LB's Mexican-ish Salad


I love a great salad, and I've been eating this one for lunch (a lot).  When I really like something I tend to stick with it and repeat often.  This salad in particular is a great example of our salad formula in action.  With different textures, protein, and healthy fats, it keeps me full and my cravings at bay. 

On Sunday, I shop and prep so it's easy to throw together during the week when things get hectic.  I saute the chicken with Jakes Prime and cumin, cook brown basmati rice (I use the quick-cook from Trader Joe's - done in 15 min), chop the veggies, and house everything in clear containers in the fridge so that there is little to no prep work during the week.    

What's in this salad?  You're looking at:  Baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, black beans, red bell peppers, avocado (only 1/4), corn, fresh jalapeno, cilantro, hemp seeds, brown basmati rice, and chicken. I dress it with a little olive oil, Braggs liquid aminos and lime.  I've made this salad with beef and shrimp and subbed quinoa for rice and it's just as good.  Make it your own with your favorite protein!  


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 I'm excited to show you how to create hearty, lively, lean, filling and satisfying bowls of nutrition that will fuel you and magically keep your cravings at bay. 

Before you go shopping, think about your favorite veggies, proteins, flavors and textures.  And with my formula and The Oscars in mind, imagine that you are casting for the movie, The Ultimate Salad

Your lead stars are the fiber-rich greens, satiating protein, veggies and healthy fats that support your brain and nervous system.  I want you to search for those supporting actors that will keep the movie interesting.  Will your best supporting actors be earthy, nutty and crunchy?  Tangy and vinegary?  Hot and spicy?  The more, the better!  

Studio LB Detox Smoothie


Fresh, low-cal, and delicious with all the greens (kale, spinach, cucumber, broccoli, and parsley) in one glass.  Avocado lends the perfect amount of creaminess, while the lemon, ginger and cayenne add a little kick and up the immunity ante.    

Studio LB Detox
1 cup filtered h20
1 heaping handful of kale
1 " " spinach
1 sm. cucumber
1/3 - 1/2 c. broccoli
1/2 - 3/4 c. parsley
1/4 avocado
knob of ginger
juice of 1 lg. or 2 sm. lemons
dash of cayenne

Blend until smooth, top with chia (or nothing at all) and watch your skin glow, girl.  

Blueberry VIBES


I heart this smoothie, and no, you won't get high!  It's perfectly creamy with sweet-tangy fresh juicy blueberries and the slightly nutty flavored hemp seed.  Hemp is a complete protein that contains a balanced ratio of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Hemp also contains many B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E, iron, sodium, calcium and is a good source of dietary fiber.  It's also a more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food. 

This fabulous nutrient profile leads to some seriously amazing health benefits from naturally balancing hormones to eliminating insomnia and aiding in heart health and weight loss.    

Blueberry Vibes

1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 avocado
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
2 heaping handfuls of spinach
2 tbsp raw hemp seeds
1/2 date, pitted

Blend until smooth and enjoy!



I've always believed that diet is 80-90% of the fitness equation.  So much so, that I started a to-go healthy foods company (Lithe Foods) so that my clients could eat well and really feed their results. 

We sold lean, local and seasonal fare out of our fitness studios. I developed many recipes, did a lot of R & D, worked with great chefs, a nutritionist, and I also drank a shit-ton of cold-pressed juice.  For five years, juice was a part of my everyday (multiple times a day).  I loved it and truly believed in the power of juicing.  And, I still do.  But, everything in moderation, right? 

For many reasons (beyond juice) my body was very different back then.  And I weighed a lot more than I do now.  I can only imagine how many calories I was drinking per week!  I'm not at all anti-juice, but I strongly believe that the right vegetable blends are absolutely key.  Now, for me, low sugar, vegetable-based smoothies are what I'm drinking everyday for health.  

Lauren's Morning Matcha


Guys, swap your coffee for matcha AND get your greens in all before 9AM.  This good mood smoothie is light, minty-fresh, rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins.  I love that it's packed with antioxidants (catechains), boots metabolism and burns calories. 

Craving a different kind of buzz?  Matcha contains caffeine and works just like coffee, however, matcha contains a different type of caffeine unlike regular coffee. This unique form of caffeine is called “theophylline” that increases endurance and energy levels without causing any side effects. Drinking matcha tea enables the slow release of “theophylline” thereby maintaining hormonal levels and supporting the function of adrenal glands. 

Lauren's Morning Matcha
1 cup unsweetened milk of choice (we love almond)
1/2 frozen banana
1.5 handfuls of spinach
1 sm. cucumber
5-10 mint leaves
1/2 - 1" knob of ginger
1 tbsp matcha powder

Blend well and drink up!  Toppings count and make you feel you're eating a little something, too.  I love this one with just a bit of cacao nibs.  

LB's Salted Caramel Smoothie


Craving something sweet?  This one will transport you straight to halvah heaven in a much healthier way.  This version of a salted caramel packs a protein punch and has less than 20g of sugar.   It tastes like a milkshake, is great as a healthy snack or dessert and is the perfect option for those with nut allergies.   

LB's Salted Caramel
1 c. coconut milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)  
1/4 avocado
2 tbsp tahini
1 date, pitted
1/4 tsp. sea salt
pinch of cardamom + ice

Blend until smooth and top with a pinch of sea salt.  Swoon!  

LB 100 Smoothie Week!


Guys, fire up your blenders, we're kicking off a week of smoothies today and I'm challenging you to include one a day!  Smoothies are one of the best ways to get more veggies, healthy fats, and protein into your life, and these are NOT sugar bombs!  Where's the fruit?  Sure, fruit is healthy, but you'll notice that my clean and lean faves all contain less than 20g of sugar to keep your blood sugar balanced and elongated, allowing you to burn fat rather than store it.  

I always prefer protein from whole foods, but if your smoothie is going to be a meal replacement, I recommend boosting it with an unsweetened plant-based protein powder for more staying power.  

I'll be featuring our LB 100 smoothies right here, this week.  If you're signed up for the challenge, they landed in your inbox last Friday.  Have a great week, everyone!  


Join us May 18-24th for our version of Spring Break!  Think bucket-list location, daily transformative workouts, soulful beach-side conversation with like-minded women, self-care coaching that will allow you to care for you, delicious fresh + local meals, followed by rest and adventures into town for reggae and happy hour. 

Just 89 days until we create some of that retreat magic at Yemaya, Little Corn Island!  Grab your girls and take $200 off your retreat for Presidents' Day.  Email Katie with any questions.  Payment plans are available.  

Presidents' Day Sale Price (per person): 
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Ocean view Suite w/ Plunge Pool Dbl - $2,973
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After a decadent night (Valentine's Day) at Petrossian's Caviar 301 tasting, I knew I needed the deluxe today.  This rich and nutty, protein-packed smoothie will carry you through your afternoon and help balance blood sugar.   Give it a shot and sub with your fave milk + protein powder!  


Vanilla protein powder (I used Moon Juice Vanilla)
2 cups hemp milk (homemade)
@sunpotion reishi powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tsp coconut butter (I used Cap Beauty)

Blend with or without ice and enjoy! 



Ready to leave behind this winter waist land?  Today we are 100 days out until Memorial Day 2018 and I'm so excited to help you be the best you for YOU come May 28th with my LB 100 program! 

LB 100 is a three month, four-phase fitness lifestyle program that anyone can join, and can join in at any time.  The cost of participating is a four month membership to Studio LB ($39/month) which is less than the cost of two fitness classes, and you can cancel anytime.   

Entrenched in Studio LB workouts, mindfulness and healthy living, I'll teach you my concept of balance where I'll help you find your LB FIT weight that you can live better with.  In previous challenges, I've shown you how you can fast track your way to optimal health, but this is our slow and steady plan for everyday living.

LB 100 At-A-Glance
Phase 1:  2/15 - 3/18, Preparing for Change, Starter Kit  
Phase 2:  3/19 - 4/15, Lifestyle + Mindfulness, INsideOut
Phase 3:  4/16 - 5/17, 6-Week Countdown, Spring Training 
Phase 4:  5/18 - 5/24, ActivationSummer Stunner Transformation

In Phase 1 we'll do weekly lifestyle challenges, and you'll receive short daily workouts to increase your activity.  In Phase 2, we'll dive into all things (beauty, at-home, meditation, etc.) related to healthy living and mindfulness.  Phase 3 is your 6-week countdown where we'll be really focusing on the fitness, and Phase 4 is the Activation, AKA, the Summer Stunner Transformation!  Don't worry, if you can't attend I'll be sharing tips and tricks to help get you feeling confident and looking amazing in your bikini!



Take a deeper look at the LB 100 program: 

Phase 1:  LB Starter Kit (Thurs 2/15 - Sun 3/18)  The first 10 days prepare you for change. Change doesn't happen overnight, but it starts with small initiatives. Whether you're a current member working out 4-6x per week, a member who uses Studio LB to supplement other workouts, or you haven't worked out in months, my LB 100 program is designed for everyone.  I want you to join in for as much as possible and find what works for you and your body.  Every member has different ability levels and different challenges.  Don't compare yourself to anyone, just work towards being a more healthy and fit version of yourself. Learn how to celebrate being healthier than you were the previous week, the previous month or previous year. 

The following three weeks of Phase 1 include healthy quick and mighty 5-10 min body-part focused workouts, and healthy habit challenges:  

  1. Monday, Feb 26th Join me for 1 wk of Smoothies + Arms
  2. Monday, March 5th  Join me for 1 wk of Salads + Abs
  3. Monday March 12th, Join me for 1 wk of Healthy Fat Booty (healthy fats + lean protien)

Unable to join Studio LB?  You can join in anyway!  My shorter, supplemental workouts will be available on my Youtube channel.  

Phase 2:  LB INsideOut (Mon 3/19 - Sun 4/15)  This month is designed to help you feel great from the inside out.  The focus is on making lifestyle changes, integrating mindfulness through meditation, and feeling more confident.  These changes will inspire you to live better overall.  

Phase 3:  LB Spring Training (Mon 4/16 - Sun 5/27)  Fitness is a key part of the entire program, but now that you've developed healthier habits and are feeling stronger and more motivated it's time to ramp up the fitness and food component in six weeks.  I want you to look and feel your absolute best when summer hits!

Phase 4: LB Activation aka The Summer Stunner Transformation! (Fri 5/18 - Thur 5/24)  The Activation is the ultimate wellness boot camp. One week in paradise that will give you the summer glow and body of your dreams.  One week of self care.  One week to work hard, relax, make new friends, have fun and focus on yourself.  It's one week of creating habits and learning lessons that will keep you healthy and your most fit through the second most indulgent time of the year.  And don't worry, if you can't make it to Activation, I will be giving you tips to push yourself from home.  

Are you in?


Crispy Nacho Tater Tots

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Everyone loves these!  This vegan cheese sauce is so good, you'll think it's just as good as the real thing.  This recipe makes 4 servings. 

  • 2 lb. mixed baby potatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp. ghee (melted)
  • 1 c. raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight and drained
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or Jake's Prime)
  • 1/4 c. nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Toss potatoes with ghee, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. On baking sheet, spread potatoes evenly; roast 30 minutes until golden and crispy, stirring once.
  2. Meanwhile in blender, puree cashews, lemon juice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, sea salt (or jake's prime), nutritional yeast, and jalapeno with 1 cup water until smooth. Transfer to 2-quart saucepan; heat on medium-low 5 minutes or until warm, stirring occasionally. Makes about 1 2/3 cup. Transfer to bowl; serve with roasted potatoes. (Refrigerate remaining sauce up to 1 day. Also good with roasted cauliflower, etc.)

Recipe adapted via Good Housekeeping

Superbowl Cauliflower Popcorn

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Craving popcorn? Here's something hearty and healthier that won't get stuck in your teeth or your thighs.  This recipe makes four servings. 


  • 8 c. small cauliflower florets, stems trimmed
  • 3 tbsp. ghee or olive oil
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan or nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. On large rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, turmeric and salt.
  2. Roast in 475°F oven 25 to 30 minutes or until browned and tender. Serve immediately or it becomes soggy and cold (but still delish!).

Recipe adapted via Good Housekeeping

Lauren's Lithe Fudge

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As many of you know, I'm a chocoholic.  This healthy, chocolate + coconut + sea salt guiltless alternative to fudge is always in my freezer.  It's easy to make and so delicious.  Loaded with heart-healthy fats and protein, it’s the kind of treat that will kill a craving and leave you super satisfied. 

Prep time:  10 min.  Serves: 10-15


  • 1 cup raw cashew butter (store bought or homemade)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut manna
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup orange blossom honey (Bee Free Honee or maple syrup can also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon course sea salt


  1. If you're making the nut butter, place 1 1/2 cups of cashews in your Vitamix or high speed blender and mix until smooth
  2. Mix together the nut butter, coconut manna and coconut oil until smooth (this is much easier if ingredients are warm).
  3. Add in the cocoa powder, honey and sea salt and stir until creamy.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a dish, lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap for easy removal.
  5. Place the dish in the freezer, and allow the fudge to set for an hour before slicing and serving. Due to the coconut manna/oil mixture, the fudge will become pretty soft if it's left out for a while, so it’s best served directly from, and stored in the freezer.

Recipe via Lauren, image via Oh Joy



Collard Lunch

I've always turned to collard greens when preparing healthy "sandwiches" for myself and others; they were a favorite offering in my healthy, to-go foods line. 

Collard greens are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, vitamin C, dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and iron. They also provide the fourth greatest amount of antioxidants behind sweet potato greens, mustard greens and kale.

Substitute collards for bread or your traditional wrap, and you'll most likely feel lighter, healthier, and became leaner. I've watched people lose 10-20 lbs. from simply making the swap.  Anything you have in your fridge can be wrapped inside and made into an easy, to-go meal. 

Stuck in a collard wrap rut?  Check out these flavorful combinations:

Mexican: Mashed avocado, black beans and salsa.
Smoked Salmon: Hummus, avocado or white bean dip, slices of smoked salmon, dill and capers.
Mediterranean Egg Salad: Egg salad, diced tomato and sliced olives.
Savory Quinoa: Cooled quinoa, diced red onion, walnuts and raisins tossed with tahini.
Hummus and Veggies: Hummus, shredded carrot, shredded beet and sprouts.
Greek: Crumbled feta, diced tomato, diced cucumber, sliced olives and chopped parsley.



It's week three of the challenge and it's the perfect time for us to take inventory.  What is different from week one and week two?  Do you feel different from when you were in the post-holiday sugar haze of December?  Change takes time but you should absolutely feel some progress.  

Positivity and empowerment can take you such a long way, and growth is something that we all strive for, so I'd love for you to reflect on the progress that you've made over the last few weeks, stay positive, and try to push your goals a little further or re-commit. 

You all motivate me, and my goal is to help you feel empowered and help you empower others.  I personally think it begins with your health (through movement and in your kitchen) and spreads through the rest of your life. 

Is your inner voice telling you to quit?  Remind yourself that you are in control of that inner voice, and it's up to you to choose its message and what to listen to.  The decision to eat healthy or wake up and workout isn't an easy one - especially when our days are filled with SO many obligations and distractions.  You really have to be your own motivator.  It takes willpower, dedication, and real drive to make the choice to consistently push yourself, right?  Is your drive low?  It's easy to lose your focus any time of the year but the heart of winter is always a difficult time.  Try not to beat yourself up over falling off the wagon, but remember that nobody is going to do the work for you.  

Healthy living is a choice that you make. You have to commit, show up ready to work and not take the easy way out.  Tomorrow is a brand new day, so don't give up! 



I LOVE rebounding, and I’m super excited to offer my rebounding workouts beginning at the end of February!  Rebounding is super fun and provides major health benefits from boosting balance, digestion, lymphatic drainage and immune function.  Rebounding is also more than twice as effective as running without extra stress on the ankles and knees. 

Rebounding is unique since it uses the forces of acceleration and deceleration and can work on every cell in the body.  When you bounce, acceleration occurs as you bounce up, then a split-second weightless pause at the peak, a deceleration at an increased G-force on the way down, then impact to the rebounder, and you repeat. 

In general, the more springs a rebounder has, the better it tends to be. However, the better a rebounder is, the more you’ll pay. Regardless of your budget, I don’t believe that you need to spend more than $250 on an at-home rebounder.  And you don’t need a bungee rebounder…don’t believe the hype.  Springs work just fine.  Over the last ten years I’ve used many brands and can recommend a great one for almost every budget.

Here’s what to look for:   

Comfort: Like a car, all rebounders have a different feel.  Some will feel great jumping barefoot, and with some you’ll want to save your soles and wear shoes.  If you prefer jumping with sneakers, you’ll be able to spend less.  But, if you’re planning on jumping 15 minutes daily, a couple times a week, or a few times a month and you prefer working barefoot, you might want to spring for a comfier one.

Bounce: You’ll sink into some rebounders and they’ll give you a lot more bounce, while others will be firm and give you barely any bounce at all.  Bounce has nothing to do with quality, it really all depends on the type of workout you want.  If it’s for cardio (LB rebounder workouts for sure!) then choose a bouncier one; if it’s mainly for lymphatic drainage, get a tighter one and stay low.  Low bouncing is easier and you won’t get as tired.

Frame Quality: If you get a rebounder with a lousy frame, it will wear over a short period of time.  If you’re going to be using it heavily, get one that can withstand some bouncing.  Some rebounders fold up for easy storage, so if you’re tight on space, keep that in mind. Personally I’m not a fan of the foldable ones.  Some take two people to fold and lock into place, and god forbid your finger gets caught in there.  They sorta scare me, but I’m also scared of bees so…

Here are my top four rebounder picks in three price ranges.  Honestly, I don't love any rebounder in the $100-$150 range, most have straight legs so they walk away from you as you jump and most tend to be pretty noisy. 


1.  Jumpsport Model 250 ($249).  I have this one at home and it's top of the line.  I love it b/c the frame is sturdy and slightly smaller, it's super lightweight, and the arched legs keep it still on the ground during the highest of jumps.  You can also adjust the firmness and tension which is awesome.  The 250 gives you freedom of movement because you can jump on those padded petals, so there's a lot more surface area. This one will last you for life - even with heavy usage. 

2.  Jumpsport Model 220  ($229) Just like the model 250, but the 220 gives you less jumping area without the petals but still provides a LOT of bounce and all the bells and whistles. 

3.  Ancheer Rebounder  ($62-$78) These models are sturdy and one folds up twice, but all are firm with a low bounce.  If you prefer staying low or are tall and have low ceilings these are a great option.

4. Stamina Folding Rebounder ($31.89) This quiet little rebounder comes in chic colors and folds up if you're looking to save space.  It's very reasonably priced but is a starter model so I'm guessing this will last you six months to one year if you're planning on jumping one hour daily/5x a week.  This one is a great option if you're looking to jump in and then upgrade in time. 


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Happy 2018!  I just got back to LA – I had a great two-week break back east visiting family and friends.  I’ve personally never really been one to get wrapped up in the whole new years thing, but I was so freaking thrilled to welcome a new year– 2017 was full of loss, introspection, and a lot of change. 

This time last year I knew that 2017 would be my toughest year ever – but at the same time, I didn't realize that it was also going to be the most wonderful gift.  One year ago today, I had just filed for bankruptcy, was shutting down three separate studios/businesses, was angry AF at how unjust things were, and was wondering where I’d land. 

I kept my head down/high, but it wasn’t until June that the smoke finally cleared.  Then July arrived, and everything changed, literally overnight.  We found out that the startup that Jordan was involved in was moving to LA, and he was also offered an opportunity to be VP of Creative & Branding at Petco - and just like that we moved to LA in September.  Have you seen the talking dog commercials?  That’s Jordan's work. : )   

If you’ve followed a few of my posts here, you know that with all the loss and change came a lot of personal growth and freedom.  The hurdles of 2017 became amazing life lessons for me:  I’ve learned that I can once again trust my gut.  I’ve learned to slow down and relax.  I’ve learned not to force things and believe that everything will unfold at the right time.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that my artistic work has nothing to do with my self worth.  And, I hate saying this as much as I hate the word blessed, but I’ve learned that I am enough.  

There have also been a few surprises:  I have quickly fallen in love with the soulful (yes, it is soulful!) Los Angeles – it has such a different feel from the east coast.  A lot of people say that it’s superficial and fake, but I haven’t had that experience at all.  It sounds cheesy and maybe it’s the timing (or the sun), but I feel like I’ve reconnected with my soul here in LA. 

I have always been grateful for my practice and LB Active (especially in 2017), but I’ve fallen in love with Studio LB as a business, which, I never in a million years thought would happen.  I’m really excited to grow it, to work with people again, and not to be so wrapped up in operations; I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to be at ground level doing what I love...with each of you. 

Which brings me to each of you.  I challenge you to not necessarily make a resolution, but to make your change.  Just do it.  Fall in love with yourself and do whatever it takes to make YOU happy this year.  2018 is all wrapped up in promise for all of us, and I hope that this post is arriving at the right time and fuels the fire for all the exciting moments and that are in store this year. 

And in spirit of the new year, blog comments are now turned ON.

Xx, Lauren  


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In search of a chia pudding that was a bit more decadent, without being too thick, this recipe is my favorite.  Don't leave out the cinnamon, it makes it next level. 

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, raw, and refined sugar-free and IT IS AWESOME because you can throw it together in just a couple minutes before bed and feel good about yourself in the morning.  I prefer to make this the night before so it has time to thicken up.

Makes: 4 servings,  Prep: 5 Minutes


  • 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons canned coconut milk (I use the cream off the top)
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 6 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 6-8 hefty pinches/shakes cinnamon


  1. Whisk almond milk, coconut milk, chia seeds, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes and then whisk again to prevent clumping.
  2. Cover and put in the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Stir, then portion into bowls and add your toppings (fruit, nuts, cinnamon, etc.)  Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.