Friday Finds

Ohhh Friday, how I love you so😍

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This week was a bit tough to get through after my little getaway to Santa Barbara last weekend, but I powered through! I have a jam-packed few days coming up with so many fun things, so that’s been helping for sure. Does anyone else make plans for throughout the week/weekend that they can look forward to? I think it’s so important, even if it’s just your favorite workout class or time to catch up with a friend. Makes it much easier to get through the longer days!

In any case, I’m back with another roundup of my favorite links from around the web. If you’re like me and aren’t at Coachella like the rest of the world this weekend, I suggest kicking back with a cup of coffee or tea and going through these – lots of good stuff on the web these days for health, fitness, food and inspiration in general!

How to Up Your Wellness Game Without Spending a Ton of Money – YES. THIS. You don’t need to spend a fortune on trendy products to get your healthy & wellness on, I promise!

A Donut Bouquet for the Best Sunday Morning – Cannot get over this CUTENESS. So perfect for a gift or party omg.

9 Ways to Make Your Next Pizza Night Healthier – Literally getting pizza for dinner tonight and even though these are recipes for pizza at home, I’m v much inspired to load up on the veggies.

How to Bake With Coconut Flour – And a coconut flour brownie recipe that sounds AMAZE.

How to Energize for Evening Workouts – A must for me now that I’m heading to the gym and classes after a work day! I usually have an energy bar, but these ideas are all awesome!

Ever Wonder Which Non-Dairy Milks Are the Healthiest? – And the non-dairy milk debate continues…I never know what to believe anymore, but I’m fully on board with the taste of all of them!

Okay friends, I’m off to finish up my work, then to hot yoga at Y7 (my fave!!) and a girl’s night with my friend Pam! Hope you have the most wonderful weekend!

xo Jordan

P.s. I’m hosting a fun giveaway today with some bada$$ health & fitness babes on my Instagram if that’s your thing!

 

How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5 Job

Happy Humpday!! Is this week going by quickly or slowly? I can’t tell…

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

Whatever it is, I’ll take it! In any case, I’ve been wanting to share this post with you guys for awhile because I honestly know the struggle of trying to live a healthy lifestyle when you have a 9-5 and I think so many of you can relate. I mean, any job that requires you to sit for a certain number of hours, or even devote that many hours to one thing, can be super hard on your body and really hard to plan around.

Though I’m still trying to figure it out, I think I’ve gotten so much better at making my health a priority with this lifestyle. As you all know, I use to be a professional dancer, so going from being an athlete to sitting at a desk for 8 hours was kind of a shock both mentally and physically. I’ve been working a full-time, regular adult job for a year and a half now and here are a few things I do to take care of my mind and body!

1. Plan ahead – I put this one at number one because it seriously is! I don’t know a lot, but I can promise you that if you don’t take the time to think ahead, you probably won’t be able to stick to the healthiest choices. I literally live by my planner, but if that’s not for you, then just take a moment to scan at your calendar or just think about what you have coming up for the week. For me, I always like to plan a rough schedule of my meals so that I know what to buy at the grocery store, when I’ll be going out to eat, when I can squeeze in my workouts, and when I have downtime to re-group and refresh.

2. Stock up on the goods – Okay something else I can promise you: if you don’t have garbage in your pantry and fridge, you can’t eat it. Now that’s just common sense! I personally know that if stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, healthy whole grains, sources of protein, and nutritious snacks, then I’m obviously going to be eating those things. Granted, I also know myself and if I don’t provide a cushion for the times my sweet tooth is raging, I’m SOL and will without a doubt head out on an impulse trip to find whatever dessert I can get my hands on. So this is something I like to plan ahead and stock up on, too – healthier options for when I need to calm my raging sweet tooth😅 (ie. fruit like apples or frozen mangos, portion-controlled servings of dark chocolate, etc.). I like to make a grocery list so that I know exactly what I need going into it.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

3. Schedule my workouts in like meetings – Like I said, my planner holds the key to my entire life. If I don’t pencil in time to workout the days that I want to, it’s probably not going to happen because a) I don’t see it on the page so I’ll put something else in that slot and b) out of sight, out of mind. I recently joined ClassPass, and also purchased classes to other studios, that use online scheduling. What’s so great about this is that you pretty much have to sign up in advance, otherwise you risk not getting a spot. They also usually have penalties for cancelling last minute which is both good and bad, but honestly mostly good because it keeps you accountable😂

4. Take advantage of breaks – So I know I’m extremely lucky to be able to step away from my desk at lunch, but I’m sure that whatever your situation, you can take a 15-minute break to take a stroll around the block! Whether it’s during a phone meeting, or even a few moments in between them, I highly recommend taking this time to get up and get out. I usually eat lunch at my desk while working so that I can use my break to walk outside. While I aim for 30-45 minutes of walking and listening to my favorite podcasts or calling family, sometimes all I can swing is 10 or 15 minutes. It’s amazing how energized I feel afterwards and how much better my back feels, too! Besides, it’s not good for our eyes (or brains, let’s be real) to be staring at a screen all day.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

5. Prioritize Sleep – While working out and eating healthy are obviously great and important and blah blah blah, SLEEP is your best friend. Have you ever had one of those days where you slept like garbage the night before, or woke up too early, and the rest of the day is absolute hell because you can’t function and just want to shovel in pizza? Yep. Been there! So, the point is, if you’re trying to choose between your 6am workout class or more sleep, the class just ain’t worth it if it’s going to derail your entire day (both mind AND body). On those days, just go for your walk instead, or even throw on a 10-minute YouTube exercise video.

6. Make friend dates more active – I think one of the things we all struggle with, regardless of our work schedules, is maintaining a good work-life balance. I also think that we all want to have healthy relationships and see our friends, so it can be tricky to do allll the things in just 24 hours (well less since we need that sleep ^). My advice? Schedule your friend dates as activities! No joke, I made a friend through Instagram (hi Audrey!) that I literally just take workout classes with. Obviously we’ll grab coffee or something afterwards so that we have time to catch up, but we consider our “dates” as the actual workout class, which means we bang out our fitness AND friend time in one. I also have “walking dates” with my friend Pam and we’ll catch up after work while walking/hiking and watching the sunset. It’s GREAT. Highly recommend.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Prioritize My Health With a 9-5

7. Limit meals out – Guys I knowwww this one is extra tough, especially since the thought of meal-prepping or just putting your lunch together in advance can be super daunting, but I promise you that your wallet and waistline will thank you later. Figure that each lunch you buy out costs around $12, give or take, AND you have no idea what’s in it. Even if you buy a salad, it still ain’t cheap. The compromise I made with myself when I started my new job was that I was allowed to buy lunch one day a week, which should be Thursdays since we have an amazing farmer’s market near the office on that day! I also like to go out to dinner with friends or my boyfriend some nights, so I’d rather save my budget (and calories tbh) for those nights instead!

8. Self-Care I know what you’re thinking – how is self-care related to health? And my answer to you would be a series of questions: Do you ever get stomach aches when you’re stressed? Do you tend to stress-eat or even the opposite, lose your appetite when you’re stressed? YEAH. None of these are good options, which means that self-care and taking the time you need for yourself is crucial for a healthy mind, body and spirit. Just take 15 minutes to meditate, do a face mask, read a book, journal, whatever – a little is going to go a longggg way. I honestly sometimes schedule this time in my planner too as a little date with myself so that I don’t skip it!

So there ya have it – these are some of the things I do to prioritize my health with my 9-5 job, but I know I could be doing better! Let me know in the comments how you stay on track with your health and fitness goals with your busy schedule – I’d love to hear!

P.s. If you want 20% off your next order of Square Organics bars (my new fave – organic, plant-based, high protein!) then use the code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ at checkout!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Yaaassssss another Friday is here!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

Do you guys remember the days when I’d work weekends so Friday wasn’t actually a thing? Man, that was a long time ago…

I haven’t done one of these link roundups in a hot minute, but we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming today! This week has been a busy one, but surprisingly gloomy and chilly here in LA, so I’m looking forward to some down time and sunshine. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to this weekend – I feel like spring is always when people start getting up to fun adventures!

Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto – I can’t even.

10 Hydrating Foods That Are Almost As Good As a Glass of Water – Eat your water, folks!

The Popular Sugar Substitute That’s “Even Worse Than White Sugar” – Honestly I never know what to believe anymore, but this is pretty interesting.

10 Ways to Get Healthier if You Hate Working Out – While I don’t hate working out, I’m definitely not in the mood to do it every single day. These tips are perfect for all days, but especially those when you’re off!

6-Step Workout For Wherever, Whenever – This actually looks really fun…

A Ranking of the Best Cheeses at Trader Joe’s – Reasons why I could never be a vegan😅

The Secret to Making Smooth, Delicious Oat Milk – Ok I reallyyyyyy want to start doing this!! Have you tried making oat milk before?! I feel like it’s so much cheaper than trying to buy it all the time.

That’s it for today friends, thanks for reading as always and have a great weekend!

xo Jordan

March Foodie Favorites

Aaaaand we’re back with another roundup of my monthly faves!

Dancing for Donuts | March Foodie Favorites

Let’s just jump right into, shall we?

Sips by – Ok this one is AWESOME guys. I’m now on my second month of this subscription box, which is essentially four different teas delivered straight to your door each month for just $15. What I love most is that you can choose your preferences so that if you’re not a big green tea drinker, for example, they’ll choose other things to fill your box with. So far I’ve had some super delicious teas (an early grey has been my favorite so far!), and they also send you re-usable cloth tea bags for any loose teas, which is great since I don’t actually have a steeper at home. They’re offering $5 off your first box with my code JORDAN5 so definitely sign up and let me know how much you’re loving it!!

Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea – I don’t have a photo for this one ’cause SURPRISE. I drank a cup every single day and was devastated once I ran out, thus realizing how much I love this stuff. I’m a huge tea drinker (as mentioned above…) but I’m not much of a chamomile person, so decaf tea can be hard to come by. This flavor with a dash of almond milk in stevia is my JAM. Highly recommend. I was almost able to trick myself into thinking it was dessert…

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – Look, I know this blog is for babes on a budget, which I 110% am, but I honestly think collagen peptides are worth the splurge. And, you know me, I found a GILT coupon for them and stocked up then ’cause paying full price for these ain’t easy😅 Collagen is great for hair, skin and nails, joint health, gut health, the liver, the heart, and the list goes on. I don’t necessarily think this brand is better than the others, but I do think they have some really cool products like collagen coffee creamer and beauty collagen in different flavors. I’ve been adding the plain one (aka the cheapest) to my coffee and tea on the daily and I definitely feel like my ordinarily brittle nails have been growing more quickly!

Dancing for Donuts | March Foodie Favorites

Maca Powder – I used to add maca to my smoothies like a billion years ago, but I recently fell back in love with it! I honestly love the ever so present nutty spice it adds, but more importantly it adds so many antioxidants and nutrients (like Vitamin C and iron) to whatever you mix it with! It also apparently helps with hormone balance (always a plus) and even boosts libido, so that’s interesting…I’ve been adding mine to my daily green smoothie!

My Air Fryer – So I’ve raved about my air fryer several times in both my tater tots post and my donuts post from earlier this week, but I’m still not done you guys. This thing is SO fun and there are so many different things that you can make in here that I’ve barely scratched the surface. In the giveaway I ran this past week (sorry it’s over☹️) I asked people to tell me what they’d make in theirs if they won and there were so many awesome ideas! I want to start putting more veggies in here (sort of like roasting them, but maybe it’ll taste even better!) and do buffalo cauliflower wings, fried pickles, and even fried fish. So many options!!!

Dancing for Donuts | March Foodie Favorites

Rachel’s Overnight Oats – I discovered this brand through a friend and I am LOVING this overnight oats mix. Basically it comes in a bag that’s got oats, chia, hemp and flax all in one making it suuuuper convenient to make breakfast ahed of time. Even though I have all of these ingredients in my pantry separately, when I’m really in a pinch this makes it ridiculously easy! Plus they’re certified organic, gluten-free, vegan and have zero added sugar. They come in three different varieties and are on Amazon Prime, so that’s a win! You literally can just add almond milk (or greek yogurt – my fave!) and you’re good to go.

