5 Things You Can Do Tonight for a Healthier, More Productive Tomorrow

Hey y’all! I’m currently freaking out over the fact that Thanksgiving (and my trip home!) is THIS week. So. Freakin’. PUMPED.

Dancing for Donuts | Healthy Night Routine

As you know, I recently moved in with the boy to a new apartment that I am absolutely loving. To me, moving into a new home means more than just having a new place to sleep. I’d like to think of it as almost a fresh start, a good time to set goals, and create new routines. Since I won’t be going from place to place each night anymore (not that I did that every single night, but you feel me), it’s been so much easier to get into a healthy morning and evening routine. I sort of had one already, but it’s been so wonderful being able to implement my old routine with some new elements on a more regular basis.

I think having an evening routine not only helps minimize things like the Sunday Scaries (which may happen on any given day of the week, let’s be real), or frantic mornings that result in forgetting a packed lunch or gym sneakers at home once you’ve already left for the day. I know I’ve definitely had days like that, but I want to give you some ideas so that you and I both can help prevent them, and in case you’re feeling like you need to get your sh*t together. *raises hand*

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So here’s a list of the things I like to do each night (or as much as possible) that help me de-stress, sleep a little better, and head into the next day feeling more confident.

1. Make a to-do list for tomorrow – Okay y’all, this tip is #1 because it is my number one. Every single night I write down in my planner my schedule for the next day and anything I need to remember to do. This helps eliminate that late night panic that sets in when you think about all the things you need to do the next day but aren’t sure you’ll be able to do. If you’ve never felt this way, then I applaud you because man that is not a fun feeling. When you plan your day ahead of time, you can see that yes, you can in fact accomplish everything you need to and life is far more manageable than it seems when you’ve got eight thousand thoughts bouncing around in the darkness. It also makes it easy to not forget to a) pay your credit card bill or b) call your grandmother to wish her a happy birthday…just two examples of things that may slip your mind when you’re in the throes of a busy day.

2. Pack your bag for the next day – Whether it’s your gym bag, your backpack or your briefcase, get everything in there that you think you’ll need. Your plans can’t get derailed if you’re ready to go and it’s easier to space and forget your gym socks in the morning when you’re rushing than it is as night with a clear head. I like to make sure I’ve got my wallet ready (in case I took out my ID or any credit cards over the weekend to put in a clutch), my water bottle, a gym outfit, sneakers, and my laptop if I need it. I’ll also put any snacks in my purse that don’t need to be refrigerated, so that I don’t find myself hangry at the office in the afternoon and reaching for cheez-its that I don’t actually even like…know what I mean? Life is just so much easier when you can get up and get ready in the morning without running around like a crazy person.

3. Prep your breakfast & lunch – You’ve probably heard me say this before, but I’m a firm believer in packing a lunch every single day to save money and stay on track with my health goals. I don’t necessarily do a full meal-prep sesh on Sundays, but I do like to pack my lunch bag the night before so that it’s ready to grab and go before I head out the door. Usually I’ll mix some leftover from dinner with some veggies I’ve roasted, maybe a grain I’ve prepped like brown rice or quinoa, and a sauce like hummus. Additionally, since I now like to eat my breakfast at 9am when I get into the office, I may prep some overnight oats or a yogurt parfait the night before, too. I can assure that on days I don’t do my meal prep the night before, I most definitely find myself running late trying to put my tupperware together in the morning.

4. Pick your outfit – Okay have you ever been trying to fall asleep but can’t because you find yourself thinking of that absolute dumbest sh*t like what you’re going to wear the next day to work or school or dinner? Yep, guilty. It’s so frustrating because you literally just want to fall asleep but you’re thinking about something so silly, yet also essential. My remedy for this is simply to pick out your outfit either in your mind or physically lay it out on your dresser/in your closet before you even lay down to go to sleep. I know it seems like a quick no-brainer, but trust me, if you wake up in the morning and don’t know what the weather is or what you’re going to put on your body, you could waste 15 minutes staring at your clothes instead of getting on with your morning. Been. There.

