Maui Travel Guide.

This summer, I was fortunate enough to go to Hawaii with my family as a graduation present. Though I’ve been back for two months, the trip is still fresh in my mind and I catch myself daydreaming of Maui sunsets and clear blue waters often. There are far too many incredible things to see and do in Hawaii to fit into one blog post, but I’ve rounded my favorite spots and adventures in case you decide to venture over to the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!

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What to do:

  • Watch the sunrise at Haleakala Crater – one of the rarest, most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Aim to get there by 5am at the latest to snag a good parking spot all the way up at the top (past the visitor’s center at the summit) and maybe even one inside the lookout because let me tell you, it is cold. And very, very windy. If you’re not excited about driving up there in the dark, at the very least go for a hike or visit during the day, this site is a can’t miss for sure.

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  • Road to Hana – hands down my favorite part of Hawaii. I highly suggest picking up a tour guide CD from one of the local shops ($20), it tells you all kinds of interesting facts about Maui’s history as well as where to stop and where to skip. Be sure to make a pit stop at Coconut Glen’s for dairy-free ice cream, it’s unreal!

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  • Big Beach – also known as Makena Beach, this spot is one for the locals, too. The surf was crazy huge when we got there so the red flags were up, but we spotted some brave surfers killing it out in the biggest waves I’ve ever seen! If you’re feeling frisky, just walk up a bit to Little Beach, no swimsuits required.

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  • Walk along Front Street – when you need a break from the sun, walking up and down Front Street in the town of Lahaina is a fun activity. There are a variety of stores from brand names like Rip Curl and Billabong to touristy ones where you can buy souvenirs, art galleries and other cute shops.

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  • ‘Lao Valley State Park – a super chill but beautiful walk/hike in the center of Maui. Go for lush greenery, some exercise and to see the ‘Lao Needle, where King Hamehameha I conquered Maui’s warriors in pursuit of uniting all the Hawaiian islands!

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  • Kapalua Beach – just above Lahaina where the snorkeling is insane! We saw 3 huge sea turtles here. I’d highly recommend paying $100 for a tour and just come here with some snorkeling gear instead + a waterproof camera.

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What to eat:

  • Ululani’s Shave Ice – first on my list for obvious reasons. I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but it’s creamy and cold and refreshing all at once. My advice: mix 2 or 3 flavors and put the custard on the bottom😉

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  • Coconuts Fish Cafe – hands down the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. We visited the location in Kihei, but oddly enough they have a few in the states, as well!
  • Flatbread Company – so good we almost ate their twice. In my favorite town on Maui, Paia, this restaurant was poppin’ and for good reason. Their pizzas are to die for with tons of options and even gluten-free crust.
  • Down the Hatch – another one of my favorites in Lahaina. This casual but fun fish restaurant is one of those where you order up at the front and they bring it to you, but there’s also a cool bar to sit at if that’s more your style. I had the fish tacos (again, I know, I can’t get enough!) but the lava lava shrimp were a family favorite!
  • Paia Bay Coffee – my favorite coffee shop on the island. Not only was the coffee and food delicious (go for the bagel breakfast sandwiches or a piece of banana bread!) but the super cute ambiance is the best part.
  • Simply Sweets Bakery – a must after your visit to the ‘Lao Valley. They’ve renamed the malasada, or Hawaiian version of a donut with crunchy sugar and a cream filling, a “mauisada,” and you’ll need to try at least one in every flavor. When in Hawaii!

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Where to stay:

  • My family stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Lahaina, and I can’t lie, I pretty much felt like a princess the entire week. The hotel, restaurants, pool, beach and workout facility were all amazing. I know I speak for all of us when I say it was one of the most relaxing weeks of my entire life. I took full advantage of the acai bowls and drinks and one day we event rented a beach cabana. If you have the opportunity to stay here, I highly recommend it! There are also a ton of resorts along this same strip, as well as just north in Kapalua, south in Kihei and obviously other great parts of the island, too!Maui Travel Guide | Dancing for Donuts
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Well that’s all for now, I hope I’ve inspired you to visit Hawaii:)

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

 I’m going to be honest here, I seriously thought Wednesday was Friday, so it couldn’t have been all that bad of a week…

Nonetheless, I’ve always been a huge fan of the weekend so TGIF! And Friday the 13th to be exact. I don’t know what it is about May, but it always seems to make me extra happy. I even treated myself to sunflowers on Sunday just ’cause (and they’re still alive and kickin’ 5 days later)! I only have 3 weeks until graduation and my vacation to Hawaii so I’ve been feeling particularly motivated to eat healthy and stick to my workout plan…sue me for wanting a #bikinibody. I have a few exciting plans for the weekend and am hoping to spend some time outside. Possibly with bloody mary’s…I hope you are, too😉

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 One Simple Diet Hack to Get You More Sleep – I always find these studies intriguing and this one actually makes sense.

