Chelsea Crockett

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Sour Patch Grapes

If you haven’t eaten a whole 1 pound bag of Sour Patch kids on a road trip and then not been able to feel your mouth for a solid 3…

If you haven’t eaten a whole 1 pound bag of Sour Patch kids on a road trip and then not been able to feel your mouth for a solid 3 hours afterwards, you have never really lived. Just kidding, but all jokes aside, I could put away a pretty hefty amount of those sour dudes. If you are like me and love sour candy but don’t love all of the bad-for-you sugar in them, check out these “Sour Patch” grapes!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Watermelon Jello mixSour-Patch-Grapes-432a299b0a46f29d9a1298e9727ec2b718001a44
  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Green Apple Jello mix
  • 1/3 box lemon Jello mix
  • 1/3 box orange Jello mix
  • 3 pounds green grapes
  • 1 cup of water

Pour 1/3 of each box of Jello into small separate bowls. Have your grapes sitting in a bowl of water. Take a grape out of the bowl and poke a toothpick through it in the spot where the stem was, and hold on to the grape using the toothpick while rolling the grape in the Jello mix. Set them on a baking sheet covered in wax paper. After alternating dipping flavors for each grape and all of the grapes are rolled, place them in the fridge until they are chilled. Done!

My friends love these. They are great movie night snacks when you really want to stuff your face with candy but you know prom and summer are coming up so you have to keep your hot bod maintained. Ya feel?

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://dinnerthendessert.com/sour-patch-grapes-healthier-than-the-candy/

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Nutella Grape Bites

Grapes are the perfect snack to take to school with you. They aren’t messy, they are easy to grab and go, and they are tasty! Want to make them even…

Grapes are the perfect snack to take to school with you. They aren’t messy, they are easy to grab and go, and they are tasty! Want to make them even tastier? Toss Nutella and nuts into the mix! Here is how to make tasty Nutella grape bites that are perfect for school lunches, snacks, and even great to take to friend’s houses! The best part is…they only take 5 minutes to make!!

Ingredients:

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  • Bag of green grapes
  • Nuts (any kind you want. I prefer pecans!)

Wash your grapes and then let them dry. Dip the bottom half of each grape in the Nutella, and then roll them in the crushed nuts. I like to freeze my grapes after that to make them a cool treat, but you can store them at room temperature if you prefer! These are a great when you just want a “pop” of dessert and need a quick way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Your friends will be swiping these out of your backpack once they see you with these tasty treats!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe and photos via: makethebestofeverything.com

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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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Green Bean Fries

I crave French fries a lot. Like a LOOOTTT. Who doesn’t? They are salty crunchy goodness…mmm… What if I told you that you can get all of the delicious crunch…

I crave French fries a lot. Like a LOOOTTT. Who doesn’t? They are salty crunchy goodness…mmm… What if I told you that you can get all of the delicious crunch and taste of a French fry, but in a healthier form? Introducing: green bean fries!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to tasteDSC_0939-1024x685
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 pounds washed and trimmed fresh green beans
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 large beaten eggs

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 425, then line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray. In a bowl combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Put the flour in a smaller bowl and place the beaten eggs in a separate bowl as well. Take a handful of green beans and dip them into the flour, then eggs, then bread crumb mixture. Make sure they are coated with crumbs really good! After they are covered, place them in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Put the pan in the oven and bake for around 10-12 minutes. Let them cool, then eat them up!

This makes a great appetizer or snack! If you are looking to impress your family with your mad cooking skills, make these for them!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://tone-and-tighten.com/2015/05/oven-baked-green-bean-fries.html

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Easter Treats!

Easter is a wonderful time to whip up some tasty treats in the kitchen!  With all the festivities going on, why not bring the perfect dessert to your Easter occasion. …

Easter is a wonderful time to whip up some tasty treats in the kitchen!  With all the festivities going on, why not bring the perfect dessert to your Easter occasion.  I’ve got a few creative and delicious treats that everyone will love.  Plus, they’re easy to make!

Who doesn’t love chocolate covered strawberries?!  I can’t get enough of them!  A twist on the classic chocolate covered strawberry is to turn them into carrots!  Start by melting down white chocolate, using a small dab of vegetable oil, and adding orange food coloring to it.  Fully dip each strawberry in the orange chocolate so only the stem shows.  Finish them off by drizzling the extra chocolate you have over the strawberries with a spoon.  They’ll look exactly like little carrots!  They’re the perfect grab and go dessert.   Chelsea Crockett- bunny tails

Another one of my favorite Easter desserts are bunny tails.  All you need is an 8-ounce package of cream cheese, 4-5 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of almond extract, and a bag of shredded coconut.  Begin by softening the cream cheese and beating it until it is fluffy.  Slowly add the powdered sugar in, while mixing, until it becomes dough.  Once the dough becomes thick, roll it into 1-inch balls, and roll them into the coconut.  These can be served room temperature or chilled.  Enjoy!

