Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Hey y’all!! I’ve got a reallyyyy good recipe comin’ atcha today and it’s for a super easy snack that also gives you energy, helps combat stress, and contains all kinds of healthy fats!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

I don’t know about you, but I am OBSESSED with matcha right now. I remember my college roommate and best friend used to rave about it (hi Sanaa!) and I never really understood why, but now it’s literally all I want! And if you follow me on Instagram, you also know how much I love green tea mochi…UGH, the best.

But! I wanted to create a healthier snack that gave me my matcha fix! When I tried to new Ancient Nutrition Keto Matcha mix that they sent over, I flipped out a little. This stuff is SO good and blends incredibly well – I seriously feel like I’m at a coffee shop drinking one of the $6 ones they all have😳 And no, I’m not getting paid to post this, I just really love it! This recipe is only 5 ingredients and it makes such a yummy snack or dessert to have on hand!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Keto Matcha Coconut Bites

1 scoop Ancient Nutrition Keto Matcha (or 1 tbsp matcha powder)

2 tbsp maple syrup (I use the Brandless kind!)

6 tbsp almond flour

2 tbsp melted coconut butter/manna

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (I buy mine in bulk from Sprouts!)

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until fully combined. Roll into 1 inch balls and store in the fridge in an airtight container until ready to eat!

Dancing for Donuts | Keto Matcha Coconut Bliss Bites

Tell me, do you guys like matcha flavored things?! I don’t even know why it’s so good…it’s kind of subtle but when it’s sweetened a little bit, it’s magical!! Let me know if you guys decide to try these😊

xo Jordan

September Favorites

Ahh, it’s finally starting to cool down in LA and my favorite season is here!!!

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I know everyone is always like, “OMG I LOVE FALL THE MOST AND SWEATERS AND PSLs” but I actually, legitimately love fall the most. I’m originally from the northeast where the leaves change colors and we go apple picking and eat cider donuts and this year will always, ALWAYS be my favorite.

Anyway, now that you know about my intense love for this season, let’s just jump into some monthly favorites, shall we?! I always share some of my foodie favorites with you guys, but today I’m sharing some fitness & beauty, too! I think I’m going to start incorporating some more of those things on here, I hope that’s okay with you😊

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Food:

Square Organics Peanut Butter Protein Crisp Bars in Dark Chocolate Chip – Square Organics (aka one of my favorite brands) launched their new Peanut Butter Protein Crisp Bars this month and the Dark Chocolate Chip one has my heart (pictured up there ^). I love all their flavors, but this one takes the cake for me! I’ve been eating them in the afternoon between lunch and dinner but before my workouts, or crumbling half on top of my smoothies when I’m starving. (P.s. You can use the code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ for 20% off on their site!)

Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs – I know we are snacking harddddd in this post, but I couldn’t not include these. And they’re actually not too terrible in the nutrition department! I almost ate the entire bag in 7 minutes and had to shove them in the way back of our cabinet so I wouldn’t actually. It was crazy. Their BBQ is hands down my favorite, but the cinnamon and cheddar are so freaking good, too. I will absolutely be buying these again and again!!

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NatureBox Snacks (Literally All of Them) – So I initially just had the lentil loops on here, but then I went through a bag of the twists and fruit squares in a day each, and realized that I was obsessed with just more than one of NatureBox’s snacks😬 I did a giveaway this month with NatureBox, but am legitimately a full-blown fan. It’s super affordable and the snack variety on here is incredible, especially if you have dietary restrictions! I ordered a bunch and keep them in my desk at work. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t do that…too tempting…

Right Foods Miso Ramen Cups – I realize this is not necessarily the healthiest option for lunch or dinner, but I’ve made two of these guys at work during lunch when I was cold and paired them with a PerfectBar (have you tried the Pumpkin ones yet?!), and it was perfect. I seriously love these – the flavor is amazing and for ramen cups, they’re really not too bad! I bet you could add in some spinach or kale and top it with an egg for a full meal.

Good Day Chocolates (Sleep Supplement) – I don’t know if you guys take melatonin to help sleep (I definitely do, especially while traveling!) and I’m fascinated by these!! It’s basically melatonin in a really, REALLY good chocolate. I’m in love. They also make energy and calm ones!!

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Fitness:

Box Union – I know that most of you don’t actually have a Box Union specifically near you (if you’re in LA, I went to the one in Santa Monica), but I suppose this is more just about boxing in general! I’ve been wanting to take a boxing class forever (the VS angels do it…), but I was terrified for some reason. I went this past weekend with my friend Pam and had a freakin’ BLAST. I love that it’s a more individual workout – you have your own bag and your own space, and there’s a good combination of cardio and other toning moves intermixed with the arm stuff. The soundtrack for class was also on POINT and I was definitely sore the next day!

Books:

52 Lists of Togetherness – Have you guys tried any of these books?! They’re kind of like prompted journaling in list form. A friend gave me the original 52 Lists Project, but this one launched just last week and it’s awesome!! It’s sort of meant to be done with a loved one or significant other, but you can totally write things down yourself! I used to be obsessed with journaling, but time kind of gets in the way these days. I love these books because they’re an easy way to release some creative energy without having to write pages on pages!

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Beauty:

Pacifica Dreamy Youth Moisturizer – If I had to pick one thing in my beauty/skincare routine that I’ve been obsessed with since like, the first half of 2018, it would be THIS. First of all, you can get this stuff at Target for like $16, but it’s also vegan (cool, in my book) and has a crap ton of benefits. It also feels and smells amazing, and I have absolutely noticed a change in my skin. I could not recommend this more!!

SLMD Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum – Soooo admittedly I work for SLMD Skincare, but I can honestly tell you that our new serum is amazing!!! I was SO worried to use it because I have pretty oily skin in the summertime, and this product feels slightly oily? But it’s legitimately incredible. I’ve been using it for about a month in place of a moisturizer some days and it makes my skin glow!!

Honestly guys, I could add like 10 more things on here, but I don’t want to overwhelm you!! My dad told me blog posts are too long, so I’m trying to cut back on the wordiness🤣 Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’ve been obsessed with this month!!

xo Jordan

For more of my monthly favorites, head here:

August Favorites

July Favorites

June Favorites

May Favorites

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!

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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

 

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

Hello and Happy Humpday!

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

As someone who used to have a non-traditional job for 5 years, it’s still weird for me sometimes to think of weeks as Monday through Friday, and weekends as actual weekends… but anywho, where I’m going with this is that sometimes you need a lil somethin’ somethin’ to spruce up a weekday since counting down the minutes until the weekend is no way to live, y’all.

I made these donuts last Sunday when I had some extra time to myself, and having them as a mid-week treat has seriously brightened up an otherwise fairly boring day. I’m also not one of those people who like, waits until Sunday to treat themselves (food wise), because screw that, I deserve to treat myself whenever I want to and SO DO YOU. That being said, these donuts are the perfect sweet treat when you don’t want to completely derail your diet since they’re full of protein and have clean ingredients, save for the chocolate chips, which are optional if you’re boring…or just don’t like chocolate 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

I recently got my hands some of the Rootz Nutrition paleo protein superfood in Chocolate Banana Nut and I can confidently say that I have upped my smoothie game. I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I absolutely hate when protein powders have a chalk-like taste (as does everyone, I’m sure), but when I find a protein powder that actually tastes incredible, I obviously have to share it with you. I also don’t think I’ve heard of a single protein powder in this flavor, so that’s a win for sure.

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

Besides taste though, I love that the Rootz products are paleo-friendly so even though I’m not actually paleo (because #labelfree), the ingredients are crazy clean. This particular powder also contains completely undetectable greens like chlorella, spirulina, kale, broccoli and spinach. Now I don’t know about you, but I can guarantee I don’t actually eat all of those veggies on any given day, so the fact that I can throw them in my food in a delicious chocolate-y way is kind of amazing. *If you want 10% off at Rootz, there’s a coupon code at the bottom of this post 😉

Since this stuff has so many awesome benefits, I’ve been trying to find new ways to incorporate it into my diet because as much as I would love to have smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that’s probably not actually the most nutritious option. After browsing Pinterest for allllll the donut recipes, I kind of mushed some of them together to come up with this one. I’ll be honest, I did a pretty good job guys. These have the perfect amount of sweetness, stay moist for days when you keep them in the fridge, and are just the right size for when you want a little treat. Plus, they’re DONUTS which makes them feel extra special, y’know?

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

1 egg

1/4 cup peanut or almond butter

1 large ripe banana

2 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil

3 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp Rootz Nutrition Paleo Chocolate Banana Nut Protein (or any protein powder)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and coat the bottom of a donut tin (mini or regular) with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mash the banana and stir in the nut butter, melted coconut oil and egg until completely combined and mostly smooth. *You can put the ingredients in a blender if you’d prefer, but sometimes I like not having to do the extra dishes!

3. Add the coconut flour, protein powder, baking powder, vanilla and cinnamon, and stir until well-combined, but careful to not overmix! If you’d like, you can fold in the chocolate chips here, or use them later as a drizzle on top like I did.

