My Favorite Podcasts

Oh, hey! It’s been a minute, huh?

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I’m sorry I went MIA for a bit, we finally moved and to say it was chaotic would be a massive understatement! But I’m happy to say that 4 days, 2 trips to Bed, Bath and Beyond, and 2 trips to Ikea later, we are nearly settled! Sort of…there are still lots of boxes to unpack, but I’m confident we can tackle it by the weekend 🙂

Since I haven’t had time to put together a recipe for you just yet, I did want to share something that I get asked about often – my favorite podcasts! If you know me at all, you know I am absolutely addicted to walking outside and listening to a good podcast. I’ve even started listening to them at the gym, and they make my commute soooooo much better, too. Sometimes I realize I’ve actually gone days without listening to music, just because I’m so engrossed in the podcasts I’m listening to. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed, guys.

I’ve put together this list of my 13 favorites in hopes that you’ll find something new you might like whether you’re looking for something lighthearted, educational, or inspirational!

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Podcasts for Bloggers, Entrepreneurs, Women, Healthy Living Junkies, or anyone who loves a good laugh!

For wellness, inspiration, and all things healthy living:

Almost 30 – Guys. THIS podcast is my favorite. I mean that. They have everything from female entrepreneurs to healthy living bloggers to comedians and I never ever fail to laugh during an episode. I’ve been listening to this podcast since it first started and I look forward to it each week. I’ve learned so much and found myself incredibly inspired by Lindsey & Krista so if you haven’t listened to an episode yet, now’s the time!

That’s So Maven – Another amazing podcast for anyone interested in the health and wellness space, That’s So Maven is by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, The Healthy Maven. She’s so honest and real, and I find that she asks questions most other podcasters don’t ask their guests. There’s a ton of variety here, so you can really find the topics you’re interested in and want to learn more about!

The Balanced Blonde Podcast – This podcast right here is the first one that actually got me hooked on podcasts! Jordan is someone I really admire, particularly in how she’s grown her brand and who she is as a person, and she always has the best guests on. I met her in person at an event this year and totally fangirl-ed out, but yeah. She’s unbelievably inspiring, kind, and authentic. I love that she has a mix of the healthy living, but also some business, spirituality (not totally my thing, but I know tons of people that love it!) and just how to live a full life, in general!

Let it Out with Katie Dalebout – So I’ll be honest, I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to too many of Katie’s episodes, but the ones I have listened to are wonderful! This podcast feels different to me, maybe more casual? She’s such a chill hosts that her interviews, if you even want to call it that, feel more like a regular conversation that you happen to be listening in on. I’d say this one’s mostly health and wellness based from what I can gather, but I think it’s just all-around therapeutic to listen to!

For a solid laugh & pure entertainment:

LadyGang – If you want the definition of a boss babe, just listen to this podcast. These ladies, and every single one of their guests, is absolutely killing it. From healthy living tips to entrepreneur inspiration and dating advice, this podcast has a little bit of everything. It’s hosted by Becca Tobin (one of the Cheeri-O’s from Glee!), Jac Vanek (total bada$$) and Keltie Knight (kind of obsessed with how awkward she is), so it’s a bit more dynamic than podcasts with just one host. Definitely give this one a listen, I know you’ll love it!

The Bitch Bible – I cannot even begin to express how freakin’ hilarious the host of this podcast is. Jackie Schimmel is completely unfiltered and I am obsessed. Like I want to be her friend. A lot of her episodes are solo episodes, which just means it’s even more of her hilarity to listen to, but the ones with guests are amazing, too. She tends to talk about the Real Housewives a lot, which I don’t actually watch, but I even find THAT lol-worthy so that’s saying a lot. If she’s not your cup of tea I get it, but if you haven’t given her a shot yet, you MUST.

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For bloggers, entrepreneurs, and business-minded babes:

Women, Work and Worth – This podcast is the epitome of women supporting women. If you couldn’t tell, I’m alllllll about bada$$ female business women (probably because I grew up around them – hay mom!!). The incredible women of Mavenly + Co started this podcast as a free resource for those looking to “design a career & lifestyle with purpose.” If that doesn’t sound like an absolute dream, I don’t know what does.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast – I cannot even express to you how much I have learned just listening to Lauryn, her husband Michael, and every single guest they bring on this podcast. There’s a fair bit of beauty/health/lifestyle in this one, but the reason I love it so much is for the business aspects of it. I look forward to this podcast every single week and know that I’m going to finish each episode feeling inspired, motivated, and full of new ideas. You know when you’re reading a book that you love so much that you stay up extra late reading it and have a hard time putting it down? Yeah. That’s how I feel about this one.

The Influencer Podcast – This is the most recent podcast I’ve discovered (after hearing Julie on The Skinny Confidential ^ ) and I. Am. Obsessed. This podcast is kind of all I want to listen to these days as I’m trying to build my blog, but also as someone who works on the brand side in social media. Julie is a New York Times Best-Selling Publicist, but is now also an uber succesful podcaster/blogger/influencer, so she has tons of experience in both the “regular” working world and the blogging world. I cannot say enough about how smart and insightful she is!

The Goal Digger Podcast – If you are in marketing, or blogging, or have your own business and need to market that, you NEED this. First of all, Jenna Kutcher’s voice is just plain soothing, so sometimes when she’s talking about a topic that I may not relate to directly, I’ll straight up just put this on to hear her voice. Is that creepy? Cool. Thought so. Buuuuut seriously, I have learned SO much from this podcast and this woman. She’s phenomenal.

For a good spook or story:

The Vanished – If you’re a fan of Law And Order (particularly SVU), you will LOVE this one. Each episode explores a different missing persons case, from all around the country, and some are even super recent which is kind of cool since you can help be a part of the investigation if you have any insight. The woman who narrates is great, too (so important when listening to anything!) and each story is really unique. My only qualm is that these are obviously all unsolved, so there isn’t any closure, but again, this podcast could even help find a missing person. Pretty awesome.

Lore – So I’ve only listened to a few episodes of this, only because I’ve been so hooked on the others, but it’s kind of a fun one when you’re on a roadtrip or something. It’s mainly historical anecdotes about different places around the world that may be haunted, or just have an interesting past, and sometimes digs into the human psyche. If you like reading mysteries, I think you’ll like this because it’s super interesting but also snackable. They just turned it into a show too, and I cannot wait to watch!

Serial – Alright alright, I know you’ve probably listened to this one since it was kind of the podcast to start all podcasts, but season 1 of Serial literally got me through a 6 hour cross-country flight without even a hint of restlessness. Another great one for mystery lovers, it explores the story of a murder and is brought to us by the people from This American Life. I didn’t totally love season 2, but maybe that’s just me!

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Podcasts for Bloggers, Entrepreneurs, Women, Healthy Living Junkies, or anyone who loves a good laugh!

Alright y’all, it’s time for me to resume my Stranger Things binge (it’s been taking extra long because we’ve been watching the World Series in between!!). Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving any other podcasts – I add about one new one a week because, like I said, I’m addicted.

Happy November 1st & have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan

How I Stay Sane [Because “Health” is More Than Food + Fitness!]

Do y’all ever feel like, even though you’re eating well and getting your exercise, your mind doesn’t totally feel at ease?

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The other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts by The Healthy Maven, and her guest said something that resonated with me so much that I actually had to stop mid-walk and write it down in the notes app on my phone. Niki, from Healthnut Nutrition said, “Health isn’t just the food you eat, it’s the thoughts you think and the relationships you have.” I mean, I literally could not have said this better myself. How valid is that?!

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As I get older, I’m starting to realize that, while eating well and sweating it out does make me feel great, that’s not the only thing my body (and soul) may need. Don’t get me wrong, when I’ve had a stressful day or I’m totally freaking out about something, I crave a cardio session or POUND class to let it all out, but I also think that this isn’t the only way to calm down, get some perspective and gain peace of mind. For me, sometimes the last thing I want (or need) is an intense workout, and what really will make me feel better is writing it all down, talking it out with a friend, or even just unplugging from my phone and social media for a bit.

