Roasted Chickpeas and Dark Chocolate Dreams

6:45 PM (at the gym):

3 sets, 12-15 reps of each:

  • leg press (275lbs)
  • hip abductor (100lbs)
  • hip adductor (80lbs)
  • leg extension (70lbs)
  • 20 lunges (each side)
  • glute (ok, I didn’t pay attention to what it was called-65lbs or so?)
  • 10 pushups (only one set)

75 minutes of yoga.

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Every morning, I wake up to my annoying alarm and battle with myself to roll out of bed. This morning, I lost the battle. When I woke up, my entire body felt sore, and I did not feel the slightest bit refreshed. So I made a quick decision to skip the gym this morning and go after work instead.

This morning, I mixed some of my new Kashi cereal, Banana Nut Muslix and Fibre 1 cereal with 1 tsp almond butter, 1/4 c strawberries and 3/4 c lite soy milk. It was, as expected, incredibly delicious and satisfying.

When I got to work, I treated myself to a free coffee from Starbucks by bringing in my mug to the store (which I do on a daily basis anyway!).

Mid-morning snack (note: now that I’ve made a conscious effort to cut out artificial sweeteners out of my diet as much as possible if not completely, I won’t be buying anymore “fat-free” yogurt unless it’s plain). I think I’ll survive – I already have tons of ideas to mix plain yogurt with and there are certain brands of plain yogurt that I’ll eat straight out of the tub! The only thing I will miss is the convenience of pre-packaged yogurt. However, I shouldn’t really complain since it will be more environmentally friendly for me to bring yogurt in my own container anyway!

Lunch was delicious, despite it being salad for the fourth day in a row this work week: dried dill, chickpeas, crumbled raw walnuts, baby cucumbers, black olives, asparagus, and sundried tomato and pesto salad dressing. On the side, I enjoyed half a piece of an Ezekiel 4:9 english muffin topped with almond butter and jam.

For dessert, I enjoyed a nice cup or so of green grapes. It was very refreshing and helped keep my sweet tooth craving in check.

Until mid-afternoon, when I indulged in one white cheddar rice cake (really trying to cut these out of my diet too because I don’t think they have any real nutritional value, nor are they filling but I still love them!), a puffed spelt rice cake, and a square of 86% organic dark chocolate.

At the end of the day, my stomach started complaining again, likely because I didn’t do a very good job on my afternoon snack. I knew that I had to eat something to tide me over until I got home from yoga (around 9pm) so I searched my junk food-filled snack drawer and found the least offending item in it: a Sweet & Salty Chewy Nut Bar. While these bars are delicious, they are definitely not far off from a candy bar. However, I was starving, and this definitely hit the spot. In a pinch, I think it’s fairly decent pre-workout fuel.

About 20 minutes before I left for the gym, I also had a chocolate protein shake.

Tonight’s RT workout was focused on my lower body. While I always feel like I get better workouts done in the morning somehow, but at least I finally focused an entire workout on my lower body. I readily admit that I am pretty lost when it comes to working out my lower body. Usually, I’m too nervous to do too much on the mornings I’m at the gym because I don’t want to tire myself out for the upcoming run, or I’m still wiped out from my last run! In any case, I tried my best to push myself to get a good work out – but I rarely reached muscle failure which is really too bad.

When I finally got home at 9pm, I wasn’t in the mood for eating chickpeas again, or have an egg, so I found a turkey sausage in my freezer and fried it up to go with my salad. I don’t intend to do this often, but was it ever good. The turkey sausage was a little more salty than I’m used to, but when mixed with the salad greens, it was incredible. Yes, this salad dinner gets two pictures.

Contents of salad:

  • 1 turkey sausage fried on the stove until the outsides are crispy
  • 2 mini cucumbers
  • 4-6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sundried tomato and basil salad dressing.

Dinner was quickly followed by a mug of Peppermint, Fennel, and Ginger tea.

I also finally gave into my curiosity and picked this up tonight. Clearly, I couldn’t wait until an appropriate time to indulge in some Dark Chocolate Dreams chocolate peanut butter. It was every bit as satisfying as I imagined it would be. It was so worth buying this! I’m already imagining all the things I can enhance with this stuff.

Although, I already had green grapes earlier in the day, but this batch was starting to look like it would spoil soon, so I decided to finish off this bunch.

I also had a craving for savoury snack of some kind – and I wanted to spend as little money as possible. Luckily, I still had a lot of chickpeas leftover since I opened the can earlier this week, so I decided to experiment with roasted chickpeas. After doing some research online, I decided to try making my own.

Roasted Chickpeas

  • Cooked chickpeas (from can or dried)
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic powder
  • salt

Notice that I didn’t have any proportions listed. I didn’t have a full can of chickpeas to work with, and I couldn’t bring myself to add oil to the chickpeas, especially since I found a few recipes that seemed to be fine without it. Basically, I drained the chickpeas, mixed in the differnet powders that  I wanted my chickpeas to taste like, and threw them into the oven for around 40 minutes at 425°.

In the oven.

40 minutes later….

Of course I had a little taster’s choice and these are excellent! I ended up adding some salt to the chickpeas after they came out of the oven instead of before, but overall, this was a success! I think I’ll toss some in tomorrow’s salad. Excellent.

And lastly, I experimented with pumpkin and my new protein powder (Chocolate Peanut Butter) with tonight’s Pumpkin Espresso Breakfast Cookie.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate peanut butter protein powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp shredded coconut
  • 1/3 c canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp honey

And now it’s time for bed. Good night, all!

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6 thoughts on “Roasted Chickpeas and Dark Chocolate Dreams”

  1. I have so much to say! hahaha.
    I LOVE that peanut butter, It’s heavenly! However, lately it just hasn’t been jiving with my oatmeal. I think I much prefer it on toast, I prefer the flavor of fruit and spice in my oatmeal over chocolate peanut butter! BUT BUT BUT!!! TRY IT ON RICE OR SPELT CAKES! It totally hits the spot for me!!!

    I also cut out ‘fake’ yogurts a couple of months ago and wouldn’t look back. At first the ‘real’ yogurt (only milk and bacteria on the ingredients list) was really bitter, but after a couple of servings my palate got used to it and now I find those sweetened yogurts TOO sweet! I’d much rather have some natural yogurt with granola or fruit mixed in!

    Both of those recipes (roasted chickpeas and your breakfast cookie) are added to my ever growing list of recipes to try. Mmm. They look so good!

    1. Have you tried the White Chocolate one? There’s also a cinnamon raisin one I think. I want to buy them all but I’m trying to be good! I am definitely going to have it with spelt cakes…. I have some in my desk as a matter of fact! Sounds like it’ll be a delicious afternoon snack!

      I don’t mind eating plain yogurt actually. For a while I was eating Liberte’s plain yogurt straight out of the tub! For convenience sake (and because they were on sale) I started buying the fat-free to-go containers. But I am going to make it a point to move back to plain unsweetened yogurt. I already have tons of ideas of things I want to put in them so I have no excuse! 🙂

      I highly, highly recommend the breakfast cookie. It was so filling, I didn’t even need my mid-morning snack! The roasted chickpeas are great too – some people add some olive oil too – I imagine that would make the outside even more crispy but I was happy with how mine turned out!

  2. Not a fan of fake sugar yogurt. Then again, the only aspartame-laden thing i’ll have is gum. Liberte (regular fat) yogurt is so good, and it’s the only one i’ll buy unless sold out. Try it with the kashi cereal and fruit. So good!

    I’ve heard of chia seeds before, but i’m too lazy to go look for them. Apparently they’re really good for you (you don’t have to grind them like you do with flax seeds) but i think they’re more expensive.

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