Staying Healthy On-the-Go [+ My New Favorite Green Smoothie!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Kiwami Greens, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

Does anyone else feel like they’re constantly on the move these days?

A little backstory on me: for 5 years I legitimately ran around like a crazy person, driving all over LA from auditions to work to class. When I started my big girl 9-5 a year ago, I honestly thought it would be easier to manage my health, both mind and body, simply because I’d have more structure to my schedule and I’d be in one place. No more snacking on just energy bars (since they were the only thing that’d stay in my car in the heat all day) and wondering when and where I’d get my next meal from. The truth, though? Sitting at a desk all day means wanting to eat out of boredom, the temptation to eat garbage for lunch since I can go wherever I want, and having less time to make a healthy dinner at night once I’m back from my commute, too.

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

That being said though, I’m trying to find healthy habits that work around my schedule since that office life probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But even if you don’t have a desk job, it can be really challenging to make health-conscious decisions if you’re constantly going from place to place. I know as a student, or mom, or any working human for that matter, having something right at your fingertips that’s going to give you natural energy and nutrients is key, and often hard to come by. Enter: ridiculously convenient single-serving packs of Kiwami Greens.

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

GUYS. I’m not even kidding when I say this stuff is a game. changer. It’s literally the easiest way to make sure you’re getting your greens in, especially when you need a little boost (helloooo 3pm slump). Inspired by the Japanese tradition known as Aojiru, a nutritional greens blend known for its nutritional properties, Kiwami provides an easy way to reap the benefits of high quality young barley leaf, ashitaba (fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin E, calcium & polyphenols), matcha and sencha. It’s non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free AND has prebiotics, which sustain probiotics. This means that if you’re taking probiotics or eating fermented probiotic foods like Kombucha or kimchi, Kiwami Greens makes these “good bacteria” even more effective and are basically pure gold for your gut.

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

Can I tell you the best parts, though? You know what, I’ll just go ahead an list them for you right here…

1. This stuff legitimately tastes AWESOME. If you’re one of those people that loves Starbucks unsweetened matcha lattes, I promise you will love Kiwami Greens too because it literally tastes the same but is sooo much better for you (and cheaper!).

2. You can mix it with water or your favorite milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but I bet it tastes delicious with cashew or coconut milk, too!). This makes it even easier to enjoy since you can literally get water anywhere. If you’re home though, you can totally put it in a smoothie – my recipe can be found below!

3. You can keep it in your purse, at your desk, in your gym bag, wherever since the packets make it easy to take on-the-go and don’t need to be refrigerated.

4. It dissolves sooooo much easier than regular matcha (and doesn’t have that bitter taste!). You know how regular matcha just kind of clumps together and you need that special whisk or a blender to make it blend? Yeah, Kiwami doesn’t need that.

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

If you’re one of those people that likes to hide their nutrients in smoothies, I like to blend 1/2 frozen banana with 1 packet of Kiwami, 1 cup kale, 1/4 cup frozen mango and almond milk or water to taste!

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If you’d like to try Kiwami Greens for yourself, just head over to their website and use code SUMMER10 for 10% off your order!! Let me know what you guys think, ’cause I’m absolutely in love with this stuff.

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Man have I been all over the place this week.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

I seriously need this mug ^

I’m in the middle of move, while partially staying with my cousin in West Hollywood, working on a ton of blog content for you guys, getting ready to celebrate my birthday, and go on vacation. And let me tell you, that vacation could not come at a better time! I seriously think reading blogs is one of my favorite ways to de-stress, though. It kind of always has been 🙂 Here’s what I’ve been reading this week…

Good Digestion Smoothie – I seriously need to start adding herbs like mint and basil to my smoothies. Do y’all ever do that?!

Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups – These are so beautiful!!! I’ve never made coconut butter before, but I’ve been seeing so many recipes with it…need to get on that stat!

5 Make-Ahead Salad Hacks – You know me, all about those meal-prepped lunches. So much cheaper and healthier than what you can buy on a lunch break!

8 Ways to Help After Charlottesville – Because hearts are breaking all across this country and it is unacceptable. Let’s educate ourselves and make a change.

4 Ways to Make Your Natural Deodorant Work Better – I can attest to these since I successfully switched over to natural deodorant! S/o to Schmidt’s Lavender & Sage!

Hope you find time to unwind and hit the re-set button this weekend!!!

xo Jordan

5 Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends.

Hi again, friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

I hope y’all are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I know I legitimately say this each and every month, but I honestly can’t believe how quickly August is flying by. Fun fact: this is actually my very first summer working a full-time 9-5 job, which I think is making time pass by even faster since summer didn’t feel all that different from spring. Although, that’s partly just an LA weather thing, which I’m fully aware of…haha

Before the season ends though, I’m trying to take advantage of all the wonderful produce summer brings like berries, watermelon, stone fruit and tomatoes. I wanted to share with you a quick round-up of my favorite recipes with these delicious fruits and veggies so that you can enjoy them, too!

 

Berry Chia Protein Pudding – Make a huge batch and keep it in the fridge for a quick & healthy snack or breakfast!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups – Another amazing make-ahead recipe for babes on budgets & on-the-go!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

Peach Caprese Pasta Salad – This one’s quite possibly one of my all-time favorite summer recipes! It’s super fresh and only a few ingredients. Perfect for dinner or lunch on a hot summer day 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

Classic Key Lime Pie – The perfect mix of sweet and tart, this one’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. Make it for your end-of-summer cookout or to bring to a friend’s house!

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Sparkling Lemonade – This recipe is super easy, delicious, and just 2 ingredients. Mix your favorite lemonade (I love Hubert’s Diet Strawberry Lemonade!) with sparkling water and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer drink. You could even spike it with vodka if you’re feeling frisky 😉

Alright y’all, that’s it for today! Tell me, what recipes are you planning on making before the summer’s over?!

xo Jordan


Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Wanna hear something hilarious?

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I used to be one of those people who was like, “I’m sooooo lucky, I never get hungover! Isn’t that crazy!?” And now? I literally want to roll my eyes so hard at 22-year old me because WOW. I mean, if you’re in you’re early 20’s and you read that sentence saying “OMG same!” then that is fantastic and live your bliss, girl. However, I have a feeling that is not the case for most of y’all.

These days, I avoid sugary cocktails and white wine like the plague if I’m planning on having more than one drink because if I don’t, I will literally be a useless human the day after. That being said though, I still want to live my life, especially since I don’t have the free time to do so very often anyway. If you read one of my latest posts, I’m actually making a conscious effort to say yes more to hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars, while worrying less about how these things will derail my health goals.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

Here’s the truth, though: you CAN do both! As in, live your life and have a few drinks, but also still be a health-conscious, active person. Maybe not like, every single day, but everything in moderation, right? I’ll give you an example. Friday night I went out to a comedy show in West Hollywood with my cousin and there was a two drink minimum. Since I had a fitness event on Saturday that I really wanted to enjoy, I chose to go with club soda. On Saturday night however, I wanted nothing more than to drink some wine on the beach at sunset, so I freakin’ did it. And you know what? I’m still here, getting sh*t done on a Sunday after a morning workout, and I probably weigh (and look) exactly the same. Nuts, right?! *catch the sarcasm*

I know it’s not easy, but there are some things you can do to make it easier to complete your workout the day after you go out with your friends. I’m currently working out with Aaptiv, an audio fitness app that allows you to participate in guided workouts of your choice, to show you some easy ways you can feel your best and get moving, even if it’s just for 10 minutes! Trust me, you will feel better once you sweat it out a little 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Social Life with a Healthy Life.

With they’re help, I’m sharing this infographic with you so that you can make sure you’re checking the boxes before and during your workout. Staying hydrated, having a nutritious snack, taking it slow, and hanging in there as long as you can without risking injury are so important. Again, if all you can give is 10 minutes, and all you have energy for is a quick power walk, so be it! What’s really important is that you’re helping your body recover without pushing yourself too hard.

What I love about Aaptiv is that you can choose literally anything you feel like doing and there is someone there to guide you through it. There’s yoga, running, HIIT and toning workouts, but also “classes” for machines like the elliptical and stairmaster (my favorite!!). I often get bored of doing the same things a few days a week at my gym, but Aaptiv makes it easy to switch things up there, or anywhere. Each workout is a different length too, so you can workout as hard and as long as you’d like.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a free one-month trial, and then it’s just $9.99 from there on out, which is waaaaay cheaper than studio classes! Aaptiv was generous enough to share a free 30-day code for me and my readers, as well, so you’ll actually get two whole months for free! Just enter the code BURPEES at checkout and you’re good to go. Download the app and let me know which workouts you’re going to try! I’ve been eyeing the Abs Intensive and a few of the 7-minute HITT workouts.

