A creamy, chocolatey no-bake bite packed perfectly balanced with zucchini, oat flour and peanut butter. These Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bites are your new easy and healthy snack for the busy summer months!
Whew! That was some weekend. Driving 4 hours over the course of the weekend isn’t my cup of tea. This weekend I drove from Phoenix to Tucson to visit friends while it was well worth the driving I still don’t love it. Solo road trips I just really boring. Then you start thinking about the thousand and one things you could or should be doing with that time and it starts to drive you a little crazy. I really wish cars had autopilot so you could just kick back and relax, watch a movie and cruise the internet. Wouldn’t that be the best?
I must admit I felt a tremendous amount of guilt running away from life for a minute to visit friends this weekend. I felt selfishness taking precious time, which I never seem to have enough of, away from other commitments and goals. The rest of June is going to be crazy, packed with sponsored work and not to mention a lot of heavy lifting at my 9 to 5. I justified my weekend escape by telling myself I needed this “breather” to prepare mentally for what’s to come. I often find it refreshes me to take breathers. It helps me re-focus and prioritize. Otherwise juggling any things in life can take a toll on you and you run into the ground. Yet, still I always feel so much guilt when I’m doing it.
All the driving and alone time on the road got me to thinking about this guilt and where it stems from. Why is it that we just can’t be anymore? Can’t be still? Can’t be alone? Can’t be disconnected? I feel like we’re pushed to do, do, do. Do more, be more, be constantly prepared to catch whatever ball is tossed your way. Ugh…it’s exhasuting.
The bottom line is we need breaks. We need to live life. Our world has evolved into this unhealthy state of expecting people to work like machines. I can’t even have a proper lunch without someone interrupting me while I’m eating. Can I not eat for 30 minutes without being asked to think? We’re not machines and although, we have technology to make our lives easier and more efficient, it shouldn’t mean we have to work like super humans. As I thought about this, I realized my inability to shut down is driven by this crazy do-more mentality that has snuck into our world as a result of technology or at least I believe it’s technology. Technology should make our world easier not harder. Somehow over the years the opposite has happened. I want my life and hate that I feel like I have to fight for it every. single. day. I should be able to go to the gym guilt free, eat lunch guilt free, go on a weekend trip guilt free, sleep in guilty free. While those things seem so simple, they seem impossible at the same time. I don’t know if I will ever feel like I’ve reached my true life nirvana or if I will forever feel like I should be reaching for the next thing.
Going to a funeral this weekend for someone who passed unexpectedly in their mid 40’s is really a wake up call. It reminds you just how precious life is and how short it can be. What if I only had 7 or 8 years left to live? What would I want my last years to consist of? These thoughts rolled through my mind like thunder fighting for an answer. I wish I could tell you I figured out the answer but I’m still searching. So for now, I leave you with a healthy snack to ponder these deep thoughts. A no bake, veggie packed snack bite with chocolate to munch on as you ponder your life.
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- ½ cup shredded zucchini, ~half a medium size zucchini
- 1¼ cup GF oat flour or GF rolled oats
- ½ cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 3 tbsp golden flax meal
- 3 tbsp honey
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Peel and shred zucchini
- Squeeze zucchini in between several layers of paper towel until very dry
- Then combine all ingredients together & mix well
- Roll into 18 balls
- Place in the refrigerator to harden
Do you feel guilt? What would you do with the last years of your life? How often do you take breaks?
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