Chelsea Crockett

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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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Thanksgiving Inspired Milkshake: Candy Corn Edition

Candy corn. It’s EVERYWHERE! Luckily, I am a lover of the sweet stuff, so it doesn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I embrace it, and try to make everything…

Candy corn. It’s EVERYWHERE! Luckily, I am a lover of the sweet stuff, so it doesn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I embrace it, and try to make everything I can with it! Here is a candy corn inspired milk shake that is sure to rock your world.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  •  1 quart orange sherbet
  •  Whipped cream or Cool White
  • Yellow Food Coloring
  • Black yellow & orange sprinklescandy-corn2-jpg

Let the vanilla ice cream soften for about 25 minutes outside of the freezer. After it is softened take 1/3 of the ice cream and put it into a bowl. Put the ice cream back in the freezer. Add yellow food coloring to the ice cream in the bowl until you have the color you want. Mix it well. Take your orange sherbet out of the freezer to allow it to start softening. Get out the glasses you will be serving your milk shakes in, whether it is mason jars or glass drinking glasses, and spoon yellow ice cream into the bottoms, filling the cups about 1/3 full. After smoothing out the top as evenly as you can, wipe down the inside of the cups with a paper towel to remove ice cream streaks. Place your cups in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes to let the layer harden a little. Take your vanilla ice cream out of the freezer again to allow it to start softening. Remove the cups from the freezer and carefully spoon in the orange sherbet, layering it on top of the yellow and filling the cups about 2/3 full. Again, smooth out the top. Wipe the excess on the inside of the cups with a paper towel. Place the cups back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Remove the cups from the freezer and add the last layer of vanilla ice cream, filling the cups with 1/2 inch left at the top of the cup. Smooth out the tops again. If you want you can top them off with some whipped cream and sprinkles! Keep them in the freezer until you serve them.

They’re sure to be a hit at every Thanksgiving party on the block!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/09/candy-corn-milkshakes-for-halloween.html

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

While this smoothie isn’t exactly like taking a big bite of pie, it is pretty darn close! And, it is way better for you, and is nice and filling to…

While this smoothie isn’t exactly like taking a big bite of pie, it is pretty darn close! And, it is way better for you, and is nice and filling to keep you fuller longer. So, do you want pumpkin pie for breakfast? Keep on reading.

Ingredients:pumpkin-pie-smoothie

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large banana
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 6 oz vanilla yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Scoop of vanilla protein powder

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until they are all smooth. Then you are done! What I love about this smoothie is how delicious AND nutritious it is. I can drink it after a workout or to start my day off with a pumpkin-y protein punch.

Eating healthy and fueling your body the right way can taste downright delicious!

XOXO, Chels

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Fall 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 cinnamon1473888485-yummy-pumpkin-spice-puppy-chow
  • 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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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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Fun Fall Apple Pops

When I think of fall there is one staple food that always comes to mind, and that is caramel apples! I love the combination of sweet, sticky caramel with the…

When I think of fall there is one staple food that always comes to mind, and that is caramel apples! I love the combination of sweet, sticky caramel with the tangy sour apples. Instead of making cake pops for a sweet snack or a cute party dish this fall, make apple pops! Here are a few of my favorite kinds of pops.

  1. White chocolate toffee: Dip your apple slices into melted white chocolate and then roll them in crushed toffee.
  2. Peanut caramel: This one is my fav. Dip the slices in melted caramel and then roll them in crushed peanuts. I love the crunchy texture!toffee-apple-pops4
  3. Apple s’more: Dip your slices in melted chocolate, then roll them in crushed graham crackers and mini marshmallows.
  4. Coconut chocolate: Dip your slices in melted chocolate and then roll them in shredded coconut. If you want it to taste like an Almond Joy candy bar then add some crushed almonds to the mix!

For easy clean up put your toppings in a muffin tin that is lined with muffin liners. This is a fun party activity to do with friends or a yummy girls-night snack! Which apple pop flavor is YOUR favorite?

