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LIFT YOUR BUTT: HOW TO GET THE ASS OF A VICTORIA’S SECRET MODEL

by
LAURYN

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STEPHEN PASTERINO of P.volve is back on The Skinny Confidential guys. His fitness podcast episode was a hit with the community ( if you haven’t listened, you HAVE to- SO MANY TAKEAWAYS ) so I wanted to bring him back to discuss BUTTS. There’s so many misconceptions about fitness- especially with social media- but I feel like Stephen’s method is LEGIT. Tried & true. Like P.volve doesn’t make your cortisol go crazy, it’s low intensity with big results, & the workout leans the body as opposed to bulking it.

I have worked out with Stephen many times in NYC & LA & always feel AMAZING after- the movements are ones that you would do in your daily life. THIS TIDBIT matters. Here’s why: if you do an exercise that has different moves than you’re used to doing in real life the body will gain muscles in areas that look unnatural. The online platform is badass- a bunch of you have e-mailed me your results & they’re insane. The equipment is minimal & the workout are with him & presented in a VERY clear way. You can stalk his online platform here. It’s also worth a mention that he trains a bunch of the Victoria’s Secret models. No big deal.

( + Also from a friend perspective- he’s cool as a cucumber, his wife is a badass ( she’s an amazing cook ) & the whole P.volve team is incredible really ).

Anyway Stephen is really THE ASS MASTER- I mean GQ named him that SOOOOOOooooo there’s that! As you can see it’s absolutely no surprise that he knows his stuff when it comes to getting a tight ass. He recently launched a butt program & I am very much about it. Read on about how you can sculpt the butt of your dreams at-home ( & be SURE to enter the giveaway at the end of this post ).

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Alright let’s hear from THE ASS MASTER himself: Stephen Pasterino of P.Volve:

Introduce yourself for anyone who hasn’t listen to the podcast. Tell us your backstory and how you got involved in health and fitness.

Stephen Pasterino: My name is Stephen Pasterino and I’ve been involved in health and fitness since I was about 14. My small town was very much a “Varsity Blues” American town where everyone was obsessed with football. For a small boy playing sports and growing up there, football is all that matters.

At this point when you’re playing football, were you also obsessed with the body?

SP: I was obsessed with the body, obsessed with working out, obsessed with food and diet. Everyone’s dad liked to workout so it passed down to the boys. At 14 years old we all had mentors already. Dads, coaches & teachers were all heavy into working out and this lifestyle, so that right there catapulted us into the world of health and fitness from a young age.

How do you go from being obsessed with the body and football to developing P.volve?

SP: That life started with sports, getting as strong as possible, gaining as much muscle as possible, being able to run as fast possible, getting 6-pack abs, getting jacked and being the best-looking kid at college parties. It went from being all about sports to being all about looks and body building.

Body building is one of the most intense forms of fitness out there. You really learn how to manipulate your body through diet, proportions, ratios and movement; you can make parts of your body smaller, so other parts look bigger. I brought a bit of that into the P.volve program.

I’ve done the P.Volve workout, so I know the difference between it and body building. Your body is amazing, and you don’t look like a body builder, so can you tell the audience the main difference?

SP: I hate mentioning body building when talking about P.volve because I feel like people misunderstand me and just think of huge, jacked muscles. But body building is the foundation of P.volve. In body building you learn how to manipulate your muscles by making things smaller so other things look bigger, and through your diet you can strategically work on your proportions. Body building is great, but it’s non-functional. P.volve is all about everyday, functional movements and working your body in a way that you would do in your everyday life.

I find it very interesting how great you are at understanding and sculpting the female body even though males can also do your workout. Can you tell us a bit more about this?

SP: Around age 26 I felt like I’d learned so much about the male physique and how to really perfect it. I walked into a gym in New York and I noticed almost everyone was a woman and started wondering what feminine physique they were looking for. It’s that long, sleek, flat stomach, a great ass, chiseled arms – and then the lightbulb switched on.

As an expert in sports training and body building, I know that 98% of the most known exercises are out because they’re going to build out shoulders, widen the back, and bulk up thighs and calves. So, everything I know is going out the window if I’m going to sculpt the perfect female physique. There are negative effects to the body when training like an athlete. These people are training for extreme situations and there is no reason the everyday woman should be training like one.

I started looking into Pilates, yoga and barre and it didn’t take me long to realize that these are way better for the body than all the other heavy lifting stuff. But I also realized these lighter exercises are not perfect. I felt that these exercises and movements were taking people only 75% of the way to their full potential.

