Friday Finds: Earth Day Edition!

Happy (almost) Earth Day, sweet friends!!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds: Earth Day Edition!

I’m taking this special Friday to do a sustainability-focused edition of my usual link roundup because I think something I don’t do enough on here is talk about how important I think it is to treat our planet with love. It’s scary to me to think about all of the extreme weather that keeps happening, the droughts in California, and the lack of resources around the world. That being said, we can’t change it all in one day, but we can make wise choices every single day to make this world a better place!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be spending part of my weekend frolicking in a giant flower field near San Diego (SO PUMPED), walking by the beach, and buying some herbs for an herb garden. I want to do my best to eat a vegetarian diet this weekend, just because every little bit helps, cut back on my energy use (that’s a permanent goal, actually) and take a moment to admire all this earth has to offer. Next year I definitely want to sign up for a beach clean-up or volunteer program, that’s for sure!

And now, onto the good stuff😉

13 Products That Make it Easier to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – These are all SO awesome. I use stainless steel straws and I love them, but I definitely need to get some of those bees wraps and makeup remover wipes!! Who else goes through 67 cotton balls a week? No bueno…

16 Sustainable Beauty Products Byrdie Editors Always Buy at the Drugstore – I’m always on the hunt for green beauty that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Has anyone tried the new Burt’s Bees makeup? I’m dying to!

How to Spring Clean Your Home the Non-Toxic Way – Yep, definitely need to chill with the sanitizer wipes… *guilty*

Going Green Challenge: Buy Biodegradable – I love this so much! There are a loooot of things I need to replace in my home with more biodegradable options, that’s for sure.

Are Microfiber Towels Really Better for the Environment? – Woaaaaah interesting.

3 Eco-Friendly Amazon Buys That Will Save You Money – If that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is.

Some of my favorite earth-friendly products:

Metal Straws – I use these every single day in my coffee and smoothies! I think I’m going to start keeping one in my purse too, so that I don’t have to grab plastic ones when I’m out and about!

Journey On Lovely – My friend launched her own clothing line about a month ago and she makes sustainability a priority with her choice in fabrics. I love this line, but I love the message behind it even more! I actually have a discount code too if you want to purchase one of her gorgeous dresses – it’s jordanlovely10 for 10% off!!

Love Beauty and Planet – I started using their hair products and shower gel after seeing them at Target, and I’m seriously in love. The scents are incredible and their ultimate goal is to create beauty products without leaving an impact on the planet.

Girlfriend Collective – I bought a pair of these workout leggings when they were still in fundraising mode and UGH I love them so much. I’ve had them for a year now and the condition hasn’t changed a bit. Super flattering AND the fabric is made from water bottles – how cool is that?!

Suja Juice – I always love what this company does for the planet (aside from promoting plants!!), but this Earth Day they’re actually partnering with Tree People in LA and will be donating $10 for every order that’s place through their sale today! They’re doing $99 3-day cleanses or a one-month subscription for $99 plus free shipping through tonight, so hop on that! You’ll get some yummy drinks and help the planet a little in the process😎

How are you celebrating Earth Day this year?!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Ohhh Friday, how I love you so😍

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This week was a bit tough to get through after my little getaway to Santa Barbara last weekend, but I powered through! I have a jam-packed few days coming up with so many fun things, so that’s been helping for sure. Does anyone else make plans for throughout the week/weekend that they can look forward to? I think it’s so important, even if it’s just your favorite workout class or time to catch up with a friend. Makes it much easier to get through the longer days!

In any case, I’m back with another roundup of my favorite links from around the web. If you’re like me and aren’t at Coachella like the rest of the world this weekend, I suggest kicking back with a cup of coffee or tea and going through these – lots of good stuff on the web these days for health, fitness, food and inspiration in general!

How to Up Your Wellness Game Without Spending a Ton of Money – YES. THIS. You don’t need to spend a fortune on trendy products to get your healthy & wellness on, I promise!

A Donut Bouquet for the Best Sunday Morning – Cannot get over this CUTENESS. So perfect for a gift or party omg.

9 Ways to Make Your Next Pizza Night Healthier – Literally getting pizza for dinner tonight and even though these are recipes for pizza at home, I’m v much inspired to load up on the veggies.

How to Bake With Coconut Flour – And a coconut flour brownie recipe that sounds AMAZE.

How to Energize for Evening Workouts – A must for me now that I’m heading to the gym and classes after a work day! I usually have an energy bar, but these ideas are all awesome!

Ever Wonder Which Non-Dairy Milks Are the Healthiest? – And the non-dairy milk debate continues…I never know what to believe anymore, but I’m fully on board with the taste of all of them!

Okay friends, I’m off to finish up my work, then to hot yoga at Y7 (my fave!!) and a girl’s night with my friend Pam! Hope you have the most wonderful weekend!

xo Jordan

P.s. I’m hosting a fun giveaway today with some bada$$ health & fitness babes on my Instagram if that’s your thing!

 

How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5 Job

Happy Humpday!! Is this week going by quickly or slowly? I can’t tell…

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

Whatever it is, I’ll take it! In any case, I’ve been wanting to share this post with you guys for awhile because I honestly know the struggle of trying to live a healthy lifestyle when you have a 9-5 and I think so many of you can relate. I mean, any job that requires you to sit for a certain number of hours, or even devote that many hours to one thing, can be super hard on your body and really hard to plan around.

Though I’m still trying to figure it out, I think I’ve gotten so much better at making my health a priority with this lifestyle. As you all know, I use to be a professional dancer, so going from being an athlete to sitting at a desk for 8 hours was kind of a shock both mentally and physically. I’ve been working a full-time, regular adult job for a year and a half now and here are a few things I do to take care of my mind and body!

1. Plan ahead – I put this one at number one because it seriously is! I don’t know a lot, but I can promise you that if you don’t take the time to think ahead, you probably won’t be able to stick to the healthiest choices. I literally live by my planner, but if that’s not for you, then just take a moment to scan at your calendar or just think about what you have coming up for the week. For me, I always like to plan a rough schedule of my meals so that I know what to buy at the grocery store, when I’ll be going out to eat, when I can squeeze in my workouts, and when I have downtime to re-group and refresh.

2. Stock up on the goods – Okay something else I can promise you: if you don’t have garbage in your pantry and fridge, you can’t eat it. Now that’s just common sense! I personally know that if stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, healthy whole grains, sources of protein, and nutritious snacks, then I’m obviously going to be eating those things. Granted, I also know myself and if I don’t provide a cushion for the times my sweet tooth is raging, I’m SOL and will without a doubt head out on an impulse trip to find whatever dessert I can get my hands on. So this is something I like to plan ahead and stock up on, too – healthier options for when I need to calm my raging sweet tooth😅 (ie. fruit like apples or frozen mangos, portion-controlled servings of dark chocolate, etc.). I like to make a grocery list so that I know exactly what I need going into it.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

3. Schedule my workouts in like meetings – Like I said, my planner holds the key to my entire life. If I don’t pencil in time to workout the days that I want to, it’s probably not going to happen because a) I don’t see it on the page so I’ll put something else in that slot and b) out of sight, out of mind. I recently joined ClassPass, and also purchased classes to other studios, that use online scheduling. What’s so great about this is that you pretty much have to sign up in advance, otherwise you risk not getting a spot. They also usually have penalties for cancelling last minute which is both good and bad, but honestly mostly good because it keeps you accountable😂

4. Take advantage of breaks – So I know I’m extremely lucky to be able to step away from my desk at lunch, but I’m sure that whatever your situation, you can take a 15-minute break to take a stroll around the block! Whether it’s during a phone meeting, or even a few moments in between them, I highly recommend taking this time to get up and get out. I usually eat lunch at my desk while working so that I can use my break to walk outside. While I aim for 30-45 minutes of walking and listening to my favorite podcasts or calling family, sometimes all I can swing is 10 or 15 minutes. It’s amazing how energized I feel afterwards and how much better my back feels, too! Besides, it’s not good for our eyes (or brains, let’s be real) to be staring at a screen all day.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

5. Prioritize Sleep – While working out and eating healthy are obviously great and important and blah blah blah, SLEEP is your best friend. Have you ever had one of those days where you slept like garbage the night before, or woke up too early, and the rest of the day is absolute hell because you can’t function and just want to shovel in pizza? Yep. Been there! So, the point is, if you’re trying to choose between your 6am workout class or more sleep, the class just ain’t worth it if it’s going to derail your entire day (both mind AND body). On those days, just go for your walk instead, or even throw on a 10-minute YouTube exercise video.

6. Make friend dates more active – I think one of the things we all struggle with, regardless of our work schedules, is maintaining a good work-life balance. I also think that we all want to have healthy relationships and see our friends, so it can be tricky to do allll the things in just 24 hours (well less since we need that sleep ^). My advice? Schedule your friend dates as activities! No joke, I made a friend through Instagram (hi Audrey!) that I literally just take workout classes with. Obviously we’ll grab coffee or something afterwards so that we have time to catch up, but we consider our “dates” as the actual workout class, which means we bang out our fitness AND friend time in one. I also have “walking dates” with my friend Pam and we’ll catch up after work while walking/hiking and watching the sunset. It’s GREAT. Highly recommend.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

7. Limit meals out – Guys I knowwww this one is extra tough, especially since the thought of meal-prepping or just putting your lunch together in advance can be super daunting, but I promise you that your wallet and waistline will thank you later. Figure that each lunch you buy out costs around $12, give or take, AND you have no idea what’s in it. Even if you buy a salad, it still ain’t cheap. The compromise I made with myself when I started my new job was that I was allowed to buy lunch one day a week, which should be Thursdays since we have an amazing farmer’s market near the office on that day! I also like to go out to dinner with friends or my boyfriend some nights, so I’d rather save my budget (and calories tbh) for those nights instead!

8. Self-Care I know what you’re thinking – how is self-care related to health? And my answer to you would be a series of questions: Do you ever get stomach aches when you’re stressed? Do you tend to stress-eat or even the opposite, lose your appetite when you’re stressed? YEAH. None of these are good options, which means that self-care and taking the time you need for yourself is crucial for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Just take 15 minutes to meditate, do a face mask, read a book, journal, whatever – a little is going to go a longggg way. I honestly sometimes schedule this time in my planner too as a little date with myself so that I don’t skip it!

So there ya have it – these are some of the things I do to prioritize my health with my 9-5 job, but I know I could be doing better! Let me know in the comments how you stay on track with your health and fitness goals with your busy schedule – I’d love to hear!

P.s. If you want 20% off your next order of Square Organics bars (my new fave – organic, plant-based, high protein!) then use the code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ at checkout!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Yaaassssss another Friday is here!

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Do you guys remember the days when I’d work weekends so Friday wasn’t actually a thing? Man, that was a long time ago…

I haven’t done one of these link roundups in a hot minute, but we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming today! This week has been a busy one, but surprisingly gloomy and chilly here in LA, so I’m looking forward to some down time and sunshine. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to this weekend – I feel like spring is always when people start getting up to fun adventures!

Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto – I can’t even.

10 Hydrating Foods That Are Almost As Good As a Glass of Water – Eat your water, folks!

The Popular Sugar Substitute That’s “Even Worse Than White Sugar” – Honestly I never know what to believe anymore, but this is pretty interesting.

10 Ways to Get Healthier if You Hate Working Out – While I don’t hate working out, I’m definitely not in the mood to do it every single day. These tips are perfect for all days, but especially those when you’re off!

6-Step Workout For Wherever, Whenever – This actually looks really fun…

A Ranking of the Best Cheeses at Trader Joe’s – Reasons why I could never be a vegan😅

The Secret to Making Smooth, Delicious Oat Milk – Ok I reallyyyyyy want to start doing this!! Have you tried making oat milk before?! I feel like it’s so much cheaper than trying to buy it all the time.

