My First Time Trying Acupuncture

Me a few years ago: “Umm, I would literally never do acupuncture, why would you voluntarily stick multiple needles in your body at once?”

Me two weeks ago: “LET’S DO THIS.” And don’t get me wrong, I was still scared as frick, but I was also fed up with my back pain and after hearing from at least 10 of my friends how amazing acupuncture is, I knew I HAD to try it at least once! They say it can help with all kinds of things aside from pain including depression, anxiety, hormone health, headaches, insomnia, and even infertility.

So if you’re feeling the way I did but are maybe intrigued and would want to give it a shot, keep on readin’😊

For my first acupuncture experience, I went to WTHN, a New York-based acupuncture “spa,” if you will! At least, it felt like a spa to me, in the best way possible. First of all, that place has the most aesthetic décor ever with a ton of plants and a cute shop in front for all your wellness needs. It’s instantly inviting and warm.

From there, I was taken into my own curtain-ed off space with a specialist who first asked me what exactly I was interested in achieving with acupuncture and where I was experiencing pain. After sharing my frustrations with my mid and upper back injury, as well as my nervousness around getting acupuncture done, he kindly explained exactly what I could expect and assured me that there was not nothing to be afraid of.

If I’m being 110% honest, you do feel a teeeeensy tiny prick with the traditional method, but there is virtually no pain. It’s as if you were to give yourself a very small and gentle quick pinch. He also did a few needles with the “pressure point” method up by my shoulders and I admittedly did feel a bit of discomfort during those.

I’m really glad he did both kinds, just so that I could experience them, and I’m sure that the pressure point technique is necessary to really get into those tight muscles (they don’t use that all over the body, just in certain areas of the body that carry a lot of tension).

After about 5-10 minutes of the setup, he handed me a button that I could press if I needed anything or started to get uncomfortable, covered me with a very thin, paper-like blanket, and put on headphones with my choice of serene music. For the next 25 minutes, I laid there.

Here’s how the next part of my session went:

  • I almost instantly relaxed and teetered somewhere between awake and asleep (but I didn’t want to actually fall asleep though, for fear of being startled when he walked back in😂)
  • I lost track of time and felt almost weightless
  • At around the 20 minute mark (I think), I felt myself starting to overheat – again, not from being in pain, but more so from feeling like I couldn’t move
  • I panicked a little, and almost pressed the button, but talked myself down and knew I could make through the last few minutes

And then? It was over! My acupuncturist gave me a sheet with some recommendations (4 sessions to ease the pain) and made sure I was both pleased with my experience and hydrated! Again, very spa like💆🏻 

After my appointment, I continued to feel very much relaxed and didn’t experience any back until the middle of the night, which is super normal for me. I don’t know if one session is really meant to achieve long-term effects, but I’m positive that if I lived near WTHN I would be back soon.

All in all, I would recommend acupuncture to absolutely anyone. It was a different kind of self-care and one with so many benefits. And one last thing – I do think that being face down and not actually seeing the needles was super helpful, but if you need to be face up, maybe ask for something to cover your eyes!

Tell me, have you ever tried acupuncture?! If you haven’t, do you want to?

xo Jordan

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

If I told you this entire loaf was gone in less than 48 hours, would you believe me?

Because it barely even made it that long😂

I won’t bore you with an intro, ain’t nobody got time for that, but I will tell you that this recipe is:

  • made entirely in one bowl
  • has only 1/4 cup of sugar (from the maple syrup) minus the chocolate chips, which are optional anyway
  • fantastic when paired with almond or peanut butter
  • the perfect amount of moist – won’t crumble but isn’t “wet” either (sometimes that can happen with paleo breads)
  • packed with protein
  • can probably be made vegan if you use flax eggs instead of regular ones!