That’s so nuts and it’s why I love this interview. It’s so different from everything we’ve been told. So how does P.volve get you that extra 25%?

SP: By doing functional movements with body weight or light weights and focusing on the butt. Pilates and barre classes are very repetitive and you’re putting a ton of impact on your thighs and knees, which leads to bulking. They’re non-functional movements that you don’t do in everyday life. Non-functional exercise yields an unnatural physique. Pilates, yoga and barre classes are great; it burns, and it works you, but everyone can look even better.

I want to talk about Karen. She’s a girl I made up who lives in Minnesota. She’s 30-40 lbs overweight, she doesn’t have the best diet, she gets up at 6 and gets home at 6 from her 9-5 desk job, she’s exhausted, she makes dinner and goes to bed. What are your recommendations for her since she can’t come see you in NYC or LA? Tell us her plan.

SP: That is a very typical lifestyle and to change it you really need to commit to more movement and a healthy diet. When you sit all day, you aren’t expending very many calories and most offices are full of snacks which contributes to mindless eating. In my opinion, most people eat too often and even when ordering a salad for lunch, it’s filled with fatty foods like eggs and avocado. Those are healthy foods but not in excess when you’re trying to lose weight.

I would tell Karen to start with my butt program and do it 5-6 days a week. Adding in 1 hour of walking a few times a week would be great too. She should also try eating just 2 meals a day, whether that’s breakfast and lunch, or breakfast and dinner – she can figure out what works for her. If she is committed and follows a good diet I see no reason why she couldn’t lose 20 lbs in 2 months.

Should Karen start running to get her heart rate going or is walking good enough?

SP: Unfortunately, when you’re 40 lbs overweight, you don’t get to run. Even being 15 lbs overweight can do tremendous damage to your joints. Our joints can only take so much wear and tear and over the course of my life, I’ve had a lot of joint pain. It’s horrible and taking pressure off our joints is one of my biggest focuses when developing P.volve.

Heart health isn’t all related to exercise. Diet and your arteries play a huge part in heart health. You don’t have to run or do cardio to have a healthy heart. My workout totally gets your heart going and your blood pumping. Running when you’re overweight can do more damage than good.

You said that Karen should start with your butt program. Why?

SP: The butt program will fully activate the butt which is the most important thing. The more the butt is activated the better, because the butt is the foundation of the body.

Interesting. Tell us more about that.

SP: The glutes are the biggest and strongest muscles in the body. It’s dead center and everything sits on top of it. It propels your every movement and what goes on below. It works in conjunction with your thighs, hips and stomach and is actually the powerhouse of the body. If you pretend your body is a car, then the butt is the engine. You want your engine functioning at its best, and if it’s not, everything else take the brunt. So, if your butt isn’t functioning optimally, then your thighs and hips do more work which is going to bulk them up. You’ll get knee aches and lower back aches because your other muscles have to compensate for your butt.

That’s where the functional exercises come in. We need to make sure the butt is fully activated so the rest of the body does what it’s supposed to do in conjunction with the glutes, so your body is moving in the best possible way.

I’m so bummed out that Pilates isn’t functional.

SP: No no no! I’m not saying Pilates, barre, or yoga is bad. I’m saying it’s just not the best. It doesn’t take your body to the place it can go.

I love working out with you in person, but more and more people are working out at home. What you’re actually selling is time, which is what everyone needs more of. We don’t need to go the gym and we can do your workouts at home, but do we need all the equipment?

SP: If you want to get the best bang for your buck and give yourself a real chance at getting the best results, then yes. You want to get the arm band, the ankle weights, the hand weights because all these little bits of resistance are going to help activate your muscles further, without overbearing them. I know it’s annoying but that’s why we have all the stuff; it’s useful. The exercises are still extremely effective without equipment but I’m constantly coming up with the new things and adding programs, so the equipment is necessary to keep the body’s stimuli changing. It’ll help you see results quicker.

Will people lose weight on your program?

SP: Yes, but that’s not the main focus. In my opinion, there are 3 main factors to health: being strong and healthy, feeling good, and looking good. When you work on a healthy diet, and sculpting and getting into amazing shape, weight loss naturally follows. It goes back to functional exercise creating your natural body. It’s about muscle activation, proportion, building glutes, sculpting thighs, fixing posture and leaning out your stomach. When you do all those things, weight loss will naturally follow.

If all the women in the world followed your program do you think they’d all be happier?

