DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

It’s been WAY too long since our last DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

I’m SO happy to be talking to Staness Jonekos of Eat Like a Woman on here today. I think you guys are really going to love this one – Staness is all about educating women on how their bodies are different then men’s in terms of health and diet. I actually had the pleasure of working with Staness a couple of years ago when she first launched her bars, shakes and cookies, and reconnecting with her has me so excited. You know how passionate I am about surrounding myself with smart, motivated women like herself!!

In this interview, we talk about how she got started with her Eat Like a Woman book that then became a plant-based nutrition line, why it’s so important that women understand how their needs are unique, and how female bodies are generally neglected from scientific research. You know I love every single person I interview for this series, but this one in particular is the perfect intersection of what I like to talk about on this blog (aka health and wellness!) + female entrepreneurship. Keep reading to learn more about Staness and her incredible company!

Tell us a little bit about Eat Like a Woman! What made you decide to write the original Eat Like a Woman book and then branch out into the food space?

During a TV show pitch session as one of the executive producers for Oprah Winfrey’s first TV network, Oxygen Media, she personally asked me how I was making a difference.  Health was always my passion and she knew there was something out there I should be doing. When Oprah speaks, you listen. I took a hiatus from television and wrote EAT LIKE A WOMAN after I discovered the FDA banned females from clinical research in 1977 until recently.

Women experience heart disease and stress differently than males, and burn carbs and fats differently, as well as metabolize nutrients at a slower rate.  This information inspired me to create a company that manufactures plant-based bars, cookies and shakes designed specially to support a women’s health. 

I truly love that you’re educating women on how their bodies are different from men’s bodies! That’s not something discussed often. Can you give us a quick summary of what women should be paying attention to in terms of their unique health?

Women have very unique life stages (pregnancy/lactation, reproductive years, menopause and beyond) that require specific nutritional support.  Our Life Stage Shakes® honor these requirements, so we can achieve optimal health at each life stage. We all have a healthy weight, we are all different – focus on health, not size!  We are born with BILLIONS more fat cells than males. How we perceive fat in our society does not embrace health for a woman.  

Of course, staying at your healthy weight is important – too much fat isn’t good either, but those curves are there for a reason. Carbs are not bad! In fact, a female’s neurotransmitter health benefits from a balance between protein and carbs.  High protein diets are not the best fit for females. You may drop some weight quickly, but one can get cranky and those pounds will return when the carbs do. The Mediterranean’s figured it out…lean proteins, lots of veggies, grains, olive oil, and some RED WINE!

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What’s your favorite part of owning & running Eat Like a Woman?

Discovering new science that included females so we can apply it to our daily life is one of my favorite Eat Like a Woman duties, and creating food products that harness this info so we can achieve optimal health as a woman! Every day I am spreading the word that differences matter, so the new science can help each of us. Medical text books still do not have this new research, so I am committed to sharing it with women so they can demand that future research include women.  

And what’s your least favorite part?

There are a million details to launching a food business – operations, financing, legal,  managing three warehouses, three co-packers where we manufacture our bars, cookies and shakes, a law firm to protect our intellectual property and ensure we follow all of the FDA regulations, raising money so the company grows so we can met our costumers demands, and seeking out new distribution channels.  Until recently I personally handled all of these activities, now we have an amazing team that has joined the ELAW family!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

If you had to pick one piece of advice to give to others pursuing their passions, what would it be?

Ask yourself “what do I do every day that I love?” For me, I love to KNOW things.  Researching and writing is like breathing…I have no choice. When I was 6 years old, I found my Mom’s nursing/medical text book and studied every word.  Local kids would come over when they were sick and ask me what was wrong with them—so I started diagnosing my friends. It made perfect sense to write books and launch a disruptive business that can change how we think about nutrition.

Ask yourself: What do YOU do for free daily, because you love it?  When you can answer that question you have found your purpose in life – how YOU will make a difference.  The exact question Oprah asked me years ago.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I must confess, launching a start-up is super time consuming.  I need to work on making time for myself and finding balance. The answer – we must all make time for ourselves, me too. De-stressing and self-care is a work in progress for me.  That said, I think ALL women have the same struggle.

What are you excited for in the new year? Are you making any resolutions/goals?

We are officially launching Eat Like a Woman nationally next year. I can’t wait to get out there and share powerful information, and yummy plant-based snacks, that can help women achieve their optimal health. Women have a very different eating journey than men…from body image, to nourishing different life stages, to media pressure to look a certain way…it is time we embrace our differences.  We are ALL EQUAL, but our differences make each of us uniquely beautiful.

