One reason it was so busy is because MR ran in the 41st Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday. It was his first, their 41st. He completed with a good time of 4 hours, 11 minutes, 29 seconds. I am so proud of him for training all summer, even as hot as it was sometimes, and completing this. Dude is not a kid anymore either, but he does stay in shape. He started running half marathons four years ago and has completed six of those so far. I just thinks it's awesome that anyone would dedicate the miles of running it takes to prepare for a marathon. (And you really do have to prepare. We saw a few people being taken off the course on stretchers.) Over the last 14 weeks (which includes one week off for a mission trip out of the country), he ran 445 training miles. 445 miles! Craziness! And then 26.2 yesterday. He's taking a break today. Imagine that! :-) Yay for MR and another item off his bucket list!
Anyway, all that to tell you, today you get a snack recipe. (It really is a wonderfully easy, incredibly tasty snack though!) For me, snacking is one of the hardest parts of clean eating. If you have fruit and a cheese stick, you're good. But sometimes you want something crunchy. Maybe something salty. Maybe something sweet. How about something salty and sweet? How about...
Chili Maple Pepitas!
2 cups pepitas (raw, hulled sunflower seeds)
1 T olive oil
2 T pure maple syrup
1-1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
A few grinds of sea salt
Preheat oven to 300 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine ingredients and mix well to coat pepitas. Spread in a single layer on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake 20 minutes* or so, stirring halfway through.
*If you have the option, I found that turning convection bake on allowed them to bake in 20 minutes. It may take a little longer in a regular oven. The first batch I made without convection bake was closer to 30 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes.
The recipe title links to the page where I found these little delights, and also includes seven other variations. I have made the pumpkin spice also, but have to admit the chili maple are my favorite so far! Have a snack, just don't get crazy!!!
What are you eating this week? Whatever it is, Keep it Clean!
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