Friday Finds.

Happy Friday from San Francisco!!

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I’m so lucky that my company let’s us work remotely every Friday because it makes it so much easier to visit friends in other places! I’m here for the weekend (and in Redwood City) so if you have any recommendations let me know!

20 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life – PLEASE. I seriously need to do all of these asap.

Be Well’s Favorite Pantry Staples for Optimal Health – Such a helpful list!!! Legit printing this out and putting it in my wallet for my next grocery trip.

What 2,000 Calories Looks Like – A serious wakeup call…oof.

Granola Bark – Can. We. Just.

9 Women-Run Podcasts We Should All Be Listening To – We all know how obsessed I am with podcasts these days.

Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Babes on a Budget: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl.

Ok I’m going to say something that I feel like is going to make people like, gasp and then hate me a little…

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but oatmeal totally does not fill me up and I literally will be hungry 2 hours later. What is wrong with me, guys?! I’ve tried adding nut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, flax, you name it I’ve done it. And for some reason, without fail, my stomach will be growling by 11am. So, I’ve recently turned to other (inexpensive) means of filling up before busy days at the office and it includes some of my absolute favorite foods: sweet potatoes, peanut butter, bananas and dates. I topped it with granola too, for a little extra crunch & sweetness! I definitely recommend coconut granola, or just coconut flakes/shavings – the flavor combo is INSANE.

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The best part about this recipe is that is super low effort, kind of like overnight oats but just slightly more prep. You just boil a pot of water, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch (-ish) chunks, boil for about 15 minutes and then you’re good to go. You can mash the potato in the pot, or another bowl, or a tupperware if you want to save it for the next day in the fridge. Then you simple toss in the other ingredients and poof. Done. Easy peasy.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

1 medium sweet potato

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 banana, sliced

1 -2 dates, chopped

1 tbsp peanut butter (drippy is better, so I’d go for all-natural!)

1/4 cup granola (I used KIND Oats & Honey Clusters w/Toasted Coconut)

*if gluten-free, just leave off the granola or choose a gluten-free variety!

1. Fill a medium-sized pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil. While the water is heating up, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch or so chunks. Drop into water once boiling and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.

2. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork either in the pot or another bowl. Add in the almond milk to make it creamier and stir until combined.

3. Top with banana, dates, granola and peanut butter if eating right away, or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

The one perk of being busy AF: the week goes by super quickly. Now let’s hope the weekend does just the opposite…

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7 Tips for Getting the Career of Your Dreams – #5 and #7. Love, love, love.

Spring Avocado Toast (4 Ways) – Beautiful and freakin’ delicious.

Microwaved Tea is the Best Tea (According to Science) – Good news since I make tea using hot water from the microwave about 90% of the time! (#officelife)

The One Happiness-Boosting Money Habit Everyone Should Adopt – One word: gratitude. Pretty sure most things in life pertaining to happiness start there.

The Ultimate Advice for Every 20-Year Old – Honestly this made me laugh, then want to cry, then go write a business plan. Gary V is everything.

The Single-Serve Microwave Shakshuka that Saved Dinner – Okay this is genius though.

What have you been reading this week?!

xo Jordan

Apple Spice Blondies [Dairy + Gluten Free!].

Ahh Monday, we meet again. Am I ready for you? I’m not sure…

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What I am sure about, however, is a weekend that’s the perfect combination of relaxing and productive makes it easier to head back to work when it’s all over. I’ve recently gotten back into meal-prepping and it is making my life about a billion times better! Just less to worry about during the week, like knowing I already have a healthy lunch packed to take with me or dinner all ready in the fridge when I get home.

One key part of meal-prepping for me is making healthy snacks and treats. If I don’t have snacks ready to go, I will 100% reach for the candy at work instead or impulse-purchase the chocolate bars that are just kind of waiting for you while you check out at Trader Joe’s…don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about. Those things are goooooood! And we all know I’m about balance aka shoveling in some chocolate every once in awhile, but I also like to eat things that satisfy my sweet tooth without making me feel like crap afterwards.

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This week I went with a recipe I’ve had pinned for at least a year, but could never make because I didn’t have coconut flour. This morning on my way back from the farmer’s market though, I finally got it!! I went with Bob’s Red Mill, since I know their products are super high-quality, and so far I can tell you it does not disappoint! That, peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce and  maple syrup basically make up this entire recipe. That’s it! No butter, oil, milk, sugar or eggs. How awesome is that?! You literally throw everything in a bowl, plus some spices, and call it a day. Then 30 minutes in the fridge and BOOM. Blondies. *drops mic*

Dancing for Donuts | Apple Spice Blondies [Gluten + Dairy Free!].

Apple Spice Blondies

(adapted from this recipe)

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup peanut butter* (choose one with just peanuts, nothing else!)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

*you can use almond butter here, but I went with peanut because it’s cheaper!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or vegetable oil spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until completely combined. The batter will be thick, which is a good thing!

3. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin so that each cup is about halfway full (these don’t rise, so you can always fill them more, but you’ll make fewer blondies and will need to cook them for longer!).

4. Bake for 30 minutes, then cool for 15. Carefully spoon the blondies out of the tin (they crumble easily!) and eat right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy 🙂

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Have a beautiful week, friends!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, beautiful people!!

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The Healthiest Snacks You Can Buy at Trader Joe’s – GIMME. Also, freeze dried fruit is crazy addicting. Wish I didn’t go through an entire bag in 3 and a half minutes but hey…

How 9 Millenial Women Who Make the Same Salary Spend & Save Their MoneyThis. It’s really interesting how people prioritize their spending – everyone has different goals and values, which is important to remember. This is good inspiration for anyone, though!

What the Healthiest People Eat When They Only Have 5 Minutes to Make Dinner – There are some gems in here! I love that none of these are full recipes really, and they’re all healthy & cheap. That’s a win-win in my book!

10 Things to Add to Sunday Meal Prep for Better Lunches – All about that meal prep, yo.

8 Edible Hostess Gifts that Aren’t Booze – SO helpful! It’s always hard to find something when the host (or you!) isn’t super into drinking.

Mindful Ways to Embrace Change (Like Being Kind & Brave) – Really, really love this one!!

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Happy Humpday! I hope everyone’s having a great week so far 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I’ve officially changed the description of my blog to “Healthy Living for Babes on a Budget.” The motivation for that was a combination of things, but essentially I enjoy being a resource for others on living a healthy life without breaking the bank. After learning from my own experiences as a professional dancer and hustler (as I like to call it), trying to fuel our bodies with nutritious food and exercising can get expensive real fast, especially in this day & age with all of the fancy options we have (LA, i’m looking at you). Personally however, I don’t think we need to spend a fortune to feel or look good, which is why I’m shifting my focus to more budget-conscious content.

I’m starting off this new-found purpose by sharing 5 of my favorite veggies! I’m on a serious veggie kick now that spring has sprung, which is good considering all the sweets I ate in March while traveling and celebrating birthdays…oops. The good news is that none of these gorgeous little pieces of produce cost more than about $2 a pound (and are usually much less save for the organic variety). Consider adding these to your grocery cart next time you hit the store because they all pack mega health benefits, set you up for a healthy week (with a touch of easy peasy meal-prep) and keep you in line with your food budget!

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Carrots: I feel like these get easily forgotten, but carrots are so versatile and so dang cheap. I’ve always been a fan of baby carrots dipped in hummus of course, but buying the whole carrots from the farmer’s market, or even just at the grocery store can give your meals a boost of Vitamins A, C, and K, beta-carotene, fiber, iron and copper. They’re slightly sweet too, so adding them to baked goods or smoothies makes them feel slightly decadent!

What to make with them…

My all-time favorite Carrot Cake Smoothie

Garlic Roasted Carrots

2-Ingredient Carrot Cake Rawnola

Carrot Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins

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Zucchini: As we head into warmer weather, zucchini is going to be coming at us like crazy. I know zoodles have gotten super popular as people are more familiar with spiralizing veggies, but what I love about it most is that it has a fairly neutral flavor, which means you can do a ton with it. My go-to? Adding it into oatmeal or baked goods to add moisture and a kick of Vitamins A and C, magnesium (so important!), fiber and potassium. Swear you can’t taste it, but your body will thank you!

What to make with it…

Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Healthy Zucchini Oat Breakfast Cookies

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

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Cauliflower: This is definitely one of the more trendy veggies on the health & wellness radar these days what with all of the cauliflower in smoothies (see my blueberry power smoothie recipe below) and using it as a substitute for many low-carb dishes as rice or mashed potatoes. Aside from being a jack of all trades, cauliflower is packed with protein, vitamins C and K, fiber, magnesium and more.

What to make with it…

Blueberry Power Smoothie

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan & Chives

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower

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Brussels Sprouts: Ahhh, good ol’ brussels sprouts. I know these babies get a bad rap sometimes, but they’re honestly really delicious if you cook ’em the right way! *cough* in bacon fat…no but seriously, my favorite way to eat sprouts is by throwing them in my ninja and shredding them into a slaw for the base of a salad. Roasting them with parmesan, garlic and EVOO is damn good, too. They’re yet another veggie that contains a boat load of vitamins C & K, potassium and even omega-3’s!

