5 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

 

Happy Sunday y’all! I hope your long weekend is treating you SO well!

There’s something about Sunday mornings that just makes me want pancakes. And about 90% of the time, I resist the urge. But today is one of the days in that 10% where I just need pancakes. Neeeeeed them. So here we are. I made pancakes.

But these pancakes are quite a bit lighter than any regular pancakes from a restaurant or a box! Minimal ingredients, and minimal sugar! And the best part – you can add/remove whatever toppings or mix-ins you want! Today I chose mini chocolate chips, because well just because. 🙂 I went out to the beach early this morning with the team of volunteers to track sea turtles! Definitely one of the coolest things I’ve done – and this was the perfect way to fuel up after!

5 Ingredient Banana Pancakes

1 cup oats
1 banana, mashed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

I also added 1 stevia packet for sweetness (optional) and a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips! You could also add nuts, berries, raisins, etc.!

Mash your banana first. Then add in the remaining ingredients and mix together until combined into a batter. Heat up and grease a skillet or griddle to low to medium heat (I kept it low to keep the outside from getting too crispy). Once it’s hot, add batter and cook like normal pancakes! Top with natural peanut butter or syrup, and enjoy!!

Hope you guys have a wonderful Sunday! You are beautiful. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Low-Sugar Chocolate Oat Cookies

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

I’ve been spending lots of time with friends and keeping super busy when I’m not! Lots of beach time as well, because, well I think I’m turning into a mermaid.

And now… I have a fun recipe to share with you! It has a pretty funny story behind it.

First of all, I don’t know who to credit for the original recipe for this, because I got it from my Nana, who got it from someone. However, I did tweak it a little bit and make my own version of it because I love doing that!

Last month I went to visit my Nana and Pawpaw. When I go see them, my Nana ALWAYS has some sort of sweet treat made for me. Ever since I can remember, she’s always had fresh cookies, brownies, or some sort of yummy treat waiting because she knows my love for sweets! Well this time, since she knows that I’m trying to maintain a healthy diet and enjoy finding new healthy recipes, she made me some healthy cookies similar to no-bakes (my FAV)!! How thoughtful is that?! Ugh she is the sweetest.

But when she told me about the cookies she made me, she said “Bethany, I made you these cookies because they’re healthier than regular ones and I know you’re eating healthy… but THEY ARE AWFUL!” Hahaha. So of course, when I tried them I loved them, and they were certainly not awful. *Disclaimer: we ended up making real no-bake cookies that weekend because we just needed the real thing too! Balance, right?* I just thought it was so funny that she thought they were so gross. She’s too modest – everything she makes tastes like heaven in your mouth.

That being said, these do not taste quite like no bake cookies. HOWEVER! They are not a bad alternative if you are counting calories or avoiding sugar! I honestly did enjoy them, and will definitely make them again. One of the main changes I made is adding a small amount of NATURAL sugar. When you look at most cookie recipes, there’s a minimum of a whole cup of sugar, so this still keeps them minimal sugar!

I’m not hating on normal cookies, but moderation is key! Sometimes ya just need a healthy alternative, especially with summer right around the corner!

Here is the recipe, including my changes I made:

3 ripe bananas
2 cups oats (I prefer old fashioned over quick)
1/3 cup peanut butter (I use natural!)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
*If you still need more sweetness, you can add stevia.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the bananas. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Let the batter stand for 20-30 minutes. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

I hope you guys have a lovely week! You are amazing. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Wellness Wednesday: Comparison

Hi pretty people! These super fun yoga pants are from HERE and code “reasoner” saves you some monaaaay! My “Chill” top is from TJ maxx and I’m obsessed. It’s like TJ knew I love to netflix and chill.

I hope your hump day has been fantastic. Mine has been rainy, but productive overall. The nice thing about rainy days is you can stay in and GET. STUFF. DONE. I love checking stuff off a to do list.

