So many of my clients complain about not being able to indulge in their sweet cravings once they commit to a healthier lifestyle and change their eating habits. Does that sound familiar?
Well, I am here to bust that myth and to confirm that it is actually possible to have your cake and eat it too; no pun intended.
Indeed, with a bit of creativity, knowledge and some key ingredients, it becomes easy to create healthy and delicious snacks or desserts that will make you totally forget about your old cravings for conventional sweets.
Yes, it is totally possible to eat healthy while still satisfying your sweet cravings. You just have to choose your ingredients wisely and learn new alternatives to make your little sweet treat.
Today’s article is all about my all-time favorite healthy yet decadent guilt-free dessert: creamy chia seed pudding.
Don’t let the simplicity of its name fool you, though. It is extremely creamy, yet easy to digest. Sweet, yet there is NO sugar added. It will not make you bloated either, for there is no dairy, nor eggs in this dessert. All 4 ingredients are nutritious and fiber-rich.It is easy to prepare and yields a big enough batch that you can easily use it throughout the week as a dessert, snack or even breakfast on the go.
4 Ingredients and Their Benefits
Well, if you are still not convinced, let me tell you a little bit more about the wonderful health benefits of its 4 ingredients:
Coconuts are probably one of my favorite foods. Why? Because they are so versatile and beneficial to your health. Coconuts are made of saturated fats, minerals, vitamins, fibers and have a good amount of water. Though coconuts contain saturated fat, it is a different type of saturated fats, called MCT (medium-chain triglyceride).
The body loves MCTs because they are quickly converted and used by our cells for energy. This means that the fat in your coconut does not become fatter in your body, it actually helps you burn excess fat. Moreover, coconut is a fruit that contains an important amount of minerals and vitamins such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin C.
Finally, due to its healthy fat content, this healthy food will help you feel full and satisfied over a longer period, which will prevent you from reaching out for unhealthy snack options.
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are most certainly one of the most popular superfoods of the last decade. That is because these tiny seeds contain a really high amount of nutrients, which in turn are extremely beneficial to your health.
In fact, they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which bring down the inflammation inside your body, boost your immune system and help your cardiovascular cells to function properly.
Moreover, once added to liquid, chia seeds will swell up and form a gel-like substance due to their soluble-fiber content. This type of fiber is extremely beneficial to your digestive system and helps to regulate your blood sugar levels.
And finally, these amazing seeds are also an excellent source of protein as they contain all 8 essential amino acids needed for your body to function properly.
Dates are another great healthy fruit. Dates are naturally sweet which makes them the perfect replacement for artificial sweeteners and sugar.
Indeed, dates are a rich source of fiber, iron (great for your energy levels), potassium (a great electrolyte and heart protector), as well as vitamin A and K (great for your skin, eye and bone health).
Bananas are best known for their potassium content. However, that is not the only good micronutrient present. Bananas are also a good source of magnesium, copper, and vitamin B6. They are naturally sweet when ripe and contain a healthy amount of fiber, which helps your body remove toxic waste efficiently and keeps your colon healthy.
I hope these few health benefits have now convinced you to try the following recipe. Not only is it delicious and decadent, but it is also super healthy and versatile.
Creamy Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2-3 dates
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ – ¾ cup of water
- 1 can organic and BPA free full-fat coconut milk
- 1-2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
- Soak dates in a ½ cup of water for 45 minutes to soften.
- Place bananas, soaked dates, soaking water, coconut milk, vanilla, and an optional extra ¼ cup of water into a blender.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a large bowl.
- Mix in chia seeds.
- Cover and place in fridge overnight.
The next morning it should have thickened up into a pudding. This recipe can last for several days in your fridge– if you can manage to keep it in your fridge for more than two days.
I like to make my dessert as visually appealing as they are tasty to my taste buds, so I will usually add different kinds of toppings.
- Fresh berries
- Dairy-free dark chocolate chips
- Raw cacao powder
- Crushed nuts
- Goji berries, etc.
The possibilities are endless. Have fun and enjoy your new dessert!
Source: Healthy holistic living