I often asked,"what should I eat before or after a workout. Actually I get asked,"what should I eat?" Well, not a twinkie, Entenmann's anything or ice cream sundae. Duh.

But for real, depending on your workout will of course depend on what to eat. In general, recreational workouts (i.e. a 30 minute cardio workout, jog, 1 hour walk, yoga class, pilates class, water aerobics, hula hoop dance off-well that one might require more food) does not allow one to consume 5000 calories like an olympic athlete, however, a healthy of blend real foods will do the trick.

So, I love to enjoy this pudding - pre or post workout sesh.

Now  listen, I know it kinda resembles poop (as one of my friends so eagerly shared with me)...but some foods aren't pretty until you make them pretty. Brown rice definitely isn't pretty and frankly cucumbers aren't pretty either, just sayin. It's awesome, trust me. 

"Avocado don't really need an intro, cause frankly, they sell themselves."

Like, we got it, they've "so hot right now." Smear it in your hair, (no seriously), eat it, smear it on your face, bathe in it (you know you'd do this). It's awesome. Nuff said.

Here Are Some Cool Avocado Tidbits Around The Web, Thought I'd Share (Sharing Is Caring).

1. How To Grow an Avocado (totes experimenting with this one!)

2. Beauty Remedies Using Avocado (hair mask!)

3. How To Choose An Avocado (there's also a finger test, press on the avocado, if your finger makes a bit of a dent "it's ripe" if your finger won't even budge the fruit, it's NOT. ;)

4. How To Store, ripen and freeze the avocado (freeze them, make your smoothies out of this world!)

5. Deliciously unexpected avocado recipes



What exactly is  a nib you ask? They're these raw roasted crunchy little delights, actually pea-sized (or smaller) chunks of husked cocoa beans free of any odd ingredients. It's just pure chocolate bitterness. Chocolate that hasn't been processed and has 70% cacao or more is the best bet. Dr. weil said 1 ounce a day will keep your lipids at bay .  Lipids are circulating fats in your blood in case you were wondering, you obviously don't want these to be high. Dark chocolate might keep your cholesterol (the bad stuff) in check, but this doesn't mean go eat a pound of chocolate. (I know some of you just got excited). Moderation in moderation. Remember? 

What the heck do I do with  a nib? Use them to top things with, roll a banana up in almond butter then roll that banana boat up into nibs and you have a crunchy, creamy delight of a snack. Top yogurt with them, oatmeal, smoothies, add to trail mixes or just eat on them out of your hand (though I just did that...they really have that bitterness factor going for them....hmmm).


Chocolate itself is a diuretic, and a stimulant (quoted from : Rebecca Wood "The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia). It gives energy and is an aphrodisiac. It's flavonoids help reduce free radicals (free radicals as in artery-clogging buggers that create plaque and high blood pressure).

Ayurvedically speaking: It's Vata pacifying (win for me!).

Storage: Cool, dry place.





By: Jennifer Vagios (the sloppy chef holding plank pose in this yogic kitchen).

Serves: 1 (but you can make the parfait and then have  at least 2 servings)

Time: 10 mins (if you eat immediately, otherwise refrigerate if you want it chilly for 20 minutes)


Food processor or blender/nutribullet (love my flippin nutribullet)


  • 1 avocado (de-pitted and scooped out- avoid licking the spoon, or not)
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 Tablespoon sweetener or more (honey, maple syrup, rice syrup)
  • 2 Medjool Dates (pre-soaked, de-pitted)
  • 1 banana diced
  • 1 Cup greek style yogurt (loving Smari)
  • 1/4 Cup almond milk (to start depending on desired consistency, also, add more if you've jammed up your nutribullet or blender and it's arguing with you - oops!). 
  • Cacao Niba (optional) - I like blending them for the crunch factor, but also add these bad boys as a topping to make the pudding look less like poop. (sorry, potty humor I cannot help)
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted coconut flakes (optional)




Method (minor surgery)...

First, place all ingredients in whatever you're going to pulverize it with. Blend. If your electronic gadget stops whizzing/whirling ingredients, open it up and check consistency, pudding  should be thick. I added a bit more almond milk then gave it another few pulses to ensure creaminess.

Now, serve as is and top with good stuff (not the cookies, caramel sauce and captain crunch you find at frozen yogurt stores, top with cocao nibs, fresh fruit, nuts, chia seeds. (option to chill first, but who can wait?)

Make it more awesome: (I know, you didn't think it was possible)

Make a parfait.

Simply layer the avocado poop (I mean pudding) with icelandic or other style yogurt (try to avoid sugary ones with added fruits on bottom or other crap you can't pronounce) Plain, no flavor yogurt folks. Then layer with fresh fruit, I just happened to have bananas. Another layer of granola or nuts would be nice here (papitas?). Toasted coconut?


So there you have it, a protein, healthy fat, healthy carb (via bananas if you decide) snack, mini meal, brekkie, whatever for before or after a workout. 

NOTE: you can make the pudding as chocolat-ey as you want. Add melted morsels (dark chocolate or vegan chips) and cacao powder. Try different milks (i.e. coconut milk).