This is one of the best times of year for sunsets in our neck of the woods/city. My favorite place to enjoy it is the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, where the running path has been revamped in the last two years – widened, smoothed, with weeds kept at bay. It doesn’t boast sailboats like the Charles, but it has a nice beginning and end, full circle, without streams of bicycling commuters zipping by too close or too fast. You go around one side almost blinded by sun, and come back around the other casting 20-foot shadows for the cars on Beacon to admire. Students, older Brookline residents, parents with strollers, a few guys fishing – a nice slice of life to pass or be passed by.
When you finish your laps, refuel with a protein-filled snack. A recent cabinet-rummage inspired these banana treats, which hardly need a recipe – just assemble and eat. They will fill you up, so if you’re peckish rather than ravenous, perhaps go for half of everything listed below.
Banana & Sunflower Seed Butter Snacks
1 ripe but not too squishy banana
1-2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
Approx. 1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon large, unsweetened coconut flakes
Small handful of chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired
Pinch of flaky sea salt
Slice banana in half lengthwise. Spread with sunflower seed butter, then sprinkle on coconut flakes, nuts, chia seeds, then salt. That’s it. I bet little kids would like this if you sliced the banana in coins instead. It’s also really good for breakfast with some black coffee or juice – something astringent or slightly bitter to cut the creaminess.
P.S. Running at dusk? Here’s a good tune for it: Mansions on the Moon – Radio