Save 139 calories per serving by making this healthy banana pudding recipe with skim milk. It’s low in sugar, high in flavor, low in calories, and low in fat. Perfect to enjoy on a low calorie diet.Jump to Recipe
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One reason I can never do a keto diet is bananas! I love bananas. I have one almost every day with my eggs.
One of the biggest complaints I actually get on my meal plans is that I include bananas in my Low-carb menus. I need to emphasize that a low carb meal plan doesn’t mean NO carb! For that, I’d call it a Keto diet. But, instead, I eat high fiber carbs, and I’ve been able to lose weight quite effectively KEEPING bananas in.
Which is why I love this banana pudding recipe!
When making pudding using a sugar free pudding mix, you generally use 2% or whole milk to make it thick and creamy. However, what happens when you try to make pudding (blended with bananas) and skim milk. For the longest time I couldn’t get my sugar free pudding with skim milk to thicken up enough.
That’s when I started reducing the liquid to encourage the thickening.
So, now, my go-to sugar free pudding recipe for bananas includes HALF the amount of milk that classic, full fat, full sugar pudding uses.
Using this simple method of cutting the skim milk in the recipe by half, results in a thick and creamy, delicious pudding, with fewer calories that the classic version.
The classic banana pudding (made with a banana, 2% milk and regular pudding mix is 187 calories per serving. The version with skim milk and sugar free pudding mix is only 48 calories per serving~ A savings of 139 calories!
Why you should keep bananas in your low calorie diet:
Bananas are often misunderstood when it comes to weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, bananas can play a key role in your journey to shed those extra pounds. I have 6 reasons why bananas are a weight-loss superfood, making them a perfect and delicious addition to your guilt-free banana pudding.
1. Nutrient-Rich Powerhouse:
Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They are particularly rich in potassium, which aids in regulating fluid balance, supporting muscle function, and maintaining a healthy heart. These nutrients are crucial for overall well-being, ensuring you stay energized and focused during your weight-loss journey. (Add bananas to your protein shakes too!)
2. Satisfying Natural Sweetness:
One of the challenges during weight loss is curbing sweet cravings. Bananas come to the rescue with their natural sweetness. Including bananas in your diet can satisfy your sweet tooth without the need for added sugars, helping you stay on track with your calorie goals while still enjoying a delightful treat like banana pudding.
3. High in Dietary Fiber:
Bananas are an excellent source of dietary fiber, including both soluble and insoluble fibers. Fiber promotes a feeling of fullness, reducing overall calorie intake by curbing excessive snacking. This satiating effect can be particularly beneficial for those striving to lose weight, as it helps control appetite and prevents overeating.
4. Boosts Metabolism:
The vitamin B6 found in bananas plays a crucial role in the metabolism of macronutrients, such as proteins and carbohydrates. A well-functioning metabolism is essential for effective weight loss, and including bananas in your diet can contribute to this process.
5. Provides Sustainable Energy:
Bananas are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which release energy slowly. This results in a sustained and steady release of energy, keeping you feeling full and energized throughout the day. This sustainable energy is particularly beneficial for maintaining an active lifestyle, essential for weight loss and overall health.
6. Versatility in Healthy Recipes:
Bananas are incredibly versatile and can be incorporated into a variety of healthy recipes. In the context of our discussion, using bananas as a primary ingredient in banana pudding not only enhances the flavor but also adds a creamy texture without the need for excessive fats or sugars.
Next time you’re craving a spoonful of banana pudding, know that you’re not just indulging in a delicious treat—you’re also nourishing your body with a healthy fruit. Bananas promote satiety and satisfying sweet cravings to providing essential nutrients that support your overall well-being. Embrace the natural goodness of bananas, and let them be your ally on your journey towards a healthier, happier, and trimmer you.
Healthy Banana Pudding
- 1 medium banana
- 1 package sugar free banana pudding mix (4 serving size)
- 1 cup skim milk
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender, until banana is smooth.
- Chill in fridge until pudding gets thick and ready to eat.
- Top with extra sliced banana, cool whip, or nilla wafers
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