Have you seen the ingredients in pudding? Yikes! Some have as much sugar as a candy bar. Jell-O pudding contains really high levels of glucose syrup and is also full of refined carbohydrates and artificial additives which can aggravate children's behavioral issues. No only that, if you buy the "No Sugar Added" Pudding, that is no better!
NO SUGAR ADDED Snack Pack Chocolate Pudding Cups Ingredients: Non-Fat Milk, Water, Modified Corn Starch, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali)Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Less Than 2% of Salt, Carrageenan, Color Added, Artificial Flavors, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Sucralose.
Partially hydrogenated oils don't just damage your cells, causing allergies, arthritis and auto immune diseases, but in they also make you fat!
Essential fatty acids are called 'essential' because your body NEEDS them and you can only get them through food. Your brain and body are very smart, even though your stomach may feel full, your brain never tells you to stop eating, because it still needs the essential fatty acids to sustain life. You will never be full until you do.
Partially hydrogenated oils make you gain weight because they interfere with the body's ability to ingest and utilize the healthy fats that you want to fill your cells with.
Imagine this, your cells are like neat parking lots. When you eat omega 3 fats, they are like little Smart Cars that park nice and neat into the parking spots that feed our body by decreasing inflammation (everything from joint pain to asthma to heart disease). BUT when we eat trans fats they are like huge SUVs that don't fit into these parking spots, but they force their way in anyway...damaging the cars around them so they can't run anymore (or help our body) AND they cause our fat cells to grow! If you eat even more trans-fats, those SUVs get mad because they can't find a parking spot, so they just drive around furiously in your body and bounce into all the cells causing free-radicals. To read more on how to decrease free-radicals, go to Supplement chapter in Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
Over time, more and more SUV are filling the parking spots which leaves no room for the Smart Cars. So new parking lots (fat cells) have to be built to make room for them. So now our body gets bigger, we have more inflammation and more health problems like asthma, arthritis, heart disease...not a good outcome!
3 avocados (or 3 cups cottage cheese)
6 TBS cocoa powder
½ cup chocolate unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
¼ cup of Just Like Sugar or Swerve
Optional: chopped pieces of ChocoPerfection Bar
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