DFD at Home: Current Routines & Favorites

I’ve got a little somethin’ different for you today!

I saw The Chalkboard Mag interview Sophie Jaffe for their At Home With series and I thought it would be kind of fun to answer the same questions myself! Since let’s face it, they’re not going to be interviewing me anytime soon😂

So a little bit about me if you’re new around here – I’m an LA-based entrepreneur and former professional dancer originally from New York. I now run my own female-focused digital marketing consulting company called DFD Creative and this blog/Instagram, Dancing for Donuts! Here’s a little peek into what I’ve been doing and loving lately from my wellness must-haves to current workouts and pantry essentials.

DAILY BREAKFAST: A green smoothie in the summer (frozen banana, spinach, vanilla protein, pb + almond milk) and a yogurt bowl in the winter (plain greek yogurt, nut butter + sliced banana, granola if we have it!)

DREAM BREAKFAST: A donut (duh), or to be honest, a big fat bagel with lox and cream cheese and maybe a side of an Almond Croissant straight from France. Yep, veryyyy healthy😂

HOW I TAKE MY COFFEE: with frothed non-dairy milk (oat or hazelnut), stevia and a touch of cinnamon.

DAILY SUPPLEMENTS: Megafood Elderberry Gummies + a pack of my Binto vitamins + my WTHN Gut Check herbs if I need a digestive boost (code DFD10 to save!)

KITCHEN TOOL OBSESSION: My Zulay milk frother! I literally almost sent another one home to NY so I could have it for the month…

FAVORITE DAILY WORKOUT: Megaformer pilates, hot yoga, or just chillin’ on the elliptical while watching HGTV. True story.

3 STAPLES IN MY PANTRY: Nut butter, chia seeds & chickpea pasta

FOOD PHILOSOPHY IN ONE SENTENCE: Eat what makes you happy because life is too short, just make sure you’re treating your body the way it deserves to be treated.

FAVORITE THING TO COOK FOR FRIENDS: Gluten free pasta with veggies and/or baked chicken thighs

LATELY I’M ALWAYS WEARING: Sweats! I swear by these from Abercrombie.

AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK I COOK: the Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi with their vegan kale pesto

MY BEST HEALTH ADVICE: Drink water, move your body, and eat your greens.

HEALTHY RECIPE I LOVE TO MAKE AT HOME: I love baking healthy donuts – it’s kind of my thing and you probably already knew that already😊 I love making my Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts and Birthday Funfetti Donuts the most!

So what about you?! What’s your dream breakfast or favorite workout?

xo Jordan

A Not-So-Typical Day in the Life

I’ve second-guessed what day it is at least 6 times this week, it’s fine…😂

This week is kind of odd for me since I’m actually heading out of town for my best friend’s wedding Thursday morning. And I’m writing this post on Tuesday night, the 5th, because I’m just having a moment where I feel super freaking grateful for the life I’m living…do you ever get that way? Don’t get me wrong, things are so far from perfect right now, but today was one of those days where I felt like I was moving in the right direction. So I want to share it with you!

So everyday (including today) I wake up between 6:30 and 7am and let my pup out! I start work pretty much right away, which I know isn’t great wellness wise, but since I’m on California time, that means I’m already 3 hours behind everyone else on the west coast. In other words, I have extra catching up to do on social platforms and emails. Luckily all my clients right now are on PST too, but they all are early risers so we get stuff done first thing!

After doing some work, drinking my collagen coffee, posting this recipe on Instagram, and getting all ready for the day, I went up to an event in Bel Air with Peach & Lily, a non-toxic Korean skincare company that I am now obsessed with!!

I literally have no idea how they found me, it was a super small, suuuuper fancy event at a mansion with all these big time influencers, but it was easily the nicest event I’ve ever been to. It was nuts🙈

I learned so much about their products, too – everything is 100% worry free (meaning allergen and toxin free) and they work with an in-house toxicologist to develop them, too. He was actually there explaining more about the ingredients, which was really interesting! I actually used to work at a skincare company, so I looooove that stuff.

Once I got home, I made myself an iced coffee (I know, I’m addicted), some snacks, and got back to business…with some Ovi playtime in between, of course. Since he can’t go out on walks yet, he gets soooo much energy after I pen him in while I’m gone!

If you guys don’t know, my main job is being a social media consultant to women-owned and run businesses through my company DFD Creative, and my responsibilities/deliverables with each client can vary quite a bit, so everyday is different. This week I’m focusing on content creation and influencer outreach, for the most part! It’s fun😊

And since I’m not working out right now because of my back (I’m dealing with pretty severe pain that not even the spine specialist can figure out😑), I decided to go to a new infrared sauna to see if that would help! I’m not sure if my muscles feel any better, they’re unbelievably tight, but it was suuuuper relaxing. Maybe someday I’ll have one of those in my non-existent house…

Once I got home, I finished up my outstanding work for the day, ordered a salad from Sweetgreen since we’re low on groceries, and sat down to write this post!

I know nothing too crazy happened today, but I just feel very lucky to have a job with flexibility, creativity, and excitement. Is this what I’d pictured for myself 10 years ago? No, not even 5 years ago, but it’s pretty damn great.

So thanks for being here, I appreciate you always❤️

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


A Day in the Life.

Hello again!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

I can’t tell if this week is going by quickly or slowly…is that just me? Anyway, I wanted to write a post that’s a bit more about me, since people tend to get confused about what I do and how I do it. That can happen when you’ve been a professional dancer who moved across the country, a hand model, business school student, and now full-time marketer! Things get a little crazy around here, but I like to be busy. My days are never exactly the same, but here’s one example for ya 🙂

6:57am: I’m up before my alarm again *insert eye-roll here,* so I do the usual phone-check and go through my Instagram and Facebook feeds, and respond to some work e-mails.

7:30am: Alarm actually goes off. I hurry up and get ready so that I can make myself a nice cup of coffee and finish prepping my food for the day. I usually do most of the prep the night before, but I’ll actually pack my lunch and snacks right before I head out for work.

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8:50am: I get to the office and realize my coffee is all gone…it’s a sad moment. Luckily I still have my breakfast to dig into – today it’s overnight oats made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, peanut butter powder, half a sliced banana, and chia seeds. I warm it up because it’s been chilly outside.

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11am: I kid you not, I get hungry at 11am every single day without fail. Unless I’ve had a huuuge breakfast, like I do on the weekends sometimes, I’m in desperate need of a snack. I munch on a siggi’s yogurt with the other half of my banana.

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12:40pm: I head out on a walk to the closest Starbucks – I’ve been using it to treat myself mid-day because I absolutely love the taste of coffee and will most definitely need some caffeine to make it all the way through this afternoon. Starbucks is only about 2/3 of a mile away, so I take the extra-long way back to the office so that I walk for about 40 minutes total, listening to my audiobook (Through Her Eyes, at the moment! It’s very Gone Girl-esque so I’m intrigued). I try to get some movement in during the day so that I’m not so sedentary for 9 straight hours!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

1:30pm: I’m having a later lunch today because the latte I got from Starbucks and my snack helped to tide me over. I like to bring my lunch from home to save some money and calories. On today’s menu: leftover Golden Milk Quinoa with half an avocado, torn kale, cherry tomatoes, and roasted chickpeas. So darn delicious.

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4pm: I’m heading to the gym after work, so I want a snack that’s going to fuel me for my workout. I eat an apple and one of Quest’s new Cereal Bars. They were giving them out at my 24 Hour Fitness and I’ve been dying to try them. It was pretty good! They’re lower in calories than most other bars but still have protein. I’m hoping to try the other flavors soon!

6pm: I get to the gym and do a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. I know I should probably stay longer, but I’m starving and want to see my boyfriend. We’re making dinner tonight! My workout consists of a mix of my new favorite machine, the stairmaster (Calorie Burn at level 7/9) and walking on the treadmill at an incline (Inc: 15, Speed: 4.1).

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

7:30: Before I jump in the shower, I throw chopped beets and carrots to roast in the oven at 400 degrees fahrenheit, throw the farro on the stove, and the boy has already taken care of the protein. He’s made jerk-chicken and herb chicken wings. Am I spoiled or what? 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

8:30: Dinner’s a bit on the late side tonight, but it was worth the wait. I honestly think that making dinner at home is just as good if not even better than going out. Plus you have leftovers for lunch the next day! Into a tupperware they go. We skip dessert tonight since we’re doing no-sweets-February (I know, it’s horrible).

9:30: I’m finally posted up on the couch for a solid hour of TV watching (generally VICE News these days). Since I’m trying to get a blog post up for the next day, I’m editing photos and working my writing with the TV on in the background.

10:45pm: I jump into to bed, shut the lights off and turn my white noise maker on. It takes me awhile to fall asleep sometimes, so I like to be in bed early enough in case this is one of those nights. See you in the morning!

xo Jordan