Chelsea Crockett

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with…

What do you usually have for an after school snack? After a long day at school I tend to crave something sweet. Something like…cookies! There is a few problems with this. One is that cookies are time consuming to make, and I want a snack right when I get home, and the other is that they aren’t the best for you! Today I am introducing cookies that are not only good for you, but they only take 5 minutes to make! They are packed with protein and sugar free, so that means they are totally guilt free, too. This recipe makes a giant yummy cookie for one.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup rolled oatshealthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one2
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • Chocolate chips of choice

Line a plate with parchment paper and set it aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, salt, coconut flour protein powder, and cinnamon and mix well. Stir the peanut or almond butter and honey in until the mixture is crumbly. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time until the batter is very thick. Use your hands to form a cookie shape and eat up!

Best back to school snack everrrr!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/10/25/healthy-no-bake-giant-cookie-for-one/

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Greek Yogurt Mac ‘N Cheese

Healthy mac ‘n cheese…could there be such a thing? Fortunately for all of my healthy yet mac ‘n cheese loving sistas out there IS such a thing! It is so…

Healthy mac ‘n cheese…could there be such a thing? Fortunately for all of my healthy yet mac ‘n cheese loving sistas out there IS such a thing! It is so creamy, so delicious, and so guilt free! Plus, it takes about 10 minutes to make. Health conscious comfort food? Um YES! Here is how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry elbow or spiral pastagreek-yogurt-mac-n-cheese-11
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice, I prefer plain almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt

In a small pot stir together the cheese, milk, and salt until it is all melted together. Stir in the yogurt and simmer until it is hot. Cook your pasta fully and then stir it into the pot with your cheese and yogurt mixture.

Okay so how easy was that? So easy a caveman could do it. 😉

XOXO, Chels

 

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Not So “Healthy” Foods

It can be hard to eat healthy, especially when these so-called “healthy” foods turn out to be not-so-healthy after all!  It can be hard to tell the difference between healthy…

It can be hard to eat healthy, especially when these so-called “healthy” foods turn out to be not-so-healthy after all!  It can be hard to tell the difference between healthy foods and ones that pose as them.  I’m breaking down a few “healthy” snacks that I used to enjoy all the time!  While I’m disappointed to find out how bad they are for you, luckily, there are plenty of alternatives!Chelsea Crockett- frozen yogurt

  1. I love veggies chips. I mean, veggie is in the name so they have to be healthy for you, right?! Unfortunately, they are packed full of vegetable powder, flour, sodium, and food coloring.  Instead, try eating raw veggies with hummus or making your own kale chips in the oven!
  2. Yogurt is one of my favorite snacks and it’s extremely good for you! A lot of restaurants and coffee shops make this healthy snack unhealthy by adding granola and sugar.  Not to mention, it’s easy to add a muffin to that order.  Stick to a small portion of regular or Greek yogurt with no toppings.    
  3. Society has tricked us into thinking fiber is extra healthy for you. While it is necessary, fiber granola bars are not.  They are packed with powdered fiber, so they add sugar, honey, chocolate, or peanut butter to cover up the taste.  SO much sugar!  Eat granola bars that are packed full of whole grains and nuts instead!
  4. I liked to think that frozen yogurt was healthy for you because of the name. I’m sad to say that I was wrong.  It is full of sugar and of course those deadly toppings!  Try an at-home version with Greek yogurt.  Add fruit, granola, or dark chocolate to the mix!
  5. Since pita chips are baked they’re good for you, right?   Pita chips are made up of mostly white flour.  If you want something to snack on, make sure you grab whole grain pita chips for your hummus. 
  6. Frozen meals are so easy to throw in the microwave, especially with my busy schedule; but have you ever looked at the ingredient list?! It’s full of sodium and chemicals I can’t even pronounce.  If you’re in a rush try making a turkey sandwich on whole wheat and a cup of fruit.

I challenge you to make healthy choices this week! Happy snacking!

            Chelsea   

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Muffin Top Melting Ab Workout

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by…

Don’t let the cold weather creep up on your summer body you worked so hard for! Just because the seasons changed doesn’t mean your body has to. Keep fit by mixing up your workouts. Cardio some days, strength others, and mix them every so often! Here is a great ab workout to keep that winter muffin top away.

50 crunches

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

1 minute bridge

15 pushups

1 minute plank

30 second side plank

50 crunches

1 minute plank

1 minute bridge

50 crunches

 

You will be feeling this one the next day, I guarentee it! I love the sore feeling I get the day after a great workout, don’t you? It reminds you how hard you worked. On days when you arent able to get a full work out in, little quick exercises like the one above can really come in handy! Any workout is better than no workout.

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: Even if you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.LandingWeightLoss2
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some Zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

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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Turn Your Coffee Into A Health Food!

I’m sure you’ve been seeing this famous meme everywhere, “But first, coffee”.  Celebs and Instagramers alike have been captioning pics and sporting tees with the clever quote; and I don’t…

I’m sure you’ve been seeing this famous meme everywhere, “But first, coffee”.  Celebs and Instagramers alike have been captioning pics and sporting tees with the clever quote; and I don’t blame them, I love my coffee!  It’s so easy to hop in my car and grab a white chocolate mocha from Starbuck’s, but the crash I feel afterwards isn’t worth it.  The amount of sugar in one of those coffees completely overrides every health benefit coffee has.  Between boosting metabolism and lowering your chance at heart disease, it’s only right that we play off these benefits.  Check out how to enjoy your favorite drink by turning it into a health food!Chelsea Crockett- cinnamon and cocoa

  • Avoid sugar at all costs! If you can’t imagine your coffee without a hint of sweetness, try a dash of stevia.
  • Instead of heavy creamers for flavor, try adding cinnamon or cocoa to your coffee!
  • Do not use “fat-free” or “low-fat” creams. These are usually packed full of high fructose corn syrup to make up for lost taste. If you really need creamer, stick to the real stuff. 
  • Add a dash of skim milk for calcium.
  • Drink it black! This is the healthiest way to enjoy your coffee.

