Alright guys- you’ve got work to do, that’s why you are reading this post. You’re probably procrastinating right now… Am I right? Well, let me get right to it. Here is my cooking therapy recipe to help you come up with a solid plan to STOP procrastinating and start working once and for all. Plus, you’ll make some yummy study snacks at the same time, what’s not to love?

 

5 Steps to finally focus and get down to business!  

  1. Write out your to-do list in order of due date or importance.
  2. Now under each to-do item write out 3 steps that you can do in order to reach that goal. (For example: if you’ve put study for English exam as number 1 on your to-do list, now write out 3 things you need to study for in order to study for that exam. Like 1. Study ___ 2. Memorize ___ 3. Write out term paper.)
  3. Start at the top of your list and do those 3 things for 30 minutes each. Once you’ve completed each task, check it off your list. Take a break for 10 minutes after each 30 minute interval.
  4. Set up boundaries in place. Study away from distractions or even away from your room. Go to a neutral location (library, coffee shop, outside) somewhere you can work without distractions of your phone, computer or other people.
  5. After 3 hours of work take a 1 hour break. If you have enough time to repeat your cycle go for it. Otherwise, stop work for the day and begin again tomorrow.

 

Ingredients for a Chickpea Study Snack:

  • 2 cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or about 4 cups cooked chickpeas from dried beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • seasonings of your choice (see below for suggestions)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Write out to-do list

 

  1. Prepare the beans for roasting by draining and rinsing them, then letting them dry on a towel until most of the excess moisture is absorbed. Write out 3 steps for each goal.

 

  1. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are crunchy throughout (you might need to test one after 45 minutes just to see- if they are still mostly soft on the inside and there’s no crunch, keep baking). During this step, you’ll have enough time to get started on one 30 minute step for your goal. Get working while these babies cook!

 

  1. Immediately (while beans are still hot), toss with olive oil and seasonings. Serve hot or at room temperature. They are best the first day, but can be kept in an airtight container for up to 4 days. I’ve included two seasoning options below, but you can really add anything you want to these. Want something sweet, add some cinnamon and brown sugar. I’m partial to the two I’ve listed below but you can also add toasted sesame seeds with some sesame oil for a basic roasted chick pea recipe. Enjoy these beans during your 10 minute break as a reward for what you’ve just studied! Giving yourself a mental break and reward makes the work that much sweeter!

 

 

 

 

*Seasoning ideas! Garlic Parmesan Blend- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 2 cloves fresh finely mashed garlic, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (If raw garlic is too pungent for you, try roasting it in the oven while roasting the chick peas. Roasted garlic takes on a sweeter taste.)

Spicy Blend- 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

 

–Allison