Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

GUYS. We are 5 DAYS from Christmas. I repeat: 5. Days.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

To say I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m literally counting down the minutes until I get to see family and friends, bake a crap ton of cookies with my mom, and spend my first holiday ever with my boyfriend. PUMPED.

Okay now that I’ve exploded with holiday cheer, let’s move on to more pressing matters: these COOKIES. Let me express to you just how good they are – I’m rationing them so that I don’t run out before I go home for the holidays. Like instead of shoveling them all in my mouth at once, I’m actually savoring them bite by bite and THAT is saying a lot. And before you go thinking I’m all full of myself and stuff because I made a recipe that is full on inspiring me to possibly open up a bakery someday, I just want you to know that I legitimately set out to make these as an experiment and thought they might turn out terrible and crumbly and dry like lots of healthy desserts are…but! Thank cookies could not be more opposite of that.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I don’t even know how these have zero dairy in them…it’s kind of mind-blowing. And they 110% do NOT crumble. Isn’t that nuts?! That’s like my biggest pet peeve with some shortbread recipes. I think the best thing about these guys, aside from them being vegan friendly, is that they’re just the riiiiight amount of sweetness. Apparently there are people in this world that don’t love desserts and sugary things (WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM), but these are the perfect cookies for those people.

And I know these are super Christmas-y or seasonal or what have you, but I think that’s what makes them perfect for the holidays. I think we all tend to OD on the rich stuff, the peppermint and chocolate and pecan and all that, so to have something a bit lighter as an option is nice! I know lavender isn’t something people always have on hand, but this recipe coupled with my lavender almond milk latté should give you enough reason to stock up now😉

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil (cooled & hard – pop it in the freezer for a sec if you need to!)

1/3 cup natural powdered sugar (*check this list for vegan sugar brands!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp Lavender Flowers *go for culinary grade!

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp non-milk – coconut, almond, soy, etc.

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (ideal, but if you don’t have any just use lots of coconut oil!).

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar and sea salt with a fork until all the sugar is combined and light & fluffy (might take a minute or so depending on your arm!).

3. Add the lavender flowers, then the flour 1/3 cup at a time and use your hands or the fork to combine. Don’t use an electric mixer for this one!

4. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and be careful not to not overmix! The dough may seem dry but try not to add any extra liquid here as it will mess with the consistency of the cookies.

5. Lightly dust a cutting board or clean surface with flour. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, mason jar, or glass to form the cookies into shapes.

6. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. *Check on them at 10 minutes just in case! You’ll want to take them out when they’re juuuuust starting to brown on the edges. They overbake quickly!

7. Let cool completely before noshing – I promise they’ll taste better this way! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


So that’s it for today my loves! Thanks for stopping by – I so appreciate every single one of you and I know I don’t say it enough.

Have a Happy Humpday!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hi friends! How’s everyone doing today?

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I fled LA for the weekend and am currently in the Palm Springs area for some R&R. We found a good deal and the next few weeks are going to be a bit hectic, so we figured why not! You only live once, right?! 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

7 Healthy Dinner Ideas for When You’re Broke & Just Can’t – We all know I’m really just a broke college student at heart.

How to Love Veggies – Because sometimes the salad thing gets old, y’know?

8 Habits that are Keeping You from Saving – Beyond guilty of #8 (and some others…oops).

A Beginner’s Guide to Seasonal Eating – So much prettier, and healthier, and cheaper. Win-win, y’all.

3 Mantras to Live By (For More Happiness + Peace) – I think we all could use these right now.

Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash – Stop. It. Now. I need this asap, preferably by a fire and possibly under a blanket (although not in this desert heat, obvs).

Hope you have some time to hit the re-set button this weekend too, no matter where you are!

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #3)

Hi friends! I’m back with another day of eats for y’all!

This post is definitely not meant for anyone to compare their eats to, just to get ideas for some quick, healthy and easy meals! My meals and snacks definitely vary from day to day, and this is an example of a lighter day for me since I didn’t workout at all. You should absolutely feel confident in your choices to nosh on whatever you’d like, everyone is different 🙂

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So I usually chug a bunch of cold water each morning right when I wake up, but lately I’ve been trying to add some lemon since it tastes delicious and I’ve heard it’s amazing for our bodies. Will keep you posted on that if I make it a habit (here’s hoping!). After that, I make some coffee in our french press and froth some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond milk to have with it (plus a touch of stevia!). I don’t know about you, but coffee in the morning makes me SO damn happy. Like sometimes before I go to sleep I think about how excited I am to wake up and make some because it’s so delicious…is that crazy? (Yes Jordan, yes it is.)

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Most mornings for the past few months, I’ll make a green smoothie as close to Kelly Leveque’s Fab 4 recipes that I can get. My go-to recipe has kind of a ton of ingredients but I’ll tell you anyway because it’s incredible: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder Garden of Life Greens and Protein Powder, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 frozen banana, 3 frozen strawberries, 1 cup greens (kale or spinach), 1 tbsp Maca Powder, 1 tbsp Chia Seeds, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and water to thin as needed. It. Is. AWESOME. And I love that I can throw so many nutrient-packed items in there to start my day off on the right foot. Whoever invented smoothies is a genius.

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My smoothie kept me full until noon which was pretty rad since sometimes I need at snack at 11am (which is fine, too!) but today I just had an earlier lunch. I’ve been making quinoa with some salad and I pop it in the microwave with some frozen turkey meatballs from TJ’s (bless that store) and top it with their autumn harvest pasta sauce. It’s a pretty solid lunch with minimal meal prep, so I’ll take it!

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I did get hungry mid-afternoon so I grabbed one of my Shine Organics superfood pouches in PURIFY just to tide me over until dinner. These pouches are so freaking delicious, like applesauce but tastier and more nutrient-dense, so I downed it probably point 2 seconds but since I knew I wouldn’t be working out that night (all about those rest days!), a smaller snack was perfect. P.s. if you want $1 off your next box of Shine Organics, click this link! You can get them at Target 😉

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Dinner was pretty simple since my boyfriend is out of town – he usually does the fancy cooking! I’ve been obsessed with the Dr. Praeger veggie burgers on Ezekiel toast with hummus + a side salad. Fully aware this looks like the dinner of a broke college student, but I’m telling you, it’s delicious. I’ve tried a ton of veggie burgers, but these are hands down my favorite!

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To finish out the night, I had to quell my raging sweet tooth obviously, so I went with a Simply Lite Dark Chocolate Bar (LOVE these). I meant to only have a couple of squares but had half the bar…oops. But also I’m owning it because if you want some chocolate on a casual Tuesday night, do that.

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And that’s it, y’all. I wanna hear about you, what have you been eating & loving these days?! Sometimes I eat the same things everyday and then I’ll get in a huge rut, so give me ideas! 🙂

xo Jordan

How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack.

Oh hey friends, it’s snack-girl comin’ atcha bright & early on a Monday morning!

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This weekend was quite a busy one between apartment hunting, catching up with friends, working a bit, getting my fitness on, and prepping for the week ahead. Can I just tell you – packing my bag (as in my work bag + gym bag) the night before is SO stinkin’ helpful. It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning and that way I know I have absolutely everything I need to have a productive day. One of the things I’m hell-bent on packing is my lunch (because helloooooo buying lunch out every single day gets crazy expensive!). I’ve been doing this for years, even when I was in college and grad school, but I’ll literally fill my lunch bag to the absolute brim with my lunch and extra snacks. You know me, allllll about those snacks 😉

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Since my schedule varies most days in terms of what I’m doing that day at work or afterwards, what’s in my lunchbag will look different, too. For example, if I know I’m taking an intense workout class when I leave the office, I’ll make sure I have a bigger lunch and a heftier snack with a ton of protein to get me through my workout and last me until dinner. If I’m planning on going straight home after work, however, or even just to the gym for an easier sesh, my afternoon snack may be a little lighter and just something to tide me over. Enter my new obsession: Shine Organics superfood pouches.


As if being able to get these babies at Target weren’t easy enough, they actually don’t need to be refrigerated, either. Do you know how hard it is to find a healthy, real-food snack that doesn’t need to go in the fridge?! That is literally HUGE and means that if you’ve got class for 3 hours and can’t pack 5 ice packs in your backpack because it’s already breaking your back (been there!), no worries. Or if you’re usually in your car going from place to place and need fuel on the road, NO worries. Shine Organics pouches taste shockingly good when they’re room temperature, and I’m not just blowing sunshine. I was kind of super impressed with the taste here, if I’m being honest!

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I picked up two of their four flavors at Target when I was running other errands last week and here’s the deal: the pouches have an applesauce kind of texture (which explains why you can find them in the aisle with the applesauce…) and they’re packed with organic superfoods like chia seeds, real fruits, and real veggies. They range in calories from 70-130, which is part of the reason I love them so much. Like I said earlier, if I know I don’t need to fuel myself for a long afternoon, then I just grab one of the 90-calorie pouches called PURIFY, that gives me a dose of nutrients from the kale, parsley, chia, apple, strawberry and guava. I especially love this flavor since it’s not too sweet, but you can’t taste the greens at all…and that’s saying a lot from this parsley-hater!

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On the flipside though, the 130-calorie pouch called CALM is amazing for when I want something a little more substantial or am craving sweets. This flavor was so good and reminded me more of a smoothie because of the banana and coconut. It also has pumpkin, passion flower, vanilla, blackberry and chia (of course!) so the flavor profile is kind of unreal. You know what, actually? I didn’t even think about it until now, but I bet this pouch would be AWESOME for dessert…


Although, that’s totally not the point of this post. The point is to tell you that when you’re picking the perfect healthy afternoon snack, you want to choose something that is not processed, has nutritional value (step away from the cheez-its my friends), and will give you the right amount of fuel you need. Like okay, did you know chia seeds contain omega-3’s, fiber, healthy fat, fiber, protein, potassium and calcium? The list actually goes on but YEAH. Those tiny little seeds are legit powerhouses. So including these in your afternoon snack is going to give you maaaaaajor benefits. And again, convenience is such a huge factor too, which is why people tend to reach for the not-so-healthy stuff. Shine Organics takes the effort out of making healthy choices so you can easily grab them on your usual Target run, keep them in your pantry or desk (or even car when the weather gets cooler!), and reach for them when you need that post-lunch snack.


For a coupon for $1 off your next 4-pack, head over here. And guys, I really hope you love these as much as I do. If you try them, let me know your favorite flavor!! I seriously can’t wait to try the other two 🙂

xo Jordan


Carrot-Apple Spice Breakfast Cookies.

I’m switching things up this Friday and sharing one of my new favorite recipes!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Here’s the thing about me – I’m pretty much always craving something sweet. All of my closest friends know me as a dessert fiend, which probably isn’t great since most of the desserts I love (cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, etc.) are filled with not-so-great-for-you ingredients. That being said, I’ve been trying to lower the sugar in my everyday eating (save for natural sugars from fruit), especially during breakfast! As much as I love the sound of starting my day with a huge stack of pancakes (unless they’re these),or sugar-filled smoothie bowl, it’s probably not going to give me the sustained energy I need to get through my busy morning.