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3/4 cup grated zucchini

1/4 cup hazelnut flour

1 cup almond flour

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs, room temperature

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan with a thin layer of coconut oil.
  2. Shred the zucchini in either a food processor or by hand with a grater. Place on two-three paper towels to help soak up some of the excess water.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the other ingredients (the eggs, vanilla, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao powder, both flours, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda).
  4. Add in the zucchini and chocolate chips if using, and stir to combine well.
  5. Pour into a loaf pan and use a spatula to smooth out the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

That’s all for today, folks! Let me know if you make this recipe – I’m gearing up to make it a second time in one week😋

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: Celebrating 8 Years in LA

Guys, I’ve officially been an LA resident for EIGHT YEARS. How nuts is that?

And even more nuts is the fact that I’ve pretty much been blogging (however embarrassingly so) since then. If you’ve been a long-time reader, I appreciate you❤️ I really feel like I’ve lived about 9 lives here already – life as a lost 20-something after college, a dancer, a hand model, a business school student, a marketing professional, and now, we’re here!

Today I can say with confidence that I am a business owner, social media consultant, and healthy living blogger, and that feels pretty rad.😊 In all honesty, I didn’t actually plan a celebration for this milestone, but the whole weekend spent adventuring in my city felt like one, anyway!

Weekend Recap: Celebrating 8 Years in LA | Dancing for Donuts

I kicked off the weekend with a gloomy Saturday morning clean up sesh (bless you Marie Kondo for inspiring us to de-clutter) because we are getting a PUPPY! Yep, a little pupper to be my buddy since I work from home and Alex travels a bit. I figured we should get our sh*t together before we add more dog toys and another living thing into the mix!

Weekend Recap: Celebrating 8 Years in LA | Dancing for Donuts

After putting about 9 bags together to give away, we headed to Venice Beach where Beach Now had so kindly set up a bunch of chairs, umbrellas, games, towels and refreshments for us! It was a little chilly (June Gloom is very much a thing here!), but we had so much and I was happy the sun came out.

Weekend Recap: Celebrating 8 Years in LA | Dancing for Donuts

Saturday night we ordered Thai takeout and binged the first 4 available episode of Handmaid’s Tale. If you’re not watching it, you have to start NOW. I promise you won’t be disappointed, we’re obsessed with it!! I love how it’s about female empowerment, despite all the awful things that happen in it.

On Sunday, my sweet friend Emily drove all the way up from Orange County to spend the day with me! We kicked off our morning with coffee from Coffee Commissary (one of my favorite coffee shops here!) before doing a free workout with my friends Keely and Rachel through Athleta! I don’t know if this the case for all stores, but at least near me, Athleta holds free classes about once a week that their ambassadors teach!

Post workout, we went to Bluestone Lane for brunch and shoveled it in SO HARD. I love that place – the people are nice, the food is fresh, and it’s a nice ambiance!

Since we obviously couldn’t just stop there, we went to try a new place for some soft serve! Lucky for me, Emily likes treats so we went to Bumsan for some incredible organic ice cream. I got the matcha and milk, and Emily got the choclate and salted caramel. We were able to try all the flavors and let me tell you, I WILL be back soon😍

The rest of the day was just spent getting more organized, heading to TJ’s for some groceries, and watching some more TV before calling it quits for the weekend. We grilled up brats, some romaine (new favorite thing to grill!), peppers and onions and had Spanakopita on the side! Needless to say, it was a decadent weekend😂

What did you guys do? Was the weather nice for you?!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hellooooo Friday! Ugh, aren’t Summer Fridays the best?!

It’s not like I get actual Summer Fridays (y’know when you have a half day of work), but since I’m my own boss, I’ve decided that I’m going to do them once in awhile, anyway😏

I purposely made this week more low key than usual with fewer plans and workouts scheduled in. My time in NY was so hectic and since I wasn’t actually on vacation, I definitely didn’t get enough work done😅 Luckily I’m feeling nice and relaxed, and more importantly, back in the groove! Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Cassava Flatbread – What’s pictured up at the top of this post! I actually subbed garbanzo flour for the cassava flour and you guys I am BLOWN away. This bread has zero sugar in it yet somehow tastes slightly sweet? And has a ton of fiber/protein, too!

How to Make Your Own Oat Flour and Why It’s Healthier – Whaaaat this is so interesting! I actually make my own anyway, but mostly just because I thought it was cheaper😂

My Summer Manifesto: A Little Less Doing – An absolutely beautifully written piece and exactly how I plan to approach this summer, as well.