SP: Definitely! I think there would be a lot less frustration & a lot more confidence.

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I’ve had many conversations with you and I really think your program is what you say it is. It’s not a gimmick.

SP: No, it’s not. The results speak for themselves. I’m very fortunate because over the last 5 years I’ve led group classes in NYC with all different body types and ages and have seen results first hand. I know it works and the results are amazing. I’ve seen people’s bodies and personalities change!

We’ve had girls from all over the world send us bikini pics and the results are amazing. This can really transform your body and you don’t need heavy weights, squats, lunges or deadlifts to do it. Working with Victoria’s Secret models is great, but I don’t want to be known for that. It’s not what I’m most proud of. I want everyone to have their best body and feel amazing.

P.volve workouts are for everyone and I’ve had a lot of experience with a wide range of people who get results. I want men and women who are anywhere from 20-50 years old to be able to do my workouts and feel amazing. That’s what I’m most proud of.

Can you tell us a few more specifics about the butt program? Sell us!

SP: The butt program is a 21-day program with 5 different videos. We break down the butt into different sections and focus on its different muscles. It shows you how to sculpt the middle of your butt, the inner and outer areas of your butt, how to get the smile, etc. I teach you how to work your entire butt, not just the middle ( which is the only thing a squat does ).

As I said, the butt is the powerhouse and you need to get it switched on and working properly to let everything else fall into place. You’re not going to get the legs or stomach you want if your butt isn’t working properly. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want a great ass!

BUT RIGHT? THANKS STEPHEN FOR YOUR INFO!! 

SO GUYS I was totally sold after having many convos with Stephen, having him on the podcast, & working out with him in person a few times. He really knows his shit. He even predicted that Michael would have back problems from wearing his cowboy boots…& guess what? Ya, here we are. A few weeks ago, Michael told me Stephen was right, his back is hurting, and so he started wearing sneakers. He needs P.volve & a chiropractor stat. You can catch me on IG Stories working out with Stephen when I’m in NYC or jumping on his butt program in my living room.

In the meantime, as promised Stephen is doing a huge giveaway for all TSC readers. You ready? TO WIN a Skype workout session with Stephen + $525 Varley gift card simply tell us how many days you sit on your ass ( for me…it’s a lot- the computer is killer, LOL ) on my latest Instagram. And for extra credit TAG A FRIEND ON INSTAGRAM to enter too!

See you tomorrow, x lauryn

+  STALK STEPHEN & P.volve: website | Stephen’s Instagram | P.volve IG 

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TSC MASTER LIST: THRIVE MARKET ESSENTIALS

by
LAURYN

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It’s no secret that I love Thrive Market. You’ve heard me talk about it everywhere because it really is that good. They make shopping for healthy items easy and affordable. No need to sift through aisles of products reading all of the ingredients. Everything has been reviewed and approved.

They make it easy with categories from vegan to paleo, household to beauty and everything else in-between. It’s really your one stop shop for healthy living. Plus everything gets delivered so there’s no need to go to the store. Efficient! Just how we like it.

Today I’m sharing TSC MASTER LIST: THRIVE MARKET EDITION ( you can find the full master list here ). These are the items I find myself going back to time and time again. Let’s dive in:

TSC THRIVE MARKET ESSENTIALS LIST

RAO’S HOMEMADE SAUCE

“Rao’s Arrabbiata “Fra Diavolo” Sauce is made with the spice of imported crushed red pepper, imported Italian tomatoes, imported pure Italian olive oil and blended with fresh garlic, fresh basil, black pepper and oregano.”

 There’s something about Rao’s that just tastes SO MUCH BETTER than any other sauce. Once you try it you’ll understand. I love using this with lentil pasta and Brussels sprouts for an easy and quick weeknight meal. Throw on some nutritional yeast and you’re good to go. You can also use this to make gg pizzas which are loaded with fiber to fill you up. The options are endless really.

YUM EARTH CANDY

“When you go picking for strawberry licorice, settle on YumEarth. This fully USDA Certified Organic Licorice is not like the other candies on the market. It’s made from ingredients like real fruit juice and organic cane sugar and no high fructose corn syrup, soy, or dairy anywhere in the bag. It’s gluten-free, too!. Great for kids and adults.”

Let’s be real – sometimes you have a sweet tooth and you just want some candy. Well it’s time to say buh-bye to red dye and artificial flavoring and say hello to Yum Earth Candy. This stuff satisfies your sweet tooth and tastes delicious. I love snacking on this during movies or while driving in the car from San Diego to Los Angeles. Plus with Halloween coming up, this makes the perfect substitute. You can even create a candy bar for your next party.

