Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Cocoa Nibs

I had a lot of fun at our CFSCC Nutrition Talk! Thank you so much for showing up on a Saturday afternoon excited for information about Paleo nutrition... What a great, motivated and inspiring audience! I've been in the field of nutrition for many years and it is not always something people are eager to respond to! In fact, I usually feel like I'm bearing some sort of "bad news" when discussing it! But not on this day, and I love it!!! I truly hope you all left with something valuable and motivated for a 30-day challenge! It truly is all of you that inspire me to experiment, create and cook! So, thank you!
*There are still a few Paleo cookbooks available!

I read all of the nutrition assessment forms, and hands-down, most the food cravings were for: chocolate! (There was one particular craving for pudding, so I figure this recipe takes care of everyone.) This pudding turned out wonderful! Honestly, you do not taste avocado at ALL. It just provides the perfect texture and creaminess. Careful not to use too ripe of a banana, or I think it will overpower the rich chocolate flavor. Be generous with the cocoa nibs! They add an excellent bit o' chocolaty crunch! Hope you enjoy! *This recipe is adapted from: Natural

2 avocados
5 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 banana (not overripe or it will be too overpowering)
1/3 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
4 T honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch sea salt
Garnish with cocoa nibs

In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients (except cocoa nibs). Blend well for about 1 minute until smooth and creamy. If it's too thick, add a little more almond milk. Spoon into serving dishes and garnish with cocoa nibs. Chill for about 15-30 minutes before serving.

Hey! Here's a little Carbohydrate talk for you! I've had some questions in the gym lately and realized we kind of skimmed past this during the nutrition talk!
Hopefully this will answer your questions on Paleo Carbs!

There are two kinds of Carbohydrates: Simple and Complex
Simple carbs are the simple sugars like; sucrose (table sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), glucose and lactose (milk sugar).
On the Paleo diet we would consume these in moderation: fruit, dried fruit and honey (small amounts). Limit fruit to 2 servings and dried fruit to 2 oz. per day if weight loss is a goal!
Best fruit choices: Berries, berries, berries! Melons, tropical varieties, and citrus.

Complex carbs for the Paleo diet are: starchy root vegetables. Best choices are: sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, butternut squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, rutabaga, carrots, beets, onions, kohlrabi, yams and jicama!!! ... That's enough to keep us busy cooking!
What we do NOT eat for complex carbs are: breads, cereals, bagels, crackers, tortillas, quinoa, rice, cookies, beans, baked goods and all highly processed grain-laden foods!

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