Sugar cravings are a massive challenge for anyone working shift work because the body instinctively seeks out sugar as a source of fuel when its been unable to obtain sufficient quality sleep.
This is because it can convert this sugar into energy much more quickly than it can from eating protein or fat.
However, eating large amounts of sugar over time – especially the highly refined and processed sugar found in most store bought chocolate and candy bars, can be a leading contributor to an ever expanding waistline.
In fact this expanding waistline forms one of the ‘Top Shift Working Struggles’ that I mention in my newly released book – Too Tired To Cook.
It’s why making your own homemade chocolate snacks can be a much healthier alternative – especially for your waistline!
What’s great about it?
This chocolate and sesame seed slice is made from whole food ingredients – raw cacao powder that has undergone minimal processing, sesame seeds, coconut oil, honey and cinnamon.
It’s jam packed with anti-inflammatory nutritional goodness including fibre, B-vitamins, minerals, antioxidants along with healthy fats and protein that are going to help to stabilise your blood sugar and thereby leave you feeling fuller for longer.
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
How to make it?
- Place ingredients into a food processor and blend well.
- Spread on a plate or square container, then smooth the top using a knife.
- Place in freezer to chill for 20 minutes to firm. Chop and store in freezer ready to take to work to eat (just make sure it stays in the fridge or freezer otherwise it will melt – especially in Summer!)
Note: sesame seeds can be replaced with other seeds such as crushed hazelnuts, almonds or chia seeds as all will give a nice textural crunch!