Chelsea Crockett

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5 Genius Hacks for Eating Healthy

Eating healthy is something we all struggle with at times.  I mean, who would actually prefer an apple over a piece of cake?  Although it can be hard, there are…

Eating healthy is something we all struggle with at times.  I mean, who would actually prefer an apple over a piece of cake?  Although it can be hard, there are certain hacks and tips you can follow that can make eating healthier easier!  There are also other pointers that will help you get right to the point when it comes to dieting.

  • Skip the fad diets.  Trendy, or “fad,” diets are often just that… a trend.  Chelsea Crockett - Healthy FoodsBesides the occasional one that’s actually beneficial, most aren’t even healthy for your body.  You might drop a few quick pounds but that’s usually all you’ll get out of them!
  • Eat more often.  WHATTT?  If you don’t eat enough to fill you up, you’ll probably end up overeating by the time dinner rolls around.  Eat enough to keep you full, just be smart about what you give your body in order to do so!
  • Don’t freak out about the numbers.  If you’re cutting out all foods that are high in sodium, fats, calories, etc., you’re probably overthinking it.  Yes, these things matter but make sure you research what each number means instead of automatically putting it back on the shelf.
  • Get excited about preparing healthy meals and snacks.  Find different Pinterest recipes that include some of your favorite healthy foods.  You’ll be more tempted to eat healthy when you find some recipes that make your mouth water!
  • Be aware of sneaky sugars.  Sugars are known for making their way into things that you wouldn’t expect them to be in.  Be aware of what you’re actually eating!

Try out some of these hacks to make eating healthy a piece of cake! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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Good Carbs Vs. Bad Carbs

When you think of carbs do you automatically think “BAD! DON’T EAT THEM!” If so, then you are not alone. Until recently, I thought all carbs were bad. You will…

When you think of carbs do you automatically think “BAD! DON’T EAT THEM!” If so, then you are not alone. Until recently, I thought all carbs were bad. You will hear diets talk about cutting out carbs or eating less of them. There is actually such a thing as good carbs! Here is a list of good carbs and bad carbs to help you know which are OK to eat and which you should avoid.

Good:

  • Fresh fruits, fresh veggies, beans, peas, whole grains, brown rice, quinoa, pure oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, potatoes, walnuts, peanuts, almonds.
  • Why are these good? They are high in fiber, they have natural sugars, low insulin levels, they slow digestion, give you energy, keep you full longer, and help with weight loss.

Bad:

  • Fruit juices, soda, cookies, pasteries, cakes, white bread, white crackers, pasta, chocolate and candy, ice cream, frozen yogurt, potato chips, french fries.
  • Why are these bad? The are refined and processed foods, low fiber, they make you hungry faster, have added sugars, high insulin levels, these carbs convert into fat cells, and cause weight gain.

How come so many of the foods on the bad carbs list are my favorite foods?! This list shows us the foods we should be eating and the foods we should be eating in moderation. Just because a food is on the bad carb list doesn’t mean we can’t have it every once in a while! It just means you need to eat more of the good than the bad. 😊 I am going to try to eat more of the good, and less of the bad. Will you join me?

XOXO, Chels

 

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Easter Peeps S’mores

I have experimented with skillet s’mores before, and I totally love them. When I saw this recipe for Peeps s’mores in a skillet, I could not believe I had not…

I have experimented with skillet s’mores before, and I totally love them. When I saw this recipe for Peeps s’mores in a skillet, I could not believe I had not thought of it before! Peeps are the staple Easter candy. Those little marshmallows are pure sugar and pure yum. Here is how to make chocolate peanut butter Peeps s’mores in a skillet!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of chocolate chips, dark or milk chocolate
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 packages of Peeps marshmallows
  • Graham crackers for dipping

Grab a skillet or empty aluminum pie pan and place the chocolate chips in the bottom in an even layer. Drop spoon fulls of the peanut butter on top of the chips, then cover all of that up with the Peeps! Turn your oven’s broiler to high and place the skillet or pie pan in the oven for 1-2 minutes. Watch it carefully because the marshmallows brown quickly. Take them out when they are golden and the chocolate chips are melting. Let them cool a bit, then enjoy!

This snack is great to take to family Easter gatherings or to a friend’s house for deliciously gooey snacking.

Happy Easter!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/04/chocolate-peanut-butter-peeps-skillet-smores/

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5 Ways to Defeat Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a real struggle.  Sometimes we just can’t find the motivation to get anything done.  I’ve been there, done that, trust me!  It can even happen when I’m…

Writer’s block is a real struggle.  Sometimes we just can’t find the motivation to get anything done.  I’ve been there, done that, trust me!  It can even happen when I’m editing videos, writing articles, or coming up with Instagram captions!  When you’re struggling with writer’s block, here are a few ideas for regaining your motivation.

  • Allow yourself to take a half-hour or an hour break, more often than you think you need. Chelsea Crockett - Writer's Block This way is proved to be one of the most effective!
  • Take a nap.  Power-naps are a real thing.  Taking anywhere between a 30-60-minute nap can give your brain the energy it needs to think.  Sometimes sleeping really is the answer! 
  • If you’re hungry, eat your favorite snack.  I know for me, I love food!  Frustration can often take its toll so eating a light snack can give you a break and a boost.
  • Bring your spirits up.  When I get writer’s block, I often find myself getting frustrated and negative.  Do something that makes you happy!  Whether that be playing with your dog or calling your friend for a few minutes.  Positivity helps!
  • Free write.  Free writing is actually effective!  Sit down, grab a pencil, and write whatever comes to mind.  It may help or it may not, but it’s worth a shot!

I hope these help you next time you’re writing a paper or outlining your speech!

XO – Chels

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St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day is only a couple weeks away, and I don’t know about you but I think it’s such a fun holiday to celebrate!  This year, I’ve looked up…

St. Patrick’s Day is only a couple weeks away, and I don’t know about you but I think it’s such a fun holiday to celebrate!  This year, I’ve looked up different festive recipes and so many of them make the use of Lucky Charms.  They’re so creative and yummy!  Here are a few Lucky Charms snacks and treats that make celebrating St. Patty’s Day ten times better.

  • Lucky Charms Dirt Cake.  Chelsea Crockett - Lucky Charms CupcakeIf you’ve had dirt cake, then you know just how good it is.  All you need to make is vanilla pudding and add food coloring to make it green.  Then, in a large glass bowl, fill in a layer of pudding, whip cream, then lucky charms… and repeat! It looks and tastes great!
  • Lucky Charms Cupcakes.  This recipe is extremely simple!  Just make a fresh batch of cupcakes, ice them, and finish them off with some Lucky Charms like the picture on the right!  You can make different designs out of all the different marshmallows!
  • Green Lucky Charms Pancakes.  When I was little, my mom would always make me a full green breakfast for St. Patrick’s Day.  If you want green pancakes, put food coloring in the batter.  Add some whip cream to the top followed by a sprinkle of Lucky Charms!  They’re perfect for the occasion! 🙂

Which one are you going to try out for yourself?  Feel free to let me know in the comments below! 🙂

XO – Chelsea

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Foods to Eat When You Are Feeling Sick

It’s that time of year again: cold, flu, and low-immune system time. Even people with the healthiest diets can fall victim to sickness. Here are a few foods to help…

It’s that time of year again: cold, flu, and low-immune system time. Even people with the healthiest diets can fall victim to sickness. Here are a few foods to help you recover faster and feel better when you are under the weather.

  1. Liquids: Lots of liquids! You may not feel like eating solid foods, but you need to make sure you are taking in a lot of fluids. Teas like ginger and peppermint tea and ginger ale are great if you have an upset stomach, and hot liquids such as tea with lemon help with a stuffy nose. Green tea with honey also supports your immune system and coats a sore throat.imageservice
  2. Yogurt: Studies have shown that the probiotics in yogurt shorten colds and the flu by almost two days!
  3. Citrus fruits: Oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes contain flavonoids which increase immune system activity.
  4. Protein: Easily digestible proteins like eggs or yogurt are great for your body when you are sick because protein strengthens your body. These two options are also really easy to make so you don’t have to spend much energy on them.
  5. Glutathione: It is a long word, but it is a powerful antioxidant that fights infection. It is found in watermelon, broccoli, collard greens, kale, and cabbage.

Being sick is the worst, so that is why God gave us foods to help us recover and feel better!

XOXO, Chels

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Cupid’s Crunch Popcorn Mix

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  Whether you have a fun date night planned or a night in with the girls, there are so many fun treats and snacks…

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  Whether you have a fun date night planned or a night in with the girls, there are so many fun treats and snacks to make and enjoy!  One of the easiest and most festive recipes that I stumbled upon is called Cupid’s Crunch popcorn mix.  If you want to make a yummy treat for you to enjoy this holiday, I recommend this one! 🙂

First comes first, you’ll need a few ingredients: 2 bags of microwave popcorn, 2 cups of pretzels, 1 ½ cups of M&M’s, a 12-oz. bag of pink Wilton candy melts, and other festive decorations such as sprinkles and heart shaped candies.  Chelsea Crockett - Cupid Crunch Popcorn MixNext comes the fun part!  Follow the instructions and pop the two bags of popcorn.  Pick out any unpopped kernels so you don’t bite into them later on!  Then, take the candy melts and place them in a microwaveable bowl (you may have to do this in shifts!).  Microwave them until all of your candies are melted.  Before pouring in your melted candies, crunch up the pretzels into pieces and pour them into a bowl with the popcorn and M&M’s.  Then, pour in half of your melted candies.  Using a rubber spatula, stir the mixture together and pour it onto a piece of wax paper.  Finish it off by pouring the rest of the melted candies on top!  Sprinkle on any extra heart candies or sprinkles that you have.  Let it sit until it dries then break it up into smaller pieces.  That’s all there is to it!       

