What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #5)

It’s been almost a YEAR since my last #WIAW. How crazy is that?!

In you’re not familiar, a What-I-Ate-Wednesday (or #WIAW) post is super old school food blog status, but I think it’s making a comeback in other formats like Instagram stories and YouTube! Either way, I’m here for it.

I only like to share these because I hope it gives you not only a peek into my day-to-day, but also some ideas! These posts are never meant to make you feel like your eats are good or bad, better or worse, just to give inspiration. Every body is different, every body’s tastes are different, and that’s okay😊 And, just so you know, I don’t count calories or macros or anything like that, I just try to eat as many real, whole foods as I can!

And on that note, here’s a look at everything I ate on Monday of this week!

7:30am – Collagen Coffee. ‘Nuff said (kind of)…I use a French Press and this milk frother to make the absolute perfect coffee every single morning. I also add in whatever non-dairy milk I have on hand, a scoop of Ancient Nutrition Joint Health Multi-Collagen in Vanilla plus a few shakes of Pumpkin Pie Spice. I also added a tsp of Lakanto Maple Syrup in this one and it was SO good! P.s. I drink my coffee with a straw for teeth-whitening purposes!

8:45am – Since I had to take my car in for service this morning, my eats are a little off, but that’s okay! I brought a Naturally Clean Eats bar to have before I got home because I knew I would get hangry.

10am – I usually eat breakfast at 9am, but since I had that snack earlier, I was able to hold off until a bit later! I had to take a photo for a brand, so I made this yogurt bowl with puffins, figs and peanut butter. Most days I’ll have a smoothie, but I love these bowls, too!

1pm – Lunch was that salad up top with arugula, peach and goat cheese topped with 2 jammy eggs on the side (unpictured, sorry about that!!) and a handful of candied walnuts. That salad has been my go-to lately – I’m obsessed with fruit in salads!!

3:30pm – Snack time! I just needed a little crunch while I was working so I broke out some Off The Eaten Path veggie crisps! I’m obsessed with these, and I’m not usually a savory snack person🙈 I also made a water with True Lemon in Lemon Raspberry because sometimes I just don’t want plain water…I know that’s weird!

6pm – When my bf is traveling, I tend to have dinner on the earlier side! I made myself some Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi (sautéed with ghee) and added in Nuovo Pasta’s portabella and truffle pesto plus a side of steamed broccoli with lemon and sea salt. Also yes, Ovi is in most of my food photos now😂

7:30pm – Dessert was (half) a Lily’s Chocolate bar, if I’m being honest…probably could’ve eaten less, but it’s so dang good and it’s made with stevia, so I feel like it’s okay to eat that much sometimes. I also had a spoonful of a new peanut butter I got from Fix & Fogg because my willpower is at zero…😅

And there you have it! I probably snuck a few other handfuls of nuts or veggie crisps or something, but that’s pretty much all of it. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more of these posts – I don’t often food journal so sometimes it’s fun to look back and see what I ate! I’ll link my old posts below.

xo Jordan

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#WIAW #2

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#WIAW #4

5 Easy Things I Do Every Morning for Better Health

Do you have a morning routine?

I wouldn’t say I really do, aside from making sure to let my dog out, check my phone and make my coffee, but there are a few things I love to do every single day that make me feel better both mentally and physically!

I like to preach that health is a lifestyle, it’s not all or nothing, a diet or cleanse, but there are always easy changes we can make to be at our best. I honestly look forward to most of these things and try to do them whether I’m traveling or at home! They give me energy, bring me joy and help get me organized (a feeling I thrive off of!). Some might even say they’re a bit of self-care😊

I start the day with things that inspire me. I always, always make coffee first thing and take time to read my favorite blogs, check out Pinterest, or watch my favorite YouTube channels. While I do love to hop on Instagram at some point, sometimes it can overwhelming and set my day off on a hectic note. The comparison trap is real🙈

I drink water. A lot of it. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read about people starting their day off with warm lemon water, but the one thing that gets me excited to start my day is coffee…so sue me💁🏻 But! What I’ll do is make my coffee and have that, but sip water on the side – at least large glasses before 9am! I’m always thirsty anyway (LA is *dry*), so it’s not like it’s hard, but I also think it just gets your body in gear for day.

I make a smoothie packed with the goods. You guys I swear by these – a smoothie is hands down the easiest way to get a load of nutrients that also taste like dessert. I try to keep the amount of fruit to 1/2 cup or less and pro tip: frozen bananas make smoothies extra creamy! I also like to add in spinach, a mix of almond mix and water, protein powder, and the Probiogen Smoothie Booster with probiotics and the equivalent of an entire multivitamin. It contains 20 vitamins and minerals plus probiotics for digestive health – which I think we could all use help with!

