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.

12 Steps to a Healthier You | Faith and Fitness Blog

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

 

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

Low-cal/Low-fat Cheesy Chicken Bowl

Spinach Chicken Rice CheeseThat whole Winter Storm Jonas thing really got me craving warm, cheesy comfort foods — which is kinda weird considering I don’t really eat cheese? I’m particular about what cheese i’ll eat. Cottage cheese is a favorite along with kraft cheesy shells from the box HA. So basically super healthy and super unhealthy cheese from a bag. But whatever.

If you know me you know my love for red sauce. And that it’s literally ALWAYS in my pantry/fridge. This week I have been living off of this cheesy, chicken, spinach rice bowl concoction. As usual, the recipe was a product of my laziness and my avoidance of the grocery store. Basically I already had all these things in my kitchen so hopefully you will, too:)Spinach Chicken Rice CheeseSpinach Chicken Rice Cheese I love the consistency of cream sauces, but it’s not worth all the calories and fat to me. Last summer I discovered the beauty of adding cottage cheese to my red sauce. My mom makes lasagna with cottage cheese so I figured why not try it? And oh myyyyy goodness it’s wonderful. And healthy ;) It creates a protein based sauce for those days I wanna go meatless or just don’t have any handy.Spinach Chicken Rice Cheese This recipe takes a total of about ten minutes to make. I used minute rice, so I suppose yours could take longer. Either way it’s not a big time commitment. It’s also designed to serve one, so if you have guests just multiply everything by the number of people.

keep warm xx elizabeth

+ Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Rice (Dry)
  • 1/4 Cup Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Pasta Sauce
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 4 oz. Shredded Chicken
  • 1/8 Cup Kidney or Black Beans
  • Red Pepper Flakes (as preferred)
  • Dash of Salt

— Calorie Count: Approximately 380 Calories.

+ Directions

  1. Boil rice as directed on box.
  2. In a sautee pan, cook spinach in red sauce and red pepper flakes for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add cottage cheese and cook until melted into red sauce.
  4. Add beans, chicken and rice to sauté pan.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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Brussels Brussels Brussels

Roasted Brusselstoo late for a thanksgiving post? nah. i mean, people start listening to christmas music in october so clearly switching the holidays around is not too frowned upon.

i had three friendsgivings this year… THREE. basically that is to say I had some serious food comas but also some serious foodie moments like oh i need to post this {!!!}thanksgiving platebrussel sproutsis it odd that one of my favorite dishes was the brussels sprouts prepared by my dear friend, kelly? creamy casseroles and sweet potato pies will always be thanksgiving classics/favorites, but it was refreshing to spot a healthy dish to add to my plate. after all.. i had to celebrate this holiday four times (once with the fam), so.. not tryna gain ten pounds here.brussel sproutsi am a self proclaimed connoisseur of brussels sprouts. or maybe i’m just picky.. but these were the bomb. and SO easy to make. when it comes to healthy/clean recipes i’m all about quick and easy.

ever been all excited to make the “best skinny chocolate cake” recipe you find on pinterest and they ask you to casually toss in some xanthan gum? i’m sure xanthan gum tastes great but what? no. none of that in my cabinet. i’m 100% about convenient cooking.sweet potato casserole sweet potato casserolepumpkin cakebrussels sprouts also offer some great health benefits you can check out {here} i hope you enjoy these babies as much as i did!

x elizabeth

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  2. 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  3. 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  4. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. sauté brussel sprouts for 4 minutes. add garlic, and saute for 4 minutes or until garlic begins to brown, stirring frequently.
  2. add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil.
  3. cook for 2 minutes or until most of the broth evaporates and the sprouts are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. cream of chicken casserolesweet potato casserolethanksgiving sides

 

 

Skinny French Onion Dip With Veggie Chips

Skinny French Onion DipFall has officially begun so cue me eating everything in sight. Kidding. Kinda? What is it about cold weather that makes us crave fatty, comfort foods? Fall weather also makes me crave my bed, a massive blanket and an overwhelming amount of tea/coffee. Really the only thing that can force me to be social during these chilly months is a football game paired with good food and better company. skinny french onion dip with sweet potato and zucchini chips skinny french onion dip with sweet potato and zucchini chips If we are being completely honest here, about 10% of girls genuinely enjoy watching the football game and the remaining 90% of us are there for the food. Tailgates have THE best food selection hands down. Mini sandwiches, casseroles, wings, cheese platters, and of course chips and dip. I mean that covers all the major food groups, right?

