Chelsea Crockett

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DIY Post-Holiday Detox

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and now Christmas, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. It feels not-so-good. I would…

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and now Christmas, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. It feels not-so-good. 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!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups of stem-less kale
  • 1 cup apple cider (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup of ice/water
  • Dash of cinnamon1425862737615

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!

I’m ready to detox and feel fresh again. Are you?

XOXO, Chels

 

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

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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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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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Super Easy Health Hacks

When you hear the words “healthy lifestyle” what do you think of? Do you think of things like not-so-yummy-but-super-nutritious food, hours in the gym, and depriving yourself of things that…

When you hear the words “healthy lifestyle” what do you think of? Do you think of things like not-so-yummy-but-super-nutritious food, hours in the gym, and depriving yourself of things that aren’t so good for you but are sooooo good? That is the case a lot of times, and it shouldn’t be! Living a healthy lifestyle should be something that comes easy to all of us, not something we dread. There are really easy ways to live a healthy life that don’t involve juice cleanses or 10 mile daily jogs. In fact, diets and strict workout regimens are what drive us away from our fitness goals and discourage us! When our goals are hard to attain, we don’t want to stick to them. Realistic, sustainable goals are the way to go. Here are 3 easy health hacks to improve your health and start you on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Add coconut oil to your morning drink: Do you drink a smoothie or a cup of coffee to start your day? If so, add a tablespoon of coconut oil to it. This helps stabilize your blood sugar all day long so you don’t crave sugar, and it tastes great!96070-organic-virgin-coconut-oil
  2. Eat for 20 minutes: Make sure your meals last for at least 20 minutes each, even if it is just a small meal. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to register that you are full, so it will help you eat less and take smaller portions.
  3. Stand up and stretch: If you sit at school all day or sit at work, every hour or so it is important to stand up. It gets your muscles fired up! You also need to make it a point to stretch at your desk to keep your blood flowing and circulating. This doesn’t have to be a big, distracting stretch, just something as simple as twisting around in your desk or stretching your arms out in front of you!

See? Healthy habits don’t have to be extreme or something to dread. Just incorporate simple habits into your everyday life and it will make a difference in how you feel!

XOXO, Chels

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Pre & Post Workout Snacks

I have been hitting the gym on the regular lately. I usually go right after school, so I am really hungry when I get there. There are a few snacks…

I have been hitting the gym on the regular lately. I usually go right after school, so I am really hungry when I get there. There are a few snacks that can help you maximize your workout, both before and after. Here are a few of the best pre/post workout snacks around!

Pre-workout:

  • Dried fruitstock-footage-bottle-pouring-milk-chocolate-into-a-glass
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice cake with almond butter
  • Banana with almond butter
  • Granola bar
  • Fruit smoothie

Post-workout:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Chocolate milk (yes, chocolate milk!)
  • Protein shake
  • Cottage cheese and berries
  • Hummus with carrots
  • Nuts

These healthy snacks will give you energy to get through your workout and protein to help your muscles recover after.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Oatmeal Cookie Dough Protein Smoothie

Lately I have been allll about protein smoothies/shakes. Since I have been stepping up my workout game I need to keep to give my muscles the goodies they need to…

Lately I have been allll about protein smoothies/shakes. Since I have been stepping up my workout game I need to keep to give my muscles the goodies they need to be strong and energized! I recently wrote about a thin mint smoothie, a cinnamon roll smoothie, and now I am writing about a oatmeal cookie dough smoothie! Read on if you want the 4-1-1 on this cookie filled combo!

Ingredients:Oatmeal-Cookie-Dough-Smoothie2

  • 1 small frozen banana
  • ¼ cup raw oats
  • ½ – 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla flavor
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter (or peanut butter if you so desire)
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk (regular milk works fine too if that is what you prefer)

All you have to do now is add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend them together! This protein smoothie is a great post-workout snack, breakfast smoothie, or just a yummy snack!

