Chelsea Crockett

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Watermelon + Coconut Water

Watermelon + coconut water = the most refreshing combination ever! This summer I have been seeking out all kinds of refreshing beverages because of the sweltering heat in Illinois. Luckily…

Watermelon + coconut water = the most refreshing combination ever! This summer I have been seeking out all kinds of refreshing beverages because of the sweltering heat in Illinois. Luckily I stumbled across an article on Lauren Conrad’s website that clued me in on watermelon coconut water! Not only is it really refreshing, it is also good for you! Here is how you can whip yourself up a batch.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cubed chilled watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 large lemon
  • Ice cubes

Add all the ingredients together in a blender. If your watermelon is really sweet, adding a generous amount of freshly squeezed lemon boosts the flavor! If you like the taste of coconut, add more coconut water to this. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Take a sip and see what you think! I adjusted the recipe a bit to fit the sweetness of my watermelon, and you may need to as well.

This drink has a beachy flare to it, so if you are craving a day at the beach but live nowhere near one, then this delicious drink will make you think you are somewhere with your toes in the sand. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

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DIY Summertime Vitamin Water

During the summer, I am a fruit snacker. I love having fresh fruit around! If you want to work fresh fruits into your daily summer diet, try making this delicious,…

During the summer, I am a fruit snacker. I love having fresh fruit around! If you want to work fresh fruits into your daily summer diet, try making this delicious, nourishing, homemade vitamin water! Unlike store-bought vitamin water, it has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • ½ sliced and quartered red grape fruit
  • 1 sliced medium cucumber
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 quarts water
  • ice

Combine the fruit, cucumber, mint and water in a large pitcher. Stick the pitcher in the fridge and let it infuse overnight. The next day, pour yourself a large glass over ice and enjoy! This simple and easy vitamin water is great to make just for you, or for a summertime party! It has a tons of nutrients and vitamins in it, so you can feel great while you treat yourself to this tasty drink.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe via: http://soupaddict.com/2013/08/vitamin-water/

 

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5 Ways to Cook With Protein Powder

After I workout, I usually make myself a protein shake. But, after a while, protein shakes can get old. Little did I know, there are tons of ways you can…

After I workout, I usually make myself a protein shake. But, after a while, protein shakes can get old. Little did I know, there are tons of ways you can use protein powder to make super yummy recipes and make your favorite foods better for you! Here are some ways to use protein powder in some of your favorite treats.

  1. Muffins: Protein muffins? I had never heard of such a thing! These yummy treats are the perfect post-workout indulgence. Find the recipe HERE.
  2. Pancakes: My favorite breakfast… packed with protein! These pancakes will give you all the energy your body needs to start off the day right, and you can find the recipe HERE.
  3. Pudding: Who knew my guilty pleasure late-night snack would pair so well with protein? Check it out HERE.
  4. Cakes: Switch out half the flour in your cake recipe with protein powder and add an additional 1/2 cup water.
  5. Coffee: Make your own frappucino with protein powder. Delish! Read how HERE.

Eat up and power up!

XOXO, Chels

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Super Quick 10 Minute Core Workout

Now that I am in college, I have a million things competing for my time and attention. Things like class, homework, friends, social events, and sleep! I barely have time…

Now that I am in college, I have a million things competing for my time and attention. Things like class, homework, friends, social events, and sleep! I barely have time to work out, so when I do have an extra few minutes my workouts need to be short, sweet, and really killer to make the most of the short time I have. Today I am going to give you a super quick 10 minute core workout that is sure to get your heart pumping and your abs burning. I got the workout from LeanCleanandBrie.com! For this workout you do 30 seconds per move, and you complete each set two times before moving to the next set.

Set 1:

Sit ups

Reverse crunches

Set 2:

Leg raises

Raised leg circles

Set 3:

Scissors

Flutter kicks

Set 4:

Russian twists

V-sits

Set 5:

Side plank leg extensions- right side

Side plank leg extensions- left side

If you don’t know some of the workouts in the sets, just look them up on youtube to see how to do them!