4. Using a spoon (and a wet finger), fill each donut cavity about halfway with batter. I like to fill mine just slightly over half so they’re a bit bigger 😉 Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until dough is firm.

5. Let donuts cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. You’ll want to run a spoon along the edges to make sure the donut hasn’t stuck to the pan, then carefully spoon each donut onto a plate or wire rack to finish cooling.

6. If you’d like, you can melt the chocolate chips in a bowl with a touch of coconut oil (I’d heat them for about 20 seconds at a time), and then drizzle the melted chocolate over the donuts once completely cooled. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and pop in the microwave for 15 seconds before eating!

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

If y’all want 10% off your next Rootz order, just use the code DANCINGFORDONUTS at checkout! Let me know if you try it, I know you’ll love it 🙂

xo Jordan

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

How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack.

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

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

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!

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

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

 

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 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | August Favorites.

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!!

Dancing for Donuts | August Favorites.

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!

Dancing for Donuts | August Favorites.

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!

Dancing for Donuts | August Favorites.

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

 

Carrot-Apple Spice Breakfast Cookies.

I’m switching things up this Friday and sharing one of my new favorite recipes!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Here’s the thing about me – I’m pretty much always craving something sweet. All of my closest friends know me as a dessert fiend, which probably isn’t great since most of the desserts I love (cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, etc.) are filled with not-so-great-for-you ingredients. That being said, I’ve been trying to lower the sugar in my everyday eating (save for natural sugars from fruit), especially during breakfast! As much as I love the sound of starting my day with a huge stack of pancakes (unless they’re these),or sugar-filled smoothie bowl, it’s probably not going to give me the sustained energy I need to get through my busy morning.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Enter: the breakfast cookie. Now this recipe isn’t just some imposter parading around as “healthy” when really it’s filled with sugar and chocolate. These carrot-apple spice cookies legitimately are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy fats, aka the nutrients your body needs to function. That being said, they don’t even taste that healthy…like, you know that weird taste when baked goods have too much greek yogurt instead of oil? Yeah.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re moist (ugh, sorry I know everyone hates that word) from the carrots and apple, and genuinely substantial. You can think of them as oatmeal really, just baked and in tiny servings 🙂 The best part about cookies, too, is that you can take them on the go, which is essential for us busy babes. I keep them in the fridge and take 2-3 to snack on during the workday. That’s probably too many, but whatever, it’s way better than eating on processed food or snacks, and you know exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

I based my carrot-apple cookies on this recipe and used only coconut oil (no butter). These are 100% gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free oats, and if you wanted to make them vegan, you could use a chia or flax egg! Don’t be scared by all the ingredients below, this is one of the easiest recipes for a baked good I’ve ever seen. If you want to make your life even easier, use a food processor and pulse your carrots and apples in there a couple of times. Then you pretty much throw everything in a couple bowls and call it a day. You know me, I like to keep things efficient!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Carrot-Apple Spiced Breakfast Cookies

2 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour if you’re gluten-free!)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup grated or finely diced apple (I used a Fuji!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and spray or coat a baking sheet with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – oats, flour, flaxseed, spices and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients – applesauce, egg, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, and coconut oil.

4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir well. Add in the carrot and apple, and mix to combine completely.

5. Spoon the batter onto the baking sheet in about 1 1/2 in size balls. Flatten with your finger or the spoon, as these cookies won’t spread or rise! You can put them very close together on the baking sheet because of this, as well.

6. Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Have a beautiful Friday, friends!!

xo Jordan


Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

Man, it has been a week.

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

I think maybe coming back from vacation hit me harder than I thought it would…anyone else with me? I’ve been in a bit of a funk, but I’ll tell you, there are definitely things keeping my head up these days – having my boyfriend back in town, journaling, inspiring podcasts, yummy food, and this blog! I was also pretty good about meal-prepping last weekend, and it’s made this hectic week soooooo much easier. Nothing makes the day a bit brighter than a delicious breakfast or lunch that’s already ready and waiting in the fridge, + maybe a trip or 2 to Starbucks if I’m being honest 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

One of the things I made last Saturday was a batch of homemade granola to put on top of my 2% greek yogurt in the morning (as I mentioned in my last post!). I’ve definitely found a few brands I like that are low in sugar (Kind, Bear Naked, Love Grown), but nothing beats homemade. You can completely control what the ingredients are, how much sugar is in them, and which add-ins you want.

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

This recipe (inspired by Eating Bird Food) took all of 5 minutes to put together and then boom, into the oven for forty. Easy peasy! This granola is the perfect amount of sweetness paired with plain yogurt, and it has that crunch to compliment the creaminess! I also love that it clumps up a little bit, just like those clusters that are always at the top of a fresh bag of granola. The. Best.

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

Coconut Almond Granola

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut or coconut shavings

3/4 cup slivered almonds

1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp coconut oil

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp chia seeds

 

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Whisk the flaxseed and water together in a small bowl and let sit for a few minutes.

2. In a large bowl, stir together all remaining ingredients. Once combined, add the flaxseed mixture and toss again to coat.

3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (highly recommended for easy removal!) and pour the oat mix on top. Press into an even layer to cover the parchment completely.

4. Bake for 40 minutes, pausing at the halfway mark after 20 to stir. Press back down into an even layer and bake for the remaining 20 minutes.

5. Remove from oven, let cool, and then store in an airtight container until ready to eat!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

Do you ever make homemade granola? What are your favorite add-ins?!

xo Jordan


Post-Vaca Healthy Meal Plan [+ My Favorite Quinoa Salad!]

Okay, I guess it’s back to a full week of work, huh?

Dancing for Donuts | Post-Vacation Meal Plan.

I will say, though, that there’s something kind of wonderful about Mondays. I think it’s the idea that you can start with a clean slate and craft your week however you’d like it to be, you know? I was only back in LA for three days last week, but I started getting back to a cleaner version of my normal eats after all the margs and guac that I could not pass up in Mexico! I seriously feel better and more energized already, so I’m going to keep up with this meal plan for at least another week to re-set my body!

Dancing for Donuts | Post-Vacation Meal Plan.

I’ve never been one for cleanses or hardcore diets. My philosophy is that cutting things that I love entirely out of my diet just leaves me craving them more, and then once the diet is over, I just binge eat them (and everything else). Instead, my goal is to eat as many veggies as possible and keep processed foods down to a minimum. You know I love my energy bars, but I’m trying not to rely on those either, and instead reach for whole food healthy snacks. Here’s the easy plan I’m following (that I put together on the plane ride home from Cabo!) and the recipe for my quinoa salad can be found at the bottom of this post!

Dancing for Donuts | Post-Vacation Meal Plan.

Pre-breakfast: 1 cup of coffee with 2% milk (the fat keeps me fuller for longer and skim milk has the most sugar of any of the low-fast milks!), 1 huge glass of ice water

Breakfast: 2% plain greek yogurt with 1/4 cup fresh fruit (mango, berries, banana, peaches, pineapple, etc.) and 1/4 cup granola

Mid-morning snack: 1 hard-boiled egg or a handful of raw almonds

Lunch: quinoa salad with chopped veggies, beans, greens, and a form of protein (sliced turkey, chicken breast, an egg, ground turkey, tofu, etc.), dressing: 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or a mix of mustard/lemon juice/EVOO *recipe below!

Afternoon snack: baby carrots and/or celery with hummus

Dinner: smoothie with 1 scoop protein powder, 1/4 cup fruit, 1 huge handful of greens, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp fat (mix and match nut butter or coconut oil/butter), non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, hemp, soy, etc.)

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Quinoa Salad.

My Favorite Quinoa Salad:

1 cup dried quinoa + 2 cups water

1 large cucumber

2 bell peppers (any color!)

1/2 onion

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 hard-boiled egg (per serving)

3 cups spinach or kale

dressing: 3 tbsp each of mustard, EVOO, and lemon juice + warm water to thin

  1. In a saucepan or small pot, bring dried quinoa and water to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. *Keep an eye on it around the 8-minute mark to make sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom!

2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop all of the veggies and mix together the dressing.

3. Combine the veggies and cooked quinoa in a giant bowl and toss with dressing. Portion out for 4 lunches and top with hard-boiled egg (keep it in the shell until ready to eat!) or protein of your choice.

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Quinoa Salad.

Some things to note – I’ve definitely had an extra snack or 2 in here, whether that’s some extra almonds, a random piece of fruit, or some more veggies. I don’t feel guilty having more food if I feel hungry, I just try to stick to some variety of the foods listed above. My rule: if it comes in a box or a bag, steer clear! The granola is the exception to that, but I try to choose granolas with low-sugar. I actually made a homemade recipe this weekend, so stay tuned for that later this week! Additionally, I have the smoothie at night because I tend to workout after work, but I have them for breakfast sometimes, too 🙂

How do you clean up your diet after an indulgent vacation?!

xo Jordan