Chelsea Crockett

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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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Why is Weightlifting Good For You?

In the past when I would think of working out, I would think of doing cardio. I would think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts…

In the past when I would think of working out, I would think of doing cardio. I would think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting is just as or even more important than getting that cardio in! When I say weight lifting I don’t mean getting huge bulky muscles or bench pressing your bodyweight. Light lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! That’s why I started crossfit. Here are the deets.

  1. You will melt more fat: For real. Researchers have found that people who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Boost your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. Lifting weights and building muscle keeps your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will burn through more cals: Your body continues to burn calories even after your workout is done when you lift weights. This is because your muscles have to work extra hard to repair their fibers!
  4. You will catch more Zzz’s: Strength training helps you improve your quality of sleep and helps you fall asleep faster.

In the past, weight lifting has not been my favorite thing in the world, but I have been making sure to work some weight training into my exercise routines because I know it will help me maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle!

XOXO, Chels

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How To Rock Your Alone Workouts

Working out alone has its positives and negatives. The positives are that it is a great time to have some “me time” and time to think, but the negatives are…

Working out alone has its positives and negatives. The positives are that it is a great time to have some “me time” and time to think, but the negatives are that sometimes you can lose your motivation and let the voice in your head say “You’ve worked out enough, you can just stop.” That isn’t always a good thing. It is easy to lose your motivation to keep going when you are alone, but I am going to give you a few tips on how to finish your workout strong and keep going.

  1. Start small: When I am running and I start to think to myself that I want to stop and walk or that I don’t need to run as far as I was planning, I always try to pick a goal. I will tell myself to run past the next tree, and then once I pass that tree I will pick a new landmark and make it my goal to run past it. Have small personal goals so it is easier to reach them.images
  2. Look straight ahead: Studies actually show that when you focus your sight in front of you on a target you are able to run faster while feeling less tired. You are able to push through a workout more when you are focused on a single point. When you are doing squats, stare straight ahead and you will be able to do more!
  3. Keep track: Record all of your workout times/running times/how many reps you do of certain things. Then try to beat them! You will enjoy the challenge of trying to beat your old numbers, and it will distract you from wanting to quit!
  4. Keep it short: If you have a hard time keeping motivated during longer workouts, cut back the amount of time you exercise. Push yourself harder for a shorter time. Intervals are good exercises for this sort of thing, where you go all out for a minute, then go easy for three minutes. You repeat this over and over for a shorter period of time. Or do pyramid workouts!

I know it can be hard to stay motivated when working out alone, but try these tips out and see if they help!

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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4 Ways You Could Be Dooming Your Metabolism

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot…

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot of us wish for. Luckily, it can be achieved! There are a lot of things you do every day unknowingly that are driving your metabolism down, so it is important to drop these habits if you want to improve your metabolism.

  1. Sitting all day: When you sit all day it causes your body to turn off at the metabolic level as your circulation slows. Your fat burning enzymes turn off and your blood sugar is used less. Try getting up and walking ever hour or so to wake your circulation up. I know this can be hard, being in school all day, but walking to class can help wake that circulation up.a972dcb2-100c-4343-8513-153879ad6b69_2048x2048
  2. Not getting enough snooze time: Not getting enough sleep can cause our metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Sleep deprivation also increases our cortisol levels, which lowers the hormones that are used to metabolize nutrients.
  3. Drinking too little H2O: Water isn’t the most fun drink to guzzle (I mean, Dr. Pepper tastes pretty much 10x better), but it is the best thing for you. It can speed your metabolism up almost 30% after you drink some down!
  4. Eating at bad times: Your body has a natural rhythm that goes with your sleep and wake cycle, and it has a hard time digesting food at night. People who eat later at night burn less calories than those who eat earlier in the evening, studies prove it! Also, eating light meals during the day and then a big meal at night is not smart.

Staying away from these metabolism-slowing habits helps you kick your calorie-burning power into gear, but you still need to eat healthy and exercise to be as healthy as you can be.

XOXO, Chels

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