Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie (that Actually Tastes Like a Milkshake)

I really just need you to trust me on this one and scroll with an open mind.

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Believe me when I tell you guys that I’ve been making this smoothie EVERY single day for a week…and the pictures are here to prove it😂 I know it sounds ~super~ weird to add zucchini to your smoothies, but here’s why I love it so dang much.

  • you cannot taste it. at ALL.
  • it adds a TON of volume so your smoothie will feel more satisfying
  • the texture gets SO creamy without having to add any added sugar (ie. more frozen bananas)
  • the texture gets SO creamy without having to add any extra fruit/sugar
  • it’s cheap as heck and you don’t have to go crazy preparing it – just add in a big chunk completely raw and peeled (but unpeeled is fine!)

Eat it plain or top it with your favorites – I love something crunchy like cacao nibs, Magic Spoon Cereal (pictured at the top!), granola, my new favorite Nutsola, or even a mix of both (like down below!).

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Here’s what’s in my morning “milkshake:”

1/3 large frozen banana

1 cup packed spinach

3 ice cubes

1/2 cup raw, peeled zucchini (pic below for reference!)

1/2 tsp spirulina

1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I love this one and this one!)

1/3 cup filtered water

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tbsp chia seeds

It goes without saying that everything pretty much just goes into a blender until it’s creamy! Depending on the strength of your blender, you may need to add just a touch more of filtered water or coconut milk to move it along.

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Let me know if you try it – now is a good time to experiment in the kitchen😉 Have a wonderful weekend, y’all!

xo Jordan

March Favorites (Food, Workouts, Loungewear, Skincare)

I’m still trying to figure out if March flew by or dragged on…

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…Either way, I think we can all agree it was a whirlwind! Between spending the first 10 days of the month in Colorado to coming back and adapting to this new normal, it’s definitely been busy, but I’ve never been more grateful for that.

As for favorites, it’s been a hot MINUTE since I shared a monthly roundup! I’ve been snacking for my life and spending a lot more time in the kitchen (which is basically my living room and also my entire apartment), working on my self care routine, living in loungewear as per usual, and finding my favorite home workouts online. Here’s what I’m obsessed with:

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88 Acres Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter – If I had one addiction in the month of March it was this sunflower butter. If you can’t tell in the photo, this stuff tastes like FROSTING. It’s unreal🙌🏻

Blueberry Magic Spoon Cereal – You guys already know about my love for this low-carb, low-sugar, high protein cereal (I have a little bit pretty much every single day!) but I finally tried the blueberry for the first time and it reminds me of a big bakery blueberry muffin😍 (Code DANCINGFORDONUTS for free shipping!)

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Nutsola PB & Chocolate Superfood Mix – I’d seen friends talk about this stuff before, but I finally got a chance to try it myself and it’s unbelievable!! It’s not granola at all – there are no oats, but instead it’s nuts, dates and nut butter, chia seeds, and couple other things. I’ve been topping my yogurt and smoothie bowls with it, but you can turn it into energy bites or bars, too! (Code DONUTS15 to save $$)

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Ugg Brailyn II Robe – Potentially the best thing I spent money on this entire month, this robe is the softest thing ever and makes me feel like I’m living a far more luxurious life than I actually am😂 It’s thin enough for SoCal weather, but still super comfy and such high quality for the price!

Tie-Dye Sweatshirt – This is the one I’m wearing in that top picture and have literally been living in for two months🙈 It was the only sweatshirt I brought to Asia, so you’d think I’d be sick of it after that, but NOPE. It’s the most comfortable thing ever with an oversized fit, so it covers your bum in leggings (an extra bonus)!

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Obé Fitness – Since we’re all at home doing workouts, I’ve been exploring different platforms and I think Obé is my favorite! The variety is amazing and everyday they have both live workouts (for adults and kids!) and then on demand, as well. I’m pretty sure they’re offering a free trial right now!

Milk and Honey Body Polish – The past couple weeks have been all about practicing extra self care, and I think the month ahead is going to look similar! I love using this scrub because it smells unbelievable (like lemon and vanilla) and makes my skin feel super soft, plus all the m + h products are non-toxic!