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Alright y’all, thanks for reading!! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and if you’re in the northeast or anywhere that got snow yesterday/today, stay warm!

xo Jordan

 

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

A new week calls for a new recipe!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

This is one I know you’ll love because my boyfriend told me it was a winner😏 I made these Pumpkin Protein Muffins last week because my desire to bake on the daily is in FULL force. I figure, okay so my metabolism and activity level is far lower than they used to be, but I also love food… SO! The resolutions to this are a) exercise better portion control and b) bake things that are better for me. Luckily these muffins don’t taste healthy in the least, though!

Some ways I like to make my treats a touch healthier include using less oil/butter (and subbing in pumpkin/banana instead), using healthier sugar alternatives or less of them altogether (ie. maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, banana), and adding in some protein for staying power. This recipe does all three!

I actually subbed out part of the flour in this recipe with my Eat Like a Woman Very Vanilla Shake, which is one of my favorite protein powders!! This line was developed with women’s bodies in mind (since our bodies process food and nutrients SO differently!), so this powder has probiotics, plant-based protein (which we absorb more easily), 22 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and omega 3’s. I promise you I’m not getting paid to post about this, I just truly love it!

With this protein powder, vitamin & fiber rich pumpkin, protein packed greek yogurt and almond flour, and only 2 tablespoons of sweetener, you’ll feel good about snacking on these for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert😊

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 2% fat)

1 egg

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 cup oat flour or whole wheat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup ELAW Very Vanilla Life Stage Shake (or your favorite protein powder!)

1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1-2 pinches of sea salt

cacao nibs (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients including the pumpkin, egg, greek yogurt, maple syrup and banana.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients including the flours, protein powder, spices, sea salt and baking powder.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold until completely combined. Do not overmix 🙂

5. Using a spoon, fill silicone muffin liners (these are my favorite!) or a greased muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. Top each muffin with cacao nibs if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

That’s it for today, loves! Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Welcome back and helloooo Friday!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

This week has been, UGH. Just so many ups and downs, yes some personally, but more so with the news. It’s hitting quite close to home this week after the shooting and now extremely serious forest fire in Thousand Oaks where my cousins live. The only good news I can think of is that a recored of 117 women were elected into office and the youngest one is from the town next to mine in New York, so that’s pretty cool! A silver lining to chaos, I suppose.

I just want to share some of my favorites from this week, in case you need to read something other than the news. I know I could use a break!

How to Make a Satisfying Salad Every Single Day – Wait, this is SO HELPFUL. I swear, sometimes I’m hungry an hour after I eat my lunch…

Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Strata – If I had a Friendsgiving to go to this year, I would 110% be making this!!

The Many Incredible Benefits of Echinacea – My parents used to take this when I was younger (maybe they still do? Hey mom & dad!) but maybe I need to start taking it, too! Do you guys?

The Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas – If only these weren’t so dang expensive!!! I’m obsessed with them.

5-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Squares – I sure as heck don’t trust myself with a bag of chocolate chips in the house but for this recipe? I might just have to try.

Cranberry Apple Sangria – Well THIS sounds like a winner for the holidays😍

Sending you all my love and please, don’t forget to tell the people in your life how grateful you are for them. Life is short❤️

xo Jordan

 

 

Donut Workshop Recap (& My First Time Hosting An Event!)

Hi guys!! Guess what?!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

I hosted my first event this past weekend!! Oh man, it was so chaotic but SO much fun.

One of my goals for this year was to host an event and I kind of just assumed that it wouldn’t happen until I met my friend Charlotte at a wellness event early on in the summer. As someone who has thrown events in the past and truly enjoys doing it, Charlotte asked me if I would co-host a donut baking workshop with her and of COURSE I had to say yes!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

So for the past month of so, we’ve been working together to plan a sort of baking class with sponsors, swag bags, cute decor, and other fun things. I think all in all about 17 people showed up to bake with us and though it was a little crowded, everyone successfully baked a batch of their own donuts!! It was so fun to see their creations😍

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

We started out by making announcements on both of our Instagram pages and the event quickly filled up! It’s actually pretty awesome to be able to bring people together that are literally just from the internet. It makes me want to have a bazillion events just so that I can finally meet & hang with all my insta-friends!! Maybe someday🙏🏼

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Anyway, from there, Charlotte put together a spreadsheet (because she’s THE most organized person ever) and we started to keep tabs on who was attending, if they had any food allergies, and what kind of donut pan they wanted! For $15, we provided a donut pan, a mini spatula (courtesy of one of our sponsors, GIR!), all the ingredients to bake and frost a batch of donuts, a little swag bag, and some light bites/drinks! We had some mimosas and asked people to bring their own mugs for coffee – I really loved that idea!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

The event went for about 2 and a half hours and even though it ended with me shattering my phone screen trying to take a photo, it was SUCH a blast. I seriously want to hold these events all over the country, how cool would that be?! Maybe that’s the goal for next year😊

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Before I go, I just want to say a quick thank you to my beautiful co-host Charlotte, my friend Taylor for coming, helping us set up/clean up, and taking most of these gorgeous photos, and our sponsors including Varieteas, Sun & Swell, Goldsheep Clothing, Bob’s Red Mill, GIR, and Lily’s Sweets!!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by & be back soon!!

xo Jordan

October Favorites

Woah baby, it’s already November! It’s like I blinked and another month went by😳

Dancing for Donuts | October Favorites

October was honestly a pretty fun month for me – I finally stopped traveling, got settled into work, a fitness routine, caught up with friends, went on some adventures, and most importantly – tried some really freakin’ good food.

I’ll just jump into it since I’m already a day late to posting this, but here are all the things I’ve been loving from food to fitness and fashion!

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Live Pure Smoothie Cubes – Guys, this product might be the coolest thing I’ve seen or used in a WHILE. I used these superfood cubes to make the smoothie up in that top picture (I mixed their PB & J cubes with the Pitaya Protein cubes!) and then topped it off with the Live Pure granola. Seriously obsessed. There are a ton of flavors (that all contain probiotics), but what’s even cooler is that you can mix them all up to make even more. They give you a little guide when you order! I can’t wait to try the rest😍 If you guys want to see what the hype is about, you can use LivepureJordan to get 15% off!

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Health Warrior Protein Mug Muffin – Another product that kind of blew me away this month was these protein mug muffins!! I haven’t ever tried anything else from Health Warrior, but I’ve heard good things and these did not disappoint. I don’t know about you, but I used to make all kinds of mug cakes in my early 20’s (#desperatefordessert) and these are 10x easier and better for you. The flavor is delicious and they just require you to add water + microwave. Such a great idea for a pre or post-workout snack, or even dessert!

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Daily Harvest Mint Cacao & Carrot Chia Smoothies – Okay after seeing this brand ALL over my Instagram, I was seriously so happy when they reached out to me so I could finally try it for myself! I wasn’t sure what to expect, or if the hype was even real, but WOW you guys. I’ve honestly loved every flavor, but the Mint Cacao and Carrot Chia are legit incredible. I added some extra greens and protein powder to mine, but they’re amazing on their own. At the risk of sounding like a broken record with these codes, I legitimately just want you guys to be able to save money if you want to! You can use ‘JORDAN3’ at checkout to get your first 3 cups free 🙂

Cotton On Donut Slippers (pictured up top!) – I couldn’t not add these to my list! I bought them earlier this month after a friend sent me a screen shot and I love them SO much. I honestly just love slippers in general, but DONUT slippers?! HECK YES. P.s. They’re literally $10…you gotta do it if you’re a donut lover like me.

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New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz – I finally bought myself a pair of new sneakers after having holes in my others for months and doing way too much research on what to get🤣 I love these because they’re super light, SO comfortable, and they go with everything. Might buy them again in another color!

305 Fitness – The workout class my friends have been raving about in NYC is finally in LA!!!!!! I couldn’t tell you how excited I was when I realized they were here – they don’t have their own studio, but they teach classes out of a gym in West Hollywood and now I literally don’t want to do any other workout. It’s basically a super fun, intense dance cardio class with a live DJ and fun lights!! It’s exhausting af, but such a blast, which is the best way to get your sweat on, in my opinion!

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Fonuts – I know this place is exclusively in West Hollywood in LA, but I couldn’t not include it! I’ve been a fan of them forever (these donuts are baked and completely gluten-free – most of them are vegan, too!), but I fell more in love with them earlier this month when I got to meet the owners at their re-launch party. They are SO nice and you know I have a soft spot for kind and motivated entrepreneurs. If you’re ever in LA, please of please try these donuts, they’re my favorite in this whole city!

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Joe & The Juice Coconut Yogurt + Granola (The Natural Born) – So Joe & the Juice is all over the country and even in Europe, but I apologize if you don’t have one near you because their new coconut yogurt and granola is actually the most ridiculous thing I tried all month. Swear. It’s like…super rich and creamy and kind of tastes like dessert but it’s also packed with nutrients. Their granola was to die for, too! I’ve only been there once since it’s not super close to me, but I am counting the minutes til I can go back – their juices sounded amazing, too!

Alright y’all, that is IT! I hope I didn’t bore you – let me know if you had any favorites from the month or if you’d try any of mine!! Have a very happy November 💜

xo Jordan

10 Recipes I Plan On Making This Autumn

Friends! Fall is…still not here in LA yet, sadly…but I will continue to light my scented candles and buy baby pumpkins until it is!

Dancing for Donuts | 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts

One of the things I do every fall in LA, when I get the most homesick for NY, is make all the autumn-y, cozy foods I can. I wanted to put together this list partly for myself, to keep track of all the things I want to make this season, but also for you in case you need a little comfort food, too!

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Donuts – First up is my pumpkin donuts (pictured above!). This one is at the top of this list for a reason, you guys. I’ve brought these to countless parties and friends, and they are a friggin’ HIT. Plus, they’re 2-ingredients. You really can’t beat that.

Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese – Like, can we just talk about the bacon on there fore a second?!?! Jeeeeez 😍😍😍

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

Slow-Cooker Maple Pumpkin Granola – This is one of my favorite things to make in the fall, it makes the house smell amazing!! And it’s seriously SO easy. I usually eat the whole mason jar with my bare hands before I can even sprinkle it on my yogurt…

Healthy Apple Muffins

Healthy Apple Muffins – You know me, I loooove pumpkin, but I think I love apples even more. I want to make these so badly!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls – THESE. Listen, if there’s one thing you make for a holiday gathering this year, please make these because they’re freakin’ AWESOME. I made them last year for a campaign, and ended up making them three more times before the holidays were over. They’re a crowd-pleaser!

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti

Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale – If this doesn’t look like the best dinner to pair with a glass of red and an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m not sure what is.

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus – I’m obsessed with all the recipes on this blog, but this one is definitely one I must make asap. It’s so few ingredients, but looks like the perfect thing to pair with pita chips or veggies!!

Butternut Apple Chicken Salad

Fall Harvest Kale Salad – As you know, I’m trying to have one salad a day. It’s pretty hard unless you plan ahead or buy it out, but I’m thinking that if I made this, I’d want to eat it three times a day.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chili.

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili – Apologies for the awful photo, this is a super old recipe, but it’s one I make at least once a month each fall/winter!! It’s healthy, easy, and makes a ton, so it’s great for lunches at work or low-key dinners!

Fall Harvest Kale Salad

Butternut Apple Chicken Salad with Maple Dressing – Aaaand one last salad, since I literally was just talking about how tight my jeans were on Instagram, and think that maybe I should try to amp up the greens. Hence the salad-a-day goal mentioned earlier🤣

Well, that’s it for today friends! Let me know in the comments if you’re planning on making any of these! I’m pretty sure I’m going to make that pumpkin hummus like, tomorrow! Have a very Happy Halloween!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I am very, very happy that this week is coming to a close – this week just felt so long! Some highlights from my week: taking a 305 Fitness dance cardio class with friends Tuesday night, visiting a pumpkin patch with my team at work, a fun meditation and breakfast event at Joe and the Juice, and starting A Handmaid’s Tale. So many good things!

I really cannot believe Halloween is almost here. You know that means too, like the second it’s over everyone is going to be crazy for the holidays! It’s also weird working in social media, or probably any retail company honestly, because we plan holiday stuff SO far in advance. It’s exciting, for sure, but almost makes time feel faster because we’re constantly talking about all of it! I can’t say I don’t love it, though. This time of year from autumn to Christmas is seriously my favorite!

Okay anywayyyyy, now that I’m done pretending you’re my diary, I’ll share some fun reads from the internet with you!

The Recipe for Erewhon’s Famous Paleo Bread – Never pay $16 a loaf again (although admittedly I never have and never will do that, anyway…😅)

How to Wash Your Sneakers So They Look Brand New Again – I have a pair of super cute pink New Balance’s that haven’t looked pink in awhile…anyone else?

Pumpkin Sangria – Making👏🏻 This👏🏻

A 34-Minute Interval Walking Treadmill Workout That’ll Help You Lose Weight – If you know me in real life, you know I LOVE walking on the treadmill at the highest incline! It’s my favorite way to workout when I’m feeling lazy or just want to move without going crazy. I’m not supposed to run (because of a back injury), so walking is a great way to get some cardio in!

6 Ways to Relieve Neck Tension – Umm 100% trying this tennis ball trick. Tension in my upper back/neck has been out of control lately!

12 Slow Cooker Meals to Make on Halloween Night – I’m 100% planning on staying in Halloween night with a glass of wine and some scary movies, so an easy slow cooker meal is PERFECT.

What are you Halloween plans?! I literally have zero festive things to do and no costume, and to be honest, I’m kind of okay with it…haha

I just wish I could still pass for a trick or treater. Oh, well!

xo Jordan

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Hey y’all! We are BACK with another recipe!! And this time it’s for donuts…of course💁🏼

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And let me tell you – this is easily one of my favorites. It’s so perfect for fall with cozy flavors like pumpkin pie spice and rich coffee, but it’s also packed with good-for-you ingredients like collagen, protein, fiber-rich pumpkin, and coconut butter for healthy fats! So even though they’re a treat (with a touch of caffeine!), you definitely don’t have to feel any guilt whatsoever if you eat a few😊

The recipe here is adapted from this one and you’ll see that I used Ancient Nutrition’s Cold Brew Coffee Multi-Collagen Protein powder. You’re more than welcome to use any collagen or protein you choose if you don’t have this on hand – just know it may change the flavor just a touch!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And one more thing! These donuts can be kind of crumbly when you first take them out of the donut pan so 1) be sure to spray that coconut oil or ghee or whatever you’re using before each batch, and 2) let them cool for about 5-10 minutes before removing them from the pan. Gently take a spoon to insert around the edges, then lift up slowly.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Latté Donuts

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 2/3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour

1/3 cup Ancient Nutrition Cold Brew Collagen Protein (or more flour)

1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener (or brown sugar)

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup cashew or almond milk

1/4 cup ghee or butter (soft, but not melted)

2 tbsp espresso (optional)

Pumpkin Frosting

equal parts coconut butter and pumpkin purée

(I did about 4 tbsp each for 1/3 of the donuts)

1. For the donuts: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a donut pan with ghee or coconut oil (a spray works easiest for this!).

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, collagen powder if using, sweetener/sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. 

3. Add in pumpin purée, eggs, milk and ghee and stir to mix completely until batter is thick.

4. Using a spoon or piping bag, fill the donut trays almost to the top (about 3/4 of the way). 

5. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out dry. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before gently pressing a spoon around the edges of each mold, and lifting up slowly.

6. For the frosting: Melt the coconut butter in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments until soft. Stir in the pumpkin purée until completely combined. Spoon onto donuts and press down firmly to coat. *Frosting will be pretty thick and maybe even hard to handle! Coconut butter softens with touch, so I used my fingers to press it down onto the donuts.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Have a great rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

#AutumnReboot: 5 Healthy Habits I’m Forming This Fall

Hi and Happy Sunday!!

Dancing for Donuts | #AutumnReboot - Healthy Habits I'm Forming for Fall

Can I just tell you something? I literally meant to post this weeks ago, but time literally jus slipped away from me. THAT’S how quickly this month/season is going, what the heck!! But, now that there’s been some time between the day I decided to set these goals and now, I can tell you how they’ve actually been going. And spoiler alert: not well😅

So maybe it’s a good thing I’m actually finally posting this to go live, because it means I’m almost re-setting these goals and making myself accountable but telling all of you. I think I wanted to do this for autumn specifically because all of the crazy travel plans (and weddings!) from the late spring and summer are finally over. As someone who absolutely loves traveling, and admittedly does not like to be in LA for too long, you’d think I’d be sad about this…but I’m seriously SO happy. I’m looking forward to being in one place, one time zone, and getting back into a routine.

So here are 5 little goals I’m setting for myself this season as a re-commitment to my health and fitness!

Dancing for Donuts | #AutumnReboot - Healthy Habits I'm Forming for Fall

Read an actual, physical book for 15 minutes every single night before bed. – By now you probably know that I have sleeping issues…although I’ll be honest, it hasn’t taken me the hours it used to for me to fall asleep in about a month. Which is AWESOME. Regardless, I’d really like to keep it that way and as someone who works in social media both professionally and personally, I gotta get the F off my phone. The blue light isn’t great and it’s hard to shut my brain off. By reading a book, I find it easier to take my mind off the day and get sleepy. The only issue? Books get expensive😬 I need to make a library run soon…

Up the greens. – It’s no secret that I have a green smoothie every single day, but the general logic behind that one is that even if I don’t get many greens in the rest of the day, I know I’ve still had 1-2 cups with breakfast. BUT, that is no longer enough for me. I want to be having greens all👏🏼damn👏🏼day👏🏼. That means green drinks, greens with lunch and dinner, and hopefully one salad every single day. Wish me luck because I tend to slip up on weekends…😅 **p.s. I have been absolutely horrible about this since forming my goal in September. It’s time to step it up!!