I take a probiotic. Lucky for me, the Probiogen Smoothie Booster already has probiotics in it, but if I don’t have a smoothie for some reason, or am traveling (which I have been a LOT), it’s much easier to just take capsules. I won’t travel anywhere without them and when I’m home, I just keep them right next to the coffee maker so I’m always reminded to take them!

Probiogen has two different kinds of probiotics that I LOVE: their Stress & Mood Balance Probiotic and Women’s Vitality Probiotic that both use Smart Spore Technology, which helps the probiotics survive 100x better (yes, they do die!). Right now, I’m mostly taking the Women’s Vitality since it also contains Cranberry and DDS-1 that aid urinary and bacterial health.

I plan out my day and prioritize deliverables. This is my last step before sitting down to really start the work day and it does wonders! I swear by a planner and written out list of to-do’s, and start with the ones that are due first. Some people like to use Google Calendar or different apps, but I love manually checking off what I’ve accomplished! Such a Virgo over here😂

And that pretty sums up my mornings! And if for some reason I forget to take my probiotics first thing, I just try to take them at some point in the day. I think one of the reasons I love Probiogen so much is because having that powder to put in my smoothies makes all of that nutrition so much easier to remember since it’s all in one! You can find their products on their website, as well as at retailers like GNC and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

What about you, do you take a probiotic?

xo Jordan

This post is sponsored by Probiogen, but all images & opinions are my own.

Friday Finds

Hay Friday! So happy to see you😍

I LOVE Fridays you guys. I know not everyone’s jobs are like this, but for me, most of my client work gets done by Thursday (not always, but usually) so Fridays I get to focus on blogging/recipe creation. It’s my happy time!

But before I really dive into my day, I just wanted to share some Friday Finds with you since it’s been a minute! Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

Blueberry Maple Oat Cups – Soooo admittedly this is my recipe and I fully planned on doing an actual blog post for it, but time got the best of me and I ended up just sharing it on Instagram🙈 If you’re not an IG user, you can just screenshot the recipe on your phone – so sorry if that’s annoying!

How the Humble Banana Became the Latest Healthy Go-To Ingredient – It’s kind of funny because I didn’t actually notice this, but it’s so true!! Bananas are in everything now and I’m so here for it. They’re my favorite fruit!

Burrata with Heirloom Tomatoes and Peaches – Well I know what I’LL be making this weekend, what about you?

5-Minute Express Butt & Thighs Workout – You guys, Erica is my GIRL. I’ve known her for 7 years now and she’s not only an angel, but her workouts are killer and FUN. I love that this one is only 5 minutes, it’s perfect for a lazy day or finishing off some cardio!

Creamy Banana Bread Chia Seed Pudding – Yep, more bananas😂 This does sound pretty incredible, though. I’ve been loving chia seed pudding!

That’s it for today y’all, now go out and enjoy your first weekend of August!!

xo Jordan

Currently… (& July Favorites)

A friend told me that July felt like it both FLEW by but also lasted 10 years…I think that’s pretty accurate.

Current Summer Favorites | Dancing for Donuts

I’m super ready for it to be August, partially because it’s my birthday month (helloooo 30!) and partially because I’m heading back to the east coast at the end of it!

I’ve been wanting to switch up the way I do my monthly favorites for a bit now (remember when I tried the video thing? Did anyone like that?), so we’re trying something new today. Here are some things that I’ve been eating/using/doing on repeat, so I guess you could just call them my favorites😂

CURRENT…

Breakfast on repeat… Green smoothies, yogurt bowls, and Alpen muesli – all day, everyday baby👏🏻 I’ve been adding in either Nuzest Protein (code DFD15 to save moolah), or LivWell Coconut Protein to my smoothies. Both are vegan! For the muesli, I just add almond milk and then top it with fruit/coconut.

Snack in my purse at all times… Naturally Clean Eats bars, Eat Like a Woman Chocolate Brownie bars, Fruit Bliss Bites, and Split packs. All pictured above!

Makeup routine… I honestly don’t wear much makeup these days since summer is so sweaty anyway, but if I do, I always use my Intelligent Elixirs Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (the coverage and finish are absolutely beautiful), Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara, and my Too Faced Natural Face Palette. I’ll finish it off with this gorgeous Tower 28 Lip Jelly!

Workouts… a steady mix of yoga at YogaWorks or Sweat Yoga, pilates at Pilates Platinum, Bünda, and steady-state cardio at home on the elliptical (while watching HGTV, duh).