I also love naps, like a lot, which is also a huge temptation on days like today. So I’m writing this post instead! It helps me feel more productive 🙂

This morning in the shower, I prayed that God would use me somehow today. Just that. Use me, however. Whatever. I had no specific ideas in mind at that time. But as I was finishing my workout today, I kept thinking about this topic and realized that maybe this is what God wanted me to talk about on here today! (I originally wasn’t going to post today)

If this doesn’t relate to you, I apologize and hope I don’t bore you too much. If it does relate to you, I hope you can find some comfort here on my little corner of the internet!

Something we ALL can relate to is comparison. We are surrounded constantly by people on Instagram with “perfect” bodies (I say that in quotations because we are humans and surprise! not perfect). We are reminded constantly of how hard people are working at the gym, because let’s be honest almost everyone posts their workouts – I am guilty of this too! We scroll through feed after feed full of what everyone else is doing, and we forget that we are only seeing a very small fraction of what’s really going on.

On top of social media, there are always co-workers, family members, friends, etc. who seem to be doing just a little more or better than we are. Or maybe something you wanted job-wise, school-wise, etc. didn’t work out, and it made you feel inferior when comparing yourself to your colleagues.

Am I right? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

But something I have had to basically FORCE myself to do is to take a step back from Instagram or Twitter or whatever platform it is that’s making you feel inferior. Because if it’s giving you anxiety or making you feel less than AMAZING, then is it worth spending time on? No. Take a step back.

I’m not saying delete your insta or anything, Lord knows I love the ‘gram lol. But when you start feeling yourself making comparisons, TAKE A BREAK! Put your phone down, and go enjoy the moment.

And remember, no matter how perfect someone’s instagram feed is, their life is certainly not. Everyone has their struggles, or insecurities, or whatever. Everyone’s body is different. That super intense workout they do might work for them, but maybe you have bad knees and can’t do high impact stuff. THAT’S OKAY! It doesn’t make you LESS, it makes you DIFFERENT. If we were all the same this life would be so boring.

And on top of everyone’s body being different, so is everyone’s situation! Don’t judge your body based on someone thinner than you – what if they have a food intolerance that causes them to be limited on what they can eat, thus resulting in weight loss? What if you didn’t get that internship because a BETTER one is waiting for you down the road? Don’t let what can often be a very positive, happy social media platform turn into something that causes you unneeded anxiety.

Being someone who often struggles with anxiety, this realization has been key for me! Everyone’s on their own path. So let’s build each other up, love each other, and MOST importantly, love OURSELVES. We can’t truly love others until we first love ourselves.

XO beth

PS!!! **the Firepower Force is growing! This awesome, fashionable fitness brand I’ve been posting about is expanding the squad. So if you’re into fitness, fashion, and girl power (and discounts holla!), and want to become a brand ambassador, please let me know! My email is bethtayrich@gmail.com 🙂

Rainy Day Casual

Hi friends! I have been loving my time here at home the last few weeks – terrifying storms and all. But, let’s be honest… you can only keep a girl away from the beach for so long. I am anxious to get back to my actual home!! Plus, living out of a suitcase can get exhausting. I’d say the biggest struggle for me lately, however, has been change. Plans changing. So many things in my life have just changed at the last minute and left me feeling caught off guard and stressed out and sometimes even angry. I’m a planner, it’s just my personality. While I do love being spontaneous, I also need structure. So, when not just one but many things up and change in my life all at once, no matter how big or small – it causes chaos in my mind (looking at you, Satan).

Lately I’ve learned to just be still and know that God is in control, not me. My job is not to worry, because what does that do? Having faith isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. So, wherever you’re at in life, keep your faith even when it’s tough! He’s got your back I promise!

Sorry for the completely non-fashion-related rambling. I felt like someone else might be feeling like me so thought I’d share 🙂

For a good chunk of the time I’ve spent here, it has rained. In fact, immediately after taking these pictures, it poured. April showers this year have been relentless! I wish I had a dollar for every tornado warning we’ve had here lol. These crazy storms ruined some of my most exciting plans here.

Anyways, because of all the rain, the theme of many of my outfits became COMFY+CUTE. And this dress is about as comfy as it gets! I got it back in December, and it’s versatile and can be worn into the spring! I usually break up the stripes by tying a long sleeve around the waist. I went for chambray this time, but plaid is really cute with it too! And being in AR for the week, I figured this hat was pretty appropriate 🙂 I got it HERE and they actually have recently released some new, similar hats that are SO cute (think: one says “Dry Shampoo” omg yas). And my Steve Madden’s on my feet because HOLY COMFY.