How yummy is that?  Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Candy Cane Puppy Chow

The holidays are a great time to snack to your heart’s content. Puppy chow is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I can never put it down once I start!…

The holidays are a great time to snack to your heart’s content. Puppy chow is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I can never put it down once I start! Here is a way to put a Christmas spin on puppy chow. It is so addicting!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups Rice Chex cerealed9f54a3d36b5d361f0d70597c306389
  • 10 ounces vanilla almond bark or melting vanilla white chocolate
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Pour the Chex cereal into a large bowl. Melt the white chocolate or almond bark according to the directions on the package. Pour the melted chocolate over the cereal and stir until it is completely covered. Next, add in the crushed candy canes. Dump the powdered sugar into a Zip Lock bag and then pour the chocolate/candy cane coated cereal into the bag. Seal up the bag, then shake until the cereal is covered by powdered sugar. Pour the puppy chow into a plastic container that has a tight fitting lid. This stuff doesn’t last long, trust me! It will be gone before you know it.  It is great as a little gift if you pour it into a goodie bag and tie a bow on it!

XOXO, Chels

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Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Nutella Hot Chocolate

Is there anything better than a hot cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? I think I found it…Nutella hot chocolate! Imagine the creamy, chocolaty goodness of Nutella…

Is there anything better than a hot cup of hot chocolate on a chilly winter day? I think I found it…Nutella hot chocolate! Imagine the creamy, chocolaty goodness of Nutella in hot liquid form. Mouth = watering. Here is how to make yourself a batch. Excuse me while I do so myself!

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  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 2 tbsp Nutella
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar

This recipe is so easy, even my dogs could make it. Heat the milk in a medium saucepan on medium/high heat until it begins to warm and steam. Add the Nutella, sugar, and cocoa powder, then whisk until it is well combined and dissolved. Simmer it, stir it, then take it off of the heat. Pour yourself a glass, let it cool, and then top with your choice of toppings! My favorite is marshmallows and chocolate chips.

This is a great sleepover food, am I right? Or a great Christmas movie-watching treat.

Eat up 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe by: cafedelites.com

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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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A Few Things To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

On Halloween this year I sat on my porch and handed out candy to a ton of little cuties. Passing out all of that candy got me thinking, I wonder…

On Halloween this year I sat on my porch and handed out candy to a ton of little cuties. Passing out all of that candy got me thinking, I wonder what happens to all of that candy? Surely you can’t eat allll of it. Hello tummy ache! I looked up a few ways to put your leftover Halloween candy to good use.

  1. Freeze it: Freeze your candy to keep it good! Then, throughout the year, you will be able to use the candy in milkshakes, ice cream, and cookie dough!
  2. DIY trail mix: If your Halloween candy included m&m’s or other little candies, make your own trail mix by adding in pretzels, nuts and dried fruit!images-1
  3. In your coffee: Yes, in your coffee! If you have mini chocolate bars, add them to your coffee to make a quick and easy mocha.
  4. Keep some for snacking: Toss a couple of pieces into your purse or backpack for when you need a sugar fix.
  5. Donate it: There are organizations that take donations of candy and give them to those in need or even our troops overseas.

As for Halloween candy, eating it doesn’t have to be the only thing you can do with it!

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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DIY Healthy Pumpkin Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin spice lattes are all the rage this time of year. I mean, it can be 85 degrees outside and girls will still be sipping on them. I love buying…

Pumpkin spice lattes are all the rage this time of year. I mean, it can be 85 degrees outside and girls will still be sipping on them. I love buying pumpkin flavored coffee creamer, but what I don’t love is what I see on the ingredients label. Store bought coffee creamer is packed with preservatives and chemicals, things our bodies do NOT need. Luckily, there is a way to make homemade pumpkin coffee creamer that is non-dairy and guilt-free! Your body AND your taste buds will love this recipe.

Ingredients:desktop-diy_pumpkin_pie_spice_coffee_creamer

  • 2 cups of original almond milk or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp canned or fresh mashed pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

If you want you can substitute the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger for “pumpkin pie spice” store bought spice. Whisk all of the ingredients except the vanilla together in a saucepan over medium/high heat. Heat until it is steaming but not boiling. Whisk in the vanilla and let the mixture cool. Pour it into a jar, shake it, and then store it in the fridge. It is literally that easy to make your own coffee creamer!

I cannot wait to try this, I plan on making my own coffee creamer concoctions more often!

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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