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TMJ Diet: 2-Minute Chocolate Banana Pudding

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TMJ Diet: 2-Minute Chocolate Banana Pudding

Soft foods are essential when experiencing jaw pain from night-time teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Jaw problems from TMJ disorder and bruxism can affect our ability to chew. Chronic or long term TMJ pain can interfere with your appetite and cause fatigue. That’s why it’s important to choose healthy foods that fit into a soft food diet and provide the nutrients that your body needs.

The banana is America’s favorite fruit and it’s a staple of a soft food diet. Bananas are high in potassium and dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble fibers. They also contain magnesium and vitamins C and B6.

 

  • Potassium (mineral) is needed for your muscles to work and also helps to lower blood pressure and is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. One medium banana has about 12% of the Daily Value (DV) for potassium.
  • Soluble fiber (fiber) is known to help with blood sugar control and lowers cholesterol. One medium banana has about 3 grams of dietary fiber.
  • Magnesium (mineral) has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help prevent high blood pressure. One large banana contains about 37 mg of magnesium, or 9% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI).
  • Vitamin C (water soluble vitamin) is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It's involved in the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. One medium banana has about 17% of the Daily Value (DV) for vitamin C.
  • Vitamin B6 (water soluble vitamin) plays a role in strengthening the nervous system and immune system. One medium-sized bananaprovides up to 33 percent of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin B6.

What is one to do with bananas that have ripened too quickly? Make this delicious and healthy pudding with four simple ingredients! All you need is a small bowl, a spoon and a strong stirring motion to prepare it under 2-minutes. Let’s get going!

This no-cook, guilt-free sweet treat is incredibly healthy! It’s full of antioxidants from the cocoa powder. That’s if you use natural cocoa powder that has not been alkalized. Evidence from the literature indicates that natural cocoas are high in flavanols, but when the cocoa is processed with alkali, also known as Dutch processing or Dutching, the flavanols are substantially reduced.  

Each of the ingredients contribute to the high fiber content, essential for gut health and beneficial for cholesterol and blood sugar control.

The nut butters are a sustainable source of healthