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Fruit and Yogurt Bark

Cool treats are always a welcome sight in my neck of the woods. Any kind of snack that is healthy, delicious, and can cool me down gets an A+ in…

Cool treats are always a welcome sight in my neck of the woods. Any kind of snack that is healthy, delicious, and can cool me down gets an A+ in my book! That is exactly what this next recipe entails. It is super easy to make and is a great chilly treat to both nourish and cool down your body.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey12c6d9a83053071b3c31d84670e5d213
  • 1 tbsp cranberries
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 5 fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • Assorted nuts (optional)

 

Mix the yogurt and honey together until they are well combined. Add the cranberries and raisins and stir again. Line a baking sheet with foil and pour the yogurt mixture on top. Spread it so it is about ½ inch thick. Sprinkle the strawberries, chocolate chips, nuts, and any other additional toppings on top and place in the freezer for 1 hour or until it is completely frozen. Remove from the freezer and use a knife to break the bark into pieces. Store it in the freezer in a plastic container or a freezer bag.

Next time your sweet tooth gives you a nudge, reach for one of these sweet, cool treats! They are a great healthy alternative to a candy bar or cookie. 😉

XOXO, Chels

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Patriotic Fruit for the Fourth of July

For our family, the Fourth of July means a BBQ picnic to celebrate our country with friends and family.  And a good old fashioned picnic means some yummy food!  This…

For our family, the Fourth of July means a BBQ picnic to celebrate our country with friends and family.  And a good old fashioned picnic means some yummy food!  This year, however, I’d like to keep the calories low instead of tons of tempting sweets and desserts.  It is swimsuit season :).  I’ve found some delicious treats that mainly involve red, white, and blue fruits, which means low calories are present!Chelsea Crockett - Patriotic Fruit

You really don’t need a recipe for most of these fruit snacks.  You just have to reenact some of the following pictures and voila, you have a USA fruit display.  It’s so simple to put some yogurt in a glass bowl.  Then add a thick layer of blueberries and top that with some watermelon cut into stars. You can easily use a star cookie cutter to do so!  How easy is that?

You can also make the USA flag with blueberries in the corner and rows of raspberries, white cheese cubes, and strawberries placed in order to represent the stripes.  If you need to add some sweetness, place a couple bowls of melted white chocolate and milk chocolate on the side of the dish.  Guests can dip the fresh fruit into the chocolate if they’d like.  Let me know your healthy ways to celebrate this July!

XOXO, Chels

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Homemade Watermelon Fruit Snacks

When you were little did you devour fruit roll ups in 2.5 seconds like I did? Those were the glory days, when you didn’t have to worry about how much…

When you were little did you devour fruit roll ups in 2.5 seconds like I did? Those were the glory days, when you didn’t have to worry about how much sugar and terrible ingredients were in those sweet rolls of tangy goodness. Well, now I know how to make my very own fruit roll ups from actual fruit that I don’t feel bad about devouring!download (1)

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of cubed watermelon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

Line two baking sheets with silicone baking sheets or parchment paper and preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Puree the watermelon and drain the juice as much as you can. Press the juice out with paper towels or anything that works to get the juice out. Combine the drained watermelon with the sugar and blend it together to make a smooth mixture. Divide the watermelon puree between the 2 pans and spread it in an even layer. Bake it for 3 hours, rotating the pans 180 degrees and swapping rack levels every hour. Transfer the cooked fruit rolls onto cutting boards so you can cut them like you want, and then store them in an air tight container!

These snacks are the perfect sweet on-the, chewey treat!

