Chelsea Crockett

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Summertime Health Myths

Believe it or not, summertime is when we are most likely to be at our healthiest. Our immune systems are stronger because of our body’s natural circadian rhythms. Although this…

Believe it or not, summertime is when we are most likely to be at our healthiest. Our immune systems are stronger because of our body’s natural circadian rhythms. Although this is true, it doesn’t mean that we can slack on taking care of ourselves and protecting our body! Here are some common summer health myths that cause some people to stumble up when it comes to self-care.

  1. The sun will clear up your acne: I have had friends tell me that they go to the tanning bed because it helps them manage their acne. That is not the right way to treat acne! The sun, or tanning bed, won’t dry out your zits. A tan may help camouflage them, but so does concealer.2220101
  2. The sunscreen in your makeup is enough protection: Relying on the SPF in your makeup is a common mistake. The SPF in beauty products usually isn’t high enough to really protect your skin. Use a daily moisturizer with SPF in it in addition to your makeup for full protection.
  3. You are only sunburnt if your skin is red: Not true! Sometimes it can take hours for your burn to actually start showing. So, if you are laying out in the sun and it looks like you aren’t burning, you won’t always spot it is burning until it is too late. It can take up to 6 hours to start to show redness!

If you don’t know if something is true, ask your doctor or a trusted medical expert. Better safe than sorry!

XOXO, Chels

 

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30 Day Ab-Strengthening Plank Challenge

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks…

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks look relatively simple, right? Planks can actually be tough! Right now I am doing a 30 day plank challenge, and I thought you might want to join me! We can blast our core strength through the roof! Each day you hold the plank for however many seconds the chart says. Here is the 30 day plan:

Day 1: 20 seconds

Day 2: 20 seconds

Day 3: 30 seconds

Day 4: 30 seconds

Day 5: 40 seconds

Day 6: REST

Day 7: 45 seconds

Day 8: 45 seconds

Day 9: 60 seconds

Day 10: 60 seconds

Day 11: 60 seconds

Day 12: 90 seconds

Day 13: REST

Day 14: 90 seconds

Day 15: 90 seconds

Day 16: 120 seconds

Day 17:  120 seconds

Day 18: 150 seconds

Day 19: REST

Day 20: 150 seconds

Day 21: 150 seconds

Day 22: 180 seconds

Day 23: 180 seconds

Day 24: 210 seconds

Day 25: 210 seconds

Day 26: REST

Day 27: 240 seconds

Day 28: 240 seconds

Day 29: 270 seconds

Day 30: AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!!

Are you ready to have super spectacular abs? Do this plank challenge with me!

XOXO, Chels

 

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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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Why You Should Walk 30 Minutes a Day

Let’s be honest. Finding time to get to the gym during the week is tough during the summer because there is so much other cool stuff going on. Why go…

Let’s be honest. Finding time to get to the gym during the week is tough during the summer because there is so much other cool stuff going on. Why go to the gym and work out when you could be laying by the pool or boating with friends? If you are like me there is a little voice in the back of your head constantly telling you “go work out, you need to stay healthy, you don’t want to get out of shape!” Working out in the summer is also a pretty hot task. Did you know walking is actually super good for you? You don’t have to go to the gym and lift heavy weights to get a great workout, just tie on some shoes and step out onto your street! Here are the benefits of walking 30 minutes a day.

  1. It alleviates depression and fatigue
  2. Increases attention and decision makingFullSizeRender (90)
  3. Works your arm and shoulder muscles
  4. Strengthens your legs, quads, hips and hamstrings
  5. Improves your fitness
  6. Keeps weight in check
  7. Lowers risk of heart disease, chronic diseases, and improves your blood pressure

See? An easy walk can do your body some serious good. And you can spare 30 minutes a day, I guarantee it!

XOXO, Chels

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Summer Daily Ab Workout

Are your abs summer-ready? If you want rockin’ abs to show off this summer you have to put in the work and exercise them every day! Here is a daily…

Are your abs summer-ready? If you want rockin’ abs to show off this summer you have to put in the work and exercise them every day! Here is a daily ab workout that is sure to have those abdominal muscles burning and bikini ready.

30 crunches

30 bicycle crunches

20 reverse crunches

(rest)

30 crunches

30 flutter kicks

40 Russian twists

15 cross crunches on each side

(rest)

25 bicycle crunches

25 Russian twists

10 crunches

You can do this once or repeat it as many times as you want! And, if you arent sure of how to do some of the moves look them up on YouTube or google!

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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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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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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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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No Equipment Travel Workout

I have been traveling around a lot lately, and I’ve noticed it taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise…

I have been traveling around a lot lately, and I’ve noticed it taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise during the week, but my travels have thrown me off of my grove! I want to stay in shape while I travel, but sometimes hotels don’t have gyms or there is no equipment available. That is when it is important to have a workout like the one below up your sleeve! Here is a full body workout, no weights required.

50 jumping jacks

10 burpees

40 Russian twists

10 crunches

10 lunges (on each leg)

10 wide leg squats

30 vertical leg crunches

30 jumping jacks

10 tricep dips

10 squat jumps

10 pushups

25 bicycle crunches

50 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

Repeat 2-3 times

I guarentee if you do that two or three times in a row you will feel like you got a 5 star workout in. You didn’t even need to pick up a single weight!

XOXO, Chels

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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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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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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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Holiday Detox

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and Christmas break, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. I would MUCH rather feel…

After the major amounts of delicious food I devoured over Thanksgiving and Christmas break, I feel very much like frosty the snowman. Bloated and fluffy. I would MUCH rather feel tight and toned! I was looking for a way to detox all of the guck I ate over break out of my system and start of the year fresh and healthy, and that is when I found this yummy holiday detox!5+Ingredient+Holiday+Detox+Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups of stem-less kale
  • 1 cup apple cider (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup of ice/water
  • Dash of cinnamon

Blend all of these ingredients together until the mixture is smooth. If you want a juice-like texture, use water. If you want more of a smoothie-like drink, go for ice. If you want some extra healthy protein, toss in a handful of your favorite nuts before blending! Just an FIY, the drink will naturally separate as it sits, so there may be a layer of foam at the top of the drink after sitting a while. Just stir it up and drink it down!

Im ready to detox. Are you?

 

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://pinchofyum.com/holiday-detox-green-apple-smoothie

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