5 Healthy Breakfasts

Today’s CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) post is for the on-the-go girl. When you’re busy, it can be tempting to choose the fastest, easiest breakfast option instead of making breakfast every morning. Though convenient, those grab-and-go options are not always the healthiest choices, and buying them can really add up. Today, we’re bringing you 5 healthy, homemade options for breakfast on the go! Each of these recipes can be prepared the night before or over the weekend to save you precious time in the morning.

Chocolate and Raspberry Breakfast Quinoa

Makes 2 servings

½ cup quinoa

1 cup + 2 tbsp milk (I used cashew milk, but any milk will work!)

2.5 tsp cacao powder

½ tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup raspberries

1 tbsp cacao nibs

1] Bring ½ cup of quinoa and 1 cup of milk to a boil in a small pot. Once it boils, stir and reduce the heat to a simmer.

2] Cook the quinoa until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.

Healthy Breakfast - How To: Chocolate and Raspberry Breakfast Quinoa

3] Place the quinoa in a medium-sized bowl and fluff with a fork to cool.

4] Add the cacao powder, vanilla extract, honey and remaining milk to the quinoa and stir to mix. Depending on the milk you used, you many want to add a touch more honey for sweetness—your call!

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5] Transfer half of the quinoa mixture to a bowl, top with the raspberries and cacao nibs and eat up!

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Coconut and Mango Avocado Toast

Makes 1 serving

½ cup sliced mango

½ avocado

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tbsp shredded coconut

2 slices bread

½ tsp salt

5 Healthy Breakfast - How To Make: Coconut and Mango Avocado Toast

1] Preheat the oven to 400℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2] Spread the coconut oil on both sides of the bread, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pop into to the oven.

3] Bake the bread until it is golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Feel free to double or triple the bread and coconut oil if you want to prepare extra for the upcoming week!

4] Mash the avocado with a fork and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

5 Healthy Breakfast - How To Make: Coconut and Mango Avocado Toast

5] Spread the avocado on the toast and top with the sliced mango. Sprinkle on the shredded coconut and eat up!

5 Healthy Breakfast - How To Make: Coconut and Mango Avocado Toast

Vegan Blueberry and Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Cups

Makes 12 cups

2 ½ cups rolled oats

1 cup blueberries

½ cup + 1 ½ cups milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp agave nectar

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp melted coconut oil

1] Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line a muffin tin with baking cups.

2] In a small bowl, combine chia seeds with ½ cup of milk. Stir to mix and let sit for about 20 minutes, or until a chia pudding has formed.5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: Vegan Blueberry and Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Cups

3] In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, blueberries and baking powder.

5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: Vegan Blueberry and Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Cups

4] In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining milk, vanilla extract, agave and coconut oil. Whisk the wet ingredients until fully combined.

5] Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir to mix. Once the chia pudding has set, add the chia to the mixture and stir once more.

6] Spoon the mixture into the baking cups and pop into the oven. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on top.5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: Vegan Blueberry and Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Cups

7] Remove from the oven, set aside to cool and eat up! Any leftover oatmeal cups can be stored in an airtight container.

5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: Vegan Blueberry and Vanilla Baked Oatmeal Cups

Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pudding

Makes 3-4 servings

6-8 large strawberries (about 2 cups)

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup chia seeds

1 tbsp shredded coconut

1] Remove the stems from the strawberries and toss into a food processor, along with the coconut milk and vanilla extract, and puree until completely smooth.5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pudding

2] Pour the pureed strawberry mixture into a large bowl, add in the chia seeds and stir to mix. Let the mixture soak for at least 20 minutes, if not overnight, so that the chia seeds will form a pudding.

5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pudding

3] Spoon the chia pudding mixture into a bowl, or a hollowed-out coconut if you’re feelin’ summery!

4] Top with sliced strawberries and sprinkle on some shredded coconut. Eat up!

5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: Strawberry and Coconut Chia Pudding

Kale, Berry and Chia Acai Bowl

Makes 1 serving

2 cups kale

½ cup blueberries

½ cup raspberries

½ cup blackberries

1 packet frozen unsweetened acai puree

1 tbsp chia seeds

½ cup milk

1 tbsp honey

5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: A Kale, Berry and Chia Acai Bowl

1] Combine the kale, milk and chia seeds in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. No one like kale chunks in their smoothie!

5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: A Kale, Berry and Chia Acai Bowl

2] Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. You’re aiming for a very thick smoothie that can be eaten with a spoon, so try not to add additional liquid or you’ll end up with a soup.5 Healthy Breakfasts - How To Make: A Kale, Berry and Chia Acai Bowl

3] Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with anything your heart desires! I recommend using fresh berries, cacao nibs, coconut and goji berries. Then eat up!

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ABOUT CHAARG 

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA 

Teresa Sandoval is a CHAARG blogger from The Ohio State University. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that get her outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

Meet Teresa from CHAARG!

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How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit

The One-Piece swimsuit isn’t for the timid. Between the bold prints, fun cut-outs, crisscross backs and crochet details, we’re clearly not afraid of a challenge.

Jessica from The Steele Maiden styles her favorite Cross-Back One-Piece by pairing it with our Beach Tank and Short.

How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit

What Inspired Jessica’s Look:
“My motto for the beach is casual and comfortable.. but still cute!  I loved the relaxed fit on these breezy shorts and this sweater tank is so easy to throw on, plus it was easily dressed up with jeans and heels to head out to dinner later that night. And I can’t get enough of Summer hats like this straw fedora – stylish and practical, it’s a win win.”

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Get Jessica’s Look: Cross-Back One-Piece Swimsuit | Beach Tank | Beach Short | Panama Hat (Similar) | AEO Half Frame Icon Sunglasses (Similar)

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“I’ve been dying to try a one piece suit this Summer and this floral one-piece didn’t disappoint! The cut was so flattering and the lace-up back detail really makes it standout from the crowd.”How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit

Show us your favorite One-Piece with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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DIY Brightening Face Mask

We’re back with another post from CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls). To help you make this summer your happiest and healthiest yet, CHAARG girl Morgan brings you this DIY face mask that we wish we could eat for breakfast, too! Stay tuned for more fun health and workout tips.

DIY BRIGHTENING FACE MASK

At CHAARG, we are firm believers in treating yourself! Whether it’s a pint of ice cream or a mani-pedi spa day, it’s important to take time for YOU. So for those summer nights when you want to sit in your PJs and pamper yourself, we have just the treat: DIY Brightening Face Mask!

Spa products can be super expensive (and not to mention, full of unnatural chemicals and additives), so we’re fans of making our masks at home with natural ingredients so you know exactly what’s going into them. Chances are, you have most of the ingredients on hand!

Being out in the summer sun can hurt your skin, so this exfoliating and brightening face mask will help hydrate your face and rub away dead skin, leaving your face feeling brighter, glowing and gorgeous—just like you!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup rolled oats*

¼ cup brown sugar**

1 TBSP honey*** (melted)

1 TBSP coconut oil (melted)

1 small- to medium-sized Mason jar for storage

*For more of a healing mask, add in extra oats to soothe your skin.

**For more of a scrubbing mask, add more sugar to the mixture.

***For best results, use raw honey.

DIY Brightening Face Mask

WHY WE LOVE THEM

All of the ingredients in this face mask have amazing skin benefits!

Greek yogurt—moisturizer/skin brightener

Greek yogurt works well with dry, sensitive skin and is perfect for scrubbing away dead skin cells. It also fights against acne.

Oats—revitalizer

The oats act as a revitalizing agent that, like Greek yogurt, treats acne. Although the oats themselves don’t lubricate the skin, when paired with a moisturizer, they help your skin retain moisture and give it pretty, glowing shine.

Brown Sugar—exfoliant

You’ve probably seen sugar scrubs at every spa and beauty supply store you’ve been to, and for good reason. Sugar is the best scrub for your face, and when applied to the skin, it reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, exposing live skin cells and allowing your skin to become even more moisturized.

Honey—healing agent

Not only does honey taste great, but it helps you get glowing skin for the summer. It has natural healing properties, and like oats, it helps the skin retain moisture, allowing your skin to feel suppler. Because honey absorbs impurities from pores on the skin, it can also be used as a part of an acne regimen.

Coconut oil—moisturizer

Coconut oil works as a moisturizer, and when combined with an exfoliating agent like the brown sugar, it scrapes off excess dead skin and cleans out blocked pores.

TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF!

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super quick. All you need is a food processor (or a blender), which means easy cleanup too!

1] Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth/creamy.

2] Spoon into a mason jar. The mixture can be stored in the fridge for as long as the date on the Greek yogurt is good!

3] Using your hands (get ready to get messy!), begin spreading the mixture across your face. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

4] Using warm water on a washcloth, begin scrubbing the mixture off your face, moving your hands in a circular motion to wipe the mixture off.

5] Hello, beautiful skin!

Let us know what you think of the face mask by tagging us on Instagram @CHAARG with the hashtag #inCHAARG. And remember to take care of your skin this summer, girls!

