Showing posts with label healthy food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy food. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Chic Eats

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I have an announcement to make.

It's probably pretty ridiculously obvious how much of a health freak I am, aside from my love for fashion and food.  If my words are not enough, then check out my Instagram for proof.  Over the course of about six or so months, I have been working on a project for you guys that I am quite excited to share with you.  In between snapping photos with my tripod in face-melting weather, turning into a gourmet chef as I whip up macaroni and cheese or chicken nuggets for my toddler, or transforming my condo into a video shoot, something developed.  

Without further ado, I launched an eBook dedicated to harnessing positive thoughts and healthy habits.  The eBook encompasses a range of healthy recipes for radiating mornings, beauty tips, inspiration, and even some of my favorite workouts and juice recipes.  Creating a radiant life isn't only reliant on eating habits, but mind, body, style, and so much more.  Hence, my first eBook, Chic Eats: Radiate Your Mornings.

Download my eBook, Chic Eats here:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lose Weight for the Summer with Style By Lynsee & DeliverLean

Summertime usually means one of two things -  it's time to slim down to fit in that tiny bikini (or man-kini) or hibernate from all pools and beaches.  If you're anything like me, this doesn't quite hit you until May rolls around the corner and then it slaps you in the face that the time has come to shed those last 5 - 10 pounds.  Upon strategizing how to lose the weight, I was introduced to DeliverLean.  DeliverLean is a premier gourmet meal delivery company in South Florida that offers clean and fresh meals delivered to your doorstep.

As a pescatarian who tends to stray away from gluten and occasionally enjoys vegan dishes, I found it extremely helpful that the healthy food delivery service offers custom meal plans to fit my diet.  I usually cook my meals at home to save my body from any added preservatives; however, DeliverLean provides preservative-free meals prepared by gourmet chefs.  Let's face it, I'm a health freak and if you follow my Instagram then you probably already knew this by now.

When I received my first delivery on Monday, it felt like Christmas.  I stumbled out of bed and opened the front door to find a cooler filled with prepared meals for the next two days, and it was all completely healthy.  DeliverLean provides drop-offs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The meals are 250 - 400 calories each, containing lean proteins, low-glycemic carbohydrates, high-fiber organic fruits and vegetables and healthy fats.   DeliverLean also brews up raw, cold-pressed OnJuice juices which may be added to a meal plan as well.  Aside from my meal plan, I also track daily consumption on an app called MyFitnessPal which allows you to record everything consumed with nutritional information included.

Let's get to the good stuff,  my meal plan...which has been incredibly delicious.

A typical two-day delivery under my meal plan includes:

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple French Toast with Coconut Yogurt
Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Peppers, Onions and Sweet Potato Latke

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple French Toast with Coconut Yogurt
Brussel Sprouts & Kale Salad with Toasted Sunflower Seeds and Coconut Dressing
Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Shallots Quesadilla with Vegan Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta

Wild Mushroom and Caramelized Shallots Quesadilla with Vegan Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta
Vegan Panang Curry Tofu with Winter Veggies and Brown Rice
Pescatarian Balsamic Snapper with Wild Rice Pilaf, Broccoli and Onions

Pescatarian Balsamic Snapper with Wild Rice Pilaf, Broccoli and Onions
Desserts may be added to a meal plan, and range from 90 to 300 calories per dish.  Let's just say I almost died after trying the Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Cake.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Mint Tart
Low-Fat Strawberry Cheesecake

Prior to beginning my summer meal plan, I measured and weighed myself so I'll be sharing results on my social networks.  For those who are looking to join the slim down for bikini season challenge with me, sign up for one month and receive two free days here!

For more information about DeliverLean, visit

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Healthy Habits: 3-Day Purchased Juice Cleanse Results

If you've been living under a rock, then you may not have known by now that I am a little health freak who loves everything from goji berries to raw vegan chocolate desserts.  In the past, I've posted about juice cleansing and how much I love incorporating into my seasonal slim-down routine but I recently completed a summer cleanse and it's only appropriate that I share my results with you.

