A couple weeks ago, we talked about the importance of cheat meals (or as I like to call them "treat meals") in achieving your fat loss goals. Today I want to share a recipe that is definitely a treat…but won't throw you completely off your game health-wise either.
This is perfect for when a chocolate craving hits while in the midst of a health kick. When you're feeling awesome in your body, seeing progress in your aesthetics, sensing your overall power over transforming your life, the last thing you want to do is eat food that will pollute your progress. While you may not be ready to indulge in a full-blown treat that derails the powerful trend you are riding high on, your body and soul are sending you signals that you need a little something extra than your normal healthy eats for the day.
Resisting these cravings entirely would be needless self-torture. Besides, sometimes your cravings are more than just emotional desires to indulge. Sometimes they actually indicate that you are low on certain nutrients that your body needs in order to be vibrant. Listening to and adjusting your diet to those signals can actually help your body function more efficiently, bringing you closer to your goals. So, it can be helpful to have a few healthy treat recipes on hand that you can whip up in circumstances like this.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m not a big fan of fake desserts that use sugar substitutes and other “healthy” manufactured ingredients for low calorie purposes. I’m a believer in the philosophy that when you indulge…you should indulge in real food. The fake stuff just leaves you unsatisfied and forever wanting more because you never give yourself what you really want. Not to mention that many of those “healthy” desserts you buy in stores are packed with chemicals and other weird ingredients your body really wasn’t designed to digest.
This recipe is different. While it can totally pass for a healthy dessert, it is made from REAL FOOD. And, bonus - it's super decadent. Not only will this rich dish satisfy your sweet tooth, but it will actually nourish your body with its superfood ingredients:
AVOCADO: Besides being packed with all kinds of micronutrients & antioxidants (folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, zinc, & more!), avocados are a great source of healthy fats that can provide a ton of energy for your dancing. Instead of crashing from a sugar high like you normally would from most desserts, this works like rocket fuel to keep you on your game longer and stronger. Plus, the nutrient density of avocados packs a lot of power in a small amount of volume, meaning you get a lot of nourishment without the bloat.
RAW CACAO POWDER: Contains tons of polyphenols and flavanols that help with circulation and blood pressure, anti-inflammatory effects, brain health, mood & depression, & stress. Try to buy organic when possible from quality sources that don't destroy these compounds through processing.
COLLAGEN: This is an optional ingredient, but I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to get some super nourishment into your body! This is the collagen powder I use and trust as a reputable source of quality. Besides being beneficial for skin smoothness, elasticity, and nail growth, it can help boost collagen production in your own body to aid in the repair of your joints and connective tissue. (Very useful for you considering the damage you likely inflict on your body from the rough nature of your dancing;)
Make no mistake, this is still a dessert since it contains sugar from the maple syrup. So, you might not want to eat it all day long seven days a week. This pudding is so rich; I doubt you would be able to do that anyway! But for those moments when you need a lil' somethin somethin extra to get you through, this is a solid option!
As you indulge, you can feel good about the superfood ingredients nourishing your body, providing vitality & power for your dancing. And the best part of all...it tastes delicious! It’s dense, rich, creamy, chocolaty, and satisfying…what could be better?! ENJOY!
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (more or less to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- optional: 1-2 tsp collagen powder
- optional: 2-4 tbsp cream or nut milk (if you like a thinner consistency – I didn’t add any)
Toss all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Store leftovers covered tightly in the fridge. Simple as that!
Sometimes you need the pan of brownies and nothing else is going to cut it. But for those times when you're digging how good you feel in your body and don't want to break from the healthy, vibrant kick you are on, try this nutrient dense, power-packed "dessert" to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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