What’s in My Purse: Summer Edition!

It’s humpday y’all and I’m comin’ atcha with something a little different today!

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Summer Edition

I’ve been wanting to weave in more lifestyle content in general on here (I hope that’s okay with you!) and I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what’s in my bag on a daily basis. I feel like the items people carry around with them everywhere say quite a bit about who they are and what’s important to them, while also shedding a bit of light into their day to day!

So here’s what I’ve been keeping on hand at all times this summer…

Planner + Pencil – When I tell you that I write everything down in my planner, I mean I write everythingggggg. Everything! From my meals to my work tasks to plans with friends to blogging calendars, my planner keeps me sane. People ask me how I juggle so many different things and this is the answer! As for the pencil, things for me tend to change on the daily so being able to erase when I need to is so important! I also just love writing with pencil better, there’s something about it that I find soothing because I’m a weird who hates pens😂

Reusable Water Bottle – You guys I am a water FIEND. But! Only when I have it on hand. I absolutely hate buying plastic water bottles (except for when I’m traveling) but I’m also thirsty, so I make sure before I leave the house that I have my water bottle. Between sitting in traffic here in LA and sitting at my desk, I actually find myself drinking a ton of water just out of boredom. No matter the reason though, I know it’s important to stay hydrated for soooo many reasons (better digestion, metabolism, clear skin, etc.) and knowing that I have water on hand at all times just makes doing so a lot easier!

Snacks – If you know me at all, you know I neverrrrr go anywhere without extra food. I’m one of those people that needs to know where/when there next meal is, so I like to carry around a bar or whole fruit or something so that I always have a healthy option no matter what. I just know myself and if I don’t have a snack with actual protein/fiber/etc., I’ll get hangry REAL quick. It’s also so much easier (and cheaper and healthier!) to have a stash in my purse rather than having to run out to a store to pick up something!

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Dandy Bee Company Organic Lip Balm

Dandy Bee Company Chapstick – So fun fact and possibly TMI about me, my lips are ALWAYS chapped. I know, it’s not cute, but it’s real. I recently tried the chapstick from Dandy Bee Company and have legitimately fallen in love with how this stuff feels on my lips. I also love that this company was founded by a mom who wanted to limit the amount of toxins around her children (we LOVE a woman-run business🙌) and uses only organic ingredients. I’m looking at the label right now you guys and I can pronounce every single thing on here (like avocado butter, stevia extract and shea butter).

In an effort to move towards more clean-beauty, I feel really good about carrying this in my bag! I’m actually doing a *giveaway* with them on Instagram today, so be sure to head to my post to enter! They were also generous enough to give me a coupon code for you guys so if you use ’10dancingbee’ to checkout at Amazon or through this link, you’ll get 10% off through July 24th!!!

Sunglasses – Can I tell you something outrageous? I used to like, not wear sunglasses. I thought they were annoying (which I sometimes still do) because I have a small head and they all slide down my nose when I’m sweaty. While this totally still happens, I’m like HOW the heck did I not wear sunglasses? Driving here in LA where it’s sunny 95% of the time, it is a must. Not to mention I’m overly concerned about wrinkles these days and scrunching up my face/squinting ain’t a good look.

Headphones – I talk about my daily “podcast walks” on both the blog and my Instagram quite a bit, and having headphones an absolute essential part of this obviously! I’ve forgotten my headphones on at least two occasions and I can tell you my walk was a loooot shorter. If you’d like to check out my favorite podcasts (I’m obsessed with them), head to this post.

Now I wanna know what’s in YOUR purse!! Tell me in the comments one thing you can’t live without having on hand👇

xo Jordan

 

June Favorites

Another month has come and gone and I swear yesterday was like February…

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Despite the exceptionally terrifying pace with which time is passing by, I actually ate/read/found some pretty amazing things in June and I’m excited to share them with you! This month was kind of weird for me – because I broke my elbow, I wasn’t taking any workout classes or even working out at all, but somehow found myself with no more free time than usual! Perhaps that’s why this month flew by…

Anyway! As always, most of these items are food related, but we’ve got a couple of random ones in there, too. I hope you find something you’d like to try, too😊

Dancing for Donuts | June Favorites

Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese – Okay I never in my entire life would’ve imagined that vegan cheese could be something I loved but you guyssssss. I legitimately prefer this stuff to regular cream cheese and I can tell you that pairing it with smoked salmon (aka one of my favorite food combos of life) is a match made in freakin’ HEAVEN. I got mine from Milk & Eggs but I know they’re at Whole Foods and probably Sprouts, too!

