Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During My Busiest Work Week of My Year

Hey guys!! I’m back in business after one crazy work week!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

In case you aren’t in the food world, last week was Natural Products Expo (or Expo West) here in SoCal from Wednesday to Saturday! Expo West is basically the biggest food trade show in the country and it connects thousands of food brands with hundreds of thousands of people. This was my first year attending and I not only went for myself as a blogger/social media consultant, but also to help one of my clients at her booth.

I ended driving back and forth each day from LA to the show in Anaheim (which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend to anyone working the show now that I look back on it😅). It was a ton of sititng in the car, mixed with standing, talking, eating, and walking, and I can’t tell you how exhausted I was after just the first day, let alone the third!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

More importantly though, I really didn’t have time to cook, which is actually SUPER important because Expo is essentially just thousands of snacks consumed in a very short time period😂 It’s for this reason that I decided to spring for Territory Foods last week, my favorite meal delivery service! If you guys remember, I ordered from them once before over the summer after coming back from a vacation.

Sometimes it can seem like meal delivery services are expensive, and they are pricier than cooking at home, but sometimes convenience just has to win! I really did not want to sacrifice my health any more than I had to last week, so being able to just open the fridge and have clean meals ready for me in the morning and at night was KEY. And when it comes down to it, it really is cheaper than ordering in/out!

Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

The process is insanely easy with Territory Foods. I know there are a ton of meal delivery services out there, but here’s why I love Territory in particular:

  • They have meals for every diet and you can easily search by vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto, or gluten free
  • The work with local nutritionists and chefs
  • Everything is sustainably sourced
  • I can have meals delivered twice during the week so I know it’s extremely fresh
  • The menu changes all the time and there’s a ton of variety!
  • The ingredients and nutrition facts are listed right on the package and everything is perfectly portioned (there are two portion size options!)
Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

I remember being blown away by Territory’s meals last year, but for some reason they seemed even more delicious this time around! Some of my favorite meals were:

  • Brunch in a Bowl (with Chicken Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Beets, Kale & Sweet Potato)
  • Vegan Chile with Cilantro & Tortilla Crisps
  • Salmon Cakes with Pesto & Apple Fennel Slaw
  • Breakfast Sausage Patties with Sautéed Veggies & Aioli
  • Harvest Spice Muffins with Baked Apples
  • Orange Cakes with Mint Melon Salad
Why I Ordered From a Meal Delivery Service During the Busiest Work Week of My Year | Dancing for Donuts | Territory Foods

So all in all, I have to just give a quick shoutout to Territory Foods for pretty much saving my life and my stomach last week! Starting my day off with a solid breakfast (sometimes eaten in the car or behind the booth I worked at😅) and ending it with a nutritious meal after hours of snacking was all I could ask for! And if you guys have never tried a meal delivery service before, I’d highly recommend Territory over anything else – it’s so beyond worth it!

Hope you all are having a great week so far and thanks for reading!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Ahh, there’s nothing better than when a Friday pops up earlier than expected due to a short holiday week!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

^ that was taken last weekend when we went up to the Santa Ynez Valley for wine tasting! I wanted to write a blog post on it, but we were only there for 24 hours so it wouldn’t have been very long😅

Anyway, I’m pretty happy it’s Friday because today I’m leaving to celebrate my friend Connor’s 30th birthday in Ojai! I’ve never been before, but I hear it’s beautiful, too. And then next week I actually go to Colorado, so lots of travel coming up!!

If you’re looking for some light reading after another week of news that’ll make your head spin, here’s what I’ve got for ya:

11 Inspiring Women On How They Start Their Day – I loooove hearing about other peoples’ morning and night routines for some reason!!

The New Superfoods You Need To Know About – I blame (or thank?) living in LA for knowing and consuming all of these on a regular basis😂

15 Minute Meal Prep: Sesame Noodle Bowls – These sound INSANE. I don’t know why I don’t make sesame and peanut noodles more often…

On Blogging: Six Ways I Deal With The Comparison Trap – I don’t know if this will resonate with most of you or not, but WOW is that comparison trap real.

5 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Uninspired – aka me all of February.

How to Make Cauliflower Gnocchi – Because my addiction to the TJ’s version is probably keeping my local store in business.

Have a great weekend, y’all!!

xo Jordan

Paleo CBD Thin Mints

Humpday calls for baking, am I right?!

Paleo CBD Thin Mints | Dancing for Donuts

Today’s recipe is a bit different than usual – I’m adding in CBD Oil🙈

Truth be told, I always felt weird trying CBD products. I don’t smoke, I never have, and the idea of it just seemed strange to me, even though I’d heard such amazing things about it in the wellness world. A friend actually recently told me I should try using CBD oil to ease some pretty severe back pain I’ve been experiencing, too.

I haven’t actually been using it regularly so I can’t attest to its ability to ease that pain, but I can tell you that the easiest way to get me to ingest something is to put it in a dessert😂 And, as you know, I’m not actually following a paleo diet, but after doing my bone broth cleanse last week with Osso Good Bones, I’m definitely trying to eat a bit more grain-free.

Oh, and p.s. my YouTube video on what I ate in a day while I was on the cleanse + my review of it is now live!

Paleo CBD Thin Mints | Dancing for Donuts

Paleo CBD Thin Mints

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 egg

2 tbsp vanilla bean ghee (or regular/plain!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup dairy free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life!)

scant 1 tsp peppermint extract

4 full droppers of Charlotte’s Web Mint Chocolate CBD Oil (feel free to omit!)

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (definitely do not try this without parchment paper since the cookies might stick!).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt. Then add in the egg, ghee, and vanilla. Mix well – it may take a few minutes for the dough to come together but then it’ll be very wet!
  3. Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter (also don’t skip this part!), place the dough on the parchment, and then add more parchment on top so the dough is in the middle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out as thinly as possible, to around 1/8 inch. Use a circular cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to make circles and carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 28 minutes and let cool completely before making the chocolate mixture. Then, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave bowl in 30 second increments until completely melted. Add in the CBD oil if using and peppermint extract.
  5. Using a spoon, drizzle and smooth the chocolate over the top of each cookie and place back on the parchment to dry. Once the tops are all coated and dry, repeat on the bottom (I used less on the bottom than on the top, so just a thin layer will do!).
  6. Let cool completely before removing from parchment and store in an airtight container for up to 7 days. Or just dig in😉
Paleo CBD Thin Mints | Dancing for Donuts

Alright y’all, that is it for today! Let me know in the comments if you guys have ever used CBD oil before – I’m so curious to see if it’s truly worked for you!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday and Happy FEBRUARY!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

You guys, January was actually freakin’ bonkers for me and 100% felt like it was 100 days long. And I know everyone says that, but I feel like this past months was one of the craziest I’ve had in a VERY long time! It flew by so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to do a January Favorites post for you, so I apologize!

With major changes to my career and schedule, I’m still trying to figure out this whole work and balance thing, so please bear with me😅 But for now, let’s just get back to Friday Finds, ’cause it’s been a hot minute!

How to Make Lasting Changes to Your Diet – THIS. I’ve never been one to make any super crazy changes to my diet, but that’s also because I strive to make healthy habits more just part of my lifestyle!

Prepping Ingredients for Awesome Lunches – Because you deserve to have a better one and so do I.

How I’m Getting Excited About Spending Valentine’s Day By Myself – I actually think my bf will be in town for V-Day, but even still, I think this kind of night is perfect for whenever. Self care and pampering is a MUST.

Creating a Weekly Family Meal Plan & TJ’s/Whole Foods Grocery List – Suuuuuper helpful (even without a family!). I don’t know why, but I’m so fascinated by other people’s grocery lists!! I also get some good ideas from seeing them.

How to Make a Superfood Latté – So you can not be like me and spend $8 on a latté (yes I did that this week, no I do not regret it, but still…😅)!

Influencer vs. Expertise: The Dangerous Rise of the Fitness Influencer – This article was the TALK of my Instagram feed this week, wow. It’s actually an incredible post and so valid. I highly recommend it to anyone in the fitness space, or even influencer space at all. It made me really think about what I’m posting and how it’s affecting other people!

Well, that’s it for today. Go enjoy your Friday night, stay warm, and eat something yummy!!

xo Jordan

Recipes I’ve Recently Made & LOVED

Hey y’all! How’s everyone’s week going?!

