Guilt-Free Chocolate Pudding

If dessert is your downfall, I have just the thing to indulge that after-dinner sweet tooth without the guilt.

This faux-chocolate pudding not only is low in calories, fat and sugar- it is also a perfect slow-digesting protein to eat right before bed and keep the muscles fed throughout the night.

Why is that important? If you are working out and trying to add size or strength to your muscles, you don’t ever want to be in a state of “starvation.” That’s when your body will begin to feed on your muscle mass to keep it running. Needless to say, you don’t want your body eating away at your lean muscle mass.

During sleep, we fast for as much as eight hours. If you go to bed hungry, your body will go searching for fuel while you sleep. To combat this, it is a good idea to have a small serving of a slow digesting protein with a little fat right before bed, if your last meal was more than two hours ago.

Cottage cheese is a great slow-digesting protein. You’ll want to stick to the low or no fat varieties for obvious reasons.

I whip up a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding each night before bed. It satisfies my sweet tooth perfectly.

Recipe:

1/2 cup Kroger No-fat Cottage Cheese
2 tbsp PB 2 (or one tbsp all-natural PB- will increase calories and fat per serving)
1 tbsp Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Cinnamon and Stevia to taste

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in blender, mixer or food processor until smooth and creamy.

Once it is blended, you would never be able to tell this is cottage cheese. It tastes just like chocolate pudding!

Nutrition Info: (will vary if different brands are used)

Calories: 135
Carbs: 15 g
Protein: 20 g
Fat: 3 g
Sugar: 4 g

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