Cravings. We all get them. They’re terrible and annoying and even those of you who have excellent self-control (I’m on the other side of the spectrum) occasionally have to give in. They can hound you for weeks and they almost always involve something sweet.
So what do you do? You give in to them. In a healthy way, of course!
My most recent obsession (and there’s a been a lot of them) is an avocado based chocolate pudding.
Yes, it sounds weird. Yes it is delicious. No, you can’t taste the avocados. Plus it’s way more filling than your standard pudding and you don’t get the sugar crash that results from eating a regular pudding.
How’s it work?
The secret is the avocados (surprise, surprise). Avocados have so many health benefits it could make your head swirl, but I won’t list them all, just the important parts.
Recent research on avocado and heart disease risk has revealed some important factors on addition of avocado to already well-balanced diets has been shown to lower risk of heart disease, improve blood levels of LDL, and lower levels of oxidative stress in the bloodstream following consumption of food.
Recent studies have also analyzed the overall impact of avocado on the average U.S. diet. In one broad-based, national study, all participants who reported eating any avocado during the last 24 hours were compared to participants who reported eating no avocado during that same time period. The avocado-eaters were found to have greater fiber intake; greater potassium intake; greater vitamin K intake; and greater vitamin E intake than those who ate no avocado.
Avocado is also likely to provide you with health benefits in the areas of blood sugar control (the high fiber concentration), insulin regulation (another attribute of the high fiber content) , satiety (fullness, resulting from the high fat content and slow sugar release into the blood stream), weight management (because of the fullness), and decreased overall risk of unwanted inflammation (the high combination of antioxidants supplied by all of those wonderful nutrients).
Also, avocado pits
Did you know that the avocado pit contains way more phytonutrients than the meat of the avocado? They contain many more of the cancer fighting properties than the meat. Additionally, consuming them really does increase your fiber intake by a significant amount. If you want to know how to use them, read this article: here.
1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (of your choice, I like almond and coconut!)
1/3 cup of cacao powder
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Blend together. Put in a bowl. Eat it.
Make a second helping. Feel deeply satisfied.
Looking for more recipes for healthy desserts? Try any one of these (or all of them. I won’t judge.)
Still not satisfied? Try one of these 18 Gluten Free Desserts