And that, my friends, is how you stay comfy yet cute in the rainy weather (without having to try too hard hehe). Hope your week is fantastic!

XO beth

shoes – here // dress – here // hat + chambray – here // watch – here

Monday Motivation feat. Firepower


Hi guys! Hope your Monday is off to a great start! I’m trying to resist the urge to drink all the coffee right now. I’m trying to decrease my caffeine intake and see how it affects my migraines! So far I’ve made it one whole day without it. 😅

Anyways! Let’s talk fitness. 

In my opinion, fitness doesn’t just include physical health, although that’s a huge part of it. I believe mental health plays an important role in one’s overall fitness. If your mind is struggling, chances are your physical fitness will as well – whether it’s being too obsessed with exercise or lacking the motivation to start exercising at all. 

That being said, I want to share what I have been struggling with personally lately! This blog isn’t just about my favorite clothes, it helps keep me accountable too 🙂 

Sometime the last couple months, I have done something to my back. And it HURTS. All the time. Of course this happens to me right when I start feeling better from my foot surgery and working out regularly again! Because #badluckbeth. Anyways, I had just started to see the fruits of my gym labor (aka abs!) when suddenly I could hardly go for a simple walk because of my back pain. I struggled and struggled with having to rest. I hate resting because I feel like it means I’m not getting closer to my goals. The phrase “if you’re not winning, you’re losing” comes to mind. 

What I’ve learned, however, recently is that I have to listen to what my body is telling me. That back pain is there for a reason. Our bodies are very smart and since we only get one, why NOT listen to it?! I’m so glad I listened to mine and took the last several weeks (more like two months, at this point lol) to rest and recover. I’m currently working with some physical therapists to get my back figured out, and what we’ve learned so far is that my back is only at 50% strength of what it should be. Like, I’m at the bottom of the lowest deviation from normal LOL what?! No wonder my back is screaming at me everyday!! 

So now, between my physical therapists and my fitness coach, we are going to get my back stronger than ever so that I don’t have to deal with this anymore. 

The moral of my story – if you’re still reading this congrats you rock – is that if we don’t listen to our bodies NOW, they will end up suffering more LATER. So listen to what your body is telling you. Love your body through that process, whether you lose a little muscle mass or gain an extra pound or two, because your body is worth it. 

I’ve still been able to get some light cardio in on most days, and it’s been great being able to incorporate my family into that! I’m doing a summer body challenge with my Firepower fam and it’s been challenging dealing with my back, but I’ve loved the motivation it gives me. 

My yoga pants and sports bra here are both Firepower, and you can get a discount HERE with my code “reasoner”!! I love the mesh detail on them, and the material of the pants is amaze. So comfy. 

Hope you have a lovely Monday! Thanks for reading!

XO beth 

Casual Stripes


Happy hump day, pretty people! Hope you’re having a great week. I’m visiting my family right now and it’s been so nice and relaxing! Having no plans typically stresses me out, but this time I think I needed it 🙂

So let’s talk about this outfit. This was my casual running errands outfit today. So comfy, so casual, but most importantly so cute! Target never fails me. I got this tee and these shoes there and I’m obsessed with both. This tee is so versatile- I love mixing stripes with other patterns! 

You are beautiful- thanks for stopping by! 

XO beth 

7 Tips for Packing

Happy Friday you guys! I hope you’ve had a great week! I woke up feeling incredibly thankful for so many little things today. Isn’t it crazy how easy it is to lose sight of those things?! I’m thankful for the things God is teaching me in this season of life. Anyways 🙂

I’ve got several trips coming up over the next few weeks and months, so as I was packing for the first one, I realized this is probably something many people struggle with – myself included! It has been trial and error figuring out the most efficient (for me, at least) way to pack. So, I’m sharing the 7 tips I’ve figured out that help me out the most when packing for a trip!

