Friday Finds.

Happy Friday, beautiful humans!

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We’re back to our regularly schedule Friday Finds programming 🙂 What have you been reading this week?!

7 Grocery Store Hacks to Save You Major Hacks – Guys, YES. I currently follow about 90% of these, but they’re MAJOR. It seriously couldn’t be easier to cut your grocery bill.

Ask a Nutritionist: 5 Questions Answered – As if I wasn’t already so obsessed with Kelly LeVeque anyway…this girl is a genius.

10 Dinners in Under 10 Minutes – For nights when you’re either lazy AF or busy AF.

An Exceptional Salad with an Unusual Coconut Oil Dressing – This sounds insane. How have I never thought to make a dressing with coconut oil?!

3-Nutritionist Approved Snacks to Bring on Summer Adventures – Honestly I would even just bring these to the office because they sound awesome.

10 Pieces of Avocado Toast Almost Too Pretty to Eat – HOW?! Do I need to get a tiny star cookie cutter to cut my food into tiny cute shapes?! No, probably not…

3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles [or Slushies!] – Shameless plug because I’m still literally eating one of these almost every day. They’re perfect for a low-calorie treat!

Any fun plans for the weekend? I have a full-blown cold as of now, so aside from a cooking class tonight (which I’m SO excited for!!!!!) I’ll probably just lay low 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

xo Jordan

April Favorites.

I’m sorry, but where the heck is this year going?! Before we know it, it’s going to be Memorial Day and then Summer, which I’m totally not complaining about, but this year is FUH-lying by.

Dancing for Donuts | April Favorites.

Even this weekend flew by (most likely because I did about a zillion things) but I’m doing my best to avoid catching the Sunday Scaries right now by writing this post and getting sh*t done so I don’t have to worry about it during the week.

As I’ve done the past couple of months, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite product discoveries from April. I used to eat the same things pretty much everyday for years, but lately I’ve been trying more new-to-me foods and it’s actually become really fun. I might be crazy here, but grocery shopping is probably one of my favorite errands to run during the week…who’s with me?! 🙂

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Banza Chickpea Pasta – Guysssssss this stuff is a GAME. CHANGER. I’m not gluten-free by any means, but I’m all about healthier versions of comfort food. This pasta is so delicious and doesn’t have that like, weird mushy consistency of brown rice or quinoa pasta. It’s actually a little bit nutty, too, which I think is so much more flavorful than plain white pasts, anyway! I’m partial to whole wheat in general, but I think chickpea pasta might take the cake. I paired mine with roasted veggies (like cauliflower and brussels sprouts) and some goat cheese for creaminess. DE-LISH.

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Go Raw Sprouted Watermelon Seeds – To say these things are addicting would be a serious understatement. I actually got them with my friend Pam who wanted a healthy snack for the beach and neither of us had high hopes, but they were really, really good. I love that they’re rich in magnesium, zinc and protein but they’re not a nut (which means they have less fat!) and though they’re lightly salted in sea salt, they’re not too salty by any means. I can’t wait to pick these up again and try them in a salad (instead of shoveling them in by the handful until we reached the bottom of the bag…oops!).

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Trader Joe’s King Coconut Water – Okay okay, so coconut water isn’t actually the healthiest drink ever and is not superior to regular water by any means, but sue me if sometimes I need something with a little more flavor! I’ve been loving these little boxes of coconut water, that are only $1.19, after lunch or my workouts (which are, coincidentally, often at lunch). Though most coconut waters have a ton of sugar, this one only has 8 grams, but a ton of potassium. My advice? Serve it super chilled and add ice cubes – super refreshing on a hot day!

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Turkey Jerky – If this bag looks nearly empty to you, it’s because it absolutely was. That baby didn’t stand a chance and to be honest, I think I almost tossed the bag before I remembered to snap a photo. I know jerky gets a bad rap because it’s high in sodium, which is fair, but it’s also a high-protein snack that doesn’t have to be refrigerated. It’s also a much healthier choice than many other pre-packaged snacks, plus it’s convenient and delicious. Perfect for snacking on at the office or before a workout! Turkey is slightly healthier than beef too, so I chose this Country Archer variety in Honey Dijon. Currently putting this on my grocery list for next week as we speak…

That’s all for now, friends. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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!

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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.

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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!

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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

My All-Time Favorite At-Home Workout Vids.

