Anti-Aging Pudding. Yeah sure, you betcha chocolate banana pudding!
What if I told you there was an incredibly tasty, anti-aging & anti-wrinkle, healthy chocolate pudding that is dairy-free, healthy, gluten-free did I mention healthy??? Who is like me and has a sweet tooth even though we know it’s not good for us? (I have both my hands up!). I blame it on genetics, inheriting mine from my dad and grandma!
Sugar And How It Ages The Body
We all know processed sugar is not good for us but did you know it can contribute to accelerated aging and wrinkles? YES, wrinkles! Eating a lot of high-sugar foods such donuts, candy bars, ice cream, etc. creates a toxic cocktail inside your body contributing to accelerated aging. As someone who probably has less decades left on this life on earth than she’s been on it, I’m all about finding ways to slow down the aging process and even reverse the effects of some of the not-so-healthy choices I made in my younger days.
Anti-Aging Through The Foods
As Hippocrates so simply said, “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”, we can add “Let Food Be Thy ANTI-AGING Medicine”. If we looked at the foods we put INTO our body as passionately as we put on our body in lotions and potions for anti-aging, not only would we look better, we’d FEEL better too. I mean, who doesn’t want to FEEL 20 years younger than society tells us we should feel. (Picture me with both hands up, jumping up and down!). It has only been eight years when I adopted a healthy lifestyle of eating whole foods most of the time, a fitness program along with changing my mindset, but I feel decades younger now than I did back then!
Telomeres, A Biological Clock
In the last couple of decades, science has made huge strides in anti-aging studies and finding our biological clock, telomeres. What is a telomere? Simply put (I am not a scientist) they are the like little nubbins on the end of our chromosomes, kinda like the end of a shoelace. When our cells divide, these little nubbins don’t replicate, instead they get shorter and shorter as we age. Telomeres are going to shorten naturally, but an unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, not exercising and eating unhealthy foods (including too much sugar) can accelerate the shortening. As the telomeres get shorter and shorter, we show signs of aging: less muscle and bone density, wrinkles and memory loss. There are some supplements to support our telomeres, remember a supplement is SUPPLEMENTING an already anti-aging diet. Where am I going with this? The more we can find ways to remove unhealthy, processed and sugar-laden foods, the slower we age and the less wrinkles we have! (Win win!).
A Winning Anti-Aging, Anti-Wrinkle Recipe
I know I know…you’re thinking “would you just get on to the recipe”? I’m almost there, lol. I’ve always been one of those people who always ask “why?” so I wanted to give you a reason or two to stop and try to find a healthier option for an unhealthy food. If you are on Pinterest, follow my Clean Eating and Clean Treats Boards for an easy way to find some healthy deliciousness. Are you ready for the recipe yet? Alright here we go…super simple (just like I like it) and easy!
8 oz. chilled, unsweetened nut milk (I am loving the Silk coconut and almond milk combo)
2 scoops chocolate plant protein (click here for my fave).
1 chilled*, medium banana, broken into pieces.
Place the ingredients in a Magic Bullet or blender in the order above. Blend until creamy with no chunks.
*I keep a couple bananas in the fridge all the time. The skin will turn brown, but the fruit stays fine! I like to have this for breakfast and also use for those times when I am jonesing for something sweet at night.
There you have it! Super simple and so good for you! If you are looking for a way to get started on a healthy food plan but don’t know where to start, get my FREE Meal Guide sent to your inbox! Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest too! I have a Clean Eating board and (even better for those of us who have a sweet tooth) a Clean Treats board!
Do you have a favorite healthy alternative to a sweet treat? Please share in the comments below.
(This article was originally published on the fantastic Sixty and Me website. Check them out for more anti-aging and other articles for those of us who’ve ridden around the sun a few times).