I know what you're thinking...what about the concept of chewing?  Don't you miss that?

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The purpose of conducting a juice cleanse is to detoxify the body of all of the junk, alcohol or other bad toxins that have been consumed over time.  For a lack of better words, it allows the body to heal itself.  Although I typically prepare my own juices for a cleanse, this time around I purchased a Love Grace 3-day cleanse (ain't nobody got time for all of the time consuming juice making).  Their cleanse contains cold-pressed juices to ensure up to five times more nutrients than home juicing as well.

My 3-Day Cleanse with Love Grace Foods (per day):
16oz Purify (green juice)
4oz Ginger Bomb (a great wake-up)
16oz Super Cider or Longevity Tonic (similar to the master cleanse)
16oz Green Sunshine
16oz Green Protein Smoothie or Chocolate Superfood Smoothie or Probiotic Smoothie
16oz Restore

To purchase the same cleanse that I used, go to

After the cleanse, I lost approximately 7 pounds and received more clarity along with a boost of energy.    If you are curious as to how to prepare prior to conducting a juice cleanse, go back to my post about juice cleanse preparation.  

Check out my "3-Day Purchased Juice Cleanse Results" video for more details:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Healthy Habits: After School Snacks [VIDEO]

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Who doesn't love snacks?  It has been highly requested to feature my son in more blog posts and/or videos, so we filmed how to make some of his favorite healthy snacks in the little amount of time that is available in a day to make them.  Feeding children nourishing food is important, as they burn off plenty of energy throughout the day.  Most of the items used in this video were all purchased from Trader Joe's, but any natural food store will do.  

Taejin's Favorite Healthy Snacks:
  • Apples with Peanut Butter and Raisins
  • Crunchy Fro-yo Banana Bites 
  • Cheesy Pizza-Dilla
  • Pick-One Snack Tray
What are some of your (or your kiddos') favorite snacks?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Labor Day: Mixing Prints

As Labor Day approaches, many relaxing cookouts and R&R with friends or family comes to my mind.  Today's look features the combination of print-mixing and minimalistic white heels that creates an effortlessly chic outfit for any occasion.

What I'm Rocking:
Top by ZARA
Shorts by F21
Heels by ZARA

Check out my new video from my YouTube channel, Labor Day: Outfit + Healthy Recipe, here:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Video: Healthy Habits | 5 Easy Tips to Shed Belly Fat in 7 Days

As many of you may know, I am quite obsessive when it comes to fitness and keeping a healthy lifestyle.  Maintaining a healthy appearance both inside and out is important in building self-esteem or confidence.  I receive a lot of inquiries regarding my diet or fitness routine, so today's post features a few of my top tips for shedding stubborn belly fat along with a quick abdomen workout.  Let me know if you would like more "healthy habits" videos!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Favorites: Healthy Habits - Comfort Food Swaps

Happy Friday guys and dolls.  Although eating healthy is not always the most exciting for some, it doesn't have to be dreadful.  There are a number of substitutions that you can utilize when you have a special craving for comfort food, whether it is sweet or savory.  Next time your stomach is screaming for something comforting, keep these in mind.  Enjoy ;)

1) French Fries
The thought of fried potatoes sounds delicious in your head, but it doesn't always agree with your body.  Therefore, a quick and easy swap for this common comfort food is to exchange it for sweet potatoes that have been soaked in cold water and baked at 375 degrees until crispy and golden.  

2) Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese has been instilled in the minds of everyone ever since they were children.  No?  Maybe that's just me.  The trick to swapping this one is to opt for whole wheat pasta (penne or shells) and incorporate butternut squash mixed with a little fat free half-and-half and Laughing Cow low-fat cheese.  Butternut squash has a rich flavor and consistency that gives that added touch.

3) Ice Cream
Ice cream is a girl's go-to breakup dessert or the end all to flat abs.  Ben & Jerry's came out with a delicious swap for the fat packed original version, which is low fat frozen GREEK yogurt.  It has over half the calories and it still tastes delicious.