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ABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT MORGAN

Morgan Simpson is a CHAARG blogger from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She spends her free time cooking, kickboxing and playing with her black lab pup, Cabela. You’ll find her snapping pictures of anything/everything she eats.

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How to Style: a Beach Kimono

A bold beach coverup is always a good idea and the Aerie Beach Kimono is nothing short of genius. Not to mention, its fun floral print and fringe trim will compliment your solid Aerie Swim perfectly.

Katie from Little Black Blog hits the beach in her favorite Perky Triangle Wrap Bikini and Beach Kimono during her stay-cation in the Windy City.

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

Meet Katie:
“I’m Katie, the twenty-something behind the Chicago based personal style and beauty blog, Little Black Blog. I started my blog over four years ago as a creative outlet to express my love for fashion and graphic design. Since then, it’s evolved to become so much more and led me to meet other creative and inspiring women.”

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

What Inspired Katie’s Look:
“Sometimes a stay cation is the perfect little get away while living in the Windy City. I took a weekend stay downtown and escaped away to the North Avenue beach around the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. There is nothing more relaxing then sitting by a calm Lake Michigan, grabbing a cute pair of sunnies, packing my straw beach bag with a good book, and of course, mixing up my beach style with an amazing Aerie bikini.”

How to Style: a Beach Kimono

“I loved the fun zig-zag wrap top and the cute bottoms with cut outs. The best part about a solid color swim suit is I can go back to Aerie and purchase more bright tops or bottoms to mix and match my style. Sometimes too many options to pick from is a good thing!”

How to Style: a Beach Kimono “This bold beach kimono is the perfect coverup for a day at the beach or for a music filled weekend paired with the festival shortie. In Chicago, we love our music festivals in the park. A cute pair of high-waisted shorts that can double as a beach and festival essential are in a win in my book – but then again anything from Aerie is always a win. :)”
How to Style: a Beach Kimono

Get Katie’s Look: Perky Triangle Wrap Bikini Top | Beach Kimono | Hi-Rise Festival Shortie Striped Tote |  Floppy Hat (Similar)

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How to Style: a Beach Kimono

Show us your favorite Aerie Swim with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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Memorial Day Style with the Aerie Romper

We have no doubt that the Aerie Romper will be your go-to beach cover up this summer! With Memorial Day, just around the corner, this crisp white one-piece will pair perfectly with your favorite Aerie Swim.

Luisa from Peaches to Pearls styles the romper with her Brooke Bikini and Embroidered Tote for the perfect beach-ready #OOTD!

How To Style A Romper Meet Luisa:
Originally from the beautiful beaches of Destin, Florida, Luisa from Peaches to Pearls is a beach girl at heart. Currently living in Atlanta, Georgia, she is finishing up her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition. Luisa incorporates her passion for food and fashion by sharing affordable places to dine and shop in Atlanta. Luisa describes her style as “simply chic” and says she loves finding a good deal on designer clothing.

How To Style A Romper

What Inspired Luisa’s Look:
“Inspired by the kick-off to summer, Memorial Day, I absolutely love this chic, dainty romper for the beach. Paired with some cute AE sunnies, beach hat and beach bag – this look is perfect for summer 2015. And no outfit is complete with some delicious ice cream on the beach!”

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Get Luisa’s Look:  Aerie Romper | Brooke Bikini Top |Crocheted Hipster Bikini Bottom | Embroidered Tote | Floppy Hat (Similar) | AEO Half Frame Icon Sunglasses

How To Style A Romper Show us how you style the Aerie Romper with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

Photos by Piper Williams

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National Straw Hat Day

If you’re anything like us, you’re hat obsessed. So when National Straw Hat Day rolls around, we go big.

If you’re going for a classic look, the Panama Hat is both crisp and clean.  And if you’re more of a free-spirit, our Floppy Hat will mesh perfectly with your bohemian vibe. Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Blogger Alison from Ally Cog shares our love for all things hats by pairing one of our favorite styles with #AerieSWIM.

National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog

What Inspired Alison’s Look: 
“I always prefer to keep things simple. By pairing slouchy boyfriend shorts with a knit tank I’m able to be comfortable and still feel cute. I also love that it lets the swimsuit be the statement piece! The color is bold, the crochet detail makes it anything but basic and the back gives it a hint of sexiness. And the hat totally ties everything together.”National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog National Straw Hat Day with Blogger Ally Cog                      Get Alison’s Look: Panama Hat Beach Tank | Crochet One-Piece | AEO Denim Rolled Boy Midi
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Show us your favorite Aerie Swim with #AerieREAL or #AerieSWIM on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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