to me by my other boyfriend, Michael ( << he’s been a cold brew coffee drinker for a while so he deserves a 100% ).

It’s seriously amazing. I buy one jug of the cold brew coffee & drink it throughout a two week duration. Every AM I’ll have about four ounces a day over ice with cinnamon & nutmeg ( << and a STRAW, naturally ).

Some deets on Seaworth cold brew coffee via their rad website: “each cold brew batch is carefully hand-crafted and brewed in a temperature controlled environment for a full eighteen hours, then double filtered and bottled by hand in glass – never plastic. We spare no expense in our ingredients either. Our signature blend is made of only the freshest locally roasted, hand-selected, fair-trade organic coffee beans, crystal clear, cold purified water and a whole lot of sunny California love. No unnecessary ingredients – ever. It’s a painstaking process, but we’re pretty sure that this will be some of the best coffee you’ve ever had.”

Ya. So that’s why I switched. Organic, pure, purified, & no added sickie ingredients.

Zero, zilch, nada, zip.

Because that’s what The Skinny Confidential lifestyle is all about: no unnecessary, add chemical shit.

Keep it simple.

Oh, & OMG don’t even get me started on barf-y Frappuccinos ( I can’t. I just can’t )…because that’s like, a ten page post.

Side: I’m super excited that Starbucks has committed to this movement. Woot-woot.

X L

{ This isn’t a product review, I genuinely love this product & drink it everyday. x. }

Lauryn Evarts talks about Seaworth Coffee Company.

Sooo Good it Hurts!!! Bomb-Ass Cinnamon/Cider Brussels Sprouts

Lauryn Evarts talks diet and fitness on Thanksgiving.

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

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.Yesterday I had a pre-Thanksgivs meltdown.

Well, not really, but kinda.

I wanted to post the PERFECT Skinny Confidential recipe for you guys.

But I didn’t want to make skinny stuffing or nasty gravy ( sorry, not a fan ).

So alllllll day long I was OCD-ing on WTF to post {?!?!}.

At around 6 pm I decided to text my über-healthy friend, Carly.

And obviously she had the best recipe ever. Because, duh.

I mean, seriously— cinnamon/cider Brussels sprouts?

Heaven.

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

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

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

The easiest directions ever ( makes four servings ): in a large pan over medium heat, heat oil. Cook Brusssels sprouts ( cut side down ), flipping once until browned for ten to twelve minutes. Add apple & pear; cook until soft for five minutes. Add cider & cinnamon; simmer, stirring, until all liquid cooks away.

Oh, & NBD: a serving offers about 3/4 of your daily need for Vitamin C.

I made these today & will def be whipping ‘um up tomorrow for TG.

So good it hurts.

Happy Thanksgiving-eve!

X.Lauryn

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

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Skinny Grocery Essentials That Should be In Everyone’s Cupboard

 

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Hi, hi, hi!

After reading this article by The Everyday Girl, I compiled my skinny pantry essentials that every bad ass chick should always have in their fridge.

And I made sure to keep it clear & simple- ignorance isn’t bliss, peeps. Know what the hell you’re putting in your mouth.

AHEM!

>> Oils/Vings/Sauces:

Apple Cider Vinegar ( organic, raw, & unfiltered ): more details here.

Arrabbiata Sauce: see my favorite spaghetti squash recipe here.

Balsamic Vinegar ( make sure it’s high quality ): fabulous for a light salad dressing.

Coconut Oil: more details here.

Country Dijon Mustard: perfect for turkey roll-ups.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: see my favorite, super low calorie dressing recipe here.

Free Range Chicken Broth: great for soup.

Liquid Aminos: the perfect soy sauce replacement. Benefits found here.

Pinot Grigio: a light crisp, white wine. More tips found here.

Pinot Noir: super light & amazing for cooking.

Red Wine Vinegar: see my favorite, super low calorie dressing recipe here.

Sesame Oil: amazing for stir fries, soups, or drizzled on top of veggies.

>> Dried Herbs:

Apple Pie Spice Mix: quite possibly the most delicious coffee addition. Made with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, & cardamom.

Basil: use fresh if available, however keep this on hand just in case.

Bay Leaf: amazing in any slow cooked meals ( the flavor’s slow to release, so the longer the cooking process the better ).

Cayenne: my favorite juice addition. Simply sprinkle it over any fresh pressed juice. Cayenne is known to speed the metabolism.

Celery Seed: popular on fish, poultry, homemade bread, &/or on pickles.

Cinnamon: perf for a coffee sweetener. I also love this cinnamon pudding recipe.

Ground Black Pepper: add ground pepper to soup, salads, &/or any type of meat.

Oregano: my favorite herb to add to homemade pesto!

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: a substitute for table salt. Check out it’s amazing benefits here.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix: another great coffee sweetener! A mixture of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, & cloves.

Red Pepper Flakes: my absolute favorite spice. I like this on pasta, pizza, spaghetti squash, veggies, &/or in soup.

Rosemary: add this herb to chicken, olive oil, &…wait for it…cocktails! Check out my favorite recipe here.

Nutmeg: my favorite to add to dessert. I also love sprinkling nutmeg on berries!

Thyme: helps clear congestion & provides significant antioxidant protection. Delish on Cajun food, risotto, &/or in pasta sauces.

>> Baked Goods:

Baking Soda ( organic ): check out my favorite uses here.

Baking Powder ( organic ): a staple in any baker’s pantry.

Buckwheat Flour: say buh-bye to white flour & hello to buckwheat flour! YUM.

Extra Dark Chocolate Chips: my favorite way to eat these bad boys can be found here.

Light Brown Sugar ( organic ): the best choice of brown sugar for baking.

Powdered Sugar ( organic ): great for a homemade frosting recipe.

Raw Honey: I add this to my tea regularly because it’s anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, & anti-fungal. Just make sure it’s pure, raw, & unfiltered.

Stevia: sugar rots teeth. Stevia doesn’t. Annnnd it’s derived from a plant & doesn’t contain aritifical shit.

Unbleached Whole Cane Sugar: a must have for bakers.

Vanilla Extract ( pure & organic ): helps with nausea, aids in weight loss, reduces anxiety & stress, heals wounds, & regulate menstruation. Plus it’s amaze in baked goods.

>> Perishables:

Brown Eggs ( organic/farmer’s market eggs ): make sure they’re cage, organic, & free range. They’re a great source of protein!

Garlic: I eat this raw. Ya, I pop cloves in my mouth likes it going out of style. Why? It clears acne, prevents colds, aids in weight loss, & reduces any swelling.

Ghee Butter: throw your butter away & buy this. Trust me.

Fruits: fill your fridge with fruit; it’s easy to grab & fab for snacking.

Meyer Lemons: the best of the best of the best. Meyer lemons are my true love.

Red Onions: I eat onions like apples. Weird? Don’t care. They fight diseases, possess cancer fighting properties, & help reduce stomach cancer.

Sweet Potatoes: they’re filled with vitamins- B6, C, & D. Sweet potatoes are easily one of my favorite foods- so delicious with Ghee Butter too!

Veggies: because, duh.

Ta-da.

Now there’s really no excuse to eat like shit. Do your research before stuffing your face with sick-o chemicals— !!!

Ok. I’m done. Did I miss anything ; )? LMK.

xx.L

** Not listed but still my favorites: chia seeds, unsalted nuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, & bee pollen.

Make Your House Smell like the Holidayzzzzzzz !

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

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

This lil’ dime is for anyone who has a fake Christmas tree. You need to go make this.

Like, now.

It should be a law that everyone’s house smells like the holiday season. Set the mood! ESP since it’s calorie free— YUM.

You seriously just throw some shit in a pan & turn the stove on simmer. A two year old could do it.

‘Tis the season to make this deliciously, easy, homemade potpourri while getting romantical, dimming the lights, starting a fire, & pouring some wine.

Ta da.

Love.L

P.S. Men go cray, cray for this ; ).

Holiday, Homemade Potpourri

[ I made this last year w/ diff ingredients {{ find last year’s scent here }}! ]

Inspiration: my stepmom, Julie

2 sliced lemons

1 sliced apple

2 cups 100% apple juice

A handful of whole nutmeg

A sprinkle of whole cloves

2 dashes of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

+ Directions: throw everything into a pan. Put stove on simmer. This baby can last two to four weeks. Add apple juice as needed. Enjoy lovas!

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

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

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