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D’Isolana Skincare – My friend Jen just launched her skincare line and it’s stunning!! It’s all natural with thermal water sourced from off the coast of Italy and everything smells like an actual spa. I figure since I’m wearing less makeup now than ever before and have the time, why not up my skincare routine?

Ancient Nutrition Lavender Essential Oil – So for awhile, I thought essential oils were toxic to dogs, but apparently certain ones are and others aren’t! Lavender is 100% safe, so I’ve been diffusing it at night before bed since we could use a little extra calming right now🙏🏻 You can also put a few drops in your shower or bath for an extra self care spa situation!

I wanted to add soooo many more, but I’ll save them for another time😊 What have you been loving lately?!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Okay I know the days don’t totally matter anymore, but Happy Friday nonetheless!

Even if it just means lighter e-mails, I’m still excited for the weekend😊 Although, I’m definitely pretty bummed that they’ve officially closed our hiking trails and beaches because this weather is the *ideal* for being outside. That pic up there was taken last Saturday, and I miss it already.

Though this week has been filled with high highs and low lows for so many, I do think there are a few silver linings to the situation we’re in:

  • more virtual connection with others through FaceTime/Zoom
  • time to experiment and get creative in the kitchen
  • quality time spent with loved ones if you’re co-quarantining
  • slower, more simpler living

That being said, I know I have it soooo much easier than most. If you are someone who is alone or taking care of a family, jobless or working hard to protect and serve the rest of us, a business owner, or literally just anyone at all, I’m thinking of you and I’m here for you. If there is any way this blog or I can support you, please let me know❤️

Until then, some light reading…

4 Food-Safety Tips for Handling Groceries Right Now – In case you’re like me confused as heck about what to do with our groceries!

Easy Quarantine Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks – My friend Jacki put together this epic list of recipes from some seriously incredible food bloggers! My Chocolate Protein Zucchini Bread is on it, but definitely go check out the rest.

Pancake Charcuterie Board – Aaaaaand now I know what I’ll be doing this Sunday, thank you PopSugar🙏🏻

Sheet Pan Sausage & Potatoes – Okay legit made (a version of) this for dinner last night and it was SO GOOD. Highly recommend😍

Yale’s Happiness Course – Okay my aunt sent this to me and it’s the coolest thing ever! Yale is offering their Happiness Course for free right now and to be honest, I think we should ALL spend the time to take it.

Grain-Free Frosted Sugar Cookies (Lofthouse Copycat) – Another winner from my friend Gracie over at Hungry Blonde! I don’t know about you, but I used to be full on *addicted* to Lofthouse cookies until I realized how awful they were for me😂 This is a much better option!!

Wishing you a weekend filled with joy in all the small things.

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday: Self-Quarantine Edition (WIAW #7)

Is anyone else extremely confused about what day it is, what time it is and when they should be eating? Because SAME.

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I’ve also been snacking like a monster and baking up a storm, which isn’t necessarily helping my waistline but definitely making me happy…so all in all, it’s just a weird time😂

To be honest, the day I documented here (last Friday), was half decent in the health department! I had made a successful trip to Trader Joe’s in the morning, so we actually had some fresh produce and a solid dinner. I also had to shoot content for Instagram, so that kind of dictated what I ate throughout the day.

And, as always, this post is meant to serve purely as inspiration and even a peek into my day-to-day. I’m not a nutritionist or RD, and definitely don’t suggest anyone follow my habits! They just work for me, but we are all different😊 Alright enough chatting, let’s just get into it!

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~7:15am – collagen coffee with Ancient Nutrition collagen, cinnamon and caramel SweetLeaf Stevia

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~8:30am – smoothie with 1/3 cup filtered water, 1/3 cup coconut milk, 1 frozen banana, Tone It Up Vanilla Protein, and 1 tbsp pitaya powder topped with Safe + Fair Birthday Cake Granola (my FAVE – code DONUTS10 to save)

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~ 11am – sumo Citrus Orange (and likely a spoonful of my new favorite dark chocolate sunflower butter…unpictured🙈)

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~1pmbanza gemelli pasta with sautéed zucchini and peas, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, and pesto olive oil

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~3pmCap Beauty matcha with coconut butter, cashew milk and turmeric stevia

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~4pm – honeycrisp apple that I ate with Ovi staring at me…I gave in and shared a few bites!

