Healthy March Madness Party Snacks

March Madness Party SnacksI’m pretty sure it’s safe to say I had split personalities in High School. Like hii I’m super innocent elizabeth in my catholic school uniform freaking out if I got a 98% on a test. And then BAMM. Put me on the basketball court and I was kiiiind of a bully. I seriously did a complete 180.

Basically, basketball is my jam. Take me to a football game and sure, I’ll keep up and get somewhat excited. But take me to a basketball game and I’m on a wholeeeee other level. We’re talking full on yelling at the ref. I love how fast-paced it is and how much energy is in the room.

But basketball, just like any sporting event, you gotta pair it with f o o d.

Delicious. Crunchy. Savory. Salty. Greasy. Food. Errrr, maybe not greasy? Yet people tend to think that. Hence the #dadbod. How about #no.Dad BodThese deeeelicous HEALTHY snacks/dishes/dips/apps/heaven are perfect for your March Madness party { or to make all to yourself. } I won’t tell if you don’t. ;)

So enjoy these noms. And try not to lose your voice over the final games. *Cough, Michael, cough.*


Skinny French Onion Dip + Homemade Veggie Chips || Via Yours Truly

Skinny French Onion Dip


Buffalo Chickpea Dip || Via Fooduzzihealthy-buffalo-chickpea-dip-13


BBQ Chicken Pizza ||  Via Yours Truly

BBQ chicken pizza with cauliflower crust


Spicy Spiralized Sweet Potato Fries || Via Strength + SunshineSpicy-Spiralized-Sweet-Potato-Fries-4-1024x665


Roasted Chickpeas || Via Yours Truly

Roasted Chickpeas


Individual Seven-Layer Dip || Via Made to Glow

Individual seven layer dip


Baked BBQ Wings || Via My Healthyish Life

healthy wings


Three Ingredient Mac & Cheese || Via Yours Truly

3 Ingredient Mac + Cheese


Loaded Veggie Nachos  || Via The Refreshanista

Loaded Nachos


Mexican Stuffed Avocado with Buffalo Tahini Sauce || Via Emilie Eats

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Toasted Rosemary Walnuts || Via The Clean Eating Couple

Rosemary Walnuts


Swiss + Pepperjack Avocado Grilled Cheese || Via The Kitchen Of Danielle

grilled cheese avocado


Paleo Chili Cheese Dip || Via Little Bits Of

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What are your favorite tailgate snacks + dishes!? I’m ALWAYS looking for more :)

x, elizabeth

All My BEST Healthy Lifestyle Tips + Tricks

Healthy Living Tips + Tricks | Faith and Fitness BlogSay noo to dieting and yesss to a healthy lifestyle. Seriously, y’all, these 12 tips are GOLD.  Forming healthy habits is ten million times better than crash dieting for a week then gaining back 15 pounds more than you lost. Yes? Yes.

Read onnnn..


MODERATION —

The key to being healthy is everything in moderation. Don’t deprive yourself of ANY food. I absolutely love love loveee frozen yogurt, (S/O to Yogurt Mountain) and I know there is no way I would ever stop eating it because…

Deprivation –> Binging. The more you deprive yourself of one food, the more you want it. Enjoy your guilty pleasures, just be smart about it.

AVOID TEMPTATION —

Although you don’t want to deprive yourself, you also don’t want to tempt yourself. Keep your favorite foods around, but keep them in places where you aren’t going to see them every time you pass through the kitchen. Oh hey there chocolate cheesecake just waiting to be devoured.. wrongooo. When I buy a sweet treat, I keep it tucked away so I have to go out of my way to get it. Notttt right beside my bed. { Bad mistake. }

WRITE IT DOWN –

Recording what you eat is a big step when trying to lose weight. It makes you:

  1. realize all the mindless snacking you may do,
  2. gets you to read the nutrition labels,
  3. causes you to think before you eat and much much more.

My favorite food log app is probably My Fitness Pal. Read more about that here.

FRONTLOAD —

I am definitely the worst at this. Front loading means you eat most of your calories earlier in the day. Ex: Front loading would encourage eating about 700 cals for breakfast, 500 for lunch and 300 for dinner. Basically the reverse of what you’re { most likely } doing.

BONUS — Front loading could also mean you eat your sweets in the morning, though. Because the earlier in the day you eat your “cheat food” the more time you have to burn it off. Helloooo cake for breakfast.

EAT THE SAME ON THE WEEKENDS —

It’s easy to stick to a diet during the school/work week, because it’s routine. Don’t let the weekends ruin all your hard work (!!!) Going out to eat can be tricky, but a lot of restaurants offer a “skinny” section to their menu which is a great guide. If you want to splurge,  split with a friend and order a side salad. Order dessert, drinks, apps, whatever your heart desires.. Just don’t forget tip #1 — moderation.. even on weekends.

EAT SLOWLY —

Take the time to enjoy your food. Don’t stuff your face like you’re never going to eat again. *guilty*  You want to give your stomach and mind time to register that it’s not hungry anymore. Wait 30 minutes and see if you’re truly still hungry.

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80/20 — 

The 80/20 rule means eating healthy 80% of the time and unhealthy 20% of the time. Nobody can be healthy 100% of the time. If you strive to do this then whenever you slip up (which you will) you’ll feel extremely guilty and that’s not good for your mental healthChoosing a healthy lifestyle should be fun, not stressful. You want to be mindful about how you’re treating your body, but don’t beat yourself up if you slip up or splurge here and there.

NON FOOD ACTIVITIES —

Eating when you’re bored is wayyyy too easy to do. Keep a list of activities you can do instead of eating. Examples would be: Read, go for a walk, start a hobby, paint your nails, call a friend, go shopping, watch a show, etc. Don’t resort to eating from boredom. It’s not worth it, and you’ll feel guilty afterwards.

MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY —

This cannot be stressed enough. Sleep is so so SOO important for your physical and mental health. Treat your body with care and don’t wear yourself down.  You will be more alert and willing to get up and do things with your day when you have a good nights rest. You will also be less inclined to have unhealthy cravings. WUDDUP SUGAR.

EAT CLOSE TO THE EARTH —

No..This does not mean to eat organic. It simply means to avoid processed foods. Anything that has been genetically modified or processed is obviously not intended to be put in our body. God created this earth and all the yummy, NATURAL foods that come from it. If it takes years to expire it’s probably not a great choice. Choosing fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts (in moderation), and both animal + plant proteins is a healthy way of living. Why is a homemade meal always so much better? Because it has real and FRESH ingredients.

3 MILES OR 30 MINUTES —

A lot of people/websites say to exercise one hour a day/seven days a week. I think a good rule of thumb is three miles of walking/running, or thirty minutes of weight lifting, yoga, pilates, cycling, etc.. It’s important not to overwork your body. We are all trying to achieve different goals, and if you know 30 minutes isn’t going to be enough then by all means exercise longer, but the important thing is to listen to your body.

THINK FIT —

Food and hunger are incrediblyyyy mental things. If you envision yourself fit and healthy, you will become fit and healthy. Constantly think about your goal and how far you’ve come in reaching it. NOT how far you have left to go.


Anything I’m forgetting? I’d love to know y’alls favorite tricks!

x, elizabeth

 

No Bake Haystack Cookies – { Easter Edition }

No Bake Haystack Easter Cookies Faith and Fitness BlogIf I’m being 100% honest, I’m not actually into BIGGG social gatherings. I like to stay in my bubble, and if the crowd gets too large I have a mini { massive } panic attack. However, one way I can be bribed into big parties is… FOOD. Typical.

Themed parties are the best kind of parties and these cute Bird’s Nest “Cookies” are perfect for any Spring/Easter parties you may have coming up.No Bake Haystack Easter CookiesWhy? Well,

one: they are super cute.

two: they take like zero time and only 4 ingredients.

three: they’re bite-sized! (Maybe 2 bites hehe)No Bake Haystack Easter Cookies Faith and Fitness BlogNo Bake Haystack Easter Cookies Faith and Fitness BlogMaybe it’s just me, but I love tiny foods. I like to graze and pick at foods when I’m at a potluck or tailgate… or anywhere I can get away with it.

