Friday Finds.

The 3-day weekend is here!!!!!! I’ll be hangin’ out in LA with no concrete plans, which is pretty much the greatest thing ever. Hope everyone has a great long weekend as we honor those who served and kick off the summer season!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

8 Snack Options Healthy Food Pros Actually Eat When Traveling – It’s all about the snacks, y’all.

7 Ways to Support the Women Around You – Women supporting women, forever & always.

The 25 Best Bites in LA for $20 and Under – Y’all know homegirl ain’t got the budget for Nobu!

A Complete Guide to the Most Popular Adaptogens – Still trying to learn more about these! Does anyone else use these?! I just add Maca to my smoothies!

The Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend – Because #BabesOnABudget rarely shop unless it’s on sale, amiright? 😉

Coconut Detox Macaroons – These sound like the perfect health(ier) summer cookie!

Be back next week!

xo jordan

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

Hi friends! We’re so close to the long weekend, I can almost taste it!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

In preparation for what is most likely going to be an indulgent weekend, for both my wallet and stomach, I’ve been focusing extra hard on eating real, unprocessed snacks throughout the day. I decided last weekend to whip up some faux-larabars and have been having about 4 of these each day as a mid-morning snack. As much as I loooooove larabars, they’re not exactly the cheapest things ever, and for good reason! They only contain about 3-6 ingredients and have a ton of healthy fats and protein to keep ya goin’. As far as quick snacks on the go, they’re something I’d recommend to anyone who’s trying to avoid processed, pre-packaged foods!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

With this in mind, being able to make these little babies (literally in the food processor in 2 minutes or less) and have them on hand for snacks throughout the week, has made life a lot easier, and my grocery bill cheaper! They’re gluten-free, vegan, and have absolutely zero added sugar, though do keep in mind that dates and dried fruit in general have a decent amount of sugar in them already! That being said, you can pop these in a little tupperware and just eat according to how you’re feeling. If you’re hungry and need something to tide you over for at least an hour or two, I’d go with four, but if you just need a little something for your sweet tooth, knock that down to just a couple. You’re call though, of course 🙂

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds

10 medjool dates

3/4 cup seedless raisins

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

1-2 tbsp warm water (if needed)

1. In a food processor or blender, pulse all ingredients until almonds are broken down and ingredients are well combined. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula periodically and add warm water if the the mixture seems too dry (after ~20 pulses or so). *Don’t be too quick to add the water though, as the oils from the almonds take time to be released and they will moisten the mixture!

2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and form the batter into 1 inch balls (it should make about 2 dozen, give or take!). Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for one hour to enjoy (almost) immediately!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

 What are some of your favorite real-food, unprocessed snacks?!

xo jordan

This Girl’s Got Game | Feature + Full Interview!

Hey y’all! I have some exciting news to share today, as I mentioned in my post last week!

Dancing for Donuts | Feature + Interview for This Girl's Got Game.

I’ve been featured in Gameday Couture‘s monthly magazine and special column, This Girl’s Got Game, for their Destination Away edition 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Feature + Interview for This Girl's Got Game.

When my friend Stephanie asked me if I would be willing to do an interview for their column that features inspirational women, I couldn’t have been more flattered. I think most of the time, we’re so busy running around that we don’t stop to think about how and why we’ve become the people we are today. Answering some of the questions was actually super fun for me and really put things in perspective. While not everyday is wonderful, and I have so far to go, I’m grateful for my journey and am proud of following my dreams.

Dancing for Donuts | Feature + Interview for This Girl's Got Game.

If you don’t know my story (about how I moved to LA 6 years ago to become a professional dancer and all of the things that came afterwards!) you can read more about how I got to be who I am today. The full interview can be found here , or you can read it below 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Feature + Interview for This Girl's Got Game.Dancing for Donuts | Feature + Interview for This Girl's Got Game.

(professional photos by Nicole Balsamo)

What’s one thing you’re grateful for that led you where you are today?

xo jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Friday!!! I know it’s hot in NY & LA today, but wherever you may be today, I hope you get to see some sunshine 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Why You Shouldn’t Instagram Your Vacation (Yes, Really) – Not saying I’ll never do it again, but ALL THE YES.

11 Daily Habits that Can Lead to Financial Problems – Break that daily Starbucks habit now, y’all.

Hunger Hormones Are a Thing and Yes, You Can Control Them – !!!!! Kelly Leveque is a godsend.

On Social Media and the Delicate Psyche – A beautiful and real piece by one of my favorite bloggers of all time.

Here’s What Happens to Your Eyes, Brain & Heart if you Stare at a Screen for 6+ hours a Day – Oof. Seriously need to work on unplugging more often!

What to Make with Ice Cube Trays (That Isn’t Ice) – Why haven’t I thought of these?!

2 Quick & Easy Pasta Salad Recipes2 Quick & Easy Pasta Salad Recipes – Because SUMMER.

That’s all for now, friends. Lots of exciting things coming up on the blog next week – stay tuned!

xo jordan

Berry Chia Protein Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten-Free!]

Hi friends and Happy Humpday! Is anyone else kind of ecstatic that we’re halfway through the week?!

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve been running on very little sleep after flying home to NY for a hot second to attend my one of my best friends’ weddings, so I apologize in advance if any of this is incoherent! I landed back in LA super late Sunday night and did a major grocery haul Monday after work since the only things in my fridge were some leftover cashew milk (which comes in handy!), coffee grounds (duh) and my probiotics. Not exactly the makings of a meal my friends.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

After a long weekend of indulging, I’m really trying to get my a$$ in gear, partially so that I can fit into my old summer clothes and partially because I know that when I eat healthier, my stomach feels so much better. I tried chia pudding way back in the day, and honestly wasn’t the biggest fan, but the other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts (Almost 30 – I’m obsessed) and they were talking about a chia pudding made with protein powder for natural sweetness and a more filling snack or meal. The other thing about chia pudding is that it’s really not that many ingredients and fairly cheap now that chia seeds are so common.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve had this recipe for breakfast two mornings now, and it’s so delicious. I still need my 11am snack (as per usual), but this is something I can feel good about eating. There’s no added sugar, the berries are nutritious and full of antioxidants, and the chia seeds are loaded with fiber, omega 3’s and protein. You can easily sub out ingredients in this recipe as well, like the berries for another fruit or vanilla protein powder for chocolate, or even none at all. It’s your call, just make whatever works for you! Food should be delicious, so pick your favorite flavor combo and go from there 🙂

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

Berry Chia Protein Pudding

(makes 2 large servings)

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 cups non-dairy milk (I used cashew, it’s super creamy!)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup mixed berries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if you’re vegan, make sure it’s a plant-based protein – I use Garden of Life!)

1. In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, non-dairy milk, protein powder and coconut flakes. Stir for about one minute and then let sit for for at least 2 hours or overnight. *I make this recipe the night before in a tupperware so it’s ready to take with me to work the next day!

2. Add the berries and enjoy! If not eating right away, the chia pudding will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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What about you? What breakfast do you have on repeat these days?! Have you tried chia pudding yet?

xo jordan

Friday Finds.

This Friday I’m comin’ atcha from New York!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

I’ve flown in for the weekend for one of my best friends’ weddings up in the mountains here, and it’s so nice to be home for a second! Before we head off to the festivities, I wanted to share my usual roundup with you, and wish all the mamas out there a Happy Mother’s Day! Y’all are incredible.

5 Ways to Use Matcha (Other Than Drinking it) – Let the obsession continue!

10 Dinner Bowls to Try This Week – Everything in bowls always & forever.

Flourless Honey Oat Ricotta Muffins – Wait. Ricotta? In muffins?! I’m sold.

6 Sneaky Ways to Add More Plant-Based Protein to Your Diet – Literally only doing one of these and want to be doing all of them!

25 Amazing No-Equipment Butt Exercises – For those of you on the go, like me! If I’m not jet-lagged AF later I’m definitely doing at least 5 of these…(but also I’ll totally be jet-lagged so nevermind?)

4 Ways to Love Yourself More, Everyday – THESE. All of these.

What is everyone up to this weekend?! Don’t forget to shower the leading ladies in your life with some extra love 🙂

xo Jordan

My Trip to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles.

Hi there! If you follow my Instagram, you know I went to the Museum of Ice Cream in Downtown Los Angeles a couple of weekends ago. I wasn’t planning on doing a recap, but I took so many pictures and wanted to share more of them!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

When I found out a few months ago that the Museum of Ice Cream (originally in NYC) was coming to LA, I knew I had to get my hands on those tickets! I bookmarked my calendar and set and alarm because let me tell you, those bad boys sold out as quickly as Beyonce tickets. I’m so glad we got our hands on some!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

I think my favorite thing about the museum was how it made you feel like a kid again. It’s kind of like that feeling you get at Disneyland or something when everything feels magical and you have the biggest smile on your face for hours 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The museum is essentially 15 or so different themed rooms that are so colorful, bright, and unique. There’s a ton of texture and you can interact with almost everything in the rooms. The pink room in the second room had some amazing pink retro phones – it reminded me of Barbie!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

It takes about an hour to walk through the entire thing and there are 5 ice cream tastings in total. The first is an earl grey tea biscuit ice cream from McConnell’s that I’m praying I can get my hands on when this is all over. It was unreal!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

We then took a ride on the swing before hitting the banana room. What is it about swings that makes them feel so fun!? I seriously want one in my room someday. Maybe a swinging hammock or hanging chair…that would be AWESOME.

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

My second favorite ice cream was this mint chocolate chip mochi! I love mochi so much but I never get it. I definitely haven’t seen any that’s mint chocolate chip flavored, so this was a real treat. So creamy and oddly refreshing, if that makes sense!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The room with the popsicles was one of my favorites. This was one of two rooms that I felt could actually be in a modern art museum.

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The other was the room where you got to taste charcoal cookie dough in a cone!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

I know that sounds weird, but it was delicious! The charcoal didn’t taste like much, but who doesn’t love cookie dough?!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

And then there was the giant gummy bear room 🙂 There was also a gummy bear tasting in here, in case someone has never tried gummy bears before…(hoping that’s literally no one since gummy bears are the BEST.)

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

Okay my absolute favorite room though is one you may have predicted…

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The sprinkle pool room!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

So they tell you that these aren’t real sprinkles (which makes so much more sense), but actually little slivers of plastic. The bottom of the pool is squishy too, so it feels nice on your feet! Everyone goes in small groups and gets to play and take pictures in the pool for about 3 minutes each. It was so fun!!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The last ice cream tasting was this pancake vanilla ice cream sandwich. I love that they dyed the pancakes pink!!! This one was so delicious, I might have to try making it at home!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

The final room had another awesome swing that was colored like a neopolitan ice cream sandwich. Seriously though, where can I find this thing for my house?!?!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

Alright y’all, that’s it for now!! Hope everyone is having a great week and treating themselves to something wonderful for humpday!

Dancing for Donuts | Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles.

xo Jordan

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Okay okay, so I know this recipe is kind of contradictory to my last one in which I claimed that oatmeal doesn’t actually fill me up…however! This one did (thanks to some added protein) and also oats are my favorite forever.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Matcha is totally having a moment right now, and I’m all for it. I’ve been hooked on green tea lattes since a friend introduced them to me a couple years back, so anything matcha related I can get my hands on, I will! I love that it not only tastes amazing (with a touch of added sweetness, otherwise it’s a bit harsh!), but is also super good for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

It’s honestly kind of amazing that this magical powder stuff is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. And that gorgeous green color?! Swoon. And an awesome thing about this recipe is that it’s vegan and gluten-free customizable – just make sure you’re using certified gluten-free oats, non-dairy milk and/or plant-based protein instead of whey. If you’re not dairy-free, you can totally add some greek yogurt in here too (or coconut yogurt if you are). That would bump up the filling-factor and protein even more!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

1/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 or whole banana, sliced (optional)

1 tsp chia seeds (optional)

1. In a mason jar, tupperware container, or bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, protein powder, matcha, and chia seeds if desired.

2. Cover and let sit overnight in the fridge. When ready to eat, top with coconut and banana slices. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

What oatmeal add-ins and combos are you digging lately?! I need some ideas!

Have a great week 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Hey, y’all! Nothing super exciting to report over here except that it’s Cinco de Mayo and I absolutely plan on gorging myself on tacos and margs all night long. You?

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

I hope that, no matter where you are this weekend, you stop and enjoy the flowers for a second. And if it’s absolutely pouring and/or freezing for you, let’s just use the word flowers in a figurative sense 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Have You Tried Adding Collagen to Your Coffee? – No, and I’m absolutely dying to try it! Have you?!

How to Save Money Without Even Thinking About It – #BabesOnABudget

Salad Tacos for Cinco de Mayo – These sound so goooooood!!!

How to Have a Tone-It-Up-Approved Cinco de Mayo – Yes, please. LOVE margs and tacos but would hate to wake up feeling like garbage tomorrow. Who’s with me?

5 Easy & Healthy Snacks to Help Beat Cravings – For that 4pm raging sweet (or savory!) tooth.

How to Live a Luxurious Life While Still Saving – I know this feels like an oxymoron, but I swear it’s not!

Happy Weekend! ❤

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!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~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!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~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.

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~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!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~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