Hello & Happy Monday! (Is that a thing? Can I wish you a Happy Monday, even though everyone hates Mondays? I’m doing it anyway…)

Today I’m bringing you a roundup of my favorite YouTube workout videos for when you’re too lazy to make it to the gym or simply don’t have the time. I always hear people complain (including myself, complaining to myself in my head) about how they’re so busy they really just can’t workout. That’s a sad excuse, as mean as that is to say. But the truth of it is that you may not have an hour, or even half an hour, but I guarantee you have 15-20 minutes in your day that you can devote to your health.

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite At-Home Workout Videos.

The best thing about workout videos is that you can pick and choose what you feel like doing and even customize it to the time-frame you have. For example, some days I can only motivate myself to workout for 15 minutes, so I’ll pick a 10-minute video and a 5-minute video and call it a day. Other days I’m like, OKAY LET’S DO THIS, and I pick a 30-minute video that kicks my butt and I feel insanely proud once I’m done. It’s your call and everyday might be different, so the best thing you can do is save a bunch of these in your YouTube Favorites or bookmarks tab and just go back to them later. Here are my favorites (and favorite people to follow!) in case you need some inspo…

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Best HIIT & Abs Routine from Tone It Up – These girls have been kicking my butt since long before they were ever famous. I’ve been following since they were making videos in their living room and they still get me up and moving years later. What I love most about their workouts is that they make me sweat but are totally manageable. Occasionally they’ll come out with something really tough, but accepting the challenge will do you good in the long run.

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10-Minute Barre Abs Workout & 30-Minute Selena Gomez Workout for Flat Abs & Toned Legs from FitSugar – If you haven’t already subscribed to Fit Sugar on YouTube, now is your moment. 9 times out of 10 their videos kick my butt and both of these had me sore for days. They make it so easy to fit in a quality workout and they’ve got videos for every mood/body part/time frame.

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Arm Workout with Weights from Rebecca Louise – This is literally my go-to arm workout once a week. I do it while I’m watching tv after work or first thing in the morning. I also love Rebecca Louise’s other workout because she’s easy to follow and includes moves I don’t see everywhere else!

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Quick Burn Legs from Blogilates – Cassie Ho might have 50x more energy than I will ever have, but her workouts are awesome. She’s another one I’ve been following for years and her videos go from 3 minutes to 30+. I’ve been known to do some of the 3-minute workouts for legs, arms, butt and abs while babysitting and have definitely broken a sweat in those 180 seconds. Embarrassing? Slightly. Worth it? Yes.

Well there ya have it. I personally am trying to get back into working out 6 days a week, so I hope these videos help you as much as they help me! What are some of your February goals?

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Greetings from another 100 degree day in sunny California!

I can’t decide if I think this week went by quickly or slowly, but what I do know is that it was busy AF. During weeks like these, catching up on other blogs is part of what keeps me sane. Here are some interesting links I’ve come across from around the web!

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Checklist for Doing Fall Right – all of these. once the heat wave is over, that is…

How to Peel & Cut a Butternut Squash – YES. Thank you.

Whipped Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter – for all the pumpkin flavored bread, obviously.

32 Ways to Use Chickpeas (That Aren’t Hummus) – because these magical little beans are the BEST.

Total Body Sculpt – a perfect new workout from my favorite Tone It Up ladies.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Energy Balls – literally making these this afternoon.

10 Smart Ways to Use Frozen Broccoli – because who doesn’t want to be smart? and like, healthy.

Immunity Boosting Tips – are you one of those people that always thinks they’re coming down with a cold, too? *guilty*

Enjoy your weekends, friends!!!

xo Jordan

7 Tips for Spiralizing Large Fruits & Vegetables – so helpful! I’m a little sick of zucchini, admittedly.

10 Surprising Facts About Nutella – how interesting!

Friday Finds.

Oh goodness, this week went by way too quickly and now we’re heading into the LAST weekend of August. Ugh.

I do have to say that this week made my heart so happy. I had a wonderful birthday (celebrations to be continued for approx. the next 2 weeks, of course) and am feeling like just about the luckiest girl on the planet. I’ll be heading back to the east coast for vacation on Sunday, but before I go I wanted to share with you some fun articles I’ve been reading this week. I can’t wait to show you all the yummy things I’ll be cooking at home while I’m away!

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More Baking Basics: Dutch-process & Natural Cocoa Powder – key facts for any baker!

7 Tips to Making the Ultimate To-Do List – so important to stay organized as we head into fall.

10 Sandwich-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids & Grownups – love these! perfect for when you need to switch it up.

Well-Stocked Kitchen: Freezer, Friday & Pantry Staples – the ultimate list. so helpful!

Food Typography Artists – beautiful and delicious. too cool.

Rose Wine Slush Recipe – you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be making this on vacation.

Peanut Butter & Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies – oh, and these too.

The Best Way to Quickly Chill a Glass of Wine – because knowledge.

Enjoy your weekend, everybody 🙂

xo Jordan

Friday Faves & Finds.

It is 100 degrees in LA on this lovely Friday, and I’ve spent the morning dealing with an allergic reaction. So Happy Friday! Or not…

Luckily this week did have some wonderful moments like finally getting to try an acai bowl (is this beautiful or what?!)…

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I also splurged on this ridiculously gorgeous sunflowers from the farmer’s market. No joke, they turned the water in the vase PINK. It was crazy and awesome and I would totally buy them again. Too bad they didn’t last more than 5 days 🙁

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I also got new glasses! I’ve had the same pair for about 5 years or so, and figured it would be good to get new ones before my insurance runs out when I turn 26 (in 10 DAYS!). Warby Parker is my new favorite company.

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And before I leave you with some light reading & my favorite links from around the web this week, I leave you with this quote that makes my smile…

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From around the web:

30 Kitchen Hacks Everyone Should Know – so true, so helpful.

A Letter to This Blog’s Readers on It’s Birthday – full of incredible wisdom & advice.

23 Recipes That Will Feed Your Inner Flower Child – I’ll need to make at least one of these just for the photos…

Three Fun Things – these beautiful Japanese words are perfect.

12 Best Avocado Toast Recipes – yes please!

Tropical Melon Breakfast Bowls – prettiest (and probably most delicious) breakfast ever.

6 Meals to Make When You Work Crazy Hours – because the hustle is NON. STOP.

Have a lovely weekend, y’all!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Greetings from San Francisco! I’m up here meeting my parents for the weekend and it’s been absolutely beautiful. I wanted to put up this quick post before we head to Sonoma for winery tours & tastings though, because I found a ton of interesting articles for you guys this week!

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How to Start the Day on a Happy Note – particularly valid on Mondays!

7 Fitness Tips to Live By – straight up motivation.

5 Tips for Making Friends in Your 20’s – for anyone who’s moved to a new city without knowing anyone (*raises hand*)!

11 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster – I don’t know about you, but I could always use some help with this.

Are you being you? A work-life balance discussion – super important in today’s world of non-stop hustle.

Easy Recipes for Flavoring Any Food – for when salt + pepper just doesn’t cut it.

8 Life-Changing Ways to Use a Spiralizer – YES!

20 Foods Under 50 Calories – for mid-day snacks and late-night munchies!

48 Healthy Things to Buy at Trader Joe’s – this is incredible.

Have a great day, y’all!

xo Jordan

Friday Favorites & Finds.

TGIF, y’all!

Here are some things making me happy this week (you may have seen them already if you follow me on instagram)…

my basil plant! 🙂

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breakfasts that make getting up for work just a little bit easier – yogurt bowl with fresh strawberries, banana and coconut flakes!

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And a night in with my favorite takeout sushi – that’s a “burrito” roll with fresh fish, hold the rice, and a scallop roll! On crazy busy/stressful weeks, I figure splurging on dinner is acceptable 🙂

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And some helpful links from my favorite blogs!

How to Pack: The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Guide – for all your summer travels.

Baking Basics: Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda – ridiculously important and interesting for all you bakers out there.

12 Magical Ways To Use A Food Processor – because who doesn’t love time & money savings in the kitchen?

19 Important Tips for Truly Tremendous Salads – for when kale loses its luster.

Good Eats: The Busy Girl’s Guide to Healthy Eating – helpful tips for staying on track.

5 Unexpected Health Mistakes – just good to know.

7 Little Habits that Stole Your Happiness Yesterday – so valid.

Have a happy weekend, friends! Spend some time outside with the people you love ’cause July is almost over (say whaaaaat? i know. ugh.)

xo Jordan