Friday Finds.

It’s the weeeeeeeeeekend!!!!!

And I’m clearly very excited. I have a few fun things planned for the next two days, including some baking, time with friends and a big hair change (!!), but before I disappear again, I wanted to leave you with some interesting things I’ve been finding around the internet! I haven’t done one of these posts in a bit, so excuse me if they’re a little outdated 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

7 Healthy Swaps to Make in 2016 – all. of. these.

Top 10 Videos for Working Out at Home – a go-to for lazy days when you can’t stop binge-watching your new favorite show…*guilty*

The New Workout to Try in 2016 – SO cool.

10 Things We Learned About Healthier Eating This Year – hadn’t actually learned these until i read this article…

16 Healthy Eating Rules You Should Always Follow – so good for keeping resolutions.

How to Get Your Best Butt in 28 Days – please and thank you.

5 Life Hacks for Making Good Decisions – don’t we all need help in this department, though?

10 Breakfast Making Tips Every 20-Something Should Know – eggs in a cupcake tin. do it.

Small Lifestyle Habits That Will Help You Lose Weight – personally need to work on all of these.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

xo Jordan

Miso Ginger Noodle Bowls.

Ok it definitely feels like a Monday to me…

Today is the 2nd day in a row it’s been totally rainy, and don’t get me wrong because I do love the rain (+ we need it), but it’s kind of bringing me down. The cloudiness and cold have got me craving comfort foods like craaaaaazy! So, when I went grocery shopping to kickstart my healthy eating for 2016, I wanted to find a way to have cozy foods without ruining those resolutions. Enter: soup.

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As much as I love a good canned soup from TJ’s or Progresso, that stuff is packed with sodium and eating it all the time is no bueno. I’ll for sure be making chili this week and possibly a tomato soup too, but for lunches I wanted something light yet filling. I combined just a few ingredients that came together in a flash for this flavor-filled and nutrient-rich noodle bowl. If you’re looking for something quick, warm, and healthy, this is where it’s at.

Dancing for Donuts | Miso Ginger Noodle Bowl.

Miso Ginger Noodle Bowl

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/4 cup dried or fresh mushrooms, chopped (your favorite variety)

1/2 cup finely torn kale

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp red pepper

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 cups miso ginger broth (from Trader Joe’s or something similar)

1/2 cup water

1 serving rice noodles

1/2 avocado (optional)

1. In a small pot, heat the miso broth and water over high heat.

2. While the broth is heating, saute the mushrooms and torn kale in the sesame oil and soy sauce over medium heat in a pan. Saute and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are softened.

3. As the miso broth is just coming to a boil, add the rice noodles and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook the rice noodles for 2 minutes (do not overcook!). Add the garlic, ginger, sea salt and red pepper.

4. Once the noodles are done, transfer to a large bowl, add in the kale and mushrooms, and top with the avocado if desired. Eat immediately and enjoy!

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Stay warm, y’all.

xo Jordan

A Reflection on the Year Past & the Year to Come.

Hello friends & Happy New Year!!!!

Taking a couple weeks off from blogging was definitely a strange feeling, but I was so busy at home cooking and cleaning for the holidays and our company that when I did have a few minutes to rest, I just wanted to soak up my time with family. And don’t worry, I’ll be posting some of the yummiest recipes we made in the upcoming weeks for sure!

Dancing for Donuts | A Reflection on the Year Past & the Year to Come.

But today, I’m mostly here to share somewhat of a stream of consciousness as we enter the new year. I’ve had several friends say to me that they think New Year’s Eve is a really important and special holiday in the past few weeks. And, while I originally just smiled and passively agreed to agree, I honestly think I just forgot how meaningful it can really be.

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I always tend to make resolutions that are broad and mostly thought-based, since those tend to stick and have the most impact. I don’t believe in making resolutions that cut things out (food, habits, etc.) and I don’t believe in resolutions that limit any other happiness through restriction. What I do believe in is making resolutions to improve one’s quality of life, whether that be taking up a hobby, traveling more, or trying new things.

Dancing for Donuts | A Reflection on the Year Past & the Year to Come.

So, this year I’m making a pact to be more open to new opportunities, to embrace change and go where the wind takes me, and to focus on the things that make me happy. I’ve made a list of concrete resolutions that in all honesty I probably will not revisit in 3 or 6 or 9 months, but they’ve made me think about the things I want to accomplish. And now you can hold me accountable 🙂

1. Experiment with new foods in the kitchen.

2. Try new workouts (pop pilates, pure barre, kickboxing, etc.)

3. Surf again.

4. Maintain a clean room without clutter.

5. Be more aware of what I’m putting in my body. Use the 80/20 rule.

6. Learn to make pasta/take a cooking class.

7. Go out more and try new places.

8. Get back on my bike.

9. Journal weekly.

10. Find something to be grateful for every single day.

11. Take more pictures.

Dancing for Donuts | A Reflection on the Year Past & the Year to Come.

So there you have it. In 12 months maybe I’ll check in on how I did with these, or you can call me out. I give you permission 🙂 I hope you all had the happiest new year and I’ll be back with some delicious recipes for your healthy resolutions soon!

xo Jordan