Posts Tagged ‘red wine’

Mulled Red Wine: Keeping it Cozy During the Holiday Season

Lauryn Evarts talks diet and fitness for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts talks diet and fitness for weight loss.

First things first.

Can we talk about my new plaid mugs? OMFG, right?!

And only two are shown…you should see the other two.

I’m super into plaid, plaid, plaid & more plaid, so these babies will also be used year-round.

Oh, & filling them with warm red mulled wine def makes them 10 x cuter.

Yes. Warmed. Red. Mulled. Wine.

So good. So different. So easy.

It takes a minute to make & it’s only four ingredients.

Plus it provides a nice lil’ buzz.

‘Tis the season, right? ; )

Lauryn Evarts talks diet and fitness for weight loss.

http://theglitterguide.com/2013/12/03/recipe-file-mulled-wine/

Lauryn Evarts talks diet and fitness for weight loss.

 + Mulled Red Wine Ingreds:

<< 1 bottle of red wine

<< A handful of whole cloves

<< A couple of cinnamon sticks

<< Zest of an organic orange

+ Directions: simmer all ingredients over low-medium heat for ten minutes. Strain & pour into mugs. Garnish with the zest of an orange. Mandatory: drink in front of a fire. K?

Woo-hoo.

The perf at home cocktail.

Mulled red wine + Real Housewives + a blazing fire= these are a few of my favorite things.

Cheers!

xx.Lauryn

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Lauryn Evarts talks diet and fitness for weight loss.

Mulled Red Wine: Keeping it Cozy During the Holiday Season

Lauryn Evarts talks diet and fitness.

Sup Antioxidants

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.

Breaking news: antioxidants are everything. Like really, everything.

FYI: if you haven’t done your antioxidant research then pull your head of your ass & get with it!

I definitely was shocked when I researched these babies.

It all started when I ran into a lady who had absolutely amazing skin. Like you know that glowing, dewey insane skin? Ya. On her face, neck, arms, etc.

I asked her how the F her skin was so amaze.

She said two things: SPF ( duh! Wear it every second of every day ) & antioxidants.

When I went to the health store to grab my A.O.’s, the women commented on how smart ( blush ) I was to being taking antioxidants that were anti-aging. This further clarified why incredible skin lady looked so young.

Preventative measures, peeps!

Because duh, who doesn’t want to preserve their youth?!

I’m not too big on taking a bunch of vitamins ( << more here ). I really try to eat them.

And I also try to eat loads of antioxidants ( blueberries, dark chocolate, red wine ; ] ). But after talking to this lady for thirty minutes, I found that while they’re several antioxidant enzymes that the human bod produces naturally, there’s many antioxidants that your body misses out on ( sometimes the food isn’t enough either ).

Oh, and as far as WTH antioxidants do: “the main function of antioxidants is to remove the free oxygen radicals that form as byproducts of the biochemical reactions occurring in the body. If not removed, these free oxygen radicals can cause cancerous growths in the body. If left alone, the free radicals can cause severe damage to cell walls, causing irreparable damage to the organs. They also have the capability of altering the genetic material within the cells and other cell structures. Such sustained damage can lead to serious diseases. The antioxidants can destroy free radicals before they have a chance of causing harm to the body and are useful in the prevention of cancers, strokes, and heart diseases. It has been found that natural antioxidants work to do the job of neutralizing free radicals quite effectively. All in all, most experts agree that the best way to give the body protection from free radicals is to consume a variety of antioxidants.”

Free radicals are the devil. And antioxidants are their arch enemy. Read this for more info.

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

Anyway so here’s my list of what I’ve been taking daily:

<< Alpha-Lipoic Acid: alpha-lipoic acid is in spinach, broccoli, & potatoes. This also helps with memory loss big time…and well, I do lose my keys, phone, mind every second.

<< N-Acetylcysteine:this helps body to defend off sickness. It’s also “derived from the simple amino acid cysteine, provides significant protection against a broad array of modern toxins. These include acrolein (found in cigarette smoke and auto exhaust), paraquat (a toxic herbicide), and the side effects of cyclophosphamide, adriamycin (both anticancer drugs) and halothane (an anesthetic).” So forget the flu shot, I’m just taking this! Click here to read more.

<< Resveratrol: oh hey, red wine. This antioxidant is in peanuts, berries, & wine. That sounds like a delicious combo to me ; ). Anyway I take this because “resveratrol affects the activity of enzymes called sirtuins. Sirtuins control several biological pathways & are known to be involved in the aging process.” Find out more here.

