Updated: Oct 2
This pudding has been elevated to "Mousse" Status. The texture is thick and creamy, it's one of my new absolute favorites and I hope you enjoy it too!
If you are a busy Mom, working in healthcare AND on your weight loss journey, you need your food to be EASY and take very little time. This is one of my favorite tricks to keep my protocol easy every single week.
This recipe makes 4 servings. More on that below.
Blend a two fresh bananas, 4 scoops of OWYN chocolate protein powder, a *big*
a scoop of creamy almond butter, and a splash of unsweetened chocolate almond milk, basically enough to let the mixture liquify. After blended, the mixture will be thick.
Set aside 4 small containers. Add a tablespoon of chia seeds to each container, and portion out the blended mixture into the 4 containers. Mix, refrigerate overnight, and enjoy!
It will be smooth and thick and super delicious.
Meal Planning Tips
If I am already making a smoothie on the weekend and I have these ingredients and my blender out anyway... I will make 4 of these ahead of time for the week. I work in the OR 3 to 4 days a week depending on the week. One of these containers plus a vegetable is the perfect lunch for the days I am in the OR. I fast every morning, so with my lunches handled, all I really have to plan every week... is dinner.
How do I avoid a big glucose and insulin spike and taking a ride on the glucose rollercoaster while eating this? Great question!
Now here is the thing.... I love smoothies, chia pudding, chia mousse.... all of the things that involve blending fruit. Remember that blending fruit strips it of it's protective fiber that helps to blunt your blood sugar response to fructose. Adding fat and protein is certainly helpful in blunting that response somewhat...
To avoid a BIG glucose spike and BIG insulin spike, and the subsequent crash that goes with it, I always eat some sort of vegetable with fat or protein BEFORE I enjoy anything like this to blunt that blood sugar response. Something like your favorite vegetable and hummus will do the trick.
If you are trying to figure out what that might look like for you, check out my podcast all about Vegetables here.
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