Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

GUYS. We are 5 DAYS from Christmas. I repeat: 5. Days.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

To say I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m literally counting down the minutes until I get to see family and friends, bake a crap ton of cookies with my mom, and spend my first holiday ever with my boyfriend. PUMPED.

Okay now that I’ve exploded with holiday cheer, let’s move on to more pressing matters: these COOKIES. Let me express to you just how good they are – I’m rationing them so that I don’t run out before I go home for the holidays. Like instead of shoveling them all in my mouth at once, I’m actually savoring them bite by bite and THAT is saying a lot. And before you go thinking I’m all full of myself and stuff because I made a recipe that is full on inspiring me to possibly open up a bakery someday, I just want you to know that I legitimately set out to make these as an experiment and thought they might turn out terrible and crumbly and dry like lots of healthy desserts are…but! Thank cookies could not be more opposite of that.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I don’t even know how these have zero dairy in them…it’s kind of mind-blowing. And they 110% do NOT crumble. Isn’t that nuts?! That’s like my biggest pet peeve with some shortbread recipes. I think the best thing about these guys, aside from them being vegan friendly, is that they’re just the riiiiight amount of sweetness. Apparently there are people in this world that don’t love desserts and sugary things (WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM), but these are the perfect cookies for those people.

And I know these are super Christmas-y or seasonal or what have you, but I think that’s what makes them perfect for the holidays. I think we all tend to OD on the rich stuff, the peppermint and chocolate and pecan and all that, so to have something a bit lighter as an option is nice! I know lavender isn’t something people always have on hand, but this recipe coupled with my lavender almond milk latté should give you enough reason to stock up now😉

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil (cooled & hard – pop it in the freezer for a sec if you need to!)

1/3 cup natural powdered sugar (*check this list for vegan sugar brands!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp Lavender Flowers *go for culinary grade!

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp non-milk – coconut, almond, soy, etc.

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (ideal, but if you don’t have any just use lots of coconut oil!).

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar and sea salt with a fork until all the sugar is combined and light & fluffy (might take a minute or so depending on your arm!).

3. Add the lavender flowers, then the flour 1/3 cup at a time and use your hands or the fork to combine. Don’t use an electric mixer for this one!

4. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and be careful not to not overmix! The dough may seem dry but try not to add any extra liquid here as it will mess with the consistency of the cookies.

5. Lightly dust a cutting board or clean surface with flour. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, mason jar, or glass to form the cookies into shapes.

6. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. *Check on them at 10 minutes just in case! You’ll want to take them out when they’re juuuuust starting to brown on the edges. They overbake quickly!

7. Let cool completely before noshing – I promise they’ll taste better this way! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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So that’s it for today my loves! Thanks for stopping by – I so appreciate every single one of you and I know I don’t say it enough.

Have a Happy Humpday!

xo Jordan


Friday Finds

Hello my friends!!! We made it to another Friday, and not just ANY Friday, but really the last Friday before the holiday break😍

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

And while I’m definitely counting down the days until I go home, my friend Susie made a really good point – rushing to get to Christmas doesn’t totally make sense since the festivities and fun really all happen BEFORE the actual holiday and then when it’s over, it’s over…SO, at the risk of sounding depressing, my message to you (and me) is to enjoy THIS moment and make the most of it😊

That being said, I will be spending this weekend catching up with friends, doing holiday things and hopefully whipping up a fun winter-y recipe! Some of the ones below have seriously caught my eye. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Lemon & Cardamom Gingerbread Cookies – 110% adding these to the list for our annual Christmas cookie baking extravaganza!!!

Your Total Guide to Saving Money in a Big City – 5, 7, 9 & 10 are the MOVE you guys. Trust.

The 10 Best Trader Joe’s Snacks for Travelers – Give me anything that will make traveling over the holidays better plz.

Healthy, Edible Gifts that Your Host Will Actually Want – Rule for life: never show up empty-handed (especially around the holidays!).

The Best Natural Skin Products at Target Right Now – I’m a sucker for beauty products, but even more so for natural & affordable ones!

How to Enjoy Your Life More, Just As It Is – I seriously think I’m going to make the entire concept of this article my focus for 2018…

Christmas Cookie Donuts – Stop. It. Now. Making this weekend – DONE.

Hope y’all have a FAB weekend – savor every moment! Oh! And also Happy Hanukkah for those who celebrate, I suppose I left out that THOSE festivities have already started☺️

xo Jordan

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Hello friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

How is everyone doing?! Counting down to the holidays like me? This season tends to be extra crazy at work what with prepping content ahead of time to accommodate everyone’s vacation schedules (I work in social media marketing), so a vacation will be much needed when we finally get to it! I’m not gonna lie though, I always love the weeks leading up to Christmas (and Hanukkah!) because they’re so fun and festive. We went to our first holiday party last weekend and have another this weekend and I don’t think anything beats mulled wine and Christmas cookies.

That being said, I am trying to make sure I’m taking care of my health before things really ramp up, much like I was before Thanksgiving, because I tend to crave only sweets around this time and unfortunately that just ain’t gonna cut it, sister. I’ve been adding extra greens to my smoothies, extra veggies to my lunch, and trying to get my sweat on in some capacity every single day. Since we all know I’m a big snacker, especially when I need to fuel myself through a workout, ideally I like to combine my sweet tooth with my commitment to my health. And can I tell you? It’s actually reallyyyyy easy to make super delicious “treats” that are full of nourishing ingredients. Just ask my boyfriend – I told him these brownie bites were healthy and his mind was blown. He literally said, “but they don’t taste healthy.” MISSION. ACCOMPLISHED.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I know “healthy” is a relative term, but if chia seeds, rolled oats and nut butter aren’t good for you, I’m not sure what is. These are gluten-free (as long as your oats are) and packed with an insane amount of protein. They also take about 6 minutes from start to finish which is kind of outrageous. My absolute favorite part of them, though? The collagen.

I’ve started incorporating Further Food collagen into my diet (as I mentioned in my November favorites!) and this stuff continues to blow my mind. Dairy free, gluten free, non-GMO, sugar free and organic, collagen helps improve gut health, bone strength, and hair/skin/nails. Apparently in our 20’s we start producing less collagen than before, which can lend itself to saggy, wrinkly skin, weak bones, and achey joints. Nooooo thank you. By adding collagen into our diets through supplementation, we can help prevent and reverse this process. AND! And. It has protein, which helps keep you full and can prevent overeating. Yes. Please.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I’ve been loving Further Food because it has absolutely no taste and dissolves completely. This means I can put it in my coffee, smoothie, oatmeal, yogurt, hot cocoa, fancy golden milk latté, or even WATER without even noticing. Now that’s something you definitely cannot do with protein powder. If you want to try this stuff, and I promise you won’t be disappointed, you can use my code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off! If you don’t, which is totally cool, I would just swap at the collagen in the recipe below for another tbsp of the chocolate protein powder. You won’t get all the awesome extra benefits, though😉

Anywayssssss, these little babies are basically winter goodness in a ball, and they are perfect for when you’re craving something slightly sweet! They’re kind of like how dark chocolate is – a bit sweet but not too much so. If you like things on the sweeter side, I might add a touch more honey. Up to you, though!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

(makes ~12)

1/2 cup oat flour (just pulse oats in a food processor!)

2 tbsp chocolate protein powder (Garden Of Life is my fave)

1 serving collagen

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp almond milk

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp ground chia seeds (whole works, too!)

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until wet are completely mixed with dry. Use your fingers if you’ve got to, and if it feels too dry after about 30 seconds of mixing, add a touch more almond milk. You shouldn’t need any, though 🙂

2. Shape into 1 inch balls and let harden in the fridge for at least one hour (or freeze ’em for 30 minutes!). Will keep in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

That’s all for today, beauties. Hope you’re having a great week!!

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 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

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.)

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

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!

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

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 😉

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

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!

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

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.

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

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


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

 

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

5 Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends.

Hi again, friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

I hope y’all are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I know I legitimately say this each and every month, but I honestly can’t believe how quickly August is flying by. Fun fact: this is actually my very first summer working a full-time 9-5 job, which I think is making time pass by even faster since summer didn’t feel all that different from spring. Although, that’s partly just an LA weather thing, which I’m fully aware of…haha

Before the season ends though, I’m trying to take advantage of all the wonderful produce summer brings like berries, watermelon, stone fruit and tomatoes. I wanted to share with you a quick round-up of my favorite recipes with these delicious fruits and veggies so that you can enjoy them, too!

 

Berry Chia Protein Pudding – Make a huge batch and keep it in the fridge for a quick & healthy snack or breakfast!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups – Another amazing make-ahead recipe for babes on budgets & on-the-go!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

Peach Caprese Pasta Salad – This one’s quite possibly one of my all-time favorite summer recipes! It’s super fresh and only a few ingredients. Perfect for dinner or lunch on a hot summer day 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

Classic Key Lime Pie – The perfect mix of sweet and tart, this one’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. Make it for your end-of-summer cookout or to bring to a friend’s house!

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

Sparkling Lemonade – This recipe is super easy, delicious, and just 2 ingredients. Mix your favorite lemonade (I love Hubert’s Diet Strawberry Lemonade!) with sparkling water and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer drink. You could even spike it with vodka if you’re feeling frisky 😉

Alright y’all, that’s it for today! Tell me, what recipes are you planning on making before the summer’s over?!

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