I’m the weirdo reaching for the broken chunk of brownie or the reason there’s a random 1/3 of a cookie gone. I even go as far as making my boyfriend make me a “baby” pancake every time we make pancakes. Sorryyy but I just want to try it all! No Bake Haystack Easter Cookies Faith and FitnessNo Bake Haystack Easter Cookies Faith and Fitness BlogSO, back to the “cookies” — If you’re into butterscotch or have a thing for peanut butter you will adore these little guys!

P.S. – Not a butterscotch gal? Sub white chocolate or peanut butter chips and get the same haystack effect. (The peanut butter turns the white chocolate a pale brown) YUMM.


Festive + Delicious Bird’s Nest Cookies

  • 11 oz. butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 12 oz. chow mein noodles
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs
  1. Stir the butterscotch chips in a large saucepan over low heat until melted.
  2. Add a little bit of the peanut butter to the chips to keep the texture smooth and from burning. (Especially if you have white chocolate which burns easily!!)
  3. Remove from heat, stir in the rest of the peanut butter until smooth.
  4. Add chow mein noodles and stir until evenly coated.
  5. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper & shape into nests. Let cool until set.
  6. Top nests with mini eggs.

(Makes approximately two dozen cookies – amount will vary depending on the size you make them)

No Bake Haystack Easter Cookies Faith and Fitness BlogHappy Spring :)

x, elizabeth


 

GIRLS WHO LIFT >

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If you’re like most women (or like me), you probably refrain from lifting weights because you’re terrified of getting bulky. Whenever I went to the gym I thought of weights as the “boy section” and I was more than content on my side of the gym. hiiii elliptical, treadmill + bike. I thought my muscles would get HUGE and I’d look like those scary body building women on magazines.

REALITY CHECK :: If you want that hour-glass figure you need weights in your life. AND if you want to push your body towards ACTUAL change –> weights.

Weights = lose fat + build muscle. Cardio = lose fat + lose muscle.

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Read onnnn..

1. Say HELLOOOO to a faster metabolism

Most women think that cardio is the best way to burn calories. Sure, cardio does burn calories, but how nice would it be to walk away from your workout and continue to burn calories?

SPOILER: That’s what you get with lifting weights. With cardio, once the workout is over, so is the calorie burn. Weight lifting builds more muscle, and the more muscle that you have, the more calories you will burn throughout the day { because muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does. }

2. Walking Confidently :: say NO to lanky limbs 

Having a stronger neck, back, and shoulders will help you stand up straight and look confident. Better posture preserves the spine and reduces lower back pain, too. Basically, you can’t be a total #girlboss if you’re body isn’t strong and coordinated.

3. Bone Strength 

Lifting weights doesn’t only strengthen your muscles, but it also strengthens your bones. It increases bone density, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis. <– serious issue, y’all.

TO MY GIRLS — we are FOUR TIMES more likely to suffer from osteoporosis! So grab dem weights.

4.  BYEEE High Blood Pressure :: Healthy Heart <3

Lowering your blood pressure reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other heart conditions. Weight lifting means a longer and healthier life.

5. MOOD BOOSTER 

A BIG ole thank you to endorphins. (The feel-good chemical that comes from working out) Lifting weights reduces stress, eases joint pain + relieves stress/anxiety/depression/ALL THINGS BAD.

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Still scared of looking manly???

YOU WILL NOT bulk up! The women who look that way are trying to obtain that look. I don’t even think I have enough time to achieve that look if I wanted to? But to reassure you, here are the FEW possible ways to get bulky:

  • You’re taking steroids
  • You’re taking testosterone or other hormones
  • You naturally have high levels of testosterone.. you would be aware of this already so don’t freak out and think THIS COULD BE MEEEEE!?!?

Fitness/Nutrition Questions? E-mail me at — elizabethyontz@gmail.com

happy lifting

x, elizabeth

Cauliflower Crust BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ CHICKEN PIZZAI’m not sure if it’s the way I was made or if living in the south has done this to me, but either way I am a BBQ sauce JUNKIE. I put it on pretty much anything and everything. Potatoes, sandwiches, salads, etc. It adds so much wonderful flavor to whatever it touches! I’m not a hugeeeee pizza gal, but when I do crave pizza, 99% of the time I’m reaching for a BBQ chicken pizza. THAT is my pizza weakness. Throw a little pineapple on it and I’m in heaven.BBQ chicken pizza with cauliflower crustBBQ chicken pizza with cauliflower crust Like I mentioned in my { last post } I got a ninja for my birthday and I’ve been playing with it at every opportunity. Yes — it’s seen as a toy for me and not an appliance. #FOODIE.

Last week it was extremely rainy and cold. I was sitting in my office and knew there was no way my butt was getting to the gym. Instead, I was daydreaming about pizza. Quite the opposite of working out but hey whatever. IMG_4747IMG_4708 BBQ chicken pizza with cauliflower crustSince I wasn’t working out I wanted to make a healthier version.. you know, so I wouldn’t feel like a COMPLETE bum.. andddd then this lovely recipe was born..

Cauliflower crust BBQ Chicken Pizza { with Mushrooms } UMMMM Yes please! It was so insanely good and I have been waiting to share it with y’all!

Oh and did I mention it’s all under 500 calories!? HOLLAAA. And this is a BIG OLE personal pan pizza. BBQ chicken pizza with cauliflower crusthealthy cauliflower crust barbecue pizza with mushrooms


INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1 Medium Head of Cauliflower
  • 2 Egg whites
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Garlic Salt
  • ¼ Cup Mozzarella Cheese – 2% Milk

TOPPINGS:

  • ¼ Cup BBQ Sauce (mine was vinegar based)
  • ¼ Cup Pasta Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Mozzarella Cheese – 2% Milk
  • ½ Can Mushrooms
  • 3oz Baked Chicken Breast

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Place the cauliflower florets in your food processor – not the stems – and blend it up until it’s a snow-like consistency/size. (I used the grating blade on my ninja)
  3. Put the blended cauliflower into a bowl and microwave for 4 minutes.
  4. Once its cool enough to handle, put the cauliflower into a towel and wring out all the excess water that’s stored up. The more you get out the better! You don’t want a flimsy pizza crust. Gross.
  5. In a bowl combine the cauliflower with all the other ingredients (cheese, seasonings and eggs) and mash it together until it forms a dough ball. I put my ingredients back in the blender to do this. (without a blade if you’re using a ninja)
  6. Lay out the dough on PARCHMENT paper and place on a cookie sheet. The dough should be about 1/3 inch thick.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on the dough and touch the center to make sure it’s done.
  8. Take the pizza out and top with mixed BBQ Sauce + Marina Sauce.
  9. Place mushrooms first, then cheese, then chicken. (Personal preference)
  10. Put the oven on broil and broil the pizza for about 10 more minutes or until cheese is bubbly and brown.

What’s your favorite kind of pizza!? I’d love to use this crust and make some more!

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Healthy 2 Ingredient Pancakes with Apple Cinnamon Syrup