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~7:30pm – andouille chicken sausage from TJ’s, sautéed green beans with garlic, and brown rice

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~8:30pmMagic Spoon frosted cereal (code DANCINGFORDONUTS for free shipping!) with Lily’s dark chocolate chips

And that’s it!! Although that’s a stilly thing to say, since I know that was actually a lot😂 Eating during this time is definitely going to take some getting used to, at least for me! What about you – what have you been cooking?!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!! Long time no see – this week has been BUSY.

I’ve actually been in Colorado since last Sunday (can’t stop won’t stop traveling🙈) and it’s been SO nice. If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know I come here every year with my family!

Since I just took a two week long vaca to Asia, I’ve had a ton of work to catch up on while I’ve been here, but it’s been the most productive environment ever. No distractions, no social plans or commitments, just me and my parents and the mountain!

That being said, I busted my tush the first few days of the week, so today I finally get to go out and snowboard! I’m SO EXCITED. I hope you’re celebrating Friday, too!! But first…some quick reads😊

5 Ways to Use the New Trader Joe’s Elote Seasoning – Have you tried this yet?! It came out while we were away and I’m dying to get it!

Easy 3-Ingredient Sauces for Chicken (or any) Dinners – Wait…these are GENIUS.

A Dietician Ranks the 5 Best Cauliflower Pizza Crusts – I’ve tried 3/5 of these and totally agree with the #1 choice!

10 Minutes Standing Barre Routine (No Equipment) – I find myself loving quick workout videos like this more and more, maybe it’s because I’ve been traveling a ton and you can do them anywhere! PopSugar has always been a go-to resource for me since they have so many amazing free videos🙌🏼

8 Affordable Clean Beauty Brands You Can Find at Target – I haven’t been to Target in like a month and I miss it, is that weird…😂 But low key, I’d rather be shopping for beauty products at Targ than Sephora rn – gotta save up some cash after our trip!

Tonight at sundown to tomorrow at sundown are the National Day of Unplugging and I’m going to do my best to participate!! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

What to Make for Valentine’s Day

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day *except* for the excuse I get to eat more treats😏

Alex and I are actually in Asia for our big vaca this year, but truth be told we never do much for the holiday, anyway! We much prefer to stay in and cook a nice meal over venturing out to overpriced restaurants, so we’ll usually ball out with some nicer cuts of meat and a festive dessert.

If you’re like us, are maybe are even just hosting a Galentine’s or practicing some serious self care that night, I highly recommend making one or two of these recipes below!

Cauliflower Gnocchi with Beetroot Cashew Cream – This is my friend Bailey’s recipe and while I haven’t made it yet, I’ve had it pinned for over a year now just based on the fact that is is beauuuutiful😍

Sheet Pan Steak Frites – Okay I LOVE this idea. Definitely want to make this when we’re back in town!

Cassava Flour Brownies – You guys I made these last week and honestly don’t think I’ll ever make another brownie recipe again. Highly recommend, especially fresh out of the oven👌🏻 Top with V-Day sprinkles if you have ’em!

Heart-Shaped Cupcakes – Where has this trick been all my life?! It’s GENIUS.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Loaf Cake – For some reason, I just love baking things in loaves rather than cake pans…maybe because I don’t have a good cake pan? Idk, I also just like slices of things ’cause they’re fun to eat😂

Sweetheart Valentines Buddies – I kid you not, I’ve had a craving for muddy buddies for like 2 months now, I think I might need to make these when I get home, even if it’s post V-Day!

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Nut Butter Donuts With Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze

Cocoa & Nut Butter Donuts with Chocolate Passionfruit Glaze – Legit the perfect breakfast, just swap rainbow sprinkles for pink ones!

Okay that’s it, I’m getting too hungry…

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?!

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #6)

Today I’m sharing a full day of eats with you guys! It’s interesting for me to keep a “food diary” for the day, plus you always seem to love these😊

This post is in no way whatsoever meant to serve as an example of what you “should” (or should not, for that matter) be eating! It’s solely for inspiration and a little peek into my day. Please do not compare your eating to mine, we are all different and have to do what’s best for us🙌🏻

So let’s just get into it!

