Sesame Peanut Noodles.

Helloooooooo and Happy Humpday!

It’s been a little gloomy here in LA (at least in the mornings) and I’m kind of loving it…is that bad? It almost makes me want to spend more time outside exercising just because I won’t sweat my face off in 2 minutes, know what I mean? Anyway, a quick life update – in exactly one month at this time I will have graduated business school and will be on a plane to hawaii. HAWAII. What. Yep. So since we all know I’ve been working my butt off to get that #hawaiibody I’m gonna be real and tell you that I’ve also been letting myself sneak in some cheat food (and drinks) because they’re damn good. And truth be told, I don’t really feel all that badly about it. This recipe is actually not one of those cheat foods, though…it just feels a little naughty.

Dancing for Donuts | Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Inspired by this recipe, I made mine with whole wheat spaghetti this time around, but soba noodles are even better if you can find them. This dish is packed with protein and flavor and literally comes together in about 15 minutes once you’ve got all of your ingredients. The noodles also can be eaten hot or cold depending on what you’re feeling (and the weather, let’s be real), but truth be told I ate mine cold out of sheer laziness and hunger. This dish tastes bomb with some seared ahi tuna, chicken, or tofu if you’re a vegetarian, and then you’ve got yourself a complete, better-than-takeout meal. Swear.

Dancing for Donuts | Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Sesame Peanut Noodles

10 oz. of whole wheat spaghetti or soba noodles

1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tbsp of your favorite peanut butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup chopped scallions (optional)

1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

dash of sriracha (optional)

  1. Cook and drain your noodles according to the package. *Soba noodles take way less time than spaghetti!

2. While the noodles are cooking, whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, peanut butter and spices in a small bowl until smooth.

3. Add the peanut sauce to the drained noodles in the pot and stir to fully coat. Add in the sesame seeds, scallion, cilantro and sriracha if using them, and stir again to combine. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Peanut Sesame Noodles.

Have a great rest of your week, y’all!

xo Jordan

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

I can’t think of a better occasion to make muffins than a Friday.

And I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m constantly trying to come up with new recipes for food that I can take on the go. My usual breakfast is plain, nonfat greek yogurt with a sliced banana and a (giant) tablespoon of peanut butter, but let’s be honest, that’s not the easiest (or safest) thing to eat while driving. So, when I came across these muffins on one of my favorite food blogs, I quickly ran to the kitchen to check if I had all the ingredients to make them

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Not only are these bad boys made with things you most likely already have, but they’re unbelievably easy to make (hello, blender), gluten-free, and packed with protein. They’re perfect for a pre or post-workout snack, a mid-afternoon treat, or even dessert. My suggestion? Smother the crap outta them with peanut butter and pretend they’re cupcakes. You can thank me later.

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins

(adapted from this recipe)

2 medium, ripe bananas

2 cups oats (gluten-free if necessary)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup plain, nonfat greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup coconut flakes (optional)

peanut butter (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or canola oil spray.

2. In a blender (or large food processor), add all of the ingredients and blend just until smooth.

3. Pour into the muffin tin and fill each mold 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until starting to brown just slightly.

4. Cool for 15 minutes. Top with peanut butter if desired and eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. *You can also freeze these and pop them in the microwave when you’re ready to eat them!

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Enjoy your weekends!!

xo Jordan

5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chili.

Hi there!

So I’m not going to lie, it’s been an interesting week for me filled with lots of ups and downs. That, mixed with foggy and chilly weather has me wanting to curl up under a blanket in a giant sweater and leggings while eating comfort food for hours. Alas, my New Year’s resolutions don’t really allow for hibernating and eating triple my bodyweight everyday, so I’ve resorted to finding healthy versions of my favorite foods.

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Last week I gave you a lighter soup recipe, and this week I’m bringing you a heartier one. This chili is not only easy as pie, but also ridiculously inexpensive, super healthy, and packed with protein and fiber to keep you full for hours and hours. Adapted from this recipe, I’ve combined canned beans, canned tomatoes (low sodium!), lean ground turkey, and an onion in a slow-cooker for 6-8 hours on low. After a long work-day, this was exactly the meal I wanted to come home to. Next time I’ll try to make some lightened-up cornbread for the side! 😉

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chili.

5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chili

1 lb. lean ground turkey

1 medium red or yellow onion

2 cans beans (any kind, I used Great Northern & Kidney)

2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes (low sodium)

1 30 oz. can whole tomatoes (low sodium)

2 tbsp. chili seasoning

  1. In a pan over medium heat, saute the ground the turkey until just cooked and brown. Drain the excess grease and place in the slow-cooker.

2. Dice the onion as finely as you like, and add that, plus the cans of diced tomatoes to the slow-cooker.

3. Drain and rinse the beans and add those to the mix, as well. Finally, add the seasoning and the whole tomatoes (I used my fingers to break them up a bit but you can keep them whole if you’d like). Cook on low for 6-8 or high for 3-5.

4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chili.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

So. Close. To Christmas!

