Because I have been away from home for quite awhile, my fridge has been looking rather empty and sad (I’m definitely going to have to go grocery shopping this weekend)! Because I haven’t had time to go grocery shopping since I’ve been back, when I came home last night, all that I found in there was 2 large plastic baggies of raw almonds and pecans that my mom brought me last time she came to visit. I decided that I wasn’t too much in the mood to run to the store to buy dinner ingredients so I improvised and ate a nutrtion-packed pudding for supper! Similar to that of my Cashew Nut Pudding, this dish could be eaten as a pre-workout snack (the nuts and dates will give you tons of energy), as a breakfast treat, or as an after-supper dessert. Although this dish is all-natural and quite nutritious, if you are calorie-conscious, this may not be the dish you want to indulge on because nuts are indeed high in natural fat. Nuts, however, have been proven to aid in weight loss. Take a look at this excerpt from Steve Mark.
Studies conducted have shown that eating small amounts of nuts help people lose weight. One psychological benefit found was that people who ate nuts didn’t feel like they were on a diet which helped them stay on it longer. One ounce of nuts contains between 150 and 200 calories, most of which comes from healthy monounsaturated fat. Most of the time nuts are consumed by themselves which can be a problem when it comes to calorie control. Nuts should not be eaten mindlessly, but should be eaten in controlled portions. Another good way to control intake is by eating nuts from the shell because you will end up eating less when you consider the time it takes to open them. Your goal with eating nuts should be to replace other high fat foods such as chips, cookies and doughnuts. One satisfying substitute is peanut butter(made only from peanuts or peanuts and salt) on a celery stick.
And WHY is my indoor tree not growing? My best friend, Keyan, bought her and I both these indoor plants and hers has been growing at a freakishly rapid pace…
Crazy for Nuts Pudding
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 3/4 cup 0% fat Greek Yogurt
- 3 organic Medjool Dates (pitted)
- 1/4 shredded organic coconut
- 1/2 tbsp agave syrup
- Pinch of carob powder (to garnish)
- In a blender, blend Greek yogurt, raw nuts, medjool dates, agave, and shredded coconut until a smooth, creamy consistency is reached.
- Empty blender contents into an airtight container and fridge overnight (or at least an hour).
- In the morning, serve the pudding, sprinkled with carob/cacao powder. *If the pudding is too thick for your liking, add a splash of non-dairy milk and stir.