DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

We’re back this week with another DFD Babe Feature!!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

This week I want to share with you all my friend Danielle!! I originally met Danielle on Instagram (shocker, I know) when the universe had us land on each other’s profiles since we have a ridiculous amount in common. I don’t even know how long I’ve known her, and though we haven’t actually met yet in person, I know this girl is my long lost soul sista.

An inspiration to women on their fitness and health journeys, Danielle brings such light and positivity to everything she shares, and everyone she speaks to. She’ll tell you in just a second, but she actually used to be in corporate finance…until she made the leap into entrepreneurship and fitness coaching. How COOL is that?! It always amazes me when people successfully jump from one career to another because it means they had that much drive, confidence, and fearlessness.

Okay let’s just get into it!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

Tell us a little bit about the #FitGirlGang and your life as a Fitness Coach! When did you decide to become one and why?

Health and fitness has ALWAYS been a part of my life as a competitive soccer player. I was fortunate enough to have played soccer in college – and once I graduated and that came to an end I felt a huge void. That feeling was even more amplified when I entered the “real world” and got my first big girl job in Corporate Finance (#nerdalert). I was extremely fortunate for that opportunity but I wasn’t genuinely passionate about the work. I knew in my heart I was always meant for something different, something more…

After 5 years of climbing the corporate ladder I heard about this coaching opportunity and it piqued my interest. I was a little skeptical and wasn’t quite sure what exactly it entailed but I knew I had nothing to lose. The pain of remaining the same was far greater than the unknown at that point. So I jumped in! I had no idea what I was doing, I never was very active on social media BUT I knew that if I was able to just inspire 1 person by sharing my journey it was worth it. And here I am today 2.5 years later with *hundreds* of women from across the country in our virtual #FitGirlGang. I’ve not only made an impact on the lives of others, but I’ve made some lifelong friends and am forever grateful I took a chance on myself. I’ve never been so passionate and EXCITED about the work that I do and the impact that I am able to make. And not to ruin the surprise, but I’m no longer in Corporate Finance 😉 HOLLA!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

What inspired you to start working on your own business?

My Dad. He has built his own real estate business from the ground up because he was willing to work hard and figure things out. And because he didn’t want our family to simply live an average life. A lot of people thought he was crazy in the beginning.. but at the end of the day nothing worth having comes easy. My Dad was also my soccer coach growing up and I am forever grateful for everything I’ve learned through his coaching and the example he set as a father , leader and entrepreneur.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

The only way to fail is to quit.

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

You need *passion* for your work, *self-belief*, and you need to be willing to *work your booty off* 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

Knowing that my success is directly reflected by the work that I put in. I am in control.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The fact that it can be SO HARD for to unplug and “turn yourself off”… When you love what you do and are genuinely passionate about your work, there’s a tendency to always want to be “on”. Over time (in fact more recently), I’ve learned the importance of giving yourself that time to recharge and unplug. You can’t pour from an empty cup my friends… so focus on filling yours first and then bless the world with that overflow <3

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Start now. Make decisions every day that make you happy. Don’t necessarily wait for the perfect opportunity or perfect moment because that doesn’t exist. YOU create that by making those small decisions that compound over time.

Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

IT’S HARD!! Hot yoga is one of my favorites, baths, face masks, candles (always lit), WINE and popcorn.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

Where do you find inspiration?

I’ve always been very self-motivated and driven by success but to be honest sometimes it’s really hard. It’s impossible to always feel SO INSPIRED every single day. We’re all human and there are some really great days and some challenging days as well. Whenever I find myself having a harder day, I shift my focus to everything I am grateful for and how when I take a step back I am beyond blessed. When you focus on the good, the good gets better. And to be honest – workouts and wine always help too 😉

What are you excited for in the second half of 2018 and beyond?

Ahh where do I start?? I think what excites me most about the future is knowing that this is just the beginning. I know there are so many other amazing women out there that I’ll eventually cross paths with – and whether I inspire them or they inspire me… it’s never ending. And that’s beautiful.

So I don’t know about you, but after reading that I’m about ready to grab life by the balls and make some serious moves. Shoutout to Danielle for being such an incredible boss babe and inspiration for women in the health/fitness community!! If you’d like, you can learn more about Danielle on her website here and follow along on her Instagram at @danielledebernardo

If there’s anyone you’d like to see featured here, please let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for more role models and love sharing stories of women who’ve accomplished their dreams.

