Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are gluten free, vegan, low and sugar, and so perfect for fall!

I felt like baking earlier this week (it was a rough one, and being in the kitchen is like therapy!), but of course had to make something with pumpkin💁🏻

I was originally trying to make energy bites, but let’s be honest, everything is better in cookie form! These cookies are also 100% acceptable to eat for breakfast and if it’s still hot af where you are, definitely opt for these instead of a bowl of actual oatmeal.

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée

4-5 scoops Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein (or vanilla*)

2 cups oats

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

2 packets Pranayums (optional or spices**)

2 tbsp Purely Pecans nut butter (or your favorite)

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup (or regular maple syrup)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment & non-stick spray (just to be safe!)
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and stir well to fully combine. Add an extra (5th) scoop of protein powder if the batter seems too wet.
  3. Form into semi-flat circles and place on baking sheet. they won’t expand, so pack those babies in!
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool before drizzling with melted coconut butter! Store in an airtight container and microwave for 10 seconds before enjoying again (just my recommendation😉)

*If using vanilla protein, add an extra pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom & allspice

**If using spices in place of Pranayums add an extra tsp of turmeric, punch of black pepper, cardamom, ginger & cinnamon

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you back here next week!❤️

xo Jordan

8 Recipes to Make for the First Official Day of Fall

FALL HAS ARRIVED.

Definitely not in Los Angeles, but maybe somewhere😂 I talked about this on Instagram this morning, but basically this season is my absolute favorite for so many reasons – it feels like a time of renewal, it reminds me of being a kid, I love the weather, I love the fashion that comes with that weather, the festivities/adventures are fun, and the food is even better.

That being said, we definitely don’t get even a semblance of fall in this city and there hasn’t been a single year since I moved away from the east coast that I haven’t gotten homesick around autumn. But! It’s not all sad, I just try to do what I can to still make it feel like fall, and that usually centers around the eats! Give me allll the pumpkin spice!

So let’s cook, celebrate, and get in the spirit! Here are 8 recipes to bring on the fall flavors 🍂

Pumpkin Spice Latté Donuts – I made this recipe last week and posted the recipe on my Instagram. I’m obsessed, they’re the perfect texture😍

Apple Orchard Punch – Is there anything Jess hasn’t thought of?! I mean this drink combines 2 of my absolute favorite things: Cider & Prosecco🙌🏻

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies – A recipe from one of my og favorite food bloggers, Averie Cooks! Can’t wait to make these – I might try to healthify them a little!

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus – For my savory peeps out there!! I think TJ’s makes pumpkin pita crisps and I bet those with this would be the BEST fall combo.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples & Walnuts – Pretty sure I originally pinned this recipe for a Thanksgiving side, but I would have it any time at all in this season!

Apple and White Cheddar Scones – On the side of a butternut squash soup? Uhhh YES PLEASE.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese – Because fall is for comfort food and this is a slightly healthier version of the most delicious dish on the planet😍

Pumpkin Queso Fundido – I’m not even like, a “queso person” and yet I am HERE FOR THIS.

Okay, it’s time to get cookin’! How are you celebrating the start of fall today?!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hellooooo Friday😍

And you guys! Exciting things that happened this week include:

  • Getting some new & fun partnership opportunities
  • My massage + mani/pedi because #selfcare
  • Hitting 10k steps every single day since walking my dog is honestly the best.
  • Realizing that my life is in MY control, I have the power to make change and everything is temporary.

And on that note, let’s get on with the Friday Finds😊

25 Tweets That Prove Dog Owners Have the Best Sense of Humor – Can you tell I’m happy to be a pet mom?😂 For real though, Ovi makes me laugh at least 10x a day and I’m so grateful for it!

3 Recipes from Antoni Porowski’s Cookbook We’re Drooling Over – INDEED. Any other Queer Eye fans out there? Antoni is ma faaaave.

DIY Leave-In Coconut Milk Conditioner Spray – V into DIY beauty these days!! This sounds incredible🙌🏻

Why Wellness Spaces Have Become the Social Hangouts of Choice – This article is a pretty accurate explanation of my life tbh. The wellness community has for real changed my life, it’s made the transition out of dancing soooo much easier for me!

Low Carb Chocho Flour Muffins – Say whaaat! I’d never even heard of chocho flour before!

Okay your turn – tell me something good or hit me with your favorite article/blog post from this week!👇🏻

xo Jordan

Another Incredible Trip to OBX, North Carolina (Photo Diary)

Well, I can’t say I was ready to leave the east coast after a pretty incredible 16 day trip, but I suppose it feels good to be back home.

In case you’re new around here, I’m originally from New York and my family has vacationed to the Outer Banks for (almost) my whole life! My parents have a home down there that they rent out, but they’re actually putting it on the market very soon. This summer was potentially my last time being at that house while it’s still ours…😳

And as sad as that is, boy am I happy I was able to spend a solid two weeks down there! As I mentioned in my last Friday Finds, we had a super fun first week with my brother, sister in law, a bunch of their friends and mine, plus our parents! But, Hurricane Dorian decided to come and keep things interested – the entire island was supposed to evacuate, but we decided to stay and wait it out since we were in one of the most northern towns in OBX! It rained a TON and was very windy, but it was also kind of fun and we didn’t even lose power. We hung out together, watched TV and did a puzzle!

During our second week, I picked up my boyfriend, and his brother & brother’s gf (who I love!!) also came down mid-week. We all had to work most of the day, but we’re still able to sneak away for a couple hours of beach time.

Ovi was in LOVE with the Outer Banks and our home there – he ran and ran on the beach and in our yard and had all the attention from our visitors!

We ate bagels from Lighthouse Bagels

And donuts from (the one of the original) Duck Donuts

Plus Sangria (recipe-ish here)

And ice cream from Big Buck’s – pb chocolate fudge for me!

We made sure to watch the sunsets each night, which just got prettier and prettier…

Drank pistachio coconut lattés from our favorite coffee shop Duck’s Cottage while shopping…

And soaked up the sun.

I’ll keep it short and sweet today (partly for you, I know Mondays are busy, and partly for me because this year feels extra sad😔). I’m going to be spending the day diving back into work, full force, running errands, going back to the spine doctor, and heading to a yoga event this evening. 

I hope you had the best weekend & here’s to a new week, no matter where we are in the world💗

5 Ways I Prioritize My Health While Traveling

I’m just about to close out a 16 day trip on the east coast and while I’m so sad to leave my family, I’m looking forward to getting back to a sense of normalcy! And my kitchen 🙂

As you know, I flew to NY first, then traveled down the coast to my family’s summer home in North Carolina. It’s my happy place! But things always do get a little hectic as we have company in and out, plus this year was even crazier due to a mixup in our dates, my puppy joining us, and a pretty intense hurricane hitting us mid-week!

My schedule is always a bit odd here, but generally consists of waking up on the earlier side, taking time to enjoy my coffee while getting some work done, hitting the beach around 11:30am, coming back around 3pm to shovel in a bunch of snacks, then kicking it by the pool until dinnertime. As you can see, that isn’t exactly my normal routine, and throw my back injury into the mix for an even less-athletic trip than usual.

That all being said, I do try to keep just a few things the same so that I can prioritize my health in between the lounging, bbq and ice cream cones! Here are 5 things I do every single day to keep my body (and mind) on track. Keep reading for the easy way I start my day and the supplements I make sure to take!

Drink my collagen coffee: If there’s one thing I will *always* make room for in my suitcase, it’s my travel collagen packs! I’ll put one in my coffee at the airport, bring them with me to enjoy with a hotel breakfast, or keep by our coffee pot at home so I don’t forget. I love that it adds a little protein boost first thing in the morning and I swear collagen has done so much for my hair, skin and gut health!

Take my Tru Niagen® supplements: I’ve been taking these consistently every day for almost 2 months now (along with my probiotics!), and I’ve been LOVING them. I truly think Tru Niagen has significantly helped with my energy, and I say this because the summer has been pretty hard on me with my back injury and extreme lack of sleep (hello #puppylife). But that being said, I never once felt like I had an afternoon slump or couldn’t stay up until my normal bedtime around 10:30pm.

Tru Niagen is known as a healthy-aging supplement (which is appealing on its own, since I’m 30 now🙈), but it also just improves health at a cellular level to boost cell function and energy, too! Basically, NAD (or nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a vital resource found in all living cells and as we age, or do things like overeat/drink alcohol, our NAD levels decrease. Tru Niagen helps boost them back up!

Eat a solid breakfast: Like i mentioned, our meals here can be pretty all over the place depending on what time we actually make it to the beach or what groceries are in the house! Since I’m one of those people that is always worried about when their next meal will be, I like to make sure I have a big breakfast with tons of protein and carbs to fuel me through the morning. Some days that’s a bagel sandwich (my favorite bagel place is down here!), other days it’s an avocado toast and egg kind of situation. Whatever I make, I know it needs to be a bit more filling than the usual green smoothies I have when I’m back in LA, and I try not to worry about the calories. 

Get moving outside: In previous years, I’ve gone to the community gym in our development here almost every morning, but this year is different because of my back and my dog (who I hate to leave behind!). I did go a few times since I’m allowed to do the elliptical and other light cardio, but otherwise I’ve been walking my dog in the neighborhood and on the beach! It’s a nice way to look at all the pretty houses, get my steps in, and enjoy being outdoors. The best was walking him at night so we could watch the pretty sunsets!

Go to sleep early: I’ve pretty much always been this way on any vacation I take, but here I generally go to bed around 10pm! Since I like to rise early and make the most of the days, going to bed early is a huge priority. It’s also so quiet and peaceful here that I’ve had better night sleeps than usual. That might have something to do with being less stressed, too…

And that’s it! I really have no interest in stressing over my eats and exercise (or lack there of), since I’m just trying to enjoy my time in my favorite place. Sometimes I’ll pack a bunch of snacks and try to stick to a routine, but frankly I just had too much in my suitcase to worry this time! I figure if I take my Tru Niagen supplements and do my best, that’s what counts😊 And that’s pretty much my version of “health” no matter where I am.

What about you – do you stay strict on vacation or let it ride? Are you a snack/supplement packer or do you save that stuff for home? If you’re looking for something easy to take with you that’ll help keep your energy up, something I know we could all use more of (especially during travel), I highly recommend Tru Niagen. Learn more about it here and feel free to drop any questions you may have in the comments!!

Thank you to Tru Niagen for sponsoring this post.

DFD Babe Feature: Candice of Beauty Bar Chocolate

I can’t even remember the last time I did a DFD Babe Feature, but I am SO honored to my friend Candice on the blog today!

If you’re new around here, I LOVE to interview incredible women entrepreneurs and share more of their stories on here! I myself am a business owner (who works with other female-owned businesses), so it’s super important to me to collaborate and support the women I see killing it.

Today, I’m chatting with my friend Candice who founded Beauty Bar Chocolate, a treat that uses only the highest quality ingredients with zero fillers. Keep reading for more on her journey to entrepreneurship, her biggest advice and where she plans to take BeautyBar in the near future!

Tell us a little bit about Beauty Bar Chocolate! When did you start it and why?

I launched Beauty Bar Chocolate after leaving a 19 year career in the fashion world. I  had major burnout, and was dealing with a host of autoimmune symptoms. I wanted to live a more inspired life and I found myself drawn into the wellness world, so I became a heath coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

During that time, I dove deep into my healing. I was able to start reversing my symptoms with lifestyle changes, diet and mindset.  I also went sugar -free, added adaptogens and collagen as part of healing from Candida and gut health issues. I then enrolled in Matthew Kenney Culinary school where I brought back my creativity and came up with the idea of BBC. I couldn’t find any clean, healthy chocolate in the market that tasted good, so I wanted to launch a product that helped people feel beautiful from the inside out. It’s my fashion-meets-wellness product.

What makes Beauty Bar different from other chocolate on the market?

There are so many things that set BBC apart from a sea of chocolates. You will most likely notice our beautiful floral box first (I was inspired by Persian soap boxes). I also don’t add many ingredients, there are no fillers or chemicals, and I use high quality brands that I believe in. It’s more than just chocolate – it’s about bringing inner peace into daily life. If we are calm on the inside, it makes if harder for disease to live, and anxiety to survive. When we are at peace our skin glows!! My tag line is: Eat For Peace, Focus & glowing skin. 

Can you share more about your previous work experience and/or education before launching your own company?

I worked for close to two decades in the fashion world and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve been in sales for most of my life, owned a women’s contemporary showroom in downtown Los Angeles where I used to sell clothing at wholesale, and helped launch many fashion brands. I knew nothing about the chocolate world before, but having these skills has helped me tremendously.

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

I love being the face of my company, networking with like-minded people and sharing my message. I also enjoy the process of producing the chocolate. I am still part of the process.

Is there something you wish more people talked about when it comes to being an entrepreneur?

I have a lot to say on this topic. To keep it short and sweet:  Have some patience, and to just start somewhere. I kept wanting to hold off until my site looked correct, and my packing was not perfect when I launched. It took so much work to get my packaging the way I wanted it to look, but once it came together, I had never been more happy!!

I’ve made many mistakes in this new world of mine, but I learn through each one and get better at it. For the days I really struggle, I’ll walk away from work to clear my head. Remember to breathe and try to enjoy the journey.

What advice can you give to someone looking to pursue their passion?

I would say to first to find something that you are so passionate about or you will grow tired of it so fast. You will be living, eating, and breathing this! Also don’t pick something for the money. Pick what you love and the money will come. Not only will people feel that passion coming from you, but they’ll want to be a part of what you are selling or offering.

How do you prioritize time for yourself?

Such a great question and what my business is all about! When I find myself trying to go back to my old Type A ways, I remind myself that I once was very ill, and filled with inflammation in my body. I will never go back to that life.

I love to wake up early around 5-5:30 am before anyone so I can have some time to myself before I start the day. I use that time to workout, catch up on tv, cuddle my dogs while sipping a matcha, or practice a grounding meditation to help get my out of my head. My evening routine has also changed from my fashion days. I traded in my nightly glass of champagne for magnesium and sleepy time herbal tea. I love going into my infrared sauna and to bed early (most nights in bed by 8:30-9pm) so I can get a good 8 hours of sleep. I know I am a granny but I love it. I wake up so refreshed!

What are you excited for in the fall season & beyond?

I have so much exciting things that are happening for BBC! I just launched in all the Erewhon locations! I am in the middle of relaunching my  site with more elevated pictures and upgrading everything. I am launching a holiday bar, and in the new year I will have a dream bar that helps relax you in the evening. 

Okay if you’re not a) fired up about going after the life you *actually* want to live and/or b) ready for some Beauty Bar Chocolate after that, I don’t know how to help you😂 Candice was sweet enough to give me a discount code to share, so feel free to use the code dancingfordonuts15 at checkout!

Find Candice herself on Instagram at @awholeandhappylife and BeautyBar at @beautybarchocolate. Thanks for stopping by and if you have anyone else in mind that you’d like for me to interview, drop their name/insta below!!

xo Jordan

An Update From NC + Friday Finds!

Hi from North Carolina, where we are potentially in the line of fire for Hurricane Dorian😅

I’ve been a lil MIA because last week, I flew with my from LA –> NYC and then drove down to NC on Friday, when we somehow got the dates confused and realized our beach house was actually rented until SATURDAY…so we all had to stay in a hotel which wasn’t dog friendly but Ovi isn’t very sneaky because he barks at everything.

The two of us “slept” in my car in the parking lot and finally settled in on Saturday for a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, and that’s the gist of it! Always an adventure😂

Other than that, things have been a bit of a cluster fk because I signed on quite a bit of new work and was thrown into that fire. To say I was stressed would be the understatement of a century, but luckily I’m in my favorite place in the whole world and look out my window at the ocean if I need to be instantly calmed!

It’s crazy to think we’ve already been here almost a week, but we’ve had so much fun and Ovi LOVES it here. He’s such a beach boy and was starting to go into the ocean before they shut the beach for the hurricane!

We’ve been eating all kinds of yummy things (my brother and his friends love to cook!) like a shrimp boil/bake, bbq, and bagels – my FAVE. I’m so looking forward to when my bf gets here on Saturday, I’m just crossing my fingers that his flight isn’t delayed or that we can’t get over the bridge to the mainland because of flooding!

Anyway, I hope you all had an amazing LDW and short work week! Figured I’d share just a few of my fave links before I go:

A Cheap & Delicious Miracle One Pan Meal – Why yes, I WILL be making this the week I get home from vacation🙌🏻

Cashew Coconut Oat Milk – ALERT THE MASSES. This sounds insane!

How to Fall Asleep Anywhere in 5 Minutes – Before I had severe back pain that made it impossible to sleep past 5am and I was exhausted by 9pm each day, I had pretty major sleeping issues😅 A sleep mask seriously changed my life (even though I thought I could NEVER sleep with one) and as for the rest? Definitely going to try those next time I’m strugglin’!

6-Ingredient Paleo Banana Blueberry Muffins – Seriously surprised by this ingredients list! Would love to make a version with pumpkin for fall😍

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back again soon!!

xo Jordan

Weekend Recap: How I Celebrated My 30th Birthday

Sooooo I’m 30 now…that’s fun!

To be honest, I feel like I’ve been 30 for years😂 My brother actually called me while I was unloading groceries out of my car and he goes, “welcome to adulthood, although you’ve pretty much been here for awhile…” – ain’t that the truth!

I did the party/drinking/fun thing in my early 20’s and haven’t don’t anything like that in ages. Some people might think that’s lame, but for me, the perfect birthday is relaxing with close friends/family/my pup, eating good food, and treating myself! That’s exactly what this weekend ended up looking like, and it was lovely😊

We kicked the weekend off Friday night by meeting up with friends at a wine bar in West Hollywood that’s dog friendly! It was SO cool – it’s called the Blending Lab and basically you can just do regular wine tastings (which are delicious) or blend up your own varietal! They have classes there, so that could be fun for next time. The only thing is that they don’t have food, but we ended up ordering pizzas and it was amazing!

Saturday morning, I met my friend Pam for the LA Magazine FIT LA Day in Santa Monica! It started with a class outdoors with the Studio MDR (which I modified a LOT), and then continued with a full and beautiful brunch spread, cocktails, a place to make your own lip scrub, get mini spa/facial treatments or touch up your brows, and even CBD samples! It was SO fun.

We then went back to Pam’s to bake the first half of the epic birthday cake she made me! We did a grasshopper chocolate cake with a bit of mint using a Cake By Courtney mix. I’ll just share a photo of that here because let me tell you, the fact that Pam made this and it wasn’t from an actual bakery still blows my mind!!

Saturday night was when we really celebrated and Alex took me to Elephanté, a pretty trendy restaurant that I’ve been dying to go to for ages!! The food farrrrr exceeded my expectations (if you go, please get the whipped eggplant and cacio e pepé!) but the views were even better. It was beautiful😍

We couldn’t wait to get home to our fur baby and dig into the most delicious cake my cousin Heather sent over from Ample Hills Creamery!! And yes, I’ve had two cakes all weekend and will continue to eat them until I leave for the east coast later this week😂 It’s my bday and I’ll eat cake 3x a day if I want to!!

Sunday morning was everything I could’ve asked for and more – Alex surprised me with a Theragun (since he knows how much pain I’ve been in with my back!) and we took Ovi for a walk on the beach. We grabbed our favorite “Salty Dog” coffees and a breakfast burrito from Dogtown Coffee, then watched our floof experience sand for the first time!! It was the CUTEST.

The rest of the day brought me over to my friend Alysia’s to sit by the pool with some of my other friends while snacking, enjoying and relaxing! She made an epic cheese plate, I went overboard with the Trader Joe’s snacks, and then we had Pam’s cake – it was a delicious day!!

My friend Connor came over for a bit in the early evening, and the rest of the night was just spent relaxing and watching some TV with my little family❤️

Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday – I felt so overwhelmed with love and joy and I feel like this next decade is going to bring the most incredible adventures. I can’t wait! And I appreciate you being part of the journey with me😊

xo Jordan

Why I’m a Snacker and How I Pick My Go-To’s

This post is sponsored by Sahale Snacks but all opinions and images are my own, as always.

You probably knew this already, but I’m not one of those people that just eats three meals a day and leaves it at that! 💁🏻

In fact, I’m trying to give myself the nickname Snack Monster J so let me know if you’re on board. I feel like it’s an accurate representation of who I am since snacking is potentially my favorite hobby…if you can call it that. I know eating three solid meals a day works for some people, and that’s awesome! But for me, I just can’t focus and stay energized throughout the day without a lil somethin’ somethin’ in between my meals.

For me, the perfect snack has:

Wholesome Fats: I usually get these from nut butters or nuts on their own! Avocados are great too, but I like to save those for on top of my actual meals.
Protein: Yep, nuts cover that front, too. I also love greek yogurt, roasted chickpeas or hummus, string cheese, and energy bars, but I’m a little energy bar-ed out these days.
Wholesome Carbs: I know carbs can get a bad rap, but minimally processed carbs can be extremely important for women (otherwise it can mess with our immune system, mood, and thyroid/cortisol production). Some good sources of carbs are oats, sweet potatoes, blueberries and cashews!

Lately, I’ve been absolutely loving Sahale Snacks – while plain nuts are great, they sometimes don’t cut it for me when I need a little afternoon pick me up! They make nuts and trail mixes that combine some seriously incredible flavors like their Pomegranate Vanilla Cashew Glazed Mix and new Pineapple Rum Cashew Coconut Snack Mix!

Clearly, these flavors are anything but boring and add just a touch of sweetness when I need it most (aka always, but especially after lunch!). I also LOVE sprinkling them on top of yogurt instead of granola and/or nut butter since they do the trick all in one – a little sweet, a little crunch and like I mentioned earlier, and protein!

I’ll have a handful of Sahale Snacks before a workout (since sometimes I workout between breakfast and lunch), before dinner to tide me over while I’m cooking, or even afterwards for dessert. For all of Sahale Snack’s amazing flavors and where to buy, head to their website here. I also love that they source their ingredients thoughtfully, use renewable resources whenever possible, and give back to farmers.

Are you a snacker like me? What does your perfect snack consist of?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hey y’all and Happy Friday!

This week I have been ALL over the place – I thought Tuesday was Wednesday and Wednesday was Thursday…all I can say is TGIF. This is actually my last Friday being 29 years old since my birthday is Sunday!

I’m super excited to turn 30, is that weird? I just feel like I’m ready to leave my 20’s behind. They were incredible, don’t get me wrong, but I feel solid in who I am, what I’m doing with my life and who I’m surrounded by, so heading into a new chapter just feels right😊

I’m not doing anything too crazy for my bday, just going out to dinner with Alex the night before and spending the day of with some girlfriends by a pool, but I am going back to the east coast next week, so that’ll be the real celebration! Anyway, here’s some light reading for your weekend!

15 Inspiring Journal Prompts to Try Tonight – I love the idea of journaling every night, but rarely do it…these prompts make it easy!

5 Easy & Healthy Dinners That Serve Just One Person – So yes I live with my boyfriend, but he travels 4-5 days a week, so it’s usually just me for dinner! I looooove these ideas – so helpful!

How to Keep Your Weekly Snack Budget to Under $10 – Apparently people spend $3,300 a year on snacks…I am definitely included😂

7 Vegetarian Air Fryer Recipes – So I swear I had an air fryer before it was cool and then I was over it by the time everyone else hopped on board. I really need to break it out again and make some of these!

What You Can Do to Help the Amazon Rainforest Fire – In case you’re not sure how to help and feel hopeless. Sometimes using our dollars to do something small can make a big difference❤️

Have a great last weekend of August (say whaaaaat!!!!)

xo Jordan