The biggest challenge when creating a healthy recipe alternative is tricking the guys into not noticing. Boys can always tell if any sort of fat or calories have been removed. They have a radar I promise.skinny french onion dip with sweet potato chips and zucchini chipsWhile peanut butter and chocolate may be my number one food pair, chips and dip have to be my second. I don’t know why us girls have such a thing for chips and pretty much any sort of dip but I think it’s programmed since birth. Spinach and artichoke dip, salsa, queso, hummus, you name it. But today is all about skinny french onion dip. Oh yes.

This french onion dip has been skinnified with chobani greek yogurt because everything tastes better when it’s #madewithchobani :)homemade sweet potato chips and zucchini chipsI paired my delicious french onion dip with homemade sweet potato chips and zucchini chips to keep the healthy theme going. If your fellow tailgating friends aren’t ready to take that big of a leap you can use pretzels, pita chips or tortilla chips instead.

I let my boyfriend and family sample the dip when it was complete and let me tell ya, it was a huge hit. No one even noticed it was healthy because it tastes like an exact replica of a full-fat dip. The only fat in this recipe comes from a small amount of olive oil (monounsaturated fat) which is the kind of fat your body needs. I hope you all will bring this dip to your next tailgate (or party) and tell me the reactions you get! Also, be sure to check out Chobani’s  recipe section for more skinny recipes like mine :)

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Ingredients For Dip

  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz package of chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free Chobani plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions

  1. Sauté the onions in olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Once they begin caramelizing, reduce the heat and let them simmer. Stir every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 more minutes.
  4. Remove from the stove and place mixture in a mixing bowl to be refrigerated for 10-15 minutes. Set aside a couple tablespoons of the mixture to top the dip when it’s complete.
  5. Add the yogurt, Worchestershire sauce and garlic salt to the mixing bowl with the caramelized onions.
  6. Stir until the mixture is evenly combined.  Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper or extra worcestershire if needed.
  7. Top with remaining caramelized onions and serve immediately.

Ingredients For Chips:

  • Sweet potatoes (as needed)
  • Zucchini (as needed)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt

Directions:

Thinly slice sweet potatoes and zucchinis. Place on cookie sheet. Spray with olive oil and dust with salt. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Frequently check on the chips so they don’t burn. Cooking time depends on thickness of chips.

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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted ChickpeasFootball season is in full-force which means beer, cheese dip, and calories on top of calories. Now I’m not saying I won’t dive head first into the rotel dip when I show up at a tailgate, but having healthier options makes me feel less guilty when I realize I single-handedly finished the entire bowl.

spicy roasted chickpeasspicy roasted chickpeasWhen I heard nuts.com was looking to share healthy tailgating options I was pretty darn excited. I wanted to think outside of the box and somehow that landed me at creating two recipes for roasted chickpeas. Before you exit out of this post like “LOL chickpeas at a tailgate??” hear me out…

This weekend I took my dad to the Titans game for his birthday and all around me I saw hotdogs, pizza, and nachos. Oh and of course beer, beer, and more beer.  The most popular “side” however, was a good ole classic bag of peanuts! garlic roasted chickpeasI add peanuts, almonds and cashews to just about everything so I was totally on board with this peanut/football trend. But what about all the poor souls with peanut allergies? Let’s just take a moment of silence for them because peanut butter is a glimpse of heaven. You think I’m kidding. No, I’m not. These unfortunate souls were my inspiration for both spicy chickpeas and garlic chickpeas!roasted chickpeas seasoning garlic roasted chickpeasI love having a crunchy, salty snack to munch on mindlessly while I anticipate what is going to happen next in the game. (I’m a nervous eater) I’m also a grazer so roasted chickpeas are a great option for me when I’m not hungry enough for more buffalo wings, or really hungry at all, but still find myself patrolling the table of food. While most tailgate snacks will counteract all the hard work you put in at the gym during the week, these little gems will not!roasted chickpeasChickpeas are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also contain no saturated fat but are oh so satisfying. So,  at your next tailgate I highly recommend placing out a bowl of these flavorful roasted chickpeas alongside your bowl of peanuts or trail mix.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Garlic Seasonings:

  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper

Spicy Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Drain and rinse your chickpeas in the sink. Remove any loose skins off of the beans, but don’t worry about taking them all off.
  2. Evenly spread your beans out on a paper towel and pat them dry. (Some websites say you need to dry them for 30 mins or so, I popped mine right in the oven and they were super crunchy.)
  3. Preheat oven to 415 F.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  5. Evenly spread your towel-dried beans on the cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring them around every 10-15 mins.
  7. After baking, quickly transfer to a bowl and spray with olive oil cooking spray.
  8. Toss the chickpeas in the seasonings and coat well.spicy roasted chickpeas

Did I win you over or do you still think I’m crazy?

Happy tailgating!

elizabeth, x

Cod Creole

Cod Creole Recipe Peppers Onion Tomato

Cod Creole recipeWhile I’m at school, my diet is mostly comprised of grilled chicken or deli sandwiches. Rarely do I get the luxury of any type of seafood, which is very unfortunate because shrimp miiiiiight be my favorite protein. (if you don’t like seafood you’re wrong)

My mom makes a quick and easy Cod Creole and it’s one of my favorite dishes when i’m home. We buy the vegetables already chopped, too, which makes for an even easier prep and clean up! I love meals that look impressive but are actually super simple. Can anyone say date night? fresh peppers and tomatoes cod creole   Like I said, we bought the assorted bell peppers already chopped up and the onion already diced as well. Some might call this cheating, I just think it’s smart. They might be a little more expensive, though, so you should probably check that out if you’re on a tight budget! (chough, me, cough.) I LOVE peppers so I would probably buy them whole to have extra to snack on anyways :) Peppers and hummus, peppers and guacamole or sauté them up for fajita tacos! You can’t go wrong. I love that you still get the crunch without all the fat and calories from tortilla chips or pita chips.fresh peppers and tomatoes for creolefresh peppers and tomatoes cod creole If you haven’t tried cod before I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s an excellent low-calorie source of protein (4 oz has 21 g what!) and just like most fish, it contains a good amount of omega-3s to improve heart health and reduce cardiovascular disease. OH and it tastes great, too. ( The most important factor ) Its a pretty mild flavor with a delicate/mild flaky texture.

Okay so now for the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup peppers
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1.5 1bs cod
  • spray butter
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oven is preheating, chop the onion and peppers.
  3. Spray a baking pan with Pam or Olive Oil and place the cod in the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake the cod for 30 minutes.
  5. While the cod is in the oven, sauté the onion, peppers, and tomatoes on the stove until tender.
  6. Once the cod has been baking for 25 minutes, pour the mixture onto the fish and bake for the remaining five minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

What’s your favorite way to cook fish? Submit your recipes in the comment section below!

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– elizabeth

50 Calorie Breakfast Cookies

blueberry chocolate 50 calorie breakfast cookies50 Calorie Low-Fat Healthy Breakfast Cookies Cookies and breakfast in the same sentence? I must be dreaming *heart eyes*

This weekend I went home for Labor Day and spent some good ole quality time with the fam. Whenever I go home I’m sure to take advantage of the spacious kitchen and all the top-notch baking utensils/equipment we have handy. (Basically anything electric falls under this category since we can’t even have a toaster in our dorm… I wish I was kidding.) healthy low-calorie breakfast cookies healthy low-calorie breakfast cookiesMy mom makes THE BEST cookies. I know everyone thinks/says that about their mom’s cookies.. but seriously. She’s famous for them. Once you try one of Mrs. Yontz’s cookies every other cookie seems to let you down. Remember back in elementary school when you’d trade lunch items with your friends? Yeah, I could get someone’s entire lunch for one cookie. I’d pass. Anyways, I think y’all get my point. Since I can’t be eating her wonderful, buttery cookies all day, I wanted to make something I could grab instead that was guilt-free. healthy low-calorie breakfast cookies healthy low-calorie breakfast cookiesI’d heard of people using bananas as a healthy alternative for all sorts of things and thought why not give it a try? I mean hey, I like bananas; they’re inexpensive (aka free when you take them from the caf at school) and they’re very sweet, yet nutritious. Basically there was no reason not to go for it. They turned out really well and I’m excited to share the recipe with you!healthy low-calorie breakfast cookiesThe cookies shape won’t change much throughout the baking process. Next time I might try to flatten them out and see what happens. I decided to call them breakfast cookies because I definitely see myself grabbing a couple with my morning coffee, and who doesn’t want to start their day with cookies!? Tell your kids their giving them cookies for breakfast and see what happens. Actually, tell anyone you’re serving cookies for breakfast and see what happens. healthy low-calorie breakfast cookiesIngredients:

  • 2 Cups Oats
  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut up and mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until most of the bumps are gone. You can use a mixer if you have one handy or just use a fork if not. #dormlife
  3. Next, add the applesauce, vanilla and cinnamon. Combine until smooth and everything is blended.
  4. Add the oats and continue mixing until you form a dough.
  5. Lastly, add the chocolate chips and dried fruit. I chopped my blueberries before adding them because they were pretty large.
  6. Use a tbsp to measure out cookies.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Makes two dozen cookies.

Nutrition Breakdown:  560 cal (oats) + 315 cal (bananas) + 33 (apple sauce) + 70 cal (blueberries) + 280 cal (chocolate chips) = 1258 cal/24 cookies =  52.4 Calories Per Cookie

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elizabeth