Have a great week, friends 🙂

xo Jordan

Carrot-Apple Spice Breakfast Cookies.

I’m switching things up this Friday and sharing one of my new favorite recipes!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Here’s the thing about me – I’m pretty much always craving something sweet. All of my closest friends know me as a dessert fiend, which probably isn’t great since most of the desserts I love (cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, etc.) are filled with not-so-great-for-you ingredients. That being said, I’ve been trying to lower the sugar in my everyday eating (save for natural sugars from fruit), especially during breakfast! As much as I love the sound of starting my day with a huge stack of pancakes (unless they’re these),or sugar-filled smoothie bowl, it’s probably not going to give me the sustained energy I need to get through my busy morning.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Enter: the breakfast cookie. Now this recipe isn’t just some imposter parading around as “healthy” when really it’s filled with sugar and chocolate. These carrot-apple spice cookies legitimately are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy fats, aka the nutrients your body needs to function. That being said, they don’t even taste that healthy…like, you know that weird taste when baked goods have too much greek yogurt instead of oil? Yeah.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re moist (ugh, sorry I know everyone hates that word) from the carrots and apple, and genuinely substantial. You can think of them as oatmeal really, just baked and in tiny servings 🙂 The best part about cookies, too, is that you can take them on the go, which is essential for us busy babes. I keep them in the fridge and take 2-3 to snack on during the workday. That’s probably too many, but whatever, it’s way better than eating on processed food or snacks, and you know exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

I based my carrot-apple cookies on this recipe and used only coconut oil (no butter). These are 100% gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free oats, and if you wanted to make them vegan, you could use a chia or flax egg! Don’t be scared by all the ingredients below, this is one of the easiest recipes for a baked good I’ve ever seen. If you want to make your life even easier, use a food processor and pulse your carrots and apples in there a couple of times. Then you pretty much throw everything in a couple bowls and call it a day. You know me, I like to keep things efficient!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Carrot-Apple Spiced Breakfast Cookies

2 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour if you’re gluten-free!)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup grated or finely diced apple (I used a Fuji!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and spray or coat a baking sheet with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – oats, flour, flaxseed, spices and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients – applesauce, egg, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, and coconut oil.

4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir well. Add in the carrot and apple, and mix to combine completely.

5. Spoon the batter onto the baking sheet in about 1 1/2 in size balls. Flatten with your finger or the spoon, as these cookies won’t spread or rise! You can put them very close together on the baking sheet because of this, as well.

6. Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Have a beautiful Friday, friends!!

xo Jordan


Saying Yes to the Big Things.

I don’t think many of you know this, but for about 5 straight years of my life, I worked almost every single weekend night.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

It actually kind of started during my senior year of college when I’d decided to move to Los Angeles. I knew I needed to save money for my move, so I got a job hostessing on Friday nights at a restaurant in Manhattan. When I moved here to LA, my main sources of income were nannying and hostessing, as well, so that I would have time to audition during weekdays (and the funds to actually keep a roof over my head/food in my fridge). Between those two jobs, I worked every single Friday and Saturday night, and most Sunday nights as well, which meant saying no to having a life like most people in their early 20’s. Part of that, I’ll be honest, was due to me being a little too anal about saving money, but in my defense I wanted to save for rainy days or when gigs were few and far between…

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

That’s not the point of this post, though. The point is to tell you that the other day I was listening to one of my new favorite podcasts The Goal Digger and she was talking about how to graciously say no to things, people, events, etc. that don’t serve you. She also said that while you can’t say yes to everything (for your own mind and heart’s sake) you should absolutely say yes to the big things. What I took away from that is actually something I’ve been thinking about, and trying to do, for quite some time now.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

