The ingredient challenge for Black Iron Nutrition this week was black beans so I decided to work on my baking skills. I’ve never been the best at baking with protein powder, and I gave up for some time because it gets quite expensive if you have to continually throw away batches and batches of food. But I decided it was time to experiment again.
We had an ‘ingredient challenge of the week’ this week at Black Iron Nutrition, and the ingredient was corn tortillas. I wanted to get as creative as possible, it is a challenge and I’m competitive, but I also wanted to keep it simple enough that you would actually want to make these when you have a craving for something sweet. They’re healthy and BOMB, so I think I hit the nail on the head with this one.
For some reason I've developed an addiction to rice pudding. I don't know how it happened, but I just LOVE this stuff so much. It's become on of my favorite post lunch/post workout treats. And since it's just rice, sugar and milk, it's not a bad post workout treat either. A good amount of simple carbs and some protein. I did try to cut down on the sugar by subbing in some stevia and it turned out perfect!
Chia seeds are loaded with protein, fiber and omega-3s. They're also high in a variety of antioxidants, vitamins and mineral, making them a great addition to your diet. Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite ways to consume them. There are so many options and recipes you can create with them. I like to mix them up and put them in the fridge overnight for a healthy breakfast. The fiber and protein are a great way to kickstart your day. But they also make a delicious and healthy dessert if you get a sweet tooth in the afternoon or evening.
Volume, volume, volume. I’m always talking about this with my clients. If you’ve ever eaten at a caloric deficit you know the importance of vegetables. You can put a lot on your plate for minimal calories. They’re filling, full of fiber, and take our bodies longer to digest, keeping us satisfied longer. But I’ve also learned through my time as a nutrition coach that some people just don’t like veggies. So I’m on a quest to make them taste good and to create more recipes using them in clever ways. I’m like your mom sneaking vegetables into your dinner without you even realizing that you’re eating them. This recipe is basically a pumped up mashed potato (think double the amount of food for practically the same amount of carbs). Of course if you need a super low carb side dish you could double the cauliflower and skip the potatoes, but this recipe will rock your world as is.