Sorry for the mini blog absence, in the middle of a super hectic week celebrating Dan’s birthday (man, is he spoilt!) I managed to pick up a niggly summer cold. So whilst I wasn’t the one turning a year older, I was feeling my age. At which point I stopped being able to pull a few late nights, still work full time and blog – something had to give!
I think my main problem, and I’m sure I’m not alone, is that when I’m feeling well and refreshed I have no problem eating healthily. In fact hanging out in the kitchen chopping a mountain of salad whilst boiling quinoa and making crispy chilli tofu seems like a fun way to spend the evening.
But the second I start feeling a little ‘under the weather’ all I want is the carby comfort of a takeaway pizza. Not just any pizza, the biggest one, with that special base that is actually two bases with extra sauce in the middle, just to make sure that you get all the calories and fat you possibly can in each bite. On top of a day littered with sweet indulgences, chocolate bars, biscuits and sweet coffees as mood (and energy) boosts.
What makes the whole thing really silly is that I am fully aware that those are the times when I really should be watching what I eat; that by eating healthily I am giving my body it’s best chance at fighting the infection and getting itself back on track quicker.
I made these cookies as a healthy option to my sugary pitfalls, made with banana for potassium, and nuts for energy and extra protein, but the real star of these cookies is the cocoa nibs. They really are a superfood, packed with theobromine for energy (it has a similar, but not as strong, effect to caffeine). They also help the body in the production of serotonin and the release of endorphins which both make you feel happier.
The cookies themselves are sweet and soft, with a satisfying crunch from the added nuts. For the recipe head over to the Daily Quirk.