3 Cute V-Day Food Ideas (for You or Your Boo!)

Hi friends!! I’m back today with some Valentine’s Day cuteness ’cause let’s be real, the fun of this holiday is basically just the treats you get to indulge in😏

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Cute V-Day Food Ideas (for You or Your Boo!)

I’m going to be honest with you, I could kind of care less about Valentine’s Day. I mean, for like 95% of my life I was single for it, and even if I did have a boyfriend, it felt like any other day. I think my number one thing about it is just knowing that someone thought about me, but the truth is that if you’re dating someone who you’re truly meant to be with, that person is going to show you they’re thinking about you every damn day, y’know? Last year, Alex and I just made dinner at home and this year we’re planning on doing the same thing. I’ll definitely be whipping up something sweet, which I’m veryyyyy excited for (!), but otherwise it’ll be low key!

Regardless of who you’re with (or not with) this V-Day, I think the most important thing you can focus on is showing love to yourself and those around you. Call your parents, your siblings, your best friends, and tell them how much you care about them. Maybe write a card, or bake them something sweet you know they’ll love. And if it’s just you at the end of the night, treat yourself to some self care – a face mask, glass of wine (or kombucha), an episode of your favorite Netflix show, and a lil’ dessert. You deserve it! If you’re looking for something extra to do for yourself, your bae, or just the ‘gram, I’ve got some ideas for you guys that I’ve either done myself or have found across the web during my V-Day research!

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Cute V-Day Food Ideas (for You or Your Boo!)

Heart-Shaped Food – This one is probably the easiest, cheapest, cutes thing you could possibly do! All you need is a heart cookie cutter and the possibilities are endless. Last year I made us heart-shaped avocado toast (basic b meets overrated holiday😂) and this year I’m planning on making heart-shaped pancakes! The ones in the photo at the beginning of this post were just made from the Birch Benders mix I had on hand and I added an easy chia-berry jam on top.

If you wanted to be reaaaaal cute, you could do pink jam so instead of using mixed berries like I did, do only raspberries or strawberries! To make it, put frozen berries of whichever variety you’d like in a microwave safe dish for about 30 seconds, add a tablespoon of either whole or ground chia seeds, and stir to combine. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then you’re good to go! I like to use ground chia seeds, which are nice since you can’t even taste them, but they still help bring the jam together like whole seeds do.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Cute V-Day Food Ideas (for You or Your Boo!)

White Chocolate Valentine’s Day Popcorn – This one is so perfect if you’re doing a galentine’s party or having a movie night in! I originally made this recipe two years ago, but if I were making it today I’d probably swap out the candy hearts for pink, white and red m&m’s! I know that might be overkill on the chocolate, but like, is there such a thing? The answer is no. Plus they might melt a little and be all soft and chewy and magical. Highly recommend.

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Pink Puppy Chow (Vegan!) – I originally found this recipe here, and proceeded to pin it immediately because HOW cute. The only reason I didn’t make it this week is because I can’t actually be trusted with a bowl of this stuff, but 1) Valentine’s Day is for sharing and 2) this recipe seems to be slightly better for you, so I really should…but I think it would be SO stinkin’ cute to put a bag of this in your honey’s work bag so that they have a sweet treat during the day. Or, let’s be honest, just put it in your own bag because that post-lunch sweet tooth is REAL #amiright

Here are some other last-minute ideas in case you need some more V-Day inspo!

How to Have the Perfect Valentine’s Date Night In – Because going out on Valentine’s Day is sooooo overpriced and overcrowded!

25 Things to Make Your Valentine for Breakfast – If you have some extra time in the morning, I think starting the day off with one of these would be soooo fun!

Baked Conversation Heart Donuts – I cannot get over these.

What to Cook for Valentine’s Day – For cooking together!

5 Ways to Be Your Own Valentine – brb, gonna start implementing these into my daily life…

Well, there ya have it! Let me know what your Valentine’s plans are this year in the comments and seriously, if you’re by yourself, I hope you have the most epic self-care sesh there ever was.

xo Jordan

Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

Happy Monday, friends! I’m comin’ atcha today with a super tasty, healthy and protein-packed breakfast recipe!

So as you know, I’ve been trying to get my health and fitness back on this year (just like pretty much everyone else in 2018!). I started taking all kinds of different classes and revamping my routine to keep things fun and interesting, and I’ve gotten a bit more on track in terms of my eats. I always preach about preparation and how stocking your fridge with tons of healthy ingredients can make all the difference in the world when it comes to sticking to your goals. And hough this recipe is quite possibly the easiest thing in the world to make, it does require you to add just a few items to your grocery list😉

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

I’ve always been a fan of eggs because they’re incredibly nutritious, inexpensive, and easy to make. They keep me full throughout a workout without that bloating feeling that comes when I have yogurt or smoothies sometimes. But while I love a good yolk, they are slightly higher in cholesterol, whereas the whites are a low-calorie, low-cholesterol source of protein. I also grew up in a household where my parents ate only egg-whites, mostly because they didn’t like the taste of the yolk, but I can tell you that cracking a ton of eggs just to get enough whites for a substantial omelette was neither the quickest nor most enjoyable task. The perfect solution to this is to just buy the egg whites in a container so that they’re ready to go when you need them!

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

I was recently introduced to AllWhites® 100% liquid egg whites, which are incredibly convenient to keep on hand. They’re fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in calories and carbs, and high in lean protein. You can find them by the eggs in your grocery store and like I said, they maaaajorly take the effort out of getting the egg whites out of a cracked egg (and avoid having to waste the yolk, too!). The frittata I’ve been making on repeat with AllWhites has fueled me throughout barre workouts, cardio workouts, and more importantly, a morning at work because the struggle. is. REAL.

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

This frittata recipe combines AllWhites liquid egg whites with just a touch of low fat milk, nutrient-rich spinach, flavorful onion and creamy goat cheese for a super delicious dish that tastes decadent but contains soooo many good-for-you ingredients! The prep is minimal, just a touch of dicing and whisking, and then the skillet/oven really do the rest of the work for you. If you don’t have a skillet, just use an oven safe pan, but I will say that the skillet helps cook the eggs evenly. This dish perfectly serves two, but if you’re eating for one, just wrap the leftovers up in seran wrap or a tupperware, and save it for the next day. Doesn’t get more convenient than that, my friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

Spinach and Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata

1 1/4 cup AllWhites® egg whites

2 tbsp low fat milk

1 tbsp butter

1/2 cup diced onion

2 handfuls spinach

3 tbsp goat chees

sea salt

pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and whisk egg whites and milk in a bowl until light & frothy.

2. Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, a pinch or two of salt, and cook thoroughly. Add the spinach too, and cook for another 2 minutes or until wilted.

3. Add the egg mixture over the top of the onions and spinach. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Take a spatula and make sure the eggs flow to the bottom of the pan as opposed to on the sides of the pan.

4. Once the frittata is half set (and the egg whites on the sides are turning to a more solid colored white), top with pieces of goat cheese and transfer to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

So there ya have it! If you’d like to learn more about AllWhites, head here! They’ve also been generous enough to give me 3 product coupons to send to one of my readers, so for a chance to win, comment down below and tell me what activity you use protein to fuel!

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds

Another week, another roundup of my favorite links😏

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends! I’m so happy the weekend is here – I have my good friend Kelsey from The Mindful Chef here and we have lots of fun things planned! I’m looking forward to some super fun workout classes, good eats and hopefully some relaxing, too. Maybe I’ll make another vlog…I did get a microphone this week so I promise the sound will be muuuuch better moving forward😊

As per usj, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week:

14 Recipes to Help You Reset After You Overdo It – Because who doesn’t need more healthy eating inspo these days? I always get stuck in a rut, but some of these stews sound so perfect for chilly nights!

5 Simple Shifts to Bring More Positivity to Your Life – Cannot even deal with how spot on these are. It’s all about mindset and I’m making a conscious effort to shift my this year!

10 Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy Now – Literally falling asleep at my desk as I read this…might be time to get off my butt and break a sweat😅

The Seemingly Counterintuitive Thing That Helps Me Stay on Budget – These tips are AWESOME. I’m all about #1 honestly, it makes a huuuuge difference.

Healthy Lunch Recipes to Take to Work – I always say the #1 way to save money is to stop buying lunch out during the workday! Jeanine’s recipes are always so beautiful, I’m eyeing those quinoa taco bowls and hummus wraps!!

Go-To Formula for Anything-But-Boring Salads – A must! Salad doesn’t have to be plain and lame – I love that this one mixes textures!

I hope y’all have a FAB weekend!! Catch ya on the flipside😊

xo Jordan

 

 

Friday Finds

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Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

MAN this week was a long one! I’m super looking forward to having some me-time this weekend…anyone else?! I’ve been seeing people taking baths with those gorgeous and colorful Lush bath bombs a lot lately, which may be good motivation to clean my tub and then hop in there! I’ve never tried using one, but they seem glorious.

I don’t know why, but this week not only felt long, but kind of hard to get through, and not even because work has been overly stressful or anything. I think after the holidays I have a bit of a slump, just because the excitement of Christmas is obviously gone and there’s not much on the horizon. I kid you not, I literally looked up last-minute tickets for a Hawaii getaway at the end of the month randomly during my lunch on Tuesday…who knows if I’ll actually pull the trigger but it sounded SO lovely in the moment!

Anyway, back to the usj! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

How to Get Healthy on a Budget – Allllll about these tips. And that discount activewear business is REAL. I was just talking to my mom about this yesterday but there is NO need to spend $100 on great workout pants anymore. Save your money for something else!

The Best Search Engines for Finding Cheap Flights – For anyone else feeling that travel bug hard this month!!!

Pistachio Coconut Oatmeal – I’ve been having so many smoothies that leave me utterly freezing after I down them, so I’m thinking of adding warm oats to the rotation! These flavors sound incredible, which is no surprise since literally everything Jessica makes is unreal!

Permission to Do Less – Why do we always measure our worthiness based on our productivity?

6 Effective Workouts You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less – ‘Cause honestly who has the time to put in an hour or more at the gym these days?!

10 Kitchen + Pantry Essentials for a Healthy New Year – This one’s another one of mine for ToBox, but I truly wanted to put it on here, too! These are some things I’m stocking up on this month to get my health & fitness routine back on track.

What about you guys? Have you found any new favorite blogs lately? Are you heading out for some mid-winter travels soon? Tell me where and make me jealous😉

xo Jordan

A Week’s Worth of Workouts

Hi Lovers!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

How’s everyone’s week going? Does it feel like it should be Friday to anyone else? I think I got used to short weeks over the holidays that it just feels like we should continue to have those😂 I’ve actually been using my workouts as something to look forward to throughout the week since I just signed up for ClassPass (yaaaasssss!!!!) and have been trying some new studios. I’m ordinarily someone who is way too timid to try classes alone, but I’ve tried 2 new ones in the past week and I’m honestly really proud of myself. I’m hoping to try at least one more this weekend. If you’re in the LA area, please let me know which classes you love and maybe we can take one together!!

I also intersperse my classes with home workouts since we are so lucky to have a fitness room in our new apartment building. It’s not huge, but it has a treadmill, elliptical and a bunch of weights, pluuuuus there’s cable so I get to watch HGTV…THE. BEST. That alone is worth working out!! And I got a few pieces of new workout equipment for Christmas (booty bands and ab sliders!) so I’ve been using those, too. Y’all know I loooove my workout videos on YouTube, so I’ve just been trying some new stuff. Let me know if you want links and I’ll get those up really soon!

Here’s what the past week looked like for me in terms of workouts – I’m getting back into a groove and it feels pretty good, but I definitely haven’t pushed myself too hard. I used to work out 6-7 days when I was a dancer, but I’m pretty happy with 5 days of real workouts and walks other days! You’ll see what I mean😊

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

Wednesday: 40 minute walk at lunch, PopFit Dance Cardio Class at Shine Studio (50 minutes)

If you guys are in the South Bay area, I highly recommend Shine! They have such an awesome variety of classes at a really great price point and I’m obsessed with the teachers. Come take class with me – you can actually get 10% off a class pack with the code DANCINGFORDONUTS10😊

Thursday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 10 minutes glute activation with resistance bands, 30 minutes elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5)

I recently got resistance bands and have been trying to use them a little before every workout! I’ll do a post soon on some awesome exercises to do with them because they’re SO handy, inexpensive, and easy to pack for travel!

Friday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 1 hour Cardio DanceHall at LA Dance Fit

I fell in LOVE with this class. I honestly probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without dance training, just because you might feel uncomfortable, but it was soooo much fun. They kept the room really dark and the teacher was insanely talented. It was like hip hop/twerking/club dancing and the hour flew by so fast!

Saturday: 2 hour walk in Santa Monica

This is my faaaavorite kind of friend date because you get to spend time with someone you love while being active. I went shopping for a little with gift cards from Christmas and then went to try a new-to-me donut place…I know, the donut kind of cancels out the workout but hey, life’s short😉

Sunday: 1 hour Bar Method class

This was my first time taking a barre class at this studio and I could not have been more pleased. Honestly that was what, 3 days ago? And I’m STILL sore, I kid you not. The teachers were super attentive and helpful, unlike some other barre classes I’ve tried, and I felt like even though I wasn’t sweating like crazy, I got an incredible workout. I used to be a cardio bunny, but I think I’m moving more towards workouts like these!

Monday: 20 minute walk at lunch, 40 minute walk on the treadmill at highest incline (15) and 3.5 speed, 5-minute ab workout

I probably could’ve given a little more effort on this day, but I honestly just didn’t feel up to it. I was super sore from class on Monday and I had to get some work done, so I opted for something easy. I listened to my audiobook while walking on the treadmill, and that felt pretty good to me!

Tuesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5), 40 standing lunges (each side), 40 rock-the-boats (each side), 40 sumo squats with 10 pound dumbbell, 40 clamshells (each side), 20 laying-down side leg lifts (each side), 20 reverse crunches 

This workout wasn’t exactly the hardest thing either, but it’s better than nothing! I’m trying to motivate myself to work my abs a little everyday, so I’m proud that I at least did that and some other fine-toning. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve felt kind of in a funk, just mentally, the last few days so instead of killing myself over a workout, I did this quick one and then baked a new recipe, did a face mask, and watched some YouTube videos. It is what it is!

What workouts have you been loving lately? Are you more of a class person, or a gym person?

xo Jordan

 

 

Friday Finds

Friday, we meet again😏

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Oat Milk Latte

Thank goodness this week is a short one – with all the post-holiday catching up to do at work and in life, I’m ready for another break! We also haven’t done a Friday Finds in awhile, so I think it’s about time.

There’s been a looooot of advice floating around this internet this week in terms of health, fitness, resolutions, and really just motivation in general. It’s been great for sure, since who doesn’t need more of that, but I’m ready to take all of these tips and put them into action! I think we sometimes spend too much time planning or making lists (I am the MOST guilty of this!) instead of making it happen. The whole point of to-do lists is to check them off, right?

Okay, tangent over…not sure where that came from but I suppose my point is to tell you to just do it. Whatever it is. Take the plunge and DO IT. Like Nike…

How to Spend Less, Save More, and Clean Up Your Financial Act – I know it wasn’t one of my focus words but this year is definitely going to be the year of the hustle for me! I’ve got big things to save up for😉

7 Steps for Planning the Perfect Week – I actually love this breakdown on how to optimize your week for balance. It’s hard to fit work and having a life and being healthy and happy into just 7 days, but this outline is a good start!

Why Cooking is Part of My Self-Care Sunday Routine – Full disclosure: I actually wrote this one! I don’t think I’ve told you guys yet, but I’ve started co-blogging for ToBox this year, which is pretty rad☺️ You can find more of my writing each week on their site!

New Year Glow Smoothie Bowl – If someone could just bring me one of these rn that would be great.

8 Best Podcasts to Motivate Your Work Week – I already listen to a couple of these, but the rest I neeeeed to download! I don’t know about you, but I have a podcast queue longer than most people’s Netflix queues😅

Loaded Kale Salad – ‘Cause I’m hoppin’ back on that salad-a-day train this month (as best as I can, of course) and this one is definitely getting added to the mix!

14 Healthy Dinner Recipes to Help You Reset – These all sound delicious. Coming back from the holidays and having to plan meals/cook again hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world, so some inspiration is always welcome!

Alright my loves, have a fab weekend!! And also – if you wouldn’t mind sharing with me some of your favorite blogs as of late, I would looooove to check them out. I feel like I’m always seeing and sharing the same things!

Thanks😊

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Well, we made it to the Friday before Christmas😍

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I’m actually writing to you from my parent’s house in New York (is it weird for me to still call it MY house? Because it’s totally going to be home for me always). I feel so freakin’ lucky to have been able to come home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, since that hasn’t actually happened in 7 years! It feels so unbelievably good to be here, even if I have to work a bit remotely. Thank goodness for the digital age, #amiright?

Before I leave you for the holiday weekend, I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and even if you don’t, I hope you have time to relax, eat some delicious food, and be with friends and/or family. Is it just me or is this time of year the BEST because it reminds you of all the things you’re grateful for?

I’ll be spending most of this weekend baking cookies, sitting by a fire, and catching up with loved ones! I hope you get to do a version of the same😊 And now, back to our usual weekly roundup. They are some awesome last minute gift ideas in here!

5 Things to Get Rid of Before 2018 – Literally all of these, but especially #5. That was actually one of my New Year’s resolutions for this year! I did okay, but not great.

10 Genius Ideas for a Healthier Holiday – These tips are sooooo realistic, unlike so many others I see floating around during this time. Just eat the dang dessert and stop talking about your diet. Please. The kale will be there tomorrow!

Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Eggnog Cookies – I’ve only actually had eggnog a couple of times, but I remember loving it. These sounds super delicious, and I love that they’re allergen-friendly!

DIY Sugar Scrub Cubes – Perfect for gifts or yourself!! I’m obsessed with scrubs lately. They make me feel like I’m at a spa…

9 Non-Toxic Beauty Products at Sephora – YES. I’m trying to make more of an effort to use green beauty products, so this list is super helpful!

How to Put Together a Gift Bouquet or Box at Any Budget – Literally my favorite thing to gift people is a box or bag of a bunch of different little things. These tutorials are gorgeous!

Why 30 Minutes of Cardio is the Best Workout for a Good Night’s Sleep – Considering 30 minutes is all I’m motivated to do these days, this is GREAT news.

Love y’all so much and I’ll catch you next week!

xo Jordan

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

GUYS. We are 5 DAYS from Christmas. I repeat: 5. Days.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

To say I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m literally counting down the minutes until I get to see family and friends, bake a crap ton of cookies with my mom, and spend my first holiday ever with my boyfriend. PUMPED.

Okay now that I’ve exploded with holiday cheer, let’s move on to more pressing matters: these COOKIES. Let me express to you just how good they are – I’m rationing them so that I don’t run out before I go home for the holidays. Like instead of shoveling them all in my mouth at once, I’m actually savoring them bite by bite and THAT is saying a lot. And before you go thinking I’m all full of myself and stuff because I made a recipe that is full on inspiring me to possibly open up a bakery someday, I just want you to know that I legitimately set out to make these as an experiment and thought they might turn out terrible and crumbly and dry like lots of healthy desserts are…but! Thank cookies could not be more opposite of that.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I don’t even know how these have zero dairy in them…it’s kind of mind-blowing. And they 110% do NOT crumble. Isn’t that nuts?! That’s like my biggest pet peeve with some shortbread recipes. I think the best thing about these guys, aside from them being vegan friendly, is that they’re just the riiiiight amount of sweetness. Apparently there are people in this world that don’t love desserts and sugary things (WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM), but these are the perfect cookies for those people.

And I know these are super Christmas-y or seasonal or what have you, but I think that’s what makes them perfect for the holidays. I think we all tend to OD on the rich stuff, the peppermint and chocolate and pecan and all that, so to have something a bit lighter as an option is nice! I know lavender isn’t something people always have on hand, but this recipe coupled with my lavender almond milk latté should give you enough reason to stock up now😉

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil (cooled & hard – pop it in the freezer for a sec if you need to!)

1/3 cup natural powdered sugar (*check this list for vegan sugar brands!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp Lavender Flowers *go for culinary grade!

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp non-milk – coconut, almond, soy, etc.

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (ideal, but if you don’t have any just use lots of coconut oil!).

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar and sea salt with a fork until all the sugar is combined and light & fluffy (might take a minute or so depending on your arm!).

3. Add the lavender flowers, then the flour 1/3 cup at a time and use your hands or the fork to combine. Don’t use an electric mixer for this one!

4. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and be careful not to not overmix! The dough may seem dry but try not to add any extra liquid here as it will mess with the consistency of the cookies.

5. Lightly dust a cutting board or clean surface with flour. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, mason jar, or glass to form the cookies into shapes.

6. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. *Check on them at 10 minutes just in case! You’ll want to take them out when they’re juuuuust starting to brown on the edges. They overbake quickly!

7. Let cool completely before noshing – I promise they’ll taste better this way! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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So that’s it for today my loves! Thanks for stopping by – I so appreciate every single one of you and I know I don’t say it enough.

Have a Happy Humpday!

xo Jordan


Friday Finds

Hello my friends!!! We made it to another Friday, and not just ANY Friday, but really the last Friday before the holiday break😍

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

And while I’m definitely counting down the days until I go home, my friend Susie made a really good point – rushing to get to Christmas doesn’t totally make sense since the festivities and fun really all happen BEFORE the actual holiday and then when it’s over, it’s over…SO, at the risk of sounding depressing, my message to you (and me) is to enjoy THIS moment and make the most of it😊

That being said, I will be spending this weekend catching up with friends, doing holiday things and hopefully whipping up a fun winter-y recipe! Some of the ones below have seriously caught my eye. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Lemon & Cardamom Gingerbread Cookies – 110% adding these to the list for our annual Christmas cookie baking extravaganza!!!

Your Total Guide to Saving Money in a Big City – 5, 7, 9 & 10 are the MOVE you guys. Trust.

The 10 Best Trader Joe’s Snacks for Travelers – Give me anything that will make traveling over the holidays better plz.

Healthy, Edible Gifts that Your Host Will Actually Want – Rule for life: never show up empty-handed (especially around the holidays!).

The Best Natural Skin Products at Target Right Now – I’m a sucker for beauty products, but even more so for natural & affordable ones!

How to Enjoy Your Life More, Just As It Is – I seriously think I’m going to make the entire concept of this article my focus for 2018…

Christmas Cookie Donuts – Stop. It. Now. Making this weekend – DONE.

Hope y’all have a FAB weekend – savor every moment! Oh! And also Happy Hanukkah for those who celebrate, I suppose I left out that THOSE festivities have already started☺️

xo Jordan

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Hello friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

How is everyone doing?! Counting down to the holidays like me? This season tends to be extra crazy at work what with prepping content ahead of time to accommodate everyone’s vacation schedules (I work in social media marketing), so a vacation will be much needed when we finally get to it! I’m not gonna lie though, I always love the weeks leading up to Christmas (and Hanukkah!) because they’re so fun and festive. We went to our first holiday party last weekend and have another this weekend and I don’t think anything beats mulled wine and Christmas cookies.

That being said, I am trying to make sure I’m taking care of my health before things really ramp up, much like I was before Thanksgiving, because I tend to crave only sweets around this time and unfortunately that just ain’t gonna cut it, sister. I’ve been adding extra greens to my smoothies, extra veggies to my lunch, and trying to get my sweat on in some capacity every single day. Since we all know I’m a big snacker, especially when I need to fuel myself through a workout, ideally I like to combine my sweet tooth with my commitment to my health. And can I tell you? It’s actually reallyyyyy easy to make super delicious “treats” that are full of nourishing ingredients. Just ask my boyfriend – I told him these brownie bites were healthy and his mind was blown. He literally said, “but they don’t taste healthy.” MISSION. ACCOMPLISHED.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I know “healthy” is a relative term, but if chia seeds, rolled oats and nut butter aren’t good for you, I’m not sure what is. These are gluten-free (as long as your oats are) and packed with an insane amount of protein. They also take about 6 minutes from start to finish which is kind of outrageous. My absolute favorite part of them, though? The collagen.

I’ve started incorporating Further Food collagen into my diet (as I mentioned in my November favorites!) and this stuff continues to blow my mind. Dairy free, gluten free, non-GMO, sugar free and organic, collagen helps improve gut health, bone strength, and hair/skin/nails. Apparently in our 20’s we start producing less collagen than before, which can lend itself to saggy, wrinkly skin, weak bones, and achey joints. Nooooo thank you. By adding collagen into our diets through supplementation, we can help prevent and reverse this process. AND! And. It has protein, which helps keep you full and can prevent overeating. Yes. Please.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I’ve been loving Further Food because it has absolutely no taste and dissolves completely. This means I can put it in my coffee, smoothie, oatmeal, yogurt, hot cocoa, fancy golden milk latté, or even WATER without even noticing. Now that’s something you definitely cannot do with protein powder. If you want to try this stuff, and I promise you won’t be disappointed, you can use my code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off! If you don’t, which is totally cool, I would just swap at the collagen in the recipe below for another tbsp of the chocolate protein powder. You won’t get all the awesome extra benefits, though😉

Anywayssssss, these little babies are basically winter goodness in a ball, and they are perfect for when you’re craving something slightly sweet! They’re kind of like how dark chocolate is – a bit sweet but not too much so. If you like things on the sweeter side, I might add a touch more honey. Up to you, though!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

(makes ~12)

1/2 cup oat flour (just pulse oats in a food processor!)

2 tbsp chocolate protein powder (Garden Of Life is my fave)

1 serving collagen

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp almond milk

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp ground chia seeds (whole works, too!)

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until wet are completely mixed with dry. Use your fingers if you’ve got to, and if it feels too dry after about 30 seconds of mixing, add a touch more almond milk. You shouldn’t need any, though 🙂

2. Shape into 1 inch balls and let harden in the fridge for at least one hour (or freeze ’em for 30 minutes!). Will keep in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

That’s all for today, beauties. Hope you’re having a great week!!

xo Jordan