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!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~9am breakfast at my desk, as per usual! This morning it was overnight oats with plain 0% fage greek yogurt, chia seeds, and sliced banana. I know I’ve said before that oatmeal doesn’t fill me up, but I’m trying it with yogurt now for some added oomph!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~11am mid-morning snack because I feel like snacking on something, even though my stomach isn’t growling yet. I reach for some (a ton) of cut up watermelon. Aside from bananas, watermelon is hands down my favorite fruit. One summer I actually OD-ed on it a bit and would eat an entire individual sized one almost every day until I realized my stomach aches were most likely from all the sugar…oops!

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~12:30pm lunch ’cause I can’t hold out any longer. Most days I usually bring some sort of quinoa and veggie mix, and today was no different! I made an easy dressing of hummus, brown mustard and warm water to thin it out with quinoa, green bell pepper, lacinto kale and cherry tomatoes.

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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!

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~4pm afternoon snack number 2 ’cause I’m hungry again (surprise, surprise!). If you haven’t noticed, I eat a loooooot. I don’t know why, but I get hungry about every 2 hours. For this reason, I try to keep my snacks as clean and healthy as possible. Since I know I’m going to a workout class after I leave the office, I want to make sure I have enough fuel to be full out. That also means I have to hold out until 8 for dinner which is like, 4 hours away, aka forever. I go with a plant-based protein Garden of Life bar (one of my all-time favorite energy bars) that I got from Vitamin World.

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~8pm dinner! Finally! I pop my leftover chickpea pasta and sauteed broccoli and mushrooms from the night before in the microwave with some herbed goat cheese. Carbs are all I want right now, but this is a much healthier version of a frozen burrito or boxed mac in cheese I would dig into had I not prepped in advance. Thank goodness for thinking ahead!

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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


No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Bites.

Because it’s not actually December yet, is it okay that I’m still doing the pumpkin thing?

‘Cause I’m for sure not over it yet…#sorrynotsorry. There’s just something about pumpkin pie spices – the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger – that make me feel all cozy and ready for the holidays. Thanksgiving was such a wonderful start to the season, and now I’m ready to start counting down until Christmas! I’m not gonna lie to you, I listened to Christmas music during my commute this morning and alllllll day at work…and maybe during my workout, too. Swear, it makes working out SO much more fun.

Dancing for Donuts | No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Bites.

In any case, these little bites are perfect for treating yourself after your Christmas-music-fueled workout because they’re made with whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree (whaddup fiber), only 1/3 cup of sugar for the whole recipe, and just a few mini chocolate chips to satisfy a sweet tooth. So, when all you want to do is shovel in some Christmas cookies, try reaching for these instead. I’d say about 4 is a good amount to have to without feeling an ounce of guiltiness. Besides, #treatyoself! Just do so in a way that won’t derail all your health goals before our next holiday feast, yeah? 😉

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Bites

(adapted from this recipe)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ginger

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp salt

1 tbsp butter or Earth Balance, melted

heaping 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, and salt until well combined.

2. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, pumpkin, and vanilla. Add in the brown sugar and mix until the lumps are gone.

3. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.

4. Form the dough into 1in cookie balls and refrigerate for at least one hour. Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful week!!!

xo Jordan

Monday Motivation & Inspiration.

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend 🙂

I wanted to take a break from posting a recipe today, mostly because I’m sure everyone is struggling with going back to reality after a holiday, and I know I could use a little inspiration myself.

Sometimes I think the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind.  It’s easy to schedule workouts and buy vegetables, but the challenge is really staying positive when things don’t go your way, or the universe throws things at you that don’t fit with your plans.

One of my favorite ways to ward off negativity, besides doing some kick-my-ass cardio of course, is focusing on my bigger goals. I know that if I keep working hard towards the things that matter to me, nothing can stand in my way. Totally aware of how cheesy that sounds, but I swear that if you refuse to give up, some amazing things can and will happen.

And, no matter how shitty things may seem, everything absolutely happens for a reason. If something or someone is threatening to steal your positivity, take it back. Everything works itself out in the end, and taking things day by day will make you realize that it does get better.

Surround yourself with things that make you happy. Getting outside is a guaranteed way to boost your mood, it’s been scientifically proven! Plus, you’ll get some Vitamin D, which is an added, but necessary, bonus.

Last but not least, don’t forget to treat yourself. There’s nothing out there a scoop of ice cream or chocolate chip cookie can’t fix 😉

Be back soon!

xo Jord