Coconut Seed Clusters may give the cookie tray the boot! Healthy fats, protein, and fiber from seeds and natural sweetness from honey and coconut. Yum!
Candy at the front desk, Girl Scout cookies in the break room, and birthday cake at 3:00 to celebrate the honoree. The office can be the death of a health goal.
These tempting treats are a minefield that can wallop willpower and derail good intentions. So what can you do?
Surviving the office snacks
Rather than a candy dish, greet visitors with a pitcher of cold water infused with strawberries, apples, cucumbers or pineapple.
The office staff might adopt a monthly birthday, celebrating all the birthdays in the month on the first day of the month rather than every day there is a birthday.
You could save your extra calories for the treats you enjoy most. Don’t waste your time on jellybeans, if you prefer a little chocolate. Or if someone in your office is a great cook, say yes to those and no to the doughnuts.
A “something now, something later” strategy may be a tool to use. This is especially helpful for those with diabetes. Depending on the carb count, they could divide the sweet to eat some now and some later with afternoon break or even the next day.
Downsize the cups and plates. Great for root beer float days because research shows that eating smaller portions of foods satisfies a person just as well as a larger portion. The theory is that once you’ve swallowed something there is not much memory of how much you ate—you just remember, mmm…that tasted good. So take a couple of bites and then move on. After 10 minutes you will likely have lost the desire for more.
Snack this way
Rather than sweet treat celebrations, consider
- A fruit basket with whole fruit
- Roasted nuts with dried fruit
- Yogurt parfaits with fruit and granola
- A cheese and vegetable tray
- Fresh fruit such as a big copper bowl of grapes, strawberries, tangerines or several varieties of apples
- Deviled eggs
- A tea tasting with a variety of teas
Give the cookie tray the boot
Or try these Coconut Seed Clusters. These are good on their own, or crumbled over oatmeal, yogurt or cottage cheese. I like the healthy fats, protein, and fiber the seeds provide. The coconut adds natural sweetness. You may not even miss the cookie tray!
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Coconut Seed Clusters
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon water
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips or coconut smiles
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Heat oven to 325 F.
- In a large bowl, stir all the ingredient together until well blended.
- Spoon teaspoons of coconut mixture on to baking sheet.
- Bake 13-20 minutes. Until coconut is lightly browned. Remove from oven and set pan on a cooling rack.