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Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies

I am all about clean eating, so I love when I can find sweet treats that are low fat and low calorie. Boy did I hit the jackpot with these…

I am all about clean eating, so I love when I can find sweet treats that are low fat and low calorie. Boy did I hit the jackpot with these cookies! They have less than 100 calories each and they are the perfect mixture of sweet and tart. Here is how to make this refreshing spring snack!

Ingredients:  strawberry-oatmeal-cookies3-Ts

  • 1 c. instant oats
  • ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 room temp egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c. honey
  • 6 tbsp fresh diced raspberries

In a bowl, whisk the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk the coconut oil, egg and vanilla together. Stir in the honey and then add in the flour mixture. Stir until it is smooth, and then fold in the raspberries. Chill the mixture for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop the dough onto the sheet in 15 rounded scoops. Bake for 13-15 minutes and then let them cool for 15 minutes on the sheet.

I am so excited to make these cookies, they sound so fresh and tasty! Perfect for any Easter or spring gathering.

XOXO, Chels

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Snickers Popcorn

What is your favorite candy bar? One of my absolute favs is Snickers! The best way to watch a movie is with a bucket of popcorn, so at your next…

What is your favorite candy bar? One of my absolute favs is Snickers! The best way to watch a movie is with a bucket of popcorn, so at your next movie marathon with your gal pals, make them Snickers popcorn!

Ingredients

  • 8 quarts of popped cornSnickers-Caramel-Popcorn
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 2 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup of salted peanuts
  • 30 “fun size” Snickers bars, chopped
  • 3 ounces melted semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Over medium heat, boil the butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup for 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the baking soda. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir it so that it covers all of the corn. Spread some wax paper onto the counter and then pour the covered corn onto the wax paper. Sprinkle the peanuts on top and then transfer it into a roasting pan and bake for 1 hour, stirring it every 15 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, stir in the chopped Snickers and put it back in the oven for about 3 minutes. Remove the popcorn from the pan and then spread it onto the wax paper to cool. Drizzle melted chocolate on top of it, and then store it in a container until you and your friends are ready to devour it!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Spring Strawberry Treats & Snacks!

Food inspiration can come from a multitude of different things… and since it’s spring, fresh fruits will be sprouting up left and right. It’s time to think about some healthy…

Food inspiration can come from a multitude of different things… and since it’s spring, fresh fruits will be sprouting up left and right. It’s time to think about some healthy spring snacks and treats. Where I live, strawberries will be ripe for picking in about one month.  Whether you get to go and pick them or buy them at your local market, strawberries are a delicious treat!  They are low in calories and fats but rich in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.  Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C which is a powerful natural antioxidant.Chelsea Crockett - Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake

Therefore, let’s talk about some awesome snacks made with this yummy fruit!  A mom of one of my friends makes a delicious truffle filled with layers of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding/whip cream mixture, and sliced strawberries.  It’s to die for!  Sometimes she just buys a store bought cake and crumbles it up to form the layers.  It’s one of my favorites!

Another snack that I love with strawberries may sound a bit weird… but don’t judge me until you’ve tried it :)! You take fresh strawberries and dip them in a little sour cream and then brown sugar… it’s divine!  It sounds gross at first but the combination of those ingredients is absolutely delicious.  You should give it a try!

Share your favorite treats with me in the comments below. I’d love to hear some of your favorite berry recipes for spring!

XOXO, Chelsea

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Green Tea Frappucino

Green tea is a total superfood. If you have explored my website a bit then you have observed my obsession with green tea! The health benefits are endless, from enhancing…

Green tea is a total superfood. If you have explored my website a bit then you have observed my obsession with green tea! The health benefits are endless, from enhancing your metabolism to boosting your energy to replenishing your antioxidants and many more! I prefer green tea over coffee because it gives me a great burst of energy without making me feel jittery or hyper like coffee does. Here I a recipe for a great green tea smoothie to start your day off right!STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY - The Secret Is Out

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 teaspoons green tea powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons sweetener of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

This recipe is incredibly simple to make. All you do is put all of your ingredients into your blender and blend them until they are smooth! Once you are done with this step you have your very own healthy, energy boosting green tea frappucino! You didn’t even have to pay an arm and a leg at Starbucks to whip this bad boy up.

Let me know what you think of this tasty treat!

XOXO, Chels

 

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3 St. Patrick’s Day Snacks & Treats!

St. Patrick’s Day is just an excuse for lots of fun and good food! Whether you’re having a St. Patty’s class celebration or a party with your friends, you’ll need…

St. Patrick’s Day is just an excuse for lots of fun and good food! Whether you’re having a St. Patty’s class celebration or a party with your friends, you’ll need some themed, green treats to snack on. I’ve seen hundreds of ideas on Pinterest, but here are three that are not only delicious but simple as well!

