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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Post-Vaca Healthy Meal Plan [+ My Favorite Quinoa Salad!]

Okay, I guess it’s back to a full week of work, huh?

Dancing for Donuts | Post-Vacation Meal Plan.

I will say, though, that there’s something kind of wonderful about Mondays. I think it’s the idea that you can start with a clean slate and craft your week however you’d like it to be, you know? I was only back in LA for three days last week, but I started getting back to a cleaner version of my normal eats after all the margs and guac that I could not pass up in Mexico! I seriously feel better and more energized already, so I’m going to keep up with this meal plan for at least another week to re-set my body!

Dancing for Donuts | Post-Vacation Meal Plan.

I’ve never been one for cleanses or hardcore diets. My philosophy is that cutting things that I love entirely out of my diet just leaves me craving them more, and then once the diet is over, I just binge eat them (and everything else). Instead, my goal is to eat as many veggies as possible and keep processed foods down to a minimum. You know I love my energy bars, but I’m trying not to rely on those either, and instead reach for whole food healthy snacks. Here’s the easy plan I’m following (that I put together on the plane ride home from Cabo!) and the recipe for my quinoa salad can be found at the bottom of this post!

Dancing for Donuts | Post-Vacation Meal Plan.

Pre-breakfast: 1 cup of coffee with 2% milk (the fat keeps me fuller for longer and skim milk has the most sugar of any of the low-fast milks!), 1 huge glass of ice water

Breakfast: 2% plain greek yogurt with 1/4 cup fresh fruit (mango, berries, banana, peaches, pineapple, etc.) and 1/4 cup granola

Mid-morning snack: 1 hard-boiled egg or a handful of raw almonds

Lunch: quinoa salad with chopped veggies, beans, greens, and a form of protein (sliced turkey, chicken breast, an egg, ground turkey, tofu, etc.), dressing: 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or a mix of mustard/lemon juice/EVOO *recipe below!

Afternoon snack: baby carrots and/or celery with hummus

Dinner: smoothie with 1 scoop protein powder, 1/4 cup fruit, 1 huge handful of greens, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp fat (mix and match nut butter or coconut oil/butter), non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, hemp, soy, etc.)

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Quinoa Salad.

My Favorite Quinoa Salad:

1 cup dried quinoa + 2 cups water

1 large cucumber

2 bell peppers (any color!)

1/2 onion

1 cup halved cherry tomatoes

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 hard-boiled egg (per serving)

3 cups spinach or kale

dressing: 3 tbsp each of mustard, EVOO, and lemon juice + warm water to thin

  1. In a saucepan or small pot, bring dried quinoa and water to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. *Keep an eye on it around the 8-minute mark to make sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom!

2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop all of the veggies and mix together the dressing.

3. Combine the veggies and cooked quinoa in a giant bowl and toss with dressing. Portion out for 4 lunches and top with hard-boiled egg (keep it in the shell until ready to eat!) or protein of your choice.

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite Quinoa Salad.

Some things to note – I’ve definitely had an extra snack or 2 in here, whether that’s some extra almonds, a random piece of fruit, or some more veggies. I don’t feel guilty having more food if I feel hungry, I just try to stick to some variety of the foods listed above. My rule: if it comes in a box or a bag, steer clear! The granola is the exception to that, but I try to choose granolas with low-sugar. I actually made a homemade recipe this weekend, so stay tuned for that later this week! Additionally, I have the smoothie at night because I tend to workout after work, but I have them for breakfast sometimes, too 🙂

How do you clean up your diet after an indulgent vacation?!

xo Jordan


What I Ate Wednesday #2.

Hello beautiful humans!

Today I’m bringing back my What I Ate Wednesday posts, since y’all seemed to be interested in the first one! Here’s a look at what I ate yesterday, on a regular ol’ Tuesday.

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday #2.

8am: To start the day, I had a mug of Stumptown Coffee with one packet of stevia, some 1% milk, cinnamon, and a scoop of VitalProteins Collagen Peptides.

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9:30am: Breakfast at the office as per usj! I’ve been going back to an old favorite of mine – plain greek yogurt with peanut butter and a banana. I added some Bear Naked granola for some staying power, too!

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12:15pm: Somehow my breakfast magically kept me full until noon (my appetite’s been weird lately though), so I lasted until lunch without a snack this time. Lunch was some of the leftover roast we made on Sunday with black beans, roasted onion, and quinoa! Simple and so delicious 🙂 I highly recommend making extra anytime you cook so that you have meals ready throughout the week. Suuuuuuch a lifesaver!

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3pm: Snacktime rolls around and though I’m craving something sweet, I’m really trying to cut back on the sugar. Luckily I brought a bag of carrots and celery with some spinach & artichoke hummus (planning ahead is essential!). The perfect healthy snack with some protein!

