Chelsea Crockett

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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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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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Greek Yogurt Mac ‘N Cheese

Healthy mac ‘n cheese…could there be such a thing? Fortunately for all of my healthy yet mac ‘n cheese loving sistas out there IS such a thing! It is so…

Healthy mac ‘n cheese…could there be such a thing? Fortunately for all of my healthy yet mac ‘n cheese loving sistas out there IS such a thing! It is so creamy, so delicious, and so guilt free! Plus, it takes about 10 minutes to make. Health conscious comfort food? Um YES! Here is how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry elbow or spiral pastagreek-yogurt-mac-n-cheese-11
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice, I prefer plain almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt

In a small pot stir together the cheese, milk, and salt until it is all melted together. Stir in the yogurt and simmer until it is hot. Cook your pasta fully and then stir it into the pot with your cheese and yogurt mixture.

Okay so how easy was that? So easy a caveman could do it. 😉

XOXO, Chels

 

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Study Snacks to Keep you Motivated

Studying requires one very important resource. Two words. Power snack. What else can motivate you to plow through those 4 pages of geometry homework? Whether I am studying or editing,…

Studying requires one very important resource. Two words. Power snack. What else can motivate you to plow through those 4 pages of geometry homework? Whether I am studying or editing, I always need a trusty power snack by my side to keep my brain and body fueled. Here are a few of my favs!

  1. Frozen yogurt blueberries: These bite size treats are perfect because they are easy to pop in your mouth and are totally tasty.study HERE is the recipe!
  2. Toasted pumpkin seeds: Fall = pumpkins. Pumpkins = an abundance of pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc and boost memory, which just miiiiight give you a bit of a test-cramming advantage. 😉 HERE is the recipe.
  3. Veggies and hummus: I have recently rediscovered my love for hummus. I love dipping baby grape tomatoes and carrots in my hummus! This snack is high in protein so it will give you energy for hours.
  4. Banana hotdogs: Take a wheat tortilla, coat it with almond butter, and wrap a banana inside of it! This snack is easy to transport if you need to take it on the go to the library or a friend’s house for a study sesh, plus the bananas pack lots of energy-boosting carbohydrates!

Like I said earlier, is there any better study motivation than tasty snacks? My guess is no. 😉

XOXO, Chels

 

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Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Bites

If you are like me, then you are always on the go during the summer. Just because it is summer vacation doesn’t mean the work stops for me! Because I…

If you are like me, then you are always on the go during the summer. Just because it is summer vacation doesn’t mean the work stops for me! Because I am always running around, I need nutritious, delicious, bite size snacks that are healthy and tasty AND convenient! If you love dark chocolate and trail mix, keep on readin!

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  • 1/4 Cup Trail Mix
  • 3 Tbsp Organic Dark Chocolate Chips

In a bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips in the microwave, making sure they don’t overheat and burn. Microwave them for 20 seconds, then stir, and then microwave them more if they are not completely melted. On some wax paper, spoon out dollops of dark chocolate the size of a quarter. Drop some trail mix into the chocolate and then press it down lightly. Place it in the fridge to help them firm up faster!

These make the best pre/post workout energy bites, road trip munchies, or cute gifts! Dark chocolate has antioxidants that are good for your heart, so these bites not only keep your appetite at bay, but they also help your ticker!

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Clean Eating: What Is It?

I hear the phrase “clean eating” all the time. What exactly IS clean eating? I always knew it had to do with eating healthy and weight loss, but I never…

I hear the phrase “clean eating” all the time. 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.clean-eating-meme
  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 these 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 strive to eat clean, and if you want to live a healthy lifestyle, then you will too!

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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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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Is Eating Too Healthy Dangerous?

We all want to look and feel our best. By working out and eating healthy, most are able to get that body they’ve always wanted.  But did you know that…

We all want to look and feel our best. By working out and eating healthy, most are able to get that body they’ve always wanted.  But did you know that eating too healthy and becoming obsessed with that lifestyle can actually be dangerous?  Orthorexia is an unhealthy obsession with eating healthy and actually affects teens all over!  The first step is recognizing if you have a problem and how to get help.Chelsea Crockett- orthorexia

Our world today values skinny. Unfortunately, this has led many teens down the road to self-destruction.  Eating healthy sounds like a great thing, but once you start obsessing over it and constantly counting calories, that’s when the problem begins.  Many don’t realize that consuming a healthy amount of fats, carbs, and sugars is what helps fuel our bodies.  One bad meal won’t make you fat, just like one good meal won’t make you skinny.  If you find yourself sitting out when your friends get ice cream or skipping out on your own birthday cake, then look into talking to people about your obsession.  There is nothing wrong with eating healthy, until it consumes your life.

The glorification of a perfect body won’t come if you don’t enjoy life with some sweets or a burger every once in a while. Eat healthy, work out, and splurge every so often.  It’s time to live life!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

I love Greek yogurt. It is the best sweet snack ever because it’s packed full of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. Who knew something could be…

I love Greek yogurt. It is the best sweet snack ever because it’s packed full of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. Who knew something could be amazing for you and still TASTE amazing?! If you like cookie dough AND Greek yogurt, then you are going to love this.

Ingredients:cookie-dough-greek-yogurt

– 1 tbsp peanut butter

– 1 tbsp sugar

– 1tbsp chocolate chips

– ¼ tsp vanilla

– 1 vanilla Greek yogurt

All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together! You can even mix them into your cup of yogurt so you can just take your yummy cookie dough yogurt to go. Are YOU going to try this super sweet recipe?

XOXO, Chels

 

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You Are What You Eat!

The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more accurate.  Actually, the food that you eat really does reflect on your physical appearance.  It’s so important to feed your…

The saying “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more accurate.  Actually, the food that you eat really does reflect on your physical appearance.  It’s so important to feed your body the nutrients it needs to stay active and healthy!

Any type of junk food or fast food will really take a toll on your body.  The amount of fat in these types of food can cause excessive weight gain and eventually obesity.  It attributes to lower energy and performance levels in school and athletics.  It can also weaken the immune system, causing you to get sick more times throughout the year.  This will automatically make your body feel weaker.  When you eat bad food, your skin does not get the proper nutrients it needs.  Your skin will look dull and flat.  It will not have the same glowing appearance as it would if you ate Chelsea Crockett- no fast foodhealthier.

If you have bad eating habits, start by swapping one bad meal a day for a healthy one.  This will be hard at first, but eventually you will start to swap out other meals!  Once you get in the routine of eating healthy, you will start to notice a raise in your performance levels, glowing skin, and a skinnier body.  It’s a win-win situation!

I challenge all of you to try and eat healthier this summer.  You can do it!!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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