7amCoffee with Ancient Nutrition collagen (code dancingfordonuts for 20% off), homemade macadamia milk (made with a Modest Mylk base), apple pie spice and 4-5 drops SweetLeaf English Toffee stevia (p.s. that’s a suuuper old pic up there, but my coffee is always the same, anyway!)

8:30amGreen smoothie with 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop of Tone It Up vanilla protein, 4 ice cubes, ~1/2 cup macadamia milk, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 tbsp chia seeds and 1 tbsp peanut butter

9amGummy vitamins because I am the gummy vitamin QUEEN👑😂 Right now I’m taking a women’s multivitamin from Smarty Pants and MegaFood elderberry gummies for immune support.

11am – A slide of my simple seed bread topped with Fourth and Heart Chocti in Coffee

1pmHomemade ramen for an upcoming post! I used Pacific Foods bone broth for the base and added in shredded carrots, garlic, oyster mushrooms, soy sauce, sesame oil, sririacha, a jammy egg, ramen noodles (of course!), avo and scallions. SO GOOD.

4pmCarrots and celery with a mustard/hummus/Sir Kensington’s buffalo ranch mix and a clementine on the side! Also some Lebby Dark Chocolate Chickpea snacks…not fully sold on those yet, but I did finish off the bag yesterday so I guess that’s saying something😅

7:30pm – A Beyond Meat slider and portabello fries at a fun Zumba event! I also tried one of their mini chicken dogs and some popcorn.

9pm – I usually try to stop eating by this hour, but the event threw me off since it was a later-than-usual workout for me and didn’t have a full dinner! I at 1 and 1/2 of these brownies plus a trail mix situation of some Magic Spoon cereal (code DANCINGFORDONUTS for free shipping! The frosted is my fave ever), pepitas and cacao nibs.

And that my friends, is IT. Not necessarily a normal day of eats, but a real one! Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon (maybe from Asia?! We leave Saturday!)😍

xo Jordan

January Favorites

Happy Weekend and Happy February!!

Everyone seems to think January felt like it was 8,000 days long except for me🙈 I swear the month flew by just as quickly as they always do!!

It was a wonderful, busy and beautiful month, but I’m so ready for the next one (especially because I’ll be traveling for most of it!). But before we move on, I just want to share some of my favorites since it’s been a hot minute! I’ve been loving SO many products from food to fitness and clothing to makeup, but here are the few that really made the cut.

Simple Seed Loaf – I so wish I could share the recipe for this with you guys, but it’s not mine to share! I tried it from the Love Your Body, Feed Your Soul book by one of the co-founders of Local Juicery in Arizona and it is INCREDIBLE. Super clean ingredients and just a touch of sweetness with the perfect texture. I topped that one up there with Fourth & Heart’s Coffee Chocti, pb and homemade raspberry chia jam.

Karma Bites Chocolate Brownie Vitality Bar – When this company reached out to me in December, I didn’t know what to expect because I’m the bar QUEEN but they’re not all great, y’know? These on the other hand, are GREAT. I’m obsessed. I love that they do like half bar sizes too – nice for just a lil somethin’ somethin’!

GroundUp PDX Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Nut Butter – Never has anything been so hard NOT to devour with a spoon in one go. I’m legit obsessed with this company (female-founded and they employ women overcoming adversity) and their nut butter is insane. Also highly recommend the Salted Eggnog if it’s still in stock from the holidays!

Real Good Foods Cauliflower Pizza – My go-to dinner after insanely busy days! I love the size and taste – delicoius and perfect for one! I trust this brand because they use high quality ingredients and are actually nutritious!

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops – I can’t tell you how many people I heard rave about this on YouTube, so I finally splurged during a Sephora sale and I’m SO glad I did. The effects are almost immediate, it’s clear so you don’t have to worry about staining your stuff, and you only need a drop or two at a time so it LASTS.

Lancome Cils Booster + Benefit Roller Lash – This duo you guys omggggg the BEST. I originally tried that booster from a Sephora reward and never thought much of it, but I’ve recently been using it a lot and then topping it with Roller Lash (or any of my other favorite mascaras!). It’s just such a good combo, I swear I’m obsessed with anything from Benefit.

