Posts made in September 21st, 2011
My friend and boss Heather is one of the more…uh…discerning people I know. She doesn’t often take things at face value or accept the word of just anyone. We make a good team because this is pretty much exactly opposite of my style. I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, trust what I read and hear and be pretty naive and sheltered. She’s the realist to my optimist.
While Heather’s default reaction to new things is skepticism, she’s quick to admit when she’s come around to something new. She likes to think she’s all stubborn, but she’s actually quite the level-headed reasonable person (and yes, she’s my boss, woohoo!). It’s a really positive, humble quality she has (and I’m not just saying that because it’s her birthday). There is a laundry list of things that I mentioned to her and she initially dismissed, but now is a total convert. I’m used it by now, so it was absolutely no surprise when I told her the other day that I was making avocado chocolate pudding, her face contorted into a look of total disgust. Skeptical Heather was skeptical.
Maybe eventually I’ll convince her that it isn’t as “ewwww” as she thinks it is. But for now, I’ll let her birthday stay avocado pudding-free.
If you think about it, avocado is actually is a pretty mild flavor. It is easily overpowered with a strong flavor like chocolate. So what you are left with is a richly-chocolate, smooth and creamy pudding that is vegan, gluten-free, and free of overly-refined sugars. Babyface was even shocked by how “normal” this tasted. He said, “this tastes like regular pudding.” Yes, baby, it does. That’s kinda the point.
We topped ours with a few fresh raspberries. It was decadent and exactly what I needed to top of the craptacular day that was Monday. Plus, it is chock full of good for you fats. I <3 chocolate pudding.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Adapted from Oh She Glows
Rich, chocolatey and totally decadent, this pudding may be high-calorie, but not all calories are made the same! These calories are nutrient-dense, full of good-for-you fats and sweet-tooth satisfying.
Makes eight servings
- 3 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped
- 1/3 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 2/3 cup *real* maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional thickener)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Process until completely smooth.
- Refrigerate until cold. Top with berries, nuts or whipped cream.
Are you a skeptical person?
Wow, today definitely went better than yesterday. I woke up with a bit of a headache hangover. If you’ve ever had migraines, you know what I’m talking about. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like the muscle soreness after a hard workout. Only in your brain. Ha! That sounds silly. But it’s that, combined with general fatigue. It felt bad enough for me to stay home from work and sleep it off and rest. Which was an excellent idea, because by the time the afternoon came around. I felt totally awesome. Like night and freaking day from yesterday. Onto the eats.
- Smoothie made with strawberries, bananas, almond milk, chia seeds, flax seeds and pineapple juice
- Overnight oats topped with coconut butter and raspberries
Tried to make overnight oats without the yogurt and it didn’t turn out great. It was basically like eating oats as cold cereal. The raspberries made it delicious, though. The smoothie tasted awesome. My tummy was a little off in the morning so the smoothie was a nice way to usher in the food for the day without being too heavy.
- Black bean, corn and fire-roasted tomato salad
Pretty much an exact replica of the night before’s dinner, with 100% less headache. Still delicious.
- Rice cake with peanut butter, banana, and chia seeds
- Half a fig
You can definitely tell I was feeling better just by the fact that I was feelin’ snacky! The rice cake with peanut butter and banana was pre-workout fuel and totally rocked! I also started off the morning with a glass of lemon water.
- Tomato slices
- Avocado tuna salad
- Black bean, corn and fire-roasted tomato salad
- Sweet potato fries
- Avocado chocolate pudding with bananas
I didn’t get home until almost 8pm from my group exercise class, so dinner was made and photographed in the dark of Fall. Sorry for the heinous photos. I’m finding that having the majority of the meal in veggie form is totally fine with me, just as long as there is a little bit of fat and carb mixed in. Sure, dinner was a whole crapton of veggies tonight, but just having the sweet potato fries on the side made it feel more filling. If that makes any sense at all.
Digest: Day Two
- We are starting to make a list of grocery items we definitely need to buy this weekend to make it through this. We want to try to find some elimination-friendly cereal and Babyface wants to try his hand at vegan and gluten-free bread.
- Still missing dairy. I so badly wanted to chop up that fig and put in on top of some Greek yogurt with honey.
- Ate a lot of naturally-sweet foods today and, while I think that is fine, I don’t want to skirt around any issues I may have with sugar by eating lots of fruit. Might think about cutting back, but still not sure.
- The whole “Babyface and I are going to eat the same thing” died after only one day. He drank more green juice and I couldn’t even look at the stuff this morning.
- I felt like today’s food was really, really similar to food I’d eat on most days. If you added cheese and bacon.
- Avocado is an excellent replacement for mayo in tuna salad!
- I had enough energy to make it through an INSANE group exercise class (insane as in, I burned almost 800 calories in an hour). Which I consider a good sign!
- I didn’t really ever feel hungry at all today, but I made sure to keep eating to avoid triggering another headache.
- I think I might turn into a giant avocado by the end of this.
By the Numbers: Day Two
- 2252 calories
- 364 g. carbs
- 75 g. fat
- 84 g. protein
- 100 ounces of water
- Raspberries eaten: about 1000
- Minutes spent reading various ingredient labels: at least 30
- Number of Nickelback dance mixes played during my group ex class: 3
- Times I wanted an egg and bacon sandwich: Once, after my 800 calories burned
What’s the craziest group exercise class you’ve ever taken?
This crazy woman had us sprinting in circles around the room for a full song. And then her “recovery” song was doing Burpees, pushups and jump squats. CRAY. CRAY. But in kinda an awesome way. I may go back on a weekly basis. It’s nice to get your ass handed to you every now and again.