7 Tips to Have a Healthier Weekend

Weekends: the time when you usually fall out of your healthy habits. I don't know about you, but during the work week I'm pretty good at sticking with healthy habits. I meal prep, get my workouts in, and generally avoid eating out or drinking alcohol on the weeknights. But Friday night through Sunday, something changes. Weekends mean eating out, having cocktails and skipping the gym or workout class. And when you start to stray from healthy habits, it can be a downward spiral. I've lost 25lbs and kept it off, without giving up my social life. Here are my top tips on how to have a healthier weekend. 1. Get cocktails OR french toast (not both, sweetie). There’s nothing wrong with indulging in

Hearty Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Apples

This is a great recipe to use leftover chicken and baked sweet potatoes. Don’t have leftovers? We’ll let you in on a little secret: the dish in the photograph above was made with a chicken breast from the deli section of the supermarket and a bag of frozen cubed sweet potatoes. And it was indeed hearty, and delicious! Dive into some of fall’s best flavors with this easy-to-make recipe! Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 13 minutes Total Time 23 minutes Servings 4 servings Portion Fix Containers 1 Yellow ½ Purple ½ Red 1 tsp. Ingredients 3 tsp . olive oil , divided use 1 medium onion , chopped 2 medium tart cooking apples (like Granny Smith or pippin), peeled, cored, finely chopped 2 cups cub

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

It’s hard to pick a favorite taco, but after one bite of these Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos, you’ll definitely be begging for more. Unlike traditional pork-based tacos, this chicken taco recipe uses a much leaner protein. A common concern with lean proteins, like chicken breasts, is that the meat will overcook and come out dry, which is where the slow cooker comes in: by combining a mixture of chicken broth, garlic, cumin and jalapeño and cooking the mixture down slowly, the juices infuse the meat with flavor and moisture. No more dry, stringy chicken! We know it can be tempting to rely on pre-made flavor mixes and spice packets for Taco Tuesdays (or any other night you’re making tacos…), but t

5 Simple No-Cook Snacks to Make this Week

No time for meal prep? At least you can be prepared with a few nutritious no-cook snacks to get you through hectic days, and keep you from hitting the vending machine or fast food window. These no-cook snack boxes are easy to prepare and filling enough to have in between meals. Each has protein or healthy fats to satisfy that mid-day hunger strike. These snacks follow the Portion Fix container guide. Want the skinny on this simple meal plan, shoot me an email. All The Protein Snack Box What’s in this snack: 2 hardboiled eggs. 4 oz. deli turkey, 1 oz cheese, 1 cup celery sticks with 1 Tbsp. peanut butter Portion Fix containers: 1 green, 2 red, 1 blue, 3 tsp. Fruits 'N Nuts Snack Box What’s in

80 Day Obsession: Phase 2 Results

Eight weeks of a set meal plan, no alcohol and workouts 6 days a week with my celebrity trainer, Autumn Calabrese. I'm officially through Phase 2 of 80 Day Obsession. I was asked to be a part of this Test Group, as they are developing and tweaking the program. 80 Day Obsession will be released to the public in January 2018. Week 8 finished off Month 2 of the program. Within the workouts, we did 2 rounds of 15 reps with each move all throughout the week. I've come to figure out that the fourth week of the workouts is my favorite - while I may not life as heavy, but the additional reps made my muscles feel it for every round. I love the fact that the workouts are similar each week, but not ex

80 Day Obsession: Week 7 Results

It's the third week in Month 2 of 80 Day Obsession. I'm happy to report that I'm down nearly 11 pounds and feeling STRONGER than ever. Below is the progress from Day 0 to the end of Week 7 while following the 80 Day Obsession nutrition and workout plan. Ooooooh, we're HALF WAY THERE !! We hit the Day 41 mark - which means that we are 50% through the workouts for this program. Nutrition is becoming so much EASIER for me - and honestly that's what I was most apprehensive about. I always loved the freedom of eating all my containers throughout the day but now like having structure in what types of foods to eat pre and post workout. Loving how my clothes are fitting better (I've lost about 11l

Apple Blondies with Walnuts

With golden raisins, unsweetened applesauce, and pumpkin pie spice this no-bake recipe for Apple Blondies with Walnuts is perfect for fall. They have just the right amount of sweetness; and thanks to the protein and healthy fats, they won’t cause your blood sugar to spike like crazy. If you’re someone who gets cravings for midday treats, then this recipe is for you. To more closely replicate the look of a classic Apple Blondie, press the dough into a rimmed baking pan rather than rolling them into balls. Once your Blondies have chilled, slice the dough into squares and store in an airtight container. Not a big fan of raisins? That’s ok. You can omit them or swap them for an equal amount of a

Dirty Masala Chai

You may be familiar with the homogenized version of a chai tea latte: heavy on the sweet, light on the spice, and topped with plenty of frothed milk. We prefer to brew closer to the drink’s masala chai (“spiced tea”) roots, which emphasizes spices, such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, and ginger, and black tea steeped in milk. A teaspoon of honey mellows the spices without hiding them, and a combo of water and almond (or coconut) milk add a bit of creaminess without a ton of extra calories. Pay attention, though, because this is where it gets good. Bring the thunder to that cup of delicate chai by dumping in a shot (or two) of espresso. Doing so makes Monday morning bearable. Pr

Breakfast Pops

Perhaps the best thing about these breakfast pops, aside from how delicious they are, is their obvious convenience factor. If you are like most of us, having a grab-and-go breakfast option hanging out in the freezer is clutch. So when you are running late and have just moments to spare, reach for a yummy Breakfast Popsicle to hold you over until you can grab a more substantial breakfast. Your tummy will thank you. Prep Time 15 minutes Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes Servings 4 servings (1 pop each) Calories 164 kcal Portion Fix Containers ½ Purple ½ Red ½ Yellow Tips: • You can substitute your favorite fruit. Try kiwis, pineapple, peaches, and other favorite fruit. • You can also substitu

Crock Pot Refried Beans

If you’ve only ever eaten canned refried beans, you might think that all refried beans are pretty much the same. Once you’ve tasted these homemade slow cooker refried beans, and see how effortless they are to make, you’ll say buh-bye those mushy canned refried beans for good. In this recipe, dry pinto beans, onion, garlic, and spices simmer in a slow-cooker for six to eight hours until the beans are tender and infused with the flavor of epazote, a common Mexican herb. (Can’t find epazote? Try oregano.) They can be eaten whole or crushed with a potato masher. This recipe makes 12 servings, so it’s great for feeding a hungry family or a crowd of friends. It’s also a good choice for meal prep!

Crock Pot Garlic & Herb Mushrooms

Love those buttery sautéed restaurant-style mushrooms? We found a way to make them much healthier. This recipe cook slowly with garlic and herbs, giving them time to absorb tons of flavor. The slow cooker does almost all the work here. Simply add your mushrooms of choice, herbs and broth, and cook until tender. You’ll need a pound of mushrooms, so choose your favorite (or use different varieties). While cooking, the mushrooms will absorb flavors from the garlic, thyme, and bay leaves. And because the slow cooker is well, slower, it gives the herbs more time to infuse into the mushrooms. Near the end, almond milk and a smidgen of butter get added for extra creaminess and flavor. The results a

Crock Pot Baked Apples

Indulge in buttery baked apples with this lowfat option that’s just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. And thanks to the apples, you’ll get a full serving of fruit. This recipe is the perfect marriage of those same delicious fall flavors wrapped up in a fuss-free dessert that is healthy to boot. Apples form the “base” of this dish. Once the apples are cored, the center becomes the perfect vessel for holding a cinnamon-spiced oat crumble. A bit of butter keeps this dish moist and decadent, without getting anywhere close to the amount of butter (or shortening) used in a standard pie. The trick that makes this recipe so easy is using a slow cooker to cook the apples. It’s a convenient, h

Hot for Halloween: Tricks to Feel Fit in Your Halloween Costume

There are two types of women on Halloween night....and I'm going to use a Mean Girls reference here... "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." A little more skin, a little less clothing. I've lucked out that Dallas weather in October can be warm, so you don't have to worry about freezing at night. I've always been the girl that has liked to dress on the sexier side for the holiday. The past two years I've been Britney Spears (my blonde hair made me have to be her, right). I'm undetermined what to be for 2017, but have a few ideas in mind. If you want to feet FIT and CONFIDENT in your Halloween costume this year,

