I don’t know about you, but when it gets to that late afternoon slump I become more irritable than an itch you can’t scratch because you’re in public. My head starts to ache, my eyes can’t focus and my body is craving sugary, chocolatey, quick fix goodness to keep the beast mode at bay and scrape through those final few hours of work. It’s a bitch. It turns me into a bitch. And it does nothing for my waistline. It’s all too easy to take the lift down to the vending machines, justifying that chocolate bar by promising your internal critic you’ll take the stairs back up with it clutched to your chest. Ok, let's be honest, it probably won’t even make it back to your desk, it’ll be devoured one flight up.
Since it dawned on me that the big 3-0 is almost a year away, my biological clock is cock-a-doodalooing, and I’m nowhere near as young as the shop assistants who keep asking me for ID think, it’s probably about time I got a touch more serious about my health, i.e, I really can’t carry that extra slice of cake like I used to. One of my biggest downfalls is that I have a super sweet tooth and can find a reason to justify every extra piece of Galaxy I consume, be it a hard day pick me up, or an amazing day reward, there’s always a reason. And when the mid-afternoon slump hits, I’m the first in line at the vending machine, eyeballing the last packet of peanut M&Ms - don’t dare make me get the plain ones!
That’s where nuts come in. Nuts, seeds, aka rabbit food as a friend calls out every time I pull this little pot of homemade magical energy out of my bag on my afternoon break. Magical. I went there. After a mammoth Pinterest foodie session a couple of weeks back, and a years-long obsession with Graze boxes, I figured I could easily Blue Peter these little boxes myself and hopefully solve the sugar crush crash I was facing on a daily basis. Snacks can be healthy!
The Yoghurt Pot.
A few dollops of soy yoghurt, then a tablespoon of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and sultanas. Mix it all together, chuck it in the fridge and give it a couple of hours. The chia seeds swell and soften in the yoghurt and the sultans get all coated and squishy. I have this with my dinner every day instead of a bag of crisp. The seeds are rich in vitamin E, zinc, iron, stress-relieving minerals, serotonin and more. The chai seeds are especially beneficial, jam packed with omega 3 and oodles of protein and fibre. They've even been known to reduce blood pressure! The sultanas are something sweet, a great alternative to chunks of chocolate (though you should add a couple of dark chocolate pieces to this, oh me oh my!).
The Nut Pot.
I crack this baby out late in the afternoon, packed with brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, dried cranberries and dried mango. The nuts give me an amazing energy boost that releases consistently through the afternoon, keeping me awake, upbeat and full until I get home and get tea cooking. More vitamins, more minerals, immune boosting, heart loving, gimmie all that good stuff! This satisfies my sugar craving without me having to rock the vending machine for the Twirl it refuses to give me. It also saves me a small fortune as it’s cheaper to buy a couple of bags of different nuts and seeds than it is to buy a couple of days worth of sugary, processed crap.
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living a healthier life today!
living a healthier life today!
How close is your next milestone? Do big birthdays or upcoming events cause you to re-evaluate your health and start upping your self-love game?
Until next time,