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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S’Mores Brownies

What could be better than brownies? S’mores brownies! Now you don’t need a campfire to enjoy s’mores. These treats are great to bring to Halloween parties, fall gatherings, or just…

What could be better than brownies? S’mores brownies! Now you don’t need a campfire to enjoy s’mores. These treats are greatsmores-brownies-1-550 to bring to Halloween parties, fall gatherings, or just to enjoy with friends!

Ingredients:

  • Brownie mix, including ingredients required on box
  • 8 cinnamon graham crackers, broken into pieces
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Three large Hershey’s bars, broken into equal pieces

Prepare the brownies according to the package directions and bake them in a 9×13 baking dish. Take the brownies out of the oven after they are done and set the oven to broil. Top the brownies with the broken graham crackers and marshmallows. Place the brownies in the oven and broil until the marshmallows start to brown. Take them out and top them with the chocolate pieces. Once the chocolate has slightly melted, cut the brownies into squares. Then enjoy!!

These brownies just scream “fall.” 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2012/12/8/smores-brownies.html

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Nachos: Caramel Apples Edition

October is here, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Fall is in the air, and with that comes changing leaves, cooler weather, and of course “fall themed” food!…

October is here, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Fall is in the air, and with that comes changing leaves, cooler weather, and of course “fall themed” food! Today on the blog we are going to give nachos a fun little spin. If you like caramel apples, then you’re going to love this new take on nachossalted-caramel-apple-nachos-1024x885

Ingredients:

  • 4 large green apples
  • ½ package unwrapped caramels or caramel bits
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • ½ package white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 crushed Heath bar

Clean and dry the apples. Slice them, then arrange them on whatever you are serving the nachos on. I recommend a large serving platter. Next, place the caramels in a glass bowl with 1 tablespoon of water and microwave for 25 seconds at a time until they are melted. Drizzle this over the apples, then place the white chocolate chips in a separate glass bowl and microwave just like you did with the caramels. Drizzle this over the apples as well. Then sprinkle the mini chocolate chips and crumbled Heath bar over the apples. Serve right away or refrigerate until you want to eat it.

This is the perfect treat to bring to a Halloween party or fall get-together!

XOXO, Chels

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Pumpkin and Chocolate Energy Balls

Cue pumpkin flavored everything – its October! Do you need an energy boost but aren’t a fan of pumpkin spiced lattes? Whip up a batch of these pumpkin chocolate chip…

Cue pumpkin flavored everything – its October! Do you need an energy boost but aren’t a fan of pumpkin spiced lattes? Whip up a batch of these pumpkin chocolate chip energy balls! They will give you the energy you need, and they will get you in the “fall” spirit. They’re also great for a pre-workout boost.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal7b5ffa3ca467a808dd47bc66bdff0e91
  • 1 cup all-natural Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup all-natural Peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup chopped almonds, peanuts, or coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

 

Combine all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl until they are very thoroughly mixed. Roll the mixture into balls of about 1inch in diameter. Place the balls on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper & freeze one hour. Store them in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

 

These are the best tasting energy boost around!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via:http://cleanfoodcrush.com/pumpkin-energy-balls/

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Pumpkin Pie For Breakfast!

Not gunna lie, I’ve already had a pumpkin spice latte…or two…and it isn’t even October yet. Let’s all stop pretending like we are going to wait until it is actually…

Not gunna lie, I’ve already had a pumpkin spice latte…or two…and it isn’t even October yet. Let’s all stop pretending like we are going to wait until it is actually fall to start enjoying pumpkin flavored everything. Let us also not forget that pumpkin pie can be enjoyed in breakfast form! Here is a yummy, easy, quick and healthy pumpkin pie chia pudding recipe for those of us who love to enjoy pumpkin pie, no matter the time of day.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chia seedsoptimized-pumpkin-pie-chia-pudding-21
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

You will make this in 2 separate mason jars, so divide all of your ingredients in half.  Combine half of the chia seeds, pumpkin, milk, syrup, vanilla, and pumpkin spice in one of the jars, then repeat with the rest of the ingredients in the other jar. Close each jar tight and shake them well until everything is combined. Let them sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours but it is better if it is overnight. The pudding is ready to eat when you take it out of the fridge! You can even top it with whipped cream if you want.

Not only is this pudding yummy, it also has tons of fiber so it will keep you full and energized all morning. It is quick to make, and it is a great on-the-go breakfast when you know you are going to have a rushed morning.

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://www.thewheatlesskitchen.com/pumpkin-pie-chia-pudding/

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Ultimate Movie Night Snack: Snickers Popcorn

What is your favorite candy bar? One of my absolute favorites is Snickers The best way to watch a movie is with a bucket of popcorn, so at your next…

What is your favorite candy bar? One of my absolute favorites is Snickers The best way to watch a movie is with a bucket of popcorn, so at your next movie marathon or dorm room movie night, make your friends some Snickers popcorn!

Ingredients:snickers-caramel-popcorn2-500x500

  • 8 quarts of popped corn
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 2 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup of salted peanuts
  • 30 “fun size” Snickers bars, chopped
  • 3 ounces melted semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. In a saucepan over medium heat, boil the butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir it so that it covers all of the corn. Spread some wax paper onto the counter and then pour the coated corn onto the wax paper. Sprinkle the peanuts on top and then transfer it into a roasting pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring it every 15 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, stir in the chopped Snickers and put it back in the oven for about 3 minutes. Remove the popcorn from the pan and then spread it onto the wax paper to cool. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of it, and then store it in a container until you and your friends are ready to devour it!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Easy Dorm Room Meals

I know there are going to be times when I want something to eat but I am in my dorm room and don’t want to walk all the way to…

I know there are going to be times when I want something to eat but I am in my dorm room and don’t want to walk all the way to the dining hall or don’t want to go out because I have way to much homework (..or laundry to do..). Lucky for us hungry college students stuck in our dorms, there are easy, (sort of) healthy meals we can make in our microwave with only a few ingredients. Stock these ingredients in your fridge so you are ready to go the next time you don’t want to venture out for food. Here are a few yummy recipes you can make in the comfort of your dorm.download

  1. Microwave mac ‘n cheese: Mac ‘n cheese is a staple “college student” food. I mean, who doesn’t love its cheesy goodness? Why buy a single serving cup of mac ‘n cheese that has lots of chemicals and artificial colors when you can easily make your own mug of it from home? Here is the scrumptiously easy recipe.
  2. Mug Cheesecake: Now, I know cheesecake doesn’t necessarily count as a meal, but in college anything goes! And who doesn’t love cheesecake? Here is a yummy recipe for cheesecake that you can make in a mug.
  3. Scrambled eggs: I am a big advocate of “breakfast for dinner” so I love scrambled eggs as a meal! Here is a recipe for just that. This recipe calls for mostly egg whites, but you can just go ahead and use the whole egg.
  4. Tortilla pizza: You can make your very own pizza in your dorm room. Introducing the pizza quesadilla! The recipe says for you to use a stove, but a microwave will also work just fine.

Happy munching!

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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How to Eat Healthy On A Budget

The phrase “poor college student” is no joke. Between paying for classes and books and room and board and other essentials, college can really do a number on the ‘ole…

The phrase “poor college student” is no joke. Between paying for classes and books and room and board and other essentials, college can really do a number on the ‘ole bank account. When you are tight on cash, usually the last thing on your mind is eating healthy. I mean, eating healthy is expensive compared to the $1 cheeseburger you could eat instead. Actually, eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are a few ways to still eat healthy, even when you are tight on cash.

