Last night I found myself questioning the holiday season and what it brings out in people. We were at our local grocery store grabbing vegetables and usually my husband and I tag team each other: he takes Little Q in the cart and entertains him (quite loudly – so I always know where they are) while I run around grabbing what we need, dashing around the store trying to catch up with them to put the groceries in the cart.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am well aware that my husband has a VERY big voice. You know what they say about big voices, right? Uh…yeah, I thought I could go somewhere with that joke but looks like no…Anyways, the point is I always know where the two of them are when we are at the market because I can hear them. I’ve seen the odd person giving us a dirty look for being the loud family, but last night it was as though everyone was in a bad mood at the store. I was just waiting for someone to start barking at us. The looks pretty much said enough. As we left the store, my son turned around, started waving at all the angry customers and said with a big smile “Have a good night everyone!” I turned as well, hoping to see someone crack a smile. No such luck.
It reminded me that not everyone is excited about the holiday season. Whether it’s Christmas baking, holiday shopping or end of year stresses that come up. Not everyone has ’12 Days of Naughty made Nice’ to fuel them through the season. The truth is, for some, the holidays suck. Maybe they’ve lost a loved one, maybe they have no money to buy gifts for even their closest loved ones, or maybe they will be spending the holidays alone. What ever it may be, the moment reminded me that I should take a few minutes to give thanks for the good in my life; a healthy son, laughing with my husband and a trip back to Ontario for Christmas. When was the last time you thought about the good in your life? Think of three at this moment. Now take a deep breath and recognize that these are the things that are important to you at this time. Anytime you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed about the holidays or depressed, just think of those three things. Trust me you will immediately feel some relief. And maybe you will smile at that two-year old in the grocery store who just threw you that smile
- 7 oz of unsweetened chocolate
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 cup raw almonds, chopped
- ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup goji berries
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- pinch of sea salt
- Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roast almonds on baking sheet on low heat for 40mins, turning half way through. Once roasted, set aside while making chocolate.
- In a saucepan on low heat, melt chocolate, coconut oil & coconut sugar. Once smooth remove from heat.
- Add almonds, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts and pinch of salt. Mix together.
- Pour mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet and place in freezer for at least 15mins.
- When ready to serve, break into bite sized pieces.