How I Find Balance During the Holidays

This post is in partnership with The Crusher Wines, but all opinions are mine, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

December is HERE and the holiday season is definitely in full force! I’m only in LA for two more weekends before I head home for the holidays, but I can tell you that those are (at least) four JAM packed days of holiday parties.

Instead of preaching on here and telling you to “eat before you go so you can avoid the food” or “limit dessert to one bite,” I’m going to give you the REAL deal, at least from my view. The holidays come ONCE a year, and it’s my faaavorite time of year, no less. Food and drinks bring people together during this time, so you bet your cute booty I’m gonna enjoy myself. I will 100% eat what I want (as long as I know it won’t make my stomach hurt) and accept the fact that hey, my jeans might fit a little tighter come Christmas. But you know what? That’s why leggings and fit n’ flare dresses exist😉

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Because this is a “healthy living” blog, and I do try to live a healthy life, I want to tell you how I keep things balanced this time of year. After all, being “healthy” is really all about balance in my opinion. And by that, I essentially just mean tradeoffs. For example, you have a green smoothie in the morning knowing that you might not have as many greens later that day. Or, you’ll absolutely want to stuff your face at the open bar/dinner buffet that work is throwing for everyone that night, so you make sure you just get in a sweat sesh that morning. Easy👏peasy👏

I do NOT believe in limiting myself. I do NOT believe that holiday parties should make me think any harder than I already do about trying to stay on track with my health goals. Because let’s face it, anxiety around eating and drinking during the holiday season just causes mental health issues, which is no bueno either. I WILL try the desserts because they’re my favorite thing ever and yes, I WILL have a glass or two of The Crusher Wines Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s DELICIOUS.

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

Here are 4 simple ways I like to keep things as balanced as I possibly can during the holiday season:

1. Move my body (preferably with friends!) – I am alwayssss a fan of pairing my fitness with friend time! Classes are usually attended with my workout buddies (hi Pam, Alycia and Audrey!!), and since some of my friends are actually instructors (hi Keely and Lindsay!), going to take their classes really just feels like a fun play date. Since I definitely like to keep up my fitness routine during the holidays, if not amp it up even more so, I’ll make as many of my friend dates include movement as possible! Some of my favorite options: hikes, coffee walks, pilates or barre class, and yoga + smoothie dates! If you work hard, you can play hard😏

2. Indulge! Seriously. – Holiday food and drinks are my favorite, but in moderation! Besides, if I deprive myself, I’m one of those people who will later go HAM either because I feel like I need to “reward” myself or need to shovel it all in at once before it’s too late. I think it’s 110% okay to enjoy the things that make you happy around the holiday season, like a glass of your favorite wine!

Dancing for Donuts | How I Find Balance During the Holidays ft. Crusher Wines

3. Opt for lower calorie/lower sugar alcoholic drinks – I usually don’t drink more than a glass of wine a week, but around the holidays? I LOVE to unwind with my boyfriend and best friends over a bottle of wine, my favorite Christmas movie, a candle, and most likely dessert (you know me!). Whether I’m cozied up at home or out at a holiday party, I just try to make sure I’m choosing options that have less sugar like The Crusher Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Red Wine Blend. I won’t lie to you, their Chardonnay is my absolute FAVE, and that’s totally fine too, but I prefer to save my sweet tooth for all the desserts 😉

4. Swap some of my favorite treats for healthier options – You’ll notice the platter pictured in this post does not have cheese on it…like WHAT WHO AM I AND WHERE DID JORDAN GO. I know, I know, cheese is the BEST. I’m so thankful I’m not lactose intolerant #bless. But that being said, I know that I tend to go overboard with the cheese so instead, I opt for things like fresh veggies, fruit, and hummus when I can! Cheese is still a thing for sure, I just try to do it less often.

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So those are just four super chill ways I try to keep things 💯 over here during the holiday season. I know it’s not easy – eating healthy in general is stressful and adding a bunch of social gatherings into the mix can really throw us for a loop, but just do your best to have FUN without overthinking it, okay?

Whether it’s for yourself, someone you need a gift for, or even the hostess of the next party in your calendar, I couldn’t possibly recommend The Crusher Wines more! I rarely say this about wine, but EVERY single varietal they offer is out of control delicious. If you’d like to try some for yourself here in LA, check your local Sprouts or Costco, or you can visit this store locator and type in your zip code to find where The Crusher Wines is offered near you! And don’t forget to let me know your favorite once you try it 😍

 

 

 

NorCal Re-cap (Or The Weekend I Ate Like A Queen).

Well hello there!

