How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack.

Oh hey friends, it’s snack-girl comin’ atcha bright & early on a Monday morning!

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

This weekend was quite a busy one between apartment hunting, catching up with friends, working a bit, getting my fitness on, and prepping for the week ahead. Can I just tell you – packing my bag (as in my work bag + gym bag) the night before is SO stinkin’ helpful. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning and that way I know I have absolutely everything I need to have a productive day. One of the things I’m hell-bent on packing is my lunch (because helloooooo buying lunch out every single day gets crazy expensive!). I’ve been doing this for years, even when I was in college and grad school, but I’ll literally fill my lunch bag to the absolute brim with my lunch and extra snacks. You know me, allllll about those snacks 😉

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Since my schedule varies most days in terms of what I’m doing that day at work or afterwards, what’s in my lunchbag will look different, too. For example, if I know I’m taking an intense workout class when I leave the office, I’ll make sure I have a bigger lunch and a heftier snack with a ton of protein to get me through my workout and last me until dinner. If I’m planning on going straight home after work, however, or even just to the gym for an easier sesh, my afternoon snack may be a little lighter and just something to tide me over. Enter my new obsession: Shine Organics superfood pouches.

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As if being able to get these babies at Target weren’t easy enough, they actually don’t need to be refrigerated, either. Do you know how hard it is to find a healthy, real-food snack that doesn’t need to go in the fridge?! That is literally HUGE and means that if you’ve got class for 3 hours and can’t pack 5 ice packs in your backpack because it’s already breaking your back (been there!), no worries. Or if you’re usually in your car going from place to place and need fuel on the road, NO worries. Shine Organics pouches taste shockingly good when they’re room temperature, and I’m not just blowing sunshine. I was kind of super impressed with the taste here, if I’m being honest!

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

I picked up two of their four flavors at Target when I was running other errands last week and here’s the deal: the pouches have an applesauce kind of texture (which explains why you can find them in the aisle with the applesauce…) and they’re packed with organic superfoods like chia seeds, real fruits, and real veggies. They range in calories from 70-130, which is part of the reason I love them so much. Like I said earlier, if I know I don’t need to fuel myself for a long afternoon, then I just grab one of the 90-calorie pouches called PURIFY, that gives me a dose of nutrients from the kale, parsley, chia, apple, strawberry and guava. I especially love this flavor since it’s not too sweet, but you can’t taste the greens at all…and that’s saying a lot from this parsley-hater!

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

On the flipside though, the 130-calorie pouch called CALM is amazing for when I want something a little more substantial or am craving sweets. This flavor was so good and reminded me more of a smoothie because of the banana and coconut. It also has pumpkin, passion flower, vanilla, blackberry and chia (of course!) so the flavor profile is kind of unreal. You know what, actually? I didn’t even think about it until now, but I bet this pouch would be AWESOME for dessert…

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Although, that’s totally not the point of this post. The point is to tell you that when you’re picking the perfect healthy afternoon snack, you want to choose something that is not processed, has nutritional value (step away from the cheez-its my friends), and will give you the right amount of fuel you need. Like okay, did you know chia seeds contain omega-3’s, fiber, healthy fat, fiber, protein, potassium and calcium? The list actually goes on but YEAH. Those tiny little seeds are legit powerhouses. So including these in your afternoon snack is going to give you maaaaaajor benefits. And again, convenience is such a huge factor too, which is why people tend to reach for the not-so-healthy stuff. Shine Organics takes the effort out of making healthy choices so you can easily grab them on your usual Target run, keep them in your pantry or desk (or even car when the weather gets cooler!), and reach for them when you need that post-lunch snack.

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For a coupon for $1 off your next 4-pack, head over here. And guys, I really hope you love these as much as I do. If you try them, let me know your favorite flavor!! I seriously can’t wait to try the other two 🙂

xo Jordan

 

My Workout Essentials [+ Why I Always Keep a Water Bottle Handy!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at FIJI Water, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

Happy Monday Friends!

This past weekend was packed with lots of birthday celebrating, moving out of my apartment, and hiking. It was definitely busy, but an incredibly productive and fun weekend! I don’t know if you’re in the LA area, but we’re supposed to be experiencing a heat wave starting tomorrow and I’m not exactly looking forward to it…extreme heat makes me want to sit on the couch in my underwear eating frozen grapes, aka the opposite of getting a workout in! I think what a lot of people forget too, is how important it is to drink extra water during hot days since we’re sweating so much more. I know I do!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you know me at all, you know I always have water with me. It’s actually kind of a savior when I’m just sitting at my desk because it helps keep me from mindlessly eating, and even more so when I’m at the gym. I grew up not drinking very much of the stuff, and my mom doesn’t actually have water with her when she works out, but I could literally drink 2 giant bottles during my hour workout!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

As much as I love (and use) my reusable water bottle, I don’t always have access to clean water or a purifying filter. For this reason, I love having bottle of water in the fridge for when I know I won’t be near fresh water (like on a hike!). Lately, I’ve been looooving FIJI Water. I don’t know what it is about it, but I swear this stuff tastes smoother than anything else. Do you know what I mean? It’s so hard to describe, but it’s crisp and soft, which makes it extra refreshing in the summer.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

So with that, here’s what I always keep in my gym bag always for a workout sesh…and I think we can all guess what’s #1 😉

1. Water bottle: Not only is staying hydrated important for healthy skin, faster metabolism, and better digestion, it also makes sure your body is working at its optimal level and is essential for your health. I’m absolutely loving FIJI Water lately since it is has 100% naturally-occurring electrolytes too, which helps replenish those lost during sweaty workouts!

2. Cute (and supportive!) workout gear: I honestly can’t think of anything more motivating that a good freakin’ piece of workout gear. I love cute activewear pieces just as much as the next person, but what’s really important is having gear that isn’t going to be uncomfortable or distract you from your workout. Pulling up saggy leggings or pulling down a sports bra that likes to sneak up is pretty much the worst #amirite?

3. Preworkout snack: I know they say fasting before a workout can help burn fat, but homegirl over here isn’t going to make it 10 minutes into my cardio without my stomach growling if I don’t eat before I leave the house. I love to snack on something small but packed with protein to keep me going as long as I need to like a banana with peanut butter (those little to-go packs are great to keep in your bag!) or a bar that has 5g or less of sugar and minimal ingredients! Anything you can’t pronounce is a no go, duhhhhh.

4. Charged phone + headphones: Music while working out is a MUST. I swear the best workouts I’ve had were because I was listening to motivating music that kept me going. Sometimes it even makes me want to workout longer just so I can keep listening, and audiobooks or podcasts make great hiking companions, too!

5. Backpack: I swear by those little backpacks that have the drawstrings because they’re small enough to stash next to whatever machine you’re working out on, but big enough to hold all my stuff. If you’re hiking, they’re perfect too since they’re out of your way without weighing you down!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

With FIJI’s home delivery service (available in the continental U.S.) I never have to worry about not having water on hand, especially since it can be extra heavy to carry cases of water from the store up to my apartment! You can choose from 5 different sizes too (I went with 500mL because it fits easily in my gym backpack!) and even create a subscription so you don’t have to think about re-ordering before or when you run out! Convenient AF.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you’d like to learn more about FIJI Water (which is filtered by volcanic rock – how COOL is that?!) and their home delivery service, you can visit their website here. Now tell me – what do you keep in your gym bag?!

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