ORGANIC PUMPKIN

“Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin is rich, smooth and delicious, AND ready to use in everything from baked delights to entrees. Use it in a variety of recipes including pies, muffins, cookies, soups…even chili!”

Every morning each of our dogs has a scoop of this pumpkin in their food. They LOVEEEE it. Literally though, they live for their pumpkin. It’s great for providing fiber & beta-carotene to promote vitamin A. You can also use this to make a homemade pumpkin spice latte and skip the sugar-filled one from Starbucks.

ROSEWATER MIST

“Experience the delicate floral scent of real roses any time of the year! Rosewater is truly versatile with numerous benefits from culinary gourmet flavoring to uplifting cosmetic mist. Use as a perfume, body splash or add to your hair rinse or bath water. You can also combine with therapeutic oils to make your own complexion formula.”

There’s nothing better than a good mist. I even wrote a whole post dedicated to why I’m obsessed. This smells delicious, it’s refreshing and it provides extra hydration for dewy skin. Who doesn’t want that? Mist yourself midday while you’re walking to grab coffee, mist yourself in the car while in traffic, mist yourself at night before bed. There’s really no wrong time to mist.

CALM TEA

“Calm Tea features a proprietary formula that provides a highly absorbable, water-soluble magnesium in ionic form. It gradually reduces accumulated calcium, giving fast relief to many symptoms of magnesium depletion. CALM mixes easily with water for a convenient dose of magnesium.”

I’m obsessed with this powder. It’s like Xanax but all natural. Really relaxes you. BIG time. I swear I’m so high-strung & this stuff really zens me out. Highly recommended. I add this to mint tea ( just a scoop ) or to warm water.

RAW ALMOND BUTTER

“Rich and creamy Artisana Organic Raw Almond Butter is made from 100 percent organic nuts and crafted in small batches for the freshest quality. And without any artificial dyes, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup, it packs in the nutritional profile of a superfood. A single serving provides seven grams of protein, keeping you feeling full.”

My raw almond butter is added to: apples with chia seeds, baby carrots, PB & J on an open-faced sandwich, celery, banana slices, smoothies, oatmeal, a piece of dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, TSC two ingredient pancakes, &/or any baking recipes. Add cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg for added flavor. Raw almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, which help your heart without raising your cholesterol levels. YUM.

INDIAN HEALING CLAY

“Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is bentonite clay from Death Valley, California, where it is sun-dried for up to six months in temperatures that sometimes reach 134 degrees Fahrenheit. With more than 50 natural minerals inside, it makes for a nourishing face mask or skin treatment. It can lift pimples and blackheads right out of your pores.”

I don’t care if your complexion is acne prone, oily, or dry, if this mask isn’t in your medicine cabinet you’re seriously missing out. This secret mask has been named “the world’s most powerful facial” and it’s under $5.

All you do is mix this powdered clay with equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar &/or a bit of water. Use a bowl & spoon ( preferably non-metal ) & stir the mixture well so it turns to paste. Apply the clay to your face & allow it to harden for ten minutes ( sometimes I even leave it on for twenty mins— rebel!!! ). Remove by washing it off with warm water. It’s totally #teamnormal to have some redness.

Pros: it reduces acne scars, shrinks pores, & provides a tightening sensation ( << love!!). And not only can you use this magic mud to beautify, it can be used on skin irritations & bug bites too.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

“Bragg Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar can add a pop of tangy flavor to salads, veggies, and even popcorn, but it also has nutritive benefits with enzymes that may help with digestion, pH balance, and inflammation. Bragg makes theirs with non-GMO, USDA certified organic apples and keeps it raw and unfiltered with the “mother” intact.”

ACV is GREAT for beauty. It’s insane for skin, hair, nails, weight loss, & detoxification. You can create your own toner to balance your pH by combining 1 cup of ACV with 1 cup of cold water. This can help with any sun spots/aging you may have. You can also drink it in the morning as a shot to help promote detoxification to flush your system. Plus you can even use it on your hair by adding a couple of teaspoons into your shampoo to help create healthy, shiny hair.

SILVER

“For thousands of years, silver has played an essential role in safeguarding human health. In fact, until 1938, colloidal silver was the preferred choice of physicians for empowering the immune system and stimulating the body’s innate healing processes. Sovereign Silver has only two ingredients: pure silver and pharmaceutical-grade purified water. It does not contain added salt or proteins that render other silver products less effective. Plus, it is packaged in non-leaching glass bottles to guarantee purity throughout its shelf life.”

