I hate getting a cold in the springtime. Just when I think I’m out of the woods for a wintertime cold, I wake up on a lovely May day and my throat is on fire. Then I can’t stop coughing. And the only thing I want to eat are cold, throat-soothing foods that are also easy to prepare. That’s why last night I whipped up this Vanilla-Banana Chia Pudding, which happens to be 21 Day Sugar Detox-compliant! Chia seeds are awesome because they soak up whatever liquid you put them in so it creates a gel-like consistency, without worrying about heating the mixture or adding a starch-based thickener. Simple!
I had been talking on Instagram about “no sugar added May” which would ultimately transition into a 21 Day Sugar Detox on May 9th. With an unexpected work trip, that plan went out the window. Even if you eat carefully while out, if you are eating out, you most likely are having sugar since it makes food so palatable. I was most of the time, but often had to chose the best worst option, especially since restaurants in Paso Robles close so early and you’re left with fast food salads.
Anyway, despite feeling under the weather I started my detox yesterday (the 15th). Since it’s the type of detox where you eat real food and don’t restrict the volume, I think it would actually do my body good to eat this way!
Short re-cap of the 21 Day Sugar Detox: the program was developed by Diane Sanfilippo and it’s an eating program that focuses on real food. You get to eat filling meals, all while cutting the foods that make you crave sugar, from processed foods to most fruit. For me, I started a habit of having a palmful of chocolate chips at night since about March, and I craved them, along with other sweets, really badly. I felt like I had to kick the sugar monster to the curb so I started the program!
I have been a big fan of Diane’s 21 Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, which has some of my most favorite Paleo recipes. I also just ordered her original 21 Day Sugar Detox book, and already found a couple recipes that will be weeknight staples for me!
The only fruit you are allowed on the program are green apples, green-tipped bananas, and grapefruit, and you’re limited to one a day. This recipe uses green-tipped bananas, which are plenty sweet to me, but you could also use ripe bananas and add honey or pure maple syrup to suit your tastes. This can be served as a breakfast or dessert!
Vanilla-Banana Chia Pudding (21 Day Sugar Detox-Compliant)
1 cup canned coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
4 green-tipped bananas, divided
1 vanilla pods, split in half and scraped of seeds (can also use 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract)
Pinch of sea salt
4 tbsp chia seeds
8 tbsp chopped pecans
Chia seeds, for garnish (optional)
1. Add coconut and almond milk, 2 of the bananas, cut into chunks, vanilla, and salt to a blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender and a bowl. Stir in chia seeds. Pour into a sealed container to sit overnight.
2. Divide set pudding amongst 4 serving bowls. Add half of a sliced banana, 2 tbsp pecans, and a pinch of chia seeds on top as garnish.
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