Berry Chia Protein Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten-Free!]

Hi friends and Happy Humpday! Is anyone else kind of ecstatic that we’re halfway through the week?!

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve been running on very little sleep after flying home to NY for a hot second to attend my one of my best friends’ weddings, so I apologize in advance if any of this is incoherent! I landed back in LA super late Sunday night and did a major grocery haul Monday after work since the only things in my fridge were some leftover cashew milk (which comes in handy!), coffee grounds (duh) and my probiotics. Not exactly the makings of a meal my friends.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

After a long weekend of indulging, I’m really trying to get my a$$ in gear, partially so that I can fit into my old summer clothes and partially because I know that when I eat healthier, my stomach feels so much better. I tried chia pudding way back in the day, and honestly wasn’t the biggest fan, but the other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts (Almost 30 – I’m obsessed) and they were talking about a chia pudding made with protein powder for natural sweetness and a more filling snack or meal. The other thing about chia pudding is that it’s really not that many ingredients and fairly cheap now that chia seeds are so common.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve had this recipe for breakfast two mornings now, and it’s so delicious. I still need my 11am snack (as per usual), but this is something I can feel good about eating. There’s no added sugar, the berries are nutritious and full of antioxidants, and the chia seeds are loaded with fiber, omega 3’s and protein. You can easily sub out ingredients in this recipe as well, like the berries for another fruit or vanilla protein powder for chocolate, or even none at all. It’s your call, just make whatever works for you! Food should be delicious, so pick your favorite flavor combo and go from there 🙂

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

Berry Chia Protein Pudding

(makes 2 large servings)

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 cups non-dairy milk (I used cashew, it’s super creamy!)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup mixed berries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if you’re vegan, make sure it’s a plant-based protein – I use Garden of Life!)

1. In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, non-dairy milk, protein powder and coconut flakes. Stir for about one minute and then let sit for for at least 2 hours or overnight. *I make this recipe the night before in a tupperware so it’s ready to take with me to work the next day!

2. Add the berries and enjoy! If not eating right away, the chia pudding will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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What about you? What breakfast do you have on repeat these days?! Have you tried chia pudding yet?

xo jordan

February Favorites.

Can you believe it’s already March?! This month has flown by, but I’ve tried so many yummy new products that I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

I got a hugh jass haul from Vitamin World this month and I’m obsessed with everything. I ordered from them on Black Friday too, they have crazy good sales and everything a health & fitness fanatic could want.

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

These new Quest Beyond Cereal bars are so dang good and only 110 calories. They’re still packed with protein though, and low in sugar, which makes them the perfect afternoon or post-workout snack. I love all the flavors, but this chocolate one might take the cake.

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

I’ve been a fan of Garden of Life for awhile now, but hadn’t tried their new, super clean Sport Line. This chocolate plant-based protein powders is one the best ones I’ve had that legitimately tastes good on its own with just almond or coconut milk. Most plant-based proteins taste kind of chalky, but I assure you this one will make you think you’re drinking a milkshake!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

A friend told me this brand was on Shark Tank, which I’ve never seen, but the products from Nuts ‘N More are SO good. I’m addicted to their peanut powders (regular + maple), which I add to everything from my greek yogurt to smoothies to oatmeal, and now I’m addicted to their protein spreads, as well. They taste so unbelievably decadent, but they actually have less fat that regular peanut butter. How do people make this stuff?!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

Aside from my Vitamin World haul, I’ve been lucky enough to try these new Himalania Dark Chocolate Goji Berries. I’ve recently become somewhat addicted to goji berries in general (they’re slightly sweet but not too much, and have an awesome chewy/crunchy texture!), but these are dusted in dark cocoa powder, as well. They’re the perfect after-dinner treat when you’re craving something sweet, and they’re pretty healthy for a dessert!

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Last but not least, these Bonk Breaker bars are delicious!!! I’m an avid bar-eater (it’s almost sad how much money I spend on them to be honest), but these come in so many interesting flavors and have a ton of protein for not a ton of calories. Usually I find new bar companies to have one or two good flavors, but I rarely love the whole line. I honestly can’t pick a favorite one of these, but I will say the salted caramel tasted unbelievably decadent and the mint chocolate chip was like a thin mint but better.

Alright y’all that’s it for now. I’m about to hop on a plane to Colorado so I’ll chat with you from there 🙂

xo Jordan

Peaches N’ Cream Protein Popsicles.

Mornin’ friends! I’m blogging from the office today since the triple digit temperatures have killed our internet.

Since it was way too hot to turn on the oven, or stove, or do much of anything really this weekend, I was inspired to make frozen treats! I whipped up a super simple recipe for protein popsicles and added some fresh fruit, since I’m all about the peaches lately. With only three ingredients, the hardest part of the recipe is actually just having the patience to let them freeze…

Dancing for Donuts | Peaches N' Cream Protein Popsicles

These were seriously the perfect post-workout snack or dessert, I can’t wait to experiment with more frozen combinations! I’m thinking about a non-acoholic mojito popsicle. Or maybe I’ll add the rum, actually… (:

Dancing for Donuts | Peaches N' Cream Protein Popsicles

Peaches N’Cream Protein Popsicles

1 large or 2 small peaches

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 cup almond or coconut milk

  1. Chop the peaches into large pieces and place in a blender. Add the protein powder and milk. Blend until smooth.

2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least an hour. *To release the popsicle from the mold, simply run until warm water for about 30 seconds and pop them out!

Dancing for Donuts | Peaches N' Cream Protein Popsicles

Have a great day!

xo Jordan

Single-Serving Protein Cookies (And Why I Put Cinnamon on Everything).

Hi friends!

I’m back with a recipe that just blew my mind and took about 36 seconds to create. 5 ingredients, a ton of protein, and gluten-free – what’s not to love?! Plus, these seriously taste like ice cream. I don’t even know how that’s possible, but they do…

Dancing for Donuts | Single-Serving Protein Cookies

The 5th ingredient is optional, but amps up the flavor and adds a ton of health benefits. I don’t know if you are all as obsessed with cinnamon as I am, but I honestly put it on (almost) everything. I’ll put it in my coffee grounds before I brew my morning cup, on top of my peanut butter toast, in oatmeal, on yogurt, and even on sweet potatoes. Not only is it delicious, but it has so many awesome properties. It regulates blood sugar, contributes to better heart health, boosts brain function, is loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory characteristics, and may even protect against cancer! So yes, you should start incorporating it into your everyday meals and snacks stat.

So anyways, I suggest making these when you’re craving something sweet whether it’s late at night or after a workout. They’ll satisfy a sweet-tooth without completely ruining all of your hard work aka the dream.

Dancing for Donuts | Single-Serving Protein Cookies

Single-Serving Protein Cookies

2/3 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

1 heaping tbsp natural, unsalted peanut butter (TJ’s has the best!)

1 tbsp honey or agave

1 tbsp cashew/almond/coconut/soy milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1. In a bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients.

2. Shape into truffles or cookies. Eat immediately, or freeze for a couple minutes first!

Note: If saving these for later, store in an airtight container or ziploc in the fridge.

Enjoy 🙂

xo Jordan