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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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5 Non-Awkward First Date Ideas

First dates can be the most fun, yet most intimidating, encounters.  Sometimes the conversations flow perfectly and you hit it off right away.  But other times conversations become awkward and…

First dates can be the most fun, yet most intimidating, encounters.  Sometimes the conversations flow perfectly and you hit it off right away.  But other times conversations become awkward and you run out of things to talk about!  Since I know from personal experience that those situations can be super awkward, here are five guaranteed non-awkward first date ideas!

  • Go see a movie. Okay, now I know this might be basic but still take it into consideration! It’s not going to be awkward because you’ll be watching a movie the whole time! There won’t be time for awkward pauses or dull conversation.
  • Go to a school sporting event. Whether you’re in high school or college, going to a game together is fun and gives you something to talk about. You can even get a big group of friends to go with you!
  • Go to the zoo. The zoo is always a chill date that’s fun and relaxing! Sometimes during the winter, zoos will do a holiday festival with Christmas lights and music. Keep an eye out for those seasonal events!
  • Go to a food festival. What’s better than dressing up cute and eating good food? Enjoy sampling tasty snacks and seasonal treats with your date!
  • Be a tourist in your own city. Spend the day exploring with your date.  Think of all the cool places in your town that you’ve never tried!  Make a list and go on an all-day adventure!

Try suggesting one of these ideas next time you get asked out on a date! 🙂

XO, Chelsea

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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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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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5 Well-Known Myths About Dieting

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain…

Dieting can be a tricky subject.  Some people aren’t sure how to do it quite right which can result in actually gaining weight or hurting your body.  There are certain myths that revolve around the topic of dieting and I wanted to clear up a few of them!  This way, you can get the most out of your dieting! 🙂

  • You should skip meals to lose weight faster.  DO NOT do this!  Skipping meals and eating less is not the way to diet.  There are certain diet plans that will sometimes have you eating more rather than less!
  • It’s not good to eat after 8 or 9 PM.  WRONG!  Whether it’s 3 pm or 3 am, your body will still metabolizing the calories you eat regardless.  Instead of not eating after 8, try to cut out that unhealthy midnight snack!
  • You have to go on a diet to lose weight.  This isn’t always true!  Simply eating healthy can still do the job just as well.  That being said, if you want to diet, find one that works for you!
  • You don’t have to exercise as long as you’re on a diet.  WRONG!  As I mentioned before, these two go hand-in-hand.  Of course, you can lose some weight if you’re solely dieting, but the best results happen when you’re both exercising and eating healthy!
  • As long as the label says low-fat, then you’re good to go.  WRONG!  Just because it’s low-fat doesn’t mean there aren’t other things you should be worrying about.  Labels can trick you so be careful!

Did you think these were true, as well?  I know I did before I actually looked into them!

Good luck! – Chels

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Clean Eating – What is it?

I have been hearing the phrase “clean eating” a lot lately. What exactly IS clean eating? I always knew it had to do with eating healthy and weight loss, but…

I have been hearing the phrase “clean eating” a lot lately. What exactly IS clean eating? I always knew it had to do with eating healthy and weight loss, but I never really knew exactly what it entailed.  Clean eating is simple. It is the concept of eating healthy, whole, unprocessed foods.  Here is a little more info on what clean eating is. Who knows, maybe you will want to try it out for yourself!

  1. Choose foods that are unrefined: This means that you eat more whole grains like quinoa and beans as well. Clean sugars are sugars like honey, agave, and maple syrup.
  2. Be aware of salt, sugar, and fat: When you cut out processed foods, it makes it a lot easier to do this! These are responsible for a lot of the extra calories we take in every day. Clean foods are naturally low in those three things.
  3. Don’t drink your calories: High calorie drinks like flavored coffee and soft drinks add an extra four to five hundred calories a day. Yikes! Choose water or green tea instead.
  4. Include carbs, fat, and protein in every meal: We usually get enough carbs and fat in our diet, but a lot of times we lack protein. Protein is important when you are trying to build muscle and can also keep you fuller longer.
  5. Minimize processed food: Try and focus on eating natural foods, not foods that are out of a box or can.

I am trying my best to eat clean, and if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, then you will too!

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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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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Fast French Toast in a Mug

Making meals in a mug is one of my new specialties. Recipes like these are coming in handy this summer when I am busy interning at my church and YouTubing….

Making meals in a mug is one of my new specialties. Recipes like these are coming in handy this summer when I am busy interning at my church and YouTubing. They are quick, easy, and perfect for just one person. Today’s mug recipe is a deliciously easy take on French toast! It is super quick and super delish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of buttered bread
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP of syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 TBSP of chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar (totally optional, but definitely recommended!)