Would YOU make this smoothie? Comment below if it sounds totally delish!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Quinoa Buffalo Bites

Quinoa is one of my favorite foods! It is a miracle grain. It has so many great health benefits! I have recently started trying to live a vegan lifestyle, which…

Quinoa is one of my favorite foods! It is a miracle grain. It has so many great health benefits! I have recently started trying to live a vegan lifestyle, which means I avoid eating animal products, such as meat and dairy. I wanted to see how it would benefit my health! Although this recipe isn’t entirely vegan (because of the butter and egg), it came pretty darn close. I loooooove buffalo wings, so this is the closest thing I could get! If you want the great taste of buffalo wings without the meat and with a healthier twist, try these quinoa buffalo bites!

Ingredients:fd1571457da646b6bedf3b34ce0566c8

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup cannellini beans, mashed
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon peper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

First, make the buffalo sauce. Combine the melted butter, olive oil, hot sauce and salt in a medium size bowl. Whisk the ingredients together to combine and set aside. In another bowl combine the quinoa, mashed cannellini beans, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of the buffalo sauce. Mix the ingredients well to moisten them and then form them into 30-35 equal size balls. Squeeze the balls together tightly with your hands. Be gentle! Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add half the balls to skillet and cook until golden and crisp on all sides. This should take about 5 minutes. Gently (I emphasize the word gently) dip each ball in the sauce.

Dip these suckers in Ranch dressing and boom, you have a delicious quinoa infused meal on your hands! Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Busy Insider’s Better Skin Guide

Odds are, you are a busy girl. You don’t have time to spend hours trying to get your skin squeaky clean. You barely have time to grab your face wash…

Odds are, you are a busy girl. You don’t have time to spend hours trying to get your skin squeaky clean. You barely have time to grab your face wash and scrub it on in the morning! Here are a few ways to maintain clear skin while running short on time.images (11)

  1. Eat skin-healthy foods: Eating the right foods is at the root of healthy skin. Processed foods are no good for your skin, plus they will bloat you! Eat lots of healthy foods to help hydrate your skin and keep it protected.
  2. Sleep: Being sleep deprived can cause your skin to become dehydrated. It can also cause premature aging! Want bright, healthy skin? Get those ZZZZ’s!
  3. Simplify your routine: If you don’t have time to cleanse, exfoliate, scrub, and moisturize every morning, that is totally okay! None of us do! If you don’t have time to do a million and one things to your face every day, then don’t sweat it! You can do these things when you have time. No worries!

If you are a busy bee, it doesn’t mean you have to neglect your skin care!

XOXO, Chels

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Negative Calorie Foods

Hey Insiders, did you know that some foods have negative calories? It is true! When a food has negative calories it means that it has zero calories or fat! These…

Hey Insiders, did you know that some foods have negative calories? It is true! When a food has negative calories it means that it has zero calories or fat! These foods are great to snack on because they don’t count towards your calories and you can eat as much of them as you want! They are super healthy snacks to fill up on instead of high calorie foods. Heres a list of a few:

-Asparagus                   – Carrots

-Celery                           – Cucumberfruits_and_vegetables-other

-Lettuce                          – Apples

-Blueberries                   – Tomato

-Broccoli                           – Watermelon

All of these yummy foods have zero calories and are super good for you! Reach for these instead of a pop tart or bag of Cheetos! You can do it ladies, make those healthy choices! Who knew there was such a thing as zero calorie foods?! You learn something new every day!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

 

 

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Nature Beauty Secrets

Nature is a girl’s most important beauty asset. Nature has so much to offer when it comes to our beauty regimen! Here are three of nature’s best beauty secrets: 1….

Nature is a girl’s most important beauty asset. Nature has so much to offer when it comes to our beauty regimen! Here are three of nature’s best beauty secrets:

1. Strawberries: Did you know strawberries can be used to whiten your teeth? How cool is that! They are also great for decreasing the appearance of large pores. Who knew strawberries could do all that?Strawberries

2. Lemons: When you drink some lemon in your water, it actually helps cleanse your body! They can also help with digestion. Lemons are also great to use on your skin as a cleanser, toner, and lightener!

3. Brown sugar: Brown sugar is actually a pretty great exfoliant! It is perfect to use on those with sensitive skin. And, it smells totally delish!

Nature is your best friend when it comes to everything beauty related! The more natural ingredients you can use on your body the better, because when you go all natural you know what is in the product and you know there are no nasty chemicals or additives!

