As Christmas grows near I find myself in the kitchen A LOT. At this time of year I enjoy being there for different reasons. I enjoy feeling the warmth of my home and seeing my tree lit up. I love the smell of pine in the air, listening to Christmas music and being close to Ginger.
The holidays can be a challenging time to make healthy food choices as many of us are attending holiday parties with decadent food and drinks. And there always seems to be an endless supply of cookies and cakes around. (I’m not complaining and I know the Whole Life Challenge is approaching) I try to find a little balance in what I prepare and eat, making sure to keep prepping green stuff so I can get some nutrients, but also making some sweet treats, because, that is just what they are, treats. So far this year I’ve baked brownies, cookies and am currently whipping up some sweet and spicy nuts to share. I get a feeling of joy from baking and cooking and sharing food I have prepared with others. It might be that some of the food offers nourishment, it might be that some food is just beautiful to look at and is pleasing to eat. Whatever it is, I know I enjoy it. Today, I share with you a couple recipes that I’ve used and tweaked a little. I would love to hear what you guys have been baking and preparing for the holidays.
Here are a few of what I’ve made so far:
- Pomegranate Sea Salt Brownies from With Food + Love. I baked them mini muffin tins and topped with chopped chocolate chips, they were a hit at a recent dinner party.
- Paleo Peanut butter Tagalongs– from Elena’s Pantry. I used real butter and and peanut butter instead of palm oil and sun butter. Super amazing and gluten free.
And Sweet and Spicy Nuts
What you will need:
5 cups of your favorite nuts
4 T coconut oil
3 t cumin
2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t cayenne
2 t sea salt
3-4 T sugar (or adjust as you like)
What to do:
Pre heat oven to 325
1. Melt coconut oil over stove top and stir in sugar until dissolved.
2. Mix spices together in a small bowel- set aside.
3. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
4. In a large bowl toss nuts with coconut oil and sugar mixture until all covered. Then add in seasonings and mix until well incorporated. Spread nuts evenly onto baking sheet.
5. Bake for 10 mins then mix nuts and bake for another 10 minutes.
A) Back Squat (20min)
Work up to heavy 3
B) 3 Rounds for quality on the 5:00
10 Thrusters (~50%)
4 Rope climbs
**4min Cap each round**
And Coming Friday
A) Deadlift (20min)
Work up to heavy 3
B) “Open 13.4”
Climbing Ladder for 7 Minutes:
3 Clean and Jerks (135/95), 3 Toes to Bar
6 Clean and Jerks (135/95), 6 Toes to Bar
9 Clean and Jerks (135/95), 9 Toes to Bar
Continue to add 3 repetitions per round until the 7 Minute Cap.
**Courtesy of CrossFit*