Chocolate cravings are ubiquitous. Cravings can occur for a variety of reasons: nutritional deficiencies, emotional triggers (including stress and boredom), digestive issues and others.
But chocolate is by far the most common craving and nutritional challenge that I hear from my clients.
To some, chocolate is comforting - it releases those happy serotonin hormones. But dark chocolate and cacao is also a natural source of magnesium - a natural muscle relaxant. So sometimes we crave chocolate to ease stress and help our bodies relax. The only problem is we might reach for sugar-filled milk chocolate rather than a pure form of chocolate, that is sugar free.
Try this Cacao Chia pudding to satisfy those chocolate cravings without the added sugar.
Raw cacao nibs
Banana (or any fruit to top your pudding)
Unsweetened shredded coconut
Cinnamon to taste
1. Take a small glass, fill 1/4 with chia seeds, top with 1-2 teaspoons of cacao.
2. Pour almond milk to top of mixture, and mix chia and cacao nibs well.
3. Top with banana, berries or fruit of your choice. (For no sugar, don't add fruit).
4. Sprinkle with coconut shreds and cinnamon.
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Nikki Johnston Beaudoin is an outdoorsy Mountain Mermaid, and the Owner and Operator of Sea to Sky Paddle Fit, based on Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver.