Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

  I am so hooked on Vegan Shakeology.  I start each morning with my superfoods!  It makes such a huge difference in my day when I have it and I always notice if I skip it!  Sometimes I add a scoop to my morning oatmeal and other times I just blend it up in the Vitamix with some frozen banana and water. I’ve definitely tried my share of protein powders but Shakeology is a total wellness drink!  It covers the plant protein, the super greens, superfoods, probiotics, vitamins/minerals…it’s basically my health insurance.  I know once I have it, I’m covered

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Raw Zucchini Pasta

I love pasta but I don’t like the heavy feeling I get from eating pasta.  It’s also not as packed with nutrients, as say, vegetables, so zucchini pasta is the perfect solution! All you need is a handy dandy spiral slicer (I use the Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Slicer) and you can turn veggies into pasta-like strands!       Zucchini “pasta” is packed with nutrients and doesn’t leave you with that heavy feeling.  It’s light and refreshing! You can make it into a hearty meal by adding additional veggies as toppings, along with avocado for a healthy fat!  Sometimes

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Four Years In The Clear – An Anniversary of Health

Four years ago this month, I underwent a c-section for dermoids (aka benign tumors), one attached to each ovary. They were referred to as teratomas because of their size (huge – somewhere around 6″-7″). And I really do mean huge…I woke up one morning to this sight popping out of my stomach:   I blogged about it when it happened in 2011, and you can read all about the experience here: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Tumor – Part 1 It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Tumor – Part 2 It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane,

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Bars

{nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}   I love carrot cake.  I also love breakfast.  So it would make sense that I whip up some carrot cake bars that were less sweet, made from only whole foods and would be perfect for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.  A little experimenting in the kitchen, and I came up with this!   Ingredients: 12 large medjool dates (remove pits) 4 large carrots (chopped) 1 c of shredded coconut 1.5 c old fashioned gluten free oats 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp sea salt cinnamon/nutmeg/pumpkin pie spice (to taste)  I did about a teaspoon each 4 flax/chia

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Kalamata Sunflower Seed Cheese Spread:

Here is an awesome raw vegan SEED cheese!  It’s fantastic for  anyone with a tree nut allergy, anyone who doesn’t eat dairy (me!) or if you just want to try something new!  This is made with sunflower seeds, but could just as easily be made with pumpkin seeds. This fabulous recipe that will satisfy cheese lovers everywhere!   Check it out – you won’t believe how simple this recipe is!   Kalamata Sunflower Seed Cheese Spread:  Dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free    (yields 1 1/2 cups, or 6-8 servings – feel free to double this recipe if you are having a par-tay!)

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Raw Edible Pop Art Party

    I was thinking today about all the raw food events and parties that I’ve done and this was definitely one of my favorites.  Check out the full photos, menu and details here: Raw Edible Pop Art Party – Click Here Thinking about starting these up again! 🙂 If I did, would you attend? xoxo Lauren  

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M is for Mango

    I found mango on sale at the grocery store and stocked up!!  They are so sweet.   Having fruit in the morning always energizes me for the day.  Cutting them like this makes it super easy (and fun) to eat! I hope your day is off to a great start!! xoxo Lauren

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Workout with me this September!

We are nearing the end of Summer (ahhh!!!) but that DOES NOT mean that we need to stop working on our goals to be healthy, strong and fit! Maybe you neglected your fitness routine and need to get back on track or maybe you have a routine but need to STAY on track. Whatever YOUR reason, join me for this Slimtember Challenge and take your Health & Fitness to the next level. We do it TOGETHER. We get results TOGETHER. We high five each other afterwards TOGETHER. We compliment each other on our sexy fit bods TOGETHER. Here’s the commitment:

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Watermelon for Breakfast

On hot summer days there is nothing more hydrating and refreshing than watermelon!  I’m loving watermelon season right now. You don’t even need a bowl, just section off a part of the watermelon and grab a spoon!  🙂 Remember to stay hydrated and drink more water than you think you need on these hot days.  Eating foods rich in water, like watermelon, can help you stay hydrated longer. Peace, love and veggies! Lauren  

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Walk the Talk

Every year, I have my “numbers” checked, and by that I mean my health numbers.  Internal health.  You see, it doesn’t matter if you have six pack abs or can take everyone to the “gun show” if your cholesterol is through the roof or you are still eating your way to heart disease.  What we put into our bodies is SO important and since I am a coach, a personal trainer and a nutritionist, I find it important, personally, to put my money where my mouth is.  To walk the talk, not just talk the talk.  To be the PROOF

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