Hope you enjoy, Insiders!

            Chelsea

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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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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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Chocolate Breakfast Shake

Chocolate? For BREAKFAST? Who ever heard of such a thing! There is a way to enjoy the rich taste of chocolate first thing in the morning…and don’t let the tofu…

Chocolate? For BREAKFAST? Who ever heard of such a thing! There is a way to enjoy the rich taste of chocolate first thing in the morning…and don’t let the tofu in it scare you away! You cannot even taste the tofu, yet it packs the smoothie with protein and will keep you full during the day. You can even mix in some coffee for a little extra pick-me-up!

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  • 1/3 of a 10 oz. block of firm tofu
  • 1 small sliced banana
  • 5 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of milk, any kind
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of ice

 

In a blender, add all of the ingredients together. This is a quick, easy way to get some tasty protein in the morning! I cannot wait to try this tasty smoothie, tofu and all!

XOXO, Chels

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Broccoli Tater Tots!

The words “broccoli” and “tater tots” are not normally used in the same sentence…but today we are making an exception! I saw these delicious tots on Pinterest and had to…

The words “broccoli” and “tater tots” are not normally used in the same sentence…but today we are making an exception! I saw these delicious tots on Pinterest and had to investigate. These delectable taters are so much better for you because they are made of veggies! Here is how to make them:

 

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  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Boil the broccoli for minute then remove and rinse it with cold tap water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.
  3. Chop broccoli finely and mix well with the egg, onions, cheddar, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of the broccoli mix and gently press between your hands into a firm ball then shape into a tater-tot shape. Place them on your prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the tots are golden brown and crispy, or about 18-24 minutes, turning half way. Remove from the oven and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce! Mine is ketchup.

Delish!

XOXO, Chels

PS. side note, I made these this weekend and LOVED them!

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Blackberry Lemonade Detox

Who knew a detox could taste so GOOD! Blackberries are a great remedy for a sore throat and are also packed with antioxidants that detox your kidneys! Cleanse your body…

Who knew a detox could taste so GOOD! Blackberries are a great remedy for a sore throat and are also packed with antioxidants that detox your kidneys! Cleanse your body and please your taste buds all at the same time with this chilly concoction! It is super simple to make and is the perfect fruity beverage for a warm summer day.

Ingredients:

  • 10oz blackberriesdownload
  • 2 juiced lemons
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup

Place the blackberries in a food processor or blender and grind them to a pulp. Pour the lemon juice and blended blackberry juice into a pitcher. Then add the maple syrup and stir well. Serve this sweet treat over ice to your friends and family and see the pleased looks on their faces! They won’t believe they are cleansing their body all while enjoying a cool beverage.

XOXO, Chels

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Make Your Own Green Tea Shake!

I go to California often; sometimes for work, sometimes for fun. I love Cali! On my last trip for BeautyCon LA, my friends and I decided to take a breakfast…

I go to California often; sometimes for work, sometimes for fun. I love Cali! On my last trip for BeautyCon LA, my friends and I decided to take a breakfast trip to Urth Caffe (you know, that organic restaurant all the celebs Instagram). I was very curious to try their blended green tea drink! I immediately fell in love and looked up how to make it on my own. I want all of you to try it too! Bring Urth Caffe to your kitchen!Chelsea Crockett- matcha green tea

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blender
  • 1 tablespoon of 100% matcha green tea leaf powder
  • 1 cup of any type of milk (soy, skim, almond, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup of ice  
  • Sugar or Stevia (optional)

It’s pretty simple. Combine all the ingredients into a blender and enjoy! You can add a few drops of mint (my favorite) or vanilla flavoring, or a banana to change it up. If you want your drink more or less “shake-like” you can add as little or as much ice as you’d like. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

XOXO,

            Chelsea   

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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 mega 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 water400834_390257437749600_1431811470_n
  • 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 taste of coconut, add more coconut water to this. Blend all of 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 delicacy will make you think you are somewhere with your toes in the sand. 😉

XOXO, Chels

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How to Build the Perfect Salad

During the summer months I am always on the go, which means I eat things that are easy to make and quick go grab. Unfortunately, usually foods that are quick…

During the summer months I am always on the go, which means I eat things that are easy to make and quick go grab. saladUnfortunately, usually foods that are quick and easy are ones that aren’t very good for you, such as fast food. One way to stay healthy on the go is to have a salad in a jar ready to go! Here is how to build your perfect on the go snack- salad in a jar!

For the first layer of your salad, you want to put the dresing. Then, as the second layer, you want to layer your protein and hearty toppings, like beans, carrots, bell peppers, or chickpeas. The next layer is your lighter toppings, like quinoa, seeds, tomatoes, nuts, or strawberries. The last layer is your leafy portion, so that is your lettuce, spinach, or mixed greens. The perfect salad contains all of those layers, and your handy dandy salad in the jar is the ultamate “fast food.”

Keep a couple jars in your fridge ready to go at all times so instead of driving through Mickey D’s when you are in a pinch, you can just grab a salad from the fridge and go!

XOXO, Chels

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