Get more energy with my satisfying afternoon snack


Nagina Abdullah


January 4, 2018


I have a friend / colleague at work who has a positive energy about herself. She always has interesting stories to tell – a person thats a real pick-me up in the middle of stressful days.

One afternoon, I saw her in the hall and she looked really down — I knew something was wrong since this was unusual for her.

“Whats up?” I asked her, “Why do you look so tired? Did you get enough sleep last night?”

“Nagina, I dont know what the hell is wrong. After lunch I felt like taking a nap, and I needed some energy to keep going. I grabbed one of those yummy looking cupcakes from the cupcake truck downstairs.

Im so tired . . .And I feel a little sick. I think it must have been the cupcake.”

Oh yes honey, it most definitely was.

After indulging in a delicious, sugary snack, my friend felt tired instead of energized. She struggled through the rest of the day, not being able to finish as much work as she had hoped. Eating unhealthy, sugary or high-carb snacks can result in a quick rush of energy followed by tiredness, depression or hunger again soon after.

Avoid the Afternoon Crash with Masala Mixed Nuts (VIDEO and RECIPE!)

healthy afternoon snack is a free pass to eat MORE — not LESS. A handful (about 21) of Masala Mixed Nuts are a perfect afternoon snack. They’re:
– Filling and tasty
– Easy to make
– Convenient to take with you on the go
It’s also a tasty snack to have around the house for the holidays – and will help you to avoid too many chocolate treats and sugar cookies. 
No matter where I am, I try to have food on hand I WANT to snack on . . . so it’s less likely I’m tempted by food that will zap my energy and make me put on weight. I make Masala Mixed Nuts on the weekend or on a weeknight, and bring it with me in a Ziploc bag — to work, on the train or plane, in the car or anywhere I go with my kids.
You’re going to love my easy recipe and I hope you enjoy my short video! Feel free to use ANY nuts, and you can also improvise with spices.
In return, I have two small requests from you: 
– What do you think about my video? Please give me feedback in the comments
– When you make Masala Mixed Nuts, leave a quick comment to share:
  • How easy they are to make
  • How good they taste
  • How convenient they are to take with you on the go


Masala Mixed Nuts

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Snack


  • 2 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (¼ teaspoon for less heat)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chaat masala (alternative: 2 teaspoons lemon pepper)  


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Drizzle olive oil over nuts in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix all spices in a small, separate bowl.
  • Pour spices over nuts and mix well together well with your hands or a spatula.
  • Transfer to baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.
  • Take out from oven and cool for 2 minutes.
  • Pack in a Ziploc bag and take with you when you're on the go.


Enjoy a handful for a mid-afternoon or pre-dinner snack!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Nagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA

Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

Reader Interactions


  1. Shannon says

    Do they need to be raw nuts to start with or can they already be roasted?

    • Avatar photoNagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA says

      They can be roasted. It’s best if they are unsalted but if salted don’t add any extra.

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