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GET EXCITED!!! Pistachio ‘Nice Cream’…With 4 Ingredients

The Skinny Confidential talks ice cream.

The Skinny Confidential talks ice cream.

The Skinny Confidential talks ice cream.

Not going to lie, I was pretty excited when I got my monthly Shape magazine BECAUSE THEY FEATURED MY PISTACHIO ICE CREAM RECIPE.


I feel pistachios are the next big thing.

People forgot about them.

But how good does pistachio fro yo sound? Or shaved pistachios over waffles? Or pistachio trail mix with cacao nibs & spicy almonds?



That’s what I’m talking about. Plus this recipe takes 5 seconds & I guarantee you have all the ingredients in your fridge now.

So for those of you who don’t get Shape magazine, here’s the recipe:

Like I said, this is an easy-ass recipe that has FOUR ingredients. Plus you can’t blame me: my mouth is banded shut with rubber bands…which means ice cream or anything cold & creamy is the theme around here. This recipe has been one I can actually eat plus it’s full of protein.

TSC’s Pistachio ‘Nice Cream’

Handful of unsalted pistachios
2-4 scoops of raw almond butter
A few splashes of unsweetened almond milk ( w/o carrageenan )
1 banana, sliced & frozen

Directions: crush/muddle pistachios in a bowl. Add everything to a blender & blend. If you’re in a hurry, use a banana that’s not frozen & add ice instead. Garnish with shredded pistachios. Yum, yum.

Oh, & here’s why I love pistachios:

Healthy Heart: One of the biggest health benefits of pistachios is that they are heart-friendly nuts. Research on pistachios suggests that regular pistachio consumption can decrease the levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the body. The antioxidants, phytosterols, unsaturated fatty acids (both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids) are great for promoting a healthy heart.

Weight Management: Pistachios are also the first choice for people who are dieting. Evidence suggests that pistachios, with their lower calories, high protein, low saturated fat, and high unsaturated fats, are an ideal contender as compared to other nuts and dried fruits for ideal weight management.

Eliminates Skin Dryness: Pistachios also help in eliminating dryness from the skin. The saturated fat plays a major role in this aspect. The fat also acts as a good carrier or base oil as it is used as an ingredient in traditional therapies like aromatherapy and traditional massage therapy.

Dietary Fiber: One of the other health benefits of pistachios is that it is a good source of dietary fiber, which helps in the smooth digestion of food. A serving of about 1 ounce or 30 grams of pistachios contains about 3 grams of dietary fiber, more than enough to get your digestive tracts working at optimum capacity.

Antioxidant Properties: Even the shells of pistachios are found to contain a considerable amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that form in the body after cellular metabolism and can cause conditions like cancer and heart disease.

Defense Against Diabetes: One of the final health benefits of pistachios is that they function in controlling diabetes. In people suffering from diabetes, the sugars form inappropriate bonds with proteins and make them unusable. This process is known as glycation. The antioxidants present in pistachios help in reducing the process of glycation and thus can help in controlling diabetes.

Absorption of iron: Pistachios have a high copper content, which helps in the higher absorption of iron into the body from food sources. This can help combat conditions like anemia.

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So ya, can you blame me for liking this badass nut?

The Skinny Confidential talks ice cream.
The Skinny Confidential talks ice cream.

Ok, so QUESTION: name a recipe, any recipe, that you want to see 3 to 5 ingredient style. It could be anything: spaghetti sauce, cake, brownies, pizza, you get it. Would love to make some of your favorites with minimal, clean ingredients!

More recipes like this can be found in TSC Bombshell Body Guide.

Hope you had a fabulous Tuesday!

– lauryn, xx

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The Skinny Confidential talks ice cream.

Hello Magnesium!! Buh-Bye Muffin Top!!

The Skinny Confidential talks magnesium.

Typically in TSC interviews I’m asking the questions…but if someone asked me my quick skinny tip?

I’d easily say magnesium, duh.

I feel like it’s kind of a hidden secret though…I mean, not many people realize the huge-ass role the mineral ( it’s a mineral, not a vitamin ), magnesium plays in our health. It’s crucial to basically every function & tissue in the body.

My magnesium comes from many different things: darky, leafy greens ( think: Swiss chard & kale ), flaxseeds, almonds, salmon, avocado, bananas, dark chocolate…& a nightly supplement ( 310-320 mg. // 2 supplements a night, tops ).

This source states: “a 2013 study in the Journal of Nutrition found that higher magnesium intake was associated with lower levels of fasting glucose and insulin ( markers related to fat and weight gain ), and one study from England found that a magnesium supplement may have some beneficial effects on reducing fluid retention during the menstrual cycle, meaning you’ll feel less bloated.”

FYI: Shape Magazine rates magnesium as its top ‘4 bikini body boosters to jumpstart weight loss’ for 2014.


Oh, & if you’re like me you watch “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” AKA #RKOBH ( I knowwww, a total guilty pleasure— so sue me ) then you’ve become acquainted with the fab Miss Morgan Stewart. She swears by magnesium. Morgan openly shares how she takes it at night because it makes her reallllllll regular in the morning. Like, it really cleans her out ( nudge, nudge, winky, winky ). 

Hey, I didn’t share that fact on the world wide web, she did.

The Skinny Confidential talks magnesium.

Ok, so why take the mineral at night?

Whelp, supposedly, “the major perk of this nutrient is its ability to relax muscles, keep you calm, and promote peaceful sleep, which in itself is a huge part of making any diet plan work. According to the National Institutes of Health, magnesium is needed for more than 300 chemical reactions in the body, including keeping the heart rhythm steady, regulating blood sugar levels, and helping lower blood pressure. Some research also suggests that a higher magnesium intake can reduce the risk of colon cancer, and many studies have shown that magnesium may help treat such conditions as osteoporosis, PMS, migraines, depression, and more ( source ).”

And fast forward to the morning-after magnesium…& well, uh…let’s just say you definitely feel healthy &…reallll light.

It’s really very simple when you think about it: eat more leafy greens, up your avo/almond intake, and add two magnesium supplements…bam— you’re golden.

Anyway, I have nothing but amazing things to say about my favorite mineral…anyone else have an experience with magnesium? Share please!

By the way, I’m obviously not like, Doctor Evarts over here…just, as always, sharing what’s worked well for moi. 

Happy ( almost ) Friday! x. Lauryn

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Mini DeLites: Christmas Eve

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 fn’ing holidays. Even though they’re so worth it in the end, the crowded malls, constant spending, & butthole drivers can be a real bitch.


I seriously don’t know how people with four kids do it. Props. Seriously. Lots of props.

Anyway since I def drink more booze around the par-tay months of Nov/Dec, I decided to try a little experiment. I’ve pretty much cut out wine/hard alcohol & tried to stick with just champagne. Just by doing this, I’ve lost five pounds + I feel wayyyyy less bloated. Just a lil’ holiday skinny tip ; ).

Get this: it takes way longer to nurse a glass of champagne ( ESP w/ ice ), it’s relaxing ( = less stress ), & the bubbly makes you feel buzzed quicker ( AKA less alc. consumption ). Heard of ‘The Champagne Diet?’ Google it.

And of course I wish you all an amazing, sparkly, bubbly Christmas.

Cheers…but only with champagne (= !

x’s & o’s.L

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 skinny blogger talks holiday weight loss tips.

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