Healthy Apple Cinnamon PancakesYou need to stop whatever you’re doing right now and RUN to make these pancakes. These things are no joke. Seriously.faith and fitness blog healthy pancakesHealthy pancakes? Who knew there could ever be such a thing? Well, except Pinterest. I had been seeing this recipe alllll over pinterest for about, eh, I don’t know… maybe A YEAR before ever trying them out. Partially because I just didn’t believe they’d be good and partially because I never had proper equipment around. But now I have a ninja (!!!!) and I’m constantly looking for recipes so I can use that bad boy.faith and fitness blog healthy pancakesOKKK so what is the recipe you ask? One banana and two eggs. Yup, that’s all! It sounded so bizarre to me. How on earth could pancakes come from that? But I’m starting to realize that when in doubt, use a banana. Does anyone else get that from pinterest? Bananas seem to be the superhero in every recipe.IMG_4879 IMG_4892So here’s the baking process: put two eggs and a banana in a blender/food processor/ninja and blend that baby up! Some recipes say you can just mash it together with a fork but I just don’t trust my mashing ability to make them the right consistency. PLUS whipping them in a blender or food processor incorporates air into the batter and makes them niiiiice and fluffy. IMG_4896 faith and fitness blog healthy pancakesNow, since I have to make my pancakes stand out from the rest… here is what makes mine different: the syrup. I love pancakes but face it… they’re just not healthy for you in any way. And then dumping buckets of sugar on top just doesn’t scream nutritious. But hey, to each his own!faith and fitness blog healthy pancakesIMG_4939 faith and fitness blog healthy pancakesI opted for healthier “syrup” using applesauce, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla. IT WAS SO GOOD. These pancakes already have a lot of moisture in them so you really don’t need much syrup anyways. I also put a little dollop of peanut butter on mine cuz I’m a PB addict. And peanut butter and bananas are the dream team.IMG_4961 faith and fitness blog healthy pancakesSo there you have it! Healthy pancakes for just 250 calories!…(not including syrup)… The batter made me 5 large pancakes. Add a little apple cinnamon syrup and peanut butter and you’re set!


{ APPLE CINNAMON SYRUP }

  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon (to your liking!)
  • Honey

Mix applesauce, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Warm up on your skillet. (I used the same skillet that made my pancakes). Pour over pancakes and drizzle honey on top. DELISHH.


 

What are your favorite pancake toppings!?

Chat soon, xx

elizabeth

Rocksbox Review + A Free Month for You !

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HI, hi, hello.

Today on the blog we are talking about all things R O C K S B O X. Not sure what it is? Welllll i’m glad you asked…rocks box kendra scottRocksbox is a fun and unique jewelry subscription that partners with all of your favorite brands, like Gorjana and Kendra Scott, to send you jewels hand-picked for YOU each month!Rocksbox jewelry subscription kendra scottSubscription boxes seem to be all the rage nowadays and it’s easy to see why! Who doesn’t love a little present showing up at their door weekly/monthly?rocks box kendra scottRocksbox is simple — sign up (using code: elizabethyontzxoxo for a free first month!), take a style survey so their stylists can get an idea of your personal style, then Rocksbox sends you three pieces of designer, handpicked jewelry for you to wear for as long as you want.

{ You can also “wishlist” items to give your personal stylist a little *hint hint* }IMG_4462IMG_4397IMG_4400 My first box included these studs, this necklace, and this ring. I think my stylist was pretty dead on! I adore the studs because they manage to be girly and edgy all at once. I love things that sparkle but I’m not big into bows and all that jazz. Aka I’m not a “girly girl” by any means.

I also haven’t taken the ring off since I opened my box! I’m a huge fan of simple, delicate rings. My only issue with the ring was that I don’t own much rose gold to go with it. I guess that means I just need to go shopping…? Not the worst problem in the world.rocks box kendra scott rose all dayI am head-over-heels crazy for this service. It’s is only $19 a month (HOLLA) So it’s perfect for the babe on a budget. For me, test driving designer jewels for as long as I want and then getting new ones at that price is a steal — plus what better way to stay current with the ever-changing jewelry trends than to have a jewelry expert personally curating collections for you!?IMG_4213rocksbox jewelry kendra scottThere’s no minimum amount of time you have to wait before sending your items back. If you decide that none of the items are for you (which is rare!), you can send the package back right away and receive a new selection.

Each box comes with a self-address postage paid envelope to send the pieces you don’t want back in. It’s super easy! If you love the items and can’t give ’em up, you can purchase any of them for 20% the retail price. Say whaaattt!? Hope y’all give it a try!


Don’t forget to use elizabethyontzxoxo to get your first month F R E E and happy shopping! <33


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