Quick, effective workouts are the best, am I right?

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Healthy Blueberry Popsicles

Summer is HERE! I am out of my mind excited! School is out, the weather is warm, and life is good. You know what else is good? A cold popsicle…

Summer is HERE! I am out of my mind excited! School is out, the weather is warm, and life is good. You know what else is good? A cold popsicle on a hot summer day. You know what isn’t so good? All of the sugars and preservatives in those popsicles. If you want a healthy, guilt free alternative that actually provides you with your daily dose of fruits, then look no further! Here is a recipe for blueberry pineapple popsicles. MMMMMMMmmmmm.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of blueberries91afc057d7ecc7d77adcfdd9725d60bc
  • 1 cup pineapple slices
  • 1 tbsp honey to sweeten
  • 1 cup of water
  • Popsicle molds, or Ziplock reusable popsicle bags

Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until they are liquefied, and then pour the mixture into your popsicle molds until they are Âľ of the way full. Freeze them overnight, then enjoy! If you are trying to make healthy choices this summer, replacing your store bought popsicles with these delicious dudes is a great way to start!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe from: http://www.ourthriftyideas.com/2015/06/healthy-3-ingredient-popsicle-pineapple-blueberry.html#_a5y_p=3859439

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Super Easy Health Hacks

When you hear the words “healthy lifestyle” what do you think of? Do you think of things like not-so-yummy-but-super-nutritious food, hours in the gym, and depriving yourself of things that…

When you hear the words “healthy lifestyle” what do you think of? Do you think of things like not-so-yummy-but-super-nutritious food, hours in the gym, and depriving yourself of things that aren’t so good for you but are sooooo good? That is the case a lot of times, and it shouldn’t be! Living a healthy lifestyle should be something that comes easy to all of us, not something we dread. There are really easy ways to live a healthy life that don’t involve juice cleanses or 10 mile daily jogs. In fact, diets and strict workout regimens are what drive us away from our fitness goals and discourage us! When our goals are hard to attain, we don’t want to stick to them. Realistic, sustainable goals are the way to go. Here are 3 easy health hacks to improve your health and start you on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Add coconut oil to your morning drink: Do you drink a smoothie or a cup of coffee to start your day? If so, add a tablespoon of coconut oil to it. This helps stabilize your blood sugar all day long so you don’t crave sugar, and it tastes great!96070-organic-virgin-coconut-oil
  2. Eat for 20 minutes: Make sure your meals last for at least 20 minutes each, even if it is just a small meal. It takes about 20 minutes for your body to register that you are full, so it will help you eat less and take smaller portions.
  3. Stand up and stretch: If you sit at school all day or sit at work, every hour or so it is important to stand up. It gets your muscles fired up! You also need to make it a point to stretch at your desk to keep your blood flowing and circulating. This doesn’t have to be a big, distracting stretch, just something as simple as twisting around in your desk or stretching your arms out in front of you!

See? Healthy habits don’t have to be extreme or something to dread. Just incorporate simple habits into your everyday life and it will make a difference in how you feel!

XOXO, Chels

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Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Cookies are my kryptonite. They are so crazy addicting…unfortunately. If you have ever wished cookies were good for you so you could eat a boatload of them, your wish is…

Cookies are my kryptonite. They are so crazy addicting…unfortunately. If you have ever wished cookies were good for you so you could eat a boatload of them, your wish is granted! Here is a recipe for delicious protein cookies.

Ingredients:

– 2 scoops vanilla protein powdercookies 1

– 1 scoop peanut butter

– 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, and chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and drop 1 ½ tbsp sized drops onto the baking sheet. Spread the cookies out into circles and flatten them, they will not rise once they’re baked. Bake the cookies 7-9 minutes, let cool, then eat up! They’re even a great pre-workout or post-workout snack with their protein punch.

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe Via: http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/38097445655#disqus_thread

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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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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!

Ingredients:tumblr_inline_mlxyceicdL1qz4rgp

  • 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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