Promise you won’t roll your eyes when you read this next sentence… please? Ok, here it goes: I really like Mondays. There isn’t an especially good reason, other than there isn’t any good reason not to like them. Mondays get such a bad rap. They’re the ultimate scape goat and the lowest common denominator for office camaraderie. Hating on Monday is about as original as complaining about the weather. We can do better. Being a hater is so easy.
If you think about it, Mondays are pretty awesome. They have the power to set the tone for the rest of the week. If you have a productive Monday, whether you crush your to-do list at work, eat a baller breakfast or have a kick ass workout, that’s like telling the rest of the week to watch the eff out because you’re here and your ready.
I dare you to make Mondays a cause for celebration. That could mean waking up ten minutes earlier to treat yourself to your favorite coffee, or sneaking notes to yourself into your planner on Mondays, or making a special Monday playlist with some of your favorite songs that you save just for Monday or maybe it’s making a reoccurring Monday plan to call your best friend after work. There’s a million little ways to inject awesome into your Monday no matter your situation.
Now I don’t want you thinking that on Mondays cute little birds and squirrels come to wake me up and then I float to work on my magic carpet. (please, that’s Tuesdays and Thursdays) What really happens is that I make a point to make my breakfast and lunch ahead of time, I pack my bag for the day and I lay out my gym clothes the night before. When my alarm goes off I try not to even think. I just move. I remind myself how good it feels once I’m 2 miles into my run. I remind myself that one of my favorite coffee shops is conveniently located across the gym. I remember that my co-workers are rad and that I’m blessed to be working for a company that I believe in and then I try to drink a ton of water. That’s it. No magic. Just a light pep talk and some early endorphins. Oh and some good coffee.
And today I have the extra bonus of knowing that I have a full jar of chocolate sunbutter at my finger tips. Ever since I finished my jar of sunbutter a while back I’ve been craving more. Sun butter is just like peanut or almond butter, except it’s made with sunflower seeds. It’s great when you’re looking to switch things up or if you’re allergic (or in close contact) with anyone allergic to nuts. I was feelin’ a little adventurous in the kitchen this weekend so I did some experimenting (aka just add chocolate to everything) and boy was I excited with the results. This chocolate sunbutter is rich and fudgey and still so simple to make. Spread it on your toast, mix in into your yogurt or oats or enjoy it straight from the jar. There’s no rules with this chocolate sunbutter.
- 2 Cups of Sunflower Seeds
- 3 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
- 1-2 Tbsp of Honey (depending on desired sweetness)
- 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- Place all ingredients in a high powered blender
- Blend until smooth creamy texture, scraping sides every couple minutes 15-20 minutes total
- Place in an airtight container
- Store at room temperature
- What’s your Monday morning look like?
- Are you a fan of Mondays or do you think I’m nuts?
- Have you ever tried sunbutter?