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Sunday Splash: a Sunday in ( kind of )

HI GUYS!

Who’s ready for Monday?

For once ( LOL ), I’m actually ready. We didn’t have any plans today, other than hiking in the morning, so I flowed through my day pretty relaxed and got to most the things I needed to get to, to get ready for the week.

For me, some of those things include having clean clothes ( LOL reasonable right? ), stocking the fridge / getting groceries, working out & let’s get sappy for a moment… Spending time with Arrash ; ) Sappy, but true.

[ My favorite creamer—I stalked up on this yumminess at Whole Foods today. Stainless steel straw is from Bed Bath & Beyond. I love them! ]

[ bkr bottle ( similar ) + Kayla Itsines foam roller ]

It’s super basic, but I feel like if I relaxed, exercised, stocked the fridge & washed my clothes… I’m ready to start the workweek.

What about you? How do you usually spend your Sundays?

<3,
Bita

[ If you’re following on Snapchat or Instagram you know I’m obsessed with this smoothie bowl recipe! Just blend 1 banana, frozen pineapple + mango & ZICO coconut water. ]

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Sara Kashlan of Kash in on Health on Living Healthy & Creating a Life You Love

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HI GUYS!!

I’m SO sorry I’ve been so quiet on the blog lately. It took me a few weeks to realign my priorities and declutter my life ( I’m making that a thing if it isn’t already ; ) ) Even though The ONE Thing is one of my FAVORITE books, I’m really, REALLY bad at practicing “The ONE Thing”. But I’m working on it. Anyways, it feels really good to be back.

This blog post, has been a long time coming…

You know when you meet someone & you instantly click?

I feel like that’s what happened when I “met” Sara, the founder of Kash in on Health—an awesome health & wellness blog. Except, we didn’t meet in person… We found each other on Instagram ( LOL ) So 2016, right?

For those who don’t know Sara ( yet ), I want to introduce you.

She’s authentic, personable, sweet, AND she’s on her way to becoming a Registered Dietician. SO COOL!

I love that she’s into eating well and living healthy, but also makes a point to treat herself.

SO, without further ado, here’s a fun Q&A to get you acquainted:

HI SARA!! Introduce yourself:

Hiiiiii! My name is Sara Kashlan. Avocado lover + part time blogger for Kash in on Health from Orange County, California. I’m currently in graduate school to become a registered dietitian.

What advice do you have for readers who are feeling unfilled or like something’s missing?

First things first—I’ve definitely been there. After college, I worked as a social media manager for 3 years and was literally going through a pre-quarter life crisis ( more details about that here ). Long story short, I wasn’t happy or satisfied with what I was doing and I needed a change. I knew I loved nutrition but the thought of going back to school to take a bunch of science pre-requisites was terrifying. I ended up taking the leap and while it wasn’t a smooth ride, it was by far the best decision I’ve made yet.

If you’re feeling unfulfilled, I HIGHLY suggest taking some ‘you’ time to learn more about yourself. Travel, read a new book, try a new exercise, tap into your creative side, start a side business or blog… The possibilities are endless. With time, things will slowly start to come together.

How did you figure out that going back to school and becoming an RD was the right move for you?

I’m a big believer in doing what you love. You’re going to be working for the rest of your life, so why not do something that makes you happy? I personally knew that if I continued in the career I was in, nothing was really going to change and I would remain unfulfilled. With that being said, I’ve always loved health & wellness and after going to a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, I realized I wanted to make a career out of it. Took me a while to figure it out, but hey, better late than never! The first step I took was getting Plant Based Certified from Cornel University. After that, I realized I wanted to dig deeper into nutrition so I decided the grad school RD route was the way to go. I also started my health blog, Kash in on Health, as a way to share my passion for health with the internet world.

What’s your life like now that you’ve taken this leap?

It’s prettyyy busy but I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I’m currently doing rotations in Los Angeles where I shadow dietitians in different fields & that’s been super fascinating! I also work part time as a nutrition consultant and do blogging on the side for fun : )

You’ve tried several lifestyle “diets”… Raw, vegan, vegetarian, low carb / high fat, you name it… What’s your take on all of them?

