Lovely Libations: Sparkling Pear Apple Cider Sangria

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Sparkling Pear Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling apple cider is one of my favorite drinks this time of year. It reminds me of holidays of my childhood-having a celebratory glass of Martinelli's on Christmas Eve while the all of the adults in my family adults sipped on champagne. There’s something about the sweet apple flavor and the bubbles that feels so festive. In recent years, I’ve updated this traditional childhood drink of mine by adding a lit ...

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Edible Obsession: Baked Pumpkin Crumble Donuts

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Baked Pumpkin Crumble Donuts

Every time we have one of our LaurenConrad.com baking photoshoots, we find ourselves doing a little group poll about which baked good of the day is the popular favorite. And when our friend and baker Lauren Lowstan gets involved (with her almost too-cute-to-eat confections), the decision can be nearly impossible. At our last baking shoot, Lowstan whipped up some delicious Caramel Apple Cake Pops, Marbled Candy Apples, a ...

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Tuesday Ten: The Best Foods to Eat to Refuel Your Muscles

Category: Tuesday Ten     Get Fit     Health     Contributors     Allison Norton    

The Best Foods to Eat to Refuel Your Muscles

Whenever it’s possible, Team LC likes to take our meetings from the office to the great outdoors. It’s a wonderful way to feel refreshed during the slow moments of the workday, and it gets our hearts pumping and our blood flowing. Recently, we were able to take one very special meeting with our friend and nutritionist Kelly LeVeque outdoors in the form of an early morning hike before the emails start ...

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Good Eats: The Healthiest Post-Workout Snacks

Category: Good Eats     Get Fit     Dine     Contributors     Allison Norton    

Healthy post-workout snacks are definitely a topic we’ve covered here on the site before (take a peek here and here). But it’s also one that’s worth discussing several times. After all, what you put into your body is one of the most important things to focus on for lifelong health. And, with diet and health trends changing by the minute, we like to keep up to date on our info (who doesn't?!).

So, I recently spoke to our friend and nutritionist Kelly LeVeque about this matt ...

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Good Eats: 3 Guilt-Free Recipes to Make with Your Spiralizer

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Good Eats: 3 Guilt-Free Recipes to Make with Your Spiralizer

Ever since Team LC's friend and nutritionist Kelly LeVeque mentioned 'zoodles' in this post, I had been very curious about this curly green veggie dish. Making any kind of pasta you want with no heavy carbohydrates? It sounded right up my alley. So, soon after, I went to my nearest kitchen supply store and bought myself a spiralizer. I was so excited to get home and use it-if any of you own a spi ...

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Shape Up: The 4 Most Underused Muscles You Should Be Working Out

Category: Shape Up     Get Fit     Contributors     Allison Norton    

Do you know what your 4 most underused muscles are?

Have you ever left a workout class and thought to yourself “I just worked out muscles I never I knew I had”? If you ask me, that’s the sign of an awesome workout. The reason why it's such a good feeling to be sore in places you didn't expect is because your body feels like it actually did work instead of going through the usual motions. It doesn't take much creativity to go to the g ...

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Fit Tip: How to Keep Your Metabolism Burning All Day Long

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Fit Tip: How to Keep Your Metabolism Burning All Day Long

It's pretty much a fact of life that, for most of us, our metabolisms slow down as we get older. If you're one of the lucky few who feels like you still have the metabolism of your 18-year-old self, the rest of us envy you! In my college days, I remember being able to eat pretty much whatever I wanted for breakfast, lunch and dinner without noticing much difference in my body. I've always been a very ...

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Tuesday Ten: Summer Farmer's Market Grocery List

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Tuesday Ten: Summer Farmer's Market Grocery List

My very favorite part of the weekend is my regular trip to the local Farmer's Market on Sunday morning. I usually round up a few friends and we walk from our houses to our neighborhood market, which is a little over a mile away. It's a great way to get moving first thing on a Sunday morning and I always have the freshest groceries for the rest of the week (not to mention that sampling is the perfect breakfas ...

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Tuesday Ten: Ways to Work Out for Free

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Tuesday Ten: Ways to Work Out for Free

I always find that the summer months have me more inspired to work out than any other time of the year. I know I'm stating the obvious here, but shopping for cute bikinis, having beach days with friends, and wearing shorts and skirts just makes me want to get in my best shape ever. There's no doubt that staying active is the thing to do this season, and everyone I know is kicking up their workout routine a few notches. ...

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