5 Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends.

Hi again, friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

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

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

 

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

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

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

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

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

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

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

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

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

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

xo Jordan


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.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

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!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

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

Have a great week 🙂

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

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

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

A Day in the Life.

Hello again!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

I can’t tell if this week is going by quickly or slowly…is that just me? Anyway, I wanted to write a post that’s a bit more about me, since people tend to get confused about what I do and how I do it. That can happen when you’ve been a professional dancer who moved across the country, a hand model, business school student, and now full-time marketer! Things get a little crazy around here, but I like to be busy. My days are never exactly the same, but here’s one example for ya 🙂

6:57am: I’m up before my alarm again *insert eye-roll here,* so I do the usual phone-check and go through my Instagram and Facebook feeds, and respond to some work e-mails.

7:30am: Alarm actually goes off. I hurry up and get ready so that I can make myself a nice cup of coffee and finish prepping my food for the day. I usually do most of the prep the night before, but I’ll actually pack my lunch and snacks right before I head out for work.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

8:50am: I get to the office and realize my coffee is all gone…it’s a sad moment. Luckily I still have my breakfast to dig into – today it’s overnight oats made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, peanut butter powder, half a sliced banana, and chia seeds. I warm it up because it’s been chilly outside.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

11am: I kid you not, I get hungry at 11am every single day without fail. Unless I’ve had a huuuge breakfast, like I do on the weekends sometimes, I’m in desperate need of a snack. I munch on a siggi’s yogurt with the other half of my banana.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

12:40pm: I head out on a walk to the closest Starbucks – I’ve been using it to treat myself mid-day because I absolutely love the taste of coffee and will most definitely need some caffeine to make it all the way through this afternoon. Starbucks is only about 2/3 of a mile away, so I take the extra-long way back to the office so that I walk for about 40 minutes total, listening to my audiobook (Through Her Eyes, at the moment! It’s very Gone Girl-esque so I’m intrigued). I try to get some movement in during the day so that I’m not so sedentary for 9 straight hours!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

1:30pm: I’m having a later lunch today because the latte I got from Starbucks and my snack helped to tide me over. I like to bring my lunch from home to save some money and calories. On today’s menu: leftover Golden Milk Quinoa with half an avocado, torn kale, cherry tomatoes, and roasted chickpeas. So darn delicious.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

4pm: I’m heading to the gym after work, so I want a snack that’s going to fuel me for my workout. I eat an apple and one of Quest’s new Cereal Bars. They were giving them out at my 24 Hour Fitness and I’ve been dying to try them. It was pretty good! They’re lower in calories than most other bars but still have protein. I’m hoping to try the other flavors soon!

6pm: I get to the gym and do a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. I know I should probably stay longer, but I’m starving and want to see my boyfriend. We’re making dinner tonight! My workout consists of a mix of my new favorite machine, the stairmaster (Calorie Burn at level 7/9) and walking on the treadmill at an incline (Inc: 15, Speed: 4.1).

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

7:30: Before I jump in the shower, I throw chopped beets and carrots to roast in the oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit, throw the farro on the stove, and the boy has already taken care of the protein. He’s made jerk-chicken and herb chicken wings. Am I spoiled or what? 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

8:30: Dinner’s a bit on the late side tonight, but it was worth the wait. I honestly think that making dinner at home is just as good if not even better than going out. Plus you have leftovers for lunch the next day! Into a tupperware they go. We skip dessert tonight since we’re doing no-sweets-February (I know, it’s horrible).

9:30: I’m finally posted up on the couch for a solid hour of TV watching (generally VICE News these days). Since I’m trying to get a blog post up for the next day, I’m editing photos and working my writing with the TV on in the background.

10:45pm: I jump into to bed, shut the lights off and turn my white noise maker on. It takes me awhile to fall asleep sometimes, so I like to be in bed early enough in case this is one of those nights. See you in the morning!

xo Jordan

Monday Musings.

Oh hey, Monday! …and November?! What even.

I know I say this literally every month, or every week let’s be real, but it’s almost scary how quickly time has been passing this year. That being said though, I feel like I’ve been making an extra effort to be present in every moment and enjoy it. I don’t always have a ton of free time, but throughout October especially I wanted to do fun seasonal things with people I love so that I don’t look back and wonder what I was doing instead. And, most recently, that involved dressing up for Halloween and enjoying a glass of autumn sangria (recipe to come soon!)…

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Musings.

Fully aware I kind of look like Marilyn Monroe, but I assure you I was Sandy from Grease. An overdone costume for sure, but I honestly just wanted to be blonde for a day. Plus it couldn’t have been that bad of a choice since Gigi Hadid dressed up like the same exact thing…she just had someone doing her hair and makeup, but like whatever… (:

I actually had off the day before Halloween too, and spent the day at The Broad museum in downtown LA. If you haven’t been, I highly highly suggest it. I spent a whopping 3 hours there, which, if you know me, is an ungodly amount of time for me to spend in a museum. Aside from a quick coffee break in the middle though, I can honestly say it was awesome. And FREE. I still can’t believe that. Dancing for Donuts | Monday Musings.

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Musings.

And, since the weather has been so much nicer these days, I’ve been trying to get outside more for my workouts. I visited an old favorite hiking spot last week and it felt so good to get to the top of the mountain and look out on my city. I know I hate on it a lot, but I really do love it… *wipes tear*

Dancing for Donuts | Monday Musings.

I’ve been a couple weeks behind on my Friday Finds posts, so here are some links I’ve been stashing away for you guys! They are mostly fall-related, of course 🙂

How to Make Buttermilk from Plain Milk w/Lemon Juice or Vinegar – perfect for holiday baking!

7 Very Easy Ways to Eat Healthier This Week – some good ideas in here.

5 Spices All 20-Somethings Should Keep in their Kitchens – spices are such an easy, healthy way to make food taste better you guys.

Brunch Hacks that Will Save you Time & Money – for your next brunch party or holiday company!

10 Foods to Keep in your Freezer for a Quick Meal – okay life changing.

How to Make Whipped Cream in a Mason Jar – MIND. BLOWN.

Time-Saving Sunday Night Food Prep Hacks – because we all now what an advocate I am of food prep!

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Bagels – putting this on my winter bucket list stat.

Alright, that’s all the excitement I have for you today, but I’ll be back very soon with a recipe! 🙂

xo Jordan