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Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

Chewy protein-packed granola bars made with almond butter, protein powder, dark chocolate and cherries! These gluten-free and vegan-friendly bars are the perfect snack or breakfast.
Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

Did I tell you that Sundays are a big day for me? Usually I wake up, hit the gym, then head straight to the grocery store. After that I go home and cook until my kitchen is trashed and I can’t possibly dirty another dish. It’s kind of my little ritual.

Of course Sundays are also big because I’m determined to start the week out on a good note. To me, being healthy is a big part of this. I forget the incredibly delicious carrot cake cupcake I ate last week when I was stressed and remind myself that this week is brand new and full of healthy opportunities.

To encourage healthy eating, I chop up celery, cucumbers and carrots for nibbling during the day, but sometimes I need something a little more satisfying. So I decided to make ridiculously good granola bars. With protein powder to keep me full.

Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

I made these last week and was slightly obsessed. So obsessed that I had to give them away to a friend because they I kept finding myself eating more and more out of the pan. I think the whole dark chocolate + cherry + chia seed combo really spoke to me.

I’m actually a huge fan of several brands of protein and/or granola bars. The chewy ones, the nutty ones, the extra crunchy ones. Heck, just give me ALL THE BARS.

Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Protein Granola Bars with Chia Seeds

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Video: Layered Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

Sometimes all you need in life is a little cake. Am I right?

If I could bake layered cakes all the time, I would. It tends to be pretty time consuming so I like to save it for special occasions, such as birthdays or holidays. Even though this cake took me a few hours to bake up and frost, it was completely worth it.

I baked this with Easter in mind. Sometimes it’s fun to go outside the tradition of carrot cake and bake something to surprise everyone. Just imagine pulling this out and setting it on the table. Minds will be blown. Like did you just make a triple layered cake? Wait it tastes like a fluffy banana bread. Oh and there’s chocolate in there? Wait and a frosting that tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup?

Oh.em.gee. I know.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

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5 Reasons I Love Juice Cleanses + an Urban Remedy Purify Juice Cleanse Review

Urban Remedy Purify Juice Cleanse Review

Remember last year when I did a review of Urban Remedy’s Organic Signature Juice Cleanse and fell in love? Well I decided to do another one and share my experience with you!

First I want to dive into WHY I love juice cleanses so much since I know there’s a lot of controversy around if they’re actually good for your body. My reasons are purely personal and should not be taken as advice; consider it me sharing my experience with you.

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The BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {made with quinoa flour & coconut oil}

Could this be the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe ever?! Made with quinoa flour and coconut oil, this cookie will surprise you with flavor and texture. They’re so easy to make and best of all, you’d never know they’re gluten-free or made without butter!

The BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies made with coconut oil and quinoa flour

There should be an explanation for my absence from the blog. As in, why would I leave you this long without a recipe? Shame on me. I do that a lot. But hey, I’m back now and I made you cookies!

First, how was your weekend? I had a little mini vaca in Arizona; it made me realize how much I miss the warmth of the sunshine. I swear just being outside brought a smile to my face. When will someone figure out how to create Vitamin D cigarettes? You know without any junk. Just pure vitamin D. I’d puff on that energy. For reals.

In all seriousness, I love mini vacations because it gives me time to relax, forget about work and just enjoy the little things in life. Like margaritas. Lots of them.

Tony&M

Besides margs, Tony and I hiked Camelback mountain, consumed frozen yogurt til our bellies hurt, and saw the second 300 movie in 3D. We’re kind of movie nerds BTW.

Wanna know what else I did? Worked out every single day while I was there! Usually I bring my Jillian Michaels DVDs when I travel and never end up using them, but this time I had no excuses; the weather was beautiful enough to run outside. Even if it was only three or four miles, it felt good to get my exercise in.

Well and you know… when I’m not working out my main thoughts are about cookies. Outrageously delicious, ooey-gooey, mind-blowing cookies.

The BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies made with coconut oil and quinoa flour

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