4) Spaghetti and Meatballs
Rather than adding all of the oil and carbohydrate packed pasta in your typical spaghetti and meatballs, a great swap is to make meatballs with ground turkey breast and mix it with whole wheat spaghetti and your favorite marinara sauce.  I tend to make my own sauce, rather than the store bought kind.

5) Pizza
Pizza is my all time favorite comfort food...or food, ever.  A few things to keep in mind when consuming pizza is to make sure the crust is whole wheat or gluten free and very thin.  You can make it at home using a whole wheat tortilla, some marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella cheese and your favorite vegetable toppings (or turkey pepperoni). 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Slimming Secrets to Fit in Your Favorite Jeans This Fall

Along with the fall season upon us comes all of the tempting foods and delicious desserts throughout the holidays.  Although it can be difficult to avoid stuffing your face with all of the yummy foods, I have some of my favorite slimming secrets that will help you fit in your favorite skinny jeans during the fall season.  I'm not doing this because I am some sort of fitness expert, but more so to give you some insight on what worked for me in losing weight and keeping fit.  Taking care of your body is imperative to your health and I believe it promotes self-confidence and beauty as well.

Tip #1: Begin your day with a lean protein shake.
Rather than bulking up on a heavy breakfast loaded with carbs, like pancakes, choose to drink a lean protein shake (like Beachbody's Shakeology or GNC Lean Shake).  It will keep you satisfied until lunch time and boosts your protein intake.  Add a small fruit serving as well (i.e. a small apple or banana).

Tip #2: Eat slowly.
When you're consuming a meal, it's always helpful if you chew your food slowly because it gives your brain enough time to realize that you really are full.  Trust me, it works.  When you're eating during the holidays, choose foods that have less oil/butter and stay away from fried foods.

Tip #3: Drink a glass of water before and after each meal.
Believe it or not, drinking a glass of water before and after each meal will also help with your "sense of hunger" and it's great for your skin!

Tip #4: Go fishing.
Instead of eating red meat consistently, opt for fish because it's lower in calories than other protein selections.  I typically go for grilled tilapia or salmon and fill my plate with bright vegetables. 

Tip #5: Soup, soup, soup.
Eating soup is beneficial because it helps you feel full longer and regulate calorie-intake.  However, don't get confused with cream-based soup which is full of fat and calories.  Choose a broth-based soup and put a cap on the broccoli and cheese or clam chowder.

I hope these tips have helped you, and remember to stay away from the Halloween candy (okay, maybe a little is acceptable). 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Gourmet Tricks to a Healthier Lifestyle

A prime factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is learning to prepare meals that are good for you; however, this doesn't mean that you have to be a superior chef to do so.  When I am preparing healthy meals for myself, I tend to focus on portion control and including plenty of colorful fruits or vegetables.  One of the most recent meals I prepared was so delicious that I had to share the recipe(s) with you! 

The complete dish: Chicken breast in a Sauvignon Blanc sauce | Sweet potato mash in a bell pepper cup, honey-glazed pistachios and Brie cheese on top | Zucchini cups filled with asparagus spears and shredded carrots | Apricot relish

1) For the chicken breast, I sauteed garlic and onions in chicken broth with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc wine.  To thicken up the sauce slightly, I added a dash of cornstarch as well.

2) The apricot relish was quite simple to prepare, as I chopped up some cherry tomatoes and mixed it with diced zucchini along with a splash of lime juice and apricot preserves.

3) To make the zucchini cups, I hollowed out blocks of zucchini with a melon-baller and threw in some cooked asparagus spears.  I shredded up some carrots and placed the zucchini cups on top.

4) Finally, I prepared the last component by hollowing out half of a green bell pepper and filled it with mashed up sweet potatoes.  I topped this with honey-glazed pistachios and a few slices of Brie cheese, then I placed it in the oven to melt the cheese slightly.  Delish!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Healthy Habits: My Top Five Tips for Losing Weight

#1: Lose the Sugar!
Many people don't realize the amount of extra calories you consume by drinking soda, juices, or other drinks that are full of sugar.  Rather than drinking beverages high in sugar, opt for water.  It's much better for your body and your skin!  There is also plenty of sugar in alcoholic drinks, so if you are looking to lose weight I suggest leaving the alcohol alone for awhile.  If you have one drink per week, then mix it with club soda or have one glass of red wine.