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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Mango Pancakes

Mango pancakes? This phrase combines two of my favorite foods in the world! Start off your day right by making these sweet treats for breakfast. Ingredients: 3 mangos 4 tbsp…

Mango pancakes? This phrase combines two of my favorite foods in the world! Start off your day right by making these sweet treats for breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 3 mangosdownload (2)
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 300 ml thickened cream

For the pancakes:

  • 6 eggs
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil

For the pancake batter, whisk the eggs and sugar together and then add the milk in. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and salt and then whisk it into the egg and milk mixture gradually. Add in the vanilla and oil, then stir. Remove any lumps from the mixture and allow it to stand for 30 minutes at room temp. It will be watery. Make your pancakes in whatever pan you usually use, and then cover them with plastic wrap and store them in the fridge.

Whip the cream and the powdered sugar until it is firm. Peel the mangos, and then slice them thick. Spoon some cream onto the top of the pancakes and then top them with two slices of mango. Cover the mango with a bit more cream and then roll the pancake up. Let them chill in the fridge for a few minutes and then gobble them up!

Wow, my tummy is rumbling just typing this recipe! Do you think they sound yummy?

 

XOXO, Chels

 

 

 

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Bananas for Bananas!

As you all know, I am bananas for bananas. One reason I am so crazy about them is because they are so incredibly good for you. Just HOW nutritious are…

As you all know, I am bananas for bananas. One reason I am so crazy about them is because they are so incredibly good for you. Just HOW nutritious are they”? Stick around to find out.

Here are 10 reasons you should stop what you are doing and eat a banana:IMG_2247

  1. Bananas help battle depression because of their high levels or tryptophan. The tryptophan is then converted to serotonin which is a happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  2. They help protect against mid-workout muscle cramps and nighttime leg cramps.
  3. PMS-ing? Do yourself a favor and eat a banana. It will help improve your mood and reduce your symptoms.
  4. Got heartburn? Bananas are a natural antacid.
  5. They help you control your blood sugar and prevent you from snacking in between each meal!
  6. Bananas are rich in pectin which means they can help detox toxins and heavy metals from the body!
  7. They are a great probiotic.
  8. Remove a wart by placing the inside of the peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  9. Bananas make you smarter by making you more alert while learning! Eat a banana before your next exam.
  10. Rub banana peel on bug bites or hives to relieve itching!

Now you know why I am bananas for bananas!

XOXO, Chels

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Pineapple Whip Frozen Treat

If you have ever been to Disneyland and had a meal there, then you have probably dined on their delicious pineapple whip! If not, I’ll explain this delicacy to you….

If you have ever been to Disneyland and had a meal there, then you have probably dined on their delicious pineapple whip! If not, I’ll explain this delicacy to you. Pineapple whip is a dessert that has the same consistency as ice cream! The pineapple whip that is sold in stores and served at Disney is packed with fillers and artificial flavors, which are things we really like to avoid, so I learned how to make it on my own, and make a healthy version! This yummy treat can be served at any summer party or get-together, or even just as a sweet treat after dinner!

Ingredients:img-2250010-1-dole-whip1

–       1 fresh pineapple, cut into pieces

–       1 cup almond milk

–       1 tablespoon honey

Freeze your pineapple chunks a day ahead. Full your blender or food processor with the pineapple, and then add your almond milk and honey. Blend the mixture until your pineapple is now at an ice cream like consistency. Your pineapple whip is now ready to serve, and because it only has 3 healthy ingredients it is totally guilt free!

Enjoy this sweet, cool treat!

XOXO, Chels

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Banana Split Bites

Who doesn’t love a banana split? I sure do, but I don’t love the calories that come with it. What if I told you that there was a way to…

Who doesn’t love a banana split? I sure do, but I don’t love the calories that come with it. What if I told you that there was a way to get all of the great taste to a banana split, but with only a fraction of the calories? I introduce to you, banana split bites!

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–       24 pieces of pineapple

–       2 bananas sliced into 24 slices

–       1 cup of dark chocolate chips

–       2 tsp coconut oil

–       12 strawberries sliced in half

Grab a cookie sheet and layer the pineapple slices on it. Then layer the bananas on top of the pineapple, then the strawberries. Stick a tooth pick through the layers of fruit and then stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. While they are in the freezer, melt your chocolate chips with your coconut oil on the stove. Dip your fruit into the chocolate and lay them on top of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Stick them in the freezer to cool the chocolate.

Now go enjoy your banana split bites!!

XOXO, Chels

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Apple Beauty Remedies!

It’s apple picking time here in the Midwest.  I love to go out with my family to the local orchards, get on a wagon, and pick some apples!  Believe it…

It’s apple picking time here in the Midwest.  I love to go out with my family to the local orchards, get on a wagon, and pick some apples!  Believe it or not, apples aren’t just for eating.  There are actually quite a few beauty remedies that apples can be used for. Since they’re in season, I’d thought it would be fun to share a few ideas with you. Chelsea Crockett - Apples

Apples are a natural beauty product.  They can work wonders on your complexion by treating acne.  One easy mask to make is an apple and honey mask.  You can make this by grating half an apple and mixing it with four teaspoons of honey.  Then, apply it to affected acne skin, leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.  This should leave a natural glow and radiance to your skin!  It can also be used to prevent pimples and other imperfections!

Apples can also be used as a natural facial cleanser.  The natural acid helps to remove excess oil from the skin and leave an instant shine and glow to the face.  An apple, milk, and honey cleanser can be made by measuring one tablespoon of fresh apple juice, two tablespoons of milk, and one teaspoon of honey.  Mix these ingredients together thoroughly and apply to your face and neck.  Massage for two minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

Your skin will be soft and glowing! If you have any apple beauty remedies, please be sure to share below :)!

Enjoy, Chels

 

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Fruity Breakfast Parfaits!

Some days, I like to get into a health kick… and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, what better way to start it off with a…

Some days, I like to get into a health kick… and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, what better way to start it off with a good, nutritious breakfast? I recently found a simple little meal that provides both vitamins and a delicious tasteJ! It also doesn’t take up a lot of time in the mornings and is perfect if you are on the go!

If you’re a fruit lover, then you will LOVE these breakfast parfaits. You can make them almost any way you want! First, you need to pick out ingredients that you or your family likes best. For example, I love bananas so that would definitely be one of my first choices! The list you need is short and simple: yogurt, granola, and whatever fruit you prefer. I suggest buying around three different types of fruit and yogurt to mix it up a little!Chelsea Crockett - Breakfast Parfait

Grab a couple of small glasses and fill it half way with whatever kind of yogurt you prefer. Then top it with some granola and the fruit to go with it! Take the one on the right for example. This person put vanilla yogurt, granola, some berries on top! It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it!

So next time you wake up craving something delicious and nutritious, try whipping up your own fruity breakfast parfait, whatever way you like it!

Love, Chels

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Healthy Food Swaps!

Eating healthy can be tough, especially when you’re not used to it!  The easiest way to ease yourself into a healthy diet is to make a few simple changes here…

Eating healthy can be tough, especially when you’re not used to it!  The easiest way to ease yourself into a healthy diet is to make a few simple changes here and there.  By swapping out a few bad choices for good choices, you will start to notice yourself eating healthier and healthier day by day.

  1. Many people don’t realize how much sugar is in juice. Can you believe there are 24 grams of sugar in one cup of orange juice?! Instead of having your morning juice, have a fresh orange for breakfast. You will cut down on the sugar and gain some fiber!  Chelsea Crockett- sugar in juice
  2. Bagels are packed full of carbs and sugar and can be extremely filling. Try an English muffin instead of a bagel. This can even be used as bread for a sandwich!
  3. If you love chips and can’t give them up, then buy baked chips! Normal chips are fried in oil high in fat. Baked chips are more natural!
  4. Instead of ordering an appetizer at dinner, opt for a side salad instead. Try to order a clear dressing such as Italian, instead of a creamy dressing like Ranch.
  5. No more soda! Try sparkling water!
  6. If you love sweets, then try dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which contributes to multiple health benefits!

Eating healthy isn’t hard; it just takes some will power and a good grocery list!

Love you all!

Chelsea

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Time to Cool Off!

I live in the Midwest, AKA the hottest, most humid place in the world!  It’s important that I stay cool during these crazy hot summer months.  It can become tricky…

I live in the Midwest, AKA the hottest, most humid place in the world!  It’s important that I stay cool during these crazy hot summer months.  It can become tricky once the thermometer hits 100 degrees, but nevertheless, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve!  Check out a few easy ways to cool off this summer!

  • Fruit is the perfect summer snack! Try freezing fruits like grapes and pineapple before taking them out with you in the sun. Each bite will be icy and help cool you off!Chelsea Crockett- frozen grapes
  • If you tend to get hot at night, try throwing your pillow case in the freezer for an hour or two before going to bed. This will help you beat the summer night sweats!
  • DRINK LOTS OF WATER!
  • If you’re laying out, but don’t have a pool, bring a spray bottle outside with you! Fill the bottle with water and ice and spray it on your body for a quick cool down when the sun gets too hot!
  • Grab an ice cream cone or sno-cone with a group of friends!
  • Large amounts of blood flow through the neck which can be heated up. Try throwing a cold towel around your neck for a quick cool down.
  • Instead of taking your car to the car wash, wash it yourself outside! There’s nothing wrong with running through the hose to keep yourself cooled off as well!

Be sure to stay hydrated this summer!

-Chelsea

 

 

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Strawberry-Orange Sorbet

How does strawberry-orange sorbet sound? Sounds like a summer treat, am I right? Well, I thought I would give you the recipe to this sweet treat in hopes that it…

How does strawberry-orange sorbet sound? Sounds like a summer treat, am I right? Well, I thought I would give you the recipe to this sweet treat in hopes that it would get you excited for warmer weather! Check it out!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced images
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice plus the zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar

In a sauce pan, add the sugar, orange juice and water and bring it to a boil. Let the mixture boil until sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes).  Add the strawberries and the orange zest and let the mixture boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Using a blender, puree the mixture and then pass the it through a fine mesh strainer. Let it come to room temperature and place in the refrigerator to chill. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to freeze it. Voila! You have a tasty treat to put you in the mood for spring.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Tropical Summer Drinks

Imagine lying by the pool with a drink in your hand and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the rocks.  Sounds nice, huh?  Well just because you might not…

Imagine lying by the pool with a drink in your hand and the sound of ocean waves crashing against the rocks.  Sounds nice, huh?  Well just because you might not have a beach, doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re on one!  Try whipping up a few of these fruity concoctions to get your summer going, virgin of course.

Grenadine syrup, a red tinted sweetener, and plenty of flavored juices are essential for the perfect drink!  If you love Fruit Loops, then I’ve got the perfect drink for you!  Mix together 3 ounces of pineapple juice, 2 ounces of orange juice, and one ounce of cranberry juice.  Throw in ½ ounce of grenadine syrup to the mix.  Last, drop in a few cherries and some ice cubes and you’ve got yourself the perfect fruity drink!

If icy drinks are more your style, try a strawberry daiquiri-pina colada mix!  You’ll need to blend each drink separately for starters.  Begin by blending together 1 cup of pineapple chunks, ¼ cup ofChelsea Crockett- pina colada strawberry daiquiri ice, 1 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice, and 1 cup of coconut milk.  In a separate blender (or you can pour the colada mix into a separate cup and clean your blender) blend together 1 cup of strawberries, ¼ cup of ice, ¾ cup of lemon-lime soda, ¼ cup of sugar, and one tbsp. of lemon juice.  Once finished, swirl the drinks together for a twist on two classic recipes!

I hope you enjoy these drinks as much as I did.  While you’re enjoying them, close your eyes and imagine the beach!  Happy summer Insiders!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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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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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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