Honestly, diets don’t work. I had to experiment and try them for myself to really figure that out. Overall, it’s hard to stick with them and you end up depriving yourself from one thing and compensating it for something else. Trying a variety of fad diets made me realize that eating healthy is a way of life. It’s important to eat a variety of healthy carbs, fats, and proteins. & It’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while. We’re all human & it’s better to enjoy yourself and move on rather than stress over it. I’m really into psychology and mindful eating so I’m a big believer in the mind / body connection. For example, if you beat yourself up over eating something that’s considered not “healthy”, I truly believe it slows down your metabolism. Instead, enjoy that treat and continue with your healthy lifestyle.

How would you explain your “diet” currently?

I really don’t like to label myself but if I had to I’d probably say I follow a mostly plant-based diet. For me, that means the majority of my diet consists of fruits & vegetables, with some eggs and fish. I eat chicken & meat occasionally.

What’s your #1 tip for living a healthy & active lifestyle long-term?

Start your mornings with a big glass of water. Every. Single. Day. Ideally warm water ( bonus if you add lemon to it! ) It totally sets the tone for the entire day and clears your mind first thing in the morning. So many of us mistake thirst for hunger so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day! It’s incredible for your skin, too!

What motivates you to eat healthy & stay active?

For me, health & fitness make me happy. You know how some people get hangry? Well, I literally get like that when I feel myself slacking off in my meals or workouts.

What’s one of the most surprising or interesting things you learned while in your program?

Hmmmm. That’s a tough one.  A lot of my clients are mind blown when I tell them that one teaspoon of salt is the limit for sodium intake in a day, which is about 2300mg. A teaspoon of salt seems like nothing, but it really goes a long way! Plus it can make you bloated and isn’t so great for the abs!

Where should readers go if they want to find credible information about nutrition online? What resources do you recommend?

NutritionFacts.org is a good one!! 

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What’s your favorite plant-based ( vegan? ) recipe? We have to know! ; )

Another tough question! I loveeee me some cauliflower buffalo wings with some Majestic Garlic Spread ( the spread is raw / vegan and can be purchased at Whole Foods ). THE BEST! Now I’m hungry…

 Favorite ( healthy ) snack?

Celery or apples with peanut butter… Hands down. 

Cocktail of choice?

I’m really not much of a drinker but I do love me some sparkling water with lemon! 

Guilty pleasure? ( mine’s chocolate! HA! ) 

Oh boy. I have a big sweet tooth which is why I love to bake my own healthy desserts. But if I had to choose one guilty pleasure it would have to be chocolate chip cookies. The soft, gooey, chocolate chips melt-in-your-mouth kind. Mmmm…

What do your mornings usually look like?

Right now I wake up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., drink 1-2 BIG glasses of water, my peppermint tea and then eat breakfast. After that I check my emails and head to work.

What’s your weekly workout schedule?

My schedule is kind of all over the place right now so I don’t really have a set routine ( in the process of fixing that though! ) Lately, I’ve been working out in the afternoons. In terms of specific workouts, I like to change it up between circuit training, pilates, spin, stairs and yoga. When I don’t have time to take a class I love going outside and doing stairs or sprints. Ideally, I try to workout 5 days a week. On the weekends I love hiking.

What’s your must-have beauty item?

Tinted sunscreen / moisturizer for sureeee. Can’t live without it!

Favorite natural beauty product?

Right now I’m loving my ice face roller, haha! Does that count as a beauty product? It’s so refreshing and totally relaxes me! My skin looks so much brighter after ice rolling and makeup goes on better as well!

Favorite quote?

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.” I really, truly, 100% believe this.

What’s your favorite book? Or a book you read recently & LOVED?

The last book I read and loved was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The biggest lesson I got from it was to live a more simple life with less stuff / clutter. Another book I love is The 4 Hour Work Week. I haven’t had much time to read lately so I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts instead!

Favorite podcasts?

The Art of Charm, #AskGaryVee Show, and TSC Ask Him & Her are my current faves!