Vodka-Infused Pineapple – I don’t always drink alcohol, but when I do I prefer to have it with fruit…and eat it😍

The 20-Minute Salad I Make Every Tuesday – My mom used to make us a version of this all the time when we were little and I’d forgotten how easy/delicious it was!

12 Fun & Easy Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer – Is it weird if I make these even if I don’t have kids…

Hope you all have a great summer weekend!! Tell me your plans – we’re going to be FaceTiming with our (potential) puppy!!

xo Jordan

Must-Visit Healthy Food & Wellness Spots in NYC

OMG HI.

Dancing for Donuts | Must-Visit Health Eating & Wellness Spots in NYC

I am back from one of the most epic, hectic and AMAZING trips to New York that I’ve had since I left in 2011! I initially went for my best friend’s bachelorette, which was an absolute, exhausting blast, and then stayed to see my family and friends!

I met up with some of my incredible blogger babes, caught up with friends from college, and got to visit some places that have been on my list for ages. I also threw an event alongside my friend Alyssa and a company called MyWellBeing, so full recap on that to come soon😊

Until then, I’ve rounded up 7 of my favorite wellness/healthy living spots from my trip and let me tell you guys, I miss them already. NYC is so much more wellness focused than it was when I was in college – it’s crazy! Let’s get into it😍

WTHN – Okay you guys, I finally did it, I got acupuncture for the first time!!! I’m so proud of myself, can you tell😂 I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous, but I’m willing to do pretty much anything to ease my back pain at this point. Plus, my friend Alyssa told me this spot was unbelievable, and she was RIGHT.

I actually have their “herbs” at home, which are supplements made with adaptogens, but I’m so glad I got to visit this gorgeous space in person. I think I might do a full post on my experience, but let me just say, this is the perfect place to go in NYC if you’re looking to experience acupuncture for the first time! It’s got the vibe of a super cool spa, they make you feel so comfortable, and the practice itself is super healing. 

Sundays Studio – If you’re looking for a non-toxic mani in the city, you HAVE to go to Sundays!! The ambiance is beautiful, the service is outstanding, and my nails looked SO good. I got a regular manicure with some nail art (so many cute designs and colors!), but they also do non-toxic gel manis, too! Can’t wait to go back here next time I’m in town.

Hu Kitchen – YOU GUYS. Omg I wish I could express to you how much I loved it here😭 I was fully planning on going back at least once more and just ran out of time, but please oh please make a point to go to this healthy food freaking WONDERLAND next time you are in NYC. They have so many insanely delicious options that cater to nearly any diet and their creations taste like actual heaven. I wanted to try one of everything, but I made my own bowl with their pork meatballs, pineapple and broccoli. I also tried their chickpea focaccia which was SO good!

Charley St. – This was my first stop in the city last week for a meetup with some my blogging friends and it did not disappoint! It’s an Australian café, which I know seem to be popping up all over NYC and LA, but you guys. The gluten-free banana muffin and banana bread for to DIE for. They also make a mean oat milk latté and some seriously gorgeous smoothie bowls!

Energi – My friend Alyssa and I actually held an event here last week (blog post on that to come very soon!), but it’s such a stunning space! I’m so grateful that we were able to use it. Energi is a wellness focused co-working space that’s opening very soon, but they actually have a workout studio right upstairs too that’s already open! Some seriously incredible teachers have classes there (that’s something to do next time!), but the cowering space is pretty epic too. Super bright, open, welcoming, and full of energy – pun intended.

