Chelsea Crockett

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Flat Ab Foods

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe…

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe it or not. As my high school PE teacher would say, “Abs are made in the kitchen!” And it is true! The food you eat has a huge impact on your body and your weight loss. Here are a few foods that help you in your journey to flat abs.

  1. Eggs: They are the perfect protein source! They have a great balance of essential amino acids that help build muscle, plus if you eat one for breakfast, you are less hungry as the day goes on! Less hungry = less snacking = less calories consumed!
  2. Apples: Apples are 85% water, which helps you feel full, and have 5 grams of fiber! This makes them an awesome midnight/midday snack! Plus, apples help promote healthy lungs and prevent some cancers, so an apple a day DOES keep the doctor away.
  3. Leafy greens: Leafy greens are things like kale, spinach, and broccoli! They are a great source of calcium which helps fuel your workouts, and help prevent cancer! Plus, they make great salads. 😉

Munch away!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Healthy Snacking Zucchini Chips Recipe

I am not a huge “New Year’s Resolution” kind of girl, I prefer to just make goals. One of my goals this year is to eat healthier, so I have…

I am not a huge “New Year’s Resolution” kind of girl, I prefer to just make goals. One of my goals this year is to eat healthier, so I have been looking for healthy recipes and healthy snack alternatives to help me reach my goal. That is when I came across the recipe for zucchini chips! They are low carb, low fat, salt-and-pepper-baked-zucchini-chips-700x980and are only 40 calories per serving! Count me IN. Here is how to easily make your own.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice your zucchini in thin slices and lay the slices on paper towels. Pat the moisture from the zucchini so that it will cook faster, then add them to a large bowl. Pour your olive oil into the bowl and mix the slices with the oil so that they are all evenly coated. Next, lay the slices out on the baking sheet and sprinkle salt over them. Make sure not to over-salt them! Bake the chips for 2 hours or until they start to turn brown and aren’t soggy any more. Take them out of the oven, let them cool, and then store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Trust me, they won’t last that long, they are just too good!

What is your favorite healthy snack?

XOXO, Chels

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5 Foods To Help You Sleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Instead of taking sleeping pills that are not good for your health in the long run, why not try a natural solution? If you…

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Instead of taking sleeping pills that are not good for your health in the long run, why not try a natural solution? If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, I have a better solution. Eat! Try eating any of the following five foods the next time you want to catch some quality ZZZzzz’s.

  1. Honey: Add some honey to warm herbal tea and sip on it a few hours before you plan on hopping in bed. The little bit of glucose found in honey lowers levels or orexin, which is a neurotransmitter that raises your level of alertness.
  2. Whole grains: If you are feeling awake at bedtime, grab some whole grain toast. Whole grains encourage the production of insulin, which helps get a natural sedative to your brain.54ff28585ff9b-rby-foods-awake-sleep-oatmeal-istock-de
  3. Bananas: Instead of a sleeping pill, grab a banana instead. These yummy yellow fruits are high in potassium, which is essential to having a deep night’s sleep. Bananas also contain tryptophan and magnesium, which makes them nature’s perfect sedative.
  4. Nuts: Grab a handful of nuts before bed to help boost serotonin levels in your brain, and to also give your body a healthy dose of magnesium and tryptophan .
  5. Oats: Melatonin, which is a hormone that helps controls your body’s sleep and wake cycle, is found naturally in oats. Have a small bowl of oatmeal before bed if you need help snoozing.

Eating my way to sleep sounds like a good plan to me. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

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Foods to Avoid if You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There…

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So, if you want to shed a few pesky pounds or keep your weight where it is, avoid THESE foods!

  1. Frosting: I know I know, it is just SO GOOD! But, it is actually so BAD. It is packed with trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and can lead to belly fat! Plus, it can lead to inflammation and bloating, which is totally no bueno.LuckyCharms_Bowl
  2. Soda: We all know this one. Soda is something that should be out of your diet, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packs of sugar in it. For us gals, the recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 24 grams, and a soda has 39 grams! You go way over your daily sugar intake with just one soda.
  3. Sugary cereal: I will be the first to admit that I love me a big bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning, especially when I want a sweet, quick breakfast in college. But, sugary cereal can actually cause your skin to break out and become red because of the high gluten content! Yikes!

These are just a few of many not-so-good for you items that you need to nix if you are trying to melt away the pounds, but it is always good to start off small and work your way up! Good luck!

XOXO, Chels

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Foods for Flat Abs

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe…

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe it or not. As my PE teacher would say, “Abs are made in the kitchen!” And it is true! The food you eat has a huge impact on your body and your weight loss. Here are a few foods that help you in your journey to flat abs.

  1. Eggs: They are the perfect protein source! They have a great balance of essential amino acids that help build muscle, plus if you eat one for breakfast, you are less hungry as the day goes on! Less hungry = less snacking = less calories consumed!
  2. Apples: Apples are 85% water, which helps you feel full, and have 5 grams of fiber! This makes them an awesome Capture10midnight/midday snack! Plus, apples help promote healthy lungs and prevent some cancers, so an apple a day DOES keep the doctor away.
  3. Leafy greens: Leafy greens are things like kale, spinach, and broccoli! They are a great source of calcium which helps fuel your workouts, and help prevent cancer! Plus, they make great salads. 😉

Munch away!

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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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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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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