Anything else you’d like to share with the JOYFETTI family? : ) 

I think that’s about it! Thanks so much for having me! If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to email me at sara@kashinonhealth.com.

+ Want more? Follow Sara on Instagram & check out her blog, Kash in on Health

<3,
Bita

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My DIY “Sick Tea” ( you’ll love this! )

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[ “do your BEST” mug found here ]

Being sick is never fun, especially during the summer and holidays, & for some reason, I alwaysss get sick around NYEThis year I didn’t because apparently I saved it for the summer. ; )

I got a cold / cough about 2 weeks ago & thought I could shake off with some Tylenol & Advil. BUT, when it didn’t go away after a few days I remembered this AMAZING tea I made myself last year when I got sick during the holidays ( as usual )—obviously, I had to share it with you!

It’s literally the best tea ever because it’s delicious AND it works. It eased my throat as soon as I started drinking it & helped me go to sleep so I could finally get better.

But really, the health benefits of this tea are so insane I’m thinking about having it every night.

So… What’s in it?

It’s SUPER simple: just honey, lemon, & grated ginger. That’s it—easy, right?

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Here’s why it works:

We’ve already covered the health benefits of having lemon ( soothing a sore throat is one of them! ) so let’s chat about the benefits of honey & ginger… Sound good? Let’s start with ginger.

Ginger:

+ fights the flu / common cold
+ helps relieve a sore throat
+ kills rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place
+ helps with digestion ( & reduces gas )
+ reduces nausea, especially morning sickness
+ reduces pain, including menstrual cramps, headaches, joint pain & stiffness
+ keeps your brain sharp as you age
+ lowers your risk of infections ( it’s especially effective against the oral bacteria that’s linked to inflammatory gum diseases like gingivitis )
+ lowers cholesterol levels
+ & it’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce muscle pain caused by exercise

LONGGGG list, right? It’s also increases energy and promotes a healthy complexion & hair, and an overall lower weight. I’m thinking I need to have ginger all day, everyday—sick or not sick. Okay, let’s take a look at honey…

Honey:

+ reduces cough & throat irritation ( YES! ) & helps fight off a cold
+ helps regulate blood sugar levels ( artificial sweeteners & white sugar DO NOT! )
+ increases athletic performance & provides a quick boost of energy for your workout ( yes, please! )
+ promotes beautiful skin
+ promotes brain health
+ acts as a natural sleep aid
+ & is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal

Basically I should have this tea every night, right? ; )

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Here’s how to make JOYFETTI DIY “Sick Tea”

You need:

+ Freshly squeezed lemon juice ( I use 1/2 – 1 lemon )
+ Honey
+ Freshly grated ginger

Steps:

Add lemon juice, honey & freshly grated ginger to HOT water. & ENJOY! Sip, sip, sip away.

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If you make this at home, let me know how you like it. I’d love to hear!

Also, if you have any tips for getting rid of a cold / fever, PLEASE share. I need to be prepared for NYE 2017. ; )

xx,
Bita

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[ So obsessed with this mug… Isn’t it cute!? ]

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Sunday Splash: Dominican Republic, Puppy Love & Our GIVEAWAY Winner!

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[ Our flight into Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We arrived! ]

Hello, hello, hello—HAPPY SUNDAY!

How’s your day been?

Today was my first Sunday back from DR & it felt soooo good! I was so relaxed, so energized, & so not hungover, which was a really nice change from vacationing in DR. We stayed at a resort with swim-up bars in all the pools, soooo… As you can imagine, it was very easy to get drinks.

AND! … SUPER easy to get to the beach, which I loved. We had a view of the ocean every day at lunch ( it was so incredible ), and we could run back and forth from the pool to the ocean in less than a minute. It was AMAZING.

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[ My FAVORITE⇢ the ocean—it was so gorgeous, so blue ( ombre blue! ) & super warm. ]

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I’m putting together a “What to Pack for Punta Cana” post this week, so stay tuned for that.

&, side note—some of my friends asked me to share some makeup & skincare posts, so stay tuned for more of those in the next few weeks.

