The Skinny Confidential. I was immediately hooked. Written by Lauryn Evarts, the blog presents a lot of health, fitness and lifestyle information in a beautiful way. And let's be honest, Lauryn is pretty hilarious. She's fun and sassy and likes to throw around some curse words every now and then. A girl after my own heart :)
Recently, I was asked to participate in The Skinny Confidential's New Year New You Blog Tour, promoting Lauryn's book, The Skinny Confidential: A Babe’s Sexy, Sassy, Health and Lifestyle guide. I was excited to participate in the blog tour, of course, but more excited to read Lauryn's book. Therefore, it must be mentioned that while the below review is in my own words and my own opinion, I did receive the book from the publishing company.
The book is really beautiful. It's laid out in chapter format though it reads more like a conversation with a close friend. Lauryn provides tips and suggestions for making positive lifestyle changes including working it in ways to boost your confidence, healthy eating, exercise, skin care, fashion help and much more. I was particularly interested in her recipes and exercise recommendations as we're both fitness pros with certifications in nutrition. And her recipes didn't disappoint. There are several recipes for all three meals as well as snacks and even adult beverages. I especially love her recipe for The Holy Kale salad. I eat salads for lunch almost daily and even the healthiest of health nuts gets sick of salad after a while. What I liked about Lauryn's salad was the dressing. Salads are won and lost with dressing. Here's Lauryn's take on a kale salad.
Ahhh, kale. If kale were a boy, I’d be crushin’! (me too, Lauryn, me too)
2 ½ heaping handfuls of kale, chopped
1 handful of baby arugula, washed
1 tangerine, peeled and sectioned
1 tomato, sliced
1 cup purple or white cauliflower, diced
⅓ cup scallions, chopped
½ avocado, diced
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 to 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Rosemary or basil, chopped (used as garnish)
There's just something about a lemon Dijon vinaigrette that just makes a salad. It's light, it's fresh and it really makes the veggies pop.
Now that you've got the healthy eating thing down, it's time to use all that good food to fuel some workouts. Lauryn provides some great exercises for total body and also provides some exercises for some specific, shall we say, trouble spots for women. She has a whole section on the lovely butt. And anyone that has ever trained with me knows I will recommend working that butt like there's no tomorrow. Many (many!) running injuries can be traced back to weak glutes and if you don't strengthen that butt, you might as well give up. Ok, maybe that's harsh but I think you catch my drift. My personal favorites that Lauryn includes are the J. Lo and the Smiley Ass.
Honestly, this is a great, fun read. Lots of great info without all the filler crap that a lot of DIY health books use to fill pages. Lauryn is straight to the point, telling it like it is, which I really appreciate. I think you will too. While I'm partial to the recipes and exercises, there's a ton of info on makeup, skin care, hair care and even some tips for the men in your life. And I really love that she ties most of the topics back to healthy eating and exercise. She even has recipes for face and hair masks using stuff from your fridge rather than your cosmetics store. There's something for everyone and you're sure to get a few laughs as you read through the book.
I'm excited to be able to share Lauryn's book with all of you! And one of you will win a copy of your own. Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Please keep in mind that winners must be 18 and residents of the U.S. with a U.S mailing address.
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