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Enter: the breakfast cookie. Now this recipe isn’t just some imposter parading around as “healthy” when really it’s filled with sugar and chocolate. These carrot-apple spice cookies legitimately are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy fats, aka the nutrients your body needs to function. That being said, they don’t even taste that healthy…like, you know that weird taste when baked goods have too much greek yogurt instead of oil? Yeah.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re moist (ugh, sorry I know everyone hates that word) from the carrots and apple, and genuinely substantial. You can think of them as oatmeal really, just baked and in tiny servings 🙂 The best part about cookies, too, is that you can take them on the go, which is essential for us busy babes. I keep them in the fridge and take 2-3 to snack on during the workday. That’s probably too many, but whatever, it’s way better than eating on processed food or snacks, and you know exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

I based my carrot-apple cookies on this recipe and used only coconut oil (no butter). These are 100% gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free oats, and if you wanted to make them vegan, you could use a chia or flax egg! Don’t be scared by all the ingredients below, this is one of the easiest recipes for a baked good I’ve ever seen. If you want to make your life even easier, use a food processor and pulse your carrots and apples in there a couple of times. Then you pretty much throw everything in a couple bowls and call it a day. You know me, I like to keep things efficient!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Carrot-Apple Spiced Breakfast Cookies

2 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour if you’re gluten-free!)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup grated or finely diced apple (I used a Fuji!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and spray or coat a baking sheet with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – oats, flour, flaxseed, spices and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients – applesauce, egg, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, and coconut oil.

4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir well. Add in the carrot and apple, and mix to combine completely.

5. Spoon the batter onto the baking sheet in about 1 1/2 in size balls. Flatten with your finger or the spoon, as these cookies won’t spread or rise! You can put them very close together on the baking sheet because of this, as well.

6. Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Have a beautiful Friday, friends!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Weeeeeeeekend, I’m comin’ for ya.

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I don’t know guys, maybe it’s because it’s summer that I find myself counting down to weekends so much more than usual so that I can like, go outside and do summer-y things or something? I really hate living for the weekends, but this season seems to be doing that to me. Whatever though, because it’s the weekend starting TODAY!

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week…

9 Ways to Have an Extraordinary Life – I literally want to write this list down and hang it on my wall so I can see it every. single. day.

Turmeric Ginger Granola RecipeTurmeric Ginger Granola Recipe – Y’all know about my newfound obsession with homemade granola. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

How to Eat Seasonally (And Why it’s So Important!) – Do itttttt. I need to work on this personally, but I’m planning on stocking up on some zucchini, berries, tomatoes and nectarines at the farmer’s market this weekend!

Tone It Up Summer HIIT Routine – At less than 15 minutes, I really should be doing this like every other day #letsbehonest

4 Bad Habits that are Stopping You from Being Successful – Literally guilty of all of these, though…whoops.

How to Make an Epic Cheese Board (With Trader Joe’s Items!) – YES. YES. YES. Done and done.

Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

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!

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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…

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~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!

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~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!

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~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.

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~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!


~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.


~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!

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~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

Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Happy Humpday! I hope everyone’s having a great week so far 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

I’m not sure if anyone noticed, but I’ve officially changed the description of my blog to “Healthy Living for Babes on a Budget.” The motivation for that was a combination of things, but essentially I enjoy being a resource for others on living a healthy life without breaking the bank. After learning from my own experiences as a professional dancer and hustler (as I like to call it), trying to fuel our bodies with nutritious food and exercising can get expensive real fast, especially in this day & age with all of the fancy options we have (LA, i’m looking at you). Personally however, I don’t think we need to spend a fortune to feel or look good, which is why I’m shifting my focus to more budget-conscious content.

I’m starting off this new-found purpose by sharing 5 of my favorite veggies! I’m on a serious veggie kick now that spring has sprung, which is good considering all the sweets I ate in March while traveling and celebrating birthdays…oops. The good news is that none of these gorgeous little pieces of produce cost more than about $2 a pound (and are usually much less save for the organic variety). Consider adding these to your grocery cart next time you hit the store because they all pack mega health benefits, set you up for a healthy week (with a touch of easy peasy meal-prep) and keep you in line with your food budget!

Dancing for Donuts | Babes on a Budget: 5 Cheap Veggies and What to Do With Them.

Carrots: I feel like these get easily forgotten, but carrots are so versatile and so dang cheap. I’ve always been a fan of baby carrots dipped in hummus of course, but buying the whole carrots from the farmer’s market, or even just at the grocery store can give your meals a boost of Vitamins A, C, and K, beta-carotene, fiber, iron and copper. They’re slightly sweet too, so adding them to baked goods or smoothies makes them feel slightly decadent!