Self-care routine… I’m thinking I might do a more in-depth blog post on this, but lately I’ve been keeping things simple – having a dance in the party in the shower with good music, a candle and using my favorite body lotion from Nécessaire afterwards (code JORDAN10 to save $$). I’ve also been watching a fair amount of TV, but also reading. I think both are okay😊

Show I’m binge-watching… The Bold Type (although I just caught up😥), Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things (well we already watched that one, but I honestly might watch it again), and Euphoria. UGH please watch Euphoria it’s unreal and I have the biggest girl crush on Zendaya.

Must-have home product… because #puppymom😂 Branch Basics sent me their incredible green cleaning products and they’ve been a godsend since Ovi licks everything and we’ve been cleaning our floors/doing a TON of laundry! They essentially have one multi-purpose cleaner concentrate that you mix with water – so convenient!

Song I’m overplaying… Still not over Beyoncé’s Homecoming album #sorrynotsorry, the new Lion King soundtrack and lots of country music, specifically Kelsea Ballerini! Country makes me think of summer, is that weird? Also I’m fully aware of how different those two artists are😂

What about you guys? What have you been loving lately?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds (and a Life Update!)

Okay so this life update is a couple of weeks old and most of you probably already know by now, but…

I have a puppy!!!! And his name is Ovi and he’s the best boy ever😊 He’s almost 10 weeks old now and he’s a black bi Aussiedoodle!! He was actually the runt of the litter too, so hopefully he’ll be in the 27-32 pound range. I just need to be able to travel with him so I can take him home for holidays!

He’s seriously the sweetest, so smart and so full of life. He’s a snuggle bug and I love him so much. If you’re obsessed with dogs (like me), you can follow him on Instagram because I’m a crazy pup mom and made him his own😂 It’s @ovithefloof

Other than that, I’ve just been trying to get ahead on work since we go to Hawaii TOMORROW! We’re somewhat irresponsible dog parents leaving our baby so soon, but we didn’t know we were going to have him obviously. Thank goodness for sweet friends who are going to watch him while we’re away!

And now, onto Friday Finds before I head back out of town because this summer is non freakin’ stop…

Peach Caprese Salad with Toasted Garlic Naan – Well this sounds lovely😍 Peach caprese is one of my favorites in the summer time!

Good Morning Coffee Lover’s Smoothie – So many of my favorite flavors in here! I have a smoothie for breakfast almost every single day and this is a good way to get that caffeine fix without the extra mug🙌🏻

Señorita Ab Routine – Maddie is one of my favorite YouTubers and I LOVE her workouts! She’s being doing workouts set to songs, which is fun since they go right with the beat of the music and only last a few minutes😅

A Budget You Can Actually Stick To – THIS. I work on my budgeting almost every couple of weeks (just because the nature of my work is all over the place) and I love the way this article breaks it down in a tangible way!

Sustainable Cookware That’s Less Than $100 – I just learned last year how bad our pots and pans can be for us AND the environment. I’m actually due for new ones so I think I’ll pick from this list!

Have a great weekend!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!! This is actually a big one for me…

It’s my last Friday before I’m a dog mom and I’m SO EXCITED. It’s all I can think about🙈 And luckily I wrapped up my busiest work week for awhile just in time!

In other news, I wrapped up my 6 weeks at physical therapy for my back and truth be told, the pain isn’t better at all whatsoever. I’m going to have to see a spine specialist, so please pray for me that I don’t have to go to a chiropractor because nothing grosses me out more than cracking bones😂

And with that, I leave you with some easy reads!

Why Your Weight Is Irrelevant (Even if Influencers Lead You to Believe Otherwise) – SUCH an interesting read on the comparison trap when it comes to weight + self-worth as portrayed on Instagram. How can we not feel like our appearance is everything when we’re constantly bombarded with Instagram models?

Brown Sugar Lime Baked Salmon – Excuse me WHAT. This sounds incredible.

5 Beat-Based At-Home Workout Videos – SO here for these👏🏻 As a dancer, I truthfully don’t understand how people workout NOT to a beat!

Watermelon, Feta & Arugula Salad – I’m so addicted to watermelon it’s scary. Might as well pair it with some greens😂

How to Update Your Space Without Spending a Cent – I LOVE this. We actually just did a deep clean in our apartment and donated 9 bags of things we didn’t need anymore. Clearing the clutter does wonders!

Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing weekend!!

xo Jordan

My First Time Trying Acupuncture

Me a few years ago: “Umm, I would literally never do acupuncture, why would you voluntarily stick multiple needles in your body at once?”

Me two weeks ago: “LET’S DO THIS.” And don’t get me wrong, I was still scared as frick, but I was also fed up with my back pain and after hearing from at least 10 of my friends how amazing acupuncture is, I knew I HAD to try it at least once! They say it can help with all kinds of things aside from pain including depression, anxiety, hormone health, headaches, insomnia, and even infertility.

So if you’re feeling the way I did but are maybe intrigued and would want to give it a shot, keep on readin’😊

For my first acupuncture experience, I went to WTHN, a New York-based acupuncture “spa,” if you will! At least, it felt like a spa to me, in the best way possible. First of all, that place has the most aesthetic décor ever with a ton of plants and a cute shop in front for all your wellness needs. It’s instantly inviting and warm.

From there, I was taken into my own curtain-ed off space with a specialist who first asked me what exactly I was interested in achieving with acupuncture and where I was experiencing pain. After sharing my frustrations with my mid and upper back injury, as well as my nervousness around getting acupuncture done, he kindly explained exactly what I could expect and assured me that there was not nothing to be afraid of.

If I’m being 110% honest, you do feel a teeeeensy tiny prick with the traditional method, but there is virtually no pain. It’s as if you were to give yourself a very small and gentle quick pinch. He also did a few needles with the “pressure point” method up by my shoulders and I admittedly did feel a bit of discomfort during those.

I’m really glad he did both kinds, just so that I could experience them, and I’m sure that the pressure point technique is necessary to really get into those tight muscles (they don’t use that all over the body, just in certain areas of the body that carry a lot of tension).

After about 5-10 minutes of the setup, he handed me a button that I could press if I needed anything or started to get uncomfortable, covered me with a very thin, paper-like blanket, and put on headphones with my choice of serene music. For the next 25 minutes, I laid there.

Here’s how the next part of my session went:

  • I almost instantly relaxed and teetered somewhere between awake and asleep (but I didn’t want to actually fall asleep though, for fear of being startled when he walked back in😂)
  • I lost track of time and felt almost weightless
  • At around the 20 minute mark (I think), I felt myself starting to overheat – again, not from being in pain, but more so from feeling like I couldn’t move
  • I panicked a little, and almost pressed the button, but talked myself down and knew I could make through the last few minutes

And then? It was over! My acupuncturist gave me a sheet with some recommendations (4 sessions to ease the pain) and made sure I was both pleased with my experience and hydrated! Again, very spa like💆🏻 

After my appointment, I continued to feel very much relaxed and didn’t experience any back until the middle of the night, which is super normal for me. I don’t know if one session is really meant to achieve long-term effects, but I’m positive that if I lived near WTHN I would be back soon.

All in all, I would recommend acupuncture to absolutely anyone. It was a different kind of self-care and one with so many benefits. And one last thing – I do think that being face down and not actually seeing the needles was super helpful, but if you need to be face up, maybe ask for something to cover your eyes!

Tell me, have you ever tried acupuncture?! If you haven’t, do you want to?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hellooooo Friday! Ugh, aren’t Summer Fridays the best?!

It’s not like I get actual Summer Fridays (y’know when you have a half day of work), but since I’m my own boss, I’ve decided that I’m going to do them once in awhile, anyway😏

I purposely made this week more low key than usual with fewer plans and workouts scheduled in. My time in NY was so hectic and since I wasn’t actually on vacation, I definitely didn’t get enough work done😅 Luckily I’m feeling nice and relaxed, and more importantly, back in the groove! Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Cassava Flatbread – What’s pictured up at the top of this post! I actually subbed garbanzo flour for the cassava flour and you guys I am BLOWN away. This bread has zero sugar in it yet somehow tastes slightly sweet? And has a ton of fiber/protein, too!

How to Make Your Own Oat Flour and Why It’s Healthier – Whaaaat this is so interesting! I actually make my own anyway, but mostly just because I thought it was cheaper😂

My Summer Manifesto: A Little Less Doing – An absolutely beautifully written piece and exactly how I plan to approach this summer, as well.

Vodka-Infused Pineapple – I don’t always drink alcohol, but when I do I prefer to have it with fruit…and eat it😍

The 20-Minute Salad I Make Every Tuesday – My mom used to make us a version of this all the time when we were little and I’d forgotten how easy/delicious it was!

12 Fun & Easy Recipes to Make With Your Kids This Summer – Is it weird if I make these even if I don’t have kids…

Hope you all have a great summer weekend!! Tell me your plans – we’re going to be FaceTiming with our (potential) puppy!!

xo Jordan

Must-Visit Healthy Food & Wellness Spots in NYC

OMG HI.

