What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #3)

Hi friends! I’m back with another day of eats for y’all!

This post is definitely not meant for anyone to compare their eats to, just to get ideas for some quick, healthy and easy meals! My meals and snacks definitely vary from day to day, and this is an example of a lighter day for me since I didn’t workout at all. You should absolutely feel confident in your choices to nosh on whatever you’d like, everyone is different 🙂

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So I usually chug a bunch of cold water each morning right when I wake up, but lately I’ve been trying to add some lemon since it tastes delicious and I’ve heard it’s amazing for our bodies. Will keep you posted on that if I make it a habit (here’s hoping!). After that, I make some coffee in our french press and froth some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond milk to have with it (plus a touch of stevia!). I don’t know about you, but coffee in the morning makes me SO damn happy. Like sometimes before I go to sleep I think about how excited I am to wake up and make some because it’s so delicious…is that crazy? (Yes Jordan, yes it is.)

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Most mornings for the past few months, I’ll make a green smoothie as close to Kelly Leveque’s Fab 4 recipes that I can get. My go-to recipe has kind of a ton of ingredients but I’ll tell you anyway because it’s incredible: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder Garden of Life Greens and Protein Powder, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 frozen banana, 3 frozen strawberries, 1 cup greens (kale or spinach), 1 tbsp Maca Powder, 1 tbsp Chia Seeds, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and water to thin as needed. It. Is. AWESOME. And I love that I can throw so many nutrient-packed items in there to start my day off on the right foot. Whoever invented smoothies is a genius.

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My smoothie kept me full until noon which was pretty rad since sometimes I need at snack at 11am (which is fine, too!) but today I just had an earlier lunch. I’ve been making quinoa with some salad and I pop it in the microwave with some frozen turkey meatballs from TJ’s (bless that store) and top it with their autumn harvest pasta sauce. It’s a pretty solid lunch with minimal meal prep, so I’ll take it!

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I did get hungry mid-afternoon so I grabbed one of my Shine Organics superfood pouches in PURIFY just to tide me over until dinner. These pouches are so freaking delicious, like applesauce but tastier and more nutrient-dense, so I downed it probably point 2 seconds but since I knew I wouldn’t be working out that night (all about those rest days!), a smaller snack was perfect. P.s. if you want $1 off your next box of Shine Organics, click this link! You can get them at Target 😉

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Dinner was pretty simple since my boyfriend is out of town – he usually does the fancy cooking! I’ve been obsessed with the Dr. Praeger veggie burgers on Ezekiel toast with hummus + a side salad. Fully aware this looks like the dinner of a broke college student, but I’m telling you, it’s delicious. I’ve tried a ton of veggie burgers, but these are hands down my favorite!

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To finish out the night, I had to quell my raging sweet tooth obviously, so I went with a Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar (LOVE these). I meant to only have a couple of squares but had half the bar…oops. But also I’m owning it because if you want some chocolate on a casual Tuesday night, do that.

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And that’s it, y’all. I wanna hear about you, what have you been eating & loving these days?! Sometimes I eat the same things everyday and then I’ll get in a huge rut, so give me ideas! 🙂

xo Jordan

Fall Foodie Haul!

Aaaaand we’re back to Monday, just like that.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

I had a rather productive weekend, to be honest. I did my fair share of Netflix-ing for sure, but I also accomplished a lot of things on my to-do list (ie. grocery shopping, organizing, getting some work done, etc.). And a quick life update – we got the apartment of our dreams!!! I signed the lease Saturday and we move in at the end of the month so I am PUMPED. Know what else I’m pumped for? This weather to stop being 90 degrees. Like I kid you not, I drove to east LA this weekend and it hit 98 degrees on my way. That is not October weather, people!! Looks like it’s going to cool down soon though, and I just did a massive pumpkin-themed haul so things are getting festive UP. IN. HERE.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

I wanted to share with you some of the most delicious fall foods I’ve tried lately because damn they are good. I did buy a few other things, but they unfortunately didn’t make the cut because I wasn’t all that big of a fan. So, I’ll just leave those out and tell you what I am absolutely LOVING right now that’s getting me in the mood for my favorite season…

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

FitJoy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Protein Bars (Gluten-Free) – Guys if you could’ve SEEN my face when I bit into one of these for the first time…like a kid on Christmas because yes, these are THAT good. I will be honest with you, so many bars I’ve tasted that claim to be “birthday cake” or like, “red velvet” flavored have not made my taste buds very happy, so I was slightly skeptical of these holding up their name. But I will tell you right now, you need to order these asap because once word gets out, they are going to sell out immediately. I think these are so perfect for a sweet treat mid-afternoon or pre/post-workout, but if you’re tempted to reach for dessert after dinner, you could totally just eat half of this and be super satisfied!