I’ve spent more money on travel, food and drinks, adventures, and gas money to visit my friends in the past year than I ever have before. I’m probably making slightly more money as well, but the real reason is that I’m tired of not living my life. Our time on this planet is waaaaay to short to not try the restaurant we’ve been dying to eat at, visit the countries on our travel bucket lists, to let important relationships fade (or not create new ones), to miss out on events or trips we know will be a blast. For the first time in my life, I’m finally loosening up the purse strings, (as my mother would say) and enjoying life.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

You will never regret a trip you took, or a weekend you spent creating memories with new friends in a new city, of that I can promise you. I went to my first multi-day music festival last weekend and it’s safe to say that my tired feet and slightly unsettled stomach from the fried food were absolutely worth it. And I don’t just mean the money, I mean the time and energy, too. I’m still exhausted 2 days later, but I’m going to have the memories of bobbing up and down to the Killers with my boyfriend, grabbing the best tacos I’ve ever eaten at midnight, and watching a new band (that I now love!) from backstage, for as long as my memory holds up.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

So for all of you babes on a budget out there, and those of you who may not be fully living because you’re afraid of the calories in a cocktail, and even for those of you who feel like you don’t look as good in your outfit as you wanted to, find something better to spend your time thinking about. Because none of those things are worth missing out on your life.

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Hi Beautiful People!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

I’m so sorry I haven’t posted a recipe in awhile, I have been traveling on the weekends and short on time, so the meals I’m prepping for the week have been pretty bland! Think basic quinoa with a bunch of raw veggies topped with 2 huge spoonfuls of hummus (yep, that’s been my lunch every. single. day). I promise I’ll be back next week with a new recipe (the carrot cookies most likely, since everyone has been requesting those!), but in the meantime I’m back with my usual Friday Finds from Chicago! I’m here for my very first music festival and am slightly nervous but also very, very excited. Let me know if you’ll be there, too!

What Our Nutritionist Eats in a Week – Totally stealing some of these ideas like the chocolate almond butter overnight oats and jicama sticks for a snack!

Italian Sausage and Veggie Bowls – I usually meal-prep my standard quinoa and veggies, but it gets old! Definitely hoping to try these next week.

Vegan Blueberry Shake – I’m clearly not vegan but hot damn this sounds good!!!

10 Grocery Store Shortcuts that are Cheaper than Doing it Yourself – An incredibly important list to have on hand! Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s, #amiright?

Extreme Money-Saving Tips of Extremely Frugal People (that You Can Use!) – Guys I totally wash my ziploc bags so I can re-use them…it’s great.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cookies with Sea Salt – Pretty sure I share a recipe from this blog every single week because she is a cooking and baking GENIUS.

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

 

July Favorites.

I swear I say this every month, but where the F is time going?!

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

I mean literally, this year has flown by, I feel like I’ve barely blinked and tomorrow is August already. Although I will admit, I was going through my photos on the plane back from Napa this weekend (aka my favorite thing to do when I don’t have wifi) and I’ve done a looooot this year already! Like way more traveling and adventuring than I’ve ever done in years past, and that makes me feel better about 2017 being more than half over. Okay anyway, here’s what I’ve found and loved this past month:

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Perfect Bar– Ok so I finally tried one of these bad boys! I had to run into Whole Foods (which I never do) and had to splurge for one because I’ve been seeing them everywhere and have only heard good things. I went for the Maple Almond and it was so. friggin’. tasty. 13g of protein + superfoods + gluten-free + real ingredients?! I mean hello, this is a no-brainer. The hype is real because this thing legitimately kept me full unlike most other bars. Granted, it has more calories and costs more so I would hope it would be more of a hefty snack, but yeah. Cannot wait to try the other flavors!

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Suja Probiotic Juice Drink – So there was one Sunday that I literally ran around like a crazy person in the heat and then decided to go for a 3 mile walk before work and was therefore insaaanely dehydrated. I wanted kombucha, but found this instead and it was suuuuper yummy! I think it was on sale (2 for $5) so I figured why not, and I’m so glad I tried it. It tasted like a juice and was really refreshing, plus it had probiotics, which I like to have every single day. It didn’t have a vinegar-y taste like kombucha does, though (which I thought was a good thing!).

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Pressed Juicery Freeze – This was another thing I was absolutely dying to try after seeing it all over the food-blogging world! I got some on National Ice Cream Day because I was trying to bounce back from a few indulgent days and it was absolutely delicious. So creamy and flavorful, but also really light! I added cacao nibs, strawberries and coconut on top of the vanilla bean, which is made out of their vanilla almond milk, and I was obsessed. The only downside is that this cup cost $6, but hey, #yolo.

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Carrot Cake Cookies – I found a healthy breakfast cookie recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and tweaked it to make it even healthier! That didn’t take away any flavor though, these cookies were so good!! They’re basically oats, applesauce, carrots and maple syrup, plus a few other superfoods, so they were pretty dense. I would have a couple each afternoon and they were the perfect pre-workout snack! I love things that are slightly sweet without actually having a crap ton of sugar in them, since I like to have something sweet pretty much after every meal. Can’t wait to make these again and share the full recipe with you guys!

Dancing for Donuts | July Favorites.

Alkani Cold Brew Maker – I think I may have saved the best for last because this thing is a GAME. CHANGER. Alkani sent me their cold brew maker a few weeks ago and it has been actual heaven each morning when a) my coffee is already made b) it’s cold and c) it’s delicious. All you have to do is put a cup (or so) of fresh coffee grounds in the metal strainer in the middle, wait 24 hours and boom done. The coffee it makes is so smooth and I love the design of it, too!

All of my favorites are linked just under this post! Tell me, what have you been loving lately?! Any good grocery finds?

xo Jordan

p.s. If you like these round-ups, check out my favorites from April, May and June!


Friday Finds.

Hi beautiful people! I’m comin’ at ya from the desk in my hotel room in Napa today, so no complaints over here 🙂

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I’ll keep it short and sweet today, here’s what I’ve been reading this week!

14 Hacks that Will Save You a Ton of Money – I’m already doing 7 & 10 and can vouch for both!! But yes. Please oh please stop buying coffee everyday and just make it at home! You won’t believe how much you save!

Rice Cake Tartines – These look so cute & delicious!

Tips for Fitting Healthy Cooking into a Busy Schedule – THIS. I rarely meal-prep on Sundays, at least not fully. I usually prep half my lunch the night before and the other half in the morning before work!

A Beer that Improves Gut Health – Drink up, y’all. #tgif

5 Ways to Use Spirulina Everyday – Is this something I should be doing? I think I might need to get some…

Pistachio Peach Caramel CrumblePistachio Peach Caramel Crumble – Her recipes are always so. friggin. droolworthy.

Have a gorgeous weekend!! 🙂

xo Jordan

 

 

Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans.

Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well this week and soaking up the summer sun!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

One of the things I wanted to do more of this summer was take advantage of seasonal produce. I know living in California we get super spoiled, but it doesn’t mean that our fruits and veggies aren’t even better in the warmer months! I honestly can’t think of anything better on a hot day than a cold, juicy peach. Okay maybe ice cream…but you know what I’m sayin’! Since summer also tends to lend itself to more treats (and possibly alcohol because helloooooo rosé), I’ve been using the delicious seasonal produce we have at our fingertips to motivate my healthy eating habits when I’m not indulging. Hey, life is about balance, right?

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

This salad has been one of my favorites this past week paired with a grilled steak or some chicken! I’m hoping I’m not the only one who loves fruit in their salads, because the ripe mango in this is booooooomb. I added black beans for extra staying power, but they add a nice texture, too. I think if you were trying to make this a full meal, you could add avocado and maybe some quinoa or farro! A super easy dressing (lemon + balsamic + EVOO) makes this salad so refreshing on a hot day! I definitely recommend making this salad with heirloom tomatoes – they’re the BEST and nothing beats the flavor. Arugula was also my green of choice because its bitterness goes perfectly with the mango, but you could totally do kale or spinach instead!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

Rainbow Summer Salad

4 cups rinsed arugula

1/2 can black beans

1 ripe mango, chopped

1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes

4-6 sweet mini peppers, chopped

1/4 red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

sea salt to taste

1. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients except for lemon juice, oil and vinegar.

2. In a small cup or bowl, whisk together the lemon juice olive oil, and balsamic. Drizzle over the salad an toss to coat evenly.

3. Eat immediately and enjoy! *If you’d like to make this salad ahead of time, just keep the dressing separate (in a mason jar or airtight container) and dress when ready to eat.

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

What seasonal produce are you loving lately?!

xo Jordan