5 Things You Can Do Tonight for a Healthier, More Productive Tomorrow

Hey y’all! I’m currently freaking out over the fact that Thanksgiving (and my trip home!) is THIS week. So. Freakin’. PUMPED.

Dancing for Donuts | Healthy Night Routine

As you know, I recently moved in with the boy to a new apartment that I am absolutely loving. To me, moving into a new home means more than just having a new place to sleep. I’d like to think of it as almost a fresh start, a good time to set goals, and create new routines. Since I won’t be going from place to place each night anymore (not that I did that every single night, but you feel me), it’s been so much easier to get into a healthy morning and evening routine. I sort of had one already, but it’s been so wonderful being able to implement my old routine with some new elements on a more regular basis.

I think having an evening routine not only helps minimize things like the Sunday Scaries (which may happen on any given day of the week, let’s be real), or frantic mornings that result in forgetting a packed lunch or gym sneakers at home once you’ve already left for the day. I know I’ve definitely had days like that, but I want to give you some ideas so that you and I both can help prevent them, and in case you’re feeling like you need to get your sh*t together. *raises hand*

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So here’s a list of the things I like to do each night (or as much as possible) that help me de-stress, sleep a little better, and head into the next day feeling more confident.

1. Make a to-do list for tomorrow – Okay y’all, this tip is #1 because it is my number one. Every single night I write down in my planner my schedule for the next day and anything I need to remember to do. This helps eliminate that late night panic that sets in when you think about all the things you need to do the next day but aren’t sure you’ll be able to do. If you’ve never felt this way, then I applaud you because man that is not a fun feeling. When you plan your day ahead of time, you can see that yes, you can in fact accomplish everything you need to and life is far more manageable than it seems when you’ve got eight thousand thoughts bouncing around in the darkness. It also makes it easy to not forget to a) pay your credit card bill or b) call your grandmother to wish her a happy birthday…just two examples of things that may slip your mind when you’re in the throes of a busy day.

2. Pack your bag for the next day – Whether it’s your gym bag, your backpack or your briefcase, get everything in there that you think you’ll need. Your plans can’t get derailed if you’re ready to go and it’s easier to space and forget your gym socks in the morning when you’re rushing than it is as night with a clear head. I like to make sure I’ve got my wallet ready (in case I took out my ID or any credit cards over the weekend to put in a clutch), my water bottle, a gym outfit, sneakers, and my laptop if I need it. I’ll also put any snacks in my purse that don’t need to be refrigerated, so that I don’t find myself hangry at the office in the afternoon and reaching for cheez-its that I don’t actually even like…know what I mean? Life is just so much easier when you can get up and get ready in the morning without running around like a crazy person.

3. Prep your breakfast & lunch – You’ve probably heard me say this before, but I’m a firm believer in packing a lunch every single day to save money and stay on track with my health goals. I don’t necessarily do a full meal-prep sesh on Sundays, but I do like to pack my lunch bag the night before so that it’s ready to grab and go before I head out the door. Usually I’ll mix some leftover from dinner with some veggies I’ve roasted, maybe a grain I’ve prepped like brown rice or quinoa, and a sauce like hummus. Additionally, since I now like to eat my breakfast at 9am when I get into the office, I may prep some overnight oats or a yogurt parfait the night before, too. I can assure that on days I don’t do my meal prep the night before, I most definitely find myself running late trying to put my tupperware together in the morning.

4. Pick your outfit – Okay have you ever been trying to fall asleep but can’t because you find yourself thinking of that absolute dumbest sh*t like what you’re going to wear the next day to work or school or dinner? Yep, guilty. It’s so frustrating because you literally just want to fall asleep but you’re thinking about something so silly, yet also essential. My remedy for this is simply to pick out your outfit either in your mind or physically lay it out on your dresser/in your closet before you even lay down to go to sleep. I know it seems like a quick no-brainer, but trust me, if you wake up in the morning and don’t know what the weather is or what you’re going to put on your body, you could waste 15 minutes staring at your clothes instead of getting on with your morning. Been. There.

5. Take a minute for yourself – This right here is a BIG one, my friends. I’m a firm believe in self-care because it’s really, really hard to pour from an empty cup. What I mean by that is if you spend all day working, and then maybe you go to the gym, or meet a friend for dinner, you haven’t actually had time to settle your mind. Have you ever gotten home from a dinner with friends at 10pm and even though you were exhausted before you met them, you’re too wired now to pass out? It’s because your brain is still going. Everyone has different ways they like to unwind, but some of mine include browsing Pinterest or watching one of my favorite tv shows with a cup of tea and a face mask on. Whatever you need to do for you, I think taking at least 15 minutes to do a mini re-set can be so valuable for heading into the next day with a rested mind and happy heart.

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Okay enough about me, I want to know what your night routine is. Do you set your clothes out the night before or mini meal-prep, too? Let me know in the comments and have a wonderful rest of your week!

xo Jordan

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What I Ate Wednesday #2.

Hello beautiful humans!

Today I’m bringing back my What I Ate Wednesday posts, since y’all seemed to be interested in the first one! Here’s a look at what I ate yesterday, on a regular ol’ Tuesday.

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8am: To start the day, I had a mug of Stumptown Coffee with one packet of stevia, some 1% milk, cinnamon, and a scoop of VitalProteins Collagen Peptides.

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9:30am: Breakfast at the office as per usj! I’ve been going back to an old favorite of mine – plain greek yogurt with peanut butter and a banana. I added some Bear Naked granola for some staying power, too!

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12:15pm: Somehow my breakfast magically kept me full until noon (my appetite’s been weird lately though), so I lasted until lunch without a snack this time. Lunch was some of the leftover roast we made on Sunday with black beans, roasted onion, and quinoa! Simple and so delicious 🙂 I highly recommend making extra anytime you cook so that you have meals ready throughout the week. Suuuuuuch a lifesaver!

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3pm: Snacktime rolls around and though I’m craving something sweet, I’m really trying to cut back on the sugar. Luckily I brought a bag of carrots and celery with some spinach & artichoke hummus (planning ahead is essential!). The perfect healthy snack with some protein!

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5pm: Surprise surprise, I’m hungry again. I have to make it through a workout once I leave the office, so I grab a NoGii bar (my new favorite!!) to tide me over.

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8pm: We threw together some chicken breasts tossed in a homemade rub, sauteed asparagus and snap peas (in soy sauce + a bit of butter), and leftover pasta from the night before. There we go with the leftovers again…see how much they come in handy?! This dinner was super delicious, especially for one that only took 15 minutes to make!

9:30pm: I have a couple of pieces of watermelon before bed (even though I try not to eat after 9pm for the most part) because my sweet tooth is going off again. Watermelon is my favorite in the summer, I think I could live off of it!

Alright folks, there ya go. Let me know what meals and snacks you’ve been loving lately, I’m always up for new ideas!

xo jordan


Meal-Prep Monday.

I suppose that title is somewhat of a lie, considering I actually prepped all of my meals yesterday, but the point is that you can really do this any day! I find that if I set aside just a couple of hours (at the very most) to prep my meals and snacks for the week, I’m much more likely to stick to healthy eating and actually save a lot of money, too. Although it’s not very pretty, here’s a look at what I make every Sunday evening so that I can save myself the trouble throughout the week when my schedule gets a bit crazy…

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1. A big batch of quinoa – I bring 1 cup of white quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water in a large saucepan. Once it boils, i set it to a simmer for about 10 minutes, keeping an eye on it so that it doesn’t dry out! I put it in a tupperware and store it in the fridge so that I can have it throughout the week in grain bowls (recipe coming this week!). Sometimes I’ll even portion it out in smaller containers to bring with me to work or school.

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2. Beans – I seriously can’t get enough of my sriracha roasted chickpeas, so I always make a batch of those at least twice a week. I also like to have black beans and great white northern beans on hand to throw into salads, grain bowls, or zoodles, too. They’re a great source of fiber and protein, and I love the texture they add. Another plus? They’re crazy cheap. I buy them dried and in bulk, soak them overnight, and then boil them up for about 25 minutes or until soft.

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3. Chopped veggies and fruit to freeze for smoothies. I’ve quickly become addicted to the carrot cake smoothie I posted about last week, so I’ve started portioning out the ingredients ahead of time to save myself some trouble in the morning. I buy a 1lb. bag of large carrots and chop them up to freeze. I put 3 smoothies worth of carrots, walnuts and shredded coconut in Ziplocs and kept the rest together. (I only made 3 in advance for my days at work, but you can do as many as you’d like! The fruit/veggies will stay fresh in the freezer no matter what.)

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4. A batch of energy bites. I grab two of these babies every single morning before I hit the gym. I’m barely awake when I leave for my workout, but if there’s one thing I know it’s that I need fuel. I’ll usually have one more afterwards when I get home, or a couple before bed too as a sweet treat. Having them on hand (since they keep well in the fridge in an airtight container) makes them the perfect snack.

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And there you have it! I actually also prepped two servings of chia pudding for this week, but I haven’t photographed those yet since the recipe will be up soon. I hope I gave you some ideas for making your week a little bit easier and healthier! Until next time, friends 🙂

xo Jordan