Meal Planning and Tropical Trail Mix

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I’m so excited! In just one short week I’ll begin teaching kindergarten! (Yes, we go back early). To prepare for the school year, I’ve already been participating in a ton of professional development, which has meant long hours with my new co-workers. I feel so fortunate to be able to say that I LOVE everyone I’m going to be working with! It’s always difficult going somewhere new and trying to learn the different dynamics to see where or how I might “fit in.” But so far, I feel right at home!

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Chocolate Cherry (Black Forest) Smoothie

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Dark, rich, sumptuous chocolate and sweet, succulent cherries…If just the thought of chocolate and cherries gets you all hot and bothered, you’re certainly not alone. You’re also going to love this smoothie, as it was made just for you.

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Chocolate Nutella Banana Bread

20130707-124439.jpg Do you ever have those days when you’re seriously craving chocolate and nothing seems to satisfy the insatiable longing for rich, gooey chocolatey goodness? Maybe it’s just me, but I crave chocolate constantly and often feel as though I could never have enough.

This Chocolate Nutella Banana Bread is the perfect cure for said cravings.
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Banana Bread (gluten-free, vegan)

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One of my most popular recipes to date is my recipe for Banana Bread Oat Pancakes. I still constantly receive emails and comments from people telling me how much they love them, and I can’t tell you how happy those messages make me!

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Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Protein Bars

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Do you ever go into the kitchen on a mission with a very specific idea about what you want to make, but you end up with something very different? Something better?!

When I first started out with these Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Protein Bars, my goal was to create granola bars. What I got in the end was not crispy, crunchy granola bars, but rather, more like delicious, soft cake bars!

And to be more specific, cake bars packed with tasty, wholesome goodness!

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