Hey guys – remember me? Your favourite healthy food blogger? No – it’s not that damn Food Babe chick who seems to be on everyone’s tongue (in both good and bad ways) these days. It’s just lil old me. I know I said I would never leave you this long without a blog post again – but I promise this isn’t some lame “the dog ate my homework” excuse (as it happens the dog is still looking for a snack as my homework was handed in complete and on-time -which means I have successfully completed my first course on my path to becoming a Holistic Nutritionist! Woot!). On top of a full-time job, school, and freelance work, my husband and I are moving this weekend into our new house! And of course I hated the kitchen so it’s not just a new house – it’s renovations. And worse, it’s renovations that will leave me kitchenless for 3 whole weeks. Guess it’s a good time to try a raw diet plan – which segues perfectly into this week’s recipe: Raw Chocolate Avo-Banana Pudding.
One thing that has become perfectly clear to me not just in my schooling thus far but over my career in the health and wellness industry (and as a woman with ears to hear the common complaints of other women when it comes to weight loss and health) is that when it comes to creating lasting change and getting results, you have to start small and be realistic with your goals and how you’ll achieve them. Many people try and go from 0 to 60, like abandoning all solid food in favour of some crazy green juice cleanse, only to be frustrated when this approach inevitably fails and they’re left sprawled on the kitchen floor, surrounded by junk food wrappers and wondering through their mild sugar coma why, once again, they couldn’t seem to stick with the program. The key is to set yourself up for success by making small, sustainable and realistic changes that are easy to follow, leading to feelings of achievement and confidence that motivate you to keep moving forward. For example, if you love sushi, opt for brown rice rolls instead of white rice (which will have your blood sugar racing for the sky). Instead of going on an all blended or juiced diet, instead swap just 1 meal and 1 snack with a liquid option to get comfortable with that way of eating. Instead of reaching for a cookie at your 3pm energy slump (which would go away if you ditched sugar completely!), have an apple with a Tbsp. of natural nut butter to get a dose of sweet along with some sugar and energy-stabilizing fats. You’d be surprised at how small changes that don’t require a complete change in your current habits can achieve some great results.
Take me for example: I love dessert. Like, a sweet tooth of epic proportions. But since I don’t want an ass of epic proportion I have learned to create desserts that allow me to stick with my healthy lifestyle while still scratching that delicious chocolate itch that creeps up almost daily – which is why I love this week’s recipe.
I know avocado in pudding might sound weird (or just plain gross), but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. One of the best things about avocado is its creamy texture that allows it to be the perfect addition to a salad or the main event in a deliciously creamy guac. And they offer so much more than just a pleasing texture. Most people steer clear because of their fat content – but fat shaming the amazing avocado is a mistake! It’s literally one of the most nutrient dense foods out there, offering a good dose of eye-protecting carotenoids; digestive-aiding fiber; stress-busting vitamin B5; and nerve function-improving vitamin B6. Plus, avocados’ fat is extremely good for you, as the majority is oleic acid – which has been linked to reduced inflammation (which aids in weight loss) and has even been shown to prevent cancer.
Remember, you don’t need to throw yourself full tilt into a terribly restrictive and time consuming diet and lifestyle program that even good old Ms. Paltrow couldn’t sustain to get results. When it comes to health and happiness, you can have your pudding, and eat it too! J-E-L=L-Oh yeah!
The Natural Blonde
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Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 3 medium bananas, peeled*
- ½ medium avocado, pitted*
- 3 Tbsp. natural peanut or almond butter
- ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. stevia or honey (optiona – it’s sweet enough for me without but depends on your tastes)
- pinch sea salt
*I like to chill my bananas and avocado for a few hours before so the pudding is nice and cold.
Add all ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth and pudding-like. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a few times. Portion into 3-4 bowls and serve! If desired, top with a sprinkle of raw nuts (I like crushed pistachios), raspberries or other berries, slices of banana or even shredded coconut.
Pudding can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for a day but it’s best eaten right away. Which is fine by me!