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MMMMmmm Apple Pie (!!!)

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential's apple pie.The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

Having apple pie for breakfast whenever you want, guilt-free sounds better than…ANYTHING?

WELL. I’ve been eating this apple pie every morning for the past couple weeks & I feel GREAT. This little recipe is 1.) quick/easy/tasty, 2.) filled with fiber, 3.) superrrrr filling, 4.) promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive tract, & 5.) lowers blood sugar.


But we’re not talking about sick-o Marie Callender’s boxed pie guys.

This apple pie is from the book The Suja Solution! In the book, my friend Annie talks about green apples. She basically says they’re “lower in sugar content than red or pink apples, they contain pectin ( soluble fiber that’s full of nutrients ), and green apples lower blood sugar levels.”

After reading this tidbit of knowledge I headed to the store & stocked my fridge with green apples to make ‘apple pie’ AND to grab when I want a quick snack ( literally PERFECT for throwing in your handbag, LIKE PERFECT ).

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential's apple pie.

Are you salivating yet?!

Ok here’s how you make it:

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 raw chia seeds ( I added my magic seeds to this recipe too! )
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of turmeric ( I added this, Annie uses cardamom instead, which sounds good too! )
Liquid Stevia, 2-4 drops
1 tablespoon unsalted walnuts, chopped
Option: 1 sprig of mint

Directions: first off, make this the night before so it turns into a pudding consistency. Plus if you make it the night before breakfast is ready to go ( sometimes I eat this in car, no shame in the game! ). The book says “before bed, place the milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom ( or turmeric ) & stevia in a bowl or mason jar. Stir the ingredients together really well, making sure the chia seeds are evenly distributed & not clumping. Place the bowl or jar in the fridge, allowing the mixture to gel up to a thick, pudding-like consistency overnight. In the morning, remove the mixture to a bowl & add the chopped apple & walnuts on top. Add a sprig of mint for garnish.”
{ ++ recipe from The Suja Solution }

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

Not only can you eat this for breakfast, you can eat this for DINNER TOO!! Or lunch, or a snack, or whatever. It’s kind of like pudding apple pie!

You guys know how I am about routine, I’ll become like full on addicted to something ( exhibit a: chia seeds, b: coconut milk, c: the sleep bun, 4: this red lipstick on repeat, 5: sashimi ) & I just do it over & over & over again. I’m not one of those people who needs a different kind of breakfast every day. I’m happy eating simple, clean meals that are predictable ( but creative!! ).

And this has become a daily staple.

So try it, k?

Last thing, if you like recipes like this check out TSC Bombshell Body Guide— I filled it with clean, healthy goodies.

Ok, I’m off to watch Entourage ( the show, not the movie…never seen, just started it, don’t judge k ) & eat Sugarfish sashimi ( Ms. Predictable ).

Talk soon, lauryn xx

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Skinny Confidential talks apple pie.

The Meditation Diaries With Annie

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

As you guys know I adore Annie Lawless of Suja Juice & BLAWNDE so it’s no surprise that when she posted about meditation, I was intrigued. Definitely ended up sending her questions ( with way too many Emojis ) via text.

So after talking we decided to do a post collab. Today I’m sharing my beauty tips on BLAWNDE & Annie’s sharing about her experience with meditation.

Here’s the deal though: I have a MAJOR problem sitting still. Like a serious problem. It makes me anxious. So meditation is…well, scary. Annie & I both have super busy lifestyles so I figured if Annie finds mediation soothing & productive, then it’s definitely something I should look in to.

ANYWAY enjoy this interview. I’m super excited about it because I’m REALLY, REALLY going to try to incorporate the practice in to my daily routine. Here ya go:

Ok, ok so what’s meditation?

Annie Lawless: Meditation is a state of being. When you’re in meditation, you’re not doing it, you’re being in it. One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that it’s an action or a something you put effort into. It’s really a deep state of inner peace that you enter when the mind is free of thoughts.

How should someone who’s never meditated start off?

AL: Start small! It will feel awkward and maybe even uncomfortable when you start meditating because it’s surprisingly hard/unusual for us to be still and surrender to peace and calm. We are so over stimulated and wound up these days with the fast pace of modern life, that sitting in silence to do nothing just seems odd. But, if you try for 5 minutes or so and gradually increase that time as you are able to sink into it and get a good feeling from it, you will understand the purpose and actually look forward to it! Also, try some of the tips below if you have trouble silencing your mind. This is definitely not something that comes easily in the beginning, but will be natural with time.