4 Basic Cookie Doughs to Master – ‘Cause we know we’ll all be needing to bring treats to bbq’s & all the other summer parties pretty soon.

7 Ways to Take Viral Food Photos – For any bloggers/Instagrammers out there…which, let’s face it, is pretty much everyone.

Rose Sangria – Yes, yes and YES.

Stuffed Avocados for the Perfect Low-Carb Lunch – I have yet to try these yet and I’m dying to.

TIU Girls Beach Bod Workout – Do. This. Left me sore for 2 days, I’m obsessed.

15 Addictive Books That are Perfect for the Beach – About to order all of these on Amazon in approximately 30 seconds.

Have a great weekend, loves!

xo Jordan

Sesame Peanut Noodles.

Helloooooooo and Happy Humpday!

It’s been a little gloomy here in LA (at least in the mornings) and I’m kind of loving it…is that bad? It almost makes me want to spend more time outside exercising just because I won’t sweat my face off in 2 minutes, know what I mean? Anyway, a quick life update – in exactly one month at this time I will have graduated business school and will be on a plane to hawaii. HAWAII. What. Yep. So since we all know I’ve been working my butt off to get that #hawaiibody I’m gonna be real and tell you that I’ve also been letting myself sneak in some cheat food (and drinks) because they’re damn good. And truth be told, I don’t really feel all that badly about it. This recipe is actually not one of those cheat foods, though…it just feels a little naughty.

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Inspired by this recipe, I made mine with whole wheat spaghetti this time around, but soba noodles are even better if you can find them. This dish is packed with protein and flavor and literally comes together in about 15 minutes once you’ve got all of your ingredients. The noodles also can be eaten hot or cold depending on what you’re feeling (and the weather, let’s be real), but truth be told I ate mine cold out of sheer laziness and hunger. This dish tastes bomb with some seared ahi tuna, chicken, or tofu if you’re a vegetarian, and then you’ve got yourself a complete, better-than-takeout meal. Swear.

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Sesame Peanut Noodles

10 oz. of whole wheat spaghetti or soba noodles

1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp honey

1 1/2 tbsp of your favorite peanut butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1-2 tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup chopped scallions (optional)

1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

dash of sriracha (optional)

  1. Cook and drain your noodles according to the package. *Soba noodles take way less time than spaghetti!

2. While the noodles are cooking, whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, peanut butter and spices in a small bowl until smooth.

3. Add the peanut sauce to the drained noodles in the pot and stir to fully coat. Add in the sesame seeds, scallion, cilantro and sriracha if using them, and stir again to combine. Dig in!

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Have a great rest of your week, y’all!

xo Jordan

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

I can’t think of a better occasion to make muffins than a Friday.

And I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m constantly trying to come up with new recipes for food that I can take on the go. My usual breakfast is plain, nonfat greek yogurt with a sliced banana and a (giant) tablespoon of peanut butter, but let’s be honest, that’s not the easiest (or safest) thing to eat while driving. So, when I came across these muffins on one of my favorite food blogs, I quickly ran to the kitchen to check if I had all the ingredients to make them

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Not only are these bad boys made with things you most likely already have, but they’re unbelievably easy to make (hello, blender), gluten-free, and packed with protein. They’re perfect for a pre or post-workout snack, a mid-afternoon treat, or even dessert. My suggestion? Smother the crap outta them with peanut butter and pretend they’re cupcakes. You can thank me later.

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Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins

(adapted from this recipe)

2 medium, ripe bananas

2 cups oats (gluten-free if necessary)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup plain, nonfat greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup coconut flakes (optional)

peanut butter (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or canola oil spray.

2. In a blender (or large food processor), add all of the ingredients and blend just until smooth.

3. Pour into the muffin tin and fill each mold 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until starting to brown just slightly.

