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3 Toast Recipes for a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s the meal that gives you the energy to start your day!  I always think of quick and easy meals I…

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s the meal that gives you the energy to start your day!  I always think of quick and easy meals I can create to give my body the boost it needs.  Well, toast is a fast way to start your day and it can be extremely healthy and nutritious if you know what to add to it.

Chelsea Crockett - Toast RecipesThe first recipe involves a piece of wheat toast with peanut butter and bananas!  Smear on a healthy serving of smooth or crunchy peanut butter, whatever you prefer. Take a banana and slice it up then put the banana slices all over the top of the peanut butter. Feel free to sprinkle a little cinnamon across the top of your toast, too!

Another recipe that I love is avocado toast. I take half an avocado and smash it up then add salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes to it. Stir it all up and smear the avocado spread all over the top of your toast. It’s delicious! Feel free to add some bacon slices if you have some :).

My other favorite go-to recipe is scrambled egg with cheese and bacon on toast.  I love to take a fresh egg and scramble it in olive oil. Then, I add some cheddar cheese to the mix and stir it up. I toast my wheat bread and put the scrambled egg on top of it after it’s done! While I’m cooking all of that, I fry my bacon in the microwave. It comes out very crisp and I add it to my scrambled egg sandwich! YUM!

Bon appetit! – Chelsea

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Almond Milk Hot Cocoa

A cup of hot cocoa is just what I need after a long day of walking from class to class in the cold. Hot cocoa isn’t the healthiest treat, though,…

A cup of hot cocoa is just what I need after a long day of walking from class to class in the cold. Hot cocoa isn’t the healthiest treat, though, and I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle. That is why I am grateful for healthy, delicious recipes like this next one! What is great about this almond milk hot chocolate is that it is dairy free, a good source of protein, and is guilt-free.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of natural cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter

In a sauce pan, combine the almond milk and add cocoa powder. Whisk this mixture while it heats, until it is smooth. Turn off the heat and stir in the almond butter. Enjoy this tasty treat while it is warm!

What a great, quick, healthy way to warm up this winter.

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: happyfoodstube.com

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S’Mores Bark

S’mores are fall’s favorite treat. Not only do you get to cozy up to a fire while you make them, but they are so ooey and gooey and delicious. Not…

S’mores are fall’s favorite treat. Not only do you get to cozy up to a fire while you make them, but they are so ooey and gooey and delicious. Not all of us have access to a bonfire whenever we feel the urge to enjoy a s’more, so that is where s’mores bark comes in. You can make this inside and enjoy it from the comfort of your kitchen! Plus, it is easily share-able.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 3 sheets of graham crackers

Melt 1 ½ cups of chocolate chips and spread it over a pan covered in wax paper. Make sure the chocolate is layered thick. Refrigerate this for about an hour. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Then add in the marshmallow fluff and microwave it for about 30 seconds. Quickly spread the marshmallow and white chocolate layer over the hardened first chocolate layer. Crumble the graham crackers and press them into the marshmallow/chocolate layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, meanwhile melting 2 cups of chocolate chips. Spread this over the graham cracker layer and put it in the fridge for 2 hours. Take it out and break it apart. Store it in the fridge if you want a solid bark, and if you want it squishy leave it out in a covered container.

Yum!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: www.wineandglue.com/smores-bark/

 

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

What is better than a slice of pumpkin pie? A pumpkin pie SMOOTHIE of course! When I think of fall I think of Thanksgiving and with Thanksgiving comes pumpkin pie….

What is better than a slice of pumpkin pie? A pumpkin pie SMOOTHIE of course! When I think of fall I think of Thanksgiving and with Thanksgiving comes pumpkin pie. This smoothie is not only delicious, but it is also good for you! It is packed with fiber and protein. Much better for you than for than an actual slice of pie. Here is how to whip up one for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened soymilk or coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 ice cubesTop of Form

Combine all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until it is smooth. This makes 2 servings, so share it with a friend! This would be a delicious after school snack or after dinner desert.

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

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Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow

Puppy chow is probably on my list of top 10 favorite foods. Not even kidding. I cannot stop myself when there is a bowl of it in front of me….