5. Take a minute for yourself – This right here is a BIG one, my friends. I’m a firm believe in self-care because it’s really, really hard to pour from an empty cup. What I mean by that is if you spend all day working, and then maybe you go to the gym, or meet a friend for dinner, you haven’t actually had time to settle your mind. Have you ever gotten home from a dinner with friends at 10pm and even though you were exhausted before you met them, you’re too wired now to pass out? It’s because your brain is still going. Everyone has different ways they like to unwind, but some of mine include browsing Pinterest or watching one of my favorite tv shows with a cup of tea and a face mask on. Whatever you need to do for you, I think taking at least 15 minutes to do a mini re-set can be so valuable for heading into the next day with a rested mind and happy heart.

Dancing for Donuts | Healthy Night Routine

Okay enough about me, I want to know what your night routine is. Do you set your clothes out the night before or mini meal-prep, too? Let me know in the comments and have a wonderful rest of your week!

xo Jordan

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Friday Finds

Hey Babes! Another Friday is heeeeeere!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Golden Milk Latte with Moon Deli Tonics

In one week at this time, I will be hanging with my family and getting some work done on our couch, possible by the fire. PUMPED. I’ve got a boat load of things to get done before that though, so it’d be smart to keep my excitement and daydreaming to a minimum until then…

In the meantime! My weekly roundup as per usj 🙂

Trader Joe’s Now has $3 Dairy-Free Whipped Cream – F. YES.

Peanut Sauce – Wait. I literally want to put this on everything.

5 Exercises to Do in the Morning That’ll Give You More Energy – I seriously miss working out in the mornings, but evening workouts just fit better with my schedule now. Maybe I should start doing these shorter videos before work…are you a morning workout person?

Healthy & Easy Thanksgiving Recipes – In case you still need ideas! Those pumpkin spiced corn muffins are kind of making me hungry again rn…

How to Bullet Journal with a Traditional Planner or Notebook – I can’t tell you how badly I needed this post. I’ve heard such amazing things about bullet-journaling, but really don’t need to order another book/notebook. Love that I can just use one I already have!

A Doctor Shares: The Best Snack for Gut Health – Not only does this recipe sound delish (and easy to make!), but there’s some really good advice in here!

If you’re celebrating a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving early this weekend, have so much fun and don’t worry about the calories too much, okay? The gym will still be there tomorrow, I promise.

xo Jordan

What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [+ My Teeth Whitening Experience!]

I know, I know, the title of this post may be throwing you off a bit, but I promise it’ll make sense soon 🙂
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
I think about 99% of the time, people immediately think food and fitness when they think about what the word “healthy” means, myself included. In the past year though, I’ve started to realize that health is also about the way you treat yourself and the words you say. It may be a little out there, but I honestly think there may even be a connection between being kind (again, to yourself but also to others) and your actual “health.” Does that make any sense? Like, let’s say every morning we looked in the mirror and thought “I hate my hair and my face is breaking out, I’m fat and this shirt looks terrible on me,” I don’t think we’d be setting ourselves up to be healthy (or happy) at all. We’d probably spend our day self-loathing, may choose to do something we don’t love because we’re too insecure to stand up for ourselves (been there!), potentially be rude to someone else because we’re in a bad mood, and maybe even force ourselves to go to the gym (because we hate the way our bodies look) or the opposite, shovel in a bunch of greasy food because we’re emotionally eating.
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
Now let’s flip that around – say we started the day instead by looking in the same mirror, but this time we think, “I love my smile and my hair looks awesome today. This outfit is everything and today is going to kick a$$.” To me, that sounds like the PERFECT way to start a day and one that’s most likely to be filled with what makes us happy, that unfolds with us being good to ourselves and our bodies. Sure, we may go to the gym, but to celebrate our health this time. Maybe we’d even treat ourselves to our favorite foods because hell, but because we know we deserve them…is it starting to make sense now?
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do with Living a Healthy Life [ + My Teeth Whitening Experience!]
I used to work in entertainment, as an entertainer, so my self-confidence wasn’t exactly at an all-time high with people telling me NO six times a day for one reason or another (too tall, too curvy, not pretty enough, etc.). Now that I’m not in that world, I’m actually starting to love myself again, which feels pretty damn great. And let me tell you, I treat my body (and my heart/mind) with more kindness, too. One of the things that constantly bothered me back in those days was how yellow my teeth were because, let’s face it, homegirl generally needs two cups of coffee a day. I seriously used to hate smiling with my teeth, which I needed to do alllll the time for headshots and auditions. Even after I stopped doing those things, I was so used to be self-conscious about my smile that I kind of just continued to feel weird about it in the back of my mind.
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
An easy fix for this was teeth whitening obviously, but we all know this blog is for #BabesOnABudget, aka this coffee-obsessed millenial has neither the funds nor the loose purse strings to splurge for a teeth cleaning in a dentist’s office! The good news? I was recently able to whiten my teeth, at home, for waaaaaaay less thanks to Smile Brilliant. Their at-home teeth whitening kits could not be easier – you create the mold yourself (which is, by the way, dummy proof), send it back, receive your custom trays, and do your thing with their super easy applicators. For the last couple of months, I’ve been whitening my teeth before bed while watching This Is Us and browsing Pinterest, often with a face mask on…And now? I can drink (and eat) what I want without feeling like I need to hide my smile. So believe me when I tell you that this process could not be easier, and it WORKS. So much so that I’ve actually started drinking my coffee with a Koffie Straw to keep them white because I’ve been feeling so much better about smiling when meeting new people or taking photos. Good thing Smile Brilliant gives you plenty of whitening and de-sensitizing gel so that you can do routine touch-ups whenever you feel necessary!
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
One more thing I want to note is how incredible their customer service is. First of all, the entire process from the moment you receive your package, to creating your molds and then getting your custom trays is super speedy, and you’re updated every step of the way. Second of all, if you have any questions, or are experiencing sensitivity (enter their amazing de-sensitizing gel!), they are more than happy to help guide you. I always appreciate a company that legitimately cares about its customers! So, if you’d like to start feeling more confident, aka starting your day off with that second scenario where you smile in the mirror thinking “DAMN I look good,” I highly recommend a kit from Smile Brilliant. Do something for yourself, take care of your body, your heart, your mind, whatever it is you may need to live your healthy and happy life.
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
If you’d like, you can enter to win your very own Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit here,​ ​since they’ve been kind enough to offer a kit to one of my readers! I know we all love coupons too though, so you can get 10% off your kit with code dancingfordonuts10 🙂
Now I wanna know: have you overcome any insecurities from your past? How did you shift your mindset?
xo Jordan


