Monday, February 9, 2009

Pudding for Dinner

First goal of the week, attending the Muay Thai Concepts class, complete. The class involves a lot more partner work than Aiki's other "Muay Thai" classes. There is some light sparring, which was refreshing. It left me wanting more, even though it was an hour long I hardly worked up a sweat.
I got home around 8:15pm and planned on maybe having a smoothie for dinner. I looked around the kitchen, I had an avocado and a pear that needed to be used ASAP, bananas that are browning and I just bought some brown rice protein. I decided on making pudding, and if I had to give it a name, I'd call it "Power Pudding". Blend 1 avocado, 1 banana, a cup or so of soy milk (I use Silk No Sugar Added) and a 50cc scoop of chocolate brown rice protein (I use NutriBiotic). I chopped up some strawberries and a pear to mix in, and sweeten the flavor.
I've used a similar recipe for a raw pudding pie, but I usually add baking chocolate. This pudding is inspired by raw recipes I've seen before, and conceptually it follows Brenden Brazier's 'Thrive Diet'. The proper title of the book is 'Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life'. I read it last year upon reading vegan UFC fighter Mac Danzig's recommendation. Brazier, a vegan triathlete, has some very interesting views on nutrition, and his book is well-researched and really interesting. I don't follow the diet strictly (Brazier does not push his "diet" as a strict regimen) but I do try to incorporate as much of it as I can into my diet.
Most of the book focuses on eating power foods, foods which are highly nutritional. Brazier breaks down many power foods and lists their benefits as well as their disadvantages. I highly recommend reading Brazier's book. Even if you're not interested in following his diet plan, it gives the reader an introduction to new foods which are high in nutrition, and how to cook/prepare them.

2 comments:

evildanny February 16, 2009 at 9:51 AM  

Interesting concept. It certainly sounds tasty and satisfying, but you never wrote how it was! I'm curious to find out. You may be able to market the stuff :)

hstryk February 16, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

It's a lot tastier with baking chocolate added in, but that adds even more fat, so it's not exactly like chocolate pudding. It really needs to be eaten with fruit or maybe granola to add something to it. Don't think anything made from avocado is really marketable. It goes bad too fast and needs preservatives or something, like how pre-made guacamole has a weird taste to it.