Two Hands – Another Australian café (yep, I told you they were on the up and up!), Two Hands is a beautiful spot for breakfast! It’s slightly pricier than Charley St., but worth every penny. The scrambled eggs are ridiculous and they too have banana bread, but the star of theirs it the whipped mascarpone on top. I’m so glad I got to meet my friend Gracie here – you guys might know her as Hungry Blonde but her blog was the first I ever followed back in college😊

Humming Puppy – Not gonna lie, I would legit move into this studio. It is easily the most beautiful place I’ve ever practiced yoga in, but it’s also so much more than that. The entrance alone is magical and there’s coconut water waiting in beautiful mugs for you, but then the studio itself is unlike anything else I’ve stepped foot in. It’s huge and the mats are placed ready and waiting for you in a half circle moving outwards from the center of the room where the teacher stands and each row is tiered slightly higher than the one before it. They keep it dark and there’s an actual constant humming vibration throughout the room during the entire class. I don’t think I’ve ever felt energy like that before🙌🏻

Okay, okay, that one up there ^ is NOT a healthy foodie spot, but if you like donuts and you’re in NYC, you do have to hit up Dough Doughnuts ’cause they’re the size of your head and oh so fluffy😏

Well, there ya have it! Do you have any favorite spots that I missed?! I’m hoping to get back to NYC a bit more frequently now that I don’t have to worry about vacation days, so hit me with your best!

And, of course, have a very Happy Monday!

xo Jordan

GF & Vegan Chai Protein Banana Bread

“Wait this is really good, are you sure it’s vegan and gluten free?” -actual words from my bf after trying this😂

For the first time ever, I tried baking with hazelnut flour and now I can confirm: it is very much like baking with almond flour and VERY much delicious. Highly recommend👌🏻

This bread is pretty dang easy to make, gluten-free, vegan (unless you decide to use a different protein powder or regular eggs instead of flax eggs), and has zero added sugar since it’s sweetened by the mashed banana. It’s also insanely tasty topped with nut butter, just a tip.

Oh, and one more tip – it’s moist, so need to worry about it being crumbly per se, but if you don’t let it cool properly before transferring it out of the loaf pan, it might break apart! Just FYI😊

Gluten Free & Vegan Chai Protein Banana Bread | Dancing for Donuts

GF & Vegan Chai Protein Banana Bread

1 cup almond flour

3/4 cup hazelnut flour (or more almond flour)

1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Booster (or vanilla & add spices)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 flax eggs – 2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water (or regular eggs)

1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, grease a loaf pan with coconut oil, and make flax eggs (they need to sit for just 10 minutes to form!).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients including both flours, protein powder, baking powder, and spices.
  3. In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave, then add in the mashed banana, vanilla and flax eggs.
  4. Pour into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and fold to combine. Then transfer to the loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely (at least 20 minutes) before removing from pan. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Let me know if you try this recipe! It’s seriously one of my favorites, I’m just waiting for more ripe bananas so I can make it again!😊

xo Jordan

Spring Favorites

Just popping in to share some of my recent favorites with you guys!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I shared a monthly favorites post, but I’m doing things a lil differently today and doing it in a video instead😊

I’ve been having so much fun shooting and editing videos, plus you can hear me describe the items a bit better this way, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving anything lately, and if you have any videos you’d like me to shoot!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Not gonna lie, this week felt like pretty much the longest week ever.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

It was a great one, don’t get me wrong, but MAN am I tired😂 There are two things I want to share with you before diving into this week’s Friday Finds (…is this the second week in a row for one? I think so…oops).

First off, I put up another YouTube video and my first one where I really share more about my business/what my life is like on a day to day basis now that I’m really doing my own thing blogging and business wise! You can find that here!

I was also on a podcast this week and in the episode we talks a loooot about my life before this year like my work experience, growing up as a dancer, moving out to LA, doing dance professionally, hand modeling, working 7 thousand jobs, attending b-school, etc. – just stuff I don’t always share on the blog or even Instagram! You can listen to that episode from the Let’s Thrive podcast with my friend Emily here.

And now, for just a few quick reads before we head into the weekend!

How to Help the Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans – The most important thing either of us will read today.

Copycat Samoas – Listen I am ALL about a girl scout cookie, but I can absolutely not be trusted with a box of them. I love that these actually have good-for-you ingredients in them!

A Trick for Making Weekends Feel Longer – NOTED. Also, this is hands down one of my all time favorite blogs.

California Grilled Chicken Avocado and Mango Salad – So many of my favorite summer flavors in here😍

The Greatest Drink of the Year – Umm YES will absolutely be making one of these ASAP.