Organic Canned Pumpkin – I think this one’s pretty self explanatory, but there is SO much you can do with this can. My greek yogurt pumpkin pasta sauce is a good place to start, or my pumpkin spice golden milk latte, but also in oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies…I could probably go on forever. Just grab a can of this stuff (or 5) and you’re set for the season!

Kodiak Cakes Pumpkin Flax Pancake Mix – Is there anything better on a cozy fall morning than pancakes?! No. The answer is always no. And if you’re really trying to step up your breakfast game, I highly suggest you pick up some of this superfood pancake mix from Kodiak in pumpkin spice. The pumpkin flavor isn’t overwhelming at all, but it’s just the right amount of spice for a seasonal breakfast. I love that these are absolutely guiltless too (not that food should ever make you guilty, but you know what I’m sayin’). They have 10g of protein and 5g of fiber in each serving, and are made with 100% whole grains. I put a touch of maple syrup and Fourth & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee on top and was in absolute heaven.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

Figs – So I’ll be honest, I always thought figs were like, super expensive, and so I kind of never bought them even though I LOVE them. But the last time I went to the grocery store, I saw that they were only $3.99 for a big container, which may be more than bananas or apples, but was sooooo much less than I thought they’d be! And trust me, they are so worth it. I’ve been putting them on my oats, on top of my smoothies, and straight up eating them standing up in front of my sink. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed…

TJ’s Pumpkin Ravioli – If I could have one thing for dinner every single night for the next two months, it would be these. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m definitely more of a sweet person rather than a savory person, so these ever-so-slightly-sweet little pillows of goodness are riiiiight up my alley. I’ve tried these both with olive oil/sea salt and butter/cinnamon, and both versions are incredible. If you served these with a side salad you might just be able to pass them off as a balanced meal 😉

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage – Guys. I would not be lying to you if I said I have been putting this almond milk in EV-ER-Y-THING. In my coffee, in my oats, in my smoothies, in baked goods, tea, you name it I’ve tried it. I can’t get enough, which may actually be a problem since I know TJ’s has been selling out of this stuff like crazy. I think it’s probably 12x better than people expected it to be too – just the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor, spices and sweetness, plus it’s a bit thicker than plain almond milk. My only qualm is that there is added sugar in there, so I may actually try to make my own version. Until then, you can find at least 2 cartons of this in my fridge at all times.

Dancing for Donuts | Fall Foodie Haul (TJ's, Amazon & Farmer's Market Finds for Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!)

Honeycrisp Apples – Pumpkin is wonderful and all, but fall is definitely not complete without apples. Autumn makes me miss apple picking and getting cider donuts with my family in the northeast, but the closest thing I can get is to buy the best apples I can find and pretend I’m not in 90 degree LA. I obviously eat apples all year round, but they seem extra special in fall. They’re another great oatmeal topping, but you can also saute them in some ghee with cinnamon and brown sugar and you’ve got a fairly healthy fall dessert!

Fall Flowers – Ok guys, I know this isn’t like, a fooooood, but i think treating yourself to flowers every once in awhile is an absolute must and fall flowers are so perfect for setting the mood! Like lots of things on this list, I bought this bouquet at TJ’s since I think they have some of the best deals on flowers. I also love getting fresh flowers from the farmer’s market (one of my favorite things to do on a cool fall weekend!), and they usual have more unique flowers for a great price, too!

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds – These are the one item not pictured in that first photo, and they weren’t my absolutely favorite, but I wanted to include them on this list because I’ve been adding them to my oatmeal for a bit of crunch! They’re a little too sweet to enjoy on they’re own, but they’re absolutely delicious and would be amazing on top of a pumpkin smoothie or in fall trail mix!

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Okay friends, that’s it for today. Hope you are having a great Monday!

xo Jordan


How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack.

Oh hey friends, it’s snack-girl comin’ atcha bright & early on a Monday morning!

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This weekend was quite a busy one between apartment hunting, catching up with friends, working a bit, getting my fitness on, and prepping for the week ahead. Can I just tell you – packing my bag (as in my work bag + gym bag) the night before is SO stinkin’ helpful. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning and that way I know I have absolutely everything I need to have a productive day. One of the things I’m hell-bent on packing is my lunch (because helloooooo buying lunch out every single day gets crazy expensive!). I’ve been doing this for years, even when I was in college and grad school, but I’ll literally fill my lunch bag to the absolute brim with my lunch and extra snacks. You know me, allllll about those snacks 😉

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Since my schedule varies most days in terms of what I’m doing that day at work or afterwards, what’s in my lunchbag will look different, too. For example, if I know I’m taking an intense workout class when I leave the office, I’ll make sure I have a bigger lunch and a heftier snack with a ton of protein to get me through my workout and last me until dinner. If I’m planning on going straight home after work, however, or even just to the gym for an easier sesh, my afternoon snack may be a little lighter and just something to tide me over. Enter my new obsession: Shine Organics superfood pouches.

