5 Easy Things I Do Every Morning for Better Health

Do you have a morning routine?

I wouldn’t say I really do, aside from making sure to let my dog out, check my phone and make my coffee, but there are a few things I love to do every single day that make me feel better both mentally and physically!

I like to preach that health is a lifestyle, it’s not all or nothing, a diet or cleanse, but there are always easy changes we can make to be at our best. I honestly look forward to most of these things and try to do them whether I’m traveling or at home! They give me energy, bring me joy and help get me organized (a feeling I thrive off of!). Some might even say they’re a bit of self-care😊

I start the day with things that inspire me. I always, always make coffee first thing and take time to read my favorite blogs, check out Pinterest, or watch my favorite YouTube channels. While I do love to hop on Instagram at some point, sometimes it can overwhelming and set my day off on a hectic note. The comparison trap is real🙈

I drink water. A lot of it. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read about people starting their day off with warm lemon water, but the one thing that gets me excited to start my day is coffee…so sue me💁🏻 But! What I’ll do is make my coffee and have that, but sip water on the side – at least large glasses before 9am! I’m always thirsty anyway (LA is *dry*), so it’s not like it’s hard, but I also think it just gets your body in gear for day.

I make a smoothie packed with the goods. You guys I swear by these – a smoothie is hands down the easiest way to get a load of nutrients that also taste like dessert. I try to keep the amount of fruit to 1/2 cup or less and pro tip: frozen bananas make smoothies extra creamy! I also like to add in spinach, a mix of almond mix and water, protein powder, and the Probiogen Smoothie Booster with probiotics and the equivalent of an entire multivitamin. It contains 20 vitamins and minerals plus probiotics for digestive health – which I think we could all use help with!

I take a probiotic. Lucky for me, the Probiogen Smoothie Booster already has probiotics in it, but if I don’t have a smoothie for some reason, or am traveling (which I have been a LOT), it’s much easier to just take capsules. I won’t travel anywhere without them and when I’m home, I just keep them right next to the coffee maker so I’m always reminded to take them!

Probiogen has two different kinds of probiotics that I LOVE: their Stress & Mood Balance Probiotic and Women’s Vitality Probiotic that both use Smart Spore Technology, which helps the probiotics survive 100x better (yes, they do die!). Right now, I’m mostly taking the Women’s Vitality since it also contains Cranberry and DDS-1 that aid urinary and bacterial health.

I plan out my day and prioritize deliverables. This is my last step before sitting down to really start the work day and it does wonders! I swear by a planner and written out list of to-do’s, and start with the ones that are due first. Some people like to use Google Calendar or different apps, but I love manually checking off what I’ve accomplished! Such a Virgo over here😂

And that pretty sums up my mornings! And if for some reason I forget to take my probiotics first thing, I just try to take them at some point in the day. I think one of the reasons I love Probiogen so much is because having that powder to put in my smoothies makes all of that nutrition so much easier to remember since it’s all in one! You can find their products on their website, as well as at retailers like GNC and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

What about you, do you take a probiotic?

xo Jordan

This post is sponsored by Probiogen, but all images & opinions are my own.

The Smoothie I’ve Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

Hi Friends!!

Dancing for Donuts | The Smoothie I've Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + My 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

Oh man, I had so many things I wanted to do in the few days I had off in between jobs, and only about 1/3 of it got done😳 HOW DOES TIME MOVE SO QUICKLY?! But you know what, it’s okay, because I actually was decently productive and more importantly, was able to hit the re-set button a little. I’ve been trying a bunch of different workouts and meeting new people in the process, so that’s been fantastic. I also got to spend some quality time with friends and my boyfriend, so that’s always a plus. I feel like you can’t always check off every single thing on your to-do list, y’know? You have to prioritize and get the super important stuff done first…

Anyway, I digress! I think my point was going to be that I meant to write this post weeks ago but am only getting around to doing it today. I know a lot of people tend to fall off the wagon with resolutions for the year and what not, but I feel like consistency and routine helps sooooo much. Since my life is going to be changing starting today (with my new job!), and things have been busy regardless, I have one constant that’s helping me stay on track with my health and fitness goals and that’s my daily smoothie. I’ve raved about smoothies before on here, but let me reiterate again just how incredible these things are because you can literally pack an entire meal’s worth of nutrients into one little blender and make it taste AMAZING. Like how crazy is that?!

