So, to answer our wishes, many foods in the supermarket today have been developed to provide just that -- a quick hunger fix with ultra convenience! Plus, products are developed to cater to specific types of diets (like a low-fat or sugar-free diet).
A perfect example of this...ready-to-eat, shelf-stable pudding!
Plus, these handy little containers don’t require refrigeration (and how is THAT possible?!)…you can take them anywhere for a great, healthy snack! (Smell the sarcasm?!)
You know where this is headed, right?
Have you stopped to look at the ingredients in these “Snack Packs?” Here is an example:
Water, nonfat milk, sugar, modified corn starch, palm oil, less than 2% of cocoa (processed with alkali), salt, sodium stearoyl lactylate, natural and artificial flavors, disodium phosphate, yellow 5, yellow 6.
So, if this pudding is truly made with milk (the package says "MADE WITH REAL MILK"), why doesn’t it have to be refrigerated? Well, we may not ever fully understand this, but it's safe to say there is plenty of processing required to make this happen!
Not to mention, there are 12 g (or 3 tsp) or more of added sugar in one snack pack pudding cup! With about three spoonfuls of pudding in each container, that means over 1 teaspoon of sugar per spoonful! Would you tell your kids, "Hungry for a snack? Just have 3 teaspoons of sugar!"
Sure, these snack packs can be convenient, but at what cost? Our health? Is it really worth it?
We hate to be the bearer of bad news but, unfortunately, the "make your own" version from the box is not much better! Its ingredients include:
Sugar, Modified Cornstarch, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Sodium Phosphate, Contains Less Than 2% Of Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Salt, Artificial Color, Mono- And Diglycerides, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1.
Are you ready for the good news?
It is super easy to make your own...with REAL ingredients!
(And, it's delicious too!)
Believe it or not, you can make a homemade version with just a few simple ingredients and 5 minutes! We have taste-tested (kids included!) and put together three homemade puddings that met our criteria of simple, great-tasting, affordable and good for you! Here are the results from our taste test:
We all loved the various levels of flavor and the texture of this one - the banana, chocolate and peanut butter…rich and creamy…delicious! Plus, the cacao nibs and nuts added a nice crunch! Don't tell the kids -- we have yet to spill the beans about the avocado!
Second Place (a close second):
Banana and peanut butter - yummy, smooth and even better with sliced strawberries on top!
Whether or not you are a tofu fan, it serves as a great base for this pudding. But don’t freak out…no one will know…the banana and peanut butter flavors come shining through!
We liked the rich chocolate flavor, although some may be able to detect a small hint of the avocado…but probably not enough to even determine what it is! You can easily adjust the amount of cacao and sweetness to satisfy your taste.
More Ideas! Have you discovered chia seed pudding?
When added to homemade puddings with milk, chia seeds turn gel-like, similar to tapioca, and help create an incredibly delicious pudding! So easy to make the night before, and then you have a grab and go super satisfying snack or even breakfast!
These tiny seeds are the edible seeds of the chia plant. Chia seeds are packed with fiber, high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids -- a ton of nutrients in one tiny package! They can improve digestive health and can help reduce the risk for chronic disease and diabetes. And, because of their ability to absorb liquid and become gel-like, they can be used in puddings, baked goods, to thicken sauces, and can even be combined with water to make an egg substitute in some recipes.
And, what would a coaching tip on pudding be without a shout out to whipped cream?!
Surely we are not the only ones who love a little spoon of whipped cream on our pudding! Hopefully we have helped you master the art of homemade pudding, so don’t stop there…see our coaching tip on homemade whipped cream!
If you haven't already, give homemade pudding a try and then share your successes and flavor creations with us!
We love hearing your feedback!
"Folks, this ain't normal" quote comes from one of our favorite authors, Joel Salatin.