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ZZZzzzzz…TSC Beauty Sleep Tea

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Everyone on the planet has tried Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea. If you’re an 80’s baby, you HAVE TO remember the green box with the mama bear with the cute, red knit cap, no? It was a total staple in my house then & still is NOW- it’s the same amazing tea just with a new, killer design (don’t worry… the Sleepytime Bear isn’t going anywhere ).

& let me tell ya, MY HOUSE IS STOCKED WITH TEA.

There’s something nostalgic & calming about going to bed with a cup of warm tea every night. But because I’m an extremist, you guys know I had to take the warm cup of plain tea eight hundred steps further.

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…which is why I added DARK CHOCOLATE CHIA SEEDS for a chocolate-y taste AND an extra candy cane tea bag to my Sleepytime concoction. Also, get excited because Sleepytime Tea comes in Sleepytime EXTRA.

So it’s kind of like a chocolate, minty, sleep-aid.

Anyway, tea is typically always on my bed stand when I’m watching Damages, blogging, or reading a book. I’m an anxious person in general so anything that helps me relax/calm down is welcomed. And this herbal tea really sets the tone of the night so I’m not bouncing off the walls.

Here’s what you do:

The Skinny Confidential Beauty Sleep Tea

1 Celestial Tea Sleepytime Extra tea bag
1 Celestial Tea Candy Cane Lane tea bag
A few splashes of unsweetened almond milk
1 heaping teaspoon of dark chocolate chia seeds
A drop of maple syrup

Directions: heat up water for tea. Add both tea bags. Add splashes of almond milk. Top with dark chocolate chia seeds. Add drop of maple syrup ( this doesn’t need more than a drop, the chia seeds give it a sweetness ).

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Get in bed, dim the lights, grab a pretty eye mask, & enjoy!

Pure, pure heaven.

How do you guys wind down at night? Does anyone else have a specific tea ritual? I love green tea but I can’t do it night because of the caffeine.

ZZZZzzzz, lauryn x

( P.S. where can I get one of those red knit caps like the Sleepytime bear wears? Kind of chic, right. WANT ).

+ pineapple mug here.

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China’s Best Kept Weight Loss Secret: Pu’erh Tea

 

HHHHHEYYYY GUYS!

I’m coming at cha from Tokyo, Japan.

Currently: in an airport lounge, eating Japanese noodles, drinking roasted green tea, & listening to elevator music, BUT HEY I HAVE FUCKING WIFI SO LIFE IS GOOD. For me, life without wifi is like life without sun.

When I went to China I knew the wifi sitch would be kind of annoying BUT I didn’t know I’d be locked out of American sites.

Ya. That happened.

It was so weird. We were accessing normal American sites & then BAM!! One day they just didn’t work.

So. I actually COULDN’T work. It was a total first for me. I’m used to returning about 400 emails a day, engaging on social media, blogging, & researching so it was an odd feeling to just disconnect.

I know I said I wasn’t going to work too much in Asia, but I lied. Ha! I did work throughout the Hong Kong/Thailand part. But maybe ending our trip with literally no Internet was good for me?

Who knows.

I’m back though!

Ok so I know, I know another post about tea? How much tea can one drink? I mean? I fully understand that you’re tea-ed out but THIS TEA I’M ABOUT TO TALK ABOUT IS UNREAL, so bear with me, mkay?

PU’ERH TEA.

I wouldn’t have done a full dedicated blog post to this specific tea unless it was THAT good. And it is.

So here’s the story: Michael & I went tea tasting.

You know, like wine tasting? But tea tasting. Apparently this is very common in China.

( If you follow me on Snapchat, you saw a peek inside the experience ).

Anyway, at the tea tasting we sampled TONS of Chinese teas. The Chinese freaking know their tea. Tea is a full blown HUGE deal & I was loving it. TEA, TEA, TEA, & MORE TEA.

The girl who helped us told us about Pu’erh tea. Her eyes lit up when she talked about this particular tea.

She told me all her girlfriends drank the tea twice a day, after meals to stay slim. The girl went on & on about this tea and how everyone in China drinks it for it’s weight loss properties.

I was excited to share because obviously it’s an all-natural way to keep weight off. AND the tea tastes phenomenal ( I like weird tastes though ).

So what’d I do? Became a lab rat for the rest of the trip, der.

I drank the tea, twice a day.

Just taking one for the team, guys.