Get my sweat on 5 days a week. – To some of you, this may sound like a lot and to others, it might not sound like enough. Here’s the deal, I try to make it to two 45-60 minutes workout classes a week ie. pilates, barre, yoga, etc. The other days I’ll either workout in our exercise room at the apartment, do free videos I find on YouTube for fine toning, or hike. Every single day I walk at lunch for at least 25 minutes (usually 40!), but I don’t consider that a workout because I’m literally sitting on my tush the rest of the day. If I can get in 5 solid workouts a week, that will be enough to soooort of lose the weight I gained this summer without going crazy. Plus, I got a lotta life to live and time is limited. I’d like to not spend it in a gym😊

More meal-prep. – Here’s the thing: making food for my lunches in advance is not only better for me because I control exactly what’s in them, but actually saves me money (which is equally important at this time in my life). I used to be soooo good about meal prepping when I lived alone and had a crazy a$$ schedule, just because I had no other option but to be organized about my food, but I’ve been slipping. If I can get back into this habit – and I don’t mean the crazy hours-long meal prep some others do, just some easy proteins, veggies and grains – then I can save myself time/calories/money throughout the week.

Make no more than 2 plans with others per weekend day. – Omg you guys I have been SO bad about this. Like absolutely terrible. I think because I was traveling for like two months in between crazy work things, I just felt out of touch with friends or something, and now I feel like I’m playing catch up. It’s bonkers. And of course I know friendships are insanely important and being a truly good friend is one of my main goals on a daily basis, but I’ve been burning out trying to run around Los Angeles and see everyone. This fall, and even winter, I neeeeeed to be better about this. I need more me-time to relax and re-set.

Dancing for Donuts | #AutumnReboot - Healthy Habits I'm Forming for Fall

So there ya have it! Are you guys setting any goals or intentions this season? Autumn is such a perfect time to re-set before the holiday season and new year, in my opinion!

Hope you had a great weekend😊

xo Jordan

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

Autumn calls for comfort food, don’t ya think?

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

I recently made this vegan mac n’cheese for a giveaway with Spudsy Foods (I mentioned them in my September favorites!) and knew I had to share the full recipe on here with you guys. It’s quite possibly the easiest sauce to make – it comes together in a blender with minimal chopping – and is fantastic with any kind of pasta, although I rarely eat anything other than Banza’s chickpea pasta these days!

The “cheese” part of the sauce comes from Nutritional Yeast, which is basically a vegan supplement for Vitamin B12 and protein that happens to have a delicious cheesy flavor to it. The creaminess of the sauce comes from the soaked cashews and veggie broth, and then there’s some garlic and paprika in there too, for extra flavor! I topped this dish with Spudsy’s BBQ Sweet Potato Puffs, but you could easily just use regular bread crumbs or panko flakes!

And one last thing I’ll say: this dish even passed the bf test, which for me is a HUGE win since mine doesn’t particularly love the idea of “healthy” versions of things😂

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

your favorite pasta, cooked according to the directions

1/2 cup cashews soaked in water for at least 3 hours (or overnight)

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 cup veggie broth

1/3 cup non-dairy milk

1/2 tsp paprika

3-4 cloves garlic

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup crumbled Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs (or breadcrumbs)

1. Cook pasta according to directions and while boiling, make the cashew cheese sauce below.

2. In a blender, add the soaked cashews (drained), broth, milk, nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. *If you need to add a little bit of liquid, add either more broth or water tbsp by tbsp – a little goes a long way!

3. Add the sauce to the drained pasta and keep over low to medium heat to warm the sauce.

4. Spoon the mac n’cheese into bowls or ramekins and top with the breadcrumbs or crumbled Spudsy puffs. Enjoy right away or bake in the oven at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes. 

*Store leftover cashew cheese sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days*

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

Well, that’s it for today!! Have you guys ever made vegan versions of your favorite foods? I’m not vegan, as you know, but I love this idea of re-vamping some of my meals to be more plant-based!

xo Jordan