What to make with them…

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprouts and Apples

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Kale: An old favorite of mine, Kale has always been the perfect thing to throw in with a quinoa salad or smoothie for some added nutrients. Did you know Kale is packed with protein?! Plus about a billion other wonderful things like folate and fiber, too. I’ve become quite sick of the regular ol’ green kind, so I usually go for the Lacinto variety. It makes for the perfect base for a salad mixed with any of the veggies above, or a grain bowl with farro, beets and goat cheese (my all-time fave!).

What to make with it…

Pasta with Kale and Turkey Sausage

Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale

Quinoa & Kale Protein Salad

Kick Booty Kale Smoothie

Have a great rest of your week, friends!

xo Jordan

March Favorites.

Happy Friday, y’all!

It’s that time again when I want to share my favorite foodie finds with you! Here’s what I’ve been eating this month on repeat:

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Rx Bars (Mint Chocolate): I’m all about snacks that have a minimal number of ingredients in them because otherwise I try to eat as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible. These bars are so delicious and this mint chocolate flavor is even reminiscent of a thin mint. No guilt afterwards, though 🙂

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Trader Joe’s Just Mango Slices: Okay these aren’t necessarily a new find for me, but I can honestly say I haven’t eaten these in about a year so I totally forgot how good they are. I think what I love about them most (aside from them not having any added sugar!) is that they keep well in the car. For this LA girl on-the-go, that’s a super important quality to have!

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Medjool Dates with Almond Butter: If you haven’t tried this flavor combo yet, what have you even been doing!? I’ve been having one date with almond butter first thing i the morning for a before I’m starving for breakfast, but still feel kind of hungry when I wake up. It’s the perfect treat for dessert or post-workout too, super creamy and slightly sweet. It feels decadent, but if you keep it down to one or two, this little bad boys are actually super good for you!

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Sakara Life Detox Tea: Admittedly, I was given this tea in a swag bag from a food blogger event I attended this week, but I’m absolutely loving it. I don’t really buy into all the “detox” stuff, I mostly just like the flavors – red rooibos, lemongrass and rose. So light and delicious, and supposedly beneficial to the mind and body, too!

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Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Bar: Yes, I know, another bar. So sue me, I like having snacks that don’t require a lot of thought or time on mine part! My favorite thing about these is that they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients. So many bars out there these days have a ton of sh*t in them and we don’t even realize it. These bars legit have spirulina, wheatgrass, broccoli, alfafa, and spinach in them. How crazy is that?! AND they taste good. Who even know that was possible.

Hope you have an incredible weekend! 🙂

xo Jordan

Meeting Commitment with Self Care.

Oh, hello! I’m so sorry I’ve been pretty MIA lately. Life and work have been a little nuts and the madness threw me off my game.

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That’s actually why I wanted to write this post, to be honest. I feel like my schedule has gotten a little out of hand (as everyone’s can from time to time) and instead of listening to my mind and body, I’ve focused on fulfilling a billion commitments. If you don’t already know, I’ve always been someone who likes to be busy. I genuinely enjoy filling my time with things that make me feel like I’m progressing as a human, whether that’s physically at the gym, financially by working side hustles, or emotionally by spending time with people I love. And, while I absolutely still enjoy those things, I’m starting to realize the importance of quiet and alone time, doing things that are just for me, and making sure I’m taking care of myself.

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This notion of self care has been really trendy lately, and I know it kind of sounds like some b.s., but it’s not. I’m glad it’s becoming more main-stream, and even more acceptable for us to slow things down, if that makes sense. There’s so much in our society that demands us to just go, go, go and I think social media has a lot to do with that today. We’re inundated with images of people traveling the world, going out to eat, and doing all kinds of activities. I think this is so amazing because it inspires us to go out and see the world, but I also think it makes us feel pressure to do as many of those things as we can right now. But we don’t have to do what everyone else is doing, we can do one thing today and one tomorrow, or no things today at all if that’s how we feel. And the concept of self care let’s us step back from this pressure and just chill for hot second.

