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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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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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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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DIY Summertime Vitamin Water

During the summer, I am a fruit snacker. I love having fresh fruit around! If you want to work fresh fruits into your daily summer diet, try making this delicious,…

During the summer, I am a fruit snacker. I love having fresh fruit around! If you want to work fresh fruits into your daily summer diet, try making this delicious, nourishing, homemade vitamin water! Unlike store-bought vitamin water, it has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • ½ sliced and quartered red grape fruit
  • 1 sliced medium cucumber
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 quarts water
  • ice

Combine the fruit, cucumber, mint and water in a large pitcher. Stick the pitcher in the fridge and let it infuse overnight. The next day, pour yourself a large glass over ice and enjoy! This simple and easy vitamin water is great to make just for you, or for a summertime party! It has a tons of nutrients and vitamins in it, so you can feel great while you treat yourself to this tasty drink.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe via: http://soupaddict.com/2013/08/vitamin-water/

 

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5 Ways to Cook With Protein Powder

After I workout, I usually make myself a protein shake. But, after a while, protein shakes can get old. Little did I know, there are tons of ways you can…

After I workout, I usually make myself a protein shake. But, after a while, protein shakes can get old. Little did I know, there are tons of ways you can use protein powder to make super yummy recipes and make your favorite foods better for you! Here are some ways to use protein powder in some of your favorite treats.

  1. Muffins: Protein muffins? I had never heard of such a thing! These yummy treats are the perfect post-workout indulgence. Find the recipe HERE.
  2. Pancakes: My favorite breakfast… packed with protein! These pancakes will give you all the energy your body needs to start off the day right, and you can find the recipe HERE.
  3. Pudding: Who knew my guilty pleasure late-night snack would pair so well with protein? Check it out HERE.
  4. Cakes: Switch out half the flour in your cake recipe with protein powder and add an additional 1/2 cup water.
  5. Coffee: Make your own frappucino with protein powder. Delish! Read how HERE.

Eat up and power up!

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy 3 Ingredient Cookies

We all get the munchies, when we just need something sweet to sink our teeth into! I have been trying my best to eat healthy, as I am sure a…

We all get the munchies, when we just need something sweet to sink our teeth into! I have been trying my best to eat healthy, as I am sure a lot of us are. Lucky for us I found a delish recipe for healthy cookies that you can feel good about eating! And with only 3 ingredients they are so easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • Handfull of rasins (or chocolate chips)

Mash 2 ripe bananas in a bowl. Then mix in the oats and rasins or chocolate chips. Line a baking sheet with foil and place small balls of the batter on the sheet. Bake the cookies for 15 minute or so at 350 degrees.  These are so easy to make and you probably have these ingredients on hand!

If you want you can add a little bit of cinnamon or vanilla to sweeten them up before you bake them go for it! These are easy and fun to modify.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Flat Ab Foods

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe…

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe it or not. As my high school PE teacher would say, “Abs are made in the kitchen!” And it is true! The food you eat has a huge impact on your body and your weight loss. Here are a few foods that help you in your journey to flat abs.

  1. Eggs: They are the perfect protein source! They have a great balance of essential amino acids that help build muscle, plus if you eat one for breakfast, you are less hungry as the day goes on! Less hungry = less snacking = less calories consumed!
  2. Apples: Apples are 85% water, which helps you feel full, and have 5 grams of fiber! This makes them an awesome midnight/midday snack! Plus, apples help promote healthy lungs and prevent some cancers, so an apple a day DOES keep the doctor away.
  3. Leafy greens: Leafy greens are things like kale, spinach, and broccoli! They are a great source of calcium which helps fuel your workouts, and help prevent cancer! Plus, they make great salads. 😉

Munch away!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Runners: Here is How to Fuel Your Body

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is an awesome way to get in some cardio! I have been running a lot more lately and am really…

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is an awesome way to get in some cardio! I have been running a lot more lately and am really starting to love it. In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give your body the right fuel. Here are a few fueling tips to help you optimize your runs and fuel your body the right way.