  1. Meal prep: This is a big thing now-a-days. Prepping your meals ahead of time saves you money because you aren’t _6877107tempted to go out to eat because you already have your meal made! So, have fun making a few healthy meals with your roommates and then pack them up in separate containers to use for lunches and dinners for the rest of the week.
  2. Use a coupon: I know pulling out a coupon at the store may make you feel toootally uncool, but trust me when I say that I actually think people who use coupons are smart and I want to be like them! Saving money and eating healthy is a great combo. Checking the store ad before heading out to shop helps you see what produce is on sale that week.
  3. Only buy organic when it is necessary: Eating organic food is an awesome way to avoid pesticides and GMOs, but most of the time organic is considerably more expensive. Buying organic foods that would normally have a high amount of pesticides is the best way to go about it. The foods that normally have high amounts of pesticides are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, grapes, and blueberries. Focus on buying organic options of these items, and don’t worry about buying organic for your other produce.

Eating healthy and staying on budget doesn’t have to be hard!

XOXO, Chels

 

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5 Easy Mug Meals

Do you live in a dorm or a super small apartment? Or, are you the type of person that loves snacks that are super easy to make because you don’t…

Do you live in a dorm or a super small apartment? Or, are you the type of person that loves snacks that are super easy to make because you don’t want to put too much effort into them? A coffee mug is all you will need for today’s blog! Heading off to college has me on a search for easy meals I can make in my dorm room when I want to munch but don’t want to walk to the dining hall. I totally go for easy snacks, but just because they are quick and easy doesn’t mean they can’t be tasty! Here are a few yummy treats that you can make in a coffee mug.download (1)

  1. Coffee Cup Quiche: I love me some quiche! It is the perfect breakfast goodie. Click HERE to find out how to make your own personal coffee cup quiche.
  2. French Toast In A Cup: Who doesn’t love French toast?! HERE is how you make it in your mug.
  3.  Cinnamon Roll In A Cup: Wait…you are saying I can make myself a cinnamon roll….in a mug?! Check it out HERE. Talk about the perfect midnight or movie night snack!
  4.  Nutella Mug Cake: Say no more….just click HERE.
  5. Cookie In A Mug: Who doesn’t love a warm chocolate cookie to comfort you after a long day? This treat only takes a minute to make it! Here is how. Just a warning, you may need a big glass of milk to wash it down!

See? All you need is a microwave and a mug (and a few ingredients) to make some pretty delicious goodies!

Snack on!

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy Midnight Snacks

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! I am 100% sure this will carry into my college career as well. Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out…

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! I am 100% sure this will carry into my college career as well. Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out of no-where! Researchers link late night snacking calories to be the potential for weight gain, and studies have also shown that eating right before bed can make your sleep more restless. But also, no one likes to go to bed on an growling stomach! This is where low cal, sleep friendly snacks come in. Here are a few for the next time you have to answer the call of the late night munchies.

  1. Baby carrots: At just 4 calories per carrot, what is not to love about these sweet, crunchy veggies?
  2. Banana: I go bananas for bananas. Bananas are packed with fiber and tryptophan, which is a chemical that makes us sleepy!images (3)
  3. Apples and peanut butter: I love this sweet snack. Apples are full of fiber and also offer a nice little crunch. When you dip them in peanut butter or almond butter, you are also filling up your tummy without making you feel heavy!
  4. String Cheese: One serving of string cheese is only 80 calories and contains good proteins and fats to help fill you up and satisfy you.
  5. Cereal: You can eat it either dry or with milk! But, when I say cereal, I do not mean Lucky Charms or cinnamon toast crunch (unfortunately!). I mean cereals that are whole grain such as oatmeal or corn flakes.

So, when the late night munchies hit, you will now be prepared! Reach for one of these healthy little snacks to kick your hunger to the curb! These are also easy snacks to keep on hand in a dorm room if you have a fridge or mini fridge!

XOXO, Chels

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