Chelsea Crockett

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Why Weightlifting is Good For You

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting…

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting is just as or even more important than getting that cardio in! When I say weight lifting I don’t mean getting huge bulky muscles or bench pressing your body weight. Light lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! Here is the deets.  416F66RTE0L._SX300_

  1. You will melt more fat: For real. Researchers have found that people who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Boost your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. Lifting weights and building muscle keeps your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will burn through more cals: Your body continues to burn calories even after your workout is done when you lift weights. This is because your muscles have to work extra hard to repair their fibers!
  4. You will catch more Zzz’s: Strength training helps you improve your quality of sleep and helps you fall asleep faster.

In the past, weight lifting has not been my favorite thing in the world, but I have been making sure to work some weight training into my exercise routines because I know it will help me maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Tips to Keep Winter Weight Off

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. This is especially true when the cold weather comes and all we want to do is be cozy in our jammies on the couch. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: Even if you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some Zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

The pumpkin patches where I live are open, which has me craving everything pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, and even pumpkin ice cream! This next recipe is the best of…

The pumpkin patches where I live are open, which has me craving everything pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, and even pumpkin ice cream! This next recipe is the best of both worlds – it is a healthy snack AND a pumpkin flavored treat. You can even drink it for breakfast. Pumpkin pie first thing in the morning? Count me in!

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup milk (regular or almond)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Graham cracker for toppings

Place all of the ingredients except the graham crackers into your blender. Blend until smooth and then pour into a glass and top with graham cracker crumbs.

YUM! It’s like fall in a cup.

XOXO, Chels

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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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Why is Weightlifting Good For You?

In the past when I would think of working out, I would think of doing cardio. I would think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts…

In the past when I would think of working out, I would think of doing cardio. I would think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting is just as or even more important than getting that cardio in! When I say weight lifting I don’t mean getting huge bulky muscles or bench pressing your bodyweight. Light lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! That’s why I started crossfit. Here are the deets.

  1. You will melt more fat: For real. Researchers have found that people who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Boost your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. Lifting weights and building muscle keeps your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will burn through more cals: Your body continues to burn calories even after your workout is done when you lift weights. This is because your muscles have to work extra hard to repair their fibers!
  4. You will catch more Zzz’s: Strength training helps you improve your quality of sleep and helps you fall asleep faster.

In the past, weight lifting has not been my favorite thing in the world, but I have been making sure to work some weight training into my exercise routines because I know it will help me maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle!

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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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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4 Ways You May Be Slowing Down Your Metabolism

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot…

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot of us wish for. Luckily, it can be achieved! There are a lot of things you do every day unknowingly that are driving your metabolism down, so it is important to drop these habits if you want to improve your metabolism. As we get older our metabolism naturally slows, so it is really important to keep these things in mind!

  1. Sitting all day: When you sit all day it causes your body to turn off at the metabolic level as your circulation slows. Your fat burning enzymes turn off and your blood sugar is used less. Try getting up and walking every hour or so to wake your circulation up. I know this can be hard, being in school or work all day, but walking to class can help wake that circulation up.
  2. Not getting enough snooze time: Not getting enough sleep can cause our metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Sleep deprivation also increases our cortisol levels, which lowers the hormones that are used to metabolize nutrients.
  3. Drinking too little H2O: Water isn’t the most fun drink to guzzle (I mean, Dr. Pepper tastes pretty much 10x better), but it is the best thing for you. It can speed your metabolism up almost 30% after you drink some down!
  4. Eating at bad times: Your body has a natural rhythm that goes with your sleep and wake cycle, and it has a hard time digesting food at night. People who eat later at night burn less calories than those who eat earlier in the evening, studies prove it! Also, eating light meals during the day and then a big meal at night is not smart.

Staying away from these metabolism-slowing habits helps you kick your calorie-burning power into gear, but you still need to eat healthy and exercise to be as healthy as you can be.

XOXO, Chels

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8 Reasons to Start Running

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but…

Lately I have started to work out at a crossfit gym to keep in shape and stay slim. I love crossfit because it pushes my muscles and my mind, but I have to admit that my first love is running. I love being able to put my headphones in, lace up my shoes, and drown the world out for a while. Running is a great way to get/stay in shape and improve your health. Here are 8 reasons why you should start running regularly (even if it is not your favorite).

