Poolside Snackin’ with My/Mochi Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own!

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I just landed back in LA from a weekend in DC for a wedding and ooooohhh baby was it HOT. We were planning on spending Sunday out and about and we actually just ended up hanging out poolside all day with my boyfriend’s friends and family!

Whether I’m at the beach or the pool, I alwaysss like to bring snacks. I mean, let’s be real, I always like to bring snacks no matter where I am😅 And though I try to bring foods that will fill me up (like protein & fiber-filled fruit/veggies/bars), summer to me basically means ICE CREAM. Life is about balance, right you guys?

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Mochi is one of my favorite ways to eat ice cream (it’s contained when it starts to melt, I don’t need a spoon, it’s pre-portioned, etc.) and My/Mochi Ice Cream is easily my go-to brand. They have 7 different flavors and judging from how insanely creamy and delicious the Sweet Mango and Mint Chip My/Mochi Ice Cream flavors were, I can only imagine what the others are like (I’m lookin’ at you, Salted Caramel & Strawberry).

If you’ve never had mochi before, it can be kind of hard to describe, but I’ll do my best and tell you that it’s like sinking your teeth into a magical ice cream pillow. For serious. I grabbed my boxes of My/Mochi Ice Cream at Safeway, but you can find them all over (just double check their Store Locator first!).

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Aside from the convenience and ridiculously tasty flavors, My/Mochi Ice Cream is only 110 calories per serving, which makes it the perfect little sweet snack when you’re schvitzing through summer. They’re also kind of just, fun? I don’t know if that makes sense, but I personally think food is more enjoyable to eat when it offers some kind of experience, y’know what I mean?

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So yeah, my ideal poolside summer essentials list would probably contain the following:

some SPF for my face/body

a v large water bottle

My/Mochi Ice Cream

a good book

cute sunnies

good company

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And there ya have it my friends! If you haven’t tried mochi before, or even if you have, I highly recommend trying My/Mochi Ice Cream because I promise you will fall in love. I can’t wait to try the other flavors – which one would you try first?!

xo Jordan

 

5 Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends.

Hi again, friends!

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I hope y’all are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I know I legitimately say this each and every month, but I honestly can’t believe how quickly August is flying by. Fun fact: this is actually my very first summer working a full-time 9-5 job, which I think is making time pass by even faster since summer didn’t feel all that different from spring. Although, that’s partly just an LA weather thing, which I’m fully aware of…haha

Before the season ends though, I’m trying to take advantage of all the wonderful produce summer brings like berries, watermelon, stone fruit and tomatoes. I wanted to share with you a quick round-up of my favorite recipes with these delicious fruits and veggies so that you can enjoy them, too!

 

Berry Chia Protein Pudding – Make a huge batch and keep it in the fridge for a quick & healthy snack or breakfast!

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Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups – Another amazing make-ahead recipe for babes on budgets & on-the-go!

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Peach Caprese Pasta Salad – This one’s quite possibly one of my all-time favorite summer recipes! It’s super fresh and only a few ingredients. Perfect for dinner or lunch on a hot summer day 🙂

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Classic Key Lime Pie – The perfect mix of sweet and tart, this one’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. Make it for your end-of-summer cookout or to bring to a friend’s house!

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Sparkling Lemonade – This recipe is super easy, delicious, and just 2 ingredients. Mix your favorite lemonade (I love Hubert’s Diet Strawberry Lemonade!) with sparkling water and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer drink. You could even spike it with vodka if you’re feeling frisky 😉

Alright y’all, that’s it for today! Tell me, what recipes are you planning on making before the summer’s over?!

xo Jordan


Friday Finds.

Wait, it’s Friday already?!

This week absolutely flew by for me, and I ain’t mad about it. I had two super fun fitness events this week after crazy busy days at work, so that might have something to do with it! It’s safe to say I’m happy it’s the weekend, though 🙂

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Here’s what I’ve found across the web this week. Have you come across anything noteworthy? Let me know in the comments!

Matcha Mojitos – WAIT. What?! Give me allllll the matcha!

The Reasons it’s Important to Have Multiple Streams of Income – Yes, yes, YES. I’ve been saying this for years and I’ll continue to do so because this advice is the JAM.

10 Things I Buy from Trader Joe’s for No-Cook Dinners – A must because 1) it’s hot AF rn and spending time in front of a stove or oven is hell. and 2) ain’t nobody got time for that.

4 Insanely Effective Ways to Sharpen Your Focus When You HAVE to Get Sh*t Done – Does anyone else have trouble focusing in the summer?! It’s hard not to think about being at the beach or on vacation when you’re stuck at your desk, y’know?

26 Things to Do This Summer – In case you haven’t gotten a chance to make a summer bucket list yet!

4th of July Chia Pudding – Since it doesn’t hurt to start planning your holiday menu early 😉

 

That’s all for today, friends. Hope everyone has a wonderful summer weekend!

xo Jordan

My Summer Bucket List.

I know summer doesn’t technically start until June 20th, but it sure feels like summer already to me 🙂

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I’ve always been a fan of creating bucket lists for each season, mostly because they’re fun to make and even more fun to cross off. Being an adult definitely means summer is less fun & games than it used to be, but I still love to take advantage of everything the months have to offer. LA is kind of an anomaly in the sense that seasons don’t totally exist here (and yes, the sun does shine year round), but there are a ton of things that happen here only during summer months, like outdoor concerts, movies, and special events. Not to mention the weather is warmer, so you don’t need a sweater to lay on the beach!

Here’s my list for 2017 (so far):

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What’s on your summer bucket list?! Do you like to make bucket lists for each season, too?

xo jordan

3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops.

I know I know, I can’t remember the last time I posted a recipe either.

This summer has been both crazy and amazing in all the ways you can imagine. I went on two incredible vacations to Hawaii and Portugal, am about to hop on a plane to another, worked my butt off but also went to the beach a fair amount, tried new things and met new people. I’m back from my blogging break now, though, and let me tell you it is hot out there today!

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I highly suggest you do yourself a favor and throw some greek yogurt, frozen berries and milk in a blender because that’s literally all that’s in these popsicles. Not a fan of strawberries? Try mango, pineapple, banana, blueberries or a combo of all of ’em! I added honey and vanilla extract for good measure, but you totally don’t have to. Also if you don’t have a popsicle mold, or Amazon Prime where you can impulse purchase one for less than $10, use a muffin tin or dixie cups and popsicle sticks!

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3-Ingredient Strawberry Protein Pops

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 container of non-fat plain greek yogurt

1 cup almond milk (+ more if you need to get the mix going)

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 tbsp honey (optional)

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse until smooth. Add water or extra milk if necessary.

2. Pour or gently spoon the mix into a popsicle mold and freeze for at least 2 hours.

3. When ready to eat, remove and enjoy. Sometimes it helps to run the popsicle mold until hot water for a few seconds or even let the mold sit out for 5 minutes before removing!

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I’ll be back soon, I promise!

xo Jordan

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies.

It’s humpday y’all, and I’m here to bring you some treats! We all know this blog is about maintaining a healthy balance in life, and in order to do that, it’s important to bake with butter and sugar sometimes. Amiright?

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I made a batch of these chocolate chip zucchini oatmeal cookies last night to bring to my office tomorrow for my last day. Cue the tears.

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But seriously, I can’t think of a better way to say thank you to someone than baking them something delicious, and these cookies are just that: full of flavor (the cinnamon is my personal favorite), perfectly soft, and mixed with some nutrition because let’s face it, the zucchini makes us all feel a little better about shoveling one or two of these in. Put those overgrown zucchinis in your garden to good use because they won’t be there for long! Ugh, how is it already August 19th?!

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

(makes about 3 dozen)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (1 – 1 1/2 zucchini)

1 cup quick oats

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

3. Add the zucchini, oats and chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until evenly distributed. *If dough is too sticky, add up to 2 tablespoons flour or oats and mix.

4. Form 1 inch balls of dough and place about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet (12 should fit on the sheet at once). Bake for 12-15 minutes or until firm.

5. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Enjoy 🙂

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Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

Hello hello!

Today I’m bringing you quite possibly my favorite summer recipe as of late. I’ve been indulging in perfectly ripe, juicy peaches everyday and cannot seem to get enough. This recipe blends together classic caprese flavors of tomato, mozzarella and basil but brings in the sweet element of the fruit. Drizzle a bit of balsamic, a sprig of olive oil and a dash of sea salt, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

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To make it a meal, I added brown rice pasta (whole wheat or your favorite should do just fine, too). I’ve always felt like a chilled pasta salad is the quintessential summer supper, and enjoying this al fresco made it even better! I highly recommend it. This dish is also perfect for leftovers, and may even taste better the next day once the flavors get a chance to meld. Make a big batch and have it for lunch all week long before summer’s over!

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Peach Caprese Pasta Salad

1 cup pasta (of your choice, but i used organic brown rice)

1 ripe peach, diced

5-6 basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup diced mozzarella or halved bocconcini

1/2 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp sea salt

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the pasta and cook 7-10 minutes, or al dente. Drain, rinse, and pour into a large bowl.

2. Top with the olive oil and stir until coated. Add the tomatoes, peaches, mozzarella and basil. Mix well.

3. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and sprinkle sea salt on top. Dig in!

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Hope everyone’s been having a fantastic week!

xo Jordan

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Summer Sips.

Is it just me or do y’all crave something other than water when it gets to be hot outside?

I’m usually a huge advocate of drinking only water (sometimes with lemon) or tea, but when summer rolls around, I’m always craving something with a little more umph. Often I notice that I look for something to eat, even when I’m not hungry, just because I want to taste some flavor…which is no bueno. Nor is grabbing a high-calorie drink from Starbucks, a can of soda, or even a cocktail (unless it’s happy hour/a weekend, of course). So what’s a gal to do? Create some low-calorie, healthy and refreshing beverages to have on hand!

First up: Iced Tea (duh).

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This one reminds me of home since my parents love iced tea. It’s so ridiculously easy to make and cheap! I usually boil a tea-pot full of water and pour it over 2 tea bags (you could use 3 to make it stronger if you wanted to). I let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and then add a little stevia once I’m ready to drink it. You could also make sun tea, which requires potentially even less effort: put the tea bags in the water and put it out in the sun. Boom.

#2: Coconut Water

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Okay I know coconut water has gotten a lot of flack as of late, but it’s still one of my favorite treats. The brand above, C20, is a personal favorite and comes with or without pulp. A lot of people don’t love coconut water, but sometimes diluting it with a bit of regular water to mellow out the sweetness, and then chilling it, makes it taste infinitely better. Plus, it’s found to be more hydrating than regular water, so it’s perfect for after a workout. I also prefer to put mine in a cute glass because I also think that enhances the taste/experience… (:

#3: Sparkling Lemonade

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So I think I saved the best for last. I recently discovered Hubert’s lemonade (which is super iconic in California), and fell in love. I know how sugary lemonade can be, so buying a diet version helps with that a little bit. Even better though? Diluting it with sparkling lemon water, which makes it taste fancy (let’s be honest) and more refreshing, not to mention that it makes the bottle last even longer! I mix 1 part lemonade to 3 parts sparkling water and make sure it’s ice cold.

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Drink up, my friends!

xo Jordan