Going to bed Wednesday night I was pretty excited about Thursday. The hardest part about rest days, especially full rest days not active recovery days is of course justifying to myself the lethargy. I don’t know how I didn’t workout before but it takes a mental toll these days. I distracted myself with the promise of a fresh supply of goat milk and the thought of a wonderful UPS man bringing me new toys in the form of some Skins A400’s and RY400’s. Then this funny thing happened, about 11:00 AM it started sleeting/snowing and didn’t stop until about 4:00 PM, and over the course of those 5 hours everything stopped. This sounds a lot like hyperbole, but it isn’t, Crossfit classes were cancelled, businesses were closed, UPS drivers sent back to wherever UPS drivers come from. Obviously I can’t be upset at these things, I was dreading having to go pick up my milk and I only drive 20 minutes, they drive something like 2 hours. Same with the UPS thing. The point is, yesterday turned into an exercise in mental health, perspective, and facing some of these demons.
One of my new years resolutions was to learn how to accept losses without incorporating them as defeats. Nothing about tomorrow was really a ‘loss’ but it was still an important behavior goal to stay out of the negative mindset that I so often find myself in. Even though things didn’t go as I planned yesterday doesn’t mean it was a wash of a day. Photo montage.
Then I decided to work on my recipe for Paleo Pen Pals this month. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, it’s a service that pairs you with another paleo blogger, you send them an ingredient to use in a recipe, they do the same, and you both make a recipe for that month. It sounds a little hokey but its a great way to force yourself to try new things and experiment with ingredients you’d never use yourself. This month Tarah from What I Gather sent me about a pound of pumpkin seeds. The go-to recipe with pumpkin seeds is to roast them, but I wanted to try something a little unusual, so I opted for Cocoa Chili roasted pumpkin seeds.
Cocoa Chili Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1# Pumpkin Seeds
6 Tsp. Raw, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Salt
3 Tsp. Coconut Oil
Preheat an oven to 300F and cover two baking sheets in foil. Heat your coconut oil either in warm water or quickly in the microwave just until it’s smooth enough to poor over the pumpkin seeds. In a large mixing bowl, add coconut oil to the pumpkin seeds and cover completely. In a small bowl mix your cocoa powder, chili powder, and salt; mix until chunks are removed. Add the seasoning to the large bowl and mix thoroughly. When all seeds are covered, spread into an even flat layer on the baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes stir the seeds and redistribute, bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.
On a day like this these really hit the spot.