Breakfast Always.

You guys…this is starting to become a problem. I have been obsessed with making breakfast always. Lately, I’ve been having breakfast for breakfast… and lunch…and dinner. I apologize for the lack of variety in my blog recipes because today’s will be no exception.

I had an idea on my week off of work to discover a truly healthy muffin recipe. I have been inspired by multiple pinterest recipes but each one lacked an ingredient or two that I was missing in my kitchen. Eventually, I combined a few to make up these healthy, filling, and absolutely delicious muffins. My mom had one for breakfast that kept her full for a few hours. At 150 calories a pop, you can even afford a couple for breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner.

Dark Chocolate Pecan Health Muffins

  • 2.5 cups of old fashion oats
  • 1 cup of plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (optional, but delicious)
  • 1/2 cup of pecan pieces (optional, but scrumptious)

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2) Blend the oats into a fine grain in the blender. This will probably take about 20 seconds on high. Set aside oats in separate bowl to blend in later.

3) Blend the remainder of ingredients in the blender until they become a fine paste, this will take about a minute on high. Slowly add oats into blender until the batter is completely mixed. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts gradually.

4) Pour muffin batter evenly into 12 lined or greased muffin tins and bake for 17-19 minutes at 400 degrees.

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YUM.

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In other news, my mom and I completed our first race together this morning. We had a great time and I think it was a great motivator for both of us to exercise more together.

We followed our race up up a brewery tour. πŸ™‚ The race took place in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin which is the home of Leinenkugal’s Brewery. We enjoyed our free samples on the patio afterwords. Overall, it was a relaxing and fun morning spent with one of my most favorite people.

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The rest of the weekend will be spent hanging out and getting ready for the upcoming week. I hope you have a great rest of your day!

-Chelsey

Nutrition 101

One of my most popular blog posts. Explaining the basic building blocks of nutrition.

Healthy.Chelsey.[as of]Lately.

Happy Tuesday! I hope the weather is sunny wherever you are. In Iowa, we have had a few severe storms lately that fizzled away to bring more sunshine!

I had a great workout yesterday and hope to do the same this afternoon. In light of all the talk surrounding exercise, I wanted to provide my blog followers a chance to hear more about the nutrition component behind healthy living.

When I began training for my first half marathon in 2009, I was surprised at the lack of change in my body composition. I figured that running 10+ miles every week would result in some sort of noticeable difference. Below is a picture of me finishing my first half marathon.

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What I didn’t realize was that what you eat has much more of an influence on your weight than exercise alone. Therefore, proper nutrition paired with a exercise routine is the…

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Life Lately

Hello Blogworld! I have been busy moving to a new apartment, traveling to see friends and competing in my first triathlon. The purpose of this blog post will be catch up on healthy happenings in the world of Healthy Chelsey. πŸ™‚

First of all, Evan is HOME! After a summer apart, Evan and I were reunited last week. It has been wonderful to catch up and spend time together. I have loved getting back into our weekly routines and being able to see each other more frequently. He loved his internship in Savannah, Georgia and is missing it every day. Maybe someday we will go back!ImageSecondly, I am making my way through the book, Gone Girl by Gilligan Flynn. Holy cow–this book is intense! Have you read it? It’s a murder mystery between a husband and wife. Last night I hit a big twist in the plot before bed. Don’t you hate having to choose between finding out what’s next in a book and getting sleep?ImageNext, I wanted to share with you all about my most recent fitness accomplishment! This past Saturday, I took place in a team relay of a triathlon. A triathlon typically consists of a swimming, biking, and running, all in a row. The distance of these three activities varies on the length of course the participant chooses. My friends, Katie and her soon to be sister-in-law, Andrea split the triathlon three ways. Therefore, Katie swam, Andrea biked and I ran. I hope to someday run the full triathlon but grad school life can get kind of hectic. Regardless, I had a fabulous time and got a personal best in my running time. There is no better feeling than finishing a race in your new fastest time πŸ™‚ImageImageOur team. Andrea (bike), me (run), Katie and her handsome son (swim).

Lastly, I wanted to pass on a quick and easy post-dinner snack/dessert for days you are craving something sweet. My friend Katie came up with the concoction and it was the perfect amount of sweetness while leaving me perfectly satisfied for the remainder of our evening.ImageTo begin, dice up a peach or nectarine and top with cottage cheese. Before blending, sprinkle cinnamon and dark chocolate chips on top. It was a fabulous (and protein-packed) dessert.

I hope you all have a wonderful evening. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

-Chelsey