I’ve been playing catch-up all week, but I’m finally back to bring you guys a re-cap of my awesome weekend up in Northern California with my parents. I met them up in San Francisco last Thursday, where we squeezed in a bit of sight-seeing!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

The next day we took a drive to Sonoma, where we went to two different wine-tastings and enjoyed lunch. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to.

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We also got to take a pretty detailed tour of the first winery, Ramsgate, with its owner where we learned about how they make their wine of the highest quality. Almost everything there is done completely by hand and tested frequently so that the final product is wine that is out of this world. We tasted their brut, chardonnay (my personal favorite, I think!), pinot noir, and malbec. They also offered a tasting menu with dishes that are specially paired to match the wines and bring out the best flavors in both.

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It was such an incredible experience, I seriously felt like a princess. I definitely want to experiment more with wine pairings in my cooking now!

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The next day we made our way over to Half Moon Bay on the Northern California coast. I’ve never been up there before, but had always wanted to, and it was so unbelievably beautiful.

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There was an immediate feeling of tranquility driving along the coast and though Southern California is also gorgeous, the views are just…different. I fell in love with it right away. When we got to our hotel, the Ritz Carlton (I know, spoiled, right?), we had a light lunch before exploring the private beach.

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I don’t know why, but I think there’s something so beautiful about rocks and cliffs by the ocean. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have any on the east coast? I think it just makes it look even more secluded and organic. It’s not overrun or dirty, like some other beaches I’ve been to. It’s just peaceful and perfect! Can you tell I didn’t want to leave?!

Dancing for Donuts | NorCal Re-Cap

Dinner was at Sam’s Chowder House, a locals’ favorite. We decided to eat outside at the bar with a glass of prosecco and a view. We even caught a beach wedding!

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That ridiculously beautiful dish up there is the paella for two that I shared with my mom. It was full of fresh seafood, some of the best I’ve tasted in ages, including scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp and calamari. The peas were delicious too, which is something I never really thought I’d say. I need to re-create this dish at home!

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Dinner was followed by s’mores out by the fire pits at the hotel! Can’t beat that view. And we had so much fun making them, everyone else outside was definitely jealous!

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Nothing screams summer like s’mores on the beach at sunset 🙂

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The next day we slept in and enjoyed a healthy brunch before our workout. And when I say healthy, I’m entirely omitting the part where I grabbed a chocolate croissant, proceeded to cover it in peanut butter, and then shoveled in that + half of my mom’s sticky bun. WHAT?! Shh…

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After a few hours laying on the beach and soaking up the sun (we definitely lucked out with the weather), we packed up our things. Since we had to drive a ways back to the airport, we decided to have an early dinner. Guess where…

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Yep, that would be the famous Lobster Roll from Sam’s. We had such amazing food there the night before that we had to try more! This roll did not disappoint – it was just a ton of fresh lobster, sautĂ©ed in butter and lemon, inside a buttered sourdough roll. Those fries were a total splurge, but when I saw that they were topped with Old Bay, I couldn’t resist. Even the coleslaw was good and I don’t like coleslaw!

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It was such a perfect weekend, just thinking about it makes me happy! After treating myself one too many times though, I definitely feel like I need to get back on track this week. I have some healthy recipes on deck for you guys. Be back soon!

xo Jordan

The Little Things #2.

It’s a little late for a Memorial Day Weekend re-cap I suppose, but here are some of the highlights from my life lately!

The long weekend was absolutely glorious, even though I had to work just a little. It started out with me getting a new phone…

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Mine was totally crapping out on me, so I splurged. I’m already obsessed with the camera on the 6.

I also caught a free screening of Pitch Perfect 2 – work perks! I really, really liked it, which I’m slightly embarrassed to say. I guess I had low expectations and forgot how much I liked the first one, so I ended up laughing my a$$ off nearly the entire time. I wish Anna Kendrick could be my best friend…

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Monday was spent with some of my best friends at Malibu Family Wines. If you’ve never been there and live in the area, I highly recommend it. It’s way up in the mountains and boasts a wine bar, live music (at least they did while I was there!), a field and tables for picnicking, and gorgeous views.

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You can bring your own food, and some other groups had really gorgeous spreads, but we decided to go with the Lobos Truck! After a wine flight, we all split a bottle of Brut to go with our lunches because what goes better with burgers and waffle-fry-nachos (aka wachos) than classy sparkling wine?

Dancing for Donuts | Malibu Wines & Lobos Truck

We seriously had the best time and I haven’t felt that relaxed in ages. I can’t wait to go back!

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Alright y’all, that’s it for now. This week’s madness is in full force, but I’ll be back soon. T-8 days until school is out for summer but hey, who’s counting?! *me*

xo Jordan