  1. Running is simple: It doesn’t require a lot of equipment, it is easy to get into, there is no gym required, and everyone knows how to do it!
  2. You can do it anywhere: It is such an accessible sport. You can run in the park, on the trail, on the treadmill, in your neighborhood, anywhere! I recommend that if you are running in a rural area that you take someone with you for safety reasons.
  3. You can do it any time: In the morning, in the evening, during your breaks from class, if you are on vacation, you can do it any time! If there is bad weather, you can even run indoors.
  4. Helps you lose weight: Running not only helps you lose weight, it helps you keep the weight off for good.
  5. Reduces stress: If you are feeling stressed, running helps you boost the endorphins, or feel-good neurotransmitters, in your brain.
  6. Strengthens your immune system: Running helps protect your body from illness by strengthening your immune defenses.
  7. Makes you glow: Sweating is one of the body’s best ways of cooling down and helps you release toxins from your pores and skin. The more miles you rack up, the more toxins you get rid of, and the clearer your skin will be.
  8. Gets you to eat healthier: Athletes know that you are only as good as your diet choices. To make the most of your workout, you need to eat right. Running forces you to really stop and think about what you are putting in your body.

Running too much can be bad for your body and can wear you out, so make sure you are listening to your body and not overdoing it.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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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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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

I recently had a crazy craving for blueberry muffins. I really didn’t want to go to my kitchen and slave over a hot oven to make a batch, so I…

I recently had a crazy craving for blueberry muffins. I really didn’t want to go to my kitchen and slave over a hot oven to make a batch, so I opted to make a smoothie inspired by my craving! This smoothie is sweet, thick, and tastes just like a blueberry muffin. Yes please!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 – 6oz vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup raw oats
  • ¼ tsp. lemon zest
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until very smooth (or about 2 minutes). Then enjoy! This is way easier than making actual muffins. Plus, it is so much healthier!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/07/09/blueberry-muffin-smoothie/

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How Long to Wait to Workout After Eating

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating…

What and how you eat during the day can make a huge difference in your workout performance. Fueling your body the wrong way can hinder your performance, but also eating too much before exercise can interfere with your workout goals.

When it comes to eating before exercise, timing is everything. No matter the time of day that you exercise, you need to make sure to plan your workout two to 3 hours after your meal. Too much food before a workout will make you feel sluggish and can lead to stomach aches and
digestion problems. Most experts agree that you should eat a small snack about an hour before you workout to fuel your body, such as a little carbs and a little protein. Even if you workout first thing in the morning, eat a small piece of fruit to fuel your body with the nutrients your workout needs.

Exercising can make you feel energized and healthy, but first you have to fuel your body right!

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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20 Minute No Running Cardio Workout

I love working out at the gym, but sometimes you just don’t want to leave your house to get your cardio in. Plus, running on a treadmill or even outside…

I love working out at the gym, but sometimes you just don’t want to leave your house to get your cardio in. Plus, running on a treadmill or even outside can get boring. Here is a great running substitute that you can do from your living room!

  • 1 minute jogging
  • 1 minute mountian climbers
  • 1 minute jump rope
  • 1 minute jumping jacks
  • 1 minute ski jumps
  • 1 minute power skips
  • 1 minute front kicks
  • 1 minute high knees
  • 1 minute squats
  • 1 minute butt kicks

If you don’t know how to some of these moves, google them! This workout is great because it goes by so quick. It never gets boring because every minute the move changes!

XOXO, Chels

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Energy Bites – Lemon Poppy Seed Edition

I have had a serious sweet tooth recently. One of my favorite sweet treats is a warm muffin and a glass of milk! A great way to enjoy the yummy…

I have had a serious sweet tooth recently. One of my favorite sweet treats is a warm muffin and a glass of milk! A great way to enjoy the yummy muffin taste but not all of the not-so-sweet calories is to make energy bites that taste like muffins. The fact that I can eat a snack that both gives me healthy energy plus tastes like lemon poppy seed muffins is too sweet for words.

Ingredients:

  • 3 scoops plant-based vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ½ tablespoon granulated sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons water

In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest, sweetener, poppy seeds, oats, and protein powder. Add in the lemon juice and water and stir until it is mixed well. Use your hands to make balls out of the dough, it will make about 28 small balls. Place them into a plastic container with a lid and seal and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to chow down.

These are a great post-workout sweet treat or a perfect snack to take on the go! Just pop a few into a baggie and stick them in your purse for later. These are so yummy and easy!

XOXO, Chels

 

recipe via: amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/03/30/lemon-poppy-seed-energy-bites/

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