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!!

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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!

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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!

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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

 

What I Ate Wednesday.

For those of you not familiar with the food-blogging world, What I Ate Wednesday is a blog post that mainly just breaks down my eats for y’all, in case anyone is curious!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

While I’ve never done a WIAW post myself, I’ve been reading other people’s for about 8 years and have always wanted to! I find them helpful for getting inspiration for my own meals and snacks, and I think they’re a good way to get a glimpse into someone’s daily life, too! Let me know if you feel otherwise in the comments though, and I’ll never post another again 🙂

But for now, here we go…

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~8am coffee with cashew milk on the road since I didn’t have time to finish it at home. I also think it’s kind of nice to have it during my morning commute, though, so I’m never in a rush to finish it before I leave!

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~9am breakfast at my desk, as per usual! This morning it was overnight oats with plain 0% fage greek yogurt, chia seeds, and sliced banana. I know I’ve said before that oatmeal doesn’t fill me up, but I’m trying it with yogurt now for some added oomph!

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~11am mid-morning snack because I feel like snacking on something, even though my stomach isn’t growling yet. I reach for some (a ton) of cut up watermelon. Aside from bananas, watermelon is hands down my favorite fruit. One summer I actually OD-ed on it a bit and would eat an entire individual sized one almost every day until I realized my stomach aches were most likely from all the sugar…oops!

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~12:30pm lunch ’cause I can’t hold out any longer. Most days I usually bring some sort of quinoa and veggie mix, and today was no different! I made an easy dressing of hummus, brown mustard and warm water to thin it out with quinoa, green bell pepper, lacinto kale and cherry tomatoes.

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~1:30pm post-lunch munch on my almonds + raisins + dried apple rings since that lunch had minimal protein. I know dried fruit isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but I have a raging sweet tooth after every meal without fail (it’s super annoying) and I figure having some raisins with a healthy fat won’t kill me! I also walked to Starbucks during my lunch break so I sip on a non-fat green tea latte, too. I try to avoid doing the Starbucks thing more than once a week (partially for money, partially for health), but I wanted to treat myself today!

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~4pm afternoon snack number 2 ’cause I’m hungry again (surprise, surprise!). If you haven’t noticed, I eat a loooooot. I don’t know why, but I get hungry about every 2 hours. For this reason, I try to keep my snacks as clean and healthy as possible. Since I know I’m going to a workout class after I leave the office, I want to make sure I have enough fuel to be full out. That also means I have to hold out until 8 for dinner which is like, 4 hours away, aka forever. I go with a plant-based protein Garden of Life bar (one of my all-time favorite energy bars) that I got from Vitamin World.

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~8pm dinner! Finally! I pop my leftover chickpea pasta and sauteed broccoli and mushrooms from the night before in the microwave with some herbed goat cheese. Carbs are all I want right now, but this is a much healthier version of a frozen burrito or boxed mac in cheese I would dig into had I not prepped in advance. Thank goodness for thinking ahead!

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~9pm sweet-tooth time. I have a general rule for myself that “the kitchen closes at 9,” which is mostly just to prevent me from mindlessly eating in front of the tv or too close to bedtime because it keeps me up. I’m making an exception for today because I had dinner much later, and also because I really, really want some of the clementines I bought yesterday (and a few more pieces of watermelon).

So, that’s it! If you got through all that, you’re a champ because let’s be real, I eat a lot in a day. Sometimes I think it’s a bad thing and I honestly do try to eat less, but if my stomach is growling or I have a craving, I listen to it. On days I work out, I let myself eat some more because I know how important it is to give my body energy. I just try to make sure those extra calories are from good foods!

Hope everyone is having a great week, I’ll be back soon 🙂

xo Jordan


March Favorites.

Happy Friday, y’all!

It’s that time again when I want to share my favorite foodie finds with you! Here’s what I’ve been eating this month on repeat:

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Rx Bars (Mint Chocolate): I’m all about snacks that have a minimal number of ingredients in them because otherwise I try to eat as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible. These bars are so delicious and this mint chocolate flavor is even reminiscent of a thin mint. No guilt afterwards, though 🙂

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Trader Joe’s Just Mango Slices: Okay these aren’t necessarily a new find for me, but I can honestly say I haven’t eaten these in about a year so I totally forgot how good they are. I think what I love about them most (aside from them not having any added sugar!) is that they keep well in the car. For this LA girl on-the-go, that’s a super important quality to have!

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Medjool Dates with Almond Butter: If you haven’t tried this flavor combo yet, what have you even been doing!? I’ve been having one date with almond butter first thing i the morning for a before I’m starving for breakfast, but still feel kind of hungry when I wake up. It’s the perfect treat for dessert or post-workout too, super creamy and slightly sweet. It feels decadent, but if you keep it down to one or two, this little bad boys are actually super good for you!

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Sakara Life Detox Tea: Admittedly, I was given this tea in a swag bag from a food blogger event I attended this week, but I’m absolutely loving it. I don’t really buy into all the “detox” stuff, I mostly just like the flavors – red rooibos, lemongrass and rose. So light and delicious, and supposedly beneficial to the mind and body, too!

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Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Bar: Yes, I know, another bar. So sue me, I like having snacks that don’t require a lot of thought or time on mine part! My favorite thing about these is that they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients. So many bars out there these days have a ton of sh*t in them and we don’t even realize it. These bars legit have spirulina, wheatgrass, broccoli, alfafa, and spinach in them. How crazy is that?! AND they taste good. Who even know that was possible.

Hope you have an incredible weekend! 🙂

xo Jordan

Gingerbread Bites.

To say these little bites of glory are addictive is a serious understatement.

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

As many of you already know, I’m kind of obsessed with snacks period, but especially when they’re in little ball form. I’m somebody who not only packs a lunch every day for work, but about 7 other snacks to keep me fueled during the day. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I seriously eat like every 2 hours because I’m genuinely hungry and my stomach is growling. Does this happen to anyone else?! S.O.S.

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

That being said, I make sure that each and every one of my snacks has nutritional value, and protein wherever I can fit it in. Usually it’s 1-2 pieces of fruit (smothered in peanut butter), sometimes hard boiled eggs, energy bars that are as low in sugar as possible, and easy to eat veggies like carrots or sugar snap peas. If you’ve ever taken a look at the nutrition labels on most energy bars these days, they’re packed with a loooooot of ingredients and sugar. To remedy this, I make my own version of them, but in bite form! These gingerbread bites, which are adapted from this recipe, have a bit of spice, a lot of protein, and a ton of flavor. They’re perfect for a mid-afternoon snack, post-dinner treat, or, if you’re like me, you’ll accidentally flip your lunch plate full of cauliflower rice onto the floor next to your desk and need to eat them to supplement your lunch. *Insert eye-roll here*

Dancing for Donuts | Gingerbread Bites.

Gingerbread Bites

2 cups old-fashioned oats

2 tbsp coconut or white sugar

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used Rainbow Light Vegan!)

1/4 cup almond butter (Maranatha is the best, in my opinion)

1/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup milk (regular or non-dairy is fine)

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp ginger

1/2 tbsp nutmeg

1. In a blender or food processor, pulse the oats until they’re a flour-like texture and size.

2. Combine the oat flour, sugar, and vanilla protein powder in large bowl and mix well.

3. In a smaller bowl, stir together the molasses and almond butter as best as you can. Pour in the milk and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir again until well combined.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until a ball of dough starts to form. It may take a minute or two but keep stirring. Add a touch of milk or water if the mixture is too dry.

5. Form 1-2 inch balls with the dough and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I haven’t tried it yet, but these also probably freeze well! Enjoy 🙂

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xo Jordan

Friday Finds + Favorites.

Well, we made it. It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and I literally could not be happier!

The auto show this week was absolute chaos and my thesis is winding down to a finished product *thank goodness* so from here on out, I’d like to dedicate at least half of my brain capacity to thinking about holiday cooking, holiday baking, holiday decorations, holiday clothing and watching holiday movies. And, in light of all that, I’ve been pinning all the holiday goodness like a madwoman. I also wanted to share with you some of the grocery-store buys that have been saving my life lately, so you can find those first above all the links 🙂

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Go buy this yogurt immediately ^ – they have it at Target and it is heaven in a small plastic container.

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Trader Joe’s individually-sized trail mix is the best snack to take on the go. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated, is super healthy and makes portion control easy!

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Admittedly, I’ve been eating way too much of this. But Target’s organic popcorn is my favorite late-night snack ’cause it’s pretty healthy as far as dessert goes. Still working on the portion control for this one…

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds & Favorites.

Hot chocolate is a must in the winter. Preferably in a Christmas mug, as well.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds & Favorites.

This tortillas are my absolute favorite. They’re only 80 calories, which means stuffing them with turkey and avocado and pesto and provolone (my favorite lunch!) is less of an issue…

And now for the links!

6 Grocery Store Finds You Should Always Buy in the Fall – ’cause buying seasonal just means better food for less, ya’ll.

7 Healthy Eating Tricks You Should Try This Week – literally yes to all of these.

Vegan Sugar Cookies – perfect for holiday parties & gifts!!

5 Clean Eating Tips for the Holidays – these are actually genius. especially the smoothie for breakfast thing.

Healthy Thanksgiving Swaps – #1. sub pumpkin for everything.

3 Modern Holiday Traditions to Start – a MUG party? stop. the cutest.

Have a great weekend, babes 🙂

xo Jordan

Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

GUYS. It is freezing in LA and I could not be happier. Wait okay it’s only 63 degrees but I’ve been wearing pants and long sleeves and boots for the past two days and haven’t died of heat stroke. Success!

That being said, I am taking a break from my autumn pumpkin frenzy to give you a recipe for a non-seasonal snack. Have I told you that I’m actually sick of almonds? I didn’t even know that was humanly possible but I honestly cannot stand them, which is too bad since they’re so friggin good for you and such a healthy snack! I’ve been buying the flavored Blue Diamond kind (have you tried the pumpkin spice? actual heaven.), but they’re so much cheaper to make at home and have waaaay less sugar.

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

These are basically effortless and since they’re not too sweet, they’re not overly addictive to the point of zero portion control, or in other words, my biggest downfall. Just a note though, the cocoa powder does tend to get everywhere, so I wouldn’t exactly recommend eating these while reading important papers or wearing a white shirt… (:

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

2 cups of raw almonds

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1-2 packets of stevia or truvia

~1 tbsp brown sugar for dusting (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Place the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes.

2. Remove the tray from the oven, shake the almonds around so that they bake evenly, and continue to bake them for another 5-7 minutes.

3. Cool the almonds for 2 minutes, and then pour them into a bowl. Add the cocoa powder, truvia or stevia, and brown sugar if using. Using your fingers, toss the almonds around until completely coated.

4. Once cool, move the almonds to an airtight container or eat them! They should last as long as it takes you to eat them. 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

Have great days, friends!

xo Jordan

Snack Time: Kale Chips.

Hello and Happy Weekend!

It’s a beautiful day out, instead of the oddly-usual cloudiness we’ve been experiencing here in LA, and I’m currently enjoying a day off. My lunch mostly consisted of snacks since I desperately need to go grocery shopping…

Dancing for Donuts | Kale Chips

One of my favorite go-to snacks are Kale Chips. I’m sure you’ve heard of them before, and possibly even tasted them, but they take about 10 minutes to make and are super healthy. I hadn’t made them in ages, but I’m really glad I did. They’re even perfect for on-the-go, whether you’re heading to a picnic or the beach! Something I hope to do very soon, actually. Enjoy 🙂

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Kale Chips

kale – as many leaves as you’d like*

olive oil or coconut oil spray

sea-salt

*i use the kale that’s sold in bunches as opposed to pre cut in the bag – makes it easier to have bigger chip-like pieces, especially since they shrink in the oven

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

2. Tear kale leaves into pieces (any size you’d like) and place on a baking sheet. Spray with oil and toss until lightly coated. Arrange kale leaves on the baking sheet in an even layer.

3. Bake for ~10 minutes (or more or less, depending on your preference).

4. Remove from oven, sprinkle with sea salt and dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Kale Chips