#2: Portion your Plate 
If you eat five small meals throughout the day rather than three large meals, it will help you with portion control.  Your plate should be no higher than an inch of food in height and should consist of primarily proteins and vegetables.

#3: Switch to Whole Grains
Limit your grains or carbohydrates to a minimum, but choose whole grains if you must.  Whole grains refers to brown rice, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pita bread, or anything that says "whole-wheat" is pretty much safer for you to consume.

#4: Egg Whites are your New BFF
There are added calories in whole eggs so switch to consuming egg whites, which are lighter and better for you.  They are the perfect breakfast with a side of turkey bacon and spinach or hard-boiled eggs are a great snack (minus the yolk).

#5: Snacks Don't Have to be Bad
If you must have a snack throughout the day, grab a handful of raw almonds (no salt added) or dried cranberries.  I also like apples with a little almond butter. 

I hope these tips help those of you who are looking to lose weight or for those of you who just want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Typical Daily Meal Plan

Ever since I lost my baby weight, I've received many inquires about my meal plan and workout habits.  For today's post I thought I would share my typical daily meal plan.  It varies from day-to-day but this will give you an idea of how I maintain a healthy lifestyle.  I noticed a huge change in my energy levels once I began working out regularly and changing my eating habits to fit healthier guidelines.

Now I love eating healthy foods because they don't leave me feeling sluggish afterwards.  The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle in terms of my eating habits is to eat slowly and don't over-consume, drink plenty of water throughout the day and one glass before each meal, and eat five smaller meals rather than three large meals per day.  What is your typical meal plan?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Recap

Since this year was my first Mother's Day, I celebrated with brunch at Newport Beachside Hotel in North Miami Beach.  It was such an exciting day for me since it was my first celebratory Mother's Day with my little man.  Each day that I spend with him is special, but today was even more special for me.  Some of my friends joined me for a ladies brunch where we enjoyed endless mimosas and the most delicious spread of fresh seafood, a specialty chef egg station, fresh ceviche, smoked salmon, cheeses, fruit, muffins, bagels, croissants, pastries, rack of lamb, prime rib, and a large array of desserts as well.  I loved every bit of my first Mother's Day!

What I'm wearing:
ZARA top
Target tank top
F21 necklace
ZARA shorts
ALDO handbag
My DIY heels (see how I created them here)

What my son is wearing:
Gifted shirt
ZARA BABY shorts/suspenders
Dockers socks
H&M shoes

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Favorites: Raving Treasures

Happy Friday everyone!  For today's post, I want to showcase some of my favorite treasures of the week.  These are items that I've been using almost every day, or I'm just very pleased with the quality of them.  For example, I use this body wash religiously.  It smells so good and it has a hint of orange zest in it to wake me up each morning.  I've also been looking for a reliable drug store foundation, since I don't like to use my high-end foundations every day.  I decided to try out the Revlon 24-hour ColorStay foundation, which holds pretty well throughout the day.  The only down side is that I have to set it, otherwise it leaves my skin feeling a little oily.

I found these candlestick holders at a Japanese gadget store on Lincoln Road, which I am in love with.  The store is filled with modern items that can't be found in many other places.  I also picked up a cute backpack for my son (I'll show in a later post).  Furthermore, my breakfast typically consists of Quaker Weight Control oatmeal and it is so yummy.  I recommend this brand and flavor to all of you.  As for the candles I've shown below, I grabbed this steal at Pottery Barn.  They were only $3!  What are some of your favorite items?

What's in here:
1) Clean & Clear Pomegranate and Orange Zest body wash
2) Revlon 24-hour ColorStay foundation
3) Candlestick holders from a Japanese store on Lincoln Road
4) Quaker Weight Control oatmeal in Maple & Brown Sugar
5) Pottery Barn candles