If you’re starting to feel sick, enjoy some silver! This stuff is an immunity booster. If you feel a cold coming on simply place 1 tsp under your tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. I also love to take this while I’m traveling to avoid getting sick from the stale airplane air. Be sure to stock up on this for winter time to keep yourself strong so you can continue building your dreams.

OK there you have it! My Thrive Market MUST HAVES. What am I missing? What are you guys all obsessed with?

x, lauryn

+ full TSC master list

+ PODCAST with Nick Green, CEO of Thrive Market

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How to trick your kids into eating healthy AF

by
LAURYN

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Carly is back! You may remember her from when she shared her tips for how to be a badass mom and today she’s getting even more real. HOW TO TRICK YOUR KIDS INTO EATING HEALTHY AF! Guys – I don’t have kids yet but you can bet I’m going to use some of these recipes on Michael. They’re simple, delicious & pack a real punch. Win-win-win.

Side note: as you may know, the past few weeks I was away in France. It was really nice to put the phone away and enjoy some real quality time with friends. Now that we’re back you can expect a regular flow of content again! It’s essential to take a break and rest. I am SO inspired and recharged. Expect lots of juiciness. 

Let’s dive in:

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be back as a guest blogger here on The Skinny Confidential! My name is Carly and I live in Encinitas, California with my husband Adam, 3 year old son Rio, 1 year old son Dante and 16 year old Brussels Griffon, Mayzie.

I started a blog and Instagram account, The Preggers Pantry, during my first pregnancy in hopes to connect with and share ideas with other health conscious, like-minded mamas. My sons and I eat a primarily vegetarian diet so I post a lot of kid-friendly, plant-based recipes and health tips.

Prior to having children, I was a special education teacher for 12 years. I loved my work but I decided to be a stay at home mom when I had my first son. I recently started a healthy skincare line and now I have two products, Mama’s Mirac-Oil, a facial oil, and Mama’s Magic Mist, a facial toner. Both are safe for pregnant and nursing mamas, but are great for everyone, not just moms! My etsy shop is linked here if you want to read more about the benefits.

Ok, let’s get to it!

One of the biggest questions I hear from parents is: “How do you get your kids to eat such healthy foods?!” I also hear comments like, “You are so lucky your kids eat so healthy!” Yes, you can say I’m lucky, but it’s really just all my kids know. And it takes a lot of work and time to prep and make healthy options for every meal. So, it’s not all luck.

I do, however, feel very lucky that I don’t have a full-time job and I have help from my mom, so I have time to make 3 meals a day for my family. Being consistent with food is key and modeling for your kids is so important. I eat the same dinners my kids eat ( often adding extra raw greens, spices, etc. ). They see me eating the same veggies they eat and I don’t ask them to eat anything I wouldn’t eat. I’m not a nutritionist and do not claim to be an expert, this is just what has worked for me and my kids.

The consistency started when I first introduced them to food. I’m a little more lenient now with Rio, who will be 4 in a few months. Pretty much for their first 2 years of life, my boys never ate any processed sugar, dairy, or grains. And we still don’t eat any of those foods at home.

The way I see it is that they have these perfect little bodies and I don’t want to put anything processed into them. I am responsible for developing their gut health and taste for food and I don’t take that lightly. Rio is now almost 4 and Dante is 18 months. Neither of my boys have ever been constipated or have had any illness that required antibiotics or other medications. I attribute a lot of this to the foods they eat.

So how did I do it?

I fed my kids only savory, whole foods ( avocado, vegetables, beans, eggs, salmon ) from the beginning ( 6-7 months ) until about 10 or 11 months. I waited to introduce fruit until about 11-12 months, after they had already been eating veggies/healthy protein for a few months.

I love fruit and it has so many benefits but I wanted my babies to develop a taste for veggies first. I also never really gave them purees, just straight to avocado, steamed sweet potatoes and veggies and fermented vegetables. And I didn’t give them grains until after a year, when I slowly introduced oats and rice.

I believe that because of this consistency, my kids have always been good eaters. Don’t worry though, if you’re struggling with a stubborn toddler who is a picky eater, there is still hope!

4 tips and tricks to help your kids learn to love healthy foods!