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CaseAppSo this one isn’t food, but it is how I got my cute logo on my laptop up there ^. So CaseApp is a website where you can design your own phone cases and laptop skins and the reason I love it is because I am allllll about that branding. I mean, I mostly just love my logo because I also love donuts and Vicky Leta did an amazing job illustrating it, but I also think it’s nice to have these things for you business…or just yourself! They’d made cute gifts, too😉 I have a coupon code for this one – to get 20% off just use the code 20JORDAN

Oatly Oat Milk – Oat Milk has been quite the craze lately and I can promise you there’s a reason! I can’t speak to other brands ’cause I haven’t tried anything other than Oatly yet, but this stuff is freakin’ MAGIC. I don’t know how they do it – it’s literally as creamy as regular milk and there’s just a veryyy slight flavor but I love it. I’m not allergic to dairy, I just like to have it in smaller doses, but if you are dairy-free and miss milk, THIS is your winner, my friends.

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Tonic Beauty Collagen– I’m not gonna lie to you, when everyone started raving about collagen last year I thought it was bogus. I was like, why is everyone trying to push this expensive powder on me when I already have protein powder and biotin gummies? Well I’ll tell you why – my NAILS you guys have literally never been longer. They’re so strong, they don’t break, my hair looks amazing and my skin has been pretty dang clear. I love Tonic’s Beauty Collagen because it’s flavorless, so I can add it to my coffee or smoothies. They also come in to-go sticks, which is amazing for travel! I’m bringing mine to Cabo this weekend😁 And I promise it’s worth every penny – even my mom has been loving it!!

Adidas White Sneakers – So y’know how I told you I hadn’t been working out this whole month? Well I replaced my normal sweat sessions with walks! I literally was walking over 2 hours a day trying to hit 12k steps a day and I actually kind of loved it? I usually walked while listening to a podcast and I walked in THESE sneakers. They are so stinkin’ cute with just about any outfit and I could pull them off at work, which made my lunch walk soooo much more comfortable than it would be in my booties. They’re insanely comfortable and they’re under $50. Can’t beat kicks that are functional AND actually look good!

Dancing for Donuts | June Favorites

Square Organics Protein Popcorn– If there were a healthy version of crack, this would be it. I’m so addicted to this popcorn that I actually snapped at my boyfriend for taking a handful yesterday…it’s that good. My favorite is the Lightly Sweet flavor, but the others are incredible, too! And you can get 20% off with my code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ on their site if you wanna try – I won’t make money off it or anything, but I know everyone loves a good discount😊

Big Magic – I know this one seems random, and for a primarily ‘food blog’ it definitely is, but I like to this of this as more than just a food blog. It’s a healthy living blog in my opinion and since I’m all about healthy minds just as much as I am healthy bodies, THIS is a very important read. It might not be for everyone, it’s essentially about creativity and would appeal most to people who have a creative side and like things like photograph

Dancing for Donuts | June Favorites

Phyter Food Bars – I know, I know, I’m alwayssss talking about bars on here…what can I say? I’m a snacker! But these bars seriously blew me away. First of all, I think it’s a pretty good sign when something needs to be refrigerated because it means it has fewer preservatives in it, so we’ll start there. The ingredients are clean as ever. Then I will tell you about Phyter’s flavors because OH MA DAMN are they good. The beets and cocoa has been my absolute favorite so far but the kale and apple was freakin’ delicious, too. Highly recommend these!!

Okay y’all, I’m actually off to Mexico today for a much-needed vacation! What are you guys up to this weekend and for the 4th of July?! Hope it’s something fun!

Xo Jordan

My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service

I gotta be honest with you, I never pegged myself for one of those meal kit or meal delivery people…

Dancing for Donuts | My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service

I just figured, okay I love to grocery shop and I love to cook, so why would I need someone to take care of those things for me, right? Wrong.

Here’s the thing, while I do love shopping/cooking and I don’t actually mind spending time doing them, I never realized just how much time they took out of my daily life. I don’t know about you, but I make about 80% of my meals each week at home, which means I’m prepping breakfast and lunch ahead of the work day, and then cooking when I get home at night.

If you can’t relate to me on that, I bet you can relate to me on this – do you know the feeling when you get home from a vacation and you’re exhausted AF so the thought of going to the crowded grocery store let alone standing in the kitchen long enough to put something together just sounds terrible? YEAH. I know you do. That was me last week when I got back into town after 4 days on the east coast with very minimal sleep.

Dancing for Donuts | My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service

My savior? Territory Foods. The week before I went out of town, I remembered that I’d probably have that sinking feeling when I got home and had nothing in the fridge. Not to mention, I’m trying to be good about my eats these days since my broken elbow has caused quite the disruption in my workout routine!