I really, really want to know what YOU ( yes, you! ) what to hear about, so please let me know… Comment below, email me ( bita@joyfetti.com ) or let me know on social. I want to hear from you. : )

So… Why was today so relaxing?

It’s all about how I started the day.

I got coffee with a few of my girl friends ( LOVEEE ) this morning, & it was SO nice to catch up with them, get a little caffeine buzz & walk Minty.

I feel like a little get-together with the girls is a MUST, right?! Like water… I need it to survive.

After a 3 hour ( LOL, that’s how I like ’em ) coffee date, I sat myself at the computer where I’ve been working for the past 5-6 hours ( not complaining, I love it—& I took breaks here & there. )

I poured myself a big glass of Kombucha—GT’s Guava Goddess—in a champagne flute, opened a bottle of Pellegrino ( LOL, getting wild ; ) ), put on some Cuban music, and lit a citrus candle.

I switched over to JOYFETTI Playlist — Carefree on Spotify a few hours ago to mix it up.

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[ My go-to salad lately ⇢ organic arugula, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, + salt & pepper. So simple & so delicious. ]

The Guava Goddess in the champagne flute looks SO much like a Bellini, right!? I’m kind of into it…

I got a bottle of sauvignon blanc with notes of grapefruit earlier today, & it’s still chilling in the fridge. I just sipped on my Kombucha all day and pretended it was a Bellini. ; ) HAHA. Next time ⇢ definitely GT’s Guava Goddess + champ. YUM!

I had the BEST sauvignon blanc with notes of grapefruit last night, with dinner, so naturally, I picked up a similar bottle so I could have a liiittttle bit more. ; ) I don’t know the name of yesterday’s wine, but I’ll get it for you guys this week so you can try it out if you’d like. It was a-mazingggg.

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[ Minty found some shade & peace ( HA ) in a little tunnel at the dog park yesterday. Follow her on Instagram for more pics & vids. ]

This week was FULL of doggy play dates and visits to the dog park, which I LOVED! Minty‘s been warming up to dog parks, slowly but surely. She’s making progress, little by little.

I snapped all the fun from yesterday’s dog park, but since we went in the afternoon it’s not in my story anymore, I’m sorry! Follow us on SNAPCHAT so you don’t miss any of the fun. Username ⇢ JOYFETTI

In other news ⇢ we have a WINNER!! Jessica, ( @mommywithtwins7 on Instagram)—congratulations!

Thank you, everyone, who entered the healthy snacks giveaway on Instagram. Let me know… What do you want to see in our next giveaway?

Have a great Sunday night! : )

<3,
Bita

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Love List: Holidays That Make You Indulge in Guac (LOL) & Snapchat

 

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HI GUYS!

You know what’s fun about social media (particularly Instagram)? You hear about the wackiest “holidays”. Like today was National Pig Day (haha, WHAT?) & Peanut Butter Lovers Day, LOL. I feel obligated to give Minty peanut butter now… No? ; )

Since I do social media marketing for a living, I consider these holidays when making content calendars & creating content for my clients—if there’s a wacky holiday that’s likely to trend on social, and it’s in line with my client’s brand/products, I’ll create content around it so my client can contribute to the conversation.

BUT! I have to tell you there are some “holidays” that I’m just like… WHAT?!? A day to celebrate PB lovers or pigs is fine… But what is Take it in the Ear Day? YES. That’s a thing, apparently.

EW.

LOL.

Any who, most are fun, like this one that made me indulge in a lil too much guac. ; ) What’s your favorite wacky holiday? Comment on Instagram or LMK below. I love this stuff!

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[ Hands down fav store bought guac. ]

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[ Shared a step-by-step tutorial on Snapchat on how to make “fake” pancakes. Username: JOYFETTI. LMK if you want me to do a full post on this! ]

I’ve also been having A LOT OF FUN with Snapchat lately.

Are you guys on there?

I’ve been sharing recipes, snack ideas, workout inspo, cute/funny vids of Minty (of course!), snippets from the books I’m reading ( like “The ONE Thing“) and other musings. My username is JOYFETTI—If you’re on there, add me & snap me any questions/requests.