AND LET’S JUST SAY: it keep things VERY regular. I would describe Pu’erh tea as chia seeds on steroids/crack. AKA don’t drink the tea before a hot date night. And since I finally got a damn Internet connection, I was able to research. Here are the details:

According to this source, “Pu-erh tea ( also spelled Pu’er ) is a kind of healthy beverage, which not only has a long history of Chinese tea, but can help us reduce fat and lose weight. The cooked tea can keep the stomach fit and warm it, while the fresh tea has a better effect on weight loss than the cooked tea, on account of its strong taste.

Pu-erh tea has been touted for many years as a great weight loss tea because of its ability to help us burn fat and shed pounds, as well as having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor. Drinking Pu-erh tea at the correct times will help you shed unwanted pounds by helping your body to metabolize fat. If you drink Pu-erh at the wrong times, it is said that it will actually cause you to gain weight instead. The best time to drink a cup of Pu-erh tea for weight loss goals is one hour after a meal, so that the Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats. However if you drink Pu-erh half an hour or so before you eat a meal, it will cause the opposite effect and can cause you to gain weight instead because when you drink Pu-erh tea before a meal it clears up the fat deposits in your body and any residue in the stomach so that it actually increases your appetite, causing you to eat more.

Ideally, to lose the most weight using Pu-erh tea, you should drink Pu-erh tea without adding any other Chinese tea or drinks to your diet besides Pu-erh tea. If you do this the weight loss effects will be the most noticeable.”

Read all about how to brew it & check out all benefits here.

The best part? I found REAL Pu-erh tea online. So that’s how I’ll be buying my Pu’erh in the States.

By the way, I love the idea of someone calling me & being like “what are you doing?” And me casually being all “oh nothing, just drinking my Pu’erh” with a fully erect pinky. It’s kind of chic, right?

Ok, now it’s time to conquer my email inbox (FML)…talk soon, Lauryn xx


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.

Why?

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.

Pre-Bikini, Badass, Natural Diuretic Tea

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and tea.

Ok so I know I shared my lemon diuretic ( such a dinosaur/throwback post!! ) two & half years ago when TSC launch but today, in true bikini spirit, I’m sharing my favorite recipe for de-bloating tea.

That’s right.

This tea helps combat bloat. Who wouldn’t like that?? Right?!

I like to drink two cups of this an hour or two before bikini time.

So…wait, back up…WTH does diuretic mean?

Whelp, a quick version: diuretics basically get rid of fluid/bloat. BTW: this isn’t some medical, gnarly diuretic, it’s simply a natural tea that will help you feel tight & right.

Lemon is the best natural diuretic on the planet ( I literally would swim in lemon like the grandma from Patch Adams who swam in a pool of noodles…there I’d be…swimming in citrus, just living out my dream ). Green tea & ginger are also effective diuretics & apple cider vinegar is full of benefits. P.S. prone to UTI’s? Drink this tea & thank me later— let’s just say ( for the sake of any man reading this right now ) that it really promotes urine flow. We’ll leave the UTI talk at that ( for now ).

Mmkay.

Ok, so the ingreds:

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and tea.

All you do is make tea like usual, add two tea bags of green tea ( I like this one; it’s clean & organic ), squeeze one lemon, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar ( make sure it’s unfiltered & raw ), & slice four thin slices of ginger…and throw it all in your green tea.

Ta-da.

Of course, sense I’m a freaking weirdo about my teeth ( lemon strips the enamel ), I wait for it to cool a bit…&…sip it with a straw. LOL.

This super simple, de-bloating tea is perfect to drink before slipping into your bikini…trust me!! Feel free to make this iced too.

Cheers & happy Fourth of July! x

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Guess what I did Sunday?

…?

I mean, I feel like it’s kind of an oxymoron but…I went to the movies…wait for it…& had a kale/carrot/lemon vinegar salad.

I know, right?! So weird.

Apparently the local movie theater has a menu ( NB deal ) that consists of kale salad, arugula salad, a fruit plate, & sushi ( hmmm, ya—sushi…don’t know how I feel about that one ).

Pretty F-ing cool, right?

So now I’m hooked on date nights at the movies— buh-bye GMO, buttery soaked, salt filled popcorn…hello fresh kale salad!

Oh, & BTW, I’m def one of those people that needs to go to the movies with popcorn.

So.

I brought my own. We just bought a popcorn machine ( << totally doing a post on this ). So I bought some seeds, popped my corn, & added a little Himalayan pink sea salt + cinnamon.

Easy, peasy. & so damn yummy.

What’s your favorite movie snack?

Oh, & we saw Bad Grandpa…such a LOL.

x.Lauryn

{ P.S. don’t forget to enter the rad-ass giveaway with Child of Wild! }.

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