So, I went onto the Territory Foods website and decided to place an order for breakfast and lunch for the three days following my trip. They would be delivered to my door the day I got back into LA and the best part? There’s no subscription – which is a game changer for me since my schedule never looks the same day to day.

Here’s what appealed to me most about Territory Foods: everything is made by local chefs who take input from a nutritionist to create balanced meals and the menu changes week to week. The ingredients are sustainably and locally sourced, and you can even choose filters to match your diet preferences (like Whole 30, Paleo, or low carb). All of their meals are free of gluten and dairy ingredients, which is also nice if you’re sensitive to those! You also get to customize your order to choose exactly which meals you’d like and there are a tonnnn of delicious options. I was actually super impressed with the selection!

And, as I mentioned, there’s no subscription/regular commitment requirement, but it is slightly cheaper if you choose a recurring plan and makes sense to opt into the recurring discount, since you can skip/pause/cancel anytime.

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The Process

The Thursday before I got back from my travels, I went onto the Territory Foods website and placed my order. Since deliveries come Mondays and Thursdays, and my flight landed on Monday, I knew I’d be okay in terms of timing/getting the food in the fridge as quickly as possible. There were two size options: Standard (between 400 and 600 calories) or Boost (between 250 and 400 calories).

I chose to pick Standard, since I know myself and 250 calories ain’t gonna cut it for me, which came out to $13.95 a meal. I know this might sound like it’s pricey, and the Boost meals only cost $10.95 a meal if you’re trying to save, but I’ll tell ya – my breakfasts were enormous, I was able to share with my boyfriend, and two lunches actually lasted me for three days. So if you break it down, it’s probably around $10 a serving, which isn’t bad! Not to mention that I wasn’t snacking at all since I was full, so I didn’t have to worry about bringing energy bars or anything like that. I’d say that’s pretty cost effective, especially when you factor in the time saved!

Dancing for Donuts | My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service

My Order

Breakfast & Lunch Day 1:

Veggie Breakfast Bowl with Caprese Salsa – I loooooved this one! So much flavor.

Pulled Pork with Butternut Squash and Brussels – Such a hearty but nutritious meal. The veggies were seasoned and cooked perfectly!

Breakfast & Lunch Day 2:

Veggie Breakfast Bowl with Caprese Salsa – Good thing I ordered this one twice ’cause I loved it so much.

Vegan Mac & “Cheese” with Seasonal Vegetables – my FAVE.

Breakfast & Lunch Day 3:

Lemon Poppy Muffins with Cinnamon Breakfast Apples – These muffins were so good that I legitimately regretted sharing one with my boyfriend…

Orange Chicken with Brown Rice Chow Mein Noodles – Like Chinese takeout but soooo much better.

Dancing for Donuts | My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service

After having three days and six meals prepared for me ahead of time with Territory Foods, I can honestly say that I might be a meal delivery service convert…so much so that I actually ordered three lunches again for this upcoming week since I’m going out of town yet again and it doesn’t make sense to stock up on groceries.

SO. Is this the most frugal option for someone looking to eat real, home-cooked meals? No. Is this a ridiculously convenient and delicious option for weeks when you’re busy, coming home to an empty fridge, or tired AF? YES.

I don’t know what other meal delivery services are like, but I can tell you that the two most important things about Territory Foods to me personally are the following: 1) it’s not subscription based and 2) there is an unbelievable amount of variety no matter what diet you’re on or health goals you have. I honestly cannot recommend it enough!

If you’d like to see what mean, and trust me, I won’t let ya down, head over to Territory Foods and use the code DANCINGFORDONUTS for $30 off your first order. You can also order directly through this link – I won’t make any money from it, I just honestly know you’ll love it if you try it!

So there ya have it, fine folk. Have you ever ordered from a meal delivery service before?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Oh hey there, friends!

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I know I haven’t been suuuper active on here the past couple of weeks, but I gotta tell ya, typing with one hand is kind of a bummer, plussss life has honestly just been overwhelming. But! I did go my first few days without my sling and the elbow is doing much better, so that’s progress😊

It’s been a minute since our last Friday Finds, so let’s just jump into it!

Investing 101 – 8 Things to Do With $1000 to Better Your Future – SO HELPFUL.

Smoothie Bowl Sprinkle – If this isn’t the most genius & useful recipe then I don’t know what is.

How to Make Everything Bagel Spice – For all my friends who don’t live near a Trader Joe’s!!!

The New Food Storage Trend That Helps Save Money & The Planet –  Here for this👏🏼

5 Lessons in Success We Learned From Kate Spade – Such an icon. I remember my first Kate Spade bag in middle school – did anyone else have one of those messenger bags?!

Avoid These Refrigerator Food-Storage Mistakes to Lengthen the Life of Your Groceries – Definitely making mistakes #5 and #6😅

Why You Should Start a Food Blog (Even if No One but Your Mom Reads it) – I could not love this piece more. I started mine 7 years ago as a way for my family to keep up with me when I moved cross-country!

Have a fantastic weekend, lovers! I’m on the east coast for a wedding (and don’t actually ever want to leave, to be honest) so I’ll catch you guys next week!

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!

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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😅

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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!

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

xo Jordan

 

 

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends!!!

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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

Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Blueberry Vinaigrette

If you came to find a staple recipe for summer entertaining, I can say with confidence that you came to the right place.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

I’m one of those people that actually really, truly enjoys salad, but with a catch: it needs to have texture (aka usually something crunchy), possibly something sweet (like fruit) and most likely cheese. If it has those things then I will shovel it in faster than you can say ‘starving.’ If not, I’m probably going to eat it in anyway because I know it’s healthy, but I probably won’t LOVE it, y’know what I mean?

This salad has every single element I love and the best part is the butter lettuce base. I started using Pete’s Living Greens for my salads because I swear to you they just taste BETTER. I think it’s because they’re still like, attached to the root when you buy them, so they’re fresher (and can seriously last up to 18 days which is awesome). And you know how greens from the farmer’s market always taste better than the ones from the store? YEAH. It’s like that! But if you can’t get to a farmer’s market on a Tuesday (because hello, #responsibilities), you can still get the same high-quality greens from the grocer because Pete’s gives you the actual freakin’ root of the thing and then you get to “pick the leaves” yourself. It’s actually kind of fun…

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

So, if you’ve been assigned as the ‘salad person’ for the party you’re heading to this Memorial Day (or any day really), I can promise you that this one is going to be a crowd-pleaser. It’s mostly sweet, which is always a win for people who don’t usually like healthy things, and it’s super refreshing. The blueberry vinaigrette is one of my new favorites, too. I’m trying to figure out what else I can actually put it on, but this salad is the perfect vehicle! Plus, it’s red, white and blue, aka v festive for American holidays😉

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

Summer Butter Lettuce Salad

1 head of butter lettuce (Pete’s Living Greens is my go-to!)

3-5 strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup candied or toasted walnuts

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Let sit in the fridge until ready to eat, and dress just before serving.

Blueberry Vinaigrette 

1 cup fresh blueberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup warm water

1. In a blender, pulse together all ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing on top of salad when ready to eat and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Butter Lettuce Salad With Pete's Living Greens

If you’d like to learn more about Pete’s Living Greens head here. Aside from the fact that they honestly just taste awesome, they also use 85% less water and 70% less land to grow, which makes them more sustainable and freakin’ AWESOME.

So there ya have it!! I hope you get to make something yummy this weekend!

xo Jordan

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Pete’s Living Greens but all opinions and images are my own, as always.

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

Friday Finds

Friday is here!!!! And I am SO ready for this weekend😍

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds & May Intentions

This week kind of flew by for me, just because I have soooo much going on right now! I love being busy with exciting things and having stuff to look forward to. Maybe it’s just this season, or the fact that it’s getting warmer out, but I feel like spring makes it hard to be in a bad mood! Although you should’ve heard me on Monday – that was not the case😅 aka I’m a total hypocrite and you should listen to me ever.

Regardless, I can’t wait to share a ton of exciting news with you guys and the first announcement will be coming next week so get PUMPED. But okay I’ll stop blabbing and teasing now, let’s just get into it!

The Pros and Cons of All the Non-Dairy Milks Not Made From Nuts – Guys this is seriously eye-opening. I was thinking way too highly of oat milk and hemp milk (in terms of nutritional benefit)…

Mango Tango Glow Bowls – These are screamingggg summer to me!

Sweet Laurel’s Grain-Free Chocolate Raspberry Cake – Supposedly her bakery is opening up near-ish to me somewhat soon and I’m DYING to go. I think I might buy her cookbook anyway though, everything sounds amazing!

15 Best Podcasts for Blogging/Making Money Online – PLEASE. You can just call me the podcast queen.

Your Essential Farmer’s Market Guide – Because a Farmer’s Market in the spring/summer is pretty much the best Sunday morning activity ever.

24 Successful Women on How They Make Time for Personal Passions – I love this article so freakin’ much. I think we all could use a little help with work/life balance and time-management!

10 Minute Sexy Summer Arms Workout – One of my new favorite workout videos!! Did this after 25ish minutes of cardio and added a 3-minute ab routine to the end. Sweaty AF.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there!!

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