Another Friday is here, and thank goodness for that. I’ll be presenting my master’s thesis tomorrow morning and then it’s home free! Well, basically. I’ve been trying to keep a balance between eating all of the holiday cookies and cardio-ing my booty off. It’s a constant struggle. Here are some helpful holiday tips I’ve come across on the web lately including recipes, baking advice, and tips through making it through the month without getting a muffin top! Happy weekend reading 🙂

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18 Unique Gift Ideas for Bakers – because who’s done present shopping yet? nobody.

11 Refreshing Smoothies for Your Post-Holiday Restart – yes please.

What a Fitness Guru’s Perfect Day of Eating Looks Like – how interesting!

5 Ways to Manage Stress This Season – valid for pretty much everyone.

12 Food that will be Super Trendy in 2016 – so down with all of these.

5 Tips to Bounce Back from the Weekend – have your cake & eat it, too!

17 Dessert Recipes Made With Veggies – don’t forget to have some!

Enjoy your weekends!

xo Jordan

Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes.

Oh, hello!

I hope you’ve all be having a good week, especially since it’s Hanukkah!!! Mine was off to a rocky start after being called in for jury-duty…there was also a false alarm of me having to stay there until THE 18th (aka two whole weeks of life gone), but the universe let me off the hook. Thus, I was able to do something in the holiday spirit I’ve been wanting to do for ages. Make latkes!

Dancing for Donuts | Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes

These are definitely not your average latkes. They’re muuuuuch healthier, and much easier to make as well. Simply spiralize a sweet potato, a zucchini, coat it in an egg and spice mixture, and throw it in the oven! I topped mine with cinnamon greek yogurt (mix a container of non fat plain yogurt w/1 tsp cinnamon) and unsweetened applesauce. I’d never spiralized a sweet potato before, but it was so easy guys. And this recipe actually turned out better than I’d planned, so I highly suggest whipping these up before the last night of Hanukkah 🙂

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Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes

1 medium sweet potato, peeled

2 medium zucchinis, peeled

1 egg + 1 egg white

1 tbsp flour

1 tbsp cumin

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

plain greek yogurt + cinnamon for dipping (optional)

unsweetened applesauce for dipping (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit. Prep a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. *They’ll stick otherwise!!!

2. Using a spiralizer, spiralize the sweet potato and zucchinis and toss them in a bowl. Run a knife through the bowl to make the pieces slightly smaller.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour and spices until combined. Add in the zucchini and sweet potato and toss to coat well. **This step is super important so that the latkes stay together!

4. Once fully coated, grab a handful of spiralized noodles (about 1/4 cup of the mix) and place on the baking sheet in a little nest. Repeat this until the mixture is done (mine took 2 batches!). **These won’t spread, so feel free to put them as close together on the baking sheet as possible.

5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the noodles are starting to brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Top with cinnamon greek yogurt and serve with dipping sauce on the side, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Spiralized Sweet Potato & Zucchini Latkes.

Let me know if you make these! Have a great rest of your week and a very Happy Hanukkah 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds + Favorites.

Well, we made it. It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and I literally could not be happier!

The auto show this week was absolute chaos and my thesis is winding down to a finished product *thank goodness* so from here on out, I’d like to dedicate at least half of my brain capacity to thinking about holiday cooking, holiday baking, holiday decorations, holiday clothing and watching holiday movies. And, in light of all that, I’ve been pinning all the holiday goodness like a madwoman. I also wanted to share with you some of the grocery-store buys that have been saving my life lately, so you can find those first above all the links 🙂

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Go buy this yogurt immediately ^ – they have it at Target and it is heaven in a small plastic container.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds & Favorites.

Trader Joe’s individually-sized trail mix is the best snack to take on the go. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated, is super healthy and makes portion control easy!

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Admittedly, I’ve been eating way too much of this. But Target’s organic popcorn is my favorite late-night snack ’cause it’s pretty healthy as far as dessert goes. Still working on the portion control for this one…

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Hot chocolate is a must in the winter. Preferably in a Christmas mug, as well.

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds & Favorites.

This tortillas are my absolute favorite. They’re only 80 calories, which means stuffing them with turkey and avocado and pesto and provolone (my favorite lunch!) is less of an issue…

And now for the links!

6 Grocery Store Finds You Should Always Buy in the Fall – ’cause buying seasonal just means better food for less, ya’ll.

7 Healthy Eating Tricks You Should Try This Week – literally yes to all of these.

Vegan Sugar Cookies – perfect for holiday parties & gifts!!

5 Clean Eating Tips for the Holidays – these are actually genius. especially the smoothie for breakfast thing.

Healthy Thanksgiving Swaps – #1. sub pumpkin for everything.

3 Modern Holiday Traditions to Start – a MUG party? stop. the cutest.

Have a great weekend, babes 🙂

xo Jordan

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

Guys. Thanksgiving is in 8 days. WHAT.

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Now okay, I know I’ve been a bit obsessed with the pumpkin these days, but can you blame me? I’ve said it before, but this stuff is too good to pass up when it’s in season – tons of fiber and flavor, and SO versatile. My last pumpkin recipe was a savory one, and the one I’m bringing you today is sweet enough for dessert, but makes the perfect healthy breakfast too. It also comes together in a pinch and basically makes itself..helloooo slow-cooker. My colder-weather best friend.