Have a great rest of your week friends!

xo Jordan

May Favorites + ANNOUNCEMENT!

Happy National Donut Day!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Merch!

You’re probably asking yourself why this isn’t a donut recipe post and I FEEL YOU. I planned on sharing a much different variety of content with you this week but alas, the broken elbow strikes again.😑

Instead, I’m bringing you some veryyyyy exciting news…DONUT MERCH IS HERE! Yep, that’s right, I made friggin’ t-shirts and hats with donuts on them (mostly because I personally wanted some but then figured hey, maybe you would, too!)😁

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Merch!

You can find DFD t’s, both regular and cropped, and a super cute dad hat over on my Etsy site! If there’s something else you’d like to see/buy, just let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do! This is definitely just the beginning, so more options (like hoodies & phone cases) will be coming soon, for sure.

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Merch!

And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s jump into May favorites!!!

FOOD:

Coconut Wraps: Not gonna lie, at first I was skeptical about these but they’re so yummy and an awesome alternative to wheat wraps or tortillas!! They don’t break like tortillas either (y’know when they rip and everything falls out? The worst. These don’t!) and I love putting a little avo + hummus in ’em with turkey or veggies. I bet they’d be amazing with nut butter and banana too for a sweet snack!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

SmartSweets: GUYS. To say these are my newest obsession are an understatement. Alex keeps wanting some too and I’m having a hard time sharing…😅 The whole bag is only 90 calories (and that are a lot in there!), they have fiber, and zero sugar alcohols which can give me a stomach ache. They come in fruity and sour and they’re so perfect for dessert. If you live in the US and want to order, you can get free shipping with my code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ !!

Blender Bombs: So you know how sometimes when you make smoothies you’ve got like 22 bags of seeds and protein powders and superfoods and it gets overwhelming? Blender Bombs solve that problem and it is AWESOME. They’ve got all kinds of goods in them like bee pollen, chia seeds and walnuts, but then they also make more specific flavored ones like Aloe + Collagen (what I have!) and Goji + Coconut + Acai!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

Better Almond Butter: If you are an almond butter fanatic like me, you HAVE to try this stuff guys. The texture is out of control perfect and the flavor is even better. It’s made from sprouted almonds too (which are easier to digest!) so it’s better than you’re average store-bought stuff if ya know what I’m sayin’. Highly recommend!

Ellie’s Nut Milk Bag: You’ve seen me use this before (when I made my Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk!), but this bag has seriously changed the game for me. They send you a brochure with recipes and everything you need to get started making your own nut (r oat!) milk, as well as cold brew! I love having fresh nut milk on hand since I know exactly what’s in it, plus you get the nut pulp afterwards too, which is great for adding to smoothies or oats for extra protein! If you’re interested in making your own non-dairy milk at home, this (and a blender) are pretty much all you need!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

FITNESS:

Beyond Yoga Leggings: Ok y’all, I have tried about 67 different brands of workout pants and I can officially say I have zero interest in wearing anything other than Beyond Yoga. They’re the softest, most comfortable and flattering pants I’ve ever worn and you can get some seriously incredible deals when they go on sale (that’s when I got them!). They have a zillion gorgeous colors and they’re perfect for everything from running to yoga to sittin’ on your couch watchin’ Netflix.

Outdoor Voices Crop Bra: So you need a good sports bra to go with your perfectly-fitting yoga pants and OV is the move. I can’t say enough positive things about this bra – it’s high-neck so the girls won’t fall out in down dog or bounce on the elliptical, thick enough to hide when you’re cold, but thin enough to breathe. I can promise you I will be ordering this in at least 2 more colors😅

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

Sudio Headphones: When I tell you that I’ve been looking for a good pair of gym headphones for years now, I am not exaggerating. Like does anyone have weird a$$ ears that like, nothing stays in or is that just me? Either way, these Sudio Tre headphones do not move, plus they send you different sized wings which is amaaazing!! I love hat they’re bluetooth powered too ’cause that means I can do things like lift weights without taking my music out! I’ve got a 15% off code for this one too guys! It’s DANCINGFORDONUTS (and I can promise you I don’t make commission on it, they were just nice enough to give me a code for y’all!

ECM Planner: This one is so much more than fitness related – it’s literally my favorite thing from this month for life in general. Aim + Glow sent me their Enthusiastic Change Maker planner after seeing some posts on Instagram that clearly show I’m at sort of an interesting crossroads in life, and this planner is just what I needed. It allows you to write down your current story, your desired story, some tools you have in your arsenal to help you get there, journal space AND a ton of room for you to write down your goals in various aspects of your life each week. I’ve never seen anything like t in my life and it makes me so happy/motivated!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites

Okay y’all, that about does it for today!! Thanks for stopping by and go treat yourself to a donut today!!!!

xo Jordan

 

 

DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Guys. It’s already Wednesday which means two things: 1) Friday is in two days and 2) our next DFD Babe Feature is here!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

This week I’m introducing you to two of my favorite women of all-time. I actually met them through Instagram just over a year ago, and instantly fell in love with their bright, welcoming and energetic fitness studio called Shine down in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Hillary Lewis & Yaya Margarita are both former dancers (like me!) and decided to follow their dream of offering fun and effective fitness classes for people from all walks of life and experience levels.

Another thing that’s so incredible about these two ladies, aside from their drive, is their commitment to helping other women in any way they can. They’ve both made such a difference in my life (personally and professionally), and watching them collaborate with others, pursue their passions, and grow their business has inspired me beyond belief.

If you want to know more about how they got started on their journey as female entrepreneurs, just keep on readin’!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Tell us a little bit about Shine Studio! When did you start it and why?

Shine Studio opened in October 2016 and its been an amazing adventure to see our #ShineSociety grow! We were inspired to open a fitness studio that offered a wide variety of workout styles that were challenging, fun, and taught in a empowering and positive environment. We felt like fitness wasn’t something you should dread, but something you should actually look forward to! That’s why we set out to create and choose specific workouts that would inspire women to show up and leave smiling from ear to ear! From cardio dance, to our PilatesRemix and Pound classes, you can always find a class that will work you out from head to toe and make you feel like that 50 minutes flew by!

What inspired you to start working on your own business, whether full-time or as a side hustle?

When we met each other, we both had grown up dancing and connected over the fact that we missed dance and loved to workout, but found that our gym workouts just weren’t cutting it anymore. We noticed that there wasn’t a studio in the South Bay that offered the type of workouts that we loved and so we were motivated to bring something different to our area! We thought, if we are thinking that we cannot motivate ourselves to get to the gym and we need a workout that is something we actually love, there has to be other people that feel the same way! We now have people that come to us and say, “I was never able to stick to a workout until I joined Shine!”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

Persistence is key. We have only been open a year and a half and there are still days where we are thinking “oh my gosh, we are killing this boss-babe thing!” and other days where we think “can we really do this?!” We’ve heard over and over that it’s all about sticking with it, being flexible, trying something different if one thing doesn’t seem to work, and just keep plugging away. Success does not happen over night for most businesses! It takes years of hard work and persistence.

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

Self-motivation, perseverance, and connecting with other women in business and helping each other in any way you can. We think its so important to empower and help each other along this wild ride that is entrepreneurship! We have met WONDERFUL women since we started the business and try to partner and connect with them in any way we can. We work better as a community rather than in competition with one another!

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

Definitely the people that we’ve been able to connect with. It kind of goes with the last question, as well as our clients who have become a dedicated part of our studio. It is SO rewarding to connect with people that believe in what you are doing and even more so if you can feel like you’re improving their life in even some small way. It is completely life changing.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The ups and downs! It is bound to happen in any business but not knowing where you’re next dollar is coming from can be incredibly stressful. You have to have A LOT of trust and faith that if you are working hard you will be rewarded with success, sooner or later!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

How do you manage your finances, both personally and for work? Are there any tools you use or do you set a weekly/monthly budget for yourself?

We both have had to make sacrifices to start the business, but to be our own bosses and do what we love, it is worth it! We are both lucky to have spouses who empower us and support us. We have had to budget and get specific with our businesses expenses. The biggest advice we can give is to live and work as lean as possible. We taught the majority of our classes for the whole first year at the studio so we could get on our feet. You have to be willing to do what it takes!

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Think hard about your idea and if you can’t stop thinking about it, make it happen. Do the research, find something that you truly love and care about, make sure its something you cannot live without pursuing. You will have to sacrifice and work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. But if you love what you do, your successes will feel that much more amazing when you have created them yourself.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business?

Business is literally always open when you’re the owner! So you are going to work on it every day. You have to remind yourself to schedule “you time,” even if its taking a long lunch or getting a mani/pedi in the middle of the week! Know when you’re getting burned out and schedule that time for yourself so you can keep going the next day.

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration from other businesses and women in business that have had amazing success! It’s easy to look at others and become envious. We’ve all been there! But we choose to look at it and say, “They did it! That’s so amazing! So can we.”

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

If you’d like to check out their classes head here (my favorites are Pound and PopFit!).

You can also find Hillary on Instagram @hillmae, Yaya @yaya_margarita, and Shine @shinestudiorb.

Well there ya have it! I hope you find these features as inspiring as I do😊 Let me know in the comments who you think I should feature next!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I apologize for the late post today, I actually broke my elbow rollerskating at an event Tuesday night and my week has been a bit thrown off ever since! Thank goodness it was my left one and not the right, otherwise I’d be totally screwed (I’m a right-y)! I’ve got about 5 more weeks of down time, but the pain isn’t too bad, it’s mostly just annoying!

Now that we’ve got that life update out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff! It’s the start of a long weekend here in the US and I’m soooooo freakin’ excited to have an extra day off! My best friends from college are in town about an hour away, so I’ll be spending time with the, at the beach, and hopefully laying low!

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

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Shrimp & Rice – Since I won’t be in HI anytime soon, I think this dinner might be a summer staple in this house!

5 Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps That Are Totally Doable – Ok I OVE these, I’m trying to live a more green life and these really are so simple.

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils: Uses, Benefits, Extraction and How To Use Them – Do you guys use essential oils? I don’t but I’m about a hop, skip and jump away from buying a cute diffuser…

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables – Because balance. Grill some veggies and then pair ’em with a burger (veggie or meat, your call😉), some coleslaw and maybesome french fries for good measure.

The Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend – Plz pray for my wallet🙏

Memorial Day Recipes and Easy Grill Tips from the TIU Girls – I would listen to anything these two say but the recipes legit sound amazing!

The #100SquatChallenge – Since my elbow is putting a major damper on my workout plans, squats and lunges are about the only thing I can do right now! Who wants to join me in this?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

xo Jordan

Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite things to do: making nut milk!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Guys I had been sooo intimidated to try making my own nut milks at home, even though I have friends who do it and they’ve told me how simple it is! Idk what was up with me, but I will tell you, it is SO simple, quick, and honestly just makes me feel better knowing that I made it myself. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of most non-dairy milks?! Tons of additives. It makes sense though because fresh almond milk only lasts for about 3 days before going bad, so you can only imagine what they need to put in the milks at the store to make them last as long as they do!

To make the actual milk, you only need two ingredients (almonds + water), but I wanted to flavor mine with a touch of natural sweetness, vanilla and lavender. Also, you’ll want to be sure you leave yourself enough time to soak the almonds for 8-12 hours because that is the key! In terms of equipment, this requires a blender, nut milk bag and something to pour the milk into. I use a nut milk bag from Ellie’s Best and it has freakin’ changed my life👏

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

In terms of money, I think making your own milk at home can be super economical if you 1) get your almonds or whatever base you’re using from bulk bins or when they’re on sale and 2) make sure you don’t make so much that you waste it. I’m pretty sure one cup of almonds cost me about $3 (not on sale because I wanted to make it asap for this post!), but then I made enough milk for 3 days (for smoothies + coffee), plus the cup of almond meal that came out of it. You can do so many things with almond meal, and that’s something you definitely don’t get when you just buy the milk in store.

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So yeah! It’s better for you since there’s less crap in there, you can customize it to be whatever flavor you’d like, it can be super cost-effective if you get your almonds in bulk/on sale, and there’s less waste overall since you’re not buying cartons on cartons. So many perks you guys! If you’d like, you can try Ellie’s Best nut milk bags (or any of their other items) and take 10% off your entire cart with the code ‘dancingfordonuts’ – they even send you a few of their own recipes to get you started!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

What you’ll need:

1 nut-milk bag or cheesecloth – I’ve been using Ellie’s Best nut milk bags and I’m in LOVE.

A blender – I have a NutriBullet, but any should work fine!

A pitcher (or even vase if you’re desperate) to strain the milk into

An airtight container for storing the milk (like a mason jar or bottle)

Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds

3 1/2 cups filtered water

2 pitted dates (optional, but recommended!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp culinary lavender (feel free to add more, but a little goes a long way!)

1. Soak the nuts in water in a large bowl for 8-12 hours (but no longer than 12 ’cause they can actually go bad!).

2. Drain the almonds then add them to your blender with the filtered water, dates, vanilla extract and lavender. You may need to do two batches depending on your blender size! Pulse/blend for 1 minute on high.

3. Take an Ellie’s Best nut milk bag and put it 3/4 of the way inside a pitcher, making sure that the top is secure. I tie the string, but you can also use a rubber band.

4. Pour your nut milk blend into the bag over the pitcher. You’ll see that most of it will drain straight through, but there’s still a ton left in the bag surprisingly! Using your hands, hold the bag over the pitcher and squeeeeeze!!! It takes me about 3 extra minutes and some muscle power to really get the rest of the liquid out of the bag.

5. Transfer the nut milk to an airtight container (unless it’s already in one!) and empty the almond meal from the nut milk bag into another airtight container, if you’d like. You can use this in smoothies, oatmeal, and a ton of other recipes! Note: Your fresh almond milk will only stay fresh for up to 3 days because it doesn’t have preservatives like store-bought brands! Be sure to drink it before then 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So there ya have it! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask me – I might make a quick little video of this too, since maybe it’s easier to understand the directions that way? Let me know what you think, and if you make some almond milk of your own! And if you need a new nut milk bag, be sure you use the code ‘dancingfordonuts‘ so you can get 10% off at Ellie’s Best!!

xo Jordan

Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Peanut Shirataki Noodles For One

My friends, please let me introduce you to my new favorite thing to air-fry: tofu.

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Look, I get it, I thought tofu was gross for like 27 years of my life, but now I’m a freakin’ fan. I seriously think the key is just to make a good sauce and cook it so that it’s not soft and weird and gross – which THIS is not. This? Is awesome.

If you’re rolling your eyes at the fact that I’m posting yet another air-fryer recipe, I also get that. Not everyone has one, let alone the space in their kitchen to have one (these things are BIG). The good news is that you really don’t need an air-fryer for this, you can just as easily make it in your oven, so fret not😉

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

There are two things, however, that you will need to make this recipe awesome: 1) extra firm tofu that you strain the excess water out of (directions below) and 2) these shirataki or “miracle noodles.” They are gluten-free, vegan, super low-calorie, and zero carb. They sound super bizarre and I’ve known about them for years but was hesitant to try them, but you GUYS. These are GREAT!

I promise they don’t taste weird, my only suggestion would be to rinse them and then let them soak up whatever sauce you’re using. I can’t imagine they’d taste great by themselves, so don’t try that…unless you really want to, of course. And by all means, if regular or whole wheat or chickpea pasta is more your speed, just swap it out for that, but I will say that I feel much better eating this big noodle dish for lunch or before bed since it’s not super heavy. But your call! We don’t judge here😊

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

^ actual footage of my tofu draining on the kitchen counter under a pile of cookbooks…

Oh! And one more thing – before you go all crazy thinking I’m a liar for saying this recipe is super easy when you see that the ingredients list and directions are kind of long, I promise you this dish requires very minimal actual effort. It just takes a bit of time to do the tofu sitch and the air frying, but the ingredients are mostly the same for the marinade and the sauce, anyway. The really good news, though? The air-fryer (or oven) really does all the work for ya, I promise.

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles

1 package shirataki noodles

1 package extra firm tofu

Tofu Marinade:

1/4 cup coconut aminos

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sea salt

pinch coconut sugar (optional)

Peanut Sauce for the Noodles:

2 tbsp hot water

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp coconut aminos

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp coconut sugar

sea salt to taste

green onions, sriracha or any other toppings you might like!

1. Press the water out of the tofu by cutting into thinner strips, placing it between paper towels on a plate, and then using weight to drain the excess water for at least 10 minutes. (I usually do this by putting a cutting board and a bunch of cookbooks on top!)

2. While the tofu is draining, mix together all the ingredients for your marinade in a medium sized bowl.

3. Once the tofu is done, cut it into small cubes. Toss the cubes in the bowl with the marinade and gently shake or use a spoon to coat it completely.

4. Air-fry the tofu for 15 minutes at 390 degrees fahrenheit, taking it out every 5 minutes to shake it up. **If you don’t have an air-fryer, bake your tofu for 20 minutes at 375 degrees fahrenheit.

5. While the tofu is frying, make your peanut sauce by putting all ingredients in a small bowl (or the one you’d like to eat your noodles in!) and whisk until as smooth as possible.

