We’ve got a special (and spicy!) treat today — a guest post and recipe from reader and fellow blogger Nagina Abdulla of MasalaBody.com! Nagina is a weight-loss coach for busy female professional and entrepreneurs. She lost 40 pounds with two kids while working 12+ hour days and having unpredictable travel in a demanding management consulting career — and she enjoyed chocolate the entire time! Nagina helps other busy women jumpstart their weight-loss and stay consistent with her delicious recipes and tips. She has been featured on Fox News, Mind Body Green and Woman’s World National Magazine.
A friend of mine at work, who is usually the peppy one, was looking tired and drained the other day. I asked if she was okay, and she told me she’d finally given in to the cupcake truck that had been parking outside our building for the last couple of weeks. Now she was suffering from a major sugar crash in the middle of an afternoon when she needed to be on top of her game.
Eating unhealthy, sugary or high-carb snacks can result in a quick rush of energy followed by tiredness, depression or hunger again soon after. That’s right! It doesn’t just make you feel tired; it can make you feel blue, which really stunts your productivity. Not to mention it makes you feel awful for the rest of the day, which is no fun.
It’s so important to have food on hand that you want to snack on so it’s less likely you’ll be tempted by food that will zap your energy and make you put on weight. Healthy snacks for weight loss are simply a must.
Here’s a delicious recipe to help you through the afternoon slump without feeling guilty and sluggish afterwards. The best part is, it’s really flavorful and satisfying so you won’t even be missing out!
Masala Mixed Nuts Recipe
- 2 cups mixed nuts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon red chile powder (can add ¼ teaspoon for less heat)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garam masala (alternative: 2 teaspoons lemon pepper)
- Preheat oven to 375F (190C) degrees.
- Drizzle olive oil over nuts in a mixing bowl.
- Mix all spices in a small, separate bowl.
- Pour spices over nuts and mix well together well with your hands or a spatula.
- Transfer to baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.
- Take out from oven and cool for 2 minutes.
- Enjoy a handful for a mid-afternoon or pre-dinner snack! Pack in a Ziploc bag and take with you when you’re on the go.
What’s your favorite midday snack? —Nagina Abdullah, MasalaBody.com