What to make with them…

My all-time favorite Carrot Cake Smoothie

Garlic Roasted Carrots

2-Ingredient Carrot Cake Rawnola

Carrot Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins


Zucchini: As we head into warmer weather, zucchini is going to be coming at us like crazy. I know zoodles have gotten super popular as people are more familiar with spiralizing veggies, but what I love about it most is that it has a fairly neutral flavor, which means you can do a ton with it. My go-to? Adding it into oatmeal or baked goods to add moisture and a kick of Vitamins A and C, magnesium (so important!), fiber and potassium. Swear you can’t taste it, but your body will thank you!

What to make with it…

Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Healthy Zucchini Oat Breakfast Cookies

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto

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Cauliflower: This is definitely one of the more trendy veggies on the health & wellness radar these days what with all of the cauliflower in smoothies (see my blueberry power smoothie recipe below) and using it as a substitute for many low-carb dishes as rice or mashed potatoes. Aside from being a jack of all trades, cauliflower is packed with protein, vitamins C and K, fiber, magnesium and more.

What to make with it…

Blueberry Power Smoothie

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan & Chives

Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower


Brussels Sprouts: Ahhh, good ol’ brussels sprouts. I know these babies get a bad rap sometimes, but they’re honestly really delicious if you cook ’em the right way! *cough* in bacon fat…no but seriously, my favorite way to eat sprouts is by throwing them in my ninja and shredding them into a slaw for the base of a salad. Roasting them with parmesan, garlic and EVOO is damn good, too. They’re yet another veggie that contains a boat load of vitamins C & K, potassium and even omega-3’s!

What to make with them…

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

Garlic Lemon Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Harvest Chicken Skillet with Sweet Potato, Brussels Sprouts and Apples


Kale: An old favorite of mine, Kale has always been the perfect thing to throw in with a quinoa salad or smoothie for some added nutrients. Did you know Kale is packed with protein?! Plus about a billion other wonderful things like folate and fiber, too. I’ve become quite sick of the regular ol’ green kind, so I usually go for the Lacinto variety. It makes for the perfect base for a salad mixed with any of the veggies above, or a grain bowl with farro, beets and goat cheese (my all-time fave!).

What to make with it…

Pasta with Kale and Turkey Sausage

Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale

Quinoa & Kale Protein Salad

Kick Booty Kale Smoothie

Have a great rest of your week, friends!

xo Jordan

A Day in the Life.

Hello again!

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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!

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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.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

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

3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

I know I know, I can’t remember the last time I posted a recipe either.

This summer has been both crazy and amazing in all the ways you can imagine. I went on two incredible vacations to Hawaii and Portugal, am about to hop on a plane to another, worked my butt off but also went to the beach a fair amount, tried new things and met new people. I’m back from my blogging break now, though, and let me tell you it is hot out there today!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

I highly suggest you do yourself a favor and throw some greek yogurt, frozen berries and milk in a blender because that’s literally all that’s in these popsicles. Not a fan of strawberries? Try mango, pineapple, banana, blueberries or a combo of all of ’em! I added honey and vanilla extract for good measure, but you totally don’t have to. Also if you don’t have a popsicle mold, or Amazon Prime where you can impulse purchase one for less than $10, use a muffin tin or dixie cups and popsicle sticks!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 container of non-fat plain greek yogurt

1 cup almond milk (+ more if you need to get the mix going)

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 tbsp honey (optional)

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse until smooth. Add water or extra milk if necessary.

2. Pour or gently spoon the mix into a popsicle mold and freeze for at least 2 hours.

3. When ready to eat, remove and enjoy. Sometimes it helps to run the popsicle mold until hot water for a few seconds or even let the mold sit out for 5 minutes before removing!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

I’ll be back soon, I promise!

xo Jordan