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Chocolate Almond Breakfast Pudding

By now you know that although we are registered dietitians and personal trainers who base our diets on fresh, unprocessed healthy foods, we are suckers for chocolate. 🙂 Yep, in fact, we’re so wild for chocolate, that it wouldn’t surprise us if you told us that you heard us arguing over the last chocolate covered pretzel…or a Hershey’s kiss…or a hot chocolate (we don’t discriminate and would even enjoy one in the summer) for that matter! 🙂 So we’re always whipping up new yummy, waistline-friendly– and healthy– chocolate recipes! Have you tried our Guac-Chocolate Mousse or our Chocolate Drizzled Granola Balls or our Chocolate Coconut Chia Balls, just to name a few.

We whipped up this pudding with breakfast in mind.  For that reason, our goal was to create a satisfying recipe with just a  hint of chocolate so it wouldn’t be so overly sweet that it would set your taste buds off craving more of the super sweet flavor all day.  You know, when something is just so sweet and good, you just want more and more vs. when it’s simply just good and satisfying, when you’re done, you’re done.  The latter is true for this pudding–with just a hint of chocolate, in this satisfying creamy pudding texture, it puts the kibosh on your sweet taste buds and your body will be fueled with fiber and protein without the highs and crashes from sugary foods.

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One of the best strategies we use with our weight loss clients to ensure weight loss success is to substitute high-calorie, low-nutrient foods with foods that are rich in protein and fiber. This protein/fiber combo helps to keep you feeling satisfied so you don’t overeat due to hunger. It also helps to keep blood sugar levels stable so you don’t experience energy/ sugar crashes that send you running for simple carbohydrates and sugar for a quick pick-me-up. Our clients who start using this strategy can’t believe how much easier it becomes to prevent overeating.

Chocolate_Almond_Breakfast_Pudding_collageAnd guess what? We’ve got you covered with the satiating protein/fiber combo in this Chocolate Almond Breakfast Pudding. We use chia seeds which are a great example of a food that’s rich in both fiber and protein– in only one ounce they contain 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. (If you’ve never used them before, other than trying them in our pudding, try sprinkling a teaspoon of chia seeds in your smoothies, on top of oatmeal, or mixed into a muffin batter for an added fiber boost that will keep you feeling full for hours.) As an added bonus, chia seeds are high in minerals such as calcium and magnesium and are a good plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids.

 

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Chocolate Almond Breakfast Pudding

This Chocolate Almond Breakfast Pudding combines the satiating combo of protein and fiber (thanks to chia seeds) and a hint of our love (chocolate!) to create a healthy, satisfying breakfast.  We suggest having it with some fruit and eggs for a fab, super satiating meal!

 

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 T honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Dark chocolate shavings, optional

Directions:

Combine almond milk and chia seeds in a small bowl. Let sit for an hour (or more) so that the seeds can rehydrate. Add this mixture and all other ingredients (except chocolate shavings) in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into small glasses and refrigerate until chilled. Top with chocolate shavings, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 124 Calories, 6 g Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 64 mg Sodium, 18 g Carbohydrate, 7 g Fiber, 9 g Sugar, 4 g Protein

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Chocolate Almond Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 T honey
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Dark chocolate shavings, optional
Instructions
  1. Combine almond milk and chia seeds in a small bowl. Let sit for an hour (or more) so that the seeds can rehydrate. Add this mixture and all other ingredients (except chocolate shavings) in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into small glasses and refrigerate until chilled. Top with chocolate shavings, enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 124 Fat: 6 Saturated fat: 1 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 9 Sodium: 64 Fiber: 7 Protein: 4 Cholesterol: 0

 

Brown Rice Pudding

Brown Rice Pudding

We actually remember the very first time we had pudding as seven year old excited girls! Creamy, sweet pudding truly hits the spot! For some reason, pudding wasn’t a dessert our mom made (all of the desserts in our house, other than ice cream she made herself) and we had seen our TV dad (Bill Cosby) advertising Jell-O chocolate pudding and we couldn’t wait to try it. We both remember trying it for the first time at our friend Robyn’s and licking the cup clean! We loved it, to say the least. 😉

So now, in our true fashion, we’ve made yet another guilt-free pudding (check out our Grape Chia Seed Pudding and our Chocolate Chia Raspberry Pudding for more!) by swapping some ingredients in this delicious dessert. This version of rice pudding is insanely creamy and delish! Using almond milk helps get that rich creamy texture and this pudding is sans preservatives, artificial flavors and colors. One cup of uncooked rice becomes three cups of cooked rice so you can adjust this recipe as needed. You’ll love that this pudding will take you back to your childhood and if you’ve got kiddies they will be so happy to have this treat as an after school snack. Plus it is made with brown rice so you get added benefits of selenium, manganese, and anti-oxidants—all which help to prevent damage to your body from free radicals.

You can add a sprinkle of almonds, cranberries, fresh fruit, or even shaved coconut to satisfy your craving of the day.

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Brown Rice Pudding

Serving Size

Makes 6 servings – (Each serving is 1 cup)

 

Ingredients

4 cups water

2 cups long grain brown rice

1 ½ cups almond milk

¼ cup honey

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp unsalted butter

½ tsp vanilla

1 tbsp cinnamon

 

Directions

  1. Bring water to boil and add rice. Cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. Stir occasionally and allow all of the water to be absorbed, roughly 25minutes. .
  2. Stir in milk and other ingredients. Simmer for another 5 minutes and stir continuously. The rice pudding should become thick.
  3. Place the pudding in a medium sized bowl or several smaller containersYou can eat the pudding warm or cold depending on your preference. Add cinnamon, nuts, etc. right before you eat it!
  4. Make sure to store contents in the fridge.

 

Nutritional Information per 1 cup

Total calories 147 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 40 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 2 g protein

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Brown Rice Pudding
 
Creamy, sweet pudding truly hits the spot! we’ve made this dessert guilt- free and delicious by swapping some ingredients. This version of rice pudding is insanely creamy and delish! Using almond milk helps get that rich creamy texture and this pudding is sans preservatives, artificial flavors and colors. One cup of uncooked rice becomes three cups of cooked rice so you can adjust this recipe as needed. You can add a sprinkle of almonds, cranberries, fresh fruit, or even shaved coconut to satisfy your craving of the day.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Bring water to boil and add rice. Cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. Stir occasionally and allow all of the water to be absorbed, roughly 25minutes. .
  2. Stir in milk and other ingredients. Simmer for another 5 minutes and stir continuously. The rice pudding should become thick.
  3. Place the pudding in a medium sized bowl or several smaller containersYou can eat the pudding warm or cold depending on your preference. Add cinnamon, nuts, etc. right before you eat it!
  4. Make sure to store contents in the fridge.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 147 Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 29 g Sugar: 13 g Sodium: 40 mg Fiber: 1.5 g Protein: 2 g

 

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

Do you find that when you indulge in a scrumptious treat it just sets you up for the kill and you end up eating far more of it than you should? Kiss those binges goodbye and say hello to this Grape Chia Pudding! One of the reasons that we love chia seeds (and other foods with soluble fiber, like veggies!) is that when these foods are soaked in liquid, they absorb the liquid they are in and act like a sponge—and they fill you up!

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

 

A fantastic thing about this scrumptious Grape Chia Seed Pudding is that chia seeds expand so much that while soaking (step 5 in the recipe below), the chia seeds form a gel-like texture. This delightful pudding-like texture takes longer to digest, fills you up, and helps to keep blood sugar stable, all which reduce cravings and binge eating. Have this sweet afternoon snack to give you long-lasting energy and keep you fuller, longer!