That’s it for today friends, thanks for reading as always and have a great weekend!

xo Jordan

5-Ingredient Falafel (Air Fried or Baked!)

I seriously can’t believe it’s already April, you guys. Where is this year going!?!?

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Don’t get me wrong, I’m super pumped for summer, but that fact that it’s April means that I’ve already been living with my boyfriend for 5 months, working at my new job for over a month, and this year is already a quarter over. That is nuts!!! In all honesty though, I really love spring because to me, it feels like a fresh start. Y’all know we don’t totally get a winter in LA, but it has been chillier this year than any other year I’ve lived here (all 7 of ’em!), and with a bunch of changes this year I’ve found myself feeling slightly overwhelmed and out of whack. Spring means I can re-visit the goals I set for myself in the new year and establish new intentions for the months ahead. 2018 has been pretty damn wonderful so far, so I’m PUMPED to see what the rest of it has in store!

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

But in any case, going back to what I was saying about feeling a bit out of sorts, the first thing I turn to when I need to get my a$$ back in gear is my meals. That being said though, the first thing to go when my schedule gets crazy is the grocery shopping (especially since my boyfriend and I usually do our shopping together in one trip). It’s because of this that I’m trying to get more resourceful with healthy, simple meals like my go-to quinoa salad with whatever veggies we’ve got in the fridge or breakfast-for-dinner. Over the weekend, I realized that all we really had for my lunches was some quinoa, bell peppers, and veggie burgers, but then I noticed a can of chickpeas in the pantry! BINGO.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

With that can of chickpeas, oats (also in my pantry), an onion (something we alwaysssss have on hand!) and some spices, I made myself a meal! Well sort of – when I paired it with the quinoa and veggies, that is😉 I air-fried these falafel, but you can just as easily make them in the oven! I like air frying them because they get that nice crisp on the outside with no oil, but it’s totally up to you – maybe I’ll try baking them next to see what happens! They’re vegan, gluten-free, and I made a super simple sauce to pair them with by taking hummus, watering it down slightly with warm water, and squeezing half a lemon over the top.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

5-Ingredient Falafel

(inspired by this recipe!)

1 can can organic chickpeas (rinsed)

1/3 onion, roughly chopped

1/3 cup oat flour (blend gluten-free rolled oats in a food processor/blender)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

pinch sea salt (optional but recommended!)

1. In a food processor, add the chickpeas, oat flour, onion, cumin, garlic powder, and salt (if desired). Pulse until a sort of dough sorts to form.

2. Form the ‘dough’ into 1 inch balls and place the balls in an even layer in the air fryer basket.

3. Air fry for 15 minutes at 370 degrees fahrenheit (or bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit on a greased baking sheet for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through). Enjoy right away or store for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Well there ya have it folks! What about you – what’s your go-to lunch or dinner when you’re running super low on groceries? I think we all could use a few more ideas!

xo Jordan

March Foodie Favorites

Aaaaand we’re back with another roundup of my monthly faves!

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Let’s just jump right into, shall we?

Sips by – Ok this one is AWESOME guys. I’m now on my second month of this subscription box, which is essentially four different teas delivered straight to your door each month for just $15. What I love most is that you can choose your preferences so that if you’re not a big green tea drinker, for example, they’ll choose other things to fill your box with. So far I’ve had some super delicious teas (an early grey has been my favorite so far!), and they also send you re-usable cloth tea bags for any loose teas, which is great since I don’t actually have a steeper at home. They’re offering $5 off your first box with my code JORDAN5 so definitely sign up and let me know how much you’re loving it!!

Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea – I don’t have a photo for this one ’cause SURPRISE. I drank a cup every single day and was devastated once I ran out, thus realizing how much I love this stuff. I’m a huge tea drinker (as mentioned above…) but I’m not much of a chamomile person, so decaf tea can be hard to come by. This flavor with a dash of almond milk in stevia is my JAM. Highly recommend. I was almost able to trick myself into thinking it was dessert…

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – Look, I know this blog is for babes on a budget, which I 110% am, but I honestly think collagen peptides are worth the splurge. And, you know me, I found a GILT coupon for them and stocked up then ’cause paying full price for these ain’t easy😅 Collagen is great for hair, skin and nails, joint health, gut health, the liver, the heart, and the list goes on. I don’t necessarily think this brand is better than the others, but I do think they have some really cool products like collagen coffee creamer and beauty collagen in different flavors. I’ve been adding the plain one (aka the cheapest) to my coffee and tea on the daily and I definitely feel like my ordinarily brittle nails have been growing more quickly!

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Maca Powder – I used to add maca to my smoothies like a billion years ago, but I recently fell back in love with it! I honestly love the ever so present nutty spice it adds, but more importantly it adds so many antioxidants and nutrients (like Vitamin C and iron) to whatever you mix it with! It also apparently helps with hormone balance (always a plus) and even boosts libido, so that’s interesting…I’ve been adding mine to my daily green smoothie!

My Air Fryer – So I’ve raved about my air fryer several times in both my tater tots post and my donuts post from earlier this week, but I’m still not done you guys. This thing is SO fun and there are so many different things that you can make in here that I’ve barely scratched the surface. In the giveaway I ran this past week (sorry it’s over☹️) I asked people to tell me what they’d make in theirs if they won and there were so many awesome ideas! I want to start putting more veggies in here (sort of like roasting them, but maybe it’ll taste even better!) and do buffalo cauliflower wings, fried pickles, and even fried fish. So many options!!!

Dancing for Donuts | March Foodie Favorites

Rachel’s Overnight Oats – I discovered this brand through a friend and I am LOVING this overnight oats mix. Basically it comes in a bag that’s got oats, chia, hemp and flax all in one making it suuuuper convenient to make breakfast ahed of time. Even though I have all of these ingredients in my pantry separately, when I’m really in a pinch this makes it ridiculously easy! Plus they’re certified organic, gluten-free, vegan and have zero added sugar. They come in three different varieties and are on Amazon Prime, so that’s a win! You literally can just add almond milk (or greek yogurt – my fave!) and you’re good to go.

Fourth & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee – So I first tried this stuff about a year ago when it was in a swag bag from a food event. I was literally obsessed with it and when I realized I’d reached the bottom of the jar, I was so sad! Ghee itself is kind of a strange thing to understand – it’s basically like clarified butter but simmered even longer, which means it 1) has a somewhat nutty, deliciously buttery flavor and 2) has a higher smoke point. It’s also lactose free but full of.fat-soluble vitamins and healthy fatty acids, making it a somewhat better option than plain ol’ butter (depending on how you look at it). Honestly, I didn’t buy this stuff because it’s ‘healthy’ though, I bought because it’s straight up DELICIOUS. The vanilla flavor is unreal and it’s soooooo delicious on top of toast!!

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Dang Coconut Chips in Salted Caramel – I’d be lying if I told you I had to use serious amounts of will power not to go through this entire bag the night I got it. The family I babysit for sometimes has these in different flavors so I already knew I’d love them, but DZAYUM are they good. They’re extra crunchy and have just the slightest flavor, so they’re absolutely delicious on oats, smoothies, or even by themselves. I can’t wait to try the other varieties!

Beet Powder – I just started adding this stuff to my smoothies this week, but I already love it!! If you’re someone who likes beets in general, I know you’ll love it too, but if you’re not, it really has barely any taste at all and when you mix it with bananas, nut butters, and more fruit! Like the maca, I love that adding beet powder to my smoothies means adding extra antioxidants plus fiber, potassium, folate, and other nutrients. I just feel good drinking it, y’know?

Okay friends, that’s it for now!! I’ve honestly fallen in love with like three other products this week after I got my first Thrive Market order in the mail, but I’ll save those for next month😉

Have a happy weekend, Happy Easter, and happy April!

xo Jordan

Air-Fried Donuts + *GIVEAWAY!*

Hello hello!!

Dancing for Donuts | Air-Fried Donuts + *GIVEAWAY* With ToBox!

I’m popping in quickly today to share two very exciting pieces of information with you!!

1) The recipe (if you can even call it that honestly…) for these essentially one-ingredient air-fried donuts is now live over on ToBox! We’ll call them two-ingredient because the glaze is powdered sugar, but they’re the easiest things to make regardless!

2) I’m actually giving away the exact air fryer I’m legit obsessed with (this one!) over on my Instagram so definitely head over there to enter!! The air fryer is actually out of stock at the moment, so that’s the only way you can get one😉 The giveaway runs through this Thursday (3/29) at 12pm PST – good luck!

Hope y’all have a fantastic week!

xo Jordan

A Week’s Worth of Workouts #2

Goooood morning and happy Monday!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

I wanted to do another roundup of my workouts for y’all, and the reason for this is honestly just to keep myself accountable. I planned my workouts early last week and wrote them here, so I knew I had to stick with them! In no way are my workouts meant to be compared to yours or anyone else’s – we are all different and we should be focusing on our fitness in whatever way works for us! As long as it’s fun and you feel good, that’s what counts😉

So overall, this week was definitely heavier on yoga than usual, partly because I’ve found two really wonderful studios nearby that kick my butt and somehow make me feel zen at the same time, and partly because a couple of these classes were planned out ahead of time. Next week I’ll be going back to bar, and hopefully pilates soon (I miss it!) but for the moment I’m actually really loving yoga.

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I used to be obsessed with it when I first moved here – I took Hot Power Fusion at CorePower every single morning at 7:15am, but I actually fractured my lumbar spine like 8 years ago and that class made my back pain flare up. I think these days I’m more conscious of what I can and cannot do (no backbends or deep heart openers), so I can work around it. I haven’t had back pain in awhile, so I feel very lucky to be able to do yoga again!

As for the other days, I stopped doing 45 minute cardio sessions when I stopped dancing a year or so ago, which is honestly a relief for me. Instead, I’ll do a max of 30 minutes (unless it’s actually dance which I LOVE) and some toning exercises. I never feel the need to work out for more than an hour and when I’m on my own, 45 minutes can be pushing it sometimes. Luckily we have cable TV in the workout room in our apartment, so sometimes the chance to watch Fixer Upper is all the motivation I need😂

On rest days (usually 1-2 a week), I’ll make sure I go for a walk for at least 45 minutes. Most days I’ll walk during my lunch, but if I can’t step out for 45 minutes at once, I’ll do one shorter walk midday and one shorter walk after work. I’ll listen to one of my favorite podcasts or an audiobook and it’s so relaxing!

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But okay, let’s just get into it…

Monday: We Flow Hard Vinyasa at Y7 Studio with Suja Juice & TreePeople

Tuesday: ~20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + the first 20 minutes of this workout video.

Wednesday: OFF (25 minute walk at lunch, 25 minute walk before babysitting)

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt at Red Diamond Yoga

Friday: 20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + 15 minute walk on the treadmill (incline: 15, speed: 3.4) + 5-minute ab routine

Saturday: 1.5 hour hike/walk (moderate intensity)

Sunday: Hip Hop Sundays Vinyasa at Y7 Studio (because I absolutely fell in love with this studio on Monday!)

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

Alrighty, that’s it for now! Please let me know in the comments which workouts you’ve been loving lately – no two weeks are the same for me and I looooove trying new classes or routines!

Have a wonderful week😊

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

It’s Friday! It’s here!!!😍

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I don’t know why this week felt so long (although I’m still adjusting to not working from home on Fridays so that could be it…) but I’m VERY happy the weekend is near! I have a pretty jam packed few days coming up but like 70% of it is fun stuff and even the work part should be fun, too😊 I’ve got lots of stuff in the works both on the blog and on Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there if you aren’t, already!

I’m also kind of counting down to my trip to Paso Robles next weekend with my best friend and have been spending some of my free time researching wineries and fun things to do. I’ve been loving these little weekends away – it’s kind of amazing how much you can drive to in a few hours from LA! If you have any recs for Paso Robles and wine country up there, please let me know! I’ve never been but it’s looks suuuuper cute.

But alright, I’ll stop blabbing (you know me, sometimes it’s hard to stop😅). Let’s get on with the usj – Friday Finds!

7 Tips to Boost Your Creativity This Spring – Been feeling so inspired lately, but almost to the point of being overwhelmed, y’know what I mean? I love these tips – they’re so perfect for the change in seasons and a fresh start!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake With Matcha Frosting – I am obsesseddddddd with zucchini bread and I made zucchini brownies ages ago so this is RIGHT up my alley. Especially with that matcha😍 (also perf for St. Patty’s Day!)

5 Ways to Avoid Making a Sad Salad – PLEASE. I’ve been doing pretty well with my one-salad-a-day thing, but I know I’m going to get burnt out. Maybe I need to start making chopped salads, they’re on to something here…

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Burrito Bowls – Okay YES. Does it get any easier/more delicious than this?!

5 Ways to Step Up Your Morning Coffee Game – My article for ToBox from this week! I swear by the cinnamon😉

6 Recipes to Make When You’re Breaking Out (According to Skin Gurus) – Or like, whenever because they all sound DELICIOUS.

I hope y’all have a great weekend and if you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day, have fun and be safe!!

xo Jordan

AB & J Bites

Hello Hello! Man, it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe on here…

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I know I’ve posted recipes for energy bites in the past, but they’re literally the easiest things to make ever AND can be a zillion different flavors. As I get into the swing of things with my new job and my schedule, I’m also getting back into meal prep and packing my lunches. As always, snacks are literally my best friend. Like when I tell you that every single day I make sure I have at least two snacks in my lunch bag, I am not kidding, guys😅

I’ve gotten pretty good at making a filling enough breakfast to last me until lunch, but some days I still get hungry around 11:30, or want a sweet treat at around 3pm. They have some snacks at work, but you know me, I like to pack my own so I know exactly what I’m eating and don’t get tempted to raid the cereal or candy!

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I’ve also learned that if I don’t have a snack that has protein in it, I’m screwed. So the aforementioned candy/cereal/crackers/whatever is out in the kitchen? Yeah, probably not going to cut it for me even if I do decide to indulge. Therefore, I either bring an energy bar (which is generally the norm) or I bring my own homemade version (which I’m trying to make the new norm). I know the prices for energy bars and such can actually be pretty great when they’re on sale, but they all have six thousand ingredients. Have you ever noticed that?! Larabars are definitely the cleanest (or RxBars, but I’m not a fan of the texture) aaaaand they’re also the easiest to make.

Some people have an issue with the dates in these things and look, I know they’re packed with sugar, but they’re also rich in fiber, vitamins, and iron, PLUS they help boost energy. There are obviously energy bite recipes made with oats and fewer dates, but I personally love the texture of these. They’re actually not all that sweet, I promise, and since they’re more filling, you’ll feel satisfied after just two or three.

TL;DR – Make these. They are cheap, and filling, and have lots of good-for-you ingredients😉

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

Almond Butter & Jelly Bites 

5-7 large pitted dates (best if fresh – I used Medjool)

1 1/2 cups raw almonds

2 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut butter, just because I love it, but you can’t really taste it!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries, crushed finely (I used my fingers)

up to 5 tbsp water (only as needed and add one tbsp at a time!)

1tsp Moon Deli Energy Tonic (optional)

1. In a food processor or high powered blender, add all ingredients except for freeze-dried strawberries and water. Pulse 2-3 times and then scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula.

2. Repeat until a dough-like consistency forms and feel free to add the water one tablespoon at a time if you’re having trouble blending the mixture, but be sure not to over-blend as some crunch will add texture!

3. Put the crushed strawberries on a plate and form the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball into the fruit to coat it and then softly press the strawberries into the bites so they don’t fall right off. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 10 days. 

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

More of my energy bite recipes:

Funfetti Protein Bites

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Gingerbread Bites

3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Bites

What snacks have you been loving lately? Are you someone who likes to make snacks or buy pre-made ones? I’m a mix of both – just depends on the week! Have a great rest of yours😊

xo Jordan