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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Healthy Holiday Sangria with Dasani

Holiday season is in full effect, which typically means indulgence is too. However, a little indulging doesn't have to result in gluttony. For today's post, I'm teaming up with DASANI to share one of my absolute favorite healthy cocktail recipes for my holiday parties or get togethers. This Healthy Holiday Sangria is filled with a fruitful flavor, vibrant color, and a little sparkling kick from DASANI Berry Sparkling Water. By substituting sparkling water for other sodas, it reduces sugar and calorie intake.  


What you'll need:

1 apple
1 orange
1 lime
1 pear
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 bottle red wine (I chose Cabernet)
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1/4 cup brandy
1 can DASANI Berry Sparkling Water



Begin by slicing up the fruit, and placing it into a large pitcher.



Pour agave nectar, wine, Grand Marnier, and brandy into pitcher and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours (this helps combine all of the flavors).



Before serving, top it off with DASANI Berry Sparkling Water and garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick. DASANI Sparkling Water also comes in lime, lemon, or black cherry. Ideally, it's the perfect mixer because it contains zero calories, zero artificial colors, and it's caffeine-free. For more easy holiday party recipes, visit this Pinterest board. DASANI Sparkling Water is available at Walmart and it's perfect for the holidays.


Disclaimer: You must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. When doing so, please drink responsibly. No drinking and driving, and no drinking and texting! This post is sponsored by acorn on behalf of DASANI.



Monday, February 16, 2015

Guilt-Free Strawberry Nutella French Toast Stack

"I'm sharing one of my favorite breakfast nibbles...Strawberry Nutella French Toast Stack."



One of my decadent pleasures is chocolate and strawberries.  Although dark chocolate is my typical go-to since it's packed with antioxidants, Nutella is second best.  Yes, it may come with some fats and sugar, but I believe everything is acceptable in moderation when it comes to living a healthy life.  Strawberries boost immunity, promote eye health, and surprisingly keeps wrinkles at bay.  I'm all over recipes that keep me full throughout the morning and don't sacrifice the body, so I'm sharing one of my favorite breakfast nibbles…Strawberry Nutella French Toast Stack.  


What you'll need:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk (coconut milk, or skim milk)
  • 3 slices of bread (I'm using Nature's Own 40-calorie bread)
  • 2 Tbsp of Nutella 
  • 4-6 strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • Whipped topping
  • Pinch of cinnamon



1.  First, you will need to combine the egg whites, milk, and cinnamon together in a flat dish.
2.  Next, grab a cookie cutter or large glass to cut off the crust of your bread.

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3.  Dip each piece of bread into the egg/milk mixture until well coated.
4.  Place the battered bread into a large pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, over medium heat until lightly golden on each side.



5.  Remove the french toast from pan and begin placing one slice on a plate.  Add a thin layer of Nutella (or a whole glob if you're so inclined)
6.  Add a layer of sliced strawberries on top of the french toast slice, and repeat this process until all of the bread has been stacked.
7.  Put a generous amount of whipped topping for garnish, along with a strawberry slice.  

Devour it up!  Simple, and delicious.


Check out my Instagram @StyleByLynsee for more food photos!



Friday, June 13, 2014

Sip of Summer Celebration

With Father's Day right around the corner, it's the perfect time to celebrate with friends or family.  What better way to celebrate than with some cool and refreshing sangria?  I've teamed up with CÎROC to share 4 sangria recipes that are delicious to sip on by the pool, at a neighborhood BBQ overlooking the lake, or simply during a little staycation at home.  Sunday "Fun Day" just became even better.

Amaretto Sangria

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For brunch with the girls, brew up this orange-infused sangria with a pinot noir addition.

(Pitcher Recipe)
10 oz CÎROC Amaretto
10 oz Pinot Noir Wine
5 oz Orange Liqueur
5 oz Simple Syrup
5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
15 oz Sparkling water with lemon
Stir over ice in 64 oz pitcher

(Single Cocktail)
1 oz CÎROC Amaretto
1 oz Pinot Noir Wine
.5 oz Orange Liqueur
.5oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1.5 oz Sparkling water with lemon
Stir over ice in Wine Glass

Red Berry Sangria


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For a classic Summer beverage, add a little rosé wine and berry tea for a light and crisp sangria.

