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DIY Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

I admit, I am a snacker. I have been on a really healthy roll, working out at a crossfit gym and eating healthy. But, snacking is my weakness. It is…

I admit, I am a snacker. I have been on a really healthy roll, working out at a crossfit gym and eating healthy. But, snacking is my weakness. It is so easy to give in to cravings, especially when you have been trying to eat healthy and think that you deserve a “treat.” That is why I like to keep healthy treats around. I love salt and vinegar chips, they are tangy and have a great crunch to them. Here is a healthy version of my craving that you can make at home!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 225 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Next, cut off the ends of the zucchini and slice them really thin. This will make about 5 cups of zucchini. Add the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to a large bowl and whisk it together. Then add the zucchini to the bowl and gently coat them in the oils. Lay the slices on the baking sheets, spreading them out in an even layer. Bake the zucchini until it is brown and crisp. When you lift it from the baking sheet, it should not bend. This will take between 2 and 3 hours. When they are done, let them cool and then store them in an airtight container.

Delish!

XOXO, Chels

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Energy Bites – Lemon Poppy Seed Edition

I have had a serious sweet tooth recently. One of my favorite sweet treats is a warm muffin and a glass of milk! A great way to enjoy the yummy…

I have had a serious sweet tooth recently. One of my favorite sweet treats is a warm muffin and a glass of milk! A great way to enjoy the yummy muffin taste but not all of the not-so-sweet calories is to make energy bites that taste like muffins. The fact that I can eat a snack that both gives me healthy energy plus tastes like lemon poppy seed muffins is too sweet for words.

Ingredients:

  • 3 scoops plant-based vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • ½ tablespoon granulated sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons water

In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest, sweetener, poppy seeds, oats, and protein powder. Add in the lemon juice and water and stir until it is mixed well. Use your hands to make balls out of the dough, it will make about 28 small balls. Place them into a plastic container with a lid and seal and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to chow down.

These are a great post-workout sweet treat or a perfect snack to take on the go! Just pop a few into a baggie and stick them in your purse for later. These are so yummy and easy!

XOXO, Chels

 

recipe via: amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/03/30/lemon-poppy-seed-energy-bites/

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Healthy 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 taste
  • 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! They are also a good movie night snack instead of junk food.

XOXO, Chels

 

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

 

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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.

Ingredients:ricekrispiestreats-49

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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Pumpkin and Chocolate Energy Balls

Cue pumpkin flavored everything – its October! Do you need an energy boost but aren’t a fan of pumpkin spiced lattes? Whip up a batch of these pumpkin chocolate chip…

Cue pumpkin flavored everything – its October! Do you need an energy boost but aren’t a fan of pumpkin spiced lattes? Whip up a batch of these pumpkin chocolate chip energy balls! They will give you the energy you need, and they will get you in the “fall” spirit. They’re also great for a pre-workout boost.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal7b5ffa3ca467a808dd47bc66bdff0e91
  • 1 cup all-natural Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup all-natural Peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup chopped almonds, peanuts, or coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips

 

Combine all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl until they are very thoroughly mixed. Roll the mixture into balls of about 1inch in diameter. Place the balls on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper & freeze one hour. Store them in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

 

These are the best tasting energy boost around!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via:http://cleanfoodcrush.com/pumpkin-energy-balls/

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How to Stay Healthy in College

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses…

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses travel fast! This is a well-known fact about college campuses. Also, being so busy with class and work and trying to maintain a social life leave little time for self-care! Having a busy schedule can cause you to neglect your health, so here are some tips on how to stay healthy in college! I will be following these closely, trust me, ain’t nobody got time to be sick, and nobody wants to gain that freshmen 15!download-2

  1. Have healthy dorm room munchies on hand: One easy way to avoid the feared freshmen 15 is to have healthy snacks around. 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. Also, eating healthy helps ward off sickness! When your body is healthy and strong it is less likely to get sick.
  2. Get that 8 hours in: Sleep, for heaven’s sake! I know that college is about having fun and making friends, but sacrificing sleep is a big no-go. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain weight, break out, get bad grades, and just be all around miserable. Plus, sleeping through class 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 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.

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

XOXO, Chels

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Midnight Snacking Done Right

Midnight snacking is one of my weaknesses. I am usually up pretty late at night finishing up homework or editing videos, and my tendency is usually to go down to…

Midnight snacking is one of my weaknesses. I am usually up pretty late at night finishing up homework or editing videos, and my tendency is usually to go down to the kitchen and grab myself a yummy late night snack. The problem with this? The later at night you eat, your body is more and more likely to store those calories as fat. Eating healthy midnight snacks can help keep you from consuming unnecessary calories!

  1. Greek yogurt: Instead of reaching for the pint of ice cream in your freezer (although very tempting!), grab some sweet, cool Greek yogurt. Top it with frozen berries or honey to add some pizazz to it!greek-yogurt-1
  2. Air-popped popcorn: Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, although crunchy and very satisfying, opt for air popped popcorn. Add some salt and a smidge of butter to make it taste just like bagged microwave popcorn, but with much fewer calories.
  3. Almond butter and apples: Peanut butter contains healthy fats, but it is also packed with calories. Get the same nutty, rich flavor from almond butter, and dip slices of your favorite type of apple in it! Salty AND sweet.
  4. Chocolate: Yes, chocolate! But the RIGHT kind of chocolate. Two squares of dark chocolate are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and have way less sugar and more antioxidants.

Happy snacking!

XOXO, Chels

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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

As summer (and college) approach, I am actively seeking easy breakfast ideas that take a very short time to prep and are way delicious. This recipe I am showing you…

As summer (and college) approach, I am actively seeking easy breakfast ideas that take a very short time to prep and are way delicious. This recipe I am showing you today knocks those two attributes out of the park! Here is a yummy, easy recipe for peanut butter overnight oats that is packed with protein and totally satisfying.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • ¾ tbsp. chia seedsOvernight-Oats
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp maple sugar or your preferred sweetener
  • ½ cup rolled oats

In a small bowl or a mason jar, add the almond milk, peanut or almond butter, chia seeds, and sweetener. Stir to combine, then add the oats and stir a bit more. Cover the jar or bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and then store in the fridge for 6 hours or more (preferably overnight). The next day, open up the lid to your delicious oats and add toppings like sliced banana or strawberries to top it off.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-overnight-oats/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+MinimalistBaker+(Minimalist+Baker)

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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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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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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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Homemade Cookie Dough Protein Bars

Snacking feels so much better when you are munching on something healthy, am I right? I mean, a Snickers bar tastes reaaaaaally good while you are eating it, but afterwards,…

Snacking feels so much better when you are munching on something healthy, am I right? I mean, a Snickers bar tastes reaaaaaally good while you are eating it, but afterwards, if you’re like me, you feel totally guilty and like you need to eat a carrot to make up for it. Save yourself the guilt and make some of these cookie dough protein bars to snack on instead!

Ingredients:

 

  • 6 tbsp coconut flour
  • 6 tbsp soy protein powderbars-main
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 9 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp Truvia sweetener
  • 1 ½ tsp Stevia powder sweetener
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Line a 9×5” bread pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl whisk together the coconut flour, salt, and protein powder. In another bowl whisk the coconut oil, milk and vanilla together. Stir in the sweeteners and then add the flour mixture, making sure it is all mixed together. Mix in the chocolate chips. The dough will be crumbly. Pour it into the pan and press it across the bottom using a spatula. Chill for 2 hours, slice into bars, and eat up! This recipe is low fat, low calorie, high protein and sugar free!

Protein never tasted so good!

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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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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Spinach Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Spinach ice cream? How odd does that sound? To be honest, I was a little skeptical when I read the recipe. But, I decided to try it, and boy am…

Spinach ice cream? How odd does that sound? To be honest, I was a little skeptical when I read the recipe. But, I decided to try it, and boy am I glad I did! I ate a ton of this stuff, and could do so without any guilt because it is totally healthy! Here is how to make your very own mint chocolate spinach ice cream.

  • 2 frozen bananasspinach_ice_cream
  • 2-3 drops peppermint extract
  • 1/16th tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup or more frozen
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • chocolate chips

Blend all of your ingredients together and then use an ice cream scoop to serve your delicious treat! Mint chocolate chip ice cream is a total weakness of mine, so I love that I can make a much healthier version at home! Trust me, you don’t even taste the spinach!

Try this delicious recipe and comment what you think!

XOXO, Chels

 

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