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

So why are these little pumpkin balls “energy” bites? Dates! The sweet and sticky fruit that holds all the good stuff in this recipe together is known to be a great source of energy and fiber. In addition, pumpkin’s high concentration of potassium helps replenish that important electrolyte after workouts. Sweetened with pure maple syrup and rolled in coconut flakes, these treats are a clean alternative to candy and cake cravings – and they won’t cause you to crash. Plus, the addition of raw pecans and hazelnut extract take the nutty and earthy flavors up a notch; because healthy doesn’t have to be boring. But maybe the best thing about these Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites is that they don’t involv

Ditch the Grains with this Grain-Free 5 Day Meal Plan

Meal planning can make your work-week a whole lot easier when you are trying to be healthy. If you feel like you get a "wheat belly" from eating grain, try out this Grain-Free Meal Plan for 5 days. We eat grain in the form of cereal, bread, pasta, baked products, as a component in many processed foods, and, of course, by itself. People are intolerant of lots of different foods, not just grains. If a food or drink makes you feel like crap, don’t consume it. No matter what the food item is – listen to your body. This meal plan follows the Portion Fix program. Email me for more information about Portion Fix. Meal 1 (Breakfast): Eggs scrambled with spinach, mushrooms, peppers, and onion, side of

7 Day No Junk Food Challenge

To conquer cravings from food that's not so good for you, it's helpful to go through mini challenges where you give up these foods. This will make it easier to start to eliminate them from your life. This 7 Day No Junk Food Challenge requires commitment for 7 days. Avoid the junk foods on the list below for one week and see how you feel after! It may be a challenge at first, but at the end of the week you'll be surprised how good you'll feel! Benefits you can expect to see include increased energy, weight loss, improved digestive system and better sleep habits. Replacement Foods OK, so you know what you can't eat (see above). But what CAN you eat?! Here's a go-to list of replacement foods an

Lauren, What Exactly Do You....Do?

I get a lot of questions about what exactly it is that I do for a living. There are a lot of sweaty selfies, healthy recipes, travel plans and concerts that you may see on my profile. What you see a lot of the time is very polished, and seem like the "highlight reel" of what it is that I do. I am an online business owner that has partnered with Beachbody, the leader in world-class health and fitness programs such as P90x, Insanity and the 21 Day Fix. Don't get me wrong, it took a lot of sweat and tears (no blood), to be able to grow my business to be my full-time income. I pulled together some of the FAQ that I answer each day, to give you a better insight as what I'm doing behind all of the

13 Delicious Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Pie....you know Fall has arrived. Years ago, I thought the only thing you could do with pumpkins was carve funny faces into them. Now, I've been researching healthy ways to incorporate this fruit into my weekly recipe rotation. Did you know pumpkin is packed with fiber and is an excellent source of beta-carotene (which helps with vision and supports your immune system). Here are 13 of my favorite delicious, healthy pumpkin recipes to try out this season. Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese A tasty, healthy alternative to sugary donuts, baking a fresh batch of these for your coworkers will definitely earn you points around the office, and not o

Pumpkin Pie Shakeology

Forget your PSL....There is a full serving of yummy pumpkin in this pie-flavored smoothie. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is important for healthy teeth and vision. Don’t have Shakeology? Get it here! Ingredients ¼ cup water ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology ½ cup canned pumpkin puree 1 tsp . pure maple syrup (or raw honey) 1 Tbsp . coarsely chopped raw pecans 1 tsp . pumpkin pie spice 1 cup ice Instructions Place water, almond milk, Shakeology, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pecans, pumpkin pie spice, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Vegan Slow Cooker Stew with Chickpeas and Spinach

On chilly days, there’s nothing quite like tucking into a comforting bowl of this Vegan Slow Cooker Stew. And, even better, it takes about 15 minutes to prep and it’s ready by the time you get home from work! This simple recipe is packed with colorful veggies, like bell peppers, tomatoes, cauliflower, and spinach in a savory coconut curry broth. In fact, each serving is so hearty, and has so much flavor, you might not notice that this recipe is completely vegan. Simmering the vegetable stew in a slow cooker with garlic, ginger, and spices allows the flavors to meld together for hours. The result is a fragrant, flavorful broth that takes very little work to achieve. Simply sautée the onions,

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