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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Protein Pudding

Protein pudding is quite possibly the easiest healthy treat you can make.  All it takes is mixing together all natural non-fat Greek yogurt and some protein powder and BOOM!

You got yourself a basic protein pudding :)

So why Greek yogurt?  Well, according to a recent article I read on a study published by the International Journal of Obesity showed that low-fat, high-protein dairy products can accelerate abdominal fat burning.  Researchers noted both higher fat loss from the trunk region and higher lean muscle mass retention in the group that ate yogurt!

In addition, Greek yogurt has double the protein of most regular yogurts.  A typical 6-ounce serving contains 15-20 grams of protein which is comparative to 2-3 ounces of lean meat!  Also, it is a great source of calcium, which we all know helps build strong teeth and bones.  Furthermore, the probiotics found in Greek yogurt help regulate digestion and keep the bacteria in your gut healthy.

Personally, I think it is the perfect pudding base due to it's smooth and creamy consistency.  I always purchase plain Greek yogurt because the flavored varieties contain high amounts of sodium and sugar which is just not necessary when you can add your own all natural ingredients and toppings!

Here's what I made for my mid-morning snack!

Fruit & Nut Protein Pudding

- 1/2 cup All Natural Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (I used Fage)
- 1/2 scoop Protein Powder (I used VPX Sports SRO Zero Carb - Chocolate)
- 1 tbsp (10g) Fruit & Nut Trail Mix (I used Kirkland Signature)
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Splash of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (I used Blue Diamond)

- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to enjoy!

The great thing about Protein Pudding is that there is literally an endless list of ingredient options you can choose from.  Here are some of my suggestions:
- All natural nut butters
- All natural, unsalted nuts
- All natural, unsalted seeds (Chia, Flax, Hemp, Poppy, Pumpkin, Sunflower)
- Dark chocolate
- Fresh organic fruit
- PB2
- Unsweetened coconut flakes

Nutritional Information:
Serves 1
155 calories, 3g fat, 73mg sodium, 65mg potassium,
9g carbohydrates (1g fiber, 8g sugar) 23g PROTEIN

Someone pass me a bowl of protein pudding... please :)

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