Portugal Travel Guide.

Almost exactly one year ago, I made a fairly last minute decision to hop on a plane to Europe and visit a country I’d never been to before.

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

I ventured out to Portugal, one of my favorite places of all time, and spent a week exploring with my boyfriend. We had the time of our lives and now know a ton of friends heading that way this summer, so I wanted to put together a travel guide with my recommendations!

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This guide goes in order of our trip after we flew into Porto from Madrid. As for transportation, I recommend renting a car when/where possible and driving down to the south of Portugal. This is the most cost-effective way to see everything and also gives you the freedom to move around if you want to explore other towns!

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

PORTO

Where we stayed… After a decent amount of planning, we decided on the Eurostars Porto Douro for our first stop in Portugal and were so happy we did! After a welcome glass of porto (of course!), we found our way up to our gorgeous and modern room that had insane views of the Douro river and bridge. We passed on the breakfast (for however many extra euros) so I can’t speak to that, but I would happily recommend this hotel to absolutely anyone, especially since it was an awesome price! The only thing to note is that you’ll be walking a decent amount, as this hotel is about 10 minutes from the base of the hill/stairs to get up to the actual town of Porto. So worth it!

What we did… Since we only had about 24 hours in Porto, we spent a decent amount of that time just walking through the city, exploring shops, grabbing tapas (a must) and an afternoon cup of cafe. We did stop by this really cool antique type shop that actually had a bar in it too (and a super cute dog!) called the Armazem. I think my two favorite visual memories of Porto are looking out over the city and its gorgeous red roofs from the Torre de Clerigos and taking a moment to sit by the river and people watch.

Not to be missed… If you can, I highly suggest you book a table for dinner at Cantinho de Alvillez. The food was out. of. CONTROL. I think this meal might’ve been our favorite meal of the entire trip, and that’s saying a lot! We even found one of this chef’s restaurants in Lisbon later on in the week, which I’ll mention below. I also recommend taking a look at the NY Times 36 Hours in Porto guide, as that has some awesome recommendations!

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

FARO

What we did… Our time in Faro was fairly short because we were eager to get to Lagos, but we did take a stroll through the city, the night we arrived, grabbed a delicious seafood dinner at a nearby restaurant (it’s a fishing town!), and booked a boat trip to the Ilha Deserta, the southern-most part of Portugal!

Not to be missed… The beach on Ilha Deserta is so, so beautiful! It’s fairly cheap and quick to take the boat ride over, and we spent the day there. The water was a bit chilly and rough the day we went, but it was hot so it was very refreshing! There’s one restaurant there that we loved called Estamine where we had homemade pasta with clams, salads, and oysters. The fish was so fresh and the service was amazing, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.
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LAGOS

Where we stayed… Ok so we kind of splurged on this one since it was our one really nice night of the week. Lagos is a pretty romantic place in my opinion, and we pretty much stayed at the most romantic boutique hotel ever – the Hotel Vivenda Miranda. I can’t even say enough wonderful things about this place – the people are so welcoming and there’s champagne waiting for you when you check in so you can relax on the veranda and look out over the cliffs to the ocean. The room itself was pretty massive for two as well, with its own patio and everything. The views from this place are definitely worth noting, as well as the incredible buffet breakfast (so many options!) and gorgeous pool. I’m dying to go back here!!!

What we did… Exploring the town of Lagos the night we arrived was SO fun, we just found a cute restaurant for some more seafood (it’s their specialty, we couldn’t pass it up!) and gelato…duh. We also booked a kayaking tour for the next day, which I literally recommend to anyone who tells me they’re going to Portugal. The cliffs and rock formations on the outer parts of the Algarve are so stunning and you can’t really get the full view unless you’re way out in the ocean. We did the kayaking tour for a few hours that day, which starts and ends on a little boat that takes you out there. The tour goes in and out of the rocks and they tell you all about the history of the city and what each formation represents. It’s insanely beautiful, I wish I’d had a waterproof camera back then but I took lots of mental photographs 🙂

Not to be missed… Whether its 99 degrees during your trip (like it was for ours!) or a bit cooler, the Praia Dona Ana (pictured above) is a MUST. You will never see anything else like it, I can promise you that. To get to the beach that’s surrounded by rocky cliffs, you’ll go down a pretty large set of stairs. There isn’t a ton of space to lay out, but the Portuguese are nice so you’ll have friendly neighbors! We brought beer, bread and cheese with us for a picnic and took a dip in the water after lunch. The seas can be a bit rough, but if you go in the summer you’ll need to brave it! The image of this beach, with its cliffs and colorful beach umbrellas, is engrained in my mind with the fondest of memories!

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

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Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

LISBON

Where we stayed… The best pick for Lisbon in my opinion is an AirBnb! There are tons of great options and the prices are awesome. The other thing is that you probably won’t be spending much time in the room anyway since you’ll be out exploring, so splurging on a fancy hotel room doesn’t make too much sense (unless you want to!). I also think it’s kind of nice staying in the heart of a real neighborhood instead of someplace touristy, too. You get a better feel of what it’s like to live there, I think! Here’s the link to ours – we LOVED it.

What we did… So because it was hot as a mother the two days we had in Lisbon, we actually decided to spend the majority of our days in Cascais (a train ride away!) and Sintra, which are both detailed down below. The afternoons and nights we spent in the city, though! This is another city that’s perfect for just taking a stroll and exploring. There are so many shops and cafes to sip sangria at! We found another restaurant by the chef from the place we had dinner at in Porto called Pizzaria Lisboa – so delish! We also stopped by a bar afterwards called Pensao Amor. This place has so much character around every corner, and even a sex shop in one of them in case your drinks make you feel frisky 😉

Not to be missed… The Time Out Market was definitely one of the highlights of the entire trip. We went here twice, once before our train ride and day trip to Cascais, and once after for dinner. There are endless options and everything is insanely delicious. The gelato and doughnuts were standouts in my eyes, as well as the jamon iberico and cheese plate!!

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

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Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

CASCAIS

What we did… This town is so charming, I fell in love immediately. After walking around and exploring, we headed down to the beach for a mojito and some standup paddle-boarding! The water is super warm (at least in the summer) and the beach is packed. Doing a water activity is a good plan since you’ll fit in some activity while getting to see the coastline from out in the water! As far as I remember, it couldn’t have been more than $20 to rent the board for an hour or so, either!

Not to be missed… You have to HAVE to go to the House of Wonders. I can literally still remember this meal because it was so fresh and delicious. We actually went here twice in two days because we were craving something healthy by the end of our trip! Their healthy plates are packed with veggies, but they have fresh smoothies and pastries, too! The rooftop is the perfect place to dine since you can see out over the town, and it’s so colorful!

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.
Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

SINTRA

What we did… There are two gorgeous castles in Sintra, but we only had time for one of them. We went for the Quinta da Regaleira since my boyfriend had been to the Pena Palace before (it’s the super colorful one you’ve probably seen in photos!). We drove our rental car way up to the hill, grabbed some croissants and coffees, and then walked the rest of the way to the castle, which has so much to see! There are many gardens, secret tunnels and caves, a beautiful well that you can climb up, and the gorgeous castle itself. The views from the grounds are gorgeous, as well!

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

Alright friends, that’s all for today! Have you ever been to Portugal before? If you have any other recommendations, please share them in the comments so others can see them, and if anyone is thinking about going there, I’m happy to answer any questions 🙂

xo Jordan

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

Friday Finds.

Wait, it’s Friday already?!

This week absolutely flew by for me, and I ain’t mad about it. I had two super fun fitness events this week after crazy busy days at work, so that might have something to do with it! It’s safe to say I’m happy it’s the weekend, though 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Here’s what I’ve found across the web this week. Have you come across anything noteworthy? Let me know in the comments!

Matcha Mojitos – WAIT. What?! Give me allllll the matcha!

The Reasons it’s Important to Have Multiple Streams of Income – Yes, yes, YES. I’ve been saying this for years and I’ll continue to do so because this advice is the JAM.

10 Things I Buy from Trader Joe’s for No-Cook Dinners – A must because 1) it’s hot AF rn and spending time in front of a stove or oven is hell. and 2) ain’t nobody got time for that.

4 Insanely Effective Ways to Sharpen Your Focus When You HAVE to Get Sh*t Done – Does anyone else have trouble focusing in the summer?! It’s hard not to think about being at the beach or on vacation when you’re stuck at your desk, y’know?

26 Things to Do This Summer – In case you haven’t gotten a chance to make a summer bucket list yet!

4th of July Chia Pudding – Since it doesn’t hurt to start planning your holiday menu early 😉

 

That’s all for today, friends. Hope everyone has a wonderful summer weekend!

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday #2.

Hello beautiful humans!

Today I’m bringing back my What I Ate Wednesday posts, since y’all seemed to be interested in the first one! Here’s a look at what I ate yesterday, on a regular ol’ Tuesday.

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday #2.

8am: To start the day, I had a mug of Stumptown Coffee with one packet of stevia, some 1% milk, cinnamon, and a scoop of VitalProteins Collagen Peptides.

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9:30am: Breakfast at the office as per usj! I’ve been going back to an old favorite of mine – plain greek yogurt with peanut butter and a banana. I added some Bear Naked granola for some staying power, too!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday #2.

12:15pm: Somehow my breakfast magically kept me full until noon (my appetite’s been weird lately though), so I lasted until lunch without a snack this time. Lunch was some of the leftover roast we made on Sunday with black beans, roasted onion, and quinoa! Simple and so delicious 🙂 I highly recommend making extra anytime you cook so that you have meals ready throughout the week. Suuuuuuch a lifesaver!

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3pm: Snacktime rolls around and though I’m craving something sweet, I’m really trying to cut back on the sugar. Luckily I brought a bag of carrots and celery with some spinach & artichoke hummus (planning ahead is essential!). The perfect healthy snack with some protein!

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5pm: Surprise surprise, I’m hungry again. I have to make it through a workout once I leave the office, so I grab a NoGii bar (my new favorite!!) to tide me over.

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday #2.

8pm: We threw together some chicken breasts tossed in a homemade rub, sauteed asparagus and snap peas (in soy sauce + a bit of butter), and leftover pasta from the night before. There we go with the leftovers again…see how much they come in handy?! This dinner was super delicious, especially for one that only took 15 minutes to make!

9:30pm: I have a couple of pieces of watermelon before bed (even though I try not to eat after 9pm for the most part) because my sweet tooth is going off again. Watermelon is my favorite in the summer, I think I could live off of it!

Alright folks, there ya go. Let me know what meals and snacks you’ve been loving lately, I’m always up for new ideas!

xo jordan

The Best Advice My Dad Has Given Me (So Far)…

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dad’s out there!!! 🙂

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And of course I want to give an extra special Father’s Day shout out to MY dad, the wisest and most incredible man I know. I was lucky enough to be on the east coast for Mother’s Day this year, but I so wish I could be there to celebrate with my family again today!!

Growing up, I was so fortunate to have two ridiculously supportive and encouraging parents (sometimes I can’t even believe how lucky I am). And over the years, my dad has given me so, so much advice that has absolutely helped me get to the place and state of mind I am in today. I want to share and write them down, even just for myself so I can remember them always, in hopes that we can all benefit from his wise words!

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1. Don’t forget to have fun. – Want to know who actually encouraged me to go on Spring Break in college and party with my friends? My DAD. And who moved me into a frat house 6 years ago when I first got to LA and had no idea what I was doing or where I wanted to be? Yep, that was my dad. And what about when it’s Friday night and I’ve been invited to a party, but kind of just want to stay home and save money? My dad will tell me to go out, see my friends, and enjoy. Just enjoy life as much as I possibly can. And though it seems counterintuitive for my dad to have to tell me to have fun, I totally need the reminder sometimes 🙂

2. Quality first, then price. – Always a bargain hunter, my dad is constantly doing his research before making a purchase, and he’s taught me to do the same. In all honesty, both of my parents are that way and I attribute my frugality to their example! Just the other day, I was searching for flights to go home for a visit and went with United (my main rewards points program) for one leg, but American for the other since it was so much cheaper. No matter how thrifty I am though, I absolutely refuse to fly Spirit or Frontier not matter how cheap! I know this might be kind of a silly example, but it’s the truth. You can only sacrifice quality so much to save a buck before it’s just not worth the struggle or consequence!

3. If you’re doing all the right things and trying your hardest, that’s all you can do. – Now this one might sound more pessimistic written down than it does when he’s actually saying it out loud in his wise-dad voice, but essentially, if you’re doing the best you can, you kind of have to just leave the rest in the universe’s hands. There’s no point worrying about something you can’t control the outcome of (like after a audition, job interview, or test) and if you tried your hardest, that’s the best thing you could’ve done! Whenever I call my dad freaking out, he usually says this to me and my perspective changes almost instantly. After years of having to repeat it, I’m thankful that he did because it took about 27 years for it to sink in as the truth 🙂

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4. Don’t run yourself down. – This one is quite possibly the most valuable piece of advice I’ve ever been given. As someone who (oddly enough) enjoys packing my schedule to the absolute brim, I for sure need to be reminded of this on the reg. Self care might be all trendy now, but my dad was on top of that trend yearsssss ago! Though he always encourages me to work hard and play hard (y’know, within reason!), he also knows how important it is to rest when you need it.

5. You have to spend money to make money. – Ok this one might actually be my favorite through (saved the best for last)! During my past 6 years in LA, particularly while I was dancing professionally and working about 8 part-time jobs to make ends meet on top of going to business school, I felt like I couldn’t ease up on the purse strings at all whatsoever. But if you’ve ever heard anyone say, “the best investment you can make is in yourself,” believe them. My dad has been reminding me for as long as I can remember that you’re not going to make anything back if you’re not willing to spend money on the things you need to get there. His voice saying “Buy the extra headshots,” “Take the dance class,” “Drive the 2 hours to the audition,” and “Get your Master’s” will forever play on in my head. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and make the investment if you want to make the return. Thanks for keeping me business-minded, dad 🙂

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Well, if you read through all of that I give you credit, but I also hope you really did since I know anyone could use this advice! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

xo jordan

 

My Summer Bucket List.

I know summer doesn’t technically start until June 20th, but it sure feels like summer already to me 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Bucket List.

I’ve always been a fan of creating bucket lists for each season, mostly because they’re fun to make and even more fun to cross off. Being an adult definitely means summer is less fun & games than it used to be, but I still love to take advantage of everything the months have to offer. LA is kind of an anomaly in the sense that seasons don’t totally exist here (and yes, the sun does shine year round), but there are a ton of things that happen here only during summer months, like outdoor concerts, movies, and special events. Not to mention the weather is warmer, so you don’t need a sweater to lay on the beach!

Here’s my list for 2017 (so far):

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Bucket List.

 

What’s on your summer bucket list?! Do you like to make bucket lists for each season, too?

xo jordan

3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Okay, so it’s becoming clear now that I like recipes that don’t require a ton of ingredients, isn’t it? 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

From my 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles to my 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites, I’ve now moved on to 3-ingredient meals! This recipe is a riff off of my 2-Ingredient Pancakes, but with a bit more staying power. Lately I’ve been eating breakfast later than usual (aka at my desk at 9am as opposed to before my commute at 8am), but having something more substantial so that I don’t have to have such a big mid-morning snack.

There really isn’t a reason for this, and you should always listen to your body of course, but I personally am trying to cut back on eating out of boredom. Sitting at a desk all day definitely lends itself to shoveling in handfuls of nuts mindlessly and convincing myself I’m starving an hour after a nutritious lunch, even if I’m definitely not. Anyone else have this problem!?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

Now these pancakes can’t exactly be made too far in advance and brought to work, unless you have crazy amounts of extra time in the morning, but sticking with my eating schedule even on weekends helps to keep me on track. Though this breakfast may look super decadent, it’s really just bananas, eggs and protein powder! How easy is that?! The frosting is also just peanut butter and almond milk, but if you’re not feeling that you could leave it out or opt for something else like plain greek yogurt or fruit!

Keep 2 things in mind about this recipe:

1. It’s best to give yourself about 20 minutes to whip these up – the key is to have the heat on medium and not hotter otherwise the outside will burn and the inside won’t cook, which will cause your pancakes to stick to the pan (and be inedible!)

2. If you’ve got one, I definitely suggest using a food processor or blender to make the pancake batter, that way it’s nice and smooth. If you don’t have one, it’s totally fine, just make sure you take a few extra minutes and are ready to use some muscle power to get the lumps out of the bananas and protein powder!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

1 egg + 1 egg white

1 medium ripe banana (I like mine with just a touch of brown spots!)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Garden of Life!)

1. Spray a small or medium size pan with coconut oil spray and heat over medium on the stovetop.

2. As your pan is heating, combine all 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth (it shouldn’t take long!).

3. Pour the batter onto the heated pan, or spoon for better leverage! I like to make a bunch of small pancakes, but feel free to do a few larger ones! You’ll find that the batter will spread pretty quickly, so a little will go a long way. Heat for about 3 minutes a side, or until you start to see tiny bubbles in the pancake. I also like to check by trying to slide my flipper (is that what it’s called?!) underneath and if it pops up no problem, it’s ready to flip!

4. Cook the pancake on the other side for 2-3 more minutes. Place on a plate, then cover, so it stays warm while the others are cookin’! Repeat with the rest of the batter and keep in mind the first and sometimes second pancakes never come out perfectly! You’ll get the hang of it, and know that you may need to adjust the heat throughout so that they don’t burn.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 tbsp peanut butter (I love Nuts N’More!)

2 tbsp almond milk or water

1. In a small bowl, heat the peanut butter and almond butter in the microwave for ~10 seconds, until they’re easy to stir together. *If your peanut butter is drippy, you can probably skip this step!

2. Drizzle on top of your pancakes and sprinkle on some cinnamon too, if you’d like! Dig in 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

What’s your favorite way to fuel-up?

xo jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, beautiful humans!

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We’re back to our regularly schedule Friday Finds programming 🙂 What have you been reading this week?!

7 Grocery Store Hacks to Save You Major Hacks – Guys, YES. I currently follow about 90% of these, but they’re MAJOR. It seriously couldn’t be easier to cut your grocery bill.

Ask a Nutritionist: 5 Questions Answered – As if I wasn’t already so obsessed with Kelly LeVeque anyway…this girl is a genius.

10 Dinners in Under 10 Minutes – For nights when you’re either lazy AF or busy AF.

An Exceptional Salad with an Unusual Coconut Oil Dressing – This sounds insane. How have I never thought to make a dressing with coconut oil?!

3-Nutritionist Approved Snacks to Bring on Summer Adventures – Honestly I would even just bring these to the office because they sound awesome.

10 Pieces of Avocado Toast Almost Too Pretty to Eat – HOW?! Do I need to get a tiny star cookie cutter to cut my food into tiny cute shapes?! No, probably not…

3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles [or Slushies!] – Shameless plug because I’m still literally eating one of these almost every day. They’re perfect for a low-calorie treat!

Any fun plans for the weekend? I have a full-blown cold as of now, so aside from a cooking class tonight (which I’m SO excited for!!!!!) I’ll probably just lay low 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

xo Jordan

3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles [or Slushies!]

This 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicle recipe is sponsored by my friends over at Sparkling Ice, but all words, photos and opinions are mine!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Okay so I guess it’s like, legitimately summer now, huh?

This is my first summer in 3 years that I’m not on break from grad school, and it honestly feels pretty weird. Like I still have to go to work everyday and nothing actually changes at all, especially because it’s pretty much summer in LA all year round, #letsbehonest. The one thing I do every single summer though, is go visit my family’s beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m constantly counting down the days until I get to go to my favorite place on the planet and just take all of the summer-y, beachy bliss.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

One of my favorite things to do there is sit by our pool in the afternoon (after some beach time, of course) with a cold drink and some snacks. Since ice water gets a little old, we like to stock our fridge with flavored sparkling water so that it’s still healthy, but feels fancy. And then you can feel gangster AF on your unicorn float, know what I mean?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

(s/o to Mama & Papa D for snapping this photo in NC!)

Sparkling Ice has been an old favorite of ours, since it comes in a bajillion flavors and has zero calories (!!). Now that I live in a place where it’s warm enough to drink cold drinks all the time, I like to keep it on hand for when I want something that’s more refreshing than water but isn’t soda. Trust me, I know it sounds crazy to think there could be something more refreshing than water, but sometimes it just doesn’t hit the spot. Especially when you’re also kind of hungry, which is generally me always…

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I wanted to find a way to combine my favorite summertime beverage with my other favorite thing in the world: DESSERT. And can you literally come up with anything better than an ice cold popsicle when you’ve just come back from a sweaty a$$ workout or just need an afternoon snack to cool you down? Didn’t think so 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I think the absolute best thing about these popsicles, aside from the fact that they’re insanely refreshing and the perfect amount of sweetness with zero-added sugar, is that you can customize them with any of Sparkling Ice’s 15 flavors, which are all available on Amazon Prime (in case you decide that you need to make these in no more than 48 hours  because trust me, you do). You essentially just take half a bottle of your favorite Sparkling Ice flavor, some canned coconut milk, and whatever frozen fruit you’d like and mix ’em together.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

AND if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even throw some liquor in there (Strawberry Daquiri popsicles, anyone?). Okay last point though for real, if you don’t have a popsicle maker, just put the mixture into ice cube trays and blend that sh*t up with a few tablespoons of water to get things going. Then BOOM, slushies.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Mango Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until mango has completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. If you’re blending your ice cubes for a slushie, just add a couple of tablespoons of water to get things moving, and keep some ice cubes whole to keep your drink cold! Dig in and pretend you’re on a tropical island in a giant sun hat being fabulous (unless you actually are, and then no need to pretend. Get it, girl.)

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Lemonade (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until strawberries have completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

If you’d like to make your own popsicles to have on hand for hot days, head over here so that you can grab a variety pack of Sparkling Ice. You can save up to 15% and get free delivery with Subscribe & Save as a Prime member, or find all 15 Sparkling Ice flavors at at your local retail store.

Which flavor combo will you make first?!

xo jordan

5 Recipes to Make for National Donut Day!

Today is an extra special Friday, y’all.

It is National DONUT Day. Aka the day that honors my favorite thing of all time. So, in it’s honor, I’m replacing my usual Friday Finds post with a roundup of my favorite homemade donut recipes!

Dancing for Donuts | Birthday Funfetti Donuts.

Birthday Funfetti Donuts from Dancing for Donuts – As far as funfetti anything goes, these are surprisingly on the healthier side and my favorite homemade donuts of all time. They’re super moist and taste like they’re from a real bakery!

Dancing for Donuts | 5 Recipes to Make for National Donut Day!

Baked Lemon Poppyseed Donuts from Fit Mitten Kitchen – I never used to be a huge lemon poppyseed person, but recently I’ve gotten super into this flavor combo! The glaze is to die for, too.

Dancing for Donuts | 5 Recipes to Make for National Donut Day!

Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Donuts from Yuri Elkaim – I love that these are actually super clean and made with coconut flour. It’s hard to feel guilty at all about eating donuts when they’re packed with protein and low in sugar!

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Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting from Dancing for Donuts – An oldie but goodie, these donuts are so delicious, especially for being made with greek yogurt and very little oil! They’re super fudgy, and the peanut butter frosting makes them taste like a reese’s 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 5 Recipes to Make for National Donut Day!