 

Ingredients (Serves 2):

1-cup whole seedless red grapes

1 tsp. honey

2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

2tbsp raw chia seeds

 

Directions:

  • Add grapes to food processor, (skin intact) blend until juice like consistency.
  • Add grape juice to small-medium sized bowl.
  • Add almond milk and honey and stir until evenly mixed.
  • Add chia seeds and stir.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate for 5 hours (The longer you soak them, the more pudding-like, thicker consistency you’ll get—you can soak them for just 30 minutes if you’re in a crunch for time, or let them soak overnight, or all day!)
  • After optimal time for soaking, take the bowl out of the fridge, grab a spoon, and enjoy! (If you’re craving a crunch, try adding some oats or granola to make a chia pudding parfait!)

 

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Grape Chia Seed Pudding
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1-cup whole seedless red grapes
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2tbsp raw chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Add grapes to food processor, (skin intact) blend until juice like consistency.
  2. Add grape juice to small-medium sized bowl.
  3. Add almond milk and honey and stir until evenly mixed.
  4. Add chia seeds and stir.
  5. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 5 hours (The longer you soak them, the more pudding-like, thicker consistency you’ll get—you can soak them for just 30 minutes if you're in a crunch for time, or let them soak overnight, or all day!)
  6. After optimal time for soaking, take the bowl out of the fridge, grab a spoon, and enjoy! (If you're craving a crunch, try adding some oats or granola to make a chia pudding parfait!)
Nutrition Information
Calories: 135 Fat: 5.3g Carbohydrates: 19g Sugar: 17g Sodium: 57mg Fiber: 7g Protein: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Nutritional Information Per Serving (Recipe makes 2 servings):

135 calories, 5.3g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 17g sugar, 4g protein

 

 

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Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding

As you know by now, we’re girls who are wild about chocolate!  And we’ll take it any way we can get it– in hot chocolate, fudgsicles, chocolate pretzels– you name it, we’re game! And as you know– we’re always experimenting with chocolate and taking decadent dishes and making them lighter, yet delicious.  (Have you tried our: numbers, inspired by some of our other popular dessert balls like our Chocolate Drizzled Granola Balls, our  Chocolate Coconut Chia Balls or our Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies, just to name a few?)   This little chocolate number is so satisfying and delish that it will tide you over for hours!

Chocolate Raspberry Chia Seed Pudding:

(serves 2)

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¾ cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 T. agave
  • 2 Tbs. cacao powder
  • 1Tbs. cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. raspberry extract

Directions

  • Mix chia seeds and chocolate almond milk in a medium mixing bowl. Allow ingredients to sit for about 10 minutes or until chia seeds have absorbed the almond milk.
  • Next mix in agave, cacao powder, vanilla extract, sugar, and raspberry extract. Add cacao nibs once all other ingredients are fully mixed in.
  • Tastes best if chilled for about 2 hours. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Serves: 2, Serving Size: 1/2 ; Calories Per Serving: 242; Total Fat: 13g; Protein: 7g; Carbohydrate: 27g; Fiber: 15g; Sugar: 7g; Sodium: 100mg

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Banana Kiwi Weight Loss Smoothie

Skinny Deviled Eggs

 

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Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding
 
Nutrition Facts: Serves: 2, Serving Size: ½ ; Calories Per Serving: 242; Total Fat: 13g; Protein: 7g; Carbohydrate: 27g; Fiber: 15g; Sugar: 7g; Sodium: 100mg
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¾ cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 T. agave
  • 2 Tbs. cacao powder
  • 1Tbs. cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. raspberry extract
Instructions
  1. Mix chia seeds and chocolate almond milk in a medium mixing bowl. Allow ingredients to sit for about 10 minutes or until chia seeds have absorbed the almond milk.
  2. Next mix in agave, cacao powder, vanilla extract, sugar, and raspberry extract. Add cacao nibs once all other ingredients are fully mixed in.
  3. Tastes best if chilled for about 2 hours. Enjoy!