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Spruce Up Your Water

Do you ever just get tired of the taste of water? Water is SO important to stay healthy, but sometimes the taste is just so boring that you just don’t…

Do you ever just get tired of the taste of water? Water is SO important to stay healthy, but sometimes the taste is just so boring that you just don’t drink enough. Now when it comes to a tall glass of Root Beer, I can down a glass of that in a jiffy! Here are some ways to mask the bland taste of water so you want to drink more!

The first way to mask the taste of water is to put lemon or lime in your water. Not only is this 0 calories, it is also super good for you! Drinking cold lemon water can help speed up your metabolism and also helps balance out your stomach acid! As for me, I like to put a squirt of lime juice in my ice water every once in a while, it is so refreshing and almost tropical!

The next way to spruce up your water, if you have a sweet tooth, is to add fresh fruit to it! Add strawberries, watermelon, whatever fruit you want, and let it sit in a pitcher of water in the fridge overnight.

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In the morning, pour yourself a tall glass of sweet, fruity goodness! You can pour this refreshing concoction into a water bottle and take it with you wherever you go. It will help reduce your food cravings and keep you hydrated at the same time!

 

Hopefully these suggestions help you drink more H2O!

XOXO, Chels

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites!

Craving something sweet and salty? These pretzel bites will put a pep in your step! All you need is:  -1 cup creamy peanut butter -2 tablespoons softened butter -1/2 cup…

Craving something sweet and salty? These pretzel bites will put a pep in your step! All you need is:

 -1 cup creamy peanut butter

-2 tablespoons softened butter
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-3/4 cup brown sugar
-Pretzels
-1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

 1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set it aside.

2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat peanut butter and butter until it is all mixed together. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add the sugars, and beat until combined. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls without it sticking to your hands. If you need to, add more powdered sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll.
chelsea crockett pretzels3. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 teaspoon of mixture for each ball, and place on the baking sheet. Sandwich the balls between two pretzels and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

4. After they have frozen, melt your chocolate chips in a sauce pan and dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate. Place these in your refrigerator to cool. Store them in the refrigerator, also, because they taste better cold!

 

You can take these to parties, or just make them for yourself if you are craving something sweet!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Summer Kick-Off Party Ideas

It’s that time of the year again! Time to celebrate the best three months of the year. What’s better to do just that than a summer kick-off party? Not just…

It’s that time of the year again! Time to celebrate the best three months of the year. What’s better to do just that than a summer kick-off party? Not just any party, but one that people will remember! This is where you get to show your creative side and can come up with an awesome theme for you and your guests! Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • Obviously if you have a pool, Chelsea Crockett - Glow Sticksthat gives you plenty enough to entertain your guests with! But instead of just your average pool party, buy a ton of glow sticks and spread them throughout your pool! It will be super cool and unique. Also, have your guests wear glow sticks and bright colors. There are many other things to make your party “glow,” just think outside the box!
  • One of the first things I think of when I hear the word summer is the smell of a delicious backyard barbeque. Hosting a backyard BBQ is perfect for a small get together. If you have a mom or dad that’s good on the grill, ask them to be the cook for the night! Your friends will have a blast :)!
  • In honor of the warm weather and hot sun, throw a beach/luau themed party! Everyone can come dressed with leis, swimsuits, and other fun accessories! Start a bonfire, put on some music, and sit back and relax. Your guests will love the simple theme that reminds them of being on the beach! What’s more summer than that?

Send me pictures of your summer festivities and let me know of any other fun ideas you come up with in the comment section below!  -Chelsea

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Superfoods

Have you ever heard of a superfood? A superfood is a food high in nutrients and low in saturated fats and additives. They are super for you! If you want…

RaspberriesHave you ever heard of a superfood? A superfood is a food high in nutrients and low in saturated fats and additives. They are super for you! If you want to kick start a healthy new year, then reach for these superfoods:

  1. Almond Milk: I talked about this product in my fitness video! Almond milk is low in calories and is heart healthy. It is also a lower calorie alternative to regular cow’s milk, and it tasted awesome!
  2. Spinach: This food is super high in nutrients but also super low in calories. It can also help prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases! A spinach salad sounds super yummy right about now!
  3. Raspberries: These red babies are high in ellagic acid which helps fight cancer and inflammation! I love raspberries.

If you are looking for a super snack, reach for a superfood! Your body will thank you!

XOXO, Chels

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Calling All Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers!

            Hey everyone!                 Christmas is right around the corner and we all love a good Christmas cookie!  Here are two peanut butter and chocolate cookie recipes that are quick…

            Hey everyone!    

            Christmas is right around the corner and we all love a good Christmas cookie!  Here are two peanut butter and chocolate cookie recipes that are quick and delicious!  The first recipe is for Peanut Butter Blossoms:Chelsea Crockett - Peanut Butter Blossoms

Ingredients
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Additional granulated sugar (about 2 tablespoons)
About 7 dozen Hershey’s® Kisses® Brand milk chocolates
Directions
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate candy in center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

            The next recipe is for Chocolate Chip cookies with a half of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.  This recipe is super easy and everyone will think you went to a lot of work!  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 package of Toll House cookie squares
1 bag of small Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (cut in half)
1 package of paper cupcake holders
Directions
Line a cupcake pan with liners. Place one square of cookies dough in the liner and bake about 8 minutes. Then add half a peanut butter cup to the middle of each cookie and bake for approximately 3 more minutes.  Remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool.

                                                Bon Appetite! – Chelsea

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Foods That Whiten Your Teeth!

Did you know that you can whiten your teeth just by eating certain foods? I couldn’t believe it! Let me tell you which foods can help give you bright pearly…

Did you know that you can whiten your teeth just by eating certain foods? I couldn’t believe it! Let me tell you which foods can help give you bright pearly whites!

1.  Apples: The best way to whiten teeth with apples is to eat one a day and brush right after you eat it. If it is not possible to brush, make sure to rinse with water right away. Apples naturally work away at the plaque and build up on your teeth and 

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whiten them over time.

3. Lemon Peels:  Use lemon or orange peels to whiten your teeth. All you have to do is rub the peel over all your teeth and give your mouth a good rinse.

2. Strawberries: If you are looking for a quick whitening session, mash 4-5 strawberries in a bowl. Then apply the mixture to your teeth and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it has soaked in, give your mouth a nice good rinse to remove the berries. This option is great if you are looking to whiten teeth fast!

 

 Who knew it was this easy to whiten your teeth? Now YOU do!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Blueberry Lemonade

How incredibly refreshing does blueberry mint lemonade sound? I say it sounds crazy good. To me, there is nothing more refreshing than a tall glass of lemonade. Here is the…

How incredibly refreshing does blueberry mint lemonade sound? I say it sounds crazy good. To me, there is nothing more refreshing than a tall glass of lemonade. Here is the recipe for this dapper drink!chelsea crockett blueberry lemonade

Ingredients:

–          1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

–          ¾ cup superfine sugar

–          4 cups water

–          1 cup fresh blueberries

–          1/3 cup fresh mint

Juice your lemons into a large pitcher. Add your sugar and water, and then stir to dissolve. Add the blueberries and mint, then let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight before you serve. The longer you let the mixture stand, the more the flavors will mingle. I personally have a pitcher of this stuff sitting in my fridge right now! You can bet your bottom dollar it will all be gone in a jiff!

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins!!

Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins.  Need I say more? 95 calories and more protein than fat? How perfect can muffins get? Stay tuned for the oh-so-yummy recipe!                       Ingredients: 1 3/4…

Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins.  Need I say more? 95 calories and more protein than fat? How perfect can muffins get? Stay tuned for the oh-so-yummy recipe!

                     

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup

Oats

3

Egg whites

3/4 cup

Unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup

Unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp

Vanilla extract

1/2 cup

Plain greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)

1/2 tsp

Cream of tartar (or 2 tsp. vinegar)

1 1/2 tsp

Baking powder

1 1/2 tsp

Baking soda

1/4 tsp

Salt

1 cup

Hot water

1/2 cup

Baking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar1

1/2 cup

Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Tip

Foil cupcake liners, remove the inner paper lining (because paper liners tend to stick to muffins!)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a blender, mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.

3. Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans.

4. Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

5.Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool muffins before removing from pan. ENJOY! 

XOXO, Chels

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Fruit Salsa!

Want to know an amazing way to ring in spring? By making a nice big batch of fruit salsa! Fruit salsa is a super yummy mix of fruit and sweet…

Want to know an amazing way to ring in spring? By making a nice big batch of fruit salsa! Fruit salsa is a super yummy mix of fruit and sweet goodness that is uber addicting! I could eat the whole batch on my own. No joke. Here is how to make my world famous fruit salsa!

Ingredients:

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  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 1/2 pound of raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons preserves (I used strawberry!)
  1. Zest the lemon and set aside. Peel your apple and then finely chop it. Squeexe 2 teaspoons of lemon juice over the apples and mix well to combine it all.
  2. Finely chop your strawberries and kiwis. Gently combine all of your ingredients, and don’t be afraid if your raspberries start to break apart, it is natural! Chill your mixture and serve it with cinnamon tortilla chips!

Words cannot describe how good this stuff is. It is the best after school snack ever!

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

 

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100 Calorie Snacks!

Do you all ever get a serious case of the munchies? I do! ALL THE TIME. Here are some super yummy, super low cal snacks that you can feel good…

Do you all ever get a serious case of the munchies? I do! ALL THE TIME. Here are some super yummy, super low cal snacks that you can feel good about reaching for!

 

-1 tangerine and 1 light string cheese: This only has 90 calories and has 6 grams of protein! I don’t know about you all, but I love me some string cheese.

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-1 low-calorie yogurt and ½ cup raspberries: This also only has 90 calories and can totally blast away that craving for sweets! Next time your sweet tooth tries to tempt you into scarfing down something that your body will NOT thank you for, reach for this!

-½ cup Kashi GoLean! Crunch Cereal and ¾ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk: this only has 100 calories and a whopping 7.5 grams of protein! You can use skim milk if you want, but I chose almond milk.

-1 100 calorie bag of Blue Diamond Almonds: Almonds are the best nut out there! They are better for you than peanuts, and they are a great source of the good fats that are essential for your body to function! 

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-100 calorie bag of organic popcorn: Who doesn’t love popcorn? I know I eat it by the handful! I was so excited to find that popcorn was on the list of healthy snacks! Eat up, Insiders!

 

Next time your tummy is rumbling, reach for one of these tasty, nutritious snacks!

XOXO, Chels

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DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

I am a huge Starbucks fan, if you didn’t already know. The only problem with my addiction is that is a costly one! A Passion Tea Lemonade at Starbucks can…

I am a huge Starbucks fan, if you didn’t already know. The only problem with my addiction is that is a costly one! A Passion Tea Lemonade at Starbucks can run you about 4$, which definitely adds up! I found a way to replicate the recipe so that I can save myself some moolah! Here it is:

-Tazo Passion Teashaken-tea

-Lemonade

-Simple Syrup

Boil 13 cups of water. Open your tea box, cut the strings off of the bags, and  plop the bags into your container. When your water comes to a boil, pour it over the tea bags and let it steep 7-10 minutes. Set the pitcher in the fridge and let it cool and leave it overnight. After that long, the tea should be cool enough to start mixing! Grab your cup and fill it ½ way with the tea, and then add lemonade until the cup is ¾ full. Add about 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and give it a good mix. Throw in your ice and you are good to go!

Enjoy, ladies!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Healthy Chip Alternatives

Summer is all about staying fit and eating right.  This is a hard thing to do when your pantry is filled with lots of salty snacks!  What you might not…

Summer is all about staying fit and eating right.  This is a hard thing to do when your pantry is filled with lots of salty snacks!  What you might not know is that there are many healthy alternatives to substitute for chips and other treats that taste just as good and benefit your body!

Chelsea Crockett - Sweet Potato Chips  Although chips are very delicious, they definitely aren’t the best thing for you.  Instead of potato chips, try sweet potato chips.  They are a high source of vitamin A and are much better for you than potato chips.  Along with their reduced fat, they are surprisingly very tasty! Another route to go would be rice cakes.  They contain less fat and less calories.

Most people find popcorn as a fattening and unhealthy snack.  But it’s not the popcorn that’s full of calories, it’s the toppings.  Toppings such as salt, butter, or cheese are full of fat and sodium.  As long as you stick with just the popcorn, or at least a small amount of toppings, it’s pretty much an all-around healthy snack.

Now anyone could have guessed these, fruits and vegetables.  Although they’re very different from chips, everyone needs their daily dose of nutrients and vitamins.  These are, of course, some of the healthiest foods you could eat.  Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

-Chelsea

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Tomato Tulips!

Is your family hosting Easter this year? If you are, or if you are in charge of bringing food, then I have a great appetizer that is sure to impress…

Is your family hosting Easter this year? If you are, or if you are in charge of bringing food, then I have a great appetizer that is sure to impress the fam! Introducing, tomato tulips! These adorable appetizers will have your guests oohing and ahhing! Here is how you make them:

Ingredients:

-Your favorite chicken or potato saladtulip-tomatoes

– Oval tomatoes

Instructions:

  1. Cut a cross in the top of the tomatoes, but not all the way to the bottom of the tomatoes. Take the flesh out of the tomatoes.
  2. Stuff the tomato tulips with your potato salad or chicken salad. Use green onions for the stems of your tulips and tie a bow around the stems to make it really look like a bouquet of tulips!

This recipe is not only super quick and easy, but it is also good for you! Your guests will be so impressed with your edible bouquet, they will be asking for your recipe all night! You can tell them you got it from your BFF Chelsea. 😉

Happy spring!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Homemade Ice Cream

Along with warm weather and hours of sunshine, summer brings along an endless amount of yummy, seasonal treats!  Although you can eat it year-round, ice cream tastes best when you’re by…

Along with warm weather and hours of sunshine, summer brings along an endless amount of yummy, seasonal treats!  Although you can eat it year-round, ice cream tastes best when you’re by the pool or at a carnival.  Summer is also a time to show your creative side and try new things.  So why not try whipping up your own batch of ice cream?Chelsea Crockett - Ice Cream

          Homemade ice cream is pretty simple to make.  Plus, it provides an activity for you and your friends to do at home!  To make this happen, you’ll need 1 cup of milk, a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 4-6 tablespoons of rock salt, 2 trays of ice cubes, a small amount of butter, and 5 teaspoons of flavored syrup.  If you prefer chocolate ice cream, then add one tablespoon of cocoa powder.  To start off, take a quart-sized plastic bag and pour in the sugar, flavoring, and milk.  Then you’ll need your rock salt and ice, preferably crushed.  Put these into a gallon-sized bag and place your quart-sized bag into this one.  For fifteen to twenty minutes, gently shake and message the bag.  After this, remove the ice cream and enjoy!

                                                                                        -Chelsea

 

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Eat Your Way Towards Healthy Skin

 Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is part of healthy lifestyle that everyone strives to have.  Not only does it help your immune system, manage your weight, and increase your years…

 Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is part of healthy lifestyle that everyone strives to have.  Not only does it help your immune system, manage your weight, and increase your years of living, but it can actually treat acne as well.  Who would’ve known?!  Below are some foods to start incorporating in your diet if you struggle with acne like I do.  So eat up and enjoy clearer skin. 🙂 Chelsea Crockett- blueberries

  • Cucumbers:  This veggie is high in water content, which helps flush away toxins from your pores.  It also has a “cooling” effect, which can calm down inflammation caused by acne.
  • Oysters: If you’re a sea food lover, then start loading up on oysters.  They are full of zinc, which is crucial in killing acne.  It also absorbs vitamin A, which it vital for the health of our skin.
  • Yogurt and blueberries: This wonder food packs on the probiotics, which can actually prevent bad bacteria from forming. 
  • Dark chocolate: Indulging in dark chocolate can actually cure your skin!  It’s full of antioxidants that can help shield your skin from harmful radiation.
  • Water: This is probably the most powerful acne fighter.  It keeps your body and skin hydrated, flushing out bad toxins that could get stuck in your pores. 

Who would’ve thought that incorporating a few of these tasty foods in your diet each day could actually get rid of acne?!  I know I’d rather eat food than take medicine!  I hope this helped you on your journey to clearer skin!! 

Good luck!

            Chelsea

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Top 10 Foods You Should Eat Daily!

Ever heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? That may be true, but this next list of foods is sure to keep you out of the…

Ever heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? That may be true, but this next list of foods is sure to keep you out of the dreaded doctor’s office longer than one measly apple! Here is a list of the top 10 healthy foods you should eat every day.

 1. Green tea. If you haven’t heard already, green tea has crazy good cancer fighting properties. It is also rich in antioxidants and can help boost your metabolism as well as help you maintain a healthy weight!

2. Oranges. Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, antioxidants, folic acid, and anticancer compounds!

3. Dark Chocolate. HOORAY! Chocolate made the list! Studies have shown that dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and is an all-natural mood booster!

4. Yogurt. Yogurt boosts your immune system and provides protection against cancer. It also prevents nausea and bloating!

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5. Tomatoes. When cooked, they provide protection against cancer. They protect you against stomach, lung, skin and bladder cancer as well as heart disease.

6. Eggs. Eggs provide vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and protein. They help burn fat, build muscles, and fight obesity!

7. Walnuts. These wonder nuts contain muscle building protein and prevent heart disease!

8. Apples. Like I said in the intro, an apple a day can keep the doctor away! Apples also reduce your risk of heart disease.

9. Cinnamon. Cinnamon is one of the most powerful healing spices. Cool, right? It can improve blood sugar control for people with diabetes.

10. Olive oil. Olive oil also protects you against heart diseases. It also controls bad cholesterol levels in your body while increasing the level of good cholesterol. It is also a 5 star source of antioxidants.

 

If you Insiders eat these foods daily, you will be the healthiest divas around!

XOXO, Chels

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