Healthy Chocolate Pudding

I wrote my final nutrition exam in December and recently found out that I passed! I received my diploma, and am finally a Registered Holistic Nutritionist! The last two years have been a long road, but I’ve loved learning about nutrition, building on my knowledge and forming my own unique opinion and approach.

I originally started a blog in order to share what I was learning with my family and friends. Now that my course is over what am I going to write about?

I find one of the amazing things about nutrition is that I’m never done learning. There are always articles to read, questions to answer and research to be done; new studies will come out about the latest superfood, fad diets will come and go, and Dr. Oz will make outrageous claims for a new supplement that will allow you to magically lose weight just by taking it. There are always new recipes, products and ingredients to try, health tips, travel experiences and photos to share.

I’m looking forward to this next phase where I can apply the knowledge that I’ve learned to help others live a healthy lifestyle, and continue to share my recipes, and thoughts on healthy living and nutrition.

Speaking of recipes; in search of a good study-break snack I decided to experiment with avocado, cocoa powder and dates, and the outcome was delicious – a healthy chocolate pudding recipe that’s perfect to make if you have a ripe avocado hanging around. Yes, chocolate and avocado do mix.

This pudding is healthy because it’s made with healthy fats from the coconut oil and avocado. Healthy fats are important to include in your diet for the health of your brain, nervous system, skin and hair; they also promote good HDL cholesterol levels. Enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup pitted dates
4 tbsp real maple syrup
4 tbsp water
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt

Blend everything together in a food processor until smooth and creamy.

Top with nuts or berries, and serve immediately.

You can refrigerate, and store for a couple days, but the avocado flavor becomes more pronounced.

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