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Hi there, I'm (you guessed it) Lauren! Lover of all things food, I'm always trying to find balance between Pilates and pizza, and this is how I do it.

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  • On my last post when I said I’d be passing out these strawberry keto cups at the bars, I forgot to mention those bars would be in the Dominican Republic😉 ✈️ ...on my way to Punta Cana for a wedding/to find my Valentine! 👋🏻❄️ ➡️ 👋🏻☀️🌴😎🍹Happy Valentines/Galentines/Hump Day/Wednesday! 💕
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe on the blog (link in profile)
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  • 🍴NEW! Strawberry Keto Cups 🍓🍫
Giving those chocolate covered strawberries a keto makeover this Valentines Day! And if you need me, I’ll be passing these out at the bar until someone agrees to be my Valentine🤷🏻‍♀️💘💕
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe on the blog (link in profile)
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  • 🍴Pomegranate Gochujang BAKED wings
Because if you can’t eat wings for the Super Bowl, when can you eat wings?! 🤷🏻‍♀️
I used the same sauce/glaze from my Pomegranate Gochujang Glazed Salmon (recipe on the blog, search: Gochujang) and doubled the recipe, which is good for about 24 wings. I love repurposing some of my favorite recipes into new recipes - because this sauce is 💣💣
To make the wings:
-preheat oven to 400 degrees -toss with a couple tbsp avocado oil and a pinch of salt and pepper
-arrange on baking rack lined sheet pan and bake for 20 mins -meanwhile, make the glaze (recipe on blog)
-after the first bake, brush wings with glaze and broil on high for 3 - 5 mins
-brush on more glaze, flip over and brush bottom side with glaze, broil another 3 - 5 mins
-Let cool 1 - 2 mins, serve warm
Enjoy! (and don’t forget the napkins)
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  • 🍴NEW! Winter Citrus Poke Bowl with Extra Orangy Ponzu Sauce🍊🍋🐟🍣🥑🥒🥕
I love seeing all of the beautiful, bright winter citrus everywhere.  But isn’t it ironic (don’tcha think?!) that all of these shades of oranges, pinks, reds and yellows are in season in the dead of winter? (Alanis Morissette must have cut that verse from her song at the last minute). All those tropical colors were in the inspiration for this delicious protein and veggie packed bowl - dreaming of warmer climates ☀️🌴 #balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe on the blog (link in profile)
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  • Was feeling very 80’s inspired after discovering the entire Unsolved Mysteries series available on Amazon Prime🕵🏻‍♀️ ...Grapefruits will forever remind me of the 80’s, but I’ve jazzed it up a bit by doing a coconut sugar brûlée (who doesn’t love playing with a kitchen torch at 9am?!🔥), then topped it with roasted pepitas and a drizzle of honey for good measure✌🏼 Happy Saturday peeps!
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  • 🍴NEW! Thai Peanut Soup with Kale, Zoodles & Shrimp 🍲🌱🥜🍤
Initially, when I started recipe testing this dish my intention was to try and recreate the African Peanut Soup from Native Foods Cafe.  But here we are… with a Thai peanut soup 🤷🏻‍♀️😹 I’m not sure where this ship got off course, and I’m not giving up on that African peanut soup, but this delicious version deserves it own spotlight! Plus, it’s FULL of healthy fats, fiber and protein!
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe on the blog (link in profile)
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  • 🍴NEW! Meat(loaf)balls over Cauli-mash
Alright you guys, I’m flying my Midwest flag real high right now with this healthy take on classic meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Sure, it might not be the sexiest dish out there, but this meatloaf makeover hits all the right notes if you’re looking for comfort but want to stay healthy!  PLUS, even though I used (grass-fed) lean ground beef, these meatballs literally melt in your mouth. 
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe on the blog (link in profile)
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  • 🍴NEW! Apricot Jalapeño Yellow Lentil Hummus
Happy New Year, friends!  In Italian culture, eating lentils on New Years Day is supposed to bring luck and prosperity. Their small, round shape are representative of coins, and, as the saying goes, those who eat them will “count coins all year long” (conta quattrini tutto l’anno). Welp, I’ve pulverized my “coins” into hummus, so let’s hope that’s not a bad foreshadow of what’s to come in 2018 🤷🏻‍♀️😹 ...I guess it could be similar to melting gold into bullion?  Maybe?  Yeah, let’s go with that!  Because I would definitely call this hummus gold! 💛
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe on the blog (link in profile)
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  • The other night I had a couple of the other Pilates instructors over for a little casual wine night.  Feeling a little weighed down by our holiday indulgences, we all agreed we wanted to keep the snacks light.  So I turned my healthy Mediterranean Turkey Burgers with Tahini Honey Mustard into an appetizer by rolling them into meatballs and served with the honey mustard sauce to dip. They were a hit! So if you’re still looking for a NYE app, give these a go! Follow the recipe on my blog for the burger mixture and sauce, but roll into golfball sized meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 - 18 minutes. For serving, put them on a skewer or toothpick with a small cube of feta. So cute, so good, so easy, and no one will guess they’re healthy 😉
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe on the blog (search: burgers)
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  • 🍴NEW! Zucchini & Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche
If you’ve been following my stories lately, you know my year-end at work ended up being pretty chaotic – which means I’ve been eating out more and working out less 👎🏼(on top of the typical holiday craziness and indulgences). So I’m not waiting until Jan 1 to get back on track. Now that things have calmed down, I’m getting a jump start on 2018 with a little help from this healthy, delicious breakfast quiche.  It’s gluten-free, optional dairy-free, and loaded with veggies, right down to the crust!
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖 Recipe link in profile .
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  • Can’t tell you how excited I am to eat this and take. a. friggin. nap.  I think I finally shut down my computer at 12:30 last night 😒😴 ...BUT, tonight there are holiday festivities to be had 🍾 so I need some energy. And DON’T FORGET, I’m subbing tomorrow’s classes @flexpilateschicago 9a, 10a, and 11a 🤸🏻‍♀️
Pre-nap grub: garlic rubbed sourdough toast 🍞, all the 🥑, crispy roasted sweet potato ribbons 🍠🎀, 🌻 seeds, quick pickled red onion, micro greens 🌱, and a soft(ish) boiled 🥚
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
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  • After eating and drinking my way through beautiful Park City this past weekend (@five5eeds was hands down my favorite, went two days in a row for brunch; @handleparkcity and @riverhorseonmain were also delicious), I am in need of some serious green food. I’m starting with my green goddess dressing - not just because it’s delicious, but because cilantro helps the body detox and reset. Head over to my story to see some of the benefits of cilantro and search ‘Green Goddess’ on the blog for the recipe! 
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  • Not much meal prep going on over here today because I leave for Park City on Wednesday!  So I’ll be keeping things easy this week with quick dinners like this Pomegranate Gochujang Glazed Salmon with some simple veggies lightly sautéed with avo oil and coconut aminos. You can make the glaze ahead of time, then use as needed throughout the week. And while glazes are typically associated with higher sugar, in this recipe, each serving has only 5g sugar.  Heck yes! 
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe link in profile
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  • 🍴NEW! Pomegranate Gochujang Glazed Salmon
A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, a little bit tangy, a lotta bit healthy! 🐟🌶🍯🥢
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖Recipe link in profile
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  • Getting ready to watch the @victoriassecret fashion show like 🗣“LETTUCE WRAPS ENTER STAGE LEFT”😳🌱🥗 ...but for real, these Sweet Potato and Chicken Collard Wraps will be on the blog TOMORROW, as part ✌🏼of Monday’s recipe post (including make ahead prep tips). Worried you’re going to miss it?! I thought so!  Did you know you can get all of my new recipes sent directly to your inbox (fo’ free) the second I post them. 👉🏼 head over to the blog to sign up! 
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
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  • 🍴NEW! Green Goddess Fiesta Salad
Ready for that post-Thanksgiving reset?  What are you meal prepping for the week?  This green goddess dressing has been my obsession over the last few weeks, and I’m super excited to finally share the recipe!  PLUS, later this week I’ll be sharing another way to use both the dressing and chicken from this prep to make an entirely different meal - gotta avoid that mid-week meal burnout! 
#balancedeats #laureninbalance
📖 Recipe link in profile
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  • 🍴NEW! Farro with Sautéed Mushrooms, Fennel and Chestnuts *Plays well with turkey and gravy* 
If you’re still looking for a healthy(ish) side for your Thanksgiving table this is a ONE POT dish that’s made on the STOVE, which means it doesn’t have to fight your 🦃 for oven real estate. 
#balancedeats #balancedholidays #laureninbalance
📖 Recipe link in profile
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  • Homemade chickpea pasta things 🐙✌🏼 ...Because why wouldn’t I make something that gets flour everywhere the day after my place is cleaned 🤷🏻‍♀️
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