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Pampered Planner: Healthy Snacking and Indoor Activities

Pampered Teacher Planner includes ideas for Chinese New Year, Chocolate Cake Day, healthy snack recipe and downtime ideas

Anyone else think the weather has gone a little insane!? While most of the country is hunkering down, let's step back and look at some indoor activities that can keep us happy, satisfied and stimulated. All of the above please!

Planning Your Grub

Last week we hinted at the virtues of a high protein diet. You may be thinking - boring! Right, right. But have you tried getting protein from muffins. It's like you think you're eating pure, fluffy carbs, but you're actually not.

Here's an original recipe from Pampered Teacher to help you snack healthy during your day. It's also something you can make and freeze for easy grab-and-go sustenance. 

high protein muffin recipe, gluten free healthy snacking for work and play


1 cup almond flour

1 ts. cinnamon

1/2 ts. baking powder

(mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl)

4 Tb. butter - melted

1/4 cup honey

1 ts almond extract*

3 eggs

1 egg white

(whisk together wet ingredients, then combine with dry ingredients)

*This recipe has endless possibilities is you swap out different extracts. Try coconut extract or lemon extract for a truly unique outcome.

Bake at 375˚ for 15 minutes

Planning Your Classroom

Chinese New Year comes at the end of this month. So if you're looking for an activity to keep the kiddos occupied since the playground is likely out of the question, try making some Chinese red lanterns!

Better yet - still got some strings of Christmas lights handy? Try this really cute version of the lanterns from Red Ted Art. They're adorable and will help with dreary days and dark evenings.

If you have older students and are looking for more challenging red lanterns, check out Marie's Pastiche craft and project ideas.

Planning Your Downtime

Did you hear? There's only about 5 more months to catch a circus show before Ringling Brothers Circus takes a final bow. Truth.

Nigh Circus book recommendation for teachers looking to relax and unwind in the winter months.

Can't get out to see a final act? Why not check out "Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern.

This book is described as "mesmerizing" and "romantic and imaginative." Criticism of the book would not necessarily apply to teachers - an adept group of veracious readers, looking for a challenge.

We recommend you dig in, and wear cozy socks!

Planning Your Happiness

Chocolate is on the short list of things that make us happy. For sure. Probably cake, too. Score. Want to know why? January 27th is OFFICIAL Chocolate Cake Day. Mark that in your planner. It needs to be observed.

Quote for teachers on being unique in a job where the word standardized is everywhere.

We chose this quote for teachers on being unique in a job because you work in an environment where the word standardized is everywhere. 

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