Puppy chow is probably on my list of top 10 favorite foods. Not even kidding. I cannot stop myself when there is a bowl of it in front of me. It just magically disappears. Since fall is upon us and everything is now pumpkin flavored, what sounds better than pumpkin flavored puppy chow? Not much. Not much at all. Here is how to make pumpkin spice puppy chow!

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 12 ounces orange candy melts
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 cups candy pumpkins

Pour the Chex cereal into a bowl and put to the side. Melt the candy melts for 20 seconds, stir, melt, and stir until they are melted. Stir 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, the cloves, allspice and nutmeg in to the candy melts until it is combined. Pour this mixture onto the cereal and stir gently to coat all of the squares. Be super gentle! Pour the powdered sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon into a large Ziploc baggie. Pour in the coated squares and shake until they are all coated in sugar. Pour in the pumpkins and toss some more. Store it in an air tight container, or just eat them all right then and there! No judgments here.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Pumpkin S’Mores Bars

Two things come to mind when I think about fall snacks: Pumpkins and s’mores. Why not combine the two for a sweet, festive goodie! I think these are great bonfire…

Two things come to mind when I think about fall snacks: Pumpkins and s’mores. Why not combine the two for a sweet, festive goodie! I think these are great bonfire snacks, or something cute to make for your bf as a random treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pure pumpkin
  • ½ cup butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • 12 graham cracker squares
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows (separated)
  • 1 1/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil. Next, heat the pumpkin, butter, milk and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is heated. Stir in graham cracker crumbs. Remove from heat.

Lay out the graham cracker squares on the bottom of the baking dish. Spread half of the pumpkin mixture on top of graham crackers. Sprinkle 1 cup of marshmallows and 2/3 cup of chocolate chips over pumpkin mixtures. Spread remaining pumpkin mixture over marshmallows and chocolate chips. Sprinkle the rest of the marshmallows and chocolate chips. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden. Let it cool, refrigerate for an hour, then enjoy!

Deeeeelish.

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: verybestbaking.com

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Butterfinger Ice Cream Pumpkins

When you saw the title of this blog, did it make you drool a little bit? Don’t be ashamed if it did, because I totally drooled too. It is drool…

When you saw the title of this blog, did it make you drool a little bit? Don’t be ashamed if it did, because I totally drooled too. It is drool worthy! In celebration of the wonderful, pumpkin-filled season that is autumn, I have decided to share yet another pumpkin inspired recipe! This one is a cool, sweet, crunchy treat that is sure to be a crowd fav.

Ingredients:

  • Dreyer’s Butterfinger ice cream
  • Fun-size Butterfinger candy barsbutterfinger 2
  • Chocolate chips
  • Green gummy candy

Place unwrapped fun-size Butterfingers in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Place the crushed candy on a plate and roll a scoop of Butterfinger ice cream into the crumbs, making sure the whole ball of ice cream is covered. Place each rolled scoop into a small serving bowl and decorate them like Jack-O-Lanterns with chocolate chips! Use green gummies for the stem.

Sweet pumpkin treats, no carving required! 😉

XOXO, Chels

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Apple Cider Donut Recipe!

When you think of fall, what’s the first drink that comes to mind? Although yours may be pumpkin spice lattes, mine is apple cider! I always look forward to it…

When you think of fall, what’s the first drink that comes to mind? Although yours may be pumpkin spice lattes, mine is apple cider! I always look forward to it when the seasons start to change. When I found a recipe for apple cider donuts, I couldn’t resist! (Just when you thought donuts couldn’t get any better!) So… here it is! You’re welcome :).

For your ingredients, here’s what you’ll need: 1 and ¼ cups of apple cider, 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, ¾ teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of sugar, ½ cup of buttermilk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Chelsea Crockett - Apple Cider DonutsYou got all that? 🙂

Now for the directions. Preheat your oven to 375° F and spray a donut mold to set aside. Simmer the apple cider for 15-20 minutes then place it in the fridge. Toss the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, brown sugar, and egg. Add in the buttermilk, a ½ cup of the simmered apple cider, and vanilla. Combine the ingredients from the two bowls and whisk them together. Pour your mixture into your donut pan and bake them for about ten minutes. To finish off your donuts, make a mixture by stirring together sugar and cinnamon. Dip the tops of your donuts in some melted butter then in your cinnamon-sugar. After completing this for all of your donuts, you’re ready to dig in!