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I don’t exactly meditate, not because I don’t think it has benefits, but because I think I just meditate in other ways than silently and sitting, you know? I think my meditation comes in the form of walking and maybe listening to an uplifting podcast (swear my a roundup of my faves is coming soon!), or writing in my planner. I’m still with my thoughts, and thinking about how I feel, but without having to sit in silence. Does that make sense?

I’m no health expert, as you all know, but I will say this – being happy, in addition to healthy, requires a certain mindset. And running around like a crazy person trying to squeeze in a workout 7 days a week for an hour and a half plus thinking about how you can eat every single superfood in the 15 hours you’re awake, can often do more help than good. I’m working on this myself, and have gotten a lot better at it in the last year or so, but this whole “self-care” thing is more important than I have a feeling most of us think it is.

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Here are some of the things I do to help de-stress before or after a long day, on a lazy Sunday when I’m not quite ready to get back to Monday, when I’m on vacation hoping to reboot, or even on my lunch break…

Make a to-do list before bed at night or first thing in the morning – I don’t know about you, but sometimes it literally takes me 5 hours to fall asleep (just ask my boyfriend who gets woken up by me asking him if he’s still awake at 3am…). A lot of times this is because I’m thinking about all of the things I have to do the next day, week, month, whenever. I find that writing things down in my planner right before I go to bed not only helps me organize my plans, but also keeps me aware of things that are happening days from now. I do the same thing in the morning at work so that I know how to organize and time-manage my day. It definitely keeps the stress at bay when I have everything written down in front of me that I can check off throughout the day!

Keep a journal – This one sort of goes with my point above in the sense that getting our thoughts down on paper helps get them out of our heads. I used to be a huge journal-er when I was in grade school, but it became less of a priority and more of a time commitment over the years. Instead of writing massive entries like I used to, chronicling every single thing I said and did in a day, I use the 5-minute journal method or the 52 Lists Project (my favorite) to jot down some thoughts and move on. Even though it takes only a few minutes, it puts my head in a better space and re-focuses my thoughts. (I’ve linked my favorite journals/notebooks at the bottom of this post!)

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Go for a walk – If you know me at all, you know this one’s my go-to. I try to take at least a 30 minute walk every single day in the middle of the day, and sometimes one at night as well, just so that I can get myself away from my desk. I find that if I’m having trouble focusing, a walk helps me re-center myself so that I can come back to my work feeling refreshed. It gets the creative juices flowing and also allows me to step away from my tech, where I often have 8,000 tabs open and get distracted super easily! I also think walking kind of forces you to think/feel since there’s nothing you’re responsible for in that moment except for putting one foot in front of the other.

Call a family member or friend – While I think it’s super important to think through things on your own, I also know how incredible and important it can be to get someone else’s perspective, or even just talk it out without expecting a response. Depending on what’s going on, I’ll call either or both of my parents, my brother, my boyfriend, or my best friends to get their opinions if I’m dealing with a tough situation. Other times, I just like to hear someone else’s voice, listen to how their day is going, and separate myself from my own problems. Not only does this help take your mind off of things that may be bothering you, but it also allows you to be there for someone else if they need it and gives you an opportunity to fortify a relationship or keep in touch with someone far away. After all, Niki did say that health is about relationships, too!

Find a good hardcover or paperback book (not an audiobook!) – As you probably know already, I am a die hard fan of audiobooks and podcasts right now. However, I think unplugging completely, holding a book in your hand and focusing on just that can do wonders for our minds. When an audiobook is on, it’s easier for us to multi-task, and I think part of unwinding should be the opposite of just that! I recently started going back the local library and it’s been amazing. Books are always worth it, but the library makes them so accessible and free for this #BabeOnABudget!

