BLAH. This is how I’ve been feeling lately.
The past few months, I was on a high. I was feeling incredibly happy, content waking up early each morning and jumping into the routine of each day with gusto. I’ve loved being at work and had so much fun learning with my class. I’ve been in a great mood, full of energy for the little things in life, and extremely productive to boot.
All that has faded this past week. I feel heavy, like I am pulling myself through the motions. I have been grumpy and unenthused. Nothing has caused this, except perhaps the fact that I have been extremely busy, which could be taking it’s toll. Sometimes we go through little slumps, or little highs. Ups and downs. It’s a normal thing. There are a few things you can do to pick yourself up, and I’ve been trying hard to incorporate these into my day to day.
Exercise is definitely one. A short 20, 30 minute workout does wonders for my energy levels and mood. Eating well is another. In times like this I’m often tempted to eat alllll the chocolate, but I know it will only make me feel worse – more sluggish, more uninterested, more blah. Eating healthy really does make a huge difference in keeping me perky.
To keep my energy levels up at work, I’ve been snacking on a homemade mix I put together specifically targeting my energy levels (and chocolate desires). It’s a really healthy snack filled with roasted nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coffee, chickpeas and dark chocolate. A small handful pulls me up out of my slump and gives me the fuel to do something productive and spread a little love.
I created this healthy snack with the glycemic index in mind. I wanted something that would fill me up in a nourishing way, while not causing me to be hungry in an hour. This mix does just that. Sometimes it just a tiny handful that curbs my appetite and leaves me feeling satisfied. The glycemic index really in an amazing thing.
“Chocolate is medicinal. I just did another study that confirms it.” ― Michelle M. Pillow
It’s important to splurge on some good chocolate here. Some really dark, really ridiculously good looking chocolate. That kind of chocolate that you wouldn’t normally treat yourself to.
Energize Snack MixPrint Recipe
- ½ cup roasted salted pepitas
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and dried
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup dried apricots
- 3.5 oz dark chocolate (at least 80%)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon divided
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp coffee grounds
- 1 tsp coarse salt, divided.
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
First, prepare the chickpeas. Rinse, drain and lay them out in a single layer on a towel. Towel dry the best you can. Preheat oven to 250F. Grease a baking sheet well. Mix together maple syrup, 1 tsp coconut oil, ½ tsp cinnamon, and ¼ tsp salt. Toss chickpeas in 1 tbsp of the maple syrup mixture. Roast for 40 minutes, tossing halfway through.
After 40 minutes, toss in remaining maple syrup mixture and cook for an additional 10 - 20 minutes or until chickpeas are crunchy. Allow to cool.
While the chickpeas are roasting, prepare the almonds. Combine remaining coconut oil, coffee grounds, chili powder, remaining cinnamon and ½ tsp salt. Add the almonds and mix to combine. Grease another baking sheet and spread the whole mixture out into a single layer. Bake at 250 with the chickpeas for about 20 minutes or until they are toasted brown, not too dark.
Place the chocolate bar into a large gallon sized plastic bag. Using a meat tenderizer, break the chocolate into small bite sized chunks. Add the dried cranberries and pepitas. Cut each dried apricot into fourths (or smaller) and add to the bag. Once the chickpeas and nuts have cooled completely, add those in the bag as well.
Stores up to 2 week in a airtight container.