Dancing for Donuts | Must-Visit Health Eating & Wellness Spots in NYC

I am back from one of the most epic, hectic and AMAZING trips to New York that I’ve had since I left in 2011! I initially went for my best friend’s bachelorette, which was an absolute, exhausting blast, and then stayed to see my family and friends!

I met up with some of my incredible blogger babes, caught up with friends from college, and got to visit some places that have been on my list for ages. I also threw an event alongside my friend Alyssa and a company called MyWellBeing, so full recap on that to come soon😊

Until then, I’ve rounded up 7 of my favorite wellness/healthy living spots from my trip and let me tell you guys, I miss them already. NYC is so much more wellness focused than it was when I was in college – it’s crazy! Let’s get into it😍

WTHN – Okay you guys, I finally did it, I got acupuncture for the first time!!! I’m so proud of myself, can you tell😂 I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous, but I’m willing to do pretty much anything to ease my back pain at this point. Plus, my friend Alyssa told me this spot was unbelievable, and she was RIGHT.

I actually have their “herbs” at home, which are supplements made with adaptogens, but I’m so glad I got to visit this gorgeous space in person. I think I might do a full post on my experience, but let me just say, this is the perfect place to go in NYC if you’re looking to experience acupuncture for the first time! It’s got the vibe of a super cool spa, they make you feel so comfortable, and the practice itself is super healing. 

Sundays Studio – If you’re looking for a non-toxic mani in the city, you HAVE to go to Sundays!! The ambiance is beautiful, the service is outstanding, and my nails looked SO good. I got a regular manicure with some nail art (so many cute designs and colors!), but they also do non-toxic gel manis, too! Can’t wait to go back here next time I’m in town.

Hu Kitchen – YOU GUYS. Omg I wish I could express to you how much I loved it here😭 I was fully planning on going back at least once more and just ran out of time, but please oh please make a point to go to this healthy food freaking WONDERLAND next time you are in NYC. They have so many insanely delicious options that cater to nearly any diet and their creations taste like actual heaven. I wanted to try one of everything, but I made my own bowl with their pork meatballs, pineapple and broccoli. I also tried their chickpea focaccia which was SO good!

Charley St. – This was my first stop in the city last week for a meetup with some my blogging friends and it did not disappoint! It’s an Australian café, which I know seem to be popping up all over NYC and LA, but you guys. The gluten-free banana muffin and banana bread for to DIE for. They also make a mean oat milk latté and some seriously gorgeous smoothie bowls!

Energi – My friend Alyssa and I actually held an event here last week (blog post on that to come very soon!), but it’s such a stunning space! I’m so grateful that we were able to use it. Energi is a wellness focused co-working space that’s opening very soon, but they actually have a workout studio right upstairs too that’s already open! Some seriously incredible teachers have classes there (that’s something to do next time!), but the cowering space is pretty epic too. Super bright, open, welcoming, and full of energy – pun intended.

Two Hands – Another Australian café (yep, I told you they were on the up and up!), Two Hands is a beautiful spot for breakfast! It’s slightly pricier than Charley St., but worth every penny. The scrambled eggs are ridiculous and they too have banana bread, but the star of theirs it the whipped mascarpone on top. I’m so glad I got to meet my friend Gracie here – you guys might know her as Hungry Blonde but her blog was the first I ever followed back in college😊

Humming Puppy – Not gonna lie, I would legit move into this studio. It is easily the most beautiful place I’ve ever practiced yoga in, but it’s also so much more than that. The entrance alone is magical and there’s coconut water waiting in beautiful mugs for you, but then the studio itself is unlike anything else I’ve stepped foot in. It’s huge and the mats are placed ready and waiting for you in a half circle moving outwards from the center of the room where the teacher stands and each row is tiered slightly higher than the one before it. They keep it dark and there’s an actual constant humming vibration throughout the room during the entire class. I don’t think I’ve ever felt energy like that before🙌🏻

Okay, okay, that one up there ^ is NOT a healthy foodie spot, but if you like donuts and you’re in NYC, you do have to hit up Dough Doughnuts ’cause they’re the size of your head and oh so fluffy😏

Well, there ya have it! Do you have any favorite spots that I missed?! I’m hoping to get back to NYC a bit more frequently now that I don’t have to worry about vacation days, so hit me with your best!

And, of course, have a very Happy Monday!

xo Jordan

Spring Favorites

Just popping in to share some of my recent favorites with you guys!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I shared a monthly favorites post, but I’m doing things a lil differently today and doing it in a video instead😊

I’ve been having so much fun shooting and editing videos, plus you can hear me describe the items a bit better this way, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving anything lately, and if you have any videos you’d like me to shoot!

xo Jordan