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I just completed my HIIT workout and I am absolutely exhausted. I love these workouts because of their intensity, and they get the blood flowing and the heart pumping.
I’ve been doing HIIT for a few weeks now and I definitely have more energy and feel more toned, but truth be told, I’m famished afterwards.
I love to cool off with my favorite post-exercise treat: Chocolate Protein Pudding.
But this isn’t your average pudding, dear friends. This pudding has a few special ingredients, namely chia seeds, whey protein and, of course, my absolute favorite: Quark.
Right after exercising I prefer to have something light and this is the perfect nutritious breakfast or snack.
I love it because this protein pudding recipe only calls for a few ingredients, it’s simple to prepare, and you can eat it straight away.
A closer look at my chocolate protein pudding
This recipe begins with Quark which, if you don’t already know, is a very, very healthy cheese.
Quark is high in protein but low in calories, sodium, and fat. It’s a wonderful substitute for almost anything made with cream cheese, cottage cheese, soft cheeses in general, and Greek yogurt.
And because it’s so healthy, it instantly makes your dish healthy! Pretty exciting, don’t you think?
Anyway, this quick chocolate pudding recipe also calls for whey protein, which is one of the two proteins found in milk.
Whey contains all nine of the essential amino acids that our bodies need. Its low lactose level is also good for people who are lactose intolerant.
Besides helping with muscle and weight loss, whey protein has also shown benefits in the treatment of some cancers, asthma, and high blood pressure.
It usually comes in a powder form that you can use in shakes, but using it in this pudding recipe adds a unique twist.
This Quark pudding also calls for chia seeds.
Chia seeds come from Salvia hispanica, a desert plant of the mint family. They were a common ingredient in the Aztec diet.
They are high in omega-3 fatty acid, have 10 grams of fiber per ounce (which equals two tablespoons) and also contain minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
You can eat chia seeds raw or cooked and they make the perfect addition to everything from salads and desserts to shakes. You can use them as a topping for your cereal, oatmeal or yogurt.
Although there are no conclusive studies on humans yet, chia seeds are thought to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
So are you ready to give this healthy chocolate pudding recipe a try?
Let’s get to it then!
Chocolate Protein Pudding with Quark
- 2 1/4 cups homemade Quark (or store-bought Quark)
- 2 tbsp hot water
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder or 2 tbsp whey protein powder
- 1 tsp liquid sweetener or 1/2 tsp stevia
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Stir to mix thoroughly.
- Pour the pudding into two dessert cups.
- Resist the temptation of tasting it and immediately put them in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy!