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

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


Babes on a Budget: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl.

Ok I’m going to say something that I feel like is going to make people like, gasp and then hate me a little…

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but oatmeal totally does not fill me up and I literally will be hungry 2 hours later. What is wrong with me, guys?! I’ve tried adding nut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, flax, you name it I’ve done it. And for some reason, without fail, my stomach will be growling by 11am. So, I’ve recently turned to other (inexpensive) means of filling up before busy days at the office and it includes some of my absolute favorite foods: sweet potatoes, peanut butter, bananas and dates. I topped it with granola too, for a little extra crunch & sweetness! I definitely recommend coconut granola, or just coconut flakes/shavings – the flavor combo is INSANE.

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The best part about this recipe is that is super low effort, kind of like overnight oats but just slightly more prep. You just boil a pot of water, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch (-ish) chunks, boil for about 15 minutes and then you’re good to go. You can mash the potato in the pot, or another bowl, or a tupperware if you want to save it for the next day in the fridge. Then you simple toss in the other ingredients and poof. Done. Easy peasy.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

1 medium sweet potato

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 banana, sliced

1 -2 dates, chopped

1 tbsp peanut butter (drippy is better, so I’d go for all-natural!)

1/4 cup granola (I used KIND Oats & Honey Clusters w/Toasted Coconut)

*if gluten-free, just leave off the granola or choose a gluten-free variety!

1. Fill a medium-sized pot 2/3 of the way with water and bring to a boil. While the water is heating up, peel and cut a sweet potato into 1/2 inch or so chunks. Drop into water once boiling and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft when poked with a fork.

2. Drain the sweet potatoes and mash with a fork either in the pot or another bowl. Add in the almond milk to make it creamier and stir until combined.

3. Top with banana, dates, granola and peanut butter if eating right away, or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Enjoy!

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Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

xo Jordan

A Word on the Weekend.

Aaaaand just like that, we’re back to Monday.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Every other Thursday, we have a meeting at work where we discuss our recent wins and some things that we’re working on. At the end, we share our plans for the upcoming weekend. Last Thursday, and for the first Thursday in a long time, I realized I had no real, concrete plans. I’ve been on the go quite a bit, and I’m 100% a planner/list-maker, so not having any set schedule seemed almost boring and honestly slightly stressful. After our meeting, I thought about setting up back-to-back friend-dates for both days and tried reaching out to a few people, but when nothing came to fruition I realized I had total freedom for once. And it was so unbelievably nice.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

My Saturday consisted of an easy morning in complete with pancakes and homemade lattes, then a solo trip to the gym. Without any time constraints, I was able to do a full on workout while I listened to some of my new favorite podcasts. Afterwards, I took a walk along Main Street in Santa Monica and then met some friends at the beach. For lunch, we went to a new-to-me spot I’ve been dying to try for years, Huckleberry, and it was incredible (see the photo up at the top of this post ^!)

Dinner was a special one, thanks to a gift my parents gave me and my boyfriend back on Christmas. I didn’t take any photos, partially because I wanted to live in the moment and keep my phone away during our time together, but also because (let’s face it) taking photos in a fancy restaurant isn’t exactly the classiest thing ever. I will say, our crab cake appetizer, scallop dinner and pumpkin pot de creme at Cafe del Rey were absolutely to die for. I don’t exactly get to splurge on dinner often, so being able to go to such a beautiful restaurant was a real treat. Thanks mom and dad!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Sunday we slept in and then decided to make a frittata. Have you ever made one of these?! It was so easy, and so delicious!! I then met a friend from home at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a cup of coffee. This is another place I’ve driven by a thousand times but have never actually gone to! This place just screams Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s to me, I loved it – perfect baby pink with Beverly Hills Hotel written in script on everything, just quintessential old Hollywood vibes. And it’s safe to say I’ll be searching for an exact replica of their palm leaf wallpaper for my next apartment…

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

Post-fancy coffee, I met one of my best friends for (yet another…) cup of coffee. Since really no one should have 3 cups of coffee before 2pm, I opted for a Golden Milk Latte instead at Cafe If in West Hollywood. I had never been to this cafe before either and it was super cute! Very minimalist and quiet, I think this would be a great hidden gem to work out of someday! That latte was pretty epic too, slightly spicey and lemon-y and very delicious. Dinner was homemade turkey chili + cornbread (I swear by the mix from Trader Joe’s!) while watching the Oscars.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

To be honest, I didn’t actually mean for this post to be so much a recap of my whole weekend as an attempt to prove the point that not everything has to be planned every minute of everyday. And, more importantly actually, there are so many things to do and see wherever you may live that you may not even realize. I think we often get caught up in our routines or only go to our favorite places, which I totally think we should still do, but every once in awhile it’s nice to find something new. In 2 days, I visited 4 new places (which is rare for me.) A new place or meal or mini-adventure can make any ordinary weekend feel special. I’m grateful to live in a place with so much to offer, and I’m making a promise to take more advantage of it in the future!

Did you try anything new this weekend?! Let me know in the comments 🙂

xo Jordan

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Hello & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Monday! The sun finally came out in LA and I was able to spend a bit of time outside and on the beach. It was glorious. I also wanted to take some time to meal-prep for the week and whip up something new, so I decided to riff off this customizable baked oatmeal recipe. I loved so many things about these – they’re insanely cheap and easy to make, gluten-free, packed with protein, and they only have one tablespoon of honey in the entire recipe. That’s it! No other sugar whatsoever except natural sugars from the fruit.

You can absolutely customize these if you’re not feeling the blueberries. I’m honestly planning on making them again next week with carrots and raisins (I’m a big carrot-cake fan!), and maybe raspberries and chocolate chips the week after that…I have big plans 🙂 I also highly recommend smothering the crap out of these in peanut butter. It adds a bit of protein and a loooooot of yumminess.

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 medium, ripe banana mashed

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp raw honey

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup blueberries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil spray or Pam.

2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, mashed banana, applesauce, vanilla extract and honey.

3. In a smaller bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, and baking powder. Pour into banana mixture and combine. Stir in almond milk and then add blueberries.

4. Divide the batter evenly into muffin cups (mine made ~16 so I had to do this twice!) and bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly brown. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

If you’re looking for a last minute dessert for tonight, this recipe I made last year is perfect. Warning: it’s highly addictive. But whatever you choose to eat or make today, I hope you do something you love 🙂

xo Jordan

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

Well, it’s finally starting to feel like autumn around here. And thank goodness too, because I bought a pink glittery unicorn onesie that I really need to break in.

I’m taking it easy this morning after a few crazy days of school and work that had me waking up way too early to make anything fun for breakfast (which, let’s be honest, is really what weekends are all about). So today I made a batch of these pumpkin pancakes which I managed to inhale in all of 3 minutes. Oops…

Dancing For Donuts | Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

While these take a few more minutes for prepping, they actually cook up pretty quickly and are honestly super healthy, so I don’t even have to worry about not fitting into my halloween costume! Hooray! They can also be easily adapted to be gluten free or even vegan since they don’t require any eggs. Hence why I picked this recipe over others, since I’m out of eggs right now… *GASP*

Dancing For Donuts | Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

(adapted from this recipe – makes ~10 small pancakes)

1/2 cup flour (i used all-purpose but gf works fine, too!)

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

1 packet of stevia

1/4 cup + 3 more tbsp pumpkin puree

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup milk (i used 1% but almond works, too!)

1 tsp honey

2 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

brown sugar + extra cinnamon for dusting (optional)

  1. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and stir well to combine.

2. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined (don’t over-mix). Add more milk tbsp by tbsp if the batter is too thick for your preference (mine were super thick).

3. Spray a skillet with coconut oil or pam, and heat over a medium flame. Once the pan is hot (test with drops of water), drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the pan in small circles. Be sure to spread the batter with a spoon/spatula/finger so that it’s not all sitting in the middle! Flip once it starts to become golden.

4. Repeat until all the batter is gone and stack pancakes so that they stay warm. I sprinkled brown sugar in between each, which carmelized while the rest of the pancakes were cooking! Sprinkle with more cinnamon or maple syrup. Enjoy! 🙂

Dancing For Donuts | Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.

xo Jordan

3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Heeeeeey, Monday.

I actually woke up this morning to find out that I got called off work (WHAT?!), so today is more like a Sunday for me. But! For those of you who don’t have the day to catch up on errands and blog post, I’m here to bring you some light reading and share some easy ways to make your morning feel  like a fresh, positive start to the day no matter what.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Perk Up Your Morning Joe. Can I tell you I made THE best cup of coffee today?! I’ve been buying this ridiculously cheap coffee since my trip to Austin back in June (that’s what they had at our AirBnB) and I’m obsessed. It’s extremely strong, so I use exactly 2 tablespoons for about 2 mugs of coffee, and that’s literally how I measure it…I fill 2 mugs and pour them in. Works like a charm. Then, and here’s the really good part, I put in a couple shakes of ground cinnamon, a shake of ground ginger, and a shake of nutmeg. Trust me on this, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Oh, and I do this all year round, not just in the fall when people are obsessed with pumpkin spice. Plus, cinnamon is crazy good for you. Do ettttttttt.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Have a Real Breakfast. Now I know y’all have heard this one many times before, but having a breakfast with real foods is so important to not only your health but also your mind. Having nutrients found in veggies, fruits, whole grains, and protein can kick start your brain to boost productivity and fuel you for the day ahead. Lately I’ve been making a 1 egg-2 egg white omelette and topping it with black beans and salsa (not the prettiest breakfast ever, but you get the gist). I find that on days that I eat non-processed foods, I have more energy for work or the gym, crave sugary foods less, and stay full for longer.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Ways to Make Your Morning Better.