<< Selenium: this little sex kitten antioxidant is found in meats and seafood. “Major benefits of selenium have been found to improve the immune system against bacterial and viral infections, against cancer cells & shingles. One of the major nutritional benefits of selenium is increasing the HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol for a healthy heart. For skin care, selenium’s antioxidant properties regenerate vitamins E and C, thereby decreasing the aging of skin.” For more info, click here.

<< Turmeric: since my neck’s been so inflamed, this has become my new bestie. Research shows that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. I also add turmeric in my homemade juices but typically it’s not enough. I also love cooking with turmeric. I take two of these a day because they’re just so bad ass.

Note: choose antioxidants that are right for you. Talk to a herb doctor or go to local health food store. Do your research. These are my picks because they work for me.

- Lauryn.xx

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.

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Add Ice to Your White Wine. Trustttt Me.

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

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

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

Shocker: I love wine. Let’s be honest: I mean, enjoying a beautiful, pricy glass of a Bordeaux 2007 vintage while I’m staring off into the sunset is my favorite hobby ever…

Uhhh…reality check! How often does that scenario happen? BA!

*sigh*

Life is cray, so when it comes to wine I’m not too much of a snob. For instance, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio gets the job done; it’s light, crisp, & delish.

Next time you’re sippin’, try this: add a bunch of ice/reusable ice cubes to your white wine.

Why? Because it takes longer to drink, you’ll consume less [ meaning less calories/sugar/carbs ], & adding ice promotes hydration [ ice= water= no hangover= winning ].

Cha-ching.

Unless you’re a profesh wine sommelier, this tip is the.best.evs. Esp for the holidays.

Cheers!

Love.L

P.S. Check out The Skinny Confidential on Giuliana Rancic’s website, Fab Fit Fun!!

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

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

A Day in the Life with Vegetarian Lauren Monreal

Lauryn Evarts talks with Lauren Monreal about skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

Being vegetarian requires a lot of discipline! Just ask my fabulous friend, Lauren [ she's on the left ^^^ ], who knows first hand all about the lifestyle. I have known her for years & I don’t think I have ever seen the girl eat something bad [ well...besides champagne! ]. Lauren is one of the kindest people I know, adores her dog, Mabel [ who she nicknamed "the most popular girl in the world" ], & is the queen of throwing the best parties [ check out her latest party below ].

Lauryn Evarts talks with Lauren Monreal about skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

+ Tell us about yourself.

I am a ten year strict vegetarian- I say strict, as I am very proud that over the past years I have stayed true to the vegetarian lifestyle. I have had no meat, chicken, or fish at all. When I eat at home it’s all organic. I grew up having a vegetable & salad with every meal my mother cooked. I think it made my transition from eating meat a lot easier. We always had a garden in our back yard & my mom taught me healthy balanced eating from the time I was a little girl. Milk, eggs, & cheese are very minimal in my diet. Once or twice a month maximum.

+ How did you become a vegetarian?

I became a vegetarian over night. My co-­worker [ who was a veg ] suggest I try it, she thought it would be easy for me as I already ate mostly vegetables. I wanted the challenge and from the day on I stuck with it. Since then, I have had more energy & been sick much less. Now, after doing research on the inhumane treatment of animals and watching numerous documentaries, I am very happy with my lifestyle choice.

+ Why vegetarian?

I am a creature of habit. I have been eating the same thing for years. Boring…but it works for me! I do my best to give my body what it needs- I would say I am fairly disciplined. This has kept me from ever becoming a binge eater.

+ What’s a normal day of eating?

I would say I eat five small meals a day. Quinoa & hummus are an everyday thing. I go to Jimbo’s or Whole Foods everyday for the most part. When I eat at home I eat dinner by six pm at the latest. When I wake up in the morning I am very hungry. I start off with a cup of coffee. Most days it’s a corn cake [ a delicious alternative to a rice cake ] with Sun Butter [  an alternative to peanut butter ] with flax seeds on top. I am not a huge fan of fruit, but maybe some apple slices too.

For a snack, a few hours later I will have a Lara bar to give me energy. Most days’ lunch is a quinoa salad, spring rolls [ not fried ], miso, or cabbage soup. If I play tennis, or do a kettle bell workout I will have some pretzels with hummus after. Dinner is usually a great salad, healthy vegetable stir-­‐fry, and tofu with brown rice, raw vegetable wrap or vegetarian sushi. I am not a huge sweet person but if I did want something sweet it would be a natural fruit popsicle.

+ Favorite vegetarian products?

Amy’s Kitchen, anything by Bragg’s [ which is liquid aminos], GT Dave’s Kombucha, MaraNatha [ sunflower butter, almond butter ] Kookie Karma, Nasoya [ it's hummus w/ no preservatives ].

+ Best part of the lifestyle?

The best part of being a vegetarian is I know everything I put in my body is beneficial to my health. I have more natural energy & my body has literally changed for the better.

+ Quick Skinny Tip?

Lots of water with a splash of all-natural cranberry juice. Sliced cucumber with some lemon before lunch & dinner works well too!

+ Cocktail of choice?

I am a champagne girl- it’s definitely a guilty pleasure. But lots of water with it too.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Lauren Monreal about skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

+ Share an easy vegetarian recipe with us!

Kale Salad with Beans, Quinoa, and Hummus

4 cups stemmed kale leaves, washed & dried

2 teaspoons EVOO

2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed

A pinch of Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

3/4 cup cooked quinoa

1/4 cup of your favorite hummus

 

Slice the kale into thin strips & place in a large bowl; add in the olive oil and lemon juice. With your hands, massage the kale until the leaves start to soften and wilt, about two to three minutes. Taste & season with salt and pepper. Toss the beans and cooked quinoa with the massaged kale, plate the salad, & add hummus on top of each serving.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Lauren Monreal about skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Lauren Monreal about skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Lauren Monreal about skinny tips and tricks and how to lose weight.

[ Photos taken by Lauren with Instagram ]

Lauryn Evarts talks juicing and skinny tips. She is a fitness and wellness blogger from Southern California with weight loss tricks.

Eat It, Wear It, Drink It: San Francisco Chic

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Forgive my pictures; it just wasn’t practical to lug around a heavy camera while out & about, so I had to use my phone. I figured I would share my highlights in SF with all of you. To enhance the list, I would love any recommendations for next time I am visiting San Francisco- comments below are welcomed!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

+ Fab Places to Eat in San Fran:

Bocadillos: go for the cheese plate + a red spicy wine [ maybe even a Trumer pilsner beer too ; ) ]. Perfect for a late lunch & drinks.

Locanda: my appetizer was the carciofi crudi which is grilled ricotta, wild arugula, & avocado. As for an entree, I had the whole wheat spaghetti with olives paired with a big, hearty red wine.

Nopa: known for their food: I had a spring lettuce salad with strawberries, almonds & pantaleo and ended with the Moroccan vegetable tagine & almonds with lemon yogurt. This restaurant was one of my favorites.

Wayfare Tavern: my pick was the butter lettuce salad, fresh Kusshi oysters w/ lemon, & glass of champagne. Oh! And their herb cocktails are fab too.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

+ What I’m Wearing:

Bracelets found here:

- House of Harlow cutout bracelet

- Urban Outfitters spiked bracelet [ similar ]

- Forever 21 spiked bracelet

- Urban Outfitters cross bangle [ out of stock ]

- Urban Outfitters random bracelets [ similar ]

Jacket:

- Forever 21 camo jacket

Vest:

- Revolve clothing jean vest

P.S. the shopping is ridiculous here! Be prepared ; ).

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

+ Drinks Galore: 

Absinthe: not only did we have an amazing brunch here [ the oatmeal + dried, sliced apricots was definitely memorable ], the drinks are world famous. Between the three of us we probably tested half of the cocktails on the menu. The owners/bartenders are known for penning the book, The Art of the Bar. They also own the insane bar below.

Comstock Saloon Bar: obviously a saloon-inspired bar with an old-school piano player, western double doors, & bartenders dressed like they’re from that specific era. The drinks really lived up to my expectations. These were some of the most impressive, professional bartenders I have ever seen & you can see they thoroughly enjoy their craft. My cocktail choice? The South Side Cocktail: gin, lemon, mint, sugar, & seltzer- such a treat! Since this was voted as “One of the Best Bars in America” by Esquire magazine, this place is a must.

As you can see too much eating & drinking – sighstill paying for it today!

[ All photos filtered with Instagram { username: LaurynBoBoryn } // pictured: w/ Stephen Sandoval who was the most gracious host ]

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger and health blogger who talks skinny tips and tricks on how to stay in shape.

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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