In a microwaveable mug, mix the egg, milk, syrup, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Cut the bread into squares that are bite sixed. Add the bread to the mug and press the pieced down so they are covered with the liquid. Add the chocolate chips to the mug and stir them into the bread mixture. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top and then microwave the mug for 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds so it doesn’t spill over the mug. Let the mug cool about 1-2 minutes, then sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

Enjoy your yummy mug French toast!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://princesspinkygirl.com/french-toast-mug/2/

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Sour Gummy Worm Popsicles

The weather is getting warmer, the trees are getting greener, and the sun is shining a bit brighter. That means summer must be on its way! It is time to…

The weather is getting warmer, the trees are getting greener, and the sun is shining a bit brighter. That means summer must be on its way! It is time to whip out those popsicle molds, wipe the dust off, and put them to good use. If you are looking for a fun fruity treat that will make you feel like a kid again, keep reading!

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite fruit juice
  • Sour gummy worms

Take your popsicle mold and stick the gummy worms to the insides of the molds. This keeps the worms from sinking to the bottom. Next, pour your juice into the molds. Stick them in the freezer for a few hours, or all night. Next time you are sweating up a storm outside, go grab one of these fun treats and enjoy cooling down in the sweetest way possible.

Don’t have popsicle molds? Just use mini paper cups and popsicle sticks!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Fruity Poolside Drinks

Since most of us don’t have the time or money to go to Starbucks every day, it’s time to learn some DIY fruity drink recipes we can make right in…

Since most of us don’t have the time or money to go to Starbucks every day, it’s time to learn some DIY fruity drink recipes we can make right in our homes!  There’s nothing better than hitting up the pool with some refreshing drinks at hand.  Here are 3 drink recipes that are healthy, hydrating, and delicious!

  • Watermelon Agua Fresca.Chelsea Crockett - Fruity Drink  For this recipe, you’ll need 3 cups of cubed watermelon, ¼ cup of lime juice, 4 mint leaves, 2 cups of water, and ice!  Add all of the ingredients except the mint leaves in a blender and mix them together until it is well blended.  Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours if you want it to be cooler, or else simply add a few mint leaves and ice cubes and enjoy!
  • Fizzy Pineapple Punch.  For this delicious punch, you’ll need a 6 oz. can of limeade, a 12 oz. can of pineapple juice, 4 ½ cups of cold water, 1 liter of club soda, assorted fruits, and mint leaves.  In a large pitcher, mix together the juices, water, and club soda.  Put the fruits and ice cubes in different glasses and pour the punch in.  Finish it off with some mint leaves for decoration like the picture on the right! 🙂
  • Lemon Pineapple Kiwi Sparkling Mocktail.  You’ll need 1 kiwi, 3 teaspoons of pineapple juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1 can of La Croix sparkling lemon water.  Blend together the unpeeled kiwi, pineapple juice, and honey.  Split the mixture into glasses and fill the rest the glass the rest of the way with the sparkling water.  And lastly, enjoy!

Which one are you going to try out?  I’ve tried all three and they’re so, so good! 🙂

XOXO – Chelsea

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Watermelon Summer Salad

During the warm spring and summer months, I can’t get enough of fresh fruit. I eat it like candy! Here is a fresh, delicious, and healthy summer recipe to whip…

During the warm spring and summer months, I can’t get enough of fresh fruit. I eat it like candy! Here is a fresh, delicious, and healthy summer recipe to whip up for summer barbecues or pool hangouts!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Make the dressing by mixing the oil and lemon juice well.  Place watermelon, strawberries and basil in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the dressing on top. Stir it up well, and then add feta cheese. Mix a bit, then enjoy! This refreshing summer salad is mouthwatering!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://cooktoria.com/recipe/watermelon-strawberry-feta-salad/

 

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Newest Additions to the Starbucks Secret Menu

Starbucks is almost every girl’s go-to happy place.  Whether you’re a coffee drinker or just like a good atmosphere to work on homework, most of us can find ourselves going…

Starbucks is almost every girl’s go-to happy place.  Whether you’re a coffee drinker or just like a good atmosphere to work on homework, most of us can find ourselves going to Starbucks on a regular basis!  If you’ve heard of the Starbucks secret menu, then you know their drinks can get even better than what’s offered on the actual menu.  Here are some new, fun additions you should know about!

  • Strawberry Acai Refresher with Coconut Milk. Chelsea Crockett - Starbucks Drink These are so yummy and they make for a great Instagram, too!  They taste kind of like a smoothie and are perfect for a warm day outside.  Starbucks even adds some strawberries to your drink!
  • Dragon Frappuccino.  Similar to the new Unicorn Frappuccino, this drink is said to be created through a mixture of a green tea Frappuccino, vanilla bean powder, and a berry swirl.  It looks and tastes great!
  • Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with Soy Milk.  This is along the same lines as the first drink I mentioned, but it’s purple instead like the picture on the right.  It’s refreshing and delicious!
  • Butter Beer Frappuccino.  If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’re probably thinking, “WHAAAT!?”  This actually exists!  All you have to ask for is a Crème Frappuccino with three pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, and some caramel drizzle on top to finish it off.

Do you know any secret drinks I’m missing out on?  Let me know and I’ll try them out for myself!

XO – Chelsea

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