4. Cool for 15 minutes. Top with peanut butter if desired and eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. *You can also freeze these and pop them in the microwave when you’re ready to eat them!

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Enjoy your weekends!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Happy Earth Day, y’all!

I hope everyone gets to take some time to hang outside, today. The flowers are in bloom and the weather is perfect…at least it is in LA:)

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Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Which Tricks Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier to Peel? – so unbelievably useful.

8 Healthy Foods that are Actually Really Bad for You – I honestly eat & love all of these. Oooooooops.

9 Outdated Nutritionist Tips You Can Skip – because everyone is different and no diet plan works for all of us.

Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Sleep Without Realizing – trying so hard to read before bed instead of watching TV these days.

6 Delicious Ways to Eat 2 Breakfasts Without Gaining Weight – me every. single. day.

27 Life-Changing Habits All 20-Somethings Should Adopt – um yes to literally all of these?!

Chewable Coffee – so intrigued by these tbh.

Have a Happy Weekend:)

xo Jordan

Green + Glowing Crunchy Spring Salad.

Why, hello!

Let me spare you the details on why I disappeared and just tell you that I’m very, very happy to be back. What I will say is that life is too friggin’ short to be unhappy and if you are fortunate to have options, keep them open. No job or amount of money is worth is worth it to be miserable. Ok, rant over:) Let’s move on to how the weather is perfect and produce is pretty much at it’s best right now. I highly suggest using those amazing fruits & veggies to make this salad. Because it’s literally made of only healthy things, you’ll have no choice but to feel pretty damn good about yourself after you eat it.

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Aside from the chopping (which in all honesty is pretty minimal), you can store this baby for leftovers making healthy eating a no-brainer throughout the week. The dressing is even easier: dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. BOOM. Toss it up and you’re ready to go. The best, best part? You can add whatever else you want in here – an apple, tomatoes, avocado…the possibilities are endless. Just don’t forget the cucumber, kale and celery, which are packed with nutrients and keep you hydrated! Feel free to sub the chickpeas for another type of bean too, and if you’re not vegan (which I’m totally not), even add some meat!

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Green + Glowing Crunchy Spring Salad

2 cups of torn kale (any variety)

1 cup of chopped carrots

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 cup of chopped cucumber

1 cup of chopped celery

1 granny smith apple, diced

1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 lemon, juiced

3-4 tbsp dijon mustard

salt & pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine all the veggies and fruit except for the lemon.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cilantro, lemon juice,  mustard, salt and pepper (to taste). Pour the dressing over the salad.

3. Toss the salad to completely coat with the dressing. Let sit for at least 30 minutes so the kale can absorb the flavors. Serve as a side salad or with a whole wheat wrap for a meal!

*If you’re not vegan, adding some parmesan cheese to this is super tasty!

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Be back soon, lovers! Scout’s honor.

xo Jordan

Sweet Potato Nachos.

Umm ok it’s almost April. How is that possible?

The past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, and to be honest I’m not even sure what day it is. After a fantastic trip to San Francisco and eating my bodyweight in pastries, seafood, chinese, bbq and chocolate, I’m definitely still working to get back on track. I’m still steering clear of bread/grains other than quinoa and trying to shovel in as many greens as possible. But, let’s be honest, stress and healthy eating aren’t exactly the most likely combo. Enter healthy comfort food.

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These sweet potato nachos are only 5 ingredients and the hardest part is probably just waiting for the sweet potatoes to roast. Hint: slice them as thinly as possible! These could also be vegan if you omit the cheese (or use Daiya) and are easily customizable. They’re also packed with nutrients (like protein!) and flavor (what is it about cheddar?). If you’re in need of some warm, hearty food but don’t want to sacrifice your hard work tonight, I highly suggest whipping these bad boys up.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

1 medium sweet potato

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup black beans (canned or cooked)

2 tbsp your favorite salsa

1/2 avocado, diced

 3-4 tbsp part-skim cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and slice your sweet potato as thinly as possible (without chopping off a finger). Move the sweet potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Place the discs in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes or until soft.

2. Layer the sweet potatoes on a plate or in a bowl with the beans. Top with the cheddar cheese and pop in the microwave for ~30 seconds or until the cheese melts. *If you don’t have a microwave, just put the cheese on the potatoes for a few minutes before you take them out of the oven.

3. Top with the salsa and avocado. Dig in!

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xo Jordan