  • Lucky Charm® Rice Krispie® Treats. These are so easy and fun to make! All you need is a recipe for homemade Rice Krispie® Treats. Then you can go one of two ways: either dye the butter green before mixing your ingredients or use green colored marshmallow (either way works!). After following your recipe but before separating them into squares, add in Lucky Charm® marshmallows! That’s all there is to it!Chelsea Crockett - Lime Sherbet Floats
  • Lime Sherbet Floats.  Since you’re going to have so many yummy treats, you’ll need something to quench your thirst. Lime sherbet floats will do the trick! All you need are a few cartons (or however many you need to serve your friends!) of lime, green ice cream. For the soda, pick whatever you like best! I prefer either 7-Up® or Sprite®. For tastiest results, use a lemon-lime flavored soda!
  • Rainbow Fruit Kabobs. Since I’m all for healthy treats, fruit kabobs are not only perfect for taste but decoration too! You’ll need these ingredients: purple grapes, blueberries, kiwis, pineapples, cantaloupe, and raspberries (or strawberries)! Stack them on wooden skewers in that exact order, like a rainbow (which is another St. Patrick’s Day theme!).

 

Let me know how your treats turn out :)!

-Chelsea

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Long Flight Travel Tips

I recently had a friend travel to Europe so we started brainstorming ways to help her enjoy the long flight! Here are some ideas that we came up with: 1. …

I recently had a friend travel to Europe so we started brainstorming ways to help her enjoy the long flight! Here are some ideas that we came up with:

1.  Bring Comfort in Your Carry-on!  It’s always good to pack a neck pillow, an eye mask, earplugs, and/or headphones. These items will allow you to catch some necessary ZZZ’s before landing at your destination. Chelsea Crockett- long flight essentials

2.  Bring Novels and/or Magazines!  Long flights or car rides are always a good time to chill and take time to read.  Whether you like to dive into a long novel or catch up on the latest Seventeen Magazine, reading can make the time fly!

3.  Bring your IPad, IPhone, and/or IPod!  Before your trip, be sure to download your favorite music, movies, books, and games.  Many hours can be spent entertaining yourself with these gadgets!  If you are flying with family or friends, why not challenge them to a friendly competition with one of your games.  A little competition is always good!

4.  Bring Snacks!  Airplane food is filled with sodium and preservatives…..not my favorite and certainly not healthy.  Pack some nuts, fruit, protein bars, etc. to keep yourself satisfied and not agitated because of lack of food.

I hope these tips will help you the next time you find yourself on a long journey to your favorite destination!

Bon voyage!
Chels

 

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Healthy Bedtime Snacks

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! Sometimes the late night muchies just hit you out of no-where! Researchers link late night snacking calories to be the potential for…

I’m a late night snacker. Ill admit it! 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! Buuuuut, how uncomfortable is it going to sleep with a growling stomach?! This is where low cal, sleep friendly snacks come in! Here is 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 this crunchy orange snack!midnight-snacking
  2. Banana: If you know me, then you know I LOVE bananas! Bananas are packed with fiber and tryptophan, which is a chemical that makes us sleepy!
  3. Apples and peanut butter: Delish! 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! 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!

XOXO, Chels

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Christmas Popcorn

This Christmas popcorn is such a super fun treat! It is festive, totally delicious, and super easy to make! Bring this bad boy to any Christmas party or Christmas break…

This Christmas popcorn is such a super fun treat! It is festive, totally delicious, and super easy to make! Bring this bad boy to any Christmas party or Christmas break slumber party to knock the socks off all of your friends and family!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of popped popcornchristmas+crunch2
  • 12 ounce bag of vanilla candy melts
  • 1 1/3 cups broken pretzel pieces
  • 12 ounce bag green and red milk chocolate M&Ms
  • Christmas sprinkles

Pop your bags of popcorn and pour them into a large bowl. Toss in the broken pretzels and M&Ms. Melt the vanilla candy melts in a bowl in the microwave and drizzle half of the bowl of melted of vanilla candy over the popcorn mix and stir it all together. Then, drizzle the remaining melted vanilla candy over the popcorn and gently mix. Pour the mixture onto wax paper and sprinkle the mixture evenly with sprinkles before the vanilla candy hardens. After the mixture has hardened, break up the mixture into pieces and then serve it on a cute Christmas platter. You can even bag some up and tie it with cute bows and give it to friends and teachers for Christmas gifts!

Enjoy! Merry Christmas.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Pictures via CookingClassy.com

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Snowman Oreo Pops

Christmas time means Christmas parties, and Christmas parties mean fun snacks and activities with friends! Today I am going to show you a sweet Christmas treat that you can make…

Christmas time means Christmas parties, and Christmas parties mean fun snacks and activities with friends! Today I am going to show you a sweet Christmas treat that you can make with your friends and family and serve at a Christmas party! These festive treats are sure to be a crowd favorite because A, they involve Oreos and B, they are adorable!