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5pm: Surprise surprise, I’m hungry again. I have to make it through a workout once I leave the office, so I grab a NoGii bar (my new favorite!!) to tide me over.

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday #2.

8pm: We threw together some chicken breasts tossed in a homemade rub, sauteed asparagus and snap peas (in soy sauce + a bit of butter), and leftover pasta from the night before. There we go with the leftovers again…see how much they come in handy?! This dinner was super delicious, especially for one that only took 15 minutes to make!

9:30pm: I have a couple of pieces of watermelon before bed (even though I try not to eat after 9pm for the most part) because my sweet tooth is going off again. Watermelon is my favorite in the summer, I think I could live off of it!

Alright folks, there ya go. Let me know what meals and snacks you’ve been loving lately, I’m always up for new ideas!

xo jordan


Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Okay okay, so I know this recipe is kind of contradictory to my last one in which I claimed that oatmeal doesn’t actually fill me up…however! This one did (thanks to some added protein) and also oats are my favorite forever.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Matcha is totally having a moment right now, and I’m all for it. I’ve been hooked on green tea lattes since a friend introduced them to me a couple years back, so anything matcha related I can get my hands on, I will! I love that it not only tastes amazing (with a touch of added sweetness, otherwise it’s a bit harsh!), but is also super good for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

It’s honestly kind of amazing that this magical powder stuff is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. And that gorgeous green color?! Swoon. And an awesome thing about this recipe is that it’s vegan and gluten-free customizable – just make sure you’re using certified gluten-free oats, non-dairy milk and/or plant-based protein instead of whey. If you’re not dairy-free, you can totally add some greek yogurt in here too (or coconut yogurt if you are). That would bump up the filling-factor and protein even more!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

1/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 or whole banana, sliced (optional)

1 tsp chia seeds (optional)

1. In a mason jar, tupperware container, or bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, protein powder, matcha, and chia seeds if desired.

2. Cover and let sit overnight in the fridge. When ready to eat, top with coconut and banana slices. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

What oatmeal add-ins and combos are you digging lately?! I need some ideas!

Have a great week 🙂

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

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.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

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.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

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.

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

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!

Dancing for Donuts | A Day in the Life.

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

Meal-Prep Monday.

I suppose that title is somewhat of a lie, considering I actually prepped all of my meals yesterday, but the point is that you can really do this any day! I find that if I set aside just a couple of hours (at the very most) to prep my meals and snacks for the week, I’m much more likely to stick to healthy eating and actually save a lot of money, too. Although it’s not very pretty, here’s a look at what I make every Sunday evening so that I can save myself the trouble throughout the week when my schedule gets a bit crazy…

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1. A big batch of quinoa – I bring 1 cup of white quinoa to a boil with 2 cups of water in a large saucepan. Once it boils, i set it to a simmer for about 10 minutes, keeping an eye on it so that it doesn’t dry out! I put it in a tupperware and store it in the fridge so that I can have it throughout the week in grain bowls (recipe coming this week!). Sometimes I’ll even portion it out in smaller containers to bring with me to work or school.

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2. Beans – I seriously can’t get enough of my sriracha roasted chickpeas, so I always make a batch of those at least twice a week. I also like to have black beans and great white northern beans on hand to throw into salads, grain bowls, or zoodles, too. They’re a great source of fiber and protein, and I love the texture they add. Another plus? They’re crazy cheap. I buy them dried and in bulk, soak them overnight, and then boil them up for about 25 minutes or until soft.

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3. Chopped veggies and fruit to freeze for smoothies. I’ve quickly become addicted to the carrot cake smoothie I posted about last week, so I’ve started portioning out the ingredients ahead of time to save myself some trouble in the morning. I buy a 1lb. bag of large carrots and chop them up to freeze. I put 3 smoothies worth of carrots, walnuts and shredded coconut in Ziplocs and kept the rest together. (I only made 3 in advance for my days at work, but you can do as many as you’d like! The fruit/veggies will stay fresh in the freezer no matter what.)

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4. A batch of energy bites. I grab two of these babies every single morning before I hit the gym. I’m barely awake when I leave for my workout, but if there’s one thing I know it’s that I need fuel. I’ll usually have one more afterwards when I get home, or a couple before bed too as a sweet treat. Having them on hand (since they keep well in the fridge in an airtight container) makes them the perfect snack.

Dancing for Donuts | Meal Prep

And there you have it! I actually also prepped two servings of chia pudding for this week, but I haven’t photographed those yet since the recipe will be up soon. I hope I gave you some ideas for making your week a little bit easier and healthier! Until next time, friends 🙂

xo Jordan