6. Open your shirataki noodles and drain them with a strainer. If you’d like your dish hot, simple put them in a pan and sauté them until warm (or microwave), otherwise put them in the bowl with the peanut sauce and toss to coat.

7. Once your tofu is done aka crispy on the outside by still slightly soft, add it to your bowl. Top with anything you’d like and dig on in!

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Okay y’all, that is IS for today. I really do hope you try this in whatever form/variety works for you and your kitchen – it’s so delicious. And cheap! Super cheap.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

xo Jordan

 

A Week’s Worth of Workouts #2

Goooood morning and happy Monday!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

I wanted to do another roundup of my workouts for y’all, and the reason for this is honestly just to keep myself accountable. I planned my workouts early last week and wrote them here, so I knew I had to stick with them! In no way are my workouts meant to be compared to yours or anyone else’s – we are all different and we should be focusing on our fitness in whatever way works for us! As long as it’s fun and you feel good, that’s what counts😉

So overall, this week was definitely heavier on yoga than usual, partly because I’ve found two really wonderful studios nearby that kick my butt and somehow make me feel zen at the same time, and partly because a couple of these classes were planned out ahead of time. Next week I’ll be going back to bar, and hopefully pilates soon (I miss it!) but for the moment I’m actually really loving yoga.

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

sports bra / leggings / sneakers

I used to be obsessed with it when I first moved here – I took Hot Power Fusion at CorePower every single morning at 7:15am, but I actually fractured my lumbar spine like 8 years ago and that class made my back pain flare up. I think these days I’m more conscious of what I can and cannot do (no backbends or deep heart openers), so I can work around it. I haven’t had back pain in awhile, so I feel very lucky to be able to do yoga again!

As for the other days, I stopped doing 45 minute cardio sessions when I stopped dancing a year or so ago, which is honestly a relief for me. Instead, I’ll do a max of 30 minutes (unless it’s actually dance which I LOVE) and some toning exercises. I never feel the need to work out for more than an hour and when I’m on my own, 45 minutes can be pushing it sometimes. Luckily we have cable TV in the workout room in our apartment, so sometimes the chance to watch Fixer Upper is all the motivation I need😂

On rest days (usually 1-2 a week), I’ll make sure I go for a walk for at least 45 minutes. Most days I’ll walk during my lunch, but if I can’t step out for 45 minutes at once, I’ll do one shorter walk midday and one shorter walk after work. I’ll listen to one of my favorite podcasts or an audiobook and it’s so relaxing!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

But okay, let’s just get into it…

Monday: We Flow Hard Vinyasa at Y7 Studio with Suja Juice & TreePeople

Tuesday: ~20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + the first 20 minutes of this workout video.

Wednesday: OFF (25 minute walk at lunch, 25 minute walk before babysitting)

Thursday: Yoga Sculpt at Red Diamond Yoga

Friday: 20 minutes on the elliptical (level 5) + 15 minute walk on the treadmill (incline: 15, speed: 3.4) + 5-minute ab routine

Saturday: 1.5 hour hike/walk (moderate intensity)

Sunday: Hip Hop Sundays Vinyasa at Y7 Studio (because I absolutely fell in love with this studio on Monday!)

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts #2

Alrighty, that’s it for now! Please let me know in the comments which workouts you’ve been loving lately – no two weeks are the same for me and I looooove trying new classes or routines!

Have a wonderful week😊

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

It’s Friday! It’s here!!!😍

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I don’t know why this week felt so long (although I’m still adjusting to not working from home on Fridays so that could be it…) but I’m VERY happy the weekend is near! I have a pretty jam packed few days coming up but like 70% of it is fun stuff and even the work part should be fun, too😊 I’ve got lots of stuff in the works both on the blog and on Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there if you aren’t, already!

I’m also kind of counting down to my trip to Paso Robles next weekend with my best friend and have been spending some of my free time researching wineries and fun things to do. I’ve been loving these little weekends away – it’s kind of amazing how much you can drive to in a few hours from LA! If you have any recs for Paso Robles and wine country up there, please let me know! I’ve never been but it’s looks suuuuper cute.

But alright, I’ll stop blabbing (you know me, sometimes it’s hard to stop😅). Let’s get on with the usj – Friday Finds!

7 Tips to Boost Your Creativity This Spring – Been feeling so inspired lately, but almost to the point of being overwhelmed, y’know what I mean? I love these tips – they’re so perfect for the change in seasons and a fresh start!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake With Matcha Frosting – I am obsesseddddddd with zucchini bread and I made zucchini brownies ages ago so this is RIGHT up my alley. Especially with that matcha😍 (also perf for St. Patty’s Day!)