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As if being able to get these babies at Target weren’t easy enough, they actually don’t need to be refrigerated, either. Do you know how hard it is to find a healthy, real-food snack that doesn’t need to go in the fridge?! That is literally HUGE and means that if you’ve got class for 3 hours and can’t pack 5 ice packs in your backpack because it’s already breaking your back (been there!), no worries. Or if you’re usually in your car going from place to place and need fuel on the road, NO worries. Shine Organics pouches taste shockingly good when they’re room temperature, and I’m not just blowing sunshine. I was kind of super impressed with the taste here, if I’m being honest!

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I picked up two of their four flavors at Target when I was running other errands last week and here’s the deal: the pouches have an applesauce kind of texture (which explains why you can find them in the aisle with the applesauce…) and they’re packed with organic superfoods like chia seeds, real fruits, and real veggies. They range in calories from 70-130, which is part of the reason I love them so much. Like I said earlier, if I know I don’t need to fuel myself for a long afternoon, then I just grab one of the 90-calorie pouches called PURIFY, that gives me a dose of nutrients from the kale, parsley, chia, apple, strawberry and guava. I especially love this flavor since it’s not too sweet, but you can’t taste the greens at all…and that’s saying a lot from this parsley-hater!

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On the flipside though, the 130-calorie pouch called CALM is amazing for when I want something a little more substantial or am craving sweets. This flavor was so good and reminded me more of a smoothie because of the banana and coconut. It also has pumpkin, passion flower, vanilla, blackberry and chia (of course!) so the flavor profile is kind of unreal. You know what, actually? I didn’t even think about it until now, but I bet this pouch would be AWESOME for dessert…

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Although, that’s totally not the point of this post. The point is to tell you that when you’re picking the perfect healthy afternoon snack, you want to choose something that is not processed, has nutritional value (step away from the cheez-its my friends), and will give you the right amount of fuel you need. Like okay, did you know chia seeds contain omega-3’s, fiber, healthy fat, fiber, protein, potassium and calcium? The list actually goes on but YEAH. Those tiny little seeds are legit powerhouses. So including these in your afternoon snack is going to give you maaaaaajor benefits. And again, convenience is such a huge factor too, which is why people tend to reach for the not-so-healthy stuff. Shine Organics takes the effort out of making healthy choices so you can easily grab them on your usual Target run, keep them in your pantry or desk (or even car when the weather gets cooler!), and reach for them when you need that post-lunch snack.

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For a coupon for $1 off your next 4-pack, head over here. And guys, I really hope you love these as much as I do. If you try them, let me know your favorite flavor!! I seriously can’t wait to try the other two 🙂

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, y’all!

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I’m enjoying my last day on the east coast with my family before heading out to a wedding this weekend in Minnesota, but wanted to make sure I got a Friday Finds post up since it’s been a couple of weeks! Here’s what’s been catching my eye:

How to Save Money While Traveling – Literally on board with all. of. these.

8 Little Habits for Saving Big at the Grocery Store – These are so freakin’ helpful, especially #6!!

Trader Joe’s Meal Hacks for Busy Nights – That loaded butternut squash soup is calling my name for fall!

Reese Witherspoon’s Glamour Cover Interview (on Women + Ambition) – I don’t care who you are, you NEED to read this. It is everything.

No-Bake Greek Yogurt Espresso Vanilla Cheesecake – Oh it is ON.

How to Plan Your Week Like a Go-Getter – Because as much as I’d like to think of myself as one, some weeks I just can’t get my sh*t together…anyone else?

To all my friends in FL – stay safe in Hurricane Irma’s path! Sending love & good vibes your way.

xo Jordan

August Favorites.

It’s that time again, folks!

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Another month has come and gone, and fall is almost here. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited…

Until then though, I’ll be eating some of these insanely delicious things I’ve come across this month! Most of them are linked at the bottom of this post, unless the brands are hyper-linked 🙂

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FitJoy Protein Bars – Ok so I tried one of these after a free fitness class at Athleta where they just had them sitting on the counter for free, so like…of course I took one. You know me, I loooooove bars, but because I’ve had so many, I’m a tad critical. After literally one bite of this Birthday Cake one, I was in LOVE. I wasn’t even going to have the entire thing at first, just a nibble, but it was so freakin’ tasty I couldn’t stop. It was the perfect texture, a bit crunchy but also smooth and not too sweet but the flavor was on point! Not artificial tasting or anything like that. Highly recommended!!

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Kiwami Greens – I’m not sure if you caught my post on Kiwami last week, but I’m kind of obsessed. I’ve been having one of these packets with almond milk (or in a smoothie) almost every single afternoon as a little pick me up since it’s got matcha and greens, PLUS it actually tastes good. That’s a win in my book!

