DARK CHOCOLATE PULSE PUDDING
Pulses, which include beans, lentils and peas, can be a secret ingredient when your sweet tooth strikes. “They're chock-full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, plant protein and antioxidants, and very satisfying,” says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, author of "Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Pulses - the New Superfood." “They're perfect for thickening a pudding, and beans take on the flavor of what they're combined with, so this trick is a great way to sneak in extra nutrition.” To make her dark chocolate pulse pudding, Sass blends soaked dates, chia seeds, white beans (a type of pulse), non-Dutched cocoa powder, honey and pure vanilla extract with unsweetened coconut milk. She then chills it. “I probably eat this about once a week, sometimes chilled, sometimes frozen, like mock ice cream, and sometimes warmed up,” adds Sass.