Happy Friday friends! Although I’m trying to get back into the healthy swing of things after our vacation, I still want to make sure I leave room for some decadence and have a treat when I have the craving.
Instead of throwing it all out the window and giving into just any sweet treat I see, I make it a point to include a little nutrition so I’m not totally blowing it.
In preparation for times like these, I like to make treats ahead that I can just grab when the urge strikes.
I was looking through my refrigerator for some protein to include in my treat and came across pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds). I bought these to throw on top of salads and oatmeal because they are filled with good for you protein, zinc, antioxidants and magnesium.
I’m always on the lookout for magnesium because if you work out regularly your stores are most likely low and stress hormones increased (making it harder to recover and relax). So it’s very important to include magnesium in your diet if you lead an active lifestyle or unbalanced diet.
So with the seeds I had the salty and crunchy, now I needed chewy and sweet. I came across some dried cherries (aim for the kind that’s dried in the sun, no sugar added and organic or local if possible). Cherries and I have a love affair because they have been known to help you wind down and sleep better, are PACKED with antioxidants and can also fight inflammation. Yes please on all accounts!
If you have five minutes, you have more than enough time to whip up a batch of these, the hardest part will be being patient enough for them to harden in your freezer.
MSF Treat-Yo-Self Superfood Cups
2 TBL unsalted pumpkin seeds or pepitas
2 TBL unsweetened dried cherries, chopped
1 cacao chocolate bar
½ c coconut oil
optional 2 tsp maple syrup
Melt chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler. Stir in cinnamon and maple syrup if you like sweeter chocolate. Line mini muffin tins with liners and pour melted chocolate evenly in cups. Drop chopped cherries and seeds in each chocolate cup and place in freezer for ½ hour. Enjoy! Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer up to one week.
So there you have it, an easy way to treat yourself this weekend and one that won’t make you feel guilty for one second. Everyone needs their superfoods! We are back to our weekly tradition of pizza Friday, I can’t wait to make it on the grill and dine al fresca. Hope you have a great rest of your weekend and get to do something outside or active!