Dancing for Donuts | Recipes I've Recently Made And Love

This is my first full week in LA as an entrepreneur and so far it’s been fantastic! It’s kind of crazy how much you can get done in a day, and how quickly time can fly. It’s almost February too, which is bonkers!!

I’ve actually been cooking up a storm over here, since I now have a bit more time and flexibility! While nothing is ever too crazy, there have been some notable recipes I’ve either followed or created. Since I’ve been catching up on work after Hawaii, I figured I’d throw everything in one blog post for you. Everything is shared below and honestly, I’m hungry just looking at it all again😍

Dancing for Donuts | Recipes I've Recently Made and LOVED

Sausage Pancake Muffins – I didn’t really follow much of a recipe on this one, but I did whip together a batch of Birch Benders pancake mix (as instructed), and then tossed in some Jones Dairy Farm pork sausage to bake in muffin cups at 350 degrees fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. Make these and then dip them in maple syrup. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Dancing for Donuts | Recipes I've Recently Made and LOVED

Ambitious Kitchen’s Corn Pasta Salad with Cashew Cilantro Pesto – Make this immediately. Trust me. And if you use Banza Chickpea Pasta (aka my favorite pasta of life) it’ll be packed with protein and fiber!

Dancing for Donuts | Recipes I've Recently Made and LOVED

Pinch of Yum’s Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies – Made these for a dinner party last weekend and MAN they were a hit. Definitely making them again veryyyy soon!

Dancing for Donuts | Recipes I've Recently Made and LOVED

Easy Raspberry Chia Jam – All you need to do to make this is heat up a few frozen raspberries in the microwave (I do about a quarter cup!), throw in about 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (ground or whole) and a sprinkle of coconut sugar. BOOM. 20 seconds later: chia jam!

Dancing for Donuts | Recipes I've Recently Made and LOVED

Vegan Cashew Cheese with Chickpea Pasta – So I didn’t fully follow a recipe for this one, but I did take a 1/2 cup soaked then drained cashews (in water for about 15 minutes), 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 6 tbsp nutritional yeast, 2 gloves garlic, sea salt + peppa, and 2 tbsp brown or dijon mustard then blend it all up and voila! Creamy, dreamy vegan cheese 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Recipes I've Recently Made and LOVED

Egg White Stovetop Oats – For this, I just took 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup water, then stirred it together over the stove on medium for about 7 minutes. Once the liquid was almost completely absorbed, I took them off the heat, poured in an egg white and stirred veryyyy quickly so that it wouldn’t all cook together like an actual egg! This just adds some extra protein and a lotta fluff. Highly recommend!

Friday Finds

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

We’re are TOASTIN’ to Friday over here, my friends!

This week was…interesting to say the least, but very eventful in some of the best ways possible! I went to the Tone It Up Love Your Body Series launch event on Tuesday (yes, Karena and Katrina are two of the most beautiful and kind women on the planet!!), had some friends over for dinner (nothing beats ending the day in good company), and made some MAJOR life moves.

I have something super exciting coming for your guys on Monday, but in the meantime, I’ll just get back to sharing my Friday Finds since it’s been awhile! 🙂

5 Ways to Be Healthier Without Trying Too Hard – Because no one actually wants to try THAT hard, let’s be real.

Arm Song Workout – I love ALL of Nicole’s workout videos so much. This one is super short/not intimidating at all, so it’s nice for days you feel lazy or just need a little extra boost to your workout!

Winter Crunch Salad – Might even be able to get my boyfriend to eat this one…

More Single Women Own Homes More Than Single Men – WHO RUN THE WORLD.

The 24 Items From Trader Joe’s Our Office Swears By – Why am I so fascinated by what everyone else buys for groceries?

Meal Prep: A Week of Winter Meals in 2 Hours – I promise myself I will get back into meal prepping this year! I swear it saves money and soooo much time in the long run.

Why Monthly Resolutions Could *Finally* Help You Reach Your Goals – I love this!!! I stopped making real resolutions years ago. Monthly goals and intentions are where it’s at!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back on Monday for some exciting news!! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

How on earth is 2019 right around the corner?!

