Chelsea Crockett

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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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What to Eat for Breakfast to Shed Pounds

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to drop a few pounds? If so, then you need to know that you can use your breakfast as a tool to lose…

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to drop a few pounds? If so, then you need to know that you can use your breakfast as a tool to lose weight! Here is the perfect breakfast equation to help you start seeing results.

  1. Calories: Aim to consume about 300-350 calories at breakfast.
  2. Carbs: Your breakfast should be 45-50% carbs. Skip sugary foods or foods with enriched white flour, and choose whole grains, fruits, and veggies.DSC_4737
  3. Protein: 15-20% of your breakfast calorie intake should be protein. Getting protein at breakfast is key to keeping you satisfied throughout the morning. Eggs, dairy products, soy milk, protein powder in smoothies, and nuts and seeds are great sources of protein.
  4. Fats: Your breakfast should be about 10-15 grams of fat. This doesn’t mean bacon or cheese, it means nuts and seeds, avocado, and nut butter like peanut or almond butter!
  5. Fiber: ¼ of your daily fiber intake should be in the morning. Berries, apples, pears, greens, and other veggies, nuts and whole grains can help you get to your goals.
  6. Sugars: Use sweeteners like maple syrup, agave and honey in your breakfasts to avoid overdoing the sugar. Also, if you are eating fruits in the morning, they have natural sugars in them.

Isn’t it cool that one way to lose weight is to actually eat? We just have to be smart about what we fuel our body with.

XOXO, Chels

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Yummy Oatmeal Breakfast Protein Bars

Mornings are rough. Your alarm goes off, you switch from PJs to something decent, and then run out the door to work or school. Finding time for a nutritious and…

Mornings are rough. Your alarm goes off, you switch from PJs to something decent, and then run out the door to work or school. Finding time for a nutritious and tasty breakfast is doubtful. That is where this recipe comes in! Make these yummy oatmeal bars the night before and you will have a protein packed and delicious, quick breakfast.download

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3 ounces vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 11 inch pan with non-stick spray. Mix almond butter, protein powder, and maple syrup in a small bowl with an electric mixer, then beat in the eggs. Stir in the rolled oats, baking soda, and coconut and mix well. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and firmly press it down into the pan with the back of a spoon. Bake the bars for 12 minutes or until the top gets slightly brown. Let them cool, then cut them into squares. Store them in an airtight container and grab one and go in the mornings!

Enjoy this yummy, filling, and easy breakfast!

XOXO, Chels

 

Recipe via: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Gluten-Free-Oatmeal-Protein-Bars-34281809

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Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie

I have been getting back into my fitness groove lately and have been working out pretty frequently. After my workouts I like to drink protein smoothies to fuel up my…

I have been getting back into my fitness groove lately and have been working out pretty frequently. After my workouts I like to drink protein smoothies to fuel up my body after I wear it out. I love coffee, so I figured why not create an iced coffee protein smoothie! Here is a high-protein way to put a little pep in your step!1d3250cb7e3675050172d403b4ee2d85

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup iced coffee almond milk
  • 1 frozen chopped banana
  • 2 scoops of your choice of protein powder

Blend all of these ingredients together and you are done! This smoothie makes a great breakfast and is the perfect little caffeine boost.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Rise and Shine – Morning Beauty Habits

Wake up sleepy head! You don’t have to be a morning person to start your day with a kick booty beauty routine. Toss in a few of these easy steps…

Wake up sleepy head! You don’t have to be a morning person to start your day with a kick booty beauty routine. Toss in a few of these easy steps to your morning rituals to keep you feeling fresh all day long:download-1

  1. Down some protein: Instead of reaching for a carb overload (aka. toast or a bagel) opt for a cup of Greek Yogurt or some eggs. When you eat a protein packed breakfast, you stay fuller longer and avoid over eating later on throughout the day!
  2. Smooth on sunscreen: Protecting yourself from the sun is crucial, even when the sun isn’t out. Use a SPF moisturizer and foundation, and you can also use SPF on your lips and neck and back of your hands. This helps prevent wrinkles and skin cancer!
  3. Hydrate: Dehydration can cause you to be sluggish and can also mess with your skin! Start your day with a big glass of water, and keep a water bottle with you all day.
  4. Apply antioxidants: Use vitamin E and C on your face to help protect your skin against aging free radicals found in UV rays and pollution. These vitamins also supplement your sunscreen and give your skin a beautiful glow.

Have a beautiful day, gorgeous!

XOXO, Chels

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Healthy Midnight Snacks

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! I am 100% sure this will carry into my college career as well. Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out…

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! I am 100% sure this will carry into my college career as well. Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out of no-where! Researchers link late night snacking calories to be the potential for weight gain, and studies have also shown that eating right before bed can make your sleep more restless. But also, no one likes to go to bed on an growling stomach! This is where low cal, sleep friendly snacks come in. Here are a few for the next time you have to answer the call of the late night munchies.