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Friday Finds

Hi beautiful people!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

Daylight savings is really screwing with me, guys. I’ve been more tired than ever, which doesn’t make sense since I’ve been going to sleep earlier? Did the one hour change mess up anyone else’s body clock? Oof.

In any case, we have made it to Friday which is by far the most important thing to note. I’m looking forward to a weekend filled with people that make me happy and lots of rest. I’ve been dying to whip up some more fall recipes too (after last weekend’s baking extravaganza + my first batch of chili for the season!). Will hopefully have more yummy things for ya’ll very soon 🙂

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been browsing this week:

Brown Butter Squash – Simple, easy, cozy. Sign me upppppppp.

Pomegranate Avocado Salad with Walnuts – Is it just me, or are seasonal fall foods the prettiest?!

10 Books to Read if You Want to Make 2018 Your Year – Umm YES?! Yes. Have y’all read any of these yet? Thoughts?

15 Vegan Hot Chocolate Recipes – Have I told you about my obsession with hot cocoa, yet? I literally have a cup every single night for dessert when it’s cold outside! I’m trying to cut back on dairy a bit, so I’m allll for these.

How to Travel on a Budget – Homegirl is alllllll about seeing the world without emptying that bank account! These tips are superb for any #BabeOnABudget

12 Truly Good Things that Have Happened Since Trump was Elected – I don’t usually get political on here, but sometimes we need a silver lining.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, Friends! Did this week fly by, or is it just me?

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

I guess when you spend all day working and all night unpacking (+ watching Stranger Things, let’s be real), the days will do that…haha. But the sea of boxes is mostly gone, guys!! I cannot wait to show you photos.

I’ll be spending this weekend blogging + working + organizing my life, plus some fun things for sure, but I’ll catch up with you guys again Monday. In the meantime, here’s some light reading (as per usj) and some yummy recipes from around the web!

Soft Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free) – I’ve barely done anything with pumpkin so far this season, so please don’t hate me if I continue my pumpkin frenzy until 2018…

The Healthy Girl’s Guide to Shopping at Costco – So. Many. Deals.

Pie Crust Designs – Has anyone attempted any of these?! I haven’t, but am dying to. They’re so beautiful!!

