This year I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take a stab at the infamous resolution, but after a lot of self-reflection I came up with some goals for the new year. Nothing life changing. Nothing earth shattering. Just simple everyday changes that I’m thinking will add up and have a big impact.
Number 1: No taking my phone to bed. I often find myself with the noble intent of hitting the sack early, but 45 minutes later I am still looking at cat pictures on Instagram or Heat vs. Brain memes on Pinterest (I can’t even! I am a sucker for childish humor). When I realize how much time has ticked by, I immediately regret it, not to mention the regret the next morning. And guess what friends, there is an ancient device that was once created to wake humans up in the morning – the alarm clock. This new addition proudly sits on my nightstand and has been faithfully waking me up for the past week.
Number 2: Stop comparing myself to others. I know, easier said than done, but this destructive habit has no place in my life. God made me the person that I am. I will never feel pretty enough, skinny enough, or smart enough when I am constantly comparing myself to others. I want to rejoice in the success of others, not be jealous and feel inferior. That’s a sure way to steal joy, and I’m not willing to let any of that precious emotion go.
Number 3: No using the microwave… at all. I just heard some of you gasp. I gave up using the microwave last January and one year in, I am planning on sticking to it. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I am just not convinced that invisible waves heating up leftovers inside a plastic and metal box is a safe method. And the less I use my microwave, the more intentional I am about planning out my meals and packing them with healthy ingredients. I will stick to my oven, stove and trusty toaster oven in 2016.
Number 4: Get back on a workout routine. These last few months have earned me an F in the workout department. Between moving and a new job, I haven’t found a workout rhythm yet, and I can feel the difference. I am lazier and more lethargic when I’m not on a steady workout schedule. Right after work, this gal is hitting the gym at least 4 days a week. I also plan on getting in a weekly hike.
Number 5: Give work 100%. I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I’ve been an adult for a while now, and I’m still clueless as to just what I am doing. I might be at my forever job, and I might not. That’s okay, but whatever I am doing, I want to do it 100%. I want to be proud of my day’s work when I head home at 5.
So now you have it, my top 5 goals for the next year, and to sweeten the deal, a delicious copycat Aussie Bite recipe. These Power Bites are a 10! They are sweet, dense, packed with flavor and nutritious to boot. Filled with nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and honey they power me through my 4pm energy slump or work as a quick breakfast on days when I am rushing out the door.
- For the dry ingredients:
- 3/4 cup oats
- 3/4 cup almond meal
- 3/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- For the wet ingredients:
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For the mix-ins:
- 3/4 cup nuts/seeds (I used a mix of pumpkin seeds, chopped pecans, and chopped almonds)
- 3/4 cup dried fruit (I used raisins and diced apricots)
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup flax
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
In a small saucepan combine the almond butter, honey, and coconut oil. Heat over medium, stirring often, until the mixture is melted and smooth. Pour into the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Add in the mix-ins and stir until well combined - it will take a bit of elbow grease, but you want the mix ins to be evenly incorporated even though the mixture will be quite loose and crumbly.
Form the dough into balls about 1.5 inches in diameter and line up on the baking sheet. Lightly press down on the bites to flatten them slightly. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cook on the tray for 5 minutes. Gently remove the bites onto a cooking rack and cool completely. Serve.