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As the varieties of high-fat diets and intermittent fasting continue to grow in popularity, one of the questions that’s undoubtedly on every adopter’s mind is: do I have to ditch dessert altogether? Luckily, no! Turns out, you can have your cake and eat it, too! No, seriously. Sugar-free desserts that are also high in quality and nutrition, while actually tasting great are still totally possible with the right ingredients. It’s just a matter of being selective in what you purchase and what you put in your body. 

Achieving whole-body health is all about balance. If you still want the taste and nostalgia of preparing sweet treats that satisfy and comfort, but don’t want to offset the hard work you’ve put in to maintain overall health through daily exercise or a plant-based diet, you definitely have options. 

One of my favorite ways to incorporate healthy fats and a rich chocolate taste into my smoothies and treats without the added sugar or carbohydrates that most chocolate protein powders or cocoa powders contain is by using Navitas Organics Keto Cacao Powder. It has only 100 calories, eight grams of fat and two grams of net carbs per serving. It contains five times more plant-based fat than traditional cocoa and is completely free of sugar, additives and preservatives. As you all know, I’m not a huge eater of sweets, but when I do get a chocolate craving, I make this easy pudding recipe from my book, The Cruise Control Diet, but I swap in Navitas’ Keto Cacao Powder to benefit from its various nutrients:

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 oz full-fat triple cream yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa (or swap in Navitas Organics Keto Cacao Powder)
  • 1/4 cup Cruise Control friendly sweetener 
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

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