Here is a recipe for a chocolate pudding your kids would absolutely love.
“HEALTHIFIED” CHOCOLATE PUDDING
Whip the almond or coconut milk and the sweetener in a mixing bowl. Peel and pit the avocados. Blend the avocados (or cottage cheese) and cocoa powder in a blender until smooth. Fold the chocolate avocado mix into the coconut and enjoy! Top with pieces of chocolate if desired. Makes 6 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Hunt’s Pudding = 150 calories, 5g BAD FATS, 2g protein, 23g carbs, 0 fiber
“Healthified” Avocado Pudding = 173 calories, 15 g GOOD fat, 3g protein, 11 carbs, 8.3g fiber
“Healthified” Cottage Cheese Pudding = 114 calories, 3g fat, 17g protein, 7 carbs, 2g fiber
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POTASSIUM and Low Carb Diets
If you don’t want to lose lean muscle, pay attention here! Since you lose a lot of sodium through the diuretic effect (loss of water retention) of a low-carb diet, you will eventually lose a lot of potassium as well. Keeping your potassium levels up helps to safeguard your lean muscle mass during weight loss. Also, just as with sodium, adequate potassium levels prevent cramping and fatigue. A deficiency in potassium causes low energy, heavy legs, salt cravings, and dizziness, and you may cry easily. Causes of low potassium would be dehydration from having diarrhea, sweating, and low-carb diets that are not well formulated.
Keeping your sodium as well as your magnesium intake up will help preserve your potassium levels. I often teach nutrition classes, and at the end of each class, I answer questions that participants ask. One question I had was, “How do you recommend getting potassium if you don’t recommend eating bananas or potatoes (especially if someone has high blood pressure)?”
I think it is interesting that doctors often recommend bananas and potatoes to their patients when they have high blood pressure. Sure they are going to recommend those things: they taste great, and people love them. But in reality, those two foods are causing the problem, not fixing it! Aside from that, there are foods that are much higher in potassium than the insulin-increasing banana and potato.
Dried herbs have a lot more potassium without any of the sugar or starch. And in second place is the avocado!
My top choices for potassium are:
#1: Dried Herbs: Dried Chervil, Parsley, Basil, Dill, Tarragon, Ground Turmeric, Saffron, and Oregano!
#3: Paprika and Red Chili Powder
#4: Cocoa Powder and Chocolate Dark chocolate (ChocoPerfection dark chocolate!)
#5: Nuts: Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pine nuts, Coconuts and Walnuts.
#6: Seeds (Pumpkin, Squash, Sunflower, and Flax)
#7: Fish (Pompano, Salmon, Halibut, Tuna)
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