See you on Snapchat! : )

XO! <3,
Bita

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

Is it weird I think of Valentine’s Day as having a countdown like New Year’s Eve? HA!

Anywho… If you’re looking for a quick & easy Valentine’s Day surprise/dessert—I’ve got you covered!

This recipe is foolproof and you can whip it up in no time. Plus, chocolate covered strawberries are DELICIOUS!

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I’ve made these for possibly 4 years now? Every Valentine’s Day, a few birthdays, and a few random days throughout the year… I’ve had random requests to make them—they’re THAT good!

So, here are the deets:

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CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

INGREDIENTS

+ Fresh strawberries, rinsed & dried (preferably organic)
+ Candy Melts (I used Wilton Candy Melts in Bright Pink & Bright White from Micheals)
+ Sprinkles (or nuts if you’re feeling nutty! ; ))

DIRECTIONS

+ Line baking tray with parchment paper
+ Place candy melts in microwaveable bowl and place in microwave. DEFROST for 2 minutes and stir.(Very important: you want to defrost it... I didn’t do this once, I just put it in for 2 minutes like I was cooking it, and it burneddddd. And smelled nasty. It shouldn’t smell nasty. It should smell like heaven. ; ))
+ After you stir it, put it back in the microwave and defrost it for another 30 seconds to a minute. Continue steps 1 & 2 until chocolate is fully melted and smooth.
+ Hold strawberry by the stem and dip it into the chocolate, lifting and twisting it slightly so any excess chocolate falls back into the bowl.
+ Sprinkle the sprinkles (or nuts) onto the strawberry and place strawberry on parchment paper.
+ Repeat (& feel free to taste test a strawberry. It’s only right!)
+ Place tray in fridge (so the chocolate can set—this generally takes less than 30 minutes.)

& ENJOY!

I’m planning to whip up another batch before lunch while listening to this new playlist—SO GOOD!

Happy Valentine’s!

XO! <3,
Bita

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dish Your Family & Friends Will Loveee!!

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Sunday night, I made the BEST salad after working outside (of Starbucks… Hello caffeine buzz ; )) with my cutie friend, Katrina, & I had a little lightbulb moment (do people still say that? …I do! HA!)—this is literally the best last-minute Thanksgiving dish to take to Thanksgiving dinner. So I had to share it with you!

Why’s it so perfect? Well… It’s quick & easy to make, delicious, and super fall/Thanksgiving-esk! Plus, it’s healthy, so it’ll balance everything else we’ll be eating tonight. ; )

It’s not Thanksgiving unless you’ll wearing a baggy sweater, and stuffing your face… LOL.

Full disclosure: This salad is so good I’ve had it three times this week, and it’s only been 4 days.

So!! What’s in it?

JOYFETTI POMEGRANATE GOAT CHEESE SALAD

INGREDIENTS

+ Organic spinach
+ Pomegranate seeds
+ Goat cheese
+ Pine nuts
+ Balsamic vinegar
+ Extra virgin olive oil
+ Rainbow peppercorns, for seasoning

Another great thing about this recipe is like most salads, you don’t need to measure anything—you really can’t mess this up.

DIRECTIONS

+ Add organic spinach, pom seeds, goat cheese, and pine nuts to serving bowl. Top with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil (or make the dressing separately). Sprinkle with rainbow peppercorns for seasoning. & ENJOY! It’s so easy it’s silly.

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I promise, you’ll want this salad again, and again… And again. So if you’re removing the pom seeds yourself, do it in bulk so you can make this salad again & again, very easily. : )

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Tag me in your IG & Twitter pics: @JOYFETTI & #JOYFETTI.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! : )

xx!

<3,
Bita

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Quick, Skinny Snack: Burrata + Heirloom Tomatoes

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Hi Guys! This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s delicious, fresh, so easy to throw together—& it only takes a few ingredients.

Here are the deets…

INGREDIENTS

+ Burrata
+ Organic Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
+ Organic Basil, chopped
+ Balsamic Vinegar
+ Extra Virgin Olive Oil
+ Lemon
+ Salt & Pepper

DIRECTIONS

+ Add burrata, sliced tomatoes, and chopped basil to bowl.
+ Top with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon and S&P to taste.
ENJOY! : )

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xx!

<3,
Bita

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MAJOR INSPO: LAURYN EVARTS OF TSC

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My love (er, obsession) with TSC is somewhat of a joke among my friends—because it’s INTENSE. If you haven’t heard about The Skinny Confidential, please let me introduce you… It’s my favorite blog.

That’s how my spiel always starts.

(Also, I think my eyes light up when I talk about it…)

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Let me elaborate: it’s this awesome lifestyle blog with tips and tricks from Lauryn Evarts, who’s a super talented, whitty, go-getter. I look forward to her blogs, daily. And I visit her blog MULTIPLE TIMES PER DAY. And I’m not ashamed to admit it because it’s that good.

I came across TSC three years ago when I was looking for lifestyle bloggers in San Diego for my client at the time (iTAN Sun Spray Spa—they’re awesome! Definitely check them out if/when you’re in SD). I knew TSC was going to be a huge success. And I say this not to toot my own horn, but to toot Lauryn’s: I was right. Lauryn and TSC are a HUGE SUCCESS.

And it doesn’t stop with her blog. Really, that’s just where it all starts.

Since 2012, Lauryn has launched a successful blog design company, authored and published a killer lifestyle book, and most recently, launched a fitness program and community: Bombshell Body Guide. Needless to say when she invited me to try a complimentary membership, I JUMPED ON IT, after squealing, of course.

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I’ve always loved Lauryn’s clean, simple approach to food. Her recipes are light, tasty, easy to make, and only require a few ingredients… #WINNING! (Anyone else just have a Charlie Sheen flashback? Whoops! Sorry!)

Lauryn’s Bombshell Body Guide is loaded with light, tasty recipes. AND, LOADED with workouts. It’s seriously like opening a piñata she keeps refilling—because she adds new content to the guide every month.

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So, to celebrate TSC’s Bombshell Body Guide I’m sharing Lauryn’s take on the pancake—pancakes are so silly… Who decided it’s okay to have cake for breakfast so long as it doesn’t have custard or frosting? Personally, if I’m having cake, I want the custard too… But, Lauryn’s pancakes are different. They’re healthy. Yup, they’re healthy! And they only have THREE ingredients!! I told you—so easy. All you need are eggs, banana, and chia seeds. SO YUM! They’re gluten-free and delicious.

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3 Ingredient Pancakes

Ingredients:
+ 1 banana
+ 1 egg
+ 1 tablespoon chia seeds
+ 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (< optional, I added this b/c I’m obsessed with seeds!)

(Note: the original recipe calls for two eggs, but I prefer using one.)

Steps:
Blend ingredients together. Warm pan to medium heat with a little coconut oil. Cook pancakes for 30-60 seconds on each side. Stack on a plate. Smack your lips. & enjoy! I usually add a little cinnamon on top and fresh fruit.

Click here for step-by-step directions from Lauryn herself, and here for more deets about her Bombshell Body Guide.

Little note for Lauryn if you’re reading this: thank you for inspiring me and making me laugh, daily. You’re awesome!

<3,
Bita

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Bikini Meals: Fresh, Minted Watermelon & Lime Juice

Fresh, minted watermelon & lime juice on bikinimeals.com, #bikinimeals

My favorite drink to whip up this summer?

HANDS DOWN:

this fresh, minted watermelon & lime juice!

It’s so refreshing… So filling… & feels oh so summer-y!

Best part? It doesn’t cause bloating—so you still look & feel amazing in your sexy two-piece.

 

INGREDIENTS

+ 1 cup fresh watermelon, cut into cubes (this makes it easier to blend)

+ A handful of fresh mint (YUM!!)

+ Juice of 1 lime

RECIPE:

Throw all ingredients into a blender & blend! (For a few seconds…)

Ta-daaaaa! 😹 super easy!

 

Check back next Saturday for another fresh, Bikini Meals recipe!

Happy Weekend! 💋

<3,
Bita

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