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.

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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)

How to Style a One-Piece Swimsuit

“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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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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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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How To: Layer For Summer

Packing your bags this summer for a few weekend getaways? Plan for layers to make the most of limited suitcase space. Our stylist, Erin R., put together two layered looks to take your #OOTD from brunchin’ to beachin’!

How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Beach Short | Striped Crop Tank | Beach Backpack
How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Embroidered Skirt | Ribbed Tank | Panama Hat | Embroidered Tote

Show us your summer style with #AerieSWIM for a chance to be featured on our Instagram or Twitter!

xoxo,
Aerie

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Real Talk With Sun Bum

We can’t get enough of Sun Bum, suncare made from the best ingredients under the sun. Our team had a chance to sit down with Bryan W., one of the coolest guys from the Sun Bum team to learn a bit more about the newest collection now at Aerie, the need-to-know facts about skincare and most importantly, the story behind their funky logo.

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Aerie: Tell us a little bit about yourself! How did you get started working with Sun Bum?

Bryan: It was 2011 and I was at a trade show in Florida. I happened to walk by the Sun Bum booth. It was full of action, tons of people were crowding around to see what this new brand was all about. I made my way through the crowd and was Instantly drawn in by the Ape and all the wood grain bottles. I asked the guy working the booth what’s Sun Bum he replied Sun Care.  It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.  I knew sun care to be a medicine looking bottle like the one my parents forced on me as a child but this was the total opposite.  I knew at that moment this was a company I wanted to be a part of.

Aerie: We love your logo! What’s the story behind the monkey?

Bryan: We got lucky with the logo, people love it. No meaning, we just wanted a big, strong but relaxed character to represent the brand.

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Aerie: What is a common misconception about sunscreen?

Bryan: Once you put it on your covered all day. No matter what your doing it’s super important to reapply regularly.

Aerie: We really want a tan this summer…is that a big no-no?

Bryan: Hey we like being tan too, but you just gotta take is slow. Use an SPF 15 or higher, you’ll still get color but without the burn.

Aerie: What’s the difference between SPF 15, SPF 30, and SPF 50? Which is a girl to use?

Bryan: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Below is the approximate percentage of UVB rays blocked depending on SPF rating. The difference is surprisingly small. A higher SPF helps if you are fair skinned or have history of skin cancer. Remember, no sunscreen blocks 100% of UV rays.

SPF 15 = 93% Coverage

SPF 30 = 97% Coverage

SPF 50 = 98% Coverage

SPF 70 = 98.5% Coverage

SPF 100 = 99% Coverage

The main thing that affects protection level is applying it correctly. Dermatologists recommend using 3 tablespoons of sunscreen to protect your whole body. SPF ratings are significantly decreased if you don’t apply enough. Most people only apply 1/3 of the sunscreen they need. Make sure you use enough and don’t neglect hard to reach and easily forgotten places like your ears, feet and upper back.

Aerie: When is the best time to apply sunscreen?

Bryan: Anytime your out in the sun is a good time to apply sunscreen, but again, don’t forget to reapply every few hours.

Shop the Sun Bum collection now at Aerie and at Aerie.com!

Aerie: Why is using SPF lip balm important?

Bryan: Your lips get burn in the same way your skin gets burnt. So why wouldn’t you want to protect your kisser

Aerie: Which Sun Bum product is your favorite?

Bryan: I love my SPF 30 Face Stick. It’s easy to use goes on clear and is travel friendly.

 Thanks for the inside scoop, Bryan!

Be sure to pick up and pack this surf-ready SPF
so you can keep the fun going all day long!

xo,

Aerie

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Our Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

Whether you’re headed to the beach for a 5-day vacay or just for the day – don’t forget to throw in these faves! Our Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials 1. The Beach Bag – Where else will you carry all of these essentials? Our two musts for a great beach bag: it should be extra big (to fit the goodies listed below) and extra cute. Tip: Pick a bag that is “beach resistant” and can stand up to the sand. Our teams love woven raffia. Sand brushes right off of this effortless, beach-ready material.

2. The Swimsuit – Duh! The best beach day starts with a cute suit. Right now we’re crushing on this sporty zipper colorblocked bandeau and pretty purple halter.

3. The Coverup – Headed to the boardwalk for a snack? From beach shorts to oversized beach shirts – our stylist has got you covered.

4. The Sunscreen – We can’t get enough of Sun Bum, suncare made from the best ingredients under the sun. Be sure to pick up and pack this surf-ready SPF so you can keep the fun going all day long!

5. The Beauty Must-Haves – We wish that a day at the beach meant instant beach hair, but sometimes our waves need a little encouragement. Try our Beauty For Real For Aerie Salt Spray. It’s ocean in a bottle!

6. The Tunes – Our summer playlist. On repeat.

7. The Sunnies – We have a thing for aviators right now. A classic shape in fun new colors? We’re in!

8. The Flip Flops – Flip flops and sandals should be part of your summer uniform. We love these flip flops from AEO, but to be honest, it was hard to pick just one pair. Can’t we have them all?

9. The Beach Blanket – Be sure to include a blanket to stake out your spot on the beach.

10. The Hat – Top off your packing with a panama-style or floppy hat. It will make catching up on the latest issue of Elle that much easier.

Our Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

 We asked a few of our summer-ready bloggers what they are bringing to the beach – check out their must-haves below!

“During the warmer months you can always catch me spending the day relaxing at the beach or pool & my beach bag is always filled with my 4 must-haves for the perfect day. I always have sunscreen for both my face & body (Supergoop is my fav!), a hat because while I love laying in the sun and getting a little color, I always keep my face in the shade, my kindle or a couple magazines, & of course sunglasses, my eyes are super sensitive to the sun so they are a must!” – Jackie (Living After Midnite)

“A pair of super cute, but affordable sunnies: I’m about to get real here. I can’t be trusted on the beach with my designer sunnies because I’m active! I either sit on them or I lose them in a big wave. I’m loving this pair of white and gold aviators – kind of my go-to color scheme! If I lose them, I can just pop right back in Aerie and grab another!” – Megan (The Thing She Sees)

“I don’t know about you, but once the warm weather hits most of my weekends are spent at the beach and packing your beach bag properly is crucial for a great day at the beach! Most important first, sunscreen! No one wants to look like a lobster at the end of the day! Secondly, a pair of super cute sunnies. Don’t forget the case too! Sand in sunglasses are no bueno! Third, two towels! Yes, two! One to lay on and one for a pillow. Also, if you get in the water you will have an extra one that isn’t super sandy to dry off with! Lastly, I can’t live without my bluetooth speaker. Great tunes at the beach are a must! – Shannon (Upbeat Soles)

Thanks, girls! Let’s pack this up and get to the beach!

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