Fourth & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee – So I first tried this stuff about a year ago when it was in a swag bag from a food event. I was literally obsessed with it and when I realized I’d reached the bottom of the jar, I was so sad! Ghee itself is kind of a strange thing to understand – it’s basically like clarified butter but simmered even longer, which means it 1) has a somewhat nutty, deliciously buttery flavor and 2) has a higher smoke point. It’s also lactose free but full of.fat-soluble vitamins and healthy fatty acids, making it a somewhat better option than plain ol’ butter (depending on how you look at it). Honestly, I didn’t buy this stuff because it’s ‘healthy’ though, I bought because it’s straight up DELICIOUS. The vanilla flavor is unreal and it’s soooooo delicious on top of toast!!

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Dang Coconut Chips in Salted Caramel – I’d be lying if I told you I had to use serious amounts of will power not to go through this entire bag the night I got it. The family I babysit for sometimes has these in different flavors so I already knew I’d love them, but DZAYUM are they good. They’re extra crunchy and have just the slightest flavor, so they’re absolutely delicious on oats, smoothies, or even by themselves. I can’t wait to try the other varieties!

Beet Powder – I just started adding this stuff to my smoothies this week, but I already love it!! If you’re someone who likes beets in general, I know you’ll love it too, but if you’re not, it really has barely any taste at all and when you mix it with bananas, nut butters, and more fruit! Like the maca, I love that adding beet powder to my smoothies means adding extra antioxidants plus fiber, potassium, folate, and other nutrients. I just feel good drinking it, y’know?

Okay friends, that’s it for now!! I’ve honestly fallen in love with like three other products this week after I got my first Thrive Market order in the mail, but I’ll save those for next month😉

Have a happy weekend, Happy Easter, and happy April!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

It’s Friday! It’s here!!!😍

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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

AB & J Bites

Hello Hello! Man, it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe on here…

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I know I’ve posted recipes for energy bites in the past, but they’re literally the easiest things to make ever AND can be a zillion different flavors. As I get into the swing of things with my new job and my schedule, I’m also getting back into meal prep and packing my lunches. As always, snacks are literally my best friend. Like when I tell you that every single day I make sure I have at least two snacks in my lunch bag, I am not kidding, guys😅

I’ve gotten pretty good at making a filling enough breakfast to last me until lunch, but some days I still get hungry around 11:30, or want a sweet treat at around 3pm. They have some snacks at work, but you know me, I like to pack my own so I know exactly what I’m eating and don’t get tempted to raid the cereal or candy!

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I’ve also learned that if I don’t have a snack that has protein in it, I’m screwed. So the aforementioned candy/cereal/crackers/whatever is out in the kitchen? Yeah, probably not going to cut it for me even if I do decide to indulge. Therefore, I either bring an energy bar (which is generally the norm) or I bring my own homemade version (which I’m trying to make the new norm). I know the prices for energy bars and such can actually be pretty great when they’re on sale, but they all have six thousand ingredients. Have you ever noticed that?! Larabars are definitely the cleanest (or RxBars, but I’m not a fan of the texture) aaaaand they’re also the easiest to make.

Some people have an issue with the dates in these things and look, I know they’re packed with sugar, but they’re also rich in fiber, vitamins, and iron, PLUS they help boost energy. There are obviously energy bite recipes made with oats and fewer dates, but I personally love the texture of these. They’re actually not all that sweet, I promise, and since they’re more filling, you’ll feel satisfied after just two or three.

TL;DR – Make these. They are cheap, and filling, and have lots of good-for-you ingredients😉

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

Almond Butter & Jelly Bites 

5-7 large pitted dates (best if fresh – I used Medjool)

1 1/2 cups raw almonds

2 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut butter, just because I love it, but you can’t really taste it!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries, crushed finely (I used my fingers)

up to 5 tbsp water (only as needed and add one tbsp at a time!)

1tsp Moon Deli Energy Tonic (optional)

1. In a food processor or high powered blender, add all ingredients except for freeze-dried strawberries and water. Pulse 2-3 times and then scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula.

2. Repeat until a dough-like consistency forms and feel free to add the water one tablespoon at a time if you’re having trouble blending the mixture, but be sure not to over-blend as some crunch will add texture!

3. Put the crushed strawberries on a plate and form the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball into the fruit to coat it and then softly press the strawberries into the bites so they don’t fall right off. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 10 days. 

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

More of my energy bite recipes:

Funfetti Protein Bites

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Gingerbread Bites

3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Bites

What snacks have you been loving lately? Are you someone who likes to make snacks or buy pre-made ones? I’m a mix of both – just depends on the week! Have a great rest of yours😊

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!!

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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

 

 

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, Beautiful People!

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Another week down, another roundup of my favorite reads across the web – but first! I’ve fallen in love with a new protein bar (you know me, bars are my jaaaaaam) and needed to share Square Organics with you because you GUYS. These little things are obviously delicious, otherwise I wouldn’t be telling you about them, but more importantly they’re organic, *duh,* made with plant-based protein (instead of dairy-based whey), gluten-free, soy-free, AND they donate a portion of their profits to fight human-trafficking. How cool is that?!

If you want to grab one of their exclusive sampler packs so you can try them for yourself, just text SAMPLER to 33222 to get your bars for $12.99 plus shipping. You’ll receive a link to the sampler in the text, so you can buy straight from there! And you know me, I love a good sale😉

Okay, now back to business!

3 Ways to Make Flavor-Infused Ghee – After my obsession with Fourth and Heart’s Vanilla Bean Ghee started about a year ago, I’ve been wanting to use ghee for all kinds of things. These flavors sound so delicious!!

Can You Substitute Baking Powder for Baking Soda (and Vice Versa)? – V important!! No literally,  I ask myself this nearly every time I bake because I pretty much never have baking soda on hand. Need to add that to the grocery list, come to think of it…

Slightly Healthier Thai Iced Tea – Fun fact: I LOVE Thai Iced Tea, and I’m pretty sure I’ve only had it 3 times in my life because I know how terrible it is for you. I can’t wait to try this recipe…although admittedly I know that nothing comes close to the glory that is sweetened condensed milk😅

5 Must-Haves from Amazon’s New Plant Shop – Okay, I know this one’s kind of out there, but if you’ve been following me on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with plants!!! I freaked out when I heard Amazon launched a shop because I need to bring more life to our home stat!

Total Body Stress-Relief Workout – I think Lauren is on to something here…also, love that this workout isn’t like, an hour long. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

How to Make a Fancy Acai Bowl at Home – Yep, another one from me😏 There’s nothing worse that spending $10 on a smoothie you could’ve made at home for $4 #amirite?

Why You Should Always Buy Yourself Flowers – Yep, can deffffinitely get on board with this.

Alright friends, that’s it for today! I’ll be heading out to Colorado for my family’s annual ski trip, so I’ll be back with a recap of my trip soon! Have a great weekend!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

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Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xo Jordan

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Hi friends and Happy (almost) New Year!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Top 10 Posts of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I obviously wanted to take some time this week to just soak up as much time with my family as possible, so I did take a mini blog-break. As I sit on the train down to D.C., I’m feeling so unbelievably grateful for having the opportunity to travel home for the holidays and to work remotely. I hope you all were able to, as well!

This year has been pretty nuts in so many ways, particularly for the world (and this country) in general, but personally I experienced a ton of personal growth, adventuring, and figuring out where I want to be in life. I expanded my skillset professionally, started growing my blog, strengthened new and old friendships, moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, and traveled to so many new places. It’s been quite the year!

I just want to thank you all so much for reading my blog, you have no idea how fulfilling it has been to create content and have this creative outlet. Reading your comments and hearing your feedback makes me so happy, and I’m honored to be able to share this bit of my life with you. With that, I wanted to take a quick moment to wrap up the year with my top 10 posts of 2017! I’m looking forward to spending even more time in the kitchen and on DFD in the upcoming year, so please let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of, or even something different entirely!

1. 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

 

2. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #1

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

3. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #3

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

4. Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

5. How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

6. Balancing a Healthy Life With a Fun One

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

7. Portugal Travel Guide

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

8. Saying Yes to the Big Things

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

9. Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

10. Staying Healthy on the Go [+ My New Favorite Smoothie!] 

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

Thank you again for all of your always and I hope you have the happiest new year!!! See you in 2018 🙂

xo Jordan