Ingredients:christmas-treats

  • Oreos
  • Cake pop sticks
  • Vanilla almond bark for the coating
  • Orange Tic-Tacs cut in half for the nose
  • Black frosting for the eyes and mouth

1.Insert the cake pop sticks into the white filling of the Oreo.

  1. Melt the vanilla almond bark according to the instructions on the package. Hold the cookie stick over the pot and use a spoon to coat the cookie with chocolate. Don’t dip the Oreo pop into the vanilla almond bark because it will cause the cookie to fall off the stick!
  2. Place your coated cookie pops onto a baking sheet covered in wax paper to dry. Before the chocolate coating fully dries, push the orange Tic-Tac halves into the middle of the cookie. Allow the pops to cool completely before adding the eyes and mouth.

And that ‘tis it! Now you can make adorable tasty treats with your friends this Holiday season! Keep an eye out for more Christmas themed recipes!

XOXO, Chels

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Christmas Pretzel Bites

I have a few Christmas parties coming up and I have been wracking my brain trying to think of fun activities to do at the parties and fun foods to…

I have a few Christmas parties coming up and I have been wracking my brain trying to think of fun activities to do at the parties and fun foods to serve!holiday-pretzel-treats-christmas-recipe-photo-420-FF0105ALMFA02

Ingredients:

  • Circle or square shaped pretzels
  • Hershey’s Kisses, whatever kind you want! I prefer the caramel filled ones.
  • Red and green M&Ms

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and align your pretzels on the sheet. Unwrap your Hersey’s Kisses and place one on each pretzel. Stick the cookie sheet in the oven until the Kiss begins to melt down (about 4 minutes or so).

Have your M&Ms ready for when the pretzels get out of the oven. Remove the pretzels from the oven and gently press an M&M down on each one. The Kisses should flatten out when you press the M&M on it.  Let the pretzel bites cool completely and let them sit in the fridge for about 10 minutes. These are great little snacks for any holiday gathering! Easy to pop in your mouth and super festive.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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Frozen Yogurt Banana Bites

In the winter time it is important to keep up with a healthy diet because we don’t get as much exercise in the winter months. This can be because we…

In the winter time it is important to keep up with a healthy diet because we don’t get as much exercise in the winter months. This can be because we don’t have access to a gym or because it is too cold to exercise outdoors. Here is a healthy snack that is quick and easy to make and also tastes amazing. The taste reminds me of ice cream!

Ingredients:IMG_6315

  • 1 small cluster of bananas
  • Any flavor of Greek yogurt
  1. Place parchment paper on a plate or a cookie sheet. Slice up your bananas and then dry off the slices. You can do this and then freeze your slices to use at another time, too, if you want. Once you have dried off the slices, carefully dip the bananas in the yogurt. Use a fork to roll and gently lift the chunks of banana out of the yogurt. Then, place the chunks onto the parchment paper and place in the freezer overnight. Once they are frozen remove the bananas and place them into a Ziploc bag for storage.

One thing I really love about this snack is that it combines my favorite fruit, bananas, and yummy protein-packed Greek yogurt! I like to eat these yummy treats after dinner as my dessert. They are much better for you than ice cream or other sweet sugary treats, but taste just as good!

 

XOXO, Chels

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Go Nuts for Nuts!

Snacking can be the root of all evil. I snack when I’m bored, I snack when I’m doing homework, I snack when I’m not hungry, I snack ALL the time! …

Snacking can be the root of all evil. I snack when I’m bored, I snack when I’m doing homework, I snack when I’m not hungry, I snack ALL the time!  When you’re on a diet, just trying to eat healthy, or working out a lot, snacking can ruin all your hard effort.  Luckily, there are a few foods that are perfectly healthy to snack on.  There are a variety of nuts that are great for your body and have a handful of health benefits.  Keep on reading to find out what you should chow down on for your next snack! Chelsea Crockett- almonds

All nuts are pretty equal when it comes to calories. Although the fat content is high in nuts, it contains the healthy fat that your body needs.  A serving size can typically be measured by a handful and will fill you up.  For the healthiest option, avoid nuts that have been roasted in oil.  Instead, eat them raw or dry-roasted.  A few of my favorite nuts are almonds, peanuts, and pistachios.  They’re so great for a snack on-the-go or paired with a sandwich for lunch!

All nuts contain different vitamins and nutrients that are great for your skin, heart, and overall health. Almonds contain vitamin E, which is known to help improve the appearance of your skin.  It is also a heart healthy nut.  Listen up ladies, pistachios are known to keep hormones in check when you’re on your period!  They also contain fiber and potassium.  Other healthy nuts include walnuts, cashews, and macadamia nuts.