Describe your daily experience:

AL: I wake up and meditate every. single. morning. I do this for 30 minutes, minimum. I ask my boyfriend every night what time he needs to wake up and I automatically set my alarm for 30 minutes prior. I need to be alone in my special quiet space without distraction or noise. I like the morning stillness before anyone else is up and I can just be. This is usually around 5:30 or 6 and I like to go into the exercise room because we have a window that looks out to the ocean. I sit indian style, close my eyes, and place my hands on my knees. I probably look like a typical meditator or maybe just a weirdo, but I really don’t care because nobody is around – its my time. When I hear my boyfriend rustle around and turn off his alarm, I slowly come back into my body and bring my awareness to the feeling I’ve just created and make the intention to carry it with me the rest of the day.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

Benefits of meditation?

AL: There are SOOOOO many!! Meditation is like yoga. When people say, “what is yoga good for?” I don’t even know where to start! Here are a few powerful perks of engaging in a regular meditation practice:

STRESS RELIEF: Research has shown, meditation may be one of the most effective forms of reducing stress. Neurologists have found those who meditate have less of the stress hormone cortisol compared with non-meditators.

IMMUNITY: Meditators have shown reduced anxiety and stronger immune function after just 2 months of meditation. Some produced twenty five more antibodies in response to the flu virus.

DEPRESSION: Depressed people treated with meditation are 50% less likely to relapse than people without meditation. Meditation helps retrain the mind to derail negative thinking patterns.

WEIGHT: Instead of eating mindlessly or dealing with stress and negative emotions using food, meditators are more mindful of their hunger and why they may be feeling the need to emotionally eat.

ANTI-AGING: Meditation prevents and reverses the effects of aging on the brain. Those who meditation regularly are shown to have thicker pre-frontal cortexes than those who do not. The pre-frontal cortex is responsible for attention and sensory perception.

What happens if your brain starts thinking too much while you’re meditating?? I’m so anxious, any tips? Also, describe what goes through your brain while meditating.

AL: This WILL happen. Don’t be discouraged or overanalyze it. It’s just the name of the game. When you’re truly in meditation, nothing is going through your brain. When you have trouble getting there, here are some things I do that really help me out when I have monkey mind:

LET YOUR THOUGHTS DRIFT AWAY. When my mind starts firing up with thoughts of what I need to do that day, what’s bothering me, what I should eat for breakfast, my workout, etc. I pretend those thoughts are monkey bars that I am swinging on and I simply leave that bar and swing forward. I don’t let myself hang on those thoughts. When beginning a meditation practice, you WILL have all sorts of thoughts come up and that’s 100% normal and ok. The key is letting them pass and not take over your mind.

USE A SOUND OR MANTRA. If you have trouble focusing your attention on stillness without something more specific to focus on, use a phrase or sound that you repeat to yourself and give purpose to your focus. I like to think of something I need that day like “awareness “, “gratitude”, or “patience” and I repeat that word to myself. When I focus on that word and that word only, my mind does not have the capacity to wander.

BREATHE. This is one of my favorite meditation tips because it is a big part of practicing yoga, which is a moving meditation. Breathing deeply and focusing on that breath is a great way to let everything else in your mind drift away. I like to follow my breath with my mind in through my nose, down the back of my throat, into my lungs and belly, and exhaling back up and feel each step in my body.

RELAX YOUR MUSCLES. A great way to allow your meditation permeate your body is by starting at your toes and relaxing each muscle all the way up through your body one at a time. To do this, focus on your toes and fully relax them, then the balls of your feet and fully relax them, then the arches, the heels, the ankles, the calves, and so on until you reach the crown of your head. By the end, you will have relaxed every muscle in your body while focusing your attention on that relaxation and nothing else. When you open your eyes, you will feel incredible.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

I hope these tips help you start a meditation practice of your own! It is one of the most special and meaningful parts of my day and I know it will be for you too. If you have any questions, check out this post or email me at!

Ok, so what’s the verdict: will you try meditation or do you already practice it?

x. Lauryn

++ Read about my favorite beauty tips on Annie’s blog here.

The Skinny Confidential x Annie Lawless.

Need A Quick Tea On-the-Go? I Gotcha Covered.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

Let me set the scene: it’s a typical Monday morning & I’m ready to kick my ass into gear. I wake up, shower, oil pull ( sometimes ), have a little espresso shot, drink a green smoothie, return some e-mails…you know, the usual. And before beginning the work day, I’m usually dying for a Starbucks green iced tea. So I’ll go to Starbucks grab an iced green tea, no water, no sweetener, maybe add a splash of passion fruit tea, if I’m feeling crazy.

BUT {!!!} no more Starbucks for me.


Because Suja just came out with the most amazing selection of tea ( perf for a girl on the go ). Some of their new flavors include: Honeybush Peach, Unsweetened Biodynamic Black, Jasmine Pomegranate, & Chunmee Tropical. & let’s face it: I’m kinda indecisive in general ( GEMINIS!!! ) so when it comes to tea, I never can pick just one. Naturally, having a couple options to stock my fridge with is sort of like, the most amazing thing ever.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

As you guys know I’ve been always been a die hard Suja fan. I’m always running around like a psycho doing too many things at once so typically I prefer anything easy/accessible/quick. Don’t get me wrong, I love my juicer more than life itself but throwing a pre-made green juice in my oversized handbag, makes life 10 x easier.

Anyway Suja’s teas are the same concept: they’re quick & perfect for busy people. One less trip to Starbucks, right?!! Plus their non-GMO, organic ingredients are the freshest, purest, & cleanest on the market so I’m not constantly questioning WTF’s in my drink. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

My favorite flava flav is the Biodynamic Black. I’m so obsessed with black tea & this one over ice with a little drop of honey does not disappoint.

Oh, & if you’re looking to de-bloat before your bikini debut ( hello summer! ) then make this lil recipe, & instead of using green tea, use Suja’s black tea. Sooooo good it hurts.

What’s your favorite tea? Spill. x l

{ Pictured TSC book here }

{{ P.S. check out the Suja sponsored party below ( Suja cocktails…yes, cocktails will be flowing! ); it’s an opening day after party, for all you Del Mar racetrack fans, at Rancho Valencia in SD…so fun! x. }}

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential talks Suja tea.

Book Launch Party Goodie Bags!!! <3

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.



Hope you’re all coming out to Rancho Valencia today to celebrate the launch of The Skinny Confidential: A Babe’s Sexy, Sassy Health and Lifestyle Guide!!

Ok so here’s the deal:

The first fifty people to buy books will get a badass goodie bag…


This doesn’t mean show up to the event at 5:15 pm. It starts at 5:30 pm & no goodie bags will be given out until then. So please, oh please show up at 5:30, not 5:15.


The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.Ok now the good stuff. So WTF is in the bag? At least $500 dollars of gift cards (!!!) AND one lucky winner will get a goodie bag with a FREE Suja three day juice cleanse.

Check out the goodies:

♥ Blink Lash Boutique gift card
♥ Blog-Doo gift card offering $50 dollars off any package
♥ Brachelle Jewelry gift card
♥ Cate McNabb Cosmetics lipgloss & discount card
♥ A Duty Free City girly flash drives
♥ FLOSS Dental Studio $150 free teeth whitening
♥ JNB Jewelry $50 dollar gift card
La Jolla Cosmetics $100 gift card
♥ A Skinny Conf surprise goodie
♥ Suja juice coupons
♥ Van De Vort gift card ( << super cute clothing store!! )
♥ Pixy’s favorite non-GMO dog treats

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

Some more party deets: enjoy a skinny street taco bar, craft cocktails ( w/ freshest of fresh ingreds, naturally ), live music by Ottopilot ( check out their Kickstarter here ), goodie bags, roaming makeup artists from Cate McNabb, & a Suja DIY mimosa bar with Bon Affair champagne. All of San Diego’s top bloggers will be in attendance too : )! ( * The event has been put on by Be Social PR ).

If you can’t make the book party because you’re not in Cali ( boo : / ), follow the party through Instagram. MWAH!


{ More details on the book party here & here }

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

The Skinny Confidential's book launch party at Rancho Valencia.

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