I have a love affair with exercise (and peanut butter, which I think is why I need to exercise. But anyways…). Lately, with no big race on the horizon (still trying to convince myself to sign up for that spring 26.2!), I’ve been enjoying a lot of cross training at the gym. I’ve been killing some HIIT treadmill workouts, creating new circuit workouts (my favorite have been my “Anything for a Minute” and “Feel the Burn” workouts), and just overall enjoying some time away from strict mileage.
What I haven’t been enjoying is time off. I realized yesterday that I haven’t taken a rest day since last Saturday — yikes! I did an easy five mile walk/run with a friend this morning followed by my sweaty hill intervals, and then promised myself that’s it for the weekend. Tomorrow — no gym, no run, no nothing.
Does anyone else have trouble scheduling in rest days, especially when you enjoy your workouts? (I don’t enjoy getting up at 5:45 a.m. every morning, but I love how I feel by 7 a.m. — that’s for sure!)
Anyways…on to more festive topics — holiday treats! One of my main goals this year was to bake fun treats and use them as Christmas gifts for family and friends, so this week I took the time and whipped up mini healthy banana breads, white chocolate dipped pretzels, and this sweet ‘n’ salty Chex mix. I went to the Dollar Store and found 20 Christmas treat bags for $1, and look how cute these are!
Sweet ‘n’ Salty Chex Mix
Serves 10-12 (about eight small gift bags)
- 6 cups Chex (I used corn & rice)
- 1/2 bag pretzels
- 1 c. mixed nuts
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp. Worcheshire sauce
- 1 c. dark and/or white chocolate chips
- 1/3 c. raisins
- 1/3 c. dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large roasting pan (a cake pan will work), mix the Chex, pretzels, and nuts. Pour garlic powder and Worcheshire sauce on top and mix well. Roast in oven for about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the Chex mixture is finished, pull out of oven and place on cooling rack. Once it’s completely cool, mix in dark/white chocolate chips, raisins, and cranberries.
How to “level up” this recipe:
- Simple swaps would include using some/all wheat Chex instead of corn or rice and unsalted pretzels for the regular. You could also use wheat pretzels if you can find them!
- Use carob chips or cocoa nibs instead of the dark/white chocolate chips. (Just know that you’ll miss some of the “Sweet” aspect of this treat!)
How to “level down” this recipe:
- To make it super festive, use red & green m&m’s instead of the chocolate chips.
- Consider adding a cup or two of popped Kettle Corn sprinkled with cinnamon!