Take your kids to the market with you

Letting your kids pick out the produce may just get them a little more excited about eating it. I have my list and show it to Rio, asking him to help me find things. I ask him to pick out a nice head of cauliflower or some plump tomatoes. Then, when we start meal prepping and cooking, he gets excited and talks about how he picked out the veggies. Taking kids to the grocery store isn’t always the easiest but it’s full of awesome learning experiences.

Let them help you cook

Involve them in preparing and cooking what they are about to eat. We have a special stool called “The Little Helper” that allows the kids to stand safely in the kitchen so they can reach the countertop. Let them put the ingredients in the blender for smoothies and allow them to use measuring cups and spoons to add ingredients while cooking.

They also make kid-safe knives so kids can practice cutting their food, which Rio thinks is so cool. Kids love helping and they get so much more excited about eating when they participate in the process of preparing and cooking.

Limit snacks/eat real food

If your kids are eating normal meals, they shouldn’t need too many snacks. And when they do eat too many snacks, obviously they aren’t going to eat much during their meals. If my kids don’t finish their smoothies at breakfast, I save them in the fridge and make them drink that before they eat anything else that day. I want to make sure they get those greens and if they are truly hungry they won’t have a problem finishing that first.

Our go to veggies/fruits for snacks are cucumbers, bell peppers, snap peas, apples, pears, bananas and frozen blueberries. If your kids are hungry, they will eat these things! If my boys ask for a snack, I always make them eat veggies and fruits first. Rarely do they ask for anything else! Dipping the veggies in hummus and the apples in nut butter might help too. Lundberg organic brown rice cakes are another favorite snack. We often top them with hummus, avocado or nut butter and jam.

If we have a birthday party to go to, I always make sure my kids eat a meal first so they aren’t as hungry for snacks. I usually bring our own snacks, especially for my youngest son, and did the same with Rio until he was 3. Before the age of 3 he didn’t even really care about the food at parties because he was full and busy running around. Now that he’s older, he is more curious about trying new foods. I let him have cake at parties and we talk about how things like cake, cookies and ice cream are fun but they are special treats that we only eat on occasions. He gets it.

It’s super cute whenever someone tells Rio he is getting big because he responds with, “I am getting big and strong because I eat all my healthy food!” One party we went to had a huge cheese platter and he overindulged and told me that night his tummy hurt. He said, “Mom, I think cheese should just be a special treat food.” Sometimes kids just have to learn the hard way that some foods don’t make us feel as good as others.

Personally, I don’t think it’s necessary to bring snacks everywhere we go. If I do bring snacks for my kids, it’s an apple and some cucumbers. Especially if my kids have just eaten a meal. Sadly though, it’s kind of the nature of our culture right now that ( junk ) food is involved in almost everything we do.

I have friends with older kids who say that the snack situation after sports is out of control. I’ve heard that sometimes after soccer games kids are eating snacks like blue Gatorade and doughnuts. WTF. I don’t want my kids to have issues with food, feel left out or try to sneak things from me as they get older.

I know there will be times when they rebel and eat things that aren’t the greatest for their bodies. My hope is that by developing the healthy foundation early ( and taste buds, gut health and palate! ), they will be able to recognize what foods make them feel best and they will ultimately make good choices ( most of the time ) when it comes to what they put in their bodies.

Bigger meals/fewer options

I am a big believer in the old school idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I make my kids green smoothies every day and fresh juice every other day. I give them those to drink first thing in the morning while they play and while I’m cooking the rest of their breakfast.

We are a mostly plant-based family but my boys LOVE eggs along with juice and smoothies. For breakfast, Rio and Dante usually eat two eggs each plus some pancakes, oatmeal or sweet potatoes. Sometimes they even want more so I give them fresh fruit or frozen blueberries ( their favorite ).

I think because they eat such a healthy, huge breakfast they don’t really need many snacks throughout the day. Rio occasionally will request a certain food or meal, but usually he just asks, “Mom what are you making today?” They don’t know yet that there are options other than what I’m cooking. It’s nice to give your kids a few choices ( do you want an apple or a pear? ) but giving them too many options or too much power isn’t a good idea. Plus, kids crave structure and boundaries. Stay strong and explain to them often why it’s important to eat good food.

Hide the veggies

If you still can’t get them to enjoy veggies, try these recipes to see if you can sneak some past your picky babes! Make up cute names for foods and sauces based on what your kids are into and make meals special and fun!

