Scarf That Keeps Germs Away

I ordered this pattern and color. Image is from wearascough.com

When it comes to getting sick, I can be a germaphobe. I try to avoid touching door handles, turn away when someone is coughing, and wash my hands right when I get home.

I came across this scarf this weekend- and already ordered one! I thought I would share it with you before flu season is in full swing!

Already sick? Or feeling like you need a pick me up? Try this turmeric milk. I had it last night. SO so good! 

 

 

Posted on November 16, 2015 .

The Fit List: 9

Welcome to The Fit List!  

Every week I will give you a "Top 5" list of what's on my mind when it comes to health, fitness, food and sometimes even fashion! Come visit me weekly for The Fit List.

#1 The Best Way to Cut an Avocado For Maximum Health Benefits

This image is from Dailymail.com

This image is from Dailymail.com

I will never cut an avocado the same way again! This past weekend my brother introduced me to this technique! Not only it is easier to cut an avocado this way, but it also helps you keep the dark green part of the avocado (just beneath the skin)! This part of the avocado has plenty of nutrients!

#2 Creamy Cashew Alfredo Sauce

I have a lot of dairy free friends, so I always think of them when I come across yummy dairy free recipes. I have not tried this- but I am thinking of doing it this week. Not sure which one yet, but my mouth is watering. (I will use zoodles instead of pasta)

Image from MinimalistBaker.com Recipe below!

Image from MinimalistBaker.com Recipe below!

Vegan Pasta Alfredo

30 Minute Vegan Alfredo

 

#3 Experts share exactly what they do to avoid weight gain, stay fit and manage stress during the holidays!  

Robin, an inspirational health and fitness blogger from The Balanced Life, put together a FREE downlaod with tips and tricks from top experts in the fitness and nutrition industry. They share ways they stay on track during the holiday season! PS I am in there too :)

DOWNLOAD HERE

#4 Refined VS Unrefined Coconut oil

Do you know the difference? I always grabbed the unrefined coconut oil- but most recently I bought the refined! I use coconout oil to cook with- but also to wash my face and hydrate my skin. The one thing I really did not love about the coconut oil is the strong coconut smell and taste. BUT I am so excited because I recently discovered that refined coconut oil DOES NOT SMELL OR TASTE LIKE COCONUTS!!!! Did you know this? Read More. 

#5 This is a great quick Abs and Butt workout:

Click HERE FOR WORKOUT

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SONG I'm LOVING: Wild Things by Alessia Cara


Posted on November 9, 2015 .

The Fit List: 8

Every week I give you a "Top 5" list of what's on my mind when it comes to health, fitness, food and sometimes even fashion! Come visit me weekly for The Fit List.

1. I have used coconut oil and raw organic honey on my face... but never Turmeric. This article makes me want to buy Vicco! Go TURMERIC! 

2. Pumpkin Puree. Easy to make. You can add that stuff into so many different recipes. Check out my video blog here. More ways to use pumpkin puree. (make it homemade!)

3. When To Eat Your Largest Meal Of The Day If You Are Trying To Lose Weight In this article you can also find some ideas for LIGHT 400 calorie dinners.

4. My favorite workout pants: BEYOND YOGA! I have been obsessed with them for quite some time. Check out AMAZON for them - sometimes they have good deals!

5. Last week one of my students introduced me to this Justin Bieber song: Sorry. So Good. On my playlist this week. 

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Posted on November 2, 2015 .

I'm in London!

Camera man is here for work and I decided to meet up with him and extended our trip for a few more days. 

Today is his last day in the office, so I am taking advantage and doing the things he probably wouldn't want to do.... like take a barre class at Equinox. 

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Whenever I am in a different city/country I love taking classes and getting inspired! I took a barre class at Equinox called "Ultimate Barre". I was expecting the teacher to have an English accent and was surprised when she sounded just like me. I introduced myself before class and soon found out she is from CA and just doing a barre training here for the week. One of the classes she is introducing to London is Ultimate Barre. 

Nicole (the teacher and national Equinox barre director) was great! Class started in the middle of the room using a resistance band. We did some second position plies and side lunging. I was sweating in no time. Most of the class took place at the barre. We utilized the bands and barre at the same time. It is more common for barre classes to isolate working either the arms or the legs, but in Ultimate Barre we were able to work both at the same time! No weights were used and I didn't even miss it. We used a squishy ball for glute work, abs and inner thighs! Total body burner! Maybe this class will come to Boston? 

Beautiful barre and yoga studio!  

Beautiful barre and yoga studio!  

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After class I hung out in their lounge. They have a full menu that includes juices, smoothies, grab and go, breakfast and lunch. This is what Boston Equinox needs! 

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The lounge was comfortable and pretty busy for a Friday midday!  I could have (and almost did) spent all day there. 

Wake Up: lime, fennel, mint, apple, ginger, cucumber 

Wake Up: lime, fennel, mint, apple, ginger, cucumber 

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Okay. Off to my next adventure. There is a Whole Foods next door I am going to check out and maybe grab a snack. Make sure to follow me on Instgram (@sweatwithlaurenhefez) and Facebook for fun pics and updates!  

Posted on October 23, 2015 .

The Fit List: 7

Welcome to The Fit List!  

Every week I will give you a "Top 5" list of what's on my mind when it comes to health, fitness, food and sometimes even fashion! Come visit me weekly for The Fit List.

#1 Make your own pancake using 2 ingreedients. #easyandhealthy

  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • add in spices like: cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, salt
  • blend
  • cook on pan with a little butter (makes about 3 pancakes) 

#2 WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Justin Biebers song "What Do You Mean?" has been playing in my classes the day after its release and now he and Selena Gomez just released a song together. What do you think?

#3 APPLE BUTTER

Do you have a million apples that you do not know what to do with? I am making NO SUGAR ADDED slow cooked apple butter as I type. I will be posting a recipe video on my YouTube channel this Friday! Check it out. HERE are a lot of good apple recipes too! 

#4 White Lentil Risotto With Mushrooms

I love Sarah. I love My New Roots. I WILL be making this dish with my gal pal Barbara! 

#5 Beautiful glass water bottles

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We always have these beautiful galss water bottles filled with filtered water and stored in our fridge. Makes drinking water fun, easy, and beautiful.

 

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Posted on October 19, 2015 .

Make and pack your own dressing with the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the FoodSaver® Brand through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer System, all opinions are my own.

I was recently sent the FoodSaver® V4865 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System to play around with and review.  I have always wanted a vacuum system, but never really jumped on it. I pictured it sitting in my house and not getting much use. But after using the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System I knew I was wrong! I was actually super excited and found myself looking through my kitchen to see what I could seal and preserve!

 

The FoodSaver ®  Vacuum looks very nice with its stainless steel design. I think it is beautiful enough to have on your counter. 

The FoodSaver® Vacuum looks very nice with its stainless steel design. I think it is beautiful enough to have on your counter. 

I read the directions that were attached under the lid of the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System, watched some YouTube videos, and after a couple minutes of playing around with the sealing system I was almost a pro!

As I was searching my kitchen for things I could seal I opened my fridge and saw pineapple in regular freezer bags and bananas with plastic wrap. Both had freezer burn.

I regularly use frozen bananas and pineapple in my smoothies. The best natural sugars! I them both with the FoodSaver® Sealing System. It was a very satisfying feeling knowing that the food I was sealing would not only last longer and taste better- but would take up less space and indirectly make me more organized! The FoodSaver® Bags are also BPA free!

The one thing I always tell my clients is to make their own salad dressing. It is more cost effective, tastes better, and is a great way to avoid all of the chemicals and preservatives in store bought dressings.

I made my own dressing, froze it in ice cube trays, popped them out and sealed them using the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System! Now the dressings are already portioned sized off, and easy to take with me on the days I bring a salad to eat between classes! SO EASY! You can make a huge batch and store it in the fridge. I am super excited about this. Total time saver.

 

Do you have a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System? How do you use it? 

I am excited to explore more vacuum sealing options!!

 

Posted on October 14, 2015 .

The Fit List: 6

 

Welcome to The Fit List!  

Every week I will give you a "Top 5" list of what's on my mind when it comes to health, fitness, food and sometimes even fashion! Come visit me weekly for The Fit List.

1. Think Dirty:

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One of my favorite and most used apps! It will rate your favorite cosmetic products and tell you how many toxins and chemicals it contains. It will also give you product alternatives, incase your favorite Chapstick scores high on the toxic list! Love this app.  

2. Crockpot:  

Don't have time to cook? Crockpot away! Crockpots make life easy. It cooks all day while you are away. I find my favorite recipes on Pinterest. Do you have a favorite recipes you can share? 

Here are 77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipe ideas

 

3. Reebok:

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Shoes I am obsessing over right now: Sky Scapes by Reebok. Light. So comfortable. And you can throw them in the wash! I want to get them in every color. GET THEM! They are one sale here!

4. I should have taken a photo. Yesterday I halved about 1.5 cups of cherry tomatoes. On top I added fresh minced garlic, EVOO, salt, pepper and a bit of honey. Mixed it all together and baked for about 30 minutes at 375. After cooked I threw this all in a blender added more EVOO and herb de Provence. Blended just a little leaving some chunks. I ate it with pita chips but I can see it tasting delicious over a crostini. 

5. My friend started a blog: Jet Setting With Jess. She writes awesome stuff about travel.  I go to her for all my travel questions and advice. Follower her. She is a travel wizard. 

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Posted on October 13, 2015 .

The Fit List: 5

Welcome to The Fit List!  

Every week I give you a "Top 5" list of what's on my mind when it comes to health, fitness, food and sometimes even fashion! Come visit me weekly for The Fit List.

1. Have a sweet tooth? Satisfy your craving with a date! Medjool dates are my favorite, loaded with vitamins and minerals with the sweetness to satisfy any craving. 

2. I went to a Korean restaurant with a friend yesterday and there was an awesome pickled cucumber side dish. Check THIS side dish out. Looks so easy to make! I will be trying this.

3.Nutritional Yeast. The name doesn't sound so hot, but yes people eat this stuff! I haved cooked with it before too, and it could be a vegan's best friend. Read more here

4. My latest YouTube video. It's really good. Its all about the upper body. No mat needed, just weights. 

 

5. I love fall. And every fall I get my Pumpkin Butter from Trader Joe's. It goes so well with Ezekiel bread and almond butter. 

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Posted on September 28, 2015 .