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

I’ve paired this granola with my absolute favorite greek yogurt Noosa. The pumpkin flavor is actually out of control, if you haven’t tried it yet! Target for the win. The spices mixed with the crunch of the nuts and the chewiness of the oats make this recipe my go-to for a crowd-pleasing gift. Gluten-free, vegan and paleo, you can literally give it to anyone who needs a little homemade goodness if their life.

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola.

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Maple Granola

(adapted from this recipe)

2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

2/3 cup maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnut halves

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup seedless raisins

  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, salt, and spices. Stir to combine.

2. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, maple syrup and vanilla and stir.

3. Add the pumpkin mixture to the oats, and mix until fully coated.

4. In a slow cooker set on high, pour the oats and spread in an even layer. Cook for 2 hours on high, stirring every 30 minutes. *Don’t forget this part!

5. After 2 hours, turn the slow-cooker off, add in the nuts and raisins, and mix. Store in an airtight container.

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Let me know if you guys try this! Hope you like it

🙂

xo Jordan

Monday Moves.

Gooooooood morning!

After a weekend of school work, and definitely some play, I don’t know how ready I am that it’s Monday again, but alas I have no choice.

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I’ve been meaning to check in with you all about my workouts these days, because as much as I am a woman of routine, I’ve been switching it up quite a bit. I try to not do the same cardio combination every single day (like I used to) and have recently branched out into the stairmaster… *GASP*

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I’ve been doing 10 minutes of the “calorie burner” after other cardio and it’s been kicking. my. booty.

I’ve also been trying out circuit workouts about once a week when I’m in need of a change. I’ll do 10 minutes of cardio on the elliptical or treadmill and then do circuits three times for a total of 30 minutes (with water breaks).

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These are SO great for working different muscles than usual, I can’t tell you how sore I was after the first couple of times I did these.

Also, my new crunches song is Hailee Steinfeld’s new single “Love Myself.” I’m trying so hard to not overplay it buts it’s reallyyyyyy hard. In any case, this song has the perfect tempo for an ab workout. I just do different ab exercises for the whole song and I’m good to go!

Have a great Monday, y’all 🙂

xo Jordan

Power Breakfast.

Have I ever told you that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day?

Nothing gets me out of bed quicker than the promise of a hot cup of coffee and something delicious. I’m also one of those people who is ravenous pretty much the minute they wake up. But! even if you aren’t, it’s important to have breakfast at some point because, ya know, it aids in weight loss and healthy choices throughout the day and all that jazz.

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When I’m not drinking my carrot cake smoothie, I switch it up with some avocado toast (sorry for being basic). You can add an egg if you’re feeling adventurous and/or extra hungry. Usually alongside that aforementioned cup of coffee, I’ll drink some lemon water. Since we’re all about the added benefits on this blog, let me enlighten you about the wonder that is lemon water. It’s proven to reduce inflammation (perfect for post-workout sore muscles), aids in digestion, helps lose weight, cleanses your system, clears skin, boosts the immune system, fights viral infections, and even gives you energy. Yes, a lemon and some water, which will set you back about 10 cents by the way, does all of that magic. How is this possible?! Who knows, but let’s just trust and embrace. Bon Appetit!

Dancing for Donuts | Power Breakfast

Easy Avocado Toast

1-2 slices Ezekiel sprouted bread

1/2 avocado

1 egg (optional)

1. Place bread in toaster. While it’s toasting, take your avocado and mash it inside the shell with a fork.

2. Spread mashed avocado over toasted bread. Sprinkle with salt or cayenne & top with an over easy or medium egg, if desired.

P.S. I’m going to Austin, Texas for a few days so forgive me if I don’t post for a short while 🙂

xo Jordan

5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing).

Y’all already know that I’m the queen of quick meals, but this one probably takes the cake. By throwing together a few things you already have in your pantry, a simple whisk here and a couple chops there, you’ll have yourself a filling, delicious and healthy salad. Plus, who really wants to slave over a hot stove when it’s 95 degrees? Not this girl.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing)

 The protein on this particularly salad is a chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s (Garlic & Herb is my new favorite), but you can really use anything from sliced turkey or grilled chicken. The salad dressing is also customizable to taste, as are most things on things on this blog, so feel free to experiment with other flavors and spices!

5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing)

1/4 cup chickpeas

1-2 cups greens (I used Cruciferous Crunch from TJ’s)

5-10 cherry tomatoes cut in halves

1/2 sliced avocado

1 thin slice of red onion

1 chicken sausage cut into 1/2 inch slices

For Dressing:

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. horseradish mustard

1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a salad bowl. Add greens and mix until combined.

2. Microwave sliced chicken sausage for ~45 seconds in a separate small bowl.

3. Add all other ingredients to the greens and dressing, including sausage. Toss well.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Minute Salad (With Homemade Dressing)

Enjoy it al fresco to soak up the sun 😉