Dancing for Donuts | The Smoothie I've Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + My 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

The smoothie I’ve been having almost every single day since the start of the new year looks a little something like this (depending on what’s in my fridge/freezer/pantry):

1/2 cup unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk

1/4 cup cold water

2 handfuls greens (kale or spinach)

1/4 cup fruit (mix of frozen banana and berries)

2 scoops HUEL

1 tbsp nut butter

1 tbsp ground chia seeds

It literally takes me all of 4 minutes to make since I throw everything in my NutriBullet and blend it for 30 seconds. That’s IT. I swear. And this thing will last me through until lunch at about 12:30 which is saying a looooot for this girl since my metabolism is usually through the roof in the morning. I used to have breakfast, a mid-morning snack at 11am, and then be hungry again by noon. That is no longer the case! Granted, this smoothie has a ton of calories and protein, but they all come from good stuff. I don’t count calories ever, I’m more concerned with the quality and nutrients of what’s going into my body.

Dancing for Donuts | The Smoothie I've Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + My 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

If you’re wondering what HUEL is, it’s a nutritionally complete food that’s 100% vegan, contains 27 essential vitamins and minerals, plus protein, carbs and fats to power you through your day. So yeah, it’s about 10x better than a protein powder guys. It’s made from a blend of oats, pea protein, flaxseed, brown rice protein, MCT’s from coconut, and a vitamin & mineral blend. I chose the vanilla flavor, so it is flavored with vanilla and stevia, but the ingredient list is unbelievably clean. I also love that there’s minimal packaging and that HUEL has a shelf life of 12 months. It’s also super affordable, which I find impressive for a product that packs such a nutritious punch. They also make a gluten-free version, so that’s a plus for people that need an allergen-friendly option!

I think what I love so much about smoothies, especially now that I add HUEL to mine, is that they’re hella convenient. For someone who has to run out the door every morning and either eat breakfast in the car on the way to work or at work, being able to have a complete meal that I can simply drink is key. That being said though, I truly do not believe you need to spend more than $5 per smoothie to make it nutritious or delicious. If you invest up front in a few great items for your pantry, you’ll be good to go, making these meals absolutely perfect for #BabesOnABudget!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

Now without further ado, here are my five must-have add-ins for healthy, tasty & filling smoothies!

1. Maca Powder – I love maca because it honestly just tastes really good, but it also is known for reducing stress hormones as well as the fiber and minerals it contains. It also boosts libido, so that’s always good😉

2. Spirulina Powder – I don’t know what it is, but just having spirulina makes me feel instantly healthier😂 It has a vey strong flavor so I use no more than half a teaspoon at once, but it’s 60% protein and a rich source of phytonutrients. It’s an all-around superfood that provides a huge boost in vitamins A, K1, K2 and B12.

3. Kale – This is another one that just makes me feel healthier when I do it, but I can say with 110% confidence that you will not be able to taste this stuff at ALL. I’m all about adding veggies wherever I can and being able to hide some in my breakfast is pretty sweet.

4. Nut Butter or Powdered Peanut Butter – I think nut butter is that one component that helps the smoothie keep me fuller for that extra hour. I know it’s added fat, but it’s also added protein AND tastes amazing. I could probably survive off peanut butter, so adding it to my smoothies makes them taste like such a treat while also providing me with some added protein and fat.

5. Ground Chia Seeds – If there’s one thing that’s in my pantry at all times, it’s ground chia seeds. I like to have flax seeds too, but chia somehow always takes priority for me. Again, they’re pretty much un-tasteable yet somehow provide added fiber, omega 3’s, antioxidants and calcium and all you need is a tablespoon. That’s pretty freakin’ magical, don’t you think?

Dancing for Donuts | The Smoothie I've Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + My 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

Alright my friends, I hope you found this post helpful! I know it was a wordy one, but I wanted to make sure I provided you with some value today. But long story short, if you’re not having a green smoothie a day yet, it’s probably the easiest change you can make for your health 🙂

Have a great week!

xo Jordan

May Favorites.

Hey beautiful people!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! Getting back into the swing of things has been a little tough, but at least it’s only a 4-day week 🙂 I’m back today rounding up some of my favorite goods from the month of May. It’s been a delicious month!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites | KeVita Kombucha

KeVita Kombucha in Pineapple Peach: Okay I’ll be honest, the first time I tried Kombucha, I thought it was the most disgusting thing ever (I’m not a huge vinegar fan). I still always go for the fruitier flavors, and this one is hands down my favorite of any brand. It’s so refreshing and perfect for summer. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t crave it every single day!

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites | Nekter Juice Bar

Nekter Juice Bar’s Tropical Cooler Smoothie (or green smoothies in general!): As a babe on a budget, I generally try to avoid buying smoothies since they cost at least triple of what they do when you just make ’em at home, but sometimes I straight up run out of groceries and still want something healthy and delicious. I recently fell in love with Nekter (their acai bowls are to die for!) and tried their green smoothie with greens, pineapple, banana and coconut butter. It’s easy enough to recreate at home too, I just need to get my hands on some coconut butter! Anyone know a good variety?!

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3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Bites: If you guys saw these on my blog but haven’t made them yet, I can assure you that they are still absolutely delicious 5 days after you make ’em. Not to mention that I for sure saved money last week since I didn’t buy a bunch of Larabars or Kind Bars and had these instead! They’re perfect if you need some energy, or even just as a sweet treat if you’re like me and want dessert literally after every meal…

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Hugh jass breakfast sandwiches: Sooooo truth be told, I splurged at the grocery store and bought us brioche buns for Memorial Day weekend since I knew we’d be making hamburgers. We had some of the buns leftover and decided to make breakfast sandwiches with fresh eggs from the farmer’s market, avocado, jack cheese, and sriracha mayo (1/2 sriracha, 1/2 mayo). Admittedly, there is very little that is healthy about this meal, but I couldn’t care less. And we didn’t even have to leave the house to get an insanely delicious brunch on Sunday!

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Farmer’s Market Burrata: We also picked up this hunk of gloriousness at the farmer’s market Sunday morning, as well as the heirloom tomatoes and basil underneath, and it was freaking. EPIC. At first we though $5 for it was kind of pricey (but still worth it), but when we opened the bag it was actually a ton. And the thing I love, love, LOVE about burrata is how decadent it is. You don’t even need too much to enjoy it, but that flavor mixed with the herbs and tomatoes? UGH. The BEST.

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites | Rebbl.

Rebbl Maca Mocha: These drinks have been popping up allllll over the food blog and wellness world, so of course when I saw them on sale at Sprouts, I had to grab a couple! I couldn’t believe how delicious this was – so creamy and decadent, like an adult version of chocolate milk almost? I love that it’s caffeine free, but full of energizing nutrients and adaptogens. It’s also coconut milk based and has no added sugar. So many amazing reasons to try it! I definitely want to get my hands on their other flavors asap.

Dancing for Donuts | May Favorites.

Rx Bar in Coconut Chocolate: I’ve mentioned my love for Rx Bars in the past, but this flavor was new to me! I really loved it – not too much coconut and not too sweet either. Sometimes protein bars can be suuuuper sweet, especially when they have chocolate in them. This one was just right, and at 210 calories, it was perfect for a clean afternoon pre-workout snack!

Alright friends, that’s all for today. What have you been loving lately? Have you tried any new products that are worth buying again?

xo Jordan

Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Have you all been seeing this thing about putting cauliflower in smoothies yet!? Wait wait, don’t leave just yet, I promise this’ll be good!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Power Smoothie.

So here’s what’s up. My favorite health and wellness experts(the Tone It Up girls, Jeannette from Shut the Kale Up, etc.) have all been posting about this new trend and it’s been popping up all over my Instagram too – people are literally putting frozen cauliflower in their smoothies. Like what. The. F. So, obviously, I had to jump on board and see what all the fuss was about, not to mention that I had to try it for you all first so I could relay my honest opinion…

Do you want it?

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Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I perfected this smoothie recipe there was a very, very slight hint of cauliflower detected. BUT! That was before I added the necessary ingredients (aka those listed below) to make this taste super delicious! And truthfully, like scouts honor, this cauliflower business makes for a smoothie that is unbelievably creamy. We’re talking milkshake levels of creaminess over here. It’s legit. Not to mention that cauliflower has about a bazillion health benefits from boosting heart and digestive health to anti-inflammatory properties, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants galore.

So. if there’s one piece of advice I can offer you today, it would be to try adding cauliflower to your smoothies. And hey, if you hate it (which trust, you will not), you don’t ever have to do it again. But like, you totally will. You’re welcome 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 small handful frozen cauliflower florets (or 1/4 cup frozen riced caulflower)

1 small handful kale or spinach

1/4 cup milk (any kind, pick your favorite!)

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp peanut butter powder or nut butter of your choice

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. My trick is to start with less liquid and then add if I need more, but I like my smoothies super thick. You do you!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

xo Jordan

Carrot Cake Smoothie.

Happy Humpday!

I’m only about 36 hours away from being on summer break from school and I can. not. wait.

This week has been nuts, but I’ve been prepping my meals like it’s my job (it should be, that would be an awesome…) and staying on track with my health goals. Every morning after my workouts I’ve been making this smoothie and it’s such a treat. After reading an article on Lauren Conrad’s blog about how we may be putting too much fruit/sugar in our smoothies, I decided to incorporate some vegetables. I usually do some sort of green, like spinach or kale, but this time I tried carrots! They’re naturally sweet and crazy for you, plus I don’t really eat them otherwise. Breakfast seemed like a good opportunity for me to squeeze them in!

 Dancing for Donuts | Carrot Cake Smoothie

This recipe is customizable to suit your tastes, but this is my preferred ratio and the perfect combination for a healthy, creamy and sweet treat!

Carrot Cake Smoothie

2 large carrots, chopped into small pieces

small handful of walnuts (+ a couple more for toppings)

1/2 frozen banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, i’d recommend a natural sweetener if omitting)

1/2 cup of dairy-free milk (i use unsweetened vanilla almond)

1 tbsp. shredded coconut (+ more for topping)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.

2. Blend until smooth (may add more milk or water to get things going). Pour into glass and top with extra walnuts + coconut. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot Cake Smoothie

Smoothie Bowls 101.

Dancing for Donuts | Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls seem to be just about at trendy as it gets for health food these days. They make the perfect breakfast or post-workout treat, and they take about 3 minutes to make. Can’t beat ’em!

Basic Smoothie Bowl
1/2 – 1 frozen banana
5 frozen strawberries
handful of spinach
1 tbsp. natural peanut or almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (+ more to taste/thickness)
toppings/mix-ins: ground flax, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut, granola, sliced fruit

1. Layer spinach, bananas, strawberries and almond milk in a food processor and pulse.
2. Add nut butter, more almond milk or water if needed, and any other mix-ins. Pulse until smooth.
3. Pour smoothie into a cute bowl, top with more noms, enjoy 🙂