1/2 cup cinnamon swirl protein powderI use Cellucor
2/3 cups rice puff cerealI used Kashi 7 whole grain puffs
1/2 cup dried appleschopped
2 Tbsps pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup honey
Yesterday I made a New Year’s resolution. “But it’s October!” you might be thinking. Yes, I’m keenly aware (although it really feels more like July here in D.C.). You see, I made a reverse New Year’s resolution. For at least 5 years, each January 1st I’ve considered making a resolution to go cold turkey on a dirty habit: planning things. But I’ve always found a reason not to:
I’m really good at it!
It guarantees I always have fun plans!
I have an awesome idea for one party I really want to host!
I’m starting a supper club!
Heck, I may have an odd calendar fetish, don’t judge.
But this is the year. Between now and December 31st, I will initiate no new plans. Why, you might ask, would I give up something I seem to enjoy? Something I’m good enough at that I pretty much spent two years of my life doing it professionally? Well, being the defacto planner can also cause anxiety. It takes time, it takes energy. Us planners have to work hard to work out the logistics and make sure everyone has a good time. People say they love that you plan things, but they don’t always make it easy. Oftentimes I find myself angry when I don’t want to be because people really struggle with the basic art of the RSVP (this may sound intense, but I guarantee if the planner in your group is reading this, they’re nodding along with me right now).
Honestly, all of this sounds much more negative than I actually feel. Ultimately, I’m eager to be free from this particular responsibility for a while, and to be more spontaneous. It will be a fun social experiment to see what kinds of adventures I’ll get into when I give others the opportunity to step up to the plate. And if no one does, I’ll be perfectly happy to make batch after batch of these ridiculously delicious apple cinnamon energy balls (a fall twist on the chocolate version I previously shared) and sit on my couch eating them… pants optional.
Heat the almond butter and honey in the microwave for 30 seconds. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the honey/almond butter mixture. Use your hands to form the batter into 12-15 balls.