 

Get your nature on!

XOXO, Chels

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Watermelon Cake!

Are you having a party but don’t want to serve the same old boring, unhealthy cake? Here is a recipe for a refreshing, unbelievably healthy alternative to that plain old…

Are you having a party but don’t want to serve the same old boring, unhealthy cake? Here is a recipe for a refreshing, unbelievably healthy alternative to that plain old white cake!

Ingredients:

– Whipped cream

– 1 Large Watermelon cut in a circle like a cake (see photo)chelsea crockett watermelon

– Blueberries

– Raspberries

Instructions
  1. Cut your watermelon like the photo.
  2. Pat the watermelon down with paper towels to dry it.
  3. Frost the watermelon with the whipped cream.
  4. Decorate the top with fresh fruit of your choice! You can put whatever you want on it!

My mouth is watering just thinking about eating this super yummy treat! Impress your party guests with this tasty cake!

XOXO, Chels

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BLT Lettuce wrap

Are you looking for a low carb, refreshing springtime snack? Are you a lover of all things bacon lettuce and tomato related? Then you are going to love this next…

Are you looking for a low carb, refreshing springtime snack? Are you a lover of all things bacon lettuce and tomato related? Then you are going to love this next recipe! Introducing, the BLT lettuce wrap!

Ingredients:

chelsea crockett lettuce wrap

–          2 whole Romaine lettuce leafs

–          Mayonnaise

–          1 thinly sliced tomato

–          4 slices of bacon

 1. Lay out your lettuce and spread each leaf with mayo.

2. Add the bacon strips, then layer on the tomato slices, and then top with the other 2 slices of bacon!

3. EAT UP!

 This recipe can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! It is super great for you, and if you want to cut some calories out of the equation substitute avocado for mayo! If you are trying to cut carbs out of your diet then this recipe is just the ticket! Usual BLTs require bread, but not this one! This combo is totally guilt free J.

XOXO, Chels

 

Photo by Jackie Alpers

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Hot Spots to Focus on In the New Year

Hello Insiders,             Welcome to 2014!  I can’t believe how quickly time goes by.  Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday you were a little kid?  When looking back on life,…

Hello Insiders,

            Welcome to 2014!  I can’t believe how quickly time goes by.  Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday you were a little kid?  When looking back on life, I’m sure you can find a lot of things to be thankful for.  I know I can!  As you get older, it’s important to focus yourself on more important things, rather than material goals.  Focus on being a better you and making others happy!
            Getting into the high school and college scene can be fun, but never forget about your family or spirituality.  This year, I challenge you to spend more time with your family and with God.  I know it can be hard to pay grandma a visit when you have a million things to do, but just think about the joy that it will bring to her!  Also, focus on becoming closer with God.  Buy a devotional, talk with others, or download some spiritual music on your iPod.  I promise, it’s not that hard!Chelsea Crockett- eating healthy

            You always hear of the classic line, “I’m going to lose weight this year.”  STOP.  Instead of saying “losing weight” say, “I’m going to be healthy this year.”  As long as you exercise and eat healthy, then who cares if you are stick thin!  Focus on being a healthier you, not a skinnier you. 

            Come up with a list of things to challenge yourself with this year.  They don’t have to be resolutions, just small things to work on.  With a few simple tweaks in your lifestyle, you’ll discover a happier you.

Love,

            Chelsea

 

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Green Coconut Smoothie

In my book, there is nothing more refreshing than a fruit smoothie. Smoothies are a great healthy snack! They are also the perfect breakfast food! This next smoothie I am…

chelsea crockett smoothieIn my book, there is nothing more refreshing than a fruit smoothie. Smoothies are a great healthy snack! They are also the perfect breakfast food! This next smoothie I am going to introduce to you is jam packed with foods that will give you energy and keep you full for hours on end!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup spinach
1 large banana, peeled
1 large green apple, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons shaved coconut
1 cup ice

Put the coconut milk, yogurt, spinach, banana, apple, coconut, and ice into your blender and blend the mixture until smooth. Viola! You now have a fruity, coconut-y, energy packed smoothie that will keep you full and focused all day long!

XOXO, Chels

 

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