  1. Before your run: Before your run you need to eat foods that are filled with natural sugars that are easy to burn for energy. Bananas are one of these foods! Plus they are a great source of potassium and are delicious. Apples are also an awesome source of natural sugars.866e0349ae5b537d154bb93ba5c67c5c
  2. During your run: If you are doing a long distance run, it is important to continually fuel your body so you do not run out of energy. Starbursts are great for this! They are easy to chew while running and pack a sugar punch.
  3. After your run: Eat some oats! Oats are rich in carbs and high in protein and fiber. Grab a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and fruit for the perfect recovery snack!

Happy fueling!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Clean Eating Pink Breakfast Smoothie

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I have started living a healthier life by exercising and eating better. I love to start my day with a healthy…

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I have started living a healthier life by exercising and eating better. I love to start my day with a healthy breakfast smoothie to fuel my body the right way. I have had a ton of people comment on my Instagram photos and ask me to go into detail on what I am eating and what I am doing to exercise, so I thought I would share my favorite breakfast smoothie recipe!

Ingredients:smoothie

  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 tsp. Raw honey
  • ½ cup peanut or almond butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • A handful of ice cubes

Blend all of these ingredients together, and you will have a delicious pink breakfast smoothie! If I am running late, I can always take this breakfast-to-go and still have the healthy fuel I need to get through the day. This smoothie I packed with protein and super tastey!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How To Keep Your Metabolism Kickin’

Your metabolism is what helps your body burn fat. There are so many easy and healthy ways to keep your metabolism burning all day long that don’t require you to…

Your metabolism is what helps your body burn fat. There are so many easy and healthy ways to keep your metabolism burning all day long that don’t require you to take weird supplements or do anything crazy. It can be as easy as drinking a cup of coffee! Curious? Keep reading.

  1. Start the day strong: If you are a morning coffee drinker like me, then you will like this step. Caffeine in coffee and green tea naturally stimulates your central nervous system, so your daily cup of Joe can help boost your metabolism! Just make sure it is just one cup a day. Also, eating a healthy breakfast with whole grains fuels your metabolism and helps you burn energy all day long. Skipping breakfast is a no-no when it comes to fueling your metabolism.download
  2. Keep your body hydrated: After a fueled morning, keep the day going strong by drinking a lot of water during the afternoon hours. Drinking water aids your body’s fat-burning processes! If you aren’t a huge water fan, add fruit to it to make it taste better. Also, along with drinking a good amount of water, eating a high-protein lunch makes your body work harder to digest the foods, which means burning more calories and boosting your metabolism.
  3. Work it out: An afternoon workout is also a metabolism-boosting essential. Workouts like HIIT (high-intensity interval training) are great because they mix strength training with cardio. You could even go for an afternoon walk before or after lunch to increase your body’s fat-burning levels.
  4. End it on a good note: After a busy, stressful day, give your mind time to wind down. Stress actually slows your metabolism, so try and keep your stress maintained. Also, many studies have linked weight gain to lack of good sleep, so make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of quality zzz’s!

Keeping your metabolism burning all day long really isn’t that tough! These tips are simple and easy to work into your daily routine.

XOXO, Chels

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What is Clean Eating?

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 “eat-clean-2clean 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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Easy College Breakfast: Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

I have a feeling that in college, it is going to be tough for me to squeeze breakfast in. I am someone who loves to sleep in, and eating breakfast…

I have a feeling that in college, it is going to be tough for me to squeeze breakfast in. I am someone who loves to sleep in, and eating breakfast doesn’t always go hand in hand with sleeping until the last possible minute. So, I have been looking for yummy breakfast foods that I can grab and take with me on my way to class. Here is a recipe for super easy, delicious, healthy strawberry shortcake overnight oats!