How a Love of Community Has Made Millenials the Fittest Generation Ever – Interestingggggg. Honestly, I’m kind of thinking of joining Class Pass…let me know if you’ve tried it and liked it!

Curating the Perfect Weekend Pamper Routine – Aaaaand plans for Sunday are made.

5 Recipes that Will Help You Sleep Better Tonight – PLEASE. Although if I’m being honest, I’ve been sleeping pretty well now that the move is over. Thank goodness!

Have a fantastic weekend 🙂

xo Jordan

 

My Favorite Podcasts

Oh, hey! It’s been a minute, huh?

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Podcasts for Bloggers, Entrepreneurs, Women, Healthy Living Junkies, or anyone who loves a good laugh!

I’m sorry I went MIA for a bit, we finally moved and to say it was chaotic would be a massive understatement! But I’m happy to say that 4 days, 2 trips to Bed, Bath and Beyond, and 2 trips to Ikea later, we are nearly settled! Sort of…there are still lots of boxes to unpack, but I’m confident we can tackle it by the weekend 🙂

Since I haven’t had time to put together a recipe for you just yet, I did want to share something that I get asked about often – my favorite podcasts! If you know me at all, you know I am absolutely addicted to walking outside and listening to a good podcast. I’ve even started listening to them at the gym, and they make my commute soooooo much better, too. Sometimes I realize I’ve actually gone days without listening to music, just because I’m so engrossed in the podcasts I’m listening to. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed, guys.

I’ve put together this list of my 13 favorites in hopes that you’ll find something new you might like whether you’re looking for something lighthearted, educational, or inspirational!

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Podcasts for Bloggers, Entrepreneurs, Women, Healthy Living Junkies, or anyone who loves a good laugh!

For wellness, inspiration, and all things healthy living:

Almost 30 – Guys. THIS podcast is my favorite. I mean that. They have everything from female entrepreneurs to healthy living bloggers to comedians and I never ever fail to laugh during an episode. I’ve been listening to this podcast since it first started and I look forward to it each week. I’ve learned so much and found myself incredibly inspired by Lindsey & Krista so if you haven’t listened to an episode yet, now’s the time!

That’s So Maven – Another amazing podcast for anyone interested in the health and wellness space, That’s So Maven is by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, The Healthy Maven. She’s so honest and real, and I find that she asks questions most other podcasters don’t ask their guests. There’s a ton of variety here, so you can really find the topics you’re interested in and want to learn more about!

The Balanced Blonde Podcast – This podcast right here is the first one that actually got me hooked on podcasts! Jordan is someone I really admire, particularly in how she’s grown her brand and who she is as a person, and she always has the best guests on. I met her in person at an event this year and totally fangirl-ed out, but yeah. She’s unbelievably inspiring, kind, and authentic. I love that she has a mix of the healthy living, but also some business, spirituality (not totally my thing, but I know tons of people that love it!) and just how to live a full life, in general!

Let it Out with Katie Dalebout – So I’ll be honest, I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to too many of Katie’s episodes, but the ones I have listened to are wonderful! This podcast feels different to me, maybe more casual? She’s such a chill hosts that her interviews, if you even want to call it that, feel more like a regular conversation that you happen to be listening in on. I’d say this one’s mostly health and wellness based from what I can gather, but I think it’s just all-around therapeutic to listen to!

For a solid laugh & pure entertainment:

LadyGang – If you want the definition of a boss babe, just listen to this podcast. These ladies, and every single one of their guests, is absolutely killing it. From healthy living tips to entrepreneur inspiration and dating advice, this podcast has a little bit of everything. It’s hosted by Becca Tobin (one of the Cheeri-O’s from Glee!), Jac Vanek (total bada$$) and Keltie Knight (kind of obsessed with how awkward she is), so it’s a bit more dynamic than podcasts with just one host. Definitely give this one a listen, I know you’ll love it!

The Bitch Bible – I cannot even begin to express how freakin’ hilarious the host of this podcast is. Jackie Schimmel is completely unfiltered and I am obsessed. Like I want to be her friend. A lot of her episodes are solo episodes, which just means it’s even more of her hilarity to listen to, but the ones with guests are amazing, too. She tends to talk about the Real Housewives a lot, which I don’t actually watch, but I even find THAT lol-worthy so that’s saying a lot. If she’s not your cup of tea I get it, but if you haven’t given her a shot yet, you MUST.

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Podcasts for Bloggers, Entrepreneurs, Women, Healthy Living Junkies, or anyone who loves a good laugh!

For bloggers, entrepreneurs, and business-minded babes:

Women, Work and Worth – This podcast is the epitome of women supporting women. If you couldn’t tell, I’m alllllll about bada$$ female business women (probably because I grew up around them – hay mom!!). The incredible women of Mavenly + Co started this podcast as a free resource for those looking to “design a career & lifestyle with purpose.” If that doesn’t sound like an absolute dream, I don’t know what does.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast – I cannot even express to you how much I have learned just listening to Lauryn, her husband Michael, and every single guest they bring on this podcast. There’s a fair bit of beauty/health/lifestyle in this one, but the reason I love it so much is for the business aspects of it. I look forward to this podcast every single week and know that I’m going to finish each episode feeling inspired, motivated, and full of new ideas. You know when you’re reading a book that you love so much that you stay up extra late reading it and have a hard time putting it down? Yeah. That’s how I feel about this one.

The Influencer Podcast – This is the most recent podcast I’ve discovered (after hearing Julie on The Skinny Confidential ^ ) and I. Am. Obsessed. This podcast is kind of all I want to listen to these days as I’m trying to build my blog, but also as someone who works on the brand side in social media. Julie is a New York Times Best-Selling Publicist, but is now also an uber succesful podcaster/blogger/influencer, so she has tons of experience in both the “regular” working world and the blogging world. I cannot say enough about how smart and insightful she is!

The Goal Digger Podcast – If you are in marketing, or blogging, or have your own business and need to market that, you NEED this. First of all, Jenna Kutcher’s voice is just plain soothing, so sometimes when she’s talking about a topic that I may not relate to directly, I’ll straight up just put this on to hear her voice. Is that creepy? Cool. Thought so. Buuuuut seriously, I have learned SO much from this podcast and this woman. She’s phenomenal.

For a good spook or story:

The Vanished – If you’re a fan of Law And Order (particularly SVU), you will LOVE this one. Each episode explores a different missing persons case, from all around the country, and some are even super recent which is kind of cool since you can help be a part of the investigation if you have any insight. The woman who narrates is great, too (so important when listening to anything!) and each story is really unique. My only qualm is that these are obviously all unsolved, so there isn’t any closure, but again, this podcast could even help find a missing person. Pretty awesome.

Lore – So I’ve only listened to a few episodes of this, only because I’ve been so hooked on the others, but it’s kind of a fun one when you’re on a roadtrip or something. It’s mainly historical anecdotes about different places around the world that may be haunted, or just have an interesting past, and sometimes digs into the human psyche. If you like reading mysteries, I think you’ll like this because it’s super interesting but also snackable. They just turned it into a show too, and I cannot wait to watch!

Serial – Alright alright, I know you’ve probably listened to this one since it was kind of the podcast to start all podcasts, but season 1 of Serial literally got me through a 6 hour cross-country flight without even a hint of restlessness. Another great one for mystery lovers, it explores the story of a murder and is brought to us by the people from This American Life. I didn’t totally love season 2, but maybe that’s just me!

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Podcasts for Bloggers, Entrepreneurs, Women, Healthy Living Junkies, or anyone who loves a good laugh!

Alright y’all, it’s time for me to resume my Stranger Things binge (it’s been taking extra long because we’ve been watching the World Series in between!!). Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving any other podcasts – I add about one new one a week because, like I said, I’m addicted.

Happy November 1st & have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

TGIF, my babes!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Palm Springs Ice Cream and Shop(pe)

These days I’m finding it hard to focus on anything other than my move in about a week (eeeeee!!!!!!!) and all of the furniture/decor I need/want to buy…my wallet won’t be happy, but my heart will. I feel like if you’re going to splurge on something (other than travel), it should be your home. You need an oasis to come back to after long days, a place comfortable place just for you, and that’s worth spending some money on in my opinion…

Anyway, I digress! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Why Your Salad Needs Fat – Because the low-fat thing is sooooooo over.

5 Smart Tips for Managing Your Grocery Budget – Plus one more: don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach…

10 Healthy Snack Power-Food Combos – I’ll take all the easy + healthy snack ideas I can get!

Pumpkin Coconut Hot Chocolate – Are you even kidding me right now.

Why You Should Switch to Natural Deoderant – YES. Yes yes yes. Schmidt’s is my favorite!

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Weekend – I’m alllllll about prepping for life on Sundays and taking it easy. Makes heading in the week 10x easier!

Alright y’all, I’m off to work. Tomorrow we have a wedding and then Sunday I’m taking for myself. What are you guys up to?! Something autumn-y I hope 🙂

xo Jordan

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

Hello and Happy Humpday!

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

As someone who used to have a non-traditional job for 5 years, it’s still weird for me sometimes to think of weeks as Monday through Friday, and weekends as actual weekends… but anywho, where I’m going with this is that sometimes you need a lil somethin’ somethin’ to spruce up a weekday since counting down the minutes until the weekend is no way to live, y’all.

I made these donuts last Sunday when I had some extra time to myself, and having them as a mid-week treat has seriously brightened up an otherwise fairly boring day. I’m also not one of those people who like, waits until Sunday to treat themselves (food wise), because screw that, I deserve to treat myself whenever I want to and SO DO YOU. That being said, these donuts are the perfect sweet treat when you don’t want to completely derail your diet since they’re full of protein and have clean ingredients, save for the chocolate chips, which are optional if you’re boring…or just don’t like chocolate 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

I recently got my hands some of the Rootz Nutrition paleo protein superfood in Chocolate Banana Nut and I can confidently say that I have upped my smoothie game. I’ve mentioned this in the past, but I absolutely hate when protein powders have a chalk-like taste (as does everyone, I’m sure), but when I find a protein powder that actually tastes incredible, I obviously have to share it with you. I also don’t think I’ve heard of a single protein powder in this flavor, so that’s a win for sure.

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

Besides taste though, I love that the Rootz products are paleo-friendly so even though I’m not actually paleo (because #labelfree), the ingredients are crazy clean. This particular powder also contains completely undetectable greens like chlorella, spirulina, kale, broccoli and spinach. Now I don’t know about you, but I can guarantee I don’t actually eat all of those veggies on any given day, so the fact that I can throw them in my food in a delicious chocolate-y way is kind of amazing. *If you want 10% off at Rootz, there’s a coupon code at the bottom of this post 😉

Since this stuff has so many awesome benefits, I’ve been trying to find new ways to incorporate it into my diet because as much as I would love to have smoothies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that’s probably not actually the most nutritious option. After browsing Pinterest for allllll the donut recipes, I kind of mushed some of them together to come up with this one. I’ll be honest, I did a pretty good job guys. These have the perfect amount of sweetness, stay moist for days when you keep them in the fridge, and are just the right size for when you want a little treat. Plus, they’re DONUTS which makes them feel extra special, y’know?

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts

1 egg

1/4 cup peanut or almond butter

1 large ripe banana

2 1/2 tbsp melted coconut oil

3 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp Rootz Nutrition Paleo Chocolate Banana Nut Protein (or any protein powder)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and coat the bottom of a donut tin (mini or regular) with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mash the banana and stir in the nut butter, melted coconut oil and egg until completely combined and mostly smooth. *You can put the ingredients in a blender if you’d prefer, but sometimes I like not having to do the extra dishes!

3. Add the coconut flour, protein powder, baking powder, vanilla and cinnamon, and stir until well-combined, but careful to not overmix! If you’d like, you can fold in the chocolate chips here, or use them later as a drizzle on top like I did.

4. Using a spoon (and a wet finger), fill each donut cavity about halfway with batter. I like to fill mine just slightly over half so they’re a bit bigger 😉 Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until dough is firm.

5. Let donuts cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. You’ll want to run a spoon along the edges to make sure the donut hasn’t stuck to the pan, then carefully spoon each donut onto a plate or wire rack to finish cooling.

6. If you’d like, you can melt the chocolate chips in a bowl with a touch of coconut oil (I’d heat them for about 20 seconds at a time), and then drizzle the melted chocolate over the donuts once completely cooled. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days and pop in the microwave for 15 seconds before eating!

Dancing for Donuts | Chunky Monkey Protein Donuts made with Rootz Nutrition Paleo Superfood Protein - use code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off!

If y’all want 10% off your next Rootz order, just use the code DANCINGFORDONUTS at checkout! Let me know if you try it, I know you’ll love it 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Hi friends! How’s everyone doing today?

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds.

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