(Pitcher Recipe)
10 oz CÎROC Red Berry
10 oz Rose Wine
5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
5 oz Simple Syrup
20 oz Berry Tea
Stir over ice in 64 oz pitcher

(Single Cocktail)
1 oz CÎROC Red Berry
1 oz Rose Wine
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Berry Tea
Stir over ice in Wine glass

Coconut Sangria


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Take it to the islands with a little coconut twist and green tea in your sangria and watch how many people line up for more.

(Pitcher Recipe)
10 oz CÎROC Coconut
5 oz White Rum
15 oz Green Tea
10 oz Pineapple Juice
5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
5 oz Simple Syrup
Stir over ice in 64 oz pitcher

(Single Cocktail)
1 oz CÎROC Coconut
.5 oz White Rum
1.5 oz Green Tea
1 oz Pineapple Juice
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Stir over ice in Wine Glass


Peach Sangria

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Peach sangria is simply perfection.  You can't go wrong with peach anything.


(Pitcher Recipe)
10 oz CÎROC Peach
5 oz Hennessy
5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 5
1 oz Simple Syrup
40 Dashes Bitters
20 oz Club Soda
Stir over ice in 64 oz pitcher

(Single Cocktail)
1 oz CÎROC Peach
.5 oz Hennessy
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
4 Dashes Bitters
2 oz Club Soda
Stir over ice in Wine Glass




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beat the Heat with Tropical Prints and Sweet Treats

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Despite the typical "vacationing dad syndrome" that has given quite a bad rep for tropical prints, it has seemingly become on-trend for Summer 2014 fashion.  It can be pulled off while still remaining cool and breezy while the sweltering heat radiates pretty much everywhere on the body.  

Speaking of sweltering heat, I have quite an active little toddler by the name of Taejin.  By active I am obviously referring to a marathon-running, Presidential speech giving, chocolate milk-wasted gladiator. Therefore, discovering Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars has become a healthy and refreshing treat to share with him as we embark on our everyday Summer activities.

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If it's not apparent by now, I am quite the healthy freak.  Upon a recent trip to Target* which usually starts with "I need dishwasher detergent and garbage bags only," turned into a cart filled with new discoveries like these frozen bars of joy.  Aside from the nutritional benefits of Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars, they also come in 10 magical flavors.  My personal favorite is Strawberry, whileTaejin loves the Banana & Milk flavor.

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My domestic-mom side whipped up some new concoctions using the Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars, as they are made with real fruit and milk so the bars blend up extremely well.  It's a creative bit that entertains my son and keeps his belly satisfied too!  Check out my Pinterest page for recipes.

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What I'm rocking:
Top by ATIKSHOP | Shorts by ATIKSHOP | Sunglasses by GUCCI

What Taejin is rocking:
Shirt by H&M | Shorts by Target | Sunglasses by H&M | Hat by H&M

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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, October 25, 2012

Halloween Treats: My Favorite Dessert

My addiction to French macarons began when I first tried them at the Lincoln Road farmer's market and I started buying a dozen of them every Sunday ever since then.  They seemed easy enough to make so I decided to make my own and they were delicious!  I love how you can create different variations of these miniature pieces of heaven.  French macarons are primarily made of egg whites (yay, less calories) and confectioners' sugar.  I found that they tasted even better the day after I made them so I suggest eating them the day after; however, it's hard to wait that long. 

They are the perfect cure to a sweet tooth - crispy on the outside and chewy once you bite into one of these babies.  I chose to make lemon, blueberry and chocolate hazelnut macarons but of course you can personalize them to your taste.

How to make French Macarons:

3 egg whites (day old)
3/4 cup almond flour (or you can make your own by processing almond slivers)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of cream of tartar

Filling:

I just bought jars of lemon curd, blueberry jam and chocolate hazelnut butter but you can always make your own

1. Sift together the almond flour and confectioners' sugar twice.

2. Whisk egg whites on a medium speed and add cream of tartar until soft peaks form.  Reduce speed to low and add granulated sugar.  Increase speed until stiff peaks form. 

3. Sift flour mixture over egg whites and fold with a spatula until smooth.  I sectioned my batter into three separate bowls, added food coloring to each, and then poured them into separate piping bags (ziploc bags with the tip cut off). 

4. Pipe 3/4-inch rounds about an inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.  Take your baking sheet and hold it about a foot above your table and drop it (this removes any excess air).  Let stand for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake at 325 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.  After each batch, set the oven to 375 and reduce again when you're ready to put another tray in.

5.  Let them cool and add your filling to each.  Assemble your mini macarons and enjoy!  :)








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!!