5 Ways to Avoid Making a Sad Salad – PLEASE. I’ve been doing pretty well with my one-salad-a-day thing, but I know I’m going to get burnt out. Maybe I need to start making chopped salads, they’re on to something here…

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Burrito Bowls – Okay YES. Does it get any easier/more delicious than this?!

5 Ways to Step Up Your Morning Coffee Game – My article for ToBox from this week! I swear by the cinnamon😉

6 Recipes to Make When You’re Breaking Out (According to Skin Gurus) – Or like, whenever because they all sound DELICIOUS.

I hope y’all have a great weekend and if you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day, have fun and be safe!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hi friends! I can’t remember the last time I blogged two days in a row but hey, there was a lot to say this week😊

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Apologies for getting this post out to you late, my morning took a strange turn when I got into my first car accident…tooootally not that big of a deal. I mean, I’m fine, but my car has some hideous damage. Basically the other person didn’t stop at their stop sign and ruined the entire right side of my baby, but hopefully insurance will come through! Otherwise, this week has been pretty fantastic and all of the incredible positivity that I saw online and in person for Women’s Day has me feeling hopeful, happy, and motivated.

Two things before I get into our usual Friday Finds – 1) my friend Danielle was so kind as to feature me on her blog! You can find that here. And 2) I have been absolutely looooooving yoga lately. I have a back injury from ages ago and I’m not technically supposed to do yoga, but I know when to hold back now (no back bends or up-dogs for this girl) and have been going to classes after work at a studio called Red Diamond Yoga. I never thought I’d like yoga after work at night, but honestly it’s so relaxing and really calms me down after a crazy day. Maybe I should go tonight actually…

Anyway, let’s do it!

Resistance Band Loop Glutes Workout Video – I did this video earlier this week after some cardio and WOW you guys. So sore!!!!

Is your plant-based protein powder contaminated with lead and arsenic? – WUT.

Oat Milk is Everywhere These Days, But is it Actually Healthy? – Also interesting. I’m a fan of oat milk, but that Oatly stuff is really expensive on Amazon! Anyone seen it for cheaper?

8 Foods to Prep Each Week for Super Easy Meals – Yes yes yes. I don’t do all of these, but I do many and I’m telling you, they make life sooooo much easier!

6 Ways to Hack Store-Bought Balsamic Vinegar into Gourmet Excellence – Here👏 for👏 this 👏 Seriously want to caramelize some onions soon…

Trader Joe’s Breakfast Hack – Breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of the day and I could probably eat it 3x a day without getting bored. This dish looks amazing for a breakfast-for-dinner situation or even brunch!

Thai Peanut Chicken Thighs – Made this for dinner on Tuesday over some peanut soba noodles and dzayuuuuum they were good. Definitely making these again so soon!

Alright y’all, that’s it for today! Tell me in the comments what you’ve been reading! Or if you have any plans for this weekend. I’m taking my boyfriend away for a little staycation for his birthday and am super excited, but it’s supposed to rain here all weekend…how strange for LA but also, we need it so I shouldn’t really complain!🤷

xo Jordan

Recent Eats

How is it actually the end of February already, guys?!

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This month absolutely flew by, even faster than January, I honestly can’t believe it. I guess I had a few notable things happen – I left my old jobs (and friends! Miss you guys so much), took a few days to re-group, started my new job, and left to meet my parents in Colorado for vacation. It’s my last day here and tomorrow I go back to reality, so I’m going to try and soak up as much time in the snow as possible!

Since it was a short month that was full of changes and running around, I don’t have too many foodie favorites to share with you like I usually do! Instead, I figured I’d just share some of my recent notable eats since I’ve eaten a ton of really delicious things this month! Hopefully this can give you some ideas if you’re in a food rut😉