I hope these cute, little desserts brighten up your Easter party.  Whether it’s a family lunch/dinner or a big festivity, remember the reason for the season!

Love,

            Chelsea  

 

 

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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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Mac ‘N Cheese in a Mug

The weather where I live is pretty chilly, and by pretty chilly I mean downright freezing. And when the weather is cold, there is nothing better than a nice hot…

The weather where I live is pretty chilly, and by pretty chilly I mean downright freezing. And when the weather is cold, there is nothing better than a nice hot snack to warm your tummy right up. If you are looking for an easy, 5 minute meal for one, then look no further! Here is mac n cheese in a mug.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup elbow noodles9176570759_d6f2fb9f81_b1
  • ½ cup milk or water (milk if you want creamy noodles)
  • ½ cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

Add the milk/water and noodles to an oversized mug and place it on a large plate just incase you have spillage while it is in the microwave. Microwave the mug on the plate for 1 minute, then stir, and microwave another minute. Stir it again, then check your noodles. If they aren’t quite done, microwave them an additional 3o seconds. After the noodles are cooked, if you are using water, pour out the water that is left, and if you are using milk don’t pour it out. Add in the cheese and stir well. Now you are ready to dig in!

So, if you want some yummy comfort food but don’t want to make the whole box, make your own mug!

XOXO, Chels

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DIY Chocolate Covered Peeps

Are you looking for a cute Easter treat to bring to parties or a sweet snack to give as a gift to teachers or friends? Then look no further! These…

Are you looking for a cute Easter treat to bring to parties or a sweet snack to give as a gift to teachers or friends? Then look no further! These chocolate covered Peeps are sure to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, and look super cute while doing it!

Ingredients:peeps_web_

  • 1 package Marshmallow Peeps Bunnies
  • 6 Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Dark Cocoa Melting Chips
  • 12 lollipop sticks

 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds, then stir it, and repeat these steps until it is completely smooth. Cut the mini marshmallows in half for the bunny tails. Push a lollipop stick into the bunnies and fill a cup with rice to stick the drying bunnies in. Dip the bunnies in the chocolate and then place a tail on each bunny. Place the stick of the bunnies into the cup of rice to keep them standing upright so they can dry. Next, place them in the fridge to firm up, and then enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Foods for Flat Abs

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 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 Capture10midnight/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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Holiday Detox

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and Christmas break, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. I would MUCH rather feel…

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and Christmas break, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. I would MUCH rather feel tight and toned! I was looking for a way to detox all of the guck I ate over break out of my system and start of the year fresh and healthy, and that is when I found this yummy holiday detox!5+Ingredient+Holiday+Detox+Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups of stem-less kale
  • 1 cup apple cider (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup of ice/water
  • Dash of cinnamon

Blend all of these ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. If you want a juice-like texture, use water. If you want more of a smoothie-like drink, go for ice. If you want some extra healthy protein, toss in a handful of your favorite nuts before blending! Just an FIY, the drink will naturally separate as it sits, so there may be a layer of foam at the top of the drink after sitting a while. Just stir it up and drink it down!

Im ready to detox. Are you?

 

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://pinchofyum.com/holiday-detox-green-apple-smoothie

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DIY Snow Ice Cream

Last week I got a day off of school because of snow and it was awesome! Snow days are the best days, am I right? If you have ever had…

Last week I got a day off of school because of snow and it was awesome! Snow days are the best days, am I right? If you have ever had a snow day, then you probably know about snow ice cream. If not, you’ve been missing out! When life gives you snow, make snow ice cream! It literally takes 5 minutes and is super delish!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milkice-cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 cups clean snow
  • Sprinkles are optional but highly recommended 🙂

In a big bowl, whisk the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until they are will combined. Go outside and scoop some fresh, clean snow. Immediately stir the snow into the milk mixture until you get your desired consistency. Top it off with sprinkles or any other ice cream toppings! Eat it up quickly because it will melt pretty fast!

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

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Protein Rice Crispy Treats

After workouts, I usually have the serious munchies. Like, I could probably eat half a pizza and polish off a box of Girl Scout cookies. But that is totally normal…

After workouts, I usually have the serious munchies. Like, I could probably eat half a pizza and polish off a box of Girl Scout cookies. But that is totally normal after working out! You just worked off calories and energy, so now your body is craving more! Here is a healthy take on a yummy snack: protein rice crispy treats! They are a great easy snack to take with you and eat on your way home from the gym to keep you from grabbing the first morsel of food you see when you get home.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powderIMG_1731-1024x790
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 drop butterscotch flavor
  • 2 drops marshmallow root extract
  • 1 cup protein marshmallow fluff (recipe here)
  • 1-2 cups crispy brown rice cereal

Mix the protein powder and water until it is smooth. Add the butterscotch and marshmallow root flavors, then mix well. Fold in the marshmallow fluff, then fold in the cereal. Make sure they are mixed well, then press into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze them for about an hour to make them harden,  then cut into pieces and eat up! Store them in the freezer in a Ziploc bag for easy snacking.

These treats are so much better for you than regular rice crispy treats. Satisfy your sweet tooth and your protein intake, all at once!

XOXO, Chels

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Homemade Microwave Potato Chips

I am a lover of healthy snacks, but sometimes a girl craves a handful of greasy, salty potato chips. Ya feel? Lucky for you (and me), I found a recipe…

I am a lover of healthy snacks, but sometimes a girl craves a handful of greasy, salty potato chips. Ya feel? Lucky for you (and me), I found a recipe for homemade potato chips that are low fat, cheap, and made in your microwave! Yummy snack here we come!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large russet potato, scrubbed and sliced thinly16117462567_751b5aacf8_b
  • Salt
  • Optional: olive oil and other seasonings.

Slice your potato very thin into 1/8 or 1/16 inch slices. Put the slices directly into cold water and let them sit for 5 minutes, then rinse them in cold water until clear. Use paper towels to dry the slices, then line a glass plate or tray with parchment paper and arrange the slices on it. Make sure they do not touch each other or they will stick together. If you like you can sprinkle your slices with salt or seasonings, or you can even brush them with olive oil. Place them in the microwave and cook them on high for 3 minutes. After that, flip the slices over and microwave them on 50% power for about 2:30. If you see slices starting to turn brown, take them out and continue cooking the rest. Keep doing these steps with the rest of your potato slices until they are all cooked. If you don’t gobble them up right away, store them in an airtight container for future snacking!

Simple snacking at its finest.

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with…

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with this. One is that cookies are time consuming to make, and I want a snack right when I get home, and the other is that they aren’t the best for you! Today I am introducing cookies that are not only good for you, but they only take 5 minutes to make! They are packed with protein and sugar free, so that means they are totally guilt free, too. This recipe makes a giant yummy cookie for one.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oatshealthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one2
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • Chocolate chips of choice

Line a plate with parchment paper and set it aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, salt, coconut flour protein powder, and cinnamon and mix well. Stir the peanut or almond butter and honey in until the mixture is crumbly. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time until the batter is very thick. Use your hands to form a cookie shape and eat up!

Best back to school snack everrrr!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/10/25/healthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one/

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

I am a sucker for any food with the word “chocolate” in it. That being said, chocolate chip cookies are a particular weakness of mine. Here is a recipe for…

I am a sucker for any food with the word “chocolate” in it. That being said, chocolate chip cookies are a particular weakness of mine. Here is a recipe for a bigger take on your average chocolate chip cookie…made in a skillet!

Ingredients:

  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, divided and softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar9843402706_b19092a1ca
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • (optional) vanilla ice cream

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then use 2 tablespoons of butter to grease the bottom and sides of a 9 inch cast iron skillet. Add the other 8 tablespoons of butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat them together until it is light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla, then beat well until combined. Next add the baking soda, flour, and salt to a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix on low. Pour in the chocolate chips and mix on low. Press the cookie dough into the skillet and bake for 20 minutes until the edges are crisp and the cookie is golden. Take it from the oven and let it cool, then eat it with some vanilla ice cream!

This is a great sleepover or “girls night” treat. You can literally eat a giant cookie out of a pan! How great is that?!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/skillet-chocolate-chip-cookie/

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Avocado Brownies

I am a lover of all things chocolate, especially brownies! The only downside to brownies is the countless calories that are packed into every delicious bite. Imagine my surprise when…

I am a lover of all things chocolate, especially brownies! The only downside to brownies is the countless calories that are packed into every delicious bite. Imagine my surprise when I found brownies that were made with avocados, the greatest superfood on the planet! I know you might be skeptical, but just hear me out!

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  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 3.5 oz bar of dark chocolate
  • 1 cup coca powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 355 degrees and grease an 8 inch baking dish. In a blender, puree the avocado with the eggs, vanilla and water. Next, melt the chocolate and mix it with the avocado mixture in the blender. Add in the coca powder, sugar, baking soda and salt and then combine. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and then smooth it out. Make if for 20-25 minutes and then let them cool. Then eat up!

These brownies don’t have any gluten and are low fat, so they are totally yummy and completely guilt free!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

 

 

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