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Alright y’all, that’s it for now. I hope everyone is having a stress-free week! Don’t forget to make time for the things that make you happy!

xo Jordan

 

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Okay okay, so I know this recipe is kind of contradictory to my last one in which I claimed that oatmeal doesn’t actually fill me up…however! This one did (thanks to some added protein) and also oats are my favorite forever.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Matcha is totally having a moment right now, and I’m all for it. I’ve been hooked on green tea lattes since a friend introduced them to me a couple years back, so anything matcha related I can get my hands on, I will! I love that it not only tastes amazing (with a touch of added sweetness, otherwise it’s a bit harsh!), but is also super good for you.

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It’s honestly kind of amazing that this magical powder stuff is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. And that gorgeous green color?! Swoon. And an awesome thing about this recipe is that it’s vegan and gluten-free customizable – just make sure you’re using certified gluten-free oats, non-dairy milk and/or plant-based protein instead of whey. If you’re not dairy-free, you can totally add some greek yogurt in here too (or coconut yogurt if you are). That would bump up the filling-factor and protein even more!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

1/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 or whole banana, sliced (optional)

1 tsp chia seeds (optional)

1. In a mason jar, tupperware container, or bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, protein powder, matcha, and chia seeds if desired.

2. Cover and let sit overnight in the fridge. When ready to eat, top with coconut and banana slices. Dig in!

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What oatmeal add-ins and combos are you digging lately?! I need some ideas!

Have a great week 🙂

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.

Dancing for Donuts | Meeting Commitment with Self Care.

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.

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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.

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

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!

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

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

Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Have you all been seeing this thing about putting cauliflower in smoothies yet!? Wait wait, don’t leave just yet, I promise this’ll be good!

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So here’s what’s up. My favorite health and wellness experts(the Tone It Up girls, Jeannette from Shut the Kale Up, etc.) have all been posting about this new trend and it’s been popping up all over my Instagram too – people are literally putting frozen cauliflower in their smoothies. Like what. The. F. So, obviously, I had to jump on board and see what all the fuss was about, not to mention that I had to try it for you all first so I could relay my honest opinion…

Do you want it?

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Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I perfected this smoothie recipe there was a very, very slight hint of cauliflower detected. BUT! That was before I added the necessary ingredients (aka those listed below) to make this taste super delicious! And truthfully, like scouts honor, this cauliflower business makes for a smoothie that is unbelievably creamy. We’re talking milkshake levels of creaminess over here. It’s legit. Not to mention that cauliflower has about a bazillion health benefits from boosting heart and digestive health to anti-inflammatory properties, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants galore.

So. if there’s one piece of advice I can offer you today, it would be to try adding cauliflower to your smoothies. And hey, if you hate it (which trust, you will not), you don’t ever have to do it again. But like, you totally will. You’re welcome 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 small handful frozen cauliflower florets (or 1/4 cup frozen riced caulflower)

1 small handful kale or spinach

1/4 cup milk (any kind, pick your favorite!)

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp peanut butter powder or nut butter of your choice

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. My trick is to start with less liquid and then add if I need more, but I like my smoothies super thick. You do you!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

xo Jordan

February Favorites.

Can you believe it’s already March?! This month has flown by, but I’ve tried so many yummy new products that I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

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I got a hugh jass haul from Vitamin World this month and I’m obsessed with everything. I ordered from them on Black Friday too, they have crazy good sales and everything a health & fitness fanatic could want.

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These new Quest Beyond Cereal bars are so dang good and only 110 calories. They’re still packed with protein though, and low in sugar, which makes them the perfect afternoon or post-workout snack. I love all the flavors, but this chocolate one might take the cake.

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I’ve been a fan of Garden of Life for awhile now, but hadn’t tried their new, super clean Sport Line. This chocolate plant-based protein powders is one the best ones I’ve had that legitimately tastes good on its own with just almond or coconut milk. Most plant-based proteins taste kind of chalky, but I assure you this one will make you think you’re drinking a milkshake!

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A friend told me this brand was on Shark Tank, which I’ve never seen, but the products from Nuts ‘N More are SO good. I’m addicted to their peanut powders (regular + maple), which I add to everything from my greek yogurt to smoothies to oatmeal, and now I’m addicted to their protein spreads, as well. They taste so unbelievably decadent, but they actually have less fat that regular peanut butter. How do people make this stuff?!