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

English muffin with mashed avocado, pink himalayan sea salt + TJ’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t eat this at 3/7 days a week (and usually with an egg on top). I am obsessed with this combo and that is not an exaggeration! I’ve always been a fan of avocado toast (like the true millenial I am), but on a soft and fluffy english muffin with seasonings it is NEXT. LEVEL. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, I found this recipe so you can make their everything bagel seasoning at home!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Kale salad with sriracha greek yogurt dressing (a slightly watered down version of this dip recipe), leftover tri-tip, mini peppers, 1/4 avocado and a slice of garlic bread  – So I’m making a pact with myself to eat one salad a day in March and my lunch at work is generally a good time to make this happen. After indulging hard over Valentine’s Day, I threw some leftover tri-tip (it was on sale and holy smokes was it good) over some kale and peppers. We’d eaten the tri-tip the night before with some air-fried tater tots, so naturally I made my spicy greek yogurt mustard dip. We had some leftovers of that too, so I watered it down and poured it over the salad as a dressing. I am 100% doing that again – SO good!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

SquareOrganics plant-based protein bars – I am allllll about the bars and I’ve pretty much tried every bar under the sun, but these are different!! I love the texture so much – a little crunchy as opposed to some of the bars that are really soft and gooey, and the flavors are to die for. I also love that they’re plant-based (something I’m trying to be more of!) and they donate part of their proceeds to fight human trafficking. SO awesome. If you want to try a sampler pack for yourself for $12.99 + tax, just text SAMPLER to 33222!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Rubio’s wild-caught red shrimp bowl – You know me guys, I don’t usually eat “fast food,” which I totally thought Rubio’s was, but to be honest it’s more just fast casual like a Panera. I went for lunch with my boyfriend recently and tried their new red shrimp bowl and it. was. GOOD. I was so impressed by how fresh their ingredients are and I was able to get my bowl with their ancient grain mix instead of white rice. I’m alllllll about healthy options and they make it really easy to customize the dishes. You can even get a BOGO at Rubio’s with this coupon, which’ll save you about $10 on their delicious and fresh food. Highly recommend!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Green Smoothie with Huel – I won’t go into too much detail about this one since the full post can be found here, but this smoothie has been a go-to for me since it legitimately keeps me satiated until lunch time! And, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I’m usually someone who needs a snack at 11am to calm my growling stomach…these days I don’t have to do that, which is nice😊

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Air-fried donuts – So I was suuuper excited to make these since I’ve been looking for all kinds of yummy things to make in my new air fryer, but I accidentally picked up the wrong kind of biscuits! Essentially, you just take biscuit dough from the refrigerated section at the grocery store and cut a hole in the center, but make sure it’s NOT the flaky kind! I’ll put an actually recipe up here soon once I’ve got it down perfectly, but regardless, these were delicious. They were pretty much just biscuits that I covered in butter, cinnamon and sugar, so what’s not to like?😂 P.s. My air fryer can be found here and it is magical!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Dark Chocolate Eclipse Cake with cream cheese frosting – When I tell you that my boyfriend had to hold me back from getting thirds (yes, thirds) of this every night after Valentine’s Day, I am dead serious. This cake is THAT good. I grabbed the cake recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (looooove her stuff!), which is fairly healthy for a chocolate cake, and then smothered it in cream cheese frosting (which is essentially just butter, cream cheese and sugar…oops!). While I have zero regrets of covering this cake in frosting, I will say that if I made this again in the near future, I’d probably try to come up with a healthier frosting😅 I can tell you that the cake itself was super fudgy, regardless of it being dairy free. Obsessed!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Green juice from Kreation – I know most of you probably don’t live in Los Angeles, but if you do, run don’t walk to the nearest Kreation (there are a few around town!). They’re a little pricey but literally everything tastes delicious, which is pretty impressive when it’s packed with vegetables and all kinds of healthy things. The one I had, Green #2, tastes AMAZING and you can see up there that it has all kinds of greens (hence the name…) and my friend had one of their green smoothies, which was also delish. I’m kind of glad I don’t live too closely to one of these, they’d take all my money for sure!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Perfect Bar in Dark Chocolate Almond – Told ya I was a bar girl😏 I’d only tried one of these bars previously and I have NO idea why it took me so long to try another!! These are definitely different than the Square Organics bars, but I love them both! You can find them in the refrigerator section, which actually appeals to me since it means they’re not  packed with preservatives. They’re also higher in calories, so they’re the perfect mid-afternoon snack when you need to say full until a late dinner or even pre-workout if you’re getting ready to sweat it out hard. This flavor was phenomenal, but they honestly all sound good. Can’t wait to try more!

Alright lovers, that’s it for now! I hope everyone had a fantastic February – I have a feeling March is going to be pretty great either way. Let me know in the comments if you’ve eaten anything delicious lately!! I need to get back into meal prep and cooking as soon as I’m back from the mountains!

xo Jordan