Set Yourself Up for Success. So this last one is really different for everyone, depending upon what your day looks like and what you want to accomplish. But whatever that may be, write it down. Make a to-do list, write out a schedule, and put it in your planner. If you can see exactly what needs to be done, you can get yourself ready and set aside the time to do it. Not to mention you’re more likely to remember something once you write it down. I live by my iCalendar and planner. So today, for example, I’ve written down “homework, gym, groceries, blog, and clean bathroom.” Isn’t my life grand?! But hey, a day off’s a day off.

Well I’m off to tackle that list ^ but I hope you all have wonderful days!!

xo Jordan

3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Breakfast Cookies.

Greetings from New York!

I flew home on a red-eye Sunday night and it’s been a little hectic since I got here. I was able to make myself a nice breakfast this morning to enjoy on our patio before the chaos of today begins! When you’re only home for 60 hours there’s not a whole lot of down time, but that’s okay because I’m so happy to be back on the east coast!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Cookies.

I made these 3-ingredient breakfast cookies (4 ingredients, if you count the peanut butter I added on top…) and they were so delicious. They take all of 15 minutes from start to finish, are gluten-free, vegan, and super healthy. If you don’t like blueberries, or just want to try something different, you can pretty much add anything here from chocolate chips to coconut shavings to raisins. And even though they’re healthy enough to eat for breakfast, I promise they don’t taste like it 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Cookies.

3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Breakfast Cookies

2 very ripe bananas (medium-sized)

1/3 cup of blueberries

1 cup rolled oats

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment.

2. In a small bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Add the oats and blueberries, and stir to combine.

3. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and drop onto the parchment. Make sure blueberries are spread evenly throughout the cookies (about 2-3 blueberries in each) to ensure even baking.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Eat immediately, topping with peanut butter if desired, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Cookies.

xo Jordan

Mediterranean Egg Muffins.

Happy Monday, y’all! Here’s to a new week & a fresh start.

Dancing for Donuts | Mediterranean Egg Muffins

If you’re in need of an easy, quick breakfast to begin your day, look no further. I prepped these egg cups this weekend and loaded them up with veggies so I would have something ready for busy mornings.

Dancing for Donuts | Mediterranean Egg Muffins

Not only do they taste amazing, but I know I can feel good about eating a nutritious meal to fuel me for the day ahead. They’re inexpensive, low fat, and take about 5 minutes to make. You really can’t lose with these guys!

Dancing for Donuts | Mediterranean Egg Muffins

Mediterranean Egg Muffins

(makes 10 muffins)

8 eggs (6 whole, 2 egg whites)

1/4 cup water

1 cup torn spinach

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped basil

1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella

salt & pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with pam or coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, tomatoes, spinach, onion and basil. Pour batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup 3/4 of the way full. *Pour a little bit of water in any empty muffin molds to ensure an even bake!

3. Bake the eggs for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste.

4. Bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Eat right away or store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Mediterranean Egg Muffins

Have a great day/week!

xo Jordan

Breakfast (Or Dessert!) Banana Split.

Hello, hello! Apologies for being MIA this week, it’s been a crazy one.

While I’ve been eating pretty clean lately (to make up for all the pizza and donuts), I’ve also been craving sweets like it’s nobody’s business. I don’t know about you, but I’m 100% a stress-eater. To make sure I don’t undo all my hard work at the gym and in the kitchen, I’ve had to get creative with my treats!

Dancing for Donuts | Breakfast (Or Dessert!) Banana Split

I made this healthified banana split this morning and it definitely started my day on the right foot. It’s a light meal (or perfect snack), but full of nutrients nonetheless and easily customizable to your favorite flavor combos!

Dancing for Donuts | Breakfast (Or Dessert!) Banana Split

Today I chose to go with a coconut greek yogurt for a punch of summer. I’ve recently gotten into the Oikos Triple Zero brand – I know a lot of flavored greek yogurts have a ton of sugar (beware!) but this one doesn’t have any added artificially and is only 120 calories. Not bad!

Dancing for Donuts | Breakfast (Or Dessert!) Banana Split

I topped my banana split with some crushed up Peanut Butter Puffins, since they’re my fav and I treated myself yesterday. I’m making a very conscious effort to not eat the whole box in 3 days, and you can quote me on that! These things are addictive, but in the realm of cereal they’re also really not that bad health-wise. If you have some on hand, I’m sure granola would be just as, if not more, delicious, as well as unsalted almonds, cashews or coconut flakes. The toppings can be as crazy or simple as you’d like, but I like to add some texture and crunch!

Dancing for Donuts | Breakfast (Or Dessert!) Banana Split

Breakfast (Or Dessert!) Banana Split

one ripe banana

1/2-1 individual container greek yogurt (your favorite will do!)

4 sliced strawberries

1/4 cup crushed cereal, granola or nuts

1. Place banana on a plate. Spoon greek yogurt on top.

2. Top with strawberries and crushed cereal. Enjoy!

I’ll be back again soon, friends. Have a wonderful Thursday!

xo Jordan