Chelsea Crockett

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Prep Your Arms for Prom

Prom is in a little over a month…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? Then have been hiding out under sleeves and hoodies all winter and…

Prom is in a little over a month…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? Then have been hiding out under sleeves and hoodies all winter and haven’t seen the light of day in a while. Are they ready to be shown off in your prom gown? If you think they could use a little toning, repeat this arm workout during your regular gym time to get them ready to rock!

Repeat 3 times:

20 pushups

15 bicep curls

15 shoulder presses

20 tricep dips

15 hammer curls

10 front raises

I can’t wait to see all of you in your prom dresses! Tag me so I can check out your prom look!

XOXO, Chels

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Sour Patch Grapes

If you haven’t eaten a whole 1 pound bag of Sour Patch kids on a road trip and then not been able to feel your mouth for a solid 3…

If you haven’t eaten a whole 1 pound bag of Sour Patch kids on a road trip and then not been able to feel your mouth for a solid 3 hours afterwards, you have never really lived. Just kidding, but all jokes aside, I could put away a pretty hefty amount of those sour dudes. If you are like me and love sour candy but don’t love all of the bad-for-you sugar in them, check out these “Sour Patch” grapes!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Watermelon Jello mixSour-Patch-Grapes-432a299b0a46f29d9a1298e9727ec2b718001a44
  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Green Apple Jello mix
  • 1/3 box lemon Jello mix
  • 1/3 box orange Jello mix
  • 3 pounds green grapes
  • 1 cup of water

Pour 1/3 of each box of Jello into small separate bowls. Have your grapes sitting in a bowl of water. Take a grape out of the bowl and poke a toothpick through it in the spot where the stem was, and hold on to the grape using the toothpick while rolling the grape in the Jello mix. Set them on a baking sheet covered in wax paper. After alternating dipping flavors for each grape and all of the grapes are rolled, place them in the fridge until they are chilled. Done!

My friends love these. They are great movie night snacks when you really want to stuff your face with candy but you know prom and summer are coming up so you have to keep your hot bod maintained. Ya feel?

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://dinnerthendessert.com/sour-patch-grapes-healthier-than-the-candy/

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Zucchini Chips

I love veggie chips. The word “veggie” makes me feel like I can eat a whole bag and consider it healthy. 😉 In this case, the chips actually ARE healthy…

I love veggie chips. The word “veggie” makes me feel like I can eat a whole bag and consider it healthy. 😉 In this case, the chips actually ARE healthy because they only have 3 ingredients! Here is how to make a great healthy alternative to chips/crackers!

Ingredients:

  • 4 large zucchini, evenly sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil7586481160_423bbd93c4
  • Salt

Slice the zucchini in very thin slices and then them on paper towels to dry. Cover the slices with more paper towels and set a baking sheet on top of them. Press down on the baking sheet to help squeeze out some of the moisture. Preheat the oven to 235 degrees F and then line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Brush the parchment paper with olive oil and then lay the zucchini slices in a single layer on the parchment paper. Fit as many on each baking sheet as possible. Brush the top of the zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle the slices with salt. Bake for 1 1/2 – 2 hours until crisp and golden. If some chips are still a little flimsy or damp, remove the chips that are done and place the damp chips back in the oven for a few more minutes. Allow the zucchini chips to cool on the paper towels to absorb any extra oil. Store the chips you don’t devour immediately in an air-tight container!

I take these to school with me as a snack to keep my tummy satisfied during the day!

XOXO, Chels

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The “3 Miles or 30 Minutes” Exercise Rule

It can be hard to find time to work out, especially in the winter when the days are so much shorter and colder! That is probably why, during the winter…

It can be hard to find time to work out, especially in the winter when the days are so much shorter and colder! That is probably why, during the winter months, we start to pack on a few pounds. Dieting is never easy, and spending hours at the gym just isn’t realistic, so I found a great realistic workout plan! Ill explain.

It is called the “3 miles or 30 minutes” plan. It was created by a celebrity trainer! It is really simple. Every day you should either run or walk 3 miles, or if you cannot do that, work out for 30 minutes. 30 minutes of your day is nothing! This sort of plan downloadhelps you stay active during the week with little time commitment. It is easy to stick with this because you can easily do a 30 minute youtube workout in your living room, or if you have time, go on a 3 mile walk or run! Trying to do crazy hard bootcamps or strenuous workout classes frequently may make you dread working out and may discourage you from it, so just try this “3 or 30” rule out!

 

If you are trying to lose weight, stay healthy, or maintain your weight, try out this rule for yourself! It is totally easy to do and will get you in the habit of working out every day!

XOXO, Chels

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Green Bean Fries

I crave French fries a lot. Like a LOOOTTT. Who doesn’t? They are salty crunchy goodness…mmm… What if I told you that you can get all of the delicious crunch…

I crave French fries a lot. Like a LOOOTTT. Who doesn’t? They are salty crunchy goodness…mmm… What if I told you that you can get all of the delicious crunch and taste of a French fry, but in a healthier form? Introducing: green bean fries!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
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  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 pounds washed and trimmed fresh green beans
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 large beaten eggs

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 425, then line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil lightly with cooking spray. In a bowl combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Put the flour in a smaller bowl and place the beaten eggs in a separate bowl as well. Take a handful of green beans and dip them into the flour, then eggs, then bread crumb mixture. Make sure they are coated with crumbs really good! After they are covered, place them in a single layer onto the baking sheet. Put the pan in the oven and bake for around 10-12 minutes. Let them cool, then eat them up!

This makes a great appetizer or snack! If you are looking to impress your family with your mad cooking skills, make these for them!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://tone-and-tighten.com/2015/05/oven-baked-green-bean-fries.html

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with…

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with this. One is that cookies are time consuming to make, and I want a snack right when I get home, and the other is that they aren’t the best for you! Today I am introducing cookies that are not only good for you, but they only take 5 minutes to make! They are packed with protein and sugar free, so that means they are totally guilt free, too. This recipe makes a giant yummy cookie for one.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oatshealthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one2
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • Chocolate chips of choice

Line a plate with parchment paper and set it aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, salt, coconut flour protein powder, and cinnamon and mix well. Stir the peanut or almond butter and honey in until the mixture is crumbly. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time until the batter is very thick. Use your hands to form a cookie shape and eat up!

Best back to school snack everrrr!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/10/25/healthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one/

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Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins

Greek yogurt is being used in everything these days, from ice cream to face masks to pancakes. Now I am taking it a step further and showing you a delicious…

Greek yogurt is being used in everything these days, from ice cream to face masks to pancakes. Now I am taking it a step further and showing you a delicious recipe for Greek yogurt banana muffins! There is nothing better than a warm muffin and a cup of cold milk in the morning. These muffins are made without flour or oil, and the oats in them give them their shape. They have a dash of chocolate in them to suppress your sweet tooth, and they are super duper moist! I cannot wait to whip up a batch myself.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggsBanana-Oat-Greek-Yogurt-Muffins4
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 400F and spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray or coat it with coconut oil. In a blender, add all of your ingredients but the chocolate chips and blend them on high until the batter is smooth. Stir in the chocolate by hand and then pour the batter into the muffin pan, filling each hole until it is about 75% full. Sprinkle your chocolate chips over the muffins and then bake for 15-20 minutes. Allow them to cool for about 10 minutes before you remove them from the pan.

 

These muffins are crazy good and good for you! They are healthy enough for breakfast and tasty enough to get your day started off right.

XOXO, Chels

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Muffin Top Melting Ab Workout

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by…

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by mixing up your workouts. Cardio some days, strength others, and mix them every so often! Here is a great ab workout to keep that winter muffin top away.

50 crunches

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

1 minute bridge

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

50 crunches

1 minute plank

1 minute bridge

50 crunches

 

You will be feeling this one the next day, I guarentee it! I love the sore feeling I get the day after a great workout, don’t you? It reminds you how hard you worked. On days when you arent able to get a full work out in, little quick exercises like the one above can really come in handy! Any workout is better than no workout.

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: Even if you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.LandingWeightLoss2
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some Zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

XOXO, Chels

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Tips to Take Back Your Workout Routine

Trust me, I know how it feels to have zero time/motivation to work out. Luckily I am on the Tennis team this year so I get a workout almost every…

Trust me, I know how it feels to have zero time/motivation to work out. Luckily I am on the Tennis team this year so I get a workout almost every day, but before that it was a struggle to keep a fitness routine! Here are my tips on how to take back your fitness routine and get back in the swing of things!

1.    Lay your workout clothes in plain sight: If you are most likely to work out after school, lay your workout clothes in a place that will continually remind you that you need to put them on and hit the gym. You could even pack a gym bag in the morning so that you have it all ready to go after school!

2.    Take a challenge: Start a “couch to 5k” or “30 day abs” challenge! Having a challenge makes you more likely to stick to it and will make you want to complete it!

3.    Break your workouts up: If you are running, set goals. For instance, look ahead and pick a landmark, tell yourself to keep going until you reach it, and then once you do set another goal. It will distract you and keep you going! If you are working out in the gym, say that you will do 10 or 15 more situps and then you will be done. Simple breakdowns like that make all the difference!

4.     Bring a bud: A while back a friend and I both got gym memberships together and it really helped us stay motivated to work out! We had someone to push us, someone to talk to, and someone to say “hey, get out of bed, let’s go to the gym!”

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Getting back into a fitness routine can be rough. Your body takes a while to get used to it, and it is mentally tough too. I know you can do it, you got this!! Keep that winter layer of fluff away! I am going to have to work at it, too once tennis is over, so we can work at it together!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Chocolate? For BREAKFAST? Who ever heard of such a thing! There is a way to enjoy the rich taste of chocolate first thing in the morning…and don’t let the tofu…

Chocolate? For BREAKFAST? Who ever heard of such a thing! There is a way to enjoy the rich taste of chocolate first thing in the morning…and don’t let the tofu in it scare you away! You cannot even taste the tofu, yet it packs the smoothie with protein and will keep you full during the day. You can even mix in some coffee for a little extra pick-me-up!

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  • 1/3 of a 10 oz. block of firm tofu
  • 1 small sliced banana
  • 5 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of milk, any kind
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of ice

 

In a blender, add all of the ingredients together. This is a quick, easy way to get some tasty protein in the morning! I cannot wait to try this tasty smoothie, tofu and all!

XOXO, Chels

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Broccoli Tater Tots!

The words “broccoli” and “tater tots” are not normally used in the same sentence…but today we are making an exception! I saw these delicious tots on Pinterest and had to…

The words “broccoli” and “tater tots” are not normally used in the same sentence…but today we are making an exception! I saw these delicious tots on Pinterest and had to investigate. These delectable taters are so much better for you because they are made of veggies! Here is how to make them:

 

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  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Boil the broccoli for minute then remove and rinse it with cold tap water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.
  3. Chop broccoli finely and mix well with the egg, onions, cheddar, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of the broccoli mix and gently press between your hands into a firm ball then shape into a tater-tot shape. Place them on your prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the tots are golden brown and crispy, or about 18-24 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce! Mine is ketchup.

Delish!

XOXO, Chels

PS. side note, I made these this weekend and LOVED them!

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Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

To me, salt and vinegar potato chips are something I often crave. They are the perfect road trip munchy, and late night bite! They are so tangy and delicious, I…

To me, salt and vinegar potato chips are something I often crave. They are the perfect road trip munchy, and late night bite! They are so tangy and delicious, I could eat the whole bag! And there lies the problem. Potato chips are far from healthy, as you may be sad to hear. But, luckily, there is a healthier version that you can munch on to your hearts content! Here is a recipe for salt and vinegar kale chips!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oilSea-Salt-and-Vinegar-Kale-Chips-5
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Wash then dry your kale leaves and, using a knife, separate the green kale leaves from their ribs and throw away the ribs. Tear the leaves to the size that you want your chips, but keep in mind that they shrink once baked! In a large bowl combine the kale, vinegar, oil, and half the salt. Toss and mix the kale for a few minutes until it has darkened and softened. On a baking sheet or two covered in parchment paper, spread the kale out in one layer. Sprinkle on the rest of the salt and bake for 7-10 minutes. The kale should be crunchy! Once it has cooled, you can start munching on your healthy, tangy morsels! You can also store these tasty bites in a container for up to a week.

Impress the socks off of your friends with this healthy take on everyone’s favorite late night crunchy snack!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Stay Healthy in College

Now, it is common knowledge that I am not yet a college-goer. But, I will be in one very short year, AND I have a ton of friends who are…

Now, it is common knowledge that I am not yet a college-goer. But, I will be in one very short year, AND I have a ton of friends who are in the college-sphere, so think I have a pretty good idea what it is like. My college friends are always trying to give me tips about when I go to college so that I can be the best little college freshmen I can be. One BIG tips they gave me was to stay healthy when I go to college, and here are the tips they gave me on how to do so.

  1. Have healthy dorm room munchies on hand: One easy way to avoid the feared freshmen 15 is to have healthy snacks 8659c050bba411ffa9f8865262ca3f2b-620x610around. When you are sitting in your room studying or hanging out with friends or have just had a stressful day, it is easy to reach for some comfort food. Keeping HEALTHY comfort food around can help keep you on track to keeping your freshmen 15 at bay.
  2. Get that 8 hours in: Sleep, for heavens sake! I know that college is about having fun and making friends, but sacrificing sleep is a big nono. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain weight, break out, get bad grades, and just be all around miserable. Plus, sleeping through stats is not an option!
  3. Don’t get lazy: Most colleges have really nice work out facilities, so USE THEM! Grab your roommate or a new friend you met in art class and hit the gym. Most people gain weight in college because they reduce their sleep and exercise and raise the amount of food they intake. Don’t be that girl!

These are just a few tips on how to stay healthy during college. Best of luck to all of my off-to-college Insiders!

XOXO, Chels

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Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Right now, Greek yogurt is all the rage, and rightfully so! It is great for you. Want to give your breakfast a powerful protein punch that will keep you full…

Right now, Greek yogurt is all the rage, and rightfully so! It is great for you. Want to give your breakfast a powerful protein punch that will keep you full all morning long? Here is a healthy spin on everyone’s favorite breakfast indulgence…

 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugarGreekYogurtPancakesDash-675x675
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup milk

 

Preheat a pan or griddle to medium heat. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, mix oil, eggs, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir. Pour in the milk until all ingredients are combined. Grease griddle and pour ¼ – ⅓ cup batter onto the griddle. Allow them to cook for about 2 minutes or until edges begin to look “dry” and bubbles form in the batter. Use a thin spatula to flip the pancake over and allow to cook for a mother minute. Stack your finished pancakes on a plate and then cook the rest of the batter. Top pancakes with your favorite toppings like syrup, powdered sugar, honey, and fruit.

 

I love this healthy version of my favorite breakfast treat! Is this something YOU would try?

XOXO, Chels

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