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Creamy Chocolate Protein Pudding

When it comes to childhood treats, it doesn't get much more nostalgic than chocolate pudding. And whether you got the homemade version or pre-packaged pudding cups growing up, chances are it was still full of dairy and sugar. That’s partially why you craved it so much! It’s true: the foods that are most likely to cause intolerances are also most likely to cause cravings. That’s because, when your body has a sensitivity to a food like gluten or dairy, it makes antibodies to help you process it. Then when you go without eating those foods for a while, the antibodies get desperate for something to do. They make you crave the very foods that are hurting you. The end result is that, just as your body is starting to recover, you have an uncontrollable urge to eat harmful foods that will start the cycle all over again. Long-term, that can cause symptoms such as stubborn weight gain, fatigue, headaches, skin trouble, digestive issues including gas and bloating, and mood swings. So what should you do? First, check to see if you’re eating any of the 7 foods most likely to cause food intolerances. The free cheat sheet at the end of this blog will tell you more, so don’t forget to download it... Second, find healthy swaps, so you can easily remove those harmful foods from your diet without ever looking back. That’s where recipes like this Creamy Chocolate Protein Pudding come in! Instead of loading up on inflammatory dairy and sugar, you’ll get clean protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The cacao powder also carries its own host of health benefits. (Find out more here: Top 5 Reasons to Eat Chocolate Every Day: Why Dark Chocolate is Good For You.) The end result is a no-guilt, no-cook treat that takes just a few minutes to whip together. It’s healthy enough to eat for breakfast, and decadent enough that it feels like dessert. Together, let’s start a new tradition: instead of feeding our family foods that might harm them, let’s show them we care with yummy recipes that make them feel fantastic!