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Almond Milk Hot Cocoa

A cup of hot cocoa is just what I need after a long day of walking from class to class in the cold. Hot cocoa isn’t the healthiest treat, though,…

A cup of hot cocoa is just what I need after a long day of walking from class to class in the cold. Hot cocoa isn’t the healthiest treat, though, and I am trying to live a healthy lifestyle. That is why I am grateful for healthy, delicious recipes like this next one! What is great about this almond milk hot chocolate is that it is dairy free, a good source of protein, and is guilt-free.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons of natural cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter

In a sauce pan, combine the almond milk and add cocoa powder. Whisk this mixture while it heats, until it is smooth. Turn off the heat and stir in the almond butter. Enjoy this tasty treat while it is warm!

What a great, quick, healthy way to warm up this winter.

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: happyfoodstube.com

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Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

Warm cookies are one of my greatest weaknesses. I am trying to watch what I eat and live a healthy lifestyle (check out my YouTube channel for my fitness routine!)…

Warm cookies are one of my greatest weaknesses. I am trying to watch what I eat and live a healthy lifestyle (check out my YouTube channel for my fitness routine!) so I attempt to minimize the sweets I eat. It’s tough, y’all. Here is a great way to enjoy warm gooey cookies without worrying about the guilt. They’re dairy free and gluten free, but our taste buds won’t know the difference!

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thick like cookie dough. Scoop a spoonful out and roll it into a small ball. Take a fork and do the traditional crisscross pattern on the top, flattening the cookie. Bake them for 13-15 minutes or until they are slightly golden brown. Let them cool for about 10 minutes, then devour!

XOXO, Chels

 

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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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Watermelon Summer Salad

During the warm spring and summer months, I can’t get enough of fresh fruit. I eat it like candy! Here is a fresh, delicious, and healthy summer recipe to whip…

During the warm spring and summer months, I can’t get enough of fresh fruit. I eat it like candy! Here is a fresh, delicious, and healthy summer recipe to whip up for summer barbecues or pool hangouts!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Make the dressing by mixing the oil and lemon juice well.  Place watermelon, strawberries and basil in a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the dressing on top. Stir it up well, and then add feta cheese. Mix a bit, then enjoy! This refreshing summer salad is mouthwatering!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://cooktoria.com/recipe/watermelon-strawberry-feta-salad/

 

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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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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

I recently had a crazy craving for blueberry muffins. I really didn’t want to go to my kitchen and slave over a hot oven to make a batch, so I…

I recently had a crazy craving for blueberry muffins. I really didn’t want to go to my kitchen and slave over a hot oven to make a batch, so I opted to make a smoothie inspired by my craving! This smoothie is sweet, thick, and tastes just like a blueberry muffin. Yes please!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 – 6oz vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¼ cup raw oats
  • ¼ tsp. lemon zest
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until very smooth (or about 2 minutes). Then enjoy! This is way easier than making actual muffins. Plus, it is so much healthier!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/07/09/blueberry-muffin-smoothie/

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Healthy 3 Ingredient Cookies

We all get the munchies, when we just need something sweet to sink our teeth into! I have been trying my best to eat healthy, as I am sure a…

We all get the munchies, when we just need something sweet to sink our teeth into! I have been trying my best to eat healthy, as I am sure a lot of us are. Lucky for us I found a delish recipe for healthy cookies that you can feel good about eating! And with only 3 ingredients they are so easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • Handfull of rasins (or chocolate chips)

Mash 2 ripe bananas in a bowl. Then mix in the oats and rasins or chocolate chips. Line a baking sheet with foil and place small balls of the batter on the sheet. Bake the cookies for 15 minute or so at 350 degrees.  These are so easy to make and you probably have these ingredients on hand!

If you want you can add a little bit of cinnamon or vanilla to sweeten them up before you bake them go for it! These are easy and fun to modify.

Enjoy!

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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Rice Crispy Treats- Protein Edition

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. That feeling 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. That feeling 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.

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Mix the protein powder and water until it is smooth. Add the butterscotch and marshmallow flavors, then mix well. Fold in the marshmallow fluff, then fold in the cereal. Make sure they are mixed well, then press the mixture 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. They satisfy your sweet tooth and your protein intake, all at once!

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:vitamin-water-1-0813

  • 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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Protein Shake Featuring Cinnamon Roll

My favorite post-workout snack is a protein shake. Not only do they taste good, they help me to replenish my energy and give my muscles the protein they need to…

My favorite post-workout snack is a protein shake. Not only do they taste good, they help me to replenish my energy and give my muscles the protein they need to help them become stronger. There are tons and tons of different protein shake recipes out there, but this one is my fav when I do a morning workout. It is a cinnamon roll protein shake! Who knew you could treat your body to some protein AND treat your taste buds to a cinnamon roll!Cinnamon-Swirl-Protein-Smoothie-41

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Sweetener to taste

Put all of your ingredients to the blender and blend it all up.

How good does this sound!? I love how creative you can get with protein smoothies. Working out isn’t such a hassle when you know you get a sweet, protein packed reward after!

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 ¾ 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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Perfectly Delicious Protein Pancakes

As you well know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and undoubtably the most skipped meal of the day. But, nonetheless, an important meal. Breakfast food is…

As you well know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and undoubtably the most skipped meal of the day. But, nonetheless, an important meal. Breakfast food is some of the best food, too. Pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon….mmmm…You know what would make breakfast even better? Protein. Protein keeps you full and focused, which gets you off to a good healthy start. Here is a recipe for protein pancakes that is super easy and is bound to start your day off in the sweetest way possible!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup dry oatsprotein-pancakes-banana-oat
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Whisk the liquid ingredients together, and then add in the oats and protein powder. Cook the pancakes on a heated skillet, about ¼ cup of pancake mixture for each pancake. This recipe should make about 4 pancakes.

Enjoy your delicious protein packed breakfast!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://fitfluential.com/2016/03/protein-pancakes-recipe/

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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
  • Salt and pepper to tasteDSC_0939-1024x685
  • 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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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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