Category Archives: Dance

The New Hungry Dancer

Well hello there. Long time no see my friends. I think it’s only fair that I explain myself….

The truth of the matter is that when I started my blog I was beyond passionate about it and hopeful that I could reach people who struggled with the same things in life that I did, and still do. After a couple months of blogging, I started to really question if I should really be writing a “healthy living blog” I have no interest in waking up at 5 am to run 15 miles, I don’t eat oats that often (hehe), nor do I come up with tons of innovative recipes. What really makes me qualified to be writing a blog?? I guess there isn’t really an answer to that question. The only thing I can really tell you is that I am passionate about food, fitness, and fun. I think that reading so many other blogs about these people who run a marathon every month, or are doing triathlons kind of made me feel like a phony. I think this also led to my blog posts not really being, “Me.” I felt pressured to try and post new eats all the time, and if I didn’t work out one day I felt guilty, maybe didn’t post all the nights on the town…Well things are changing here at Hungry Dancer. I don’t want to give up blogging because I love it a lot. But I’m just gonna say screw it and write what I want, when I want. I’m 21, I love going out and having a good time with my friends, but I also like to eat as healthy as I can, dance my a$$ off, and maybe throw in some fun workout classes.

What to expect from the new Hungry Dancer

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(Edit: It may appear I posted a picture of me on the toilet…but NO! I was just sitting on it with the lid CLOSED! HAHA)

– Consistent posts daily. (Mostly about whatever my little heart desires 🙂 )

– Me being, me.

– More about my crazy shenanigans

– Fun healthy versions of my favorite foods. (Pizza, wraps, pasta…etc)

Well now that I’ve talked your ear off, lets move on!! I am feeling more inspired then ever, and I hope you’re with me. Some things will stay the same: My yummy food, lots of pictures, and my grammatical errors (sorry I was always better at math than writing.)

Breakfast

If you didn’t know already…I have an addiction to the grocery store. I get beyond excited to grocery shop..it’s kind of scary. Well last night after work, my roomie and cousin Sara and I, went to Ralphs. We may have gone a little crazy….(-$180) Even better than grocery shopping…….knowing how many possibilities you have for breakfast and lunch!! I practically flew out of bed because I was so excited for breakfast. Since it’s pretty warm here in LA, I went with a parfait!

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This baby started with plain Fage 0%, then I topped it with raspberries and Kashi Go Lean Crunch. Yum and yum! Parfaits are such a delicious healthy breakfast, I’m a fan. Not to mention the countless mixes you could make!

I would also like to share my new obsession with you….

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This stuff is the bomb.com!! No joke I could drink 15 bottles of this a day!

I’m currently working all day, and then I’ll be dancing tonight! Getting to dance so much makes my life that much better. No joke, I live for it.

Since that’s all I’ve got for you on the food front so far, I’ll leave you with some fun pics from the weekend!! Enjoy.

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Me and my girl Lauren!!

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My adorable parents at a dance event!

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I ate The Fitnessista’s breakfast cookie dough cereal for the first time…..Wow oh wow!

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My cousin and I at the LA film Festival. Her movie the Inkeepers was INCREDIBLE!! LOVED IT SO MUCH!!

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My cousins pup! How cute is he??

Well that’s it for now!

XOXO

Lauren

If you have a blog, did you struggle to “make it your own”??

What would you like to see on Hungry Dancer??

Yogurt Parfaits, yay or nay??

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Ouchies

Hey besties!! Before I get started, I need to talk about a little boo boo that happened last night! Sometimes getting hurt is unavoidable.(or you’re just a klutz like me!) So last night me and the roomie/cousin went to yoga, then decided to take a dip in the hot tub after! Obviously after swimming I showered, and this is where things went downhill. Getting out of the shower, some how the bottom of the shower door cut my foot open! Thankfully the wound wasn’t that bad. There was just a lot of blood which really freaked me out!! Luckily we were able to make a makeshift bandage with paper towels and packing tape. I know we are just that cool.

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Bandaged foot! If you follow me on twitter, you may have also seen this tweet last night:

Lauren Hannah

Gashed my foot open on the shower door….awesome


Moving on…..

I am one of those people who HAS to have dessert after dinner…well last night was no different.

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Skinny Cow cookie and cream sandwich! YUM (please note the dog in the background about to lick my dessert!!)

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Clearly I’m not the only one who wanted to eat this!!!

Breakfast

I have to say I used to only really enjoy hot oats. I had a couple bad experiences with overnight oats, and they just didn’t tickle my fancy. It’s all changed, I am addicted and nothing with stop me from eating this for the next 3483094 mornings!

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The night before I mixed:

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbs oat bran
  • 1/3 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Chia seeds and stevia

This morning I just topped it with some more almond milk and White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. I am seriously obsessed. Dare I say I may like this more than hot oats??

Lunch

The other day while shopping I came across something interesting….

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Being a morning star fan, I had to try it!!! Lunch was served fast and easy!

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I have to say, I really enjoyed it!! I’ve always been obsessed with chili so this is a good healthy alternative. I would have liked it a bit more spicy, but you can’t have it all!

Around 3pm I had a snack…

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I’m in love with these. I wish Kay’s sent me a million more packages of protein goodies!! 😉

Well I am finishing off my day at the store then tonight I will be dancing. Nothing to make me happier then a night of dancing!

XOXO
Lauren

Overnight Oats or Hot Oats??

Missed you!

Hey loves, I missed you!! I am SO SORRY for disappearing from blog world for a week!! It was a crazy week and made me realize how much I really love blogging and all of you!! I am back though and will be back to my daily (except the weekends) posts! Lets see if there is even a way to sum up the past week….

Eats

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Eggstada with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

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Lemon Chobani with Kashi Go Lean Crunch

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La tortilla wrap with hummus, butter lettuce, and TJ’s meatless meatballs

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Stuffed shrooms…

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These turned out incredible!!

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Fiesta stuffed spaghetti squash. (recipe coming soon) This was one of the best creations I have ever made, to die!! Each half is about 300 calories, perfection!

I had a moment of craving and decided to try Baked pickles!! I guess this is my take on fried pickles! I have seen a lot of these on blogs before and decided to recreate them for me and the roomie!

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This turned into…..

This:

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Which ended up like this:

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Seriously amazing!! They were perfect dipped in ketchup!!!

Moving on….

Dance parties have been consuming my life…(love it!!) Here are a couple pics!!

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Twin, Maria, Me!

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Twin Sandwich take 2!

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Twin Sandwich x3

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you may know that I call her my “twin” because we are both named Lauren! Not to mention we are beyond similar and obsessed with each other!!!

Also, the dress I was wearing was Alice and Olivia.

I’m finishing out my day at work then heading to yoga! I’ll be back with more regular updates again!

XOXO
Lauren

Have you ever had friend or baked pickles??

Leopard print, a do or a don’t? For me, it’s always a DO!

Amazing weekend & Arbonne Essentials

Hey party people!!! I know you have been dying to know where I have been the past four days…just kidding!! Well if you didn’t notice I was absent from blog world this weekend and in truth, I was just enjoying life!! I don’t like to blog on the weekends….so I don’t. It’s my blog I’ll do what I want :)! Lets start the recap though. Be prepared for lots of food, and lots of fun!

Eats

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Veggie Protein puffs!! The Kay’s sample pack I got is like the gift that keeps on giving!! I have to say, the protein puffs are my favorite thing from them!


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Had to get my juice on!!

and on…

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Egg bowl with 100 cal pack guac!!

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YUM


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Sweet potato gnocchi and mini wantons. (Weird but amazing mix!)
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Mothers day surf and turf! I stuck with the surf and forgot about the turf 😉

Moving on…..I wanted to tell you that Sat I had the most amazing Cinco de Mayo themed party!!! I threw it with my friend Lauren at our dance studio, and it was a blasty!! Sadly, I only have on picture to show from this glorious night!
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Had to throw in this pic of Foxy because I can’t help myself.

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So the awesome people over at Arbonne Essentials sent me some awesome samples to review!! How sweet!! My loot: Energy fizz tabs, detox tea, protein shake mix, and energy chews!!!
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I was so excited when I got this I had to try some things right away!
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The pomegranate fizz tab was SO GOOD! The flavor was a little vitaminy (is that even a word?) but I really enjoyed it. I don’t know that I was more energized, but it did suppress my appetite a bit, which it was supposed to do! I have also tried the chocolate energy chew which was really tasty. I can’t wait to try the rest of the products!

That’s it for now my loves!!

XOXOLauren
What was the best part of your weekend?

P.S I bought a Groupon deal for Yoga Works, so I will be getting my Yoga on for the next month!! So excited!!

Goodbye April, Hello May.

Hello friends!!! Thank you SO MUCH for all the amazing comments on my dance competition!!! I worked really hard to get where I am in the dance world and it’s awesome to know you guys appreciate that!! Moving on…

Yesterday I ate one of the most delicious sandwiches I have ever had!! I went shopping with my friend Lauren, and after we were hungry so we went to this grill place in the mall! I went with the spicy chicken breast sandwich!

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I got mine with a side of garden salad. That focaccia bread was baked fresh for every sandwich! It was definitely the best part!

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The inside had chicken breast, avocado, corn, and provolone! YUM!!

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Breakfast


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Breakfast today was a Perfect 10 bagel with dark chocolate dreams PB and banana slices! YUM

Lunch


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This salad monster included: Butter lettuce, a mixture of tempeh and salsa, 100 cal pack guacamole (!!!), and fresh pico de gallo!! So good, so filling!! Tempeh and salsa is an amazing pair!

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Get in mah belly!!

I also was beyond excited because I got a package from Kay’s Natural!!! They make amazing protein snacks and were kind enough to send me a bunch of samples to review on the blog!!

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I am beyond excited to try all these snacks!!

I did have one as a snack at work:

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These are Chili Nacho Cheese Protein chips!! These were amazing!! The only thing I didn’t like was that for a small bag it had 1.5 servings. I wish it had been a one serving bag but it was still amazing. Each serving is 110 calories and has 10 grams of protein!! If this is any sign of how the snacks taste, I am going to LOVE all of it!! More reviews to come!!

Outfit of the day


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Black top: Forever 21

Black shorts: J Brand

Shoes: Toms

Bracelet: Hermes (A gift that I have had for a long time and LOVE)

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So with the end of April, a couple of great things happened!!

Goals for May:

  • Lose 6 more lbs
  • Train even harder for my next dance competition
  • Workout at least 5 days a week (not including dancing)
  • Eat less processed food

XOXO

Lauren

What was your highlight(s) of April??

Goals for May??

Emerald Ball 2011

Hello lovelies!!!! Yesterday was the BEST DAY EVER! No really…it was!! If you remember I have been preparing for my dance competition, and it happened!! It was an incredible day so lets recap!

6:15 AM Wake up starting getting my hair and makeup done by my cousin.

7:30 AM Leave for the Hilton hotel by LAX airport.

8:15 AM Arrive warm up for first dance heat.

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I ran into my friend Melissa, who was also competing in the event!!

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This is my cousin who was my stylist for the day!! She did my hair and makeup!!

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All ready to dance!!

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My teacher Felipe, and I.

8:30-1:30 Dance heats.

First set of scores:

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All 1st places and a 2nd!!! I’ll take those scores any day!!!

Dance shots:

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After I finished my single dances I headed home for a few hours before coming back for my scholarships. Scholarships are when you are judged for three dances at once as opposed to each single dance. You also have the chance to win some $$!

I competed in two scholarships and took 1st place in both!!! I can’t put into words how happy I was!!!

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First place!!

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I got two trophies!!!

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Posing with my amazing teacher who helped me get these trophies!!

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Woot woot!!!

I’ll be back later with a regular post!!

XOXO

Lauren


EDIT:

If you want to see a video from the event click HERE!!!! Me dancing CHA CHA!!

Prepping for Competition

Hello friends!! How’s your thursday going?? I am sorry for being MIA yesterday, between work and competition prep, I never made it to the computer!! The horror, I know! I am thrilled that you all loved my new competition dress!!! I am obsessed with it, and it mean the world that you loved it too!

Today I wanted to talk about competition prep. I know a lot of you have watched Dancing with the Stars and see all the crazy outfits, hair, and makeup. Well as much as a competition is very different than DWTS, when it comes to appearance it’s pretty much the same! So let’s get to it! The week of the competition is crucial and looks a little like this:

  1. First thing I have to do is get my eyebrows done. This is serious business, you’re hair is slicked back and your face better be perfect!! Not to mention stray eye brow hair drives me INSANE!
  2. I throw in a couple extra dance lessons. You really need to be ready to get on the dance floor and practicing your routines over and over again is a way to get there.   
  3. SPRAY TAN! Remember when I went spray tanning for my last competition?? This will actually be happening today. It’s the best when you finish and see yourself in the mirror and don’t know who you are. HAHA
  4. The day before (tomorrow) I will be getting my nails and toes done and then taking my final dance lesson!! This is crunch time baby!

This is all just preparation for the big day!! I can’t believe I’m competing on saturday!! TWO DAYS AWAY! If you want to know more about the competition I’m doing you can check it out here!

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Remember when I got that awesome package from Chobani?? Well when I moved in with my cousin Sara, I found out she was eating Fage greek yogurt. I told her she had to try Chobani, so she did and she’s hooked!! I told her that Lemon is the best flavor but we still haven’t been able to find it!

Moving on to some eats…..

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Taco bowl!! This baby had carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, meatless meatballs, brown rice, black beans, and salsa!! It was amazing.

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Tuna Sashimi! YUM

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Salad monster: Beets, garbanzo beans, and gorgonzola!

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Look how big my salad monsters are!!

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This morning was a smoothie and coffee!! Look at my new travel coffee mug!!

If you are looking at the travel mug for my smoothie…..look no further!

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I bought the Hamilton Single Serve blender from Target yesterday!! It’s not amazing but I like that you can just make you’re smoothie and go! Less clean up time!!

That’s all for now!

XOXO

Lauren

Have you ever tried the single serve blenders??

Are you a competitive person??


EDIT:

Don’t forget that when I get to 150 followers on twitter I will be having an awesome giveaway!!! Follow me HERE!