Ingredients:Strawberry-Shortcake-Overnight-Oats

  • 12 strawberries, either fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 5 cups milk
  • 5 cups greek or plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp strawberry jam
  • ¼ tsp vanilla

 

Chop the strawberries up and place them in a bowl. Mix in your other ingredients, stir, and place them in the fridge overnight. When you wake up in the morning, toss the oats in a disposable cup or bowl and head out the door!  How easy was that?! This nutritious breakfast will keep you full and focused all through your morning classes.

 

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://www.myfussyeater.com/strawberry-shortcake-overnight-oats/

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Foods to Avoid if You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There…

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So, if you want to shed a few pesky pounds or keep your weight where it is, avoid THESE foods!

  1. Frosting: I know I know, it is just SO GOOD! But, it is actually so BAD. It is packed with trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and can lead to belly fat! Plus, it can lead to inflammation and bloating, which is totally no bueno.LuckyCharms_Bowl
  2. Soda: We all know this one. Soda is something that should be out of your diet, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packs of sugar in it. For us gals, the recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 24 grams, and a soda has 39 grams! You go way over your daily sugar intake with just one soda.
  3. Sugary cereal: I will be the first to admit that I love me a big bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning, especially when I want a sweet, quick breakfast in college. But, sugary cereal can actually cause your skin to break out and become red because of the high gluten content! Yikes!

These are just a few of many not-so-good for you items that you need to nix if you are trying to melt away the pounds, but it is always good to start off small and work your way up! Good luck!

XOXO, Chels

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Running Food 101

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is awesome cardio! In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give…

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is awesome cardio! In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give your body the right fuel. Here are a few fueling tips to help you optimize your runs and fuel your body the right way.

  1. Before your run: Before your run you need to eat foods that are filled with natural sugars that are easy to burn for energy. Bananas are one of these foods! Plus they are a great source of potassium AND are delicious.running 1
  2. During your run: If you are doing a long distance run, it is important to continually fuel your body so you do not run out of energy. Starbursts are great for this! They are easy to chew while running and pack a sugar punch.
  3. After your run: Eat some oats! Oats are rich in carbs and also packed with protein and fiber. Grab a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and fruit for the perfect recovery snack!

Happy fueling!

XOXO, Chels

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Zucchini Chips

I love veggie chips. The word “veggie” makes me feel like I can eat a whole bag and consider it healthy. 😉 In this case, the chips actually ARE healthy…

I love veggie chips. The word “veggie” makes me feel like I can eat a whole bag and consider it healthy. 😉 In this case, the chips actually ARE healthy because they only have 3 ingredients! Here is how to make a great healthy alternative to chips/crackers!

Ingredients:

  • 4 large zucchini, evenly sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil7586481160_423bbd93c4
  • Salt

Slice the zucchini in very thin slices and then them on paper towels to dry. Cover the slices with more paper towels and set a baking sheet on top of them. Press down on the baking sheet to help squeeze out some of the moisture. Preheat the oven to 235 degrees F and then line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Brush the parchment paper with olive oil and then lay the zucchini slices in a single layer on the parchment paper. Fit as many on each baking sheet as possible. Brush the top of the zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle the slices with salt. Bake for 1 1/2 – 2 hours until crisp and golden. If some chips are still a little flimsy or damp, remove the chips that are done and place the damp chips back in the oven for a few more minutes. Allow the zucchini chips to cool on the paper towels to absorb any extra oil. Store the chips you don’t devour immediately in an air-tight container!

I take these to school with me as a snack to keep my tummy satisfied during the day!

XOXO, Chels

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Cleansing Green Smoothie

Getting to the gym on a cold winters day is a tough feat. All I want to do is go home and snuggle with my doggies, not sweat on the…

Getting to the gym on a cold winters day is a tough feat. All I want to do is go home and snuggle with my doggies, not sweat on the elyptical! So, for the days when a workout is looking like an impossibility, drink a smoothie for a meal to help give your body the nutrients it needs while avoiding unnecessary calories! Here is a recipe for a delicious detoxifying green smoothie.

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  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup of ice

Blend all of these babies together real good, then drink up! I love drinking smoothies for dinner because I don’t feel so full and sluggish, and I feel refreshed!

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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