Next time you need something to snack on, reach for a handful of nuts!   Your body and stomach will thank you for it!

Love,

Chelsea

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Midnight Snacks That Are Actually OK?!

Everyone struggles with the midnight munchies. It’s so typical for me in be cuddled in bed and then feel my stomach rumble.  Sometimes I can’t tell if I’m actually hungry…

Chelsea Crockett- yogurtEveryone struggles with the midnight munchies. It’s so typical for me in be cuddled in bed and then feel my stomach rumble.  Sometimes I can’t tell if I’m actually hungry or just bored….either way, I usually find myself in the kitchen.  When you’re trying to eat healthy, that midnight snack can really get ya!  Lucky for you, I’ve come up with the perfect midnight snack substitutes for whatever you’re craving!

  • If you’re craving ice cream, try a yogurt instead. If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth enough, try adding granola, berries, dried fruit, or a few candy pieces to the yogurt.
  • If you’re craving something salty, throw in a small bag of popcorn. The saltiness and crunchiness with kick that craving to the curb!
  • If you need some chocolate in your life, go for a small piece of 60% or higher dark chocolate. Each square contains a small about of sugar and is even full of antioxidants!
  • If you’re craving pie, try cutting up an apple and sprinkling some cinnamon and sugar on it. It’s like the pie without the crust! You can even warm it up!
  • If Mexican food is what you’re stomach wants, grab some tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole.
  • If you feel like you need a second meal, AKA you’re very hungry, I suggest making a small turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread. Turkey contains an amino acid that actually promotes sleep.

Next time you hear your stomach calling for help, don’t ignore it! Instead, try one of these healthier alternatives and crawl back into bed!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Caramel Apple Season!

I recently shared an article with you about how to use apples for beauty remedies.  Now, I want to talk to you about one of my favorite apple desserts and…

I recently shared an article with you about how to use apples for beauty remedies.  Now, I want to talk to you about one of my favorite apple desserts and how you can make them!  We love apples at our house and with fall just around the corner, I know that means fresh caramel apples will be in our kitchen!  What’s a bonfire without s’mores and caramel apples!?  Therefore, I thought it would be fun to share a caramel apple recipe with you!Chelsea Crockett - Caramel ApplesFirst you need to cook 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Be sure to swirl until golden brown.  Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of cream, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  Transfer to a bowl that is tall and good for dipping apples and let the ingredients cool slightly!  Insert a wooden stick into four apples and dip them into the caramel, one at a time.  Be sure to set them on parchment paper after dipping.  Then, let them harden by placing in the refrigerator if needed. You can also dip them in nuts, Oreos, M&M’s etc.! It’s quick, easy, and delicious!

There you have it….a perfect treat for bonfires, hayrides, Halloween parties, etc.  What better way to kick off fall then to treat yourself and your friends to some homemade caramel apples!  Yum!

Enjoy! – Chelsea

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July 4th Inspired Snack

This Independence Day, get your snack on! Are you throwing a Fourth of July party or having family or friends over? If so, you want some cute ways to show…

This Independence Day, get your snack on! Are you throwing a Fourth of July party or having family or friends over? If so, you want some cute ways to show your patriotic side through your food choice! Having cute snacks for your guests is always a must, so here is a super sweet treat to “wow” your guests!

All you need is bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and skewers. Slice your bananas into pieces about ¼ inch thick. chelsea crockett fruit
Clean your strawberries and cut the tops off, then slice them in half or cut them until they are in bite size pieces. Find a large serving tray. Take a skewer and start layering your bananas and strawberries onto the skewers. As you make more sewers, you want to lay them out and make the lines of bananas and strawberries line up to look like the red and white stripes of the flag. Also, as you get towards the end of your serving tray, add blueberries to the top of the skewers to look like the blue section of the flag, as seen in the picture.

This snack is not only healthy, it is super patriotic! God bless the USA!

XOXO, Chels

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Sweet And Salty Snack!

Do any of you lovely Insiders ever crave something sweet and salty? Well do I have a snack for you! It is simple, easy, and even involves chocolate! These savory…

Do any of you lovely Insiders ever crave something sweet and salty? Well do I have a snack for you! It is simple, easy, and even involves chocolate! These savory snacks can be made for any Thanksgiving or Christmas party you may be having, or you can just make them to eat for yourself!

Ingredients:

crackers

-Rolo Candy

– Ritz Crackers

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the crackers salty side down on a cookie sheet. Place one Rolo on each cracker. Bake the crackers for about 5 minutes to allow the Rolos to melt a bit. While the Rolos are still warm, place a cracker on top of them and push the two crackers together, forming a sandwich.

 

And viola, you are finished! These snacks are super quick and easy, and are sure to be a big hit at any party or get together, or even just as a late night snack!

 

XOXO, Chels

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