Keep in mind, this may differ a little depending on whether you are flying or driving, but overall should work for either 🙂

  1. Versatile staples are key! Think: comfy cotton dress that you can dress up or down; denim shorts that go with ANYTHING; jeans that look great with heels or sneaks. Versatile shoes are great too, since shoes can take up quite a bit of space. It will keep you from having tons of different random items, because you can easily re-wear the versatile ones. This brings us to number 2…
  2. Don’t be afraid to mix + match! Take those versatile staples and put them with different pieces to make a whole different look. Choose items you can get 2-3 different outfits from. This helps keep me from over packing (disclaimer: I always end up over packing anyway. Ooops!) Example: I have a black cotton dress that is SO comfy and I can tie a plaid button up around the waist with my Chucks, OR I can throw it on with wedges and a chunky necklace. Two totally different looks, but with one main piece. Mix prints if you have to – if it makes you feel out of your comfort zone, that probably means it’s fun and you should go for it! Another example: I like mixing my camo tee with a plaid button up.
  3. Always bring a jacket! Even if you think, “Oh I won’t get cold, it’ll be fine.” NOPE. YOU WILL FREEZE YOUR *** OFF. It’s inevitable, when you don’t have a jacket, it’ll get cold. That’s how mother nature works. But especially if you’re flying! It gets so cold on planes. Maybe it’s just me because I’m cold 98% of the time, but you’ll thank me later when you visit Colorado in June and it starts snowing! Crazier things have happened.
  4. Dry shampoo FTW. Because whooooo has time to wash their hair when traveling?! Not me. My favorite dry shampoo at the moment is Batiste – it smells amazing and doesn’t coat my hair super heavily like some others do. This iron guard by Chi is also one of my hair staples; it keeps SOME of the damage away from hot tools. Travel size items are even better! Hats are also life savers.
  5. Put your toiletries in a ziplock! Maybe this is common sense to some, but I didn’t learn this trick until my shampoo spilled ALL up in my bag once. So learn from my mistake – ziplock that ish!
  6. Bag for dirty clothes! It sounds like something an over-protective mom might say, but if you’re going somewhere you don’t have access to washing machines, your dirty clothes might make your nice, clean clothes smell not so great. Especially if you’re like me and like to *attempt to* get some workouts in. Sweaty gym clothes on my clean ones, no thanks. If you stick a plastic Target sack in your suitcase, it takes up no room!
  7. Travel steamers are the real MVPs! Seriously, the best investment in my entire life was my travel steamer. Okay maybe not in my ENTIRE life, but pretty close. Traveling means lots and lots of wrinkles. Travel steamers are typically pretty small, and take 30 seconds to heat up. Boom – the day is saved! You can get the one I have HERE (they didn’t pay me to post this, I just really love my steamer).

That’s all I’ve got for now, I hope this helps you pack more efficiently for your next adventure! Thanks for stopping by.

XO beth

Blush Crush

Hi guys! Happy hump day 🙂 I almost said happy Monday but then realized today is Wed and my days are all mixed up.

My hubby is about to be gone for awhile so we took a last minute getaway trip to Atlanta the last few days! We had so much fun. I came home with a full heart and hopefully some new abs from laughing so hard. JK we ate out for every meal so bye bye abs. It felt great to get away for a hot minute!

Anyways, first let’s talk about my current spring obsession: blush. It’s the color of the season and I’m not mad about it. I went shopping the other day and everywhere I looked, I saw blush tops and accessories.

So this top combines two of my favorite trends – the color blush and the off shoulder top! Seriously as good as it gets for a top. Plus it’s so light and comfy, yet the sleeves give you some cover if you’re going out at night! I wore this out to dinner the other night and it was the PERFECT lightweight long sleeve for a spring evening. I can’t wait to pair it with white skinnies or denim cutoffs in the summer!

Second. While we’re talking about vacation and indulging and all the cheats I ate *and loved* while traveling with my love… lets also talk about balance!

Balance is a great thing. And I am so happy I have finally found a level of self love where I can find my balance.

Don’t get me wrong – I still have moments where I talk bad about my body and hate what I see in the mirror (I’m a work in progress but I’m also better than I have been in a long time!!). I’m not perfect!!