Dancing for Donuts | Top Posts of 2018

I mean honestly this year FLEW by. Every single month of it! And I have a feeling next year will, too🙈 In true blogger fashion, I’m rounding out 2018 with a round up of my most popular posts! These are posts that resulted in the highest number of traffic to my blog this year, even though some of them are from previous years (like the energy bites I made in early 2017!).

I always find these interesting just for myself and content creating purposes, but hopefully you’ll find something in here that intrigues you, too!

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

1. My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service – I tried Territory Foods this summer and it was SO delicious!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

2. DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman – An interview I did for my DFD Babe Feature series – on it, I interview female entrepreneurs that are killing it and Staness is someone I truly look up to!

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

3. Spinach and Egg White Goat Cheese Frittata – A recipe I created in collaboration with AllWhites Egg Whites!

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

4. Easy Air-Fried Tofu and Shirataki Peanut Noodles for One – Guys I finally found a way I like tofu this year and it’s when it’s made in the air fryer. Total game changer.

Dancing for Donuts | The Smoothie I've Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + My 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

5. The Smoothie I’ve Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins – Green smoothies dominated my breakfasts this year. They never get old and make me feel better, even if I don’t get veggies in during lunch or dinner!

Dancing for Donuts | Why & How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition with iWi Omega 3 Supplements #ad

6. Why and How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition – I made a conscious effort to move to a more sustainable lifestyle this year and I hope to be even better about it in 2019.

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

7. Babes on a Budget: 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites – Cheap, healthy recipes will always be my  bread and butter! I think making any kind of energy bite/bar at home is not only cost effective, but better for you ’cause you can control exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

8. January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness and Beauty – Favorites posts are some of my favorites (pun not intended!). I’ll be sure to continue these into the new year, even though I’ve been slacking towards the end of this year😬

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

9. DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Co. – I’m so thankful I connected with Maria this year! Her interview talks about how she started her own clean beauty company after becoming a mom.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

10. Pumpkin Protein Muffins – I will definitely be making this recipe well into 2019, I don’t care what you pumpkin-haters say!

And there ya have it!! I hope you all have an absolutely incredible New Year’s – I have a feeling 2019 is going to be absolutely EPIC!!!!! Thank you so much for sticking with me this year. I appreciate each and every one of you so much!

xo Jordan

 

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Fudge

Dancing for Donuts | Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Fudge

I’m back today with quite possibly the easiest, tastiest chocolate recipe ever! I made this a few weeks ago and put the recipe on Instagram, but I wanted to share it here, as well😊

This recipe combines 6 ingredients to form insanely delicious discs of chocolate that are actually satisfying because of the protein, so the portion control is kind of built right in! I also used silicone baking cups, which I SWEAR by you guys, but you could also totally just use regular muffin cups, Dixie cups, or just make it in one big rectangle and crack into it to make a bark!

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Fudge

1/8 cup coconut oil

1/8 cup + 1 tbsp coconut butter (or more coconut oil!)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup creamy almond butter <– use code ‘dancingfordonuts’ for 15% off!

1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (I used Tone It Up!)

1 tbsp maple syrup

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the coconut oil and coconut butter.

2. Add the cocoa powder and stir well before adding the creamy nut butter, protein powder and maple syrup.

3. Once completely combined, spoon into silicone baking cups (I did about 1 tbsp each). Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before eating (or freeze for 15) and store in the refrigerator for up to a week!

Sorry for such a short post today!! Things have been busy over here with the holiday season, but I appreciate you sticking with me. Have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan

How I Find Balance During the Holidays

This post is in partnership with The Crusher Wines, but all opinions are mine, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

December is HERE and the holiday season is definitely in full force! I’m only in LA for two more weekends before I head home for the holidays, but I can tell you that those are (at least) four JAM packed days of holiday parties.

Instead of preaching on here and telling you to “eat before you go so you can avoid the food” or “limit dessert to one bite,” I’m going to give you the REAL deal, at least from my view. The holidays come ONCE a year, and it’s my faaavorite time of year, no less. Food and drinks bring people together during this time, so you bet your cute booty I’m gonna enjoy myself. I will 100% eat what I want (as long as I know it won’t make my stomach hurt) and accept the fact that hey, my jeans might fit a little tighter come Christmas. But you know what? That’s why leggings and fit n’ flare dresses exist😉

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Because this is a “healthy living” blog, and I do try to live a healthy life, I want to tell you how I keep things balanced this time of year. After all, being “healthy” is really all about balance in my opinion. And by that, I essentially just mean tradeoffs. For example, you have a green smoothie in the morning knowing that you might not have as many greens later that day. Or, you’ll absolutely want to stuff your face at the open bar/dinner buffet that work is throwing for everyone that night, so you make sure you just get in a sweat sesh that morning. Easy👏peasy👏

I do NOT believe in limiting myself. I do NOT believe that holiday parties should make me think any harder than I already do about trying to stay on track with my health goals. Because let’s face it, anxiety around eating and drinking during the holiday season just causes mental health issues, which is no bueno either. I WILL try the desserts because they’re my favorite thing ever and yes, I WILL have a glass or two of The Crusher Wines Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s DELICIOUS.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

Here are 4 simple ways I like to keep things as balanced as I possibly can during the holiday season:

1. Move my body (preferably with friends!) – I am alwayssss a fan of pairing my fitness with friend time! Classes are usually attended with my workout buddies (hi Pam, Alycia and Audrey!!), and since some of my friends are actually instructors (hi Keely and Lindsay!), going to take their classes really just feels like a fun play date. Since I definitely like to keep up my fitness routine during the holidays, if not amp it up even more so, I’ll make as many of my friend dates include movement as possible! Some of my favorite options: hikes, coffee walks, pilates or barre class, and yoga + smoothie dates! If you work hard, you can play hard😏

2. Indulge! Seriously. – Holiday food and drinks are my favorite, but in moderation! Besides, if I deprive myself, I’m one of those people who will later go HAM either because I feel like I need to “reward” myself or need to shovel it all in at once before it’s too late. I think it’s 110% okay to enjoy the things that make you happy around the holiday season, like a glass of your favorite wine!

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

3. Opt for lower calorie/lower sugar alcoholic drinks – I usually don’t drink more than a glass of wine a week, but around the holidays? I LOVE to unwind with my boyfriend and best friends over a bottle of wine, my favorite Christmas movie, a candle, and most likely dessert (you know me!). Whether I’m cozied up at home or out at a holiday party, I just try to make sure I’m choosing options that have less sugar like The Crusher Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Wine Blend. I won’t lie to you, their Chardonnay is my absolute FAVE, and that’s totally fine too, but I prefer to save my sweet tooth for all the desserts 😉

4. Swap some of my favorite treats for healthier options – You’ll notice the platter pictured in this post does not have cheese on it…like WHAT WHO AM I AND WHERE DID JORDAN GO. I know, I know, cheese is the BEST. I’m so thankful I’m not lactose intolerant #bless. But that being said, I know that I tend to go overboard with the cheese so instead, I opt for things like fresh veggies, fruit, and hummus when I can! Cheese is still a thing for sure, I just try to do it less often.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

So those are just four super chill ways I try to keep things 💯 over here during the holiday season. I know it’s not easy – eating healthy in general is stressful and adding a bunch of social gatherings into the mix can really throw us for a loop, but just do your best to have FUN without overthinking it, okay?

Whether it’s for yourself, someone you need a gift for, or even the hostess of the next party in your calendar, I couldn’t possibly recommend The Crusher Wines more! I rarely say this about wine, but EVERY single varietal they offer is out of control delicious. If you’d like to try some for yourself here in LA, check your local Sprouts or Costco, or you can visit this store locator and type in your zip code to find where The Crusher Wines is offered near you! And don’t forget to let me know your favorite once you try it 😍

 

 

 

DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

It’s been WAY too long since our last DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

I’m SO happy to be talking to Staness Jonekos of Eat Like a Woman on here today. I think you guys are really going to love this one – Staness is all about educating women on how their bodies are different then men’s in terms of health and diet. I actually had the pleasure of working with Staness a couple of years ago when she first launched her bars, shakes and cookies, and reconnecting with her has me so excited. You know how passionate I am about surrounding myself with smart, motivated women like herself!!

In this interview, we talk about how she got started with her Eat Like a Woman book that then became a plant-based nutrition line, why it’s so important that women understand how their needs are unique, and how female bodies are generally neglected from scientific research. You know I love every single person I interview for this series, but this one in particular is the perfect intersection of what I like to talk about on this blog (aka health and wellness!) + female entrepreneurship. Keep reading to learn more about Staness and her incredible company!

Tell us a little bit about Eat Like a Woman! What made you decide to write the original Eat Like a Woman book and then branch out into the food space?

During a TV show pitch session as one of the executive producers for Oprah Winfrey’s first TV network, Oxygen Media, she personally asked me how I was making a difference.  Health was always my passion and she knew there was something out there I should be doing. When Oprah speaks, you listen. I took a hiatus from television and wrote EAT LIKE A WOMAN after I discovered the FDA banned females from clinical research in 1977 until recently.

Women experience heart disease and stress differently than males, and burn carbs and fats differently, as well as metabolize nutrients at a slower rate.  This information inspired me to create a company that manufactures plant-based bars, cookies and shakes designed specially to support a women’s health. 

I truly love that you’re educating women on how their bodies are different from men’s bodies! That’s not something discussed often. Can you give us a quick summary of what women should be paying attention to in terms of their unique health?

Women have very unique life stages (pregnancy/lactation, reproductive years, menopause and beyond) that require specific nutritional support.  Our Life Stage Shakes® honor these requirements, so we can achieve optimal health at each life stage. We all have a healthy weight, we are all different – focus on health, not size!  We are born with BILLIONS more fat cells than males. How we perceive fat in our society does not embrace health for a woman.  

Of course, staying at your healthy weight is important – too much fat isn’t good either, but those curves are there for a reason. Carbs are not bad! In fact, a female’s neurotransmitter health benefits from a balance between protein and carbs.  High protein diets are not the best fit for females. You may drop some weight quickly, but one can get cranky and those pounds will return when the carbs do. The Mediterranean’s figured it out…lean proteins, lots of veggies, grains, olive oil, and some RED WINE!

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What’s your favorite part of owning & running Eat Like a Woman?

Discovering new science that included females so we can apply it to our daily life is one of my favorite Eat Like a Woman duties, and creating food products that harness this info so we can achieve optimal health as a woman! Every day I am spreading the word that differences matter, so the new science can help each of us. Medical text books still do not have this new research, so I am committed to sharing it with women so they can demand that future research include women.  

And what’s your least favorite part?

There are a million details to launching a food business – operations, financing, legal,  managing three warehouses, three co-packers where we manufacture our bars, cookies and shakes, a law firm to protect our intellectual property and ensure we follow all of the FDA regulations, raising money so the company grows so we can met our costumers demands, and seeking out new distribution channels.  Until recently I personally handled all of these activities, now we have an amazing team that has joined the ELAW family!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

If you had to pick one piece of advice to give to others pursuing their passions, what would it be?

Ask yourself “what do I do every day that I love?” For me, I love to KNOW things.  Researching and writing is like breathing…I have no choice. When I was 6 years old, I found my Mom’s nursing/medical text book and studied every word.  Local kids would come over when they were sick and ask me what was wrong with them—so I started diagnosing my friends. It made perfect sense to write books and launch a disruptive business that can change how we think about nutrition.

Ask yourself: What do YOU do for free daily, because you love it?  When you can answer that question you have found your purpose in life – how YOU will make a difference.  The exact question Oprah asked me years ago.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I must confess, launching a start-up is super time consuming.  I need to work on making time for myself and finding balance. The answer – we must all make time for ourselves, me too. De-stressing and self-care is a work in progress for me.  That said, I think ALL women have the same struggle.

What are you excited for in the new year? Are you making any resolutions/goals?

We are officially launching Eat Like a Woman nationally next year. I can’t wait to get out there and share powerful information, and yummy plant-based snacks, that can help women achieve their optimal health. Women have a very different eating journey than men…from body image, to nourishing different life stages, to media pressure to look a certain way…it is time we embrace our differences.  We are ALL EQUAL, but our differences make each of us uniquely beautiful.

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Alright y’all, thanks for reading!! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and if you’re in the northeast or anywhere that got snow yesterday/today, stay warm!

xo Jordan