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Aside from my Vitamin World haul, I’ve been lucky enough to try these new Himalania Dark Chocolate Goji Berries. I’ve recently become somewhat addicted to goji berries in general (they’re slightly sweet but not too much, and have an awesome chewy/crunchy texture!), but these are dusted in dark cocoa powder, as well. They’re the perfect after-dinner treat when you’re craving something sweet, and they’re pretty healthy for a dessert!

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Last but not least, these Bonk Breaker bars are delicious!!! I’m an avid bar-eater (it’s almost sad how much money I spend on them to be honest), but these come in so many interesting flavors and have a ton of protein for not a ton of calories. Usually I find new bar companies to have one or two good flavors, but I rarely love the whole line. I honestly can’t pick a favorite one of these, but I will say the salted caramel tasted unbelievably decadent and the mint chocolate chip was like a thin mint but better.

Alright y’all that’s it for now. I’m about to hop on a plane to Colorado so I’ll chat with you from there 🙂

xo Jordan

Gingerbread Bites.

To say these little bites of glory are addictive is a serious understatement.

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As many of you already know, I’m kind of obsessed with snacks period, but especially when they’re in little ball form. I’m somebody who not only packs a lunch every day for work, but about 7 other snacks to keep me fueled during the day. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I seriously eat like every 2 hours because I’m genuinely hungry and my stomach is growling. Does this happen to anyone else?! S.O.S.

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That being said, I make sure that each and every one of my snacks has nutritional value, and protein wherever I can fit it in. Usually it’s 1-2 pieces of fruit (smothered in peanut butter), sometimes hard boiled eggs, energy bars that are as low in sugar as possible, and easy to eat veggies like carrots or sugar snap peas. If you’ve ever taken a look at the nutrition labels on most energy bars these days, they’re packed with a loooooot of ingredients and sugar. To remedy this, I make my own version of them, but in bite form! These gingerbread bites, which are adapted from this recipe, have a bit of spice, a lot of protein, and a ton of flavor. They’re perfect for a mid-afternoon snack, post-dinner treat, or, if you’re like me, you’ll accidentally flip your lunch plate full of cauliflower rice onto the floor next to your desk and need to eat them to supplement your lunch. *Insert eye-roll here*

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

Gingerbread Bites

2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 tbsp coconut or white sugar

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Rainbow Light Vegan!)

1/4 cup almond butter (Maranatha is the best, in my opinion)

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup milk (regular or non-dairy is fine)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp ginger

1/2 tbsp nutmeg

1. In a blender or food processor, pulse the oats until they’re a flour-like texture and size.

2. Combine the oat flour, sugar, and vanilla protein powder in large bowl and mix well.

3. In a smaller bowl, stir together the molasses and almond butter as best as you can. Pour in the milk and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir again until well combined.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until a ball of dough starts to form. It may take a minute or two but keep stirring. Add a touch of milk or water if the mixture is too dry.

5. Form 1-2 inch balls with the dough and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I haven’t tried it yet, but these also probably freeze well! Enjoy 🙂

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xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, Friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Quick & Easy Blender Protein Pancakes – aka my breakfast Sunday morning.

11 Different Popcorns, 11 Different Ways – In light of trying to eat less sweets this month, I think popcorn is an awesome alternative. Can’t wait to try these!

A Guide to Plant-Based Calcium – Important!! I’ve been trying to get my nutrients from produce rather than dairy & meat, but let’s be real, I’ll never go vegan…haha

Spring-Cleaning Checklist – Putting this on my to-do list asap. My apartment needs a very serious spring clean!

The One Thing a Sleep Expert Wants You to Stop Doing – I really need to get back on my “kitchen closes at 9pm” thing, huh…

The Best Wines to Buy at Trader Joe’s – Yes, yes and more yes.

What have you been reading?! Let me know in the comments and have a beautiful weekend 🙂

xo Jordan