Athleta Conscious Crop & Stash Pocket Shorts – Believe me when I tell you I’ve only had this outfit since Monday and have already worn it twice. I have that crop top in 3 different colors (love the high neck!) and took a chance on the biker shorts, but I’m SO glad I did. They’re the perfect flattering and soft fabric and they stay up during workouts, I tried!

And that’s all she wrote, folks!! Hope you find something valuable in here 🙂 Let me know some of your monthly favorites below so I can try them, too!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

I’m not sure where this week went, but hey happy Friday!

The past few days have been filled with milestones that were well-documented – celebrating one full year as an entrepreneur + 6 months as a dog mom – lots of fun workouts (I co-hosted a 5 day workout challenge with friends on Instagram!) and fun things like getting a new couch, catching up with friends and getting back into a real dance class!

I was also featured on SD Voyager in an interview for their “Trailblazer” series, which is kind of cool😊 I have to say, the start of January had me feeling kind of meh, but I’m getting excited for this year and what’s to come. It’s kind of crazy to think that we’re already halfway through the month!

Anyway, let’s jump into Friday Finds ’cause it’s been a minute since we’ve posted one of these!

Why Travel is the Best Form of Self Care – From my absolute favorite travel blogger😍 And I firmly, firmly believe this – it’s why we’re going to Asia next month!

5 Trader Joe’s Recipes for Cozy Date Nights In – Why is Trader Joe’s literally the best ever?!

Madelaine Pesch’s 19 Minute Workout Routine – I haven’t watched Riverdale in a minute, but this girls seems SO cool…and looks amazing. She’s working out with Stephen Pasternak of P.volve in this video, and I’ve done their workouts before. They’re super low impact but you still really feel it!

Roasted Cauliflower Hummus Bowls – Well these are BEAUTIFUL. And easy if you use pre-made hummus😅

11-Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength – Yoga is one of my all-time favorite ways to move right now and moves like these leave me surprisingly sore the next day!

8 Eco-Friendly Meal Prep Products – One of my goals for 2020 is to make a better effort eat/live sustainably! Brb while I order all of this…

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, especially if you’re lucky and have Monday off😉❤️

xo Jordan

Chocolate Raspberry Cassava Flour Muffins (GF, Dairy Free & Sugar-Free)

First recipe of 2020 let’s gooooooo!!

I haven’t really talked about it on here yet, but I’m working on being on an anti-anflammatory diet (gluten free, dairy free, sugar free). As of now, I can tell you that it is *not* going well😂 But I am trying! And admittedly I don’t have all that much gluten and dairy anyway, but ohhhh sugar has my heart, y’all know that!

So in an effort to…make a better effort, I’m trying to take my sweet tooth and turn her into an actual friend as opposed to an enemy. Enter: monk fruit and stevia – yes, even in baking, ALWAYS.

These muffins are made with cassava flour to leave out the gluten, and a mix of mashed banana, Lakanto Foods Maple Syrup made with monk fruit and Lily’s Chocolate Chips (ok I’ll admit that I didn’t use them here because I forgot I was out), but that chocolate is my go-to! Keep scrollin’ for the recipe which was inspired by this one by Clean Eating Kitchen.

Chocolate Raspberry Cassava Flour Muffins

1 1/2 cups of Cassava Flour (I used Otto’s Naturals)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 egg

1/2 cups mashed banana (about 2 medium)

1/2 melted coconut oil

1/2 cup monk fruit maple syrup (I used Lakanto Foods!)

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup Lily’s Sweets Chocolate Chips (or any, if sugar isn’t a concern!)

1/2 cup fresh raspberries

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Spray a muffin tin or silicone muffin liners (these are my favorite!) with avocado or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cassava flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the egg, coconut oil (let it cool first!), maple syrup, mashed banana and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry, then stir in the chocolate chips until well-combined.
  5. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full and then press down 1-2 raspberries on top of each. I split the raspberries in half to make them fit better!
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (until the tops start to turn golden brown) and eat when warm or store in an airtight container. I highly recommend microwaving these for 10 seconds if enjoying later!

Have you ever baked with cassava flour? This was my second time and I loved it!! Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by😊

xo Jordan