  1. Baby carrots: At just 4 calories per carrot, what is not to love about these sweet, crunchy veggies?
  2. Banana: I go bananas for bananas. Bananas are packed with fiber and tryptophan, which is a chemical that makes us sleepy!images (3)
  3. Apples and peanut butter: I love this sweet snack. Apples are full of fiber and also offer a nice little crunch. When you dip them in peanut butter or almond butter, you are also filling up your tummy without making you feel heavy!
  4. String Cheese: One serving of string cheese is only 80 calories and contains good proteins and fats to help fill you up and satisfy you.
  5. Cereal: You can eat it either dry or with milk! But, when I say cereal, I do not mean Lucky Charms or cinnamon toast crunch (unfortunately!). I mean cereals that are whole grain such as oatmeal or corn flakes.

So, when the late night munchies hit, you will now be prepared! Reach for one of these healthy little snacks to kick your hunger to the curb! These are also easy snacks to keep on hand in a dorm room if you have a fridge or mini fridge!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Running Food 101

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is awesome cardio! In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give…

Running is one of the best stress relievers, AND it is awesome cardio! In order to get the most out of your run and be successful, you need to give your body the right fuel. Here are a few fueling tips to help you optimize your runs and fuel your body the right way.

  1. Before your run: Before your run you need to eat foods that are filled with natural sugars that are easy to burn for energy. Bananas are one of these foods! Plus they are a great source of potassium AND are delicious.running 1
  2. During your run: If you are doing a long distance run, it is important to continually fuel your body so you do not run out of energy. Starbursts are great for this! They are easy to chew while running and pack a sugar punch.
  3. After your run: Eat some oats! Oats are rich in carbs and also packed with protein and fiber. Grab a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and fruit for the perfect recovery snack!

Happy fueling!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Protein Rice Crispy Treats

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. But that 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. But that 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:

  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powderIMG_1731-1024x790
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 drop butterscotch flavor
  • 2 drops marshmallow root extract
  • 1 cup protein marshmallow fluff (recipe here)
  • 1-2 cups crispy brown rice cereal

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

XOXO, Chels

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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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Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Cookies are my kryptonite. They are so crazy addicting…unfortunately. If you have ever wished cookies were good for you so you could eat a boatload of them, your wish is…

Cookies are my kryptonite. They are so crazy addicting…unfortunately. If you have ever wished cookies were good for you so you could eat a boatload of them, your wish is granted! Here is a recipe for delicious protein cookies.

Ingredients:

– 2 scoops vanilla protein powdercookies 1

– 1 scoop peanut butter

– 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, and chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and drop 1 ½ tbsp sized drops onto the baking sheet. Spread the cookies out into circles and flatten them, they will not rise once they’re baked. Bake the cookies 7-9 minutes, let cool, then eat up! They’re even a great pre-workout or post-workout snack with their protein punch.

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe Via: http://undressedskeleton.tumblr.com/post/38097445655#disqus_thread

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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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5 Ways to use 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 your foods!

  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.l343274004
  1. Pancakes: My favorite breakfast treat.. 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.
  2.  Pudding: Who knew my favorite late-night snack would pair so well with protein? Check it out HERE.
  3. Cakes: Switch out half the flour in your cake recipe with protein powder and add an additional 1/2 cup water!
  1. Coffee: Make your own frappucino with protein powder! Read how HERE.

Eat up!

XOXO, Chels

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Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie

After I work out, I know that it is so important to eat protein to build my muscles back up. Sometimes, protein smoothies can taste just about as good as…

After I work out, I know that it is so important to eat protein to build my muscles back up. Sometimes, protein smoothies can taste just about as good as cardboard. Have no fear, my java lovers. Here is the recipe for an iced coffee protein smoothie that will knock your socks off!

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  • 1 cup Iced Coffee Almond Milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 scoops protein powder of choice
  1. Blend together.
  2. Enjoy!

Next time you work out and you need me a pick-me-up, mix one of these babies up! It will fill your tummy so that you don’t feel like snacking 24/7. Wouldn’t that be nice?! I am SO looking forward to mixing one of these up next time I work out. Try this out and comment below!

XOXO, Chels

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What to Eat When You First Wake Up

As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although many people like to skip breakfast, it really is essential in waking you up and giving…

As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although many people like to skip breakfast, it really is essential in waking you up and giving you energy!  Now I wouldn’t count a donut as good fuel, but there are specific foods that are perfect to get your day started off right.  Check out which foods you should keep in your kitchen to eat right when you wake up!Chelsea Crockett- bran cereal

Eating 30 minutes after you wake up is key for your metabolism. It’s the perfect time to digest food faster and burn off more calories as you consume the food.  Since your body is burning a larger amount of calories, it’s important to load up on carbs and protein first thing in the morning.  Grabbing a whole wheat piece of toast, eggs, and some fruit is an ideal breakfast.  Now, I understand many of us don’t have time to cook ourselves breakfast before school, so if you’re on the go, try Greek yogurt or bran cereal.  Greek yogurt is packed full of protein and even gives you a great amount of dairy.  Bran cereals are packed with fiber and B-vitamins which keep you fuller longer.  This way, you won’t find yourself day dreaming about lunch during class.

This school year, I challenge you not to skip breakfast! Your body craves a energy packed meal!

Love,

Chelsea

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