BUT! I’m not gonna let my fear of maybe eating extra calories overcome my enjoyment of YUMMY FOOD and time with my hubby! Something I’ve learned and truly believe is this:

Hating your body won’t get you nearly as far as loving it.

So moral of this rambling story: enjoy the occasional indulgences! You will drive yourself crazy if you are too hard on yourself. Trust me. Don’t deprive yourself of good moments with friends/family because of your fear of food. Food is to be enjoyed. If you’re a foodie like me, you will be so sad if you skip the treats 100% of the time. As long as you love yourself enough to put real, clean food in it MOST of the time and remain active — you can have that cookie every now and then 😉

Okay I hope you guys have the best Wednesday. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Top – Hipsway / Jeans – Forever21 / Bag – Michael Kors / Sandals – Target / Watch – JORD Wood Watches

 

Homemade Almond Butter

If you’ve been following my foodie posts for very long you can probably gather that I’m a HUGE fan of peanut butter. Like, it’s basically a food group for me and I honestly have to practice lots of self control when it comes to pb! So when I first tried almond butter – which surprisingly wasn’t that long ago – I was immediately obsessed. I think I went through that first jar in about 5 days #noshame.

So a few months and several *expensive* store bought jars of AB later, I decided to give it a shot at making my own! It turned out really well!

BUT!! Here’s the catch to homemade almond butter that I learned pretty quick. When one tries to be healthy and keep it to minimal ingredients by using the plain, unsalted, natural almonds, one’s almond butter tastes very blah and straight up nasty. But when one wants to add some flavor by using flavored almonds, one adds lots of extra sugar and processed crap. But also more noms. So beware of your choice of almonds you use! Pick your poison. It is nice knowing what goes into your food (by making it yourself) but you have to be careful what almonds you get!

Pretty much any type of almond can be used for this; I tried both vanilla flavored (which was the yummiest but also the unhealthiest), unsalted natural (healthiest but least flavorful), and roasted salted.

For this batch, I went with the middle option and did the roasted ones. It’s super easy:

Put your almonds in your food processor – however much your processor allows at a time – and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until it starts sticking together and becoming hard to blend. Pulse a few times, and then stir it to loosen it up a little. To add a little moisture and sweetness, add a little bit of honey – about 1-2 teaspoons. Then continue to blend until it becomes moist and stuck together, or like almond butter consistency (duh!)! If it’s not sticking together or getting moist enough to the consistency you want it, you may add up to a tablespoon of oil (coconut or olive oil is preferred). I like to store mine in the fridge, just so it’ll last longer. 🙂

That’s it! Super quick and easy! Hope y’all enjoy!

XO beth

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Dip

Hi friends! Hope you’re all having a lovely hump day 🙂

I’m praying for all you peeps in the middle of a blizzard – hope you’re stocked on bread and wine! I’m not gonna lie, it dropped to the 40s this morning here, and I thought I was going to freeze to death. Florida has officially ruined me. Anything below 70 feels like torture now! Eeek.

Anyways, today I threw together something yummy and wanted to share with you all. I came home from running errands and felt a little light headed and realized I hadn’t had any protein today! Yikes. Get it together Beth. So I looked in my fridge and found some plain low-fat Greek yogurt and some apples. Then I decided to make up a dip with the Greek yogurt.

One of my FAV go-to snacks is an apple and PB. So I mixed some PB into the Greek yogurt, along with a little honey, and BOOM. Yum city, trick. High in protein (about 14 grams for the whole bowl!), also high in taste 🙂

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey (can use 2 tsp if not sweet enough)

Mix all ingredients together until fully mixed. Great for dipping fruit in! Enjoy!
*This yields about 2-3 servings, so you can definitely throw it in the fridge and save some for later!

Nutrient breakdown for WHOLE bowl of dip (keep in mind it makes more than 1 serving):
Calories – 265
Protein – 14 g
Carb – 26 g
Sugars – 21 g
Fat – 7 g (this fat is only from the PB, so it is healthy fats! BUT be mindful when choosing peanut butter; go for natural rather than reduced fat, and look at the ingredients. You want one with minimal ingredients!)

Hope y’all like! Happy Nutrition Month!! Thanks for reading.

XO beth