Cinnamon Sugar Protein Donuts from Andrea’s Protein Cakery – Another healthier recipe, these donuts can totally be justified for breakfast or a post-workout snack. They don’t require too many ingredients and I love that they have cinnamon and nutmeg in them! They’d be delicious dipped in coffee…which gives me an idea for what I definitely need to be doing today!

How are you celebrating National Donut Day?! I say we continue our celebrations all weekend though because one day is not enough, let’s be real.

xo jordan

May Favorites.

Hey beautiful people!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! Getting back into the swing of things has been a little tough, but at least it’s only a 4-day week 🙂 I’m back today rounding up some of my favorite goods from the month of May. It’s been a delicious month!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites | KeVita Kombucha

KeVita Kombucha in Pineapple Peach: Okay I’ll be honest, the first time I tried Kombucha, I thought it was the most disgusting thing ever (I’m not a huge vinegar fan). I still always go for the fruitier flavors, and this one is hands down my favorite of any brand. It’s so refreshing and perfect for summer. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t crave it every single day!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites | Nekter Juice Bar

Nekter Juice Bar’s Tropical Cooler Smoothie (or green smoothies in general!): As a babe on a budget, I generally try to avoid buying smoothies since they cost at least triple of what they do when you just make ’em at home, but sometimes I straight up run out of groceries and still want something healthy and delicious. I recently fell in love with Nekter (their acai bowls are to die for!) and tried their green smoothie with greens, pineapple, banana and coconut butter. It’s easy enough to recreate at home too, I just need to get my hands on some coconut butter! Anyone know a good variety?!

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3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Bites: If you guys saw these on my blog but haven’t made them yet, I can assure you that they are still absolutely delicious 5 days after you make ’em. Not to mention that I for sure saved money last week since I didn’t buy a bunch of Larabars or Kind Bars and had these instead! They’re perfect if you need some energy, or even just as a sweet treat if you’re like me and want dessert literally after every meal…

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Hugh jass breakfast sandwiches: Sooooo truth be told, I splurged at the grocery store and bought us brioche buns for Memorial Day weekend since I knew we’d be making hamburgers. We had some of the buns leftover and decided to make breakfast sandwiches with fresh eggs from the farmer’s market, avocado, jack cheese, and sriracha mayo (1/2 sriracha, 1/2 mayo). Admittedly, there is very little that is healthy about this meal, but I couldn’t care less. And we didn’t even have to leave the house to get an insanely delicious brunch on Sunday!

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Farmer’s Market Burrata: We also picked up this hunk of gloriousness at the farmer’s market Sunday morning, as well as the heirloom tomatoes and basil underneath, and it was freaking. EPIC. At first we though $5 for it was kind of pricey (but still worth it), but when we opened the bag it was actually a ton. And the thing I love, love, LOVE about burrata is how decadent it is. You don’t even need too much to enjoy it, but that flavor mixed with the herbs and tomatoes? UGH. The BEST.

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites | Rebbl.

Rebbl Maca Mocha: These drinks have been popping up allllll over the food blog and wellness world, so of course when I saw them on sale at Sprouts, I had to grab a couple! I couldn’t believe how delicious this was – so creamy and decadent, like an adult version of chocolate milk almost? I love that it’s caffeine free, but full of energizing nutrients and adaptogens. It’s also coconut milk based and has no added sugar. So many amazing reasons to try it! I definitely want to get my hands on their other flavors asap.

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites.

Rx Bar in Coconut Chocolate: I’ve mentioned my love for Rx Bars in the past, but this flavor was new to me! I really loved it – not too much coconut and not too sweet either. Sometimes protein bars can be suuuuper sweet, especially when they have chocolate in them. This one was just right, and at 210 calories, it was perfect for a clean afternoon pre-workout snack!

Alright friends, that’s all for today. What have you been loving lately? Have you tried any new products that are worth buying again?

xo Jordan