5 Ayurvedic Habits to Adopt This Summer – Easy, tangible, and pretty awesome honestly.

That’s all for today – we’ve got another busy one before the weekend! Happy Friday, y’all💕

xo Jordan

Milk & Cereal Donuts

I have fun one for today, you guys 😍

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

I think the best part about my job, well the blogging half at least, is getting to be creative in the kitchen! And let me tell you, it feels so good to have more time to do that now that I’m on my own.

I was working with Barbara’s Cereal on an Instagram post (yes, that was sponsored, but this isn’t!), and instead of just putting some cereal in a pretty yogurt bowl like I do so often, I wanted to do something a bit more out of the box! And, on brand, if you will😏

These donuts are insanely easy to make. The hardest part is probably just waiting for the cereal so soak in the milk, honestly.😂 I use Birch Bender’s pancake mix to make things easier, but you could probably use any other pancake mix that works for you! And just be sure to frost the donuts right before you’re ready to eat, otherwise the topping might get soggy.

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

Milk & Cereal Donuts

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup Barbara’s Honest O’s Honey Nut Cereal (plus more for topping)

1 cup Birch Benders Pancake Mix (I used their Original)

2 eggs

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

2/3 cup powdered sugar + 1 tbsp almond milk for the icing

  1. In a large bowl, add the almond milk and 1/2 cup of cereal. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a donut pan with coconut oil or ghee. Drain the cereal from the almond milk and add the milk, pancake mix, eggs, banana, coconut sugar and protein powder. Stir until well combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into the donut pan until almost full (just under the top of the mold. Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  4. Let cool completely before using a butter knife to trace around the outside of the donuts. Using a spoon, carefully remove the donuts from the mold and place on a plate or cutting board.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and almond milk for the icing. Spoon the icing onto each donut one by one, immediately followed by placing the Honey Nut O’s on top, pressing firmly so they don’t slide.
  6. Serve immediately, or place in an airtight container *without cereal on top* until ready to eat. If you put the cereal on top and let it sit overnight, the cereal might get soggy!

*If you’d like to make these vegan, try using flax eggs and/or another banana in place of the eggs – I can’t promise the texture will be the same, though.

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

That’s it, y’all! I can’t think of a better reason to treat yourself to a donut than a Tuesday, you know what I mean?😉 Have a great one!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

If I told you I forgot which day it was at least 5 times this week, I would not be lying😂

Friday Finds | Dancing for Donuts

I suppose that always happens after travel, though! This week has been super busy but also productive, and for those two things I’m grateful😊 It’s just been so gloomy here in LA and I’m ready for some sun! What’s the weather like where you live?

We do have some fun plans this weekend like going to a Dodgers game, plus I’m helping my friend Erica shoot fitness videos for her YouTube, so that should be awesome!! I’ve been so nostalgic for my dance days, so anything I can do to bring me back to that feeling is always nice.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week!

Everything Parmesan Crisps – Yep, 100% making these and putting them on top of every salad forever.

5 Easy Ways to Help Yourself Focus – Can’t honestly name a day when I DON’T need these tips😅 I think the hardest part of my job now is keeping track of 4 thousand things and I need all the organizational/time management tips I can get.

No-Bake Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Low key could care less about these being keto, but the ingredients are AWESOME and I’m always looking for healthier versions of sweet treats!

What I Eat to Stay Sharp & Energized During 12 Hour Days – I actually found this article to be more helpful in how she structures her day rather than what she eats specifically, but there are some great tips in here!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Collagen Stars – Okay this admittedly not a find, it’s just my Instagram post from yesterday, but this recipe is SO good and I swear you guys, these tastes like those fancy $5 low-sugar chocolate bars at the grocery store. They also take 2 seconds to make😊

30-Minute Cardio + Barre Toning Workout – My friend Aubre is actually the one teaching in this and I just took her class yesterday here in LA! She’s amazing and this is such a great workout to do at home!!

Productivity Tips That Will Make Your Life Better – from the QUEEN of productivity. Lauryn Evarts always has the best tips for hustling boss babes, and I love Dr. Mona Vand, too!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have an amazing weekend!

xo Jordan