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I was listening to my absolute favorite podcast, Soul on Fire by The Balanced Blonde, and in her most recent episode she interviewed Mary Beth LaRue, a health and wellness expert, yogi, and entrepreneur. Jordan and Mary Beth were talking about how they’re both so busy and so productive, but that it’s important to “meet commitment with self care.” This really resonated with me, particularly this morning, because I just got back from a bachelorette party that I planned (which I had a blast at!) and have also been coming off of some really crazy weeks at work. For the past 7 days I’ve actually had some gnarly stomach issues randomly, as well, and for the life of me couldn’t figure out why. Fortunately, my stomach woes have seemingly come to an end, but it’s kind of strange because pretty much the moment I got home from our trip and the 5 and a half hour car ride back, I started to feel better. How weird is that!?

The only thing I can think of, unless my pains come back of course, is that it was anxiety. I’ve never experienced a reaction like that from stress ever before, but I think it was a sign that I need to slow things down. My dad always tells me “don’t burn yourself out, child” and even though I usually laugh it off and tell him I definitely won’t, I may have just done it.

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So, that being said, I’m not entirely sure what the point of this post is, but I do know that taking care of yourself (/myself) needs to be a priority. My advice to you and my future self is to say “yes” to just one less thing, maybe leave half of a day in your planner blank, and don’t be afraid to check out of life for an hour or so every once in awhile.

Have a wonderful week 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

We made it to Friday guys! Go us.

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Here’s what I’ve been reading & loving this week:

12 Ingredients to get you Excited for Spring Cooking – Love that this guide not only takes you through the seasonal produce but recipes to make with them!

5 Ways to Buy a Cheaper Lunch – I’ll take all the tips I can get.

Pineapple Ginger SmoothiePineapple Ginger Smoothie – This sounds SO GOOD.

5 Expert Tips for Being More Present (and Less Anxious – I’m not super into meditation, so these tips are much more my style.

Genius Kitchen Tips to Make Your Life Easier – Why are pineapples and mangos such a pain in the a$$ to cut?!

The 16 Best Exercises for Arm Day – Because summer (aka tank-top season) is around the corner and my bingo wings need some serious help.

The Amazing Beauty That is Kandholhu Island, Maldives – Sometimes looking at pictures of beautiful places and dreaming I can go someday is a great way to take a midday break at work… 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, y’all! I’ll be up in Northern California for a bachelorette party. Follow along with my trip on Instagram or Snapchat! @jdranks

xo Jordan

 

Weekend Recap: 24 Hours in San Diego.

Helloooooo party people! Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope so!!

My dad came into town Saturday morning for conference in San Diego, so I picked him up at LAX before we grabbed lunch and headed south! I wanted to show him the neighborhood I work in and then took him to Hot’s KitchenHot’s Kitchen in Hermosa for some grub. Their tacos are THE best. If you’re ever in the area, go go go.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: 24 Hours in San Diego.

Our drive to SD took a bit longer than we had expected (ohhhh LA traffic), so we didn’t make it to the zoo like we wanted to, but that was okay! We checked into the hotel (the Grand Hyatt) and rested for a few before we walked over to dinner.

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My dad had read an article about Ironside Fish & Oyster, so we made a reservation there a few weeks ago. Let me just tell you, this place is a MUST. Like literally do not skip this one if you’re in San Diego, I can’t say enough wonderful things.

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We started 2 delicious drinks, green lip mussels (YUM) and their famous octopus & chorizo appetizer. For dinner, we both had two delicious fish filets, mine was Escolar and dad’s was Thresher, with lemon butter and a side of greens.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: 24 Hours in San Diego.

We also ordered the charred broccolini and romanesco with mint pistachio pesto on the side. So freakin’ delicious. We were obviously super stuffed after dinner, but couldn’t pass up their new panna cotta dessert with angel food cake, rhubarb, and strawberry ice cream. UNREAL. Then, Sunday morning we woke up early and ventured out to Coronado Del Mar.

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I don’t know about you, but I had literally never heard of this place and apparently Walt Disney modeled off one of the famous hotels at Disneyland after the Hotel del Coronado. So, obviously, we had to go see it and it turned out they were doing a Sunday brunch buffet (aka the DREAM).

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap: 24 Hours in San Diego.

After stuffing our faces with insanely good omelettes, fruit, pastries, fresh juice and coffee, we walked for about 3 miles on the beach. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect – sun and a slight breeze.

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Apparently the beach by the hotel is also ranked #7 in the country or something and for good reason! I wish I had brought a swimsuit and had more time, but I’m hoping to go back very soon!

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I had to head back to LA in the early afternoon since the traffic was already building, but spending 24 hours with my dad was the best. My parents don’t come out west very often, so when they do it feels extra special 🙂

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Hope your Monday is short and your coffee is strong. Be back soon!

xo Jordan