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Justin’s Single Serving Nut Butter Packs – Are you sensing a trend here? I’m kind of in love with any healthy snacks I can bring in my lunch bag. I found these packs on sale this week (I honestly can’t remember where…maybe Ralph’s?) and picked out three different flavors. If I’m being totally honest, I’ve been eating the nut butter straight out of the pack like a complete savage, like not even putting it on fruit or anything, so I’m sure that’s quite a sight. Good think I don’t share an office with anyone most days…haha. The vanilla and maple almond butter packs are my favorite so far!

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Nekter Skinny Turmeric Lemonade – If you don’t have a Nekter juice bar near you then I’m sorry for this, but I think their turmeric lemonade may be the most delicious drink I’ve had in quite awhile, not to mention that I actually felt good about myself while I was drinking it. It’s got just a hint of the turmeric flavor, so nothing too overpowering, and a ton of lemon. It was slightly sweet, but just enough to cut the sourness of the lemons. I’m seriously trying to figure out a way to make this stuff at home. It was to die for!

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GoMacro Bars – I know, I know, another stinkin’ bar. I can’t help it! I like to try them all and these were on sale at Whole Foods (you know if I see a sale sign I cannot resist!). I tried both of these flavors and was amazed at how good they tasted. I love that they’re a touch moist (overly dry bars are gross, right?!) but also crunchy. I think what I love about these, aside from the amazing flavor, is that they actually kept me full for more than just an hour or so. Even though the bar itself isn’t huge, it’s bigger than many others and is packed with superfoods that satisfy hunger but also provide healthy fuel. Can’t wait to try the other flavors they have!

What have you tried this month and loved?! Let me know in the comments 🙂

xo Jordan

 

Staying Healthy On-the-Go [+ My New Favorite Green Smoothie!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Kiwami Greens, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

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

Does anyone else feel like they’re constantly on the move these days?

A little backstory on me: for 5 years I legitimately ran around like a crazy person, driving all over LA from auditions to work to class. When I started my big girl 9-5 a year ago, I honestly thought it would be easier to manage my health, both mind and body, simply because I’d have more structure to my schedule and I’d be in one place. No more snacking on just energy bars (since they were the only thing that’d stay in my car in the heat all day) and wondering when and where I’d get my next meal from. The truth, though? Sitting at a desk all day means wanting to eat out of boredom, the temptation to eat garbage for lunch since I can go wherever I want, and having less time to make a healthy dinner at night once I’m back from my commute, too.

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

That being said though, I’m trying to find healthy habits that work around my schedule since that office life probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But even if you don’t have a desk job, it can be really challenging to make health-conscious decisions if you’re constantly going from place to place. I know as a student, or mom, or any working human for that matter, having something right at your fingertips that’s going to give you natural energy and nutrients is key, and often hard to come by. Enter: ridiculously convenient single-serving packs of Kiwami Greens.

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

GUYS. I’m not even kidding when I say this stuff is a game. changer. It’s literally the easiest way to make sure you’re getting your greens in, especially when you need a little boost (helloooo 3pm slump). Inspired by the Japanese tradition known as Aojiru, a nutritional greens blend known for its nutritional properties, Kiwami provides an easy way to reap the benefits of high quality young barley leaf, ashitaba (fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin E, calcium & polyphenols), matcha and sencha. It’s non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free AND has prebiotics, which sustain probiotics. This means that if you’re taking probiotics or eating fermented probiotic foods like Kombucha or kimchi, Kiwami Greens makes these “good bacteria” even more effective and are basically pure gold for your gut.

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

Can I tell you the best parts, though? You know what, I’ll just go ahead an list them for you right here…

1. This stuff legitimately tastes AWESOME. If you’re one of those people that loves Starbucks unsweetened matcha lattes, I promise you will love Kiwami Greens too because it literally tastes the same but is sooo much better for you (and cheaper!).

2. You can mix it with water or your favorite milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but I bet it tastes delicious with cashew or coconut milk, too!). This makes it even easier to enjoy since you can literally get water anywhere. If you’re home though, you can totally put it in a smoothie – my recipe can be found below!

3. You can keep it in your purse, at your desk, in your gym bag, wherever since the packets make it easy to take on-the-go and don’t need to be refrigerated.

4. It dissolves sooooo much easier than regular matcha (and doesn’t have that bitter taste!). You know how regular matcha just kind of clumps together and you need that special whisk or a blender to make it blend? Yeah, Kiwami doesn’t need that.

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

If you’re one of those people that likes to hide their nutrients in smoothies, I like to blend 1/2 frozen banana with 1 packet of Kiwami, 1 cup kale, 1/4 cup frozen mango and almond milk or water to taste!

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If you’d like to try Kiwami Greens for yourself, just head over to their website and use code SUMMER10 for 10% off your order!! Let me know what you guys think, ’cause I’m absolutely in love with this stuff.

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan