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

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte

I’m baaaaaack!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Apologies for the brief hiatus – Vegas really took it out of me (not shocking for this grandma-at-heart). It is not feeling anythingggggg like fall here in LA and if you know me at all, you know I get homesick without fail every year at this time. I’m a New Yorker at heart, so of course all I want to do is go apple picking and see the leaves change colors, although from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem as though it’s feeling like fall anywhere on the east coast these days. #globalwarming

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

But even though I can’t wear my cozy sweaters yet, I’m going to do everything in my power to make this season feel like the one I love so much, and that means starting with PUMPKIN. Please don’t hate me, I know I’m basic as anything sometimes, but there really is just something so comforting about fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. I riffed off of these golden milk (aka turmeric) lattes everyone is raving about and added a little fall flare. The combination is UNREAL, if I do say so myself.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

I absolutely love sipping on this before bed since it has no caffeine and feels a bit more decadent than tea. You could even add a tablespoon of coconut oil to make it more filling if it’s a morning or afternoon kind of drink, but I like to keep things light around here right before going to sleep! This recipe actually makes 2 servings too, so you can have one at night and then pop the rest in a mason jar for the next day. I actually had my second serving today at work and it made me SO damn happy. It just like, cozied things up a bit, you know?

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Another thing to note – this recipe includes real pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!), which makes this drink super creamy and adds fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Not to mention it also has tryptophan (the stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving!), which makes it literally the BEST thing to drink before bed.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy Free, Packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte

(makes 2 servings)

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp pumpkin spice

pinch black pepper (freshly cracked if you can swing it!)

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1. Put almond milk in a saucepan and heat on the stove over low to medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring about every 30 minute or so to make sure the flavors really combine and any clumps of pumpkin puree are broken up.

2. Carefully pour pumpkin spice golden milk into a mug and use a milk frother, if desired. *You can totally just drink this as is too, but if you like that part of lattes best and don’t have a frother, you can even put this in a blender (as long as it’s not too hot!) and blend it up for a sec. I also shook mine in a mason jar for couple of minutes with a strong arm and it had the same effect!

3. Store remaining mix in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before drinking.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Alright y’all, I hope you have a wonderful weekend that’s filled with seemingly fall-ish things, even if it’s 80 degrees where you are, too!!

xo Jordan

 

Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies [Gluten-Free!]

Oh, hello there!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

I apologize for being semi-MIA these past few days, I’ve been out on the east coast hanging with my family in my all-time favorite place in the entire world, the Outer Banks in North Carolina!! I’ve been coming here since I was a toddler and I have so many wonderful memories of coming here with friends and family, and being here instantly re-charges my batteries.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite things to do while I’m on vacation, especially when it’s with my mom, is cook or bake! Since we stay in our beach house down here, we have access to a full kitchen (which can be rare on vacations), so home-cooked dinners & desserts are easier and more fun to make. My mom recently came across this recipe for whole-grain chocolate chip cookies in the Wall Street Journal and we knew we needed to make them. I’ll be honest, we don’t usually opt for healthier versions of anything while we’re in OBX (because hey, we’re on vacation!), but we do have someone new joining our family very soon, and she has Celiac’s, so we’re working on incorporating more gluten-free foods when we’re all together. (Wait…did I tell you my brother was engaged?!?!)

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anyway, these cookies are slightly healthier than normal chocolate chip cookies since they’re made with oat and buckwheat flour – both of which are packed with fiber and help improve heart health. A couple of tips: I’d let them cool completely before putting them into a tupperware (unless you’re eating them immediately when they’re warm, which I definitely condone!) otherwise they’ll crumble. Also, if you can remember, leave the butter out the night before you want to bake so that it’s super soft and you won’t even need to use an electric beater! That’s one less dish to clean aka a win-win.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

In any case, I totally suggest making these the next time you need to bring or have dessert for a group, since this recipe makes about 2 dozen good size cookies and I can promise you that they are a crowd-pleaser! Even my very skeptical bf enjoyed them, and that is saying a LOT. They’re the perfect amount of sweetness and have so much more flavor to them than regular cookies. They also have a cool texture too, like a bit crunchy on the outside, but also fluffy on the inside? It’s hard to explain, which essentially means that you’ll just need to make them for yourself and see 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup oat flour

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

1 cup coconut sugar

1 cup softened butter

1/4 cup peanut or almond butter

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and egg until smooth either with an electric beater or wooden spoon and strong arm. Add the dry mixture slowly and continue to mix until well-combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans, if including.

3. Form the dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. I did a dozen per sheet since they don’t spread too much, but definitely err on the side of caution when leaving room for them! Bake for 12-14 minutes or until starting to brown on the sides. Let cool for 10 minutes and then store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope everyone is having a great (short) week! Be back soon 🙂

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


Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans.

Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well this week and soaking up the summer sun!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

One of the things I wanted to do more of this summer was take advantage of seasonal produce. I know living in California we get super spoiled, but it doesn’t mean that our fruits and veggies aren’t even better in the warmer months! I honestly can’t think of anything better on a hot day than a cold, juicy peach. Okay maybe ice cream…but you know what I’m sayin’! Since summer also tends to lend itself to more treats (and possibly alcohol because helloooooo rosé), I’ve been using the delicious seasonal produce we have at our fingertips to motivate my healthy eating habits when I’m not indulging. Hey, life is about balance, right?

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

This salad has been one of my favorites this past week paired with a grilled steak or some chicken! I’m hoping I’m not the only one who loves fruit in their salads, because the ripe mango in this is booooooomb. I added black beans for extra staying power, but they add a nice texture, too. I think if you were trying to make this a full meal, you could add avocado and maybe some quinoa or farro! A super easy dressing (lemon + balsamic + EVOO) makes this salad so refreshing on a hot day! I definitely recommend making this salad with heirloom tomatoes – they’re the BEST and nothing beats the flavor. Arugula was also my green of choice because its bitterness goes perfectly with the mango, but you could totally do kale or spinach instead!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

Rainbow Summer Salad

4 cups rinsed arugula

1/2 can black beans

1 ripe mango, chopped

1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes

4-6 sweet mini peppers, chopped

1/4 red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

sea salt to taste

1. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients except for lemon juice, oil and vinegar.

2. In a small cup or bowl, whisk together the lemon juice olive oil, and balsamic. Drizzle over the salad an toss to coat evenly.

3. Eat immediately and enjoy! *If you’d like to make this salad ahead of time, just keep the dressing separate (in a mason jar or airtight container) and dress when ready to eat.

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

What seasonal produce are you loving lately?!

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


3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Okay, so it’s becoming clear now that I like recipes that don’t require a ton of ingredients, isn’t it? 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

From my 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles to my 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites, I’ve now moved on to 3-ingredient meals! This recipe is a riff off of my 2-Ingredient Pancakes, but with a bit more staying power. Lately I’ve been eating breakfast later than usual (aka at my desk at 9am as opposed to before my commute at 8am), but having something more substantial so that I don’t have to have such a big mid-morning snack.

There really isn’t a reason for this, and you should always listen to your body of course, but I personally am trying to cut back on eating out of boredom. Sitting at a desk all day definitely lends itself to shoveling in handfuls of nuts mindlessly and convincing myself I’m starving an hour after a nutritious lunch, even if I’m definitely not. Anyone else have this problem!?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

Now these pancakes can’t exactly be made too far in advance and brought to work, unless you have crazy amounts of extra time in the morning, but sticking with my eating schedule even on weekends helps to keep me on track. Though this breakfast may look super decadent, it’s really just bananas, eggs and protein powder! How easy is that?! The frosting is also just peanut butter and almond milk, but if you’re not feeling that you could leave it out or opt for something else like plain greek yogurt or fruit!

Keep 2 things in mind about this recipe:

1. It’s best to give yourself about 20 minutes to whip these up – the key is to have the heat on medium and not hotter otherwise the outside will burn and the inside won’t cook, which will cause your pancakes to stick to the pan (and be inedible!)

2. If you’ve got one, I definitely suggest using a food processor or blender to make the pancake batter, that way it’s nice and smooth. If you don’t have one, it’s totally fine, just make sure you take a few extra minutes and are ready to use some muscle power to get the lumps out of the bananas and protein powder!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

1 egg + 1 egg white

1 medium ripe banana (I like mine with just a touch of brown spots!)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Garden of Life!)

1. Spray a small or medium size pan with coconut oil spray and heat over medium on the stovetop.

2. As your pan is heating, combine all 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth (it shouldn’t take long!).

3. Pour the batter onto the heated pan, or spoon for better leverage! I like to make a bunch of small pancakes, but feel free to do a few larger ones! You’ll find that the batter will spread pretty quickly, so a little will go a long way. Heat for about 3 minutes a side, or until you start to see tiny bubbles in the pancake. I also like to check by trying to slide my flipper (is that what it’s called?!) underneath and if it pops up no problem, it’s ready to flip!

4. Cook the pancake on the other side for 2-3 more minutes. Place on a plate, then cover, so it stays warm while the others are cookin’! Repeat with the rest of the batter and keep in mind the first and sometimes second pancakes never come out perfectly! You’ll get the hang of it, and know that you may need to adjust the heat throughout so that they don’t burn.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 tbsp peanut butter (I love Nuts N’More!)

2 tbsp almond milk or water

1. In a small bowl, heat the peanut butter and almond butter in the microwave for ~10 seconds, until they’re easy to stir together. *If your peanut butter is drippy, you can probably skip this step!

2. Drizzle on top of your pancakes and sprinkle on some cinnamon too, if you’d like! Dig in 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

What’s your favorite way to fuel-up?

xo jordan


3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles [or Slushies!]

This 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicle recipe is sponsored by my friends over at Sparkling Ice, but all words, photos and opinions are mine!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Okay so I guess it’s like, legitimately summer now, huh?

This is my first summer in 3 years that I’m not on break from grad school, and it honestly feels pretty weird. Like I still have to go to work everyday and nothing actually changes at all, especially because it’s pretty much summer in LA all year round, #letsbehonest. The one thing I do every single summer though, is go visit my family’s beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m constantly counting down the days until I get to go to my favorite place on the planet and just take all of the summer-y, beachy bliss.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

One of my favorite things to do there is sit by our pool in the afternoon (after some beach time, of course) with a cold drink and some snacks. Since ice water gets a little old, we like to stock our fridge with flavored sparkling water so that it’s still healthy, but feels fancy. And then you can feel gangster AF on your unicorn float, know what I mean?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

(s/o to Mama & Papa D for snapping this photo in NC!)

Sparkling Ice has been an old favorite of ours, since it comes in a bajillion flavors and has zero calories (!!). Now that I live in a place where it’s warm enough to drink cold drinks all the time, I like to keep it on hand for when I want something that’s more refreshing than water but isn’t soda. Trust me, I know it sounds crazy to think there could be something more refreshing than water, but sometimes it just doesn’t hit the spot. Especially when you’re also kind of hungry, which is generally me always…

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I wanted to find a way to combine my favorite summertime beverage with my other favorite thing in the world: DESSERT. And can you literally come up with anything better than an ice cold popsicle when you’ve just come back from a sweaty a$$ workout or just need an afternoon snack to cool you down? Didn’t think so 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I think the absolute best thing about these popsicles, aside from the fact that they’re insanely refreshing and the perfect amount of sweetness with zero-added sugar, is that you can customize them with any of Sparkling Ice’s 15 flavors, which are all available on Amazon Prime (in case you decide that you need to make these in no more than 48 hours  because trust me, you do). You essentially just take half a bottle of your favorite Sparkling Ice flavor, some canned coconut milk, and whatever frozen fruit you’d like and mix ’em together.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

AND if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even throw some liquor in there (Strawberry Daquiri popsicles, anyone?). Okay last point though for real, if you don’t have a popsicle maker, just put the mixture into ice cube trays and blend that sh*t up with a few tablespoons of water to get things going. Then BOOM, slushies.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Mango Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until mango has completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. If you’re blending your ice cubes for a slushie, just add a couple of tablespoons of water to get things moving, and keep some ice cubes whole to keep your drink cold! Dig in and pretend you’re on a tropical island in a giant sun hat being fabulous (unless you actually are, and then no need to pretend. Get it, girl.)

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Lemonade (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until strawberries have completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

If you’d like to make your own popsicles to have on hand for hot days, head over here so that you can grab a variety pack of Sparkling Ice. You can save up to 15% and get free delivery with Subscribe & Save as a Prime member, or find all 15 Sparkling Ice flavors at at your local retail store.

Which flavor combo will you make first?!

xo jordan