Enjoy! – Chelsea

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DIY Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

I admit, I am a snacker. I have been on a really healthy roll, working out at a crossfit gym and eating healthy. But, snacking is my weakness. It is…

I admit, I am a snacker. I have been on a really healthy roll, working out at a crossfit gym and eating healthy. But, snacking is my weakness. It is so easy to give in to cravings, especially when you have been trying to eat healthy and think that you deserve a “treat.” That is why I like to keep healthy treats around. I love salt and vinegar chips, they are tangy and have a great crunch to them. Here is a healthy version of my craving that you can make at home!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Next, cut off the ends of the zucchini and slice them really thin. This will make about 5 cups of zucchini. Add the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to a large bowl and whisk it together. Then add the zucchini to the bowl and gently coat them in the oils. Lay the slices on the baking sheets, spreading them out in an even layer. Bake the zucchini until it is brown and crisp. When you lift it from the baking sheet, it should not bend. This will take between 2 and 3 hours. When they are done, let them cool and then store them in an airtight container.

Delish!

XOXO, Chels

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Caramel Apple Slice Popsicles

Happy (almost) fall y’all! The weather where I live is starting to change and get cooler, and I love it. You can smell fall in the air! Pumpkin spiced everything…

Happy (almost) fall y’all! The weather where I live is starting to change and get cooler, and I love it. You can smell fall in the air! Pumpkin spiced everything is back, the leaves are starting to change, fall is just the best! Caramel apples are another deliciously wonderful thing about autumn. The only problem with them is that they are so messy and hard to eat. Here is an easy way to enjoy caramel apples in a bite-sized

way!

Ingredients:

  • 2 very large Fuji apples
  • 3 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup caramels, melted
  • Chopped pecans
  • Popsicle sticks

Slice the apples into half inch slices. Remove the seeds. Melt chocolate in microwave for 2 minutes, then stir in coconut oil until smooth. Dip the apple slices in chocolate and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place the caramels in a glass bowl and microwave for 40-60 seconds. Stir until smooth, and drizzle the melted caramel over the apples and sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate them for an hour, then enjoy!

 

This is perfect for when you have a sweet tooth but don’t want to make the commitment to a whole desert.

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Warm cookies are one of my greatest weaknesses. I am trying to watch what I eat and live a healthy lifestyle (check out my YouTube channel for my fitness routine!)…

Warm cookies are one of my greatest weaknesses. I am trying to watch what I eat and live a healthy lifestyle (check out my YouTube channel for my fitness routine!) so I attempt to minimize the sweets I eat. It’s tough, y’all. Here is a great way to enjoy warm gooey cookies without worrying about the guilt. They’re dairy free and gluten free, but our taste buds won’t know the difference!

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thick like cookie dough. Scoop a spoonful out and roll it into a small ball. Take a fork and do the traditional crisscross pattern on the top, flattening the cookie. Bake them for 13-15 minutes or until they are slightly golden brown. Let them cool for about 10 minutes, then devour!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to: Make Your Own Acai Bowl

Acai bowls, or smoothie bowls, are the newest rave. Although they’re super healthy, they’re not only for the health nuts.  They’re a low-calorie, delicious snack that gives you lots of…

Acai bowls, or smoothie bowls, are the newest rave. Although they’re super healthy, they’re not only for the health nuts.  They’re a low-calorie, delicious snack that gives you lots of necessary vitamins and satisfies your fruit serving for the day! Chelsea Crockett - Acai Bowl Here’s how you can make your own right at home.

There are tons of different bowls you can make from Hawaiian, with lots of tropical fruits, or more of a sweet one with peanut butter and granola!  But for this recipe, I’ll just start with something simple and delicious!  You’ll first need a few ingredients: 1/2 a banana, 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, 1 1/2 tsp of peanut butter, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, half cup of almond milk, and 1 3.5oz pack of frozen acai berries or acai berry pulp.

As far as preparation goes, you’ll need to put all of these ingredients in a blender to make an acai puree.  Then add your toppings! I suggest adding sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, granola, and some peanut butter drizzle on top to finish it off.  Then, simply enjoy!

Are you going to try and create one for yourself?  Let me know how yummy yours turns out! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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Frozen Yogurt Blueberries

This week the temperature is going to be in the 100’s almost every day where I live! This heat has me trying to think about refreshing treats that I can…

This week the temperature is going to be in the 100’s almost every day where I live! This heat has me trying to think about refreshing treats that I can quickly whip up and enjoy. This recipe is easy, simple, healthy and delicious. Here is how to make frozen yogurt blueberry bites.

Ingredients:

        1 cup blueberries

        ½ cup vanilla yogurt

        Toothpicks

Place a blueberry on a toothpick and dip it in yogurt. Place berries on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in your freezer for about an hour. Then, enjoy! You can also store these in an airtight container in your freezer. I love eating these as a snack while watching a movie, or enjoying them outside while I read on my porch.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Watermelon + Coconut Water

Watermelon + coconut water = the most refreshing combination ever! This summer I have been seeking out all kinds of refreshing beverages because of the sweltering heat in Illinois. Luckily…

Watermelon + coconut water = the most refreshing combination ever! This summer I have been seeking out all kinds of refreshing beverages because of the sweltering heat in Illinois. Luckily I stumbled across an article on Lauren Conrad’s website that clued me in on watermelon coconut water! Not only is it really refreshing, it is also good for you! Here is how you can whip yourself up a batch.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cubed chilled watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 large lemon
  • Ice cubes

Add all the ingredients together in a blender. If your watermelon is really sweet, adding a generous amount of freshly squeezed lemon boosts the flavor! If you like the taste of coconut, add more coconut water to this. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Take a sip and see what you think! I adjusted the recipe a bit to fit the sweetness of my watermelon, and you may need to as well.

This drink has a beachy flare to it, so if you are craving a day at the beach but live nowhere near one, then this delicious drink will make you think you are somewhere with your toes in the sand. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

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Crescent S’Mores

What is your favorite summer treat? Mine would have to be s’mores. They are just so gooey and irresistible. Here is a new version of s’mores for the perfect summer…

What is your favorite summer treat? Mine would have to be s’mores. They are just so gooey and irresistible. Here is a new version of s’mores for the perfect summer evening snack if you don’t want to start a fire and do all of the work!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls (8 count)
  • ¼ cup Nutella
  • 64 mini marshmallows
  • 40 chocolate chops
  • 2 graham crackers

Unroll the crescent rolls into triangles. Top each with 1 teaspoon of Nutella, 8 marshmallows, 5 chocolate chips, and ¼ of a graham cracker. Carefully roll the dough into a crescent shape, starting at the wide end and working your way to the end. Bake them at 375 for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Grab a glass of milk and enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

 

Recipe: http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/2014/05/smores-crescent-rolls.html

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Top 5 Instagram-Worthy Ice Cream Stops in the U.S.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Ice scream is one of my favorite desserts.  I can eat it at almost any time of the day!  I…

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  Ice scream is one of my favorite desserts.  I can eat it at almost any time of the day!  I love finding cute ice cream stops around the country that are both delicious and Instagram-worthy.  What girl doesn’t love taking some artsy pics at a cute ice cream shop?  Here are the top 5 picture-worthy ice cream stops in the U.S.!

  • Garden Creamery in San Francisco, California. Chelsea Crockett - Ice Cream This simple, yet chic, creamery in the heart of San Francisco is a must-see for all ice cream lovers.  Their ice cream comes in all different bright flavors that look and taste amazing!
  • Soft Swerve in New York City, New York.  This place serves the cutest ice cream and has the best backgrounds to top off your Instagram pics!  You can get sprinkles, fruity pebbles, cocoa puffs, and other delicious toppings!
  • Datz Dough in Tampa, Florida.  Because this place’s main focus isn’t ice cream, they offer many sweet treats like donuts, cupcakes, and almost anything else to satisfy your needs!  That being said, their ice cream is delicious and can even be served in a donut cone!
  • Windy City Sweets in Chicago, Illinois.  This place is all things candy and ice cream!  They have a wall full of all different kinds of candies and treats.  Pair your delicious ice cream with a bag of your favorite candy and you’re set! 
  • Eb & Bean in Portland, Oregon.  If you’re more of a frozen yogurt kind of person, try out Eb & Bean in Portland!  They have the simplest but most delicious treats and awesome walls to take pics with as well! 🙂

Have you ever been to any of these places?  Let me know below and tell me what you think!

XO – Chelsea

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