Here are a few simple recipes with lots of veggies “hidden” inside:

HIDDEN VEGGIE RECIPES

Tyrannosaurus Rex Pasta

+ 2 cups spinach
+ 1 small steamed zucchini
+ 3/4 cup marinara sauce
+ 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

+ directions: blend ingredients and serve over @eatbanza pasta shells or Trader Joe’s lentil pasta. 

Superhero Salmon Burgers

+ 2 cans Wild Planet Salmon
+ 1 egg
+ 1 cup finely chopped spinach
+ 1 small handful finely chopped onion
+ A little chosen foods avocado mayo
+ A little dijon mustard
+ A few dashes garlic powder, salt and pepper
+ Optional ingredient: bread crumbs

+ directions: mix all ingredients, form into burger patties and cook in avocado oil for 5-7 minutes on each side over medium heat. 

Magic Mac and Cheese

+ 1 C spinach
+ 1 medium sweet potato ( steamed )
+ 3 carrots ( steamed )
+ 1/2 red pepper
+ 1/4 white onion
+ 2 cloves garlic
+ 1/2 cup raw cashews
+ Juice from 1/2 lemon
+ 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
+ A few dashes of salt, pepper, smoked paprika and turmeric

+ directions: put red pepper and onion in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil to soften. Add all ingredients to blender or food processor, then use sauce for veggie dipping or on your favorite pasta. We love Tolerant Simply Legumes Organic green lentil elbow macaroni with this sauce. 

Sweet Potato Pancakes

+ 1 steamed sweet potato
+ 1/2 cup steel cut oats
+ 3 eggs
+ 1 banana
+ cinnamon

+ directions: blend all ingredients and fry in coconut oil.

Spinach Pancakes ( vegan )

+ 1 cup nut milk
+ 1 cup steel cut oats
+ 1 cup fresh spinach
+ 1 banana
+ 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
+ 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
+ 2 tablespoons maple syrup

+ directions: blend all ingredients and fry in coconut oil. 

Polar Bear Popsicles

+ Get some BPA free popsicle molds and get creative! Blend some coconut milk, frozen strawberries, banana and a little spinach. We also like to use leftover fresh juice to make popsicles. You can’t mess these up and they are delicious!

Here is a list of staple items we ALWAYS have in our house. I listed the stores where I buy things too, for the best deals!

 The Pregger’s Pantry Grocery Shopping List

Costco ( ALL items are organic! )

Produce

+ Baby Spinach
+ Baby Kale
+ Sweet Potatoes
+ Butter Lettuce
+ Cucumbers
+ Celery
+ Carrots (not baby carrots)
+ Avocados
+ Pears
+ Oranges
+ Lemons
+ Apples
+ Frozen Blueberries
+ Frozen Strawberries

Other

+ Organic black beans (BPA free cans)
+ Chosen Foods Hemp seed
+ Chosen Foods Chia seed
+ Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
+ Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes
+ Medjool Dates
+ Bitchin Sauce
+ Nuttzo nut butter
+ Coconut aminos
+ Dave’s Killer Bread
+ Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats
+ Pink Himalayan Salt

Things I buy locally/Farmer’s Market/Whole Foods Market ( most of these are organic )

+ Eggs
+ Happy Pantry raw sauerkraut
+ Wild Planet Salmon (canned)
+ Granola
+ Coconut yogurt (we love Coyo brand)
+ Nutritional Yeast
+ Raw Almonds
+ Raw Cashews
+ Broccoli
+ Bell Peppers
+ Cauliflower
+ Garlic
+ Onion
+ Ginger
+ Snap Peas

Trader Joe’s ( ALL items are organic )

+ Canned Beans-pinto, kidney, garbanzo (BPA free cans)
+ Basmati Rice
+ Lentil pasta
+ Brown Rice pasta
+ Canned coconut milk
+ Sprouted tofu
+ Bread crumbs

Oh and the best advice I can give for getting your kids to eat healthy AF: only buy food that is healthy AF.

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PANTRY ESSENTIALS


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FIBER-FILLED BLUEBERRY WAFFLES BY HEALTHY WITH NEDI

by
LAURYN

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f factor gg crackers quick healthy easy breakfast by tsc body

It’s been a HOT MINUTE since we’ve discussed GG crackers. I mean sure, they’re the star of the show frequently on IG STORIES but like we need a recipe post here & there, you know? The blog is a good way to showcase the FULL STORY!

For those of you who need a refresh, GG CRACKERS are the fiber-filled crackers that help you stay fuller longer while keeping your gut healthy. That’s just the beginning. We even had a whole podcast where we really went deep on why fiber is essential. FIBER can come from many sources but GG’s are an efficient way to add fiber & I just like them- weird but I actually think they’re good. If you don’t love them, think of them as a vehicle for protein, not a bread replacement. GG crackers may be bland but MAN OH MAN are they versatile.

My latest obsession is brought to you by Nedi from Healthy with Nedi. She’s appeared on The Skinny Confidential before and she shared her cauliflower muffins, vodka martinis and beauty tips. NOW she’s sharing her FIBER-FILLED BLUEBERRY WAFFLES- these are straight from her eBook with F-Factor founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot. She has become a friend in real life from Instagram which is nuts. I very much love her & HER RECIPES! She’s a very cool girl & someone you want to watch on IG Stories ( trust me, follow her: @healthywithnedi ). She also happened to gift me my favorite perfume in the WORLD- if you’re looking for a new scent, it’s insane. Anyway, you can stalk her eBook here– there’s SO MANY GOOD SKINNY RECIPES. I got the eBook & I have been using it every day.

Goodies you’ll find in Nedi’s eBook:

+ 39 F-Factor Step 1 approved recipes
+ includes breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, side dishes, soups, salads, delicious cocktails ( YUM ) & desserts.
+ all recipes are high fiber, high protein, and low in net carbs
+ the recipes will keep you feeling full & satisfied for a long time
+ ideal for those looking to shape up & drop a few pounds

If your mouth is watering, don’t worry. These waffles can be whipped up in like 5 minutes- I make them a few times a week. AND you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

So with that let’s get right to it.

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Fiber-Filled Blueberry Waffle

INGREDIENTS ( serves 1 )

+ 4 plain GG crackers, pulverized
+ 4 egg whites
+ 1 tbsp plain yogurt ( I use Coconut Cult )
+ 1/2 tsp baking powder
+ 1/4 tsp cinnamon
+ 1/4 cup blueberries
+ coconut oil cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1. In a mixing bowl, combine the pulverized GGs with the egg whites, yogurt, baking powder, cinnamon and blueberries. Mix well.

STEP 2. Heat the waffle maker, spray with cooking spray and add in the waffle batter. Cook on low to medium setting until the light goes green.

STEP 3. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat and add raspberries and fiber gold syrup (Sukrin). Mash the raspberries and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. Top waffle with syrup and enjoy!

TSC BERRY SYRUP

+ your favorite berry ( raspberry, sometimes boysenberry, sometimes both (REBEL) )
+ lemon
+ chia seeds
+ Sukrin fiber syrup

DIRECTIONS

+ Mash berries up with a fork, squeeze lemon in the ‘mash’, add a few ( a fewwww ) drops of syrup, & mix it all together. Microwave for a few seconds & it turns into a syrup-y mixture that’s kind of like an amazing berry delight compote.

The whole thing gets me all nostalgic because it totally reminds me of the Knott’s Berry Farm boysenberry syrup I used to scarf down with buttermilk Eggo waffles circa 1994. Tsk-tsk, but #TBT.

More simple, skinny recipes like this in TSC book.

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BEFORE YOU GO: you must, like MUST check out Healthy With Nedi’s feature on The Skinny Confidential Body Guide. She shares my special skinny eggs over easy in the post.

ALRIGHT, how do you guys use GG crackers in creative ways? I’m ready for new ideas to keep it fresh- you know how I like it.

x, lauryn

+ MORE: fiber french toast | Healthy With Nedi x F-Factor

SKINNY WAFFLE ESSENTIALS:


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SKINCARE ROUTINE: HOW TO CLEAR A BREAKOUT

by
LAURYN

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BREAKOUTS.

We all get them at one point or another right? Even with the best skincare routine it’s possible to get a pimple or two. SO of course I’ve developed a pimple routine to help you treat breakouts and zits right away.

This whole routine takes only 5-7 minutes and uses powerful products to help you return to glowing, clear skin in no time. TRUST.

If you have any zit tricks please share them below!

SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR BLEMISHES:

DETAILS

+ leef soap
+ clay spot cream
+ face wash
+ retinol serum
+ SPF mist
+ botanical serum
+ illuminating mist
+ settle down spray
+ superfood oil
+ 5b toner
+ vitamin c serum
+ eye gel
+ jade roller
+ peel pads
+ age arrest cream

MORE PLEASE

+ zit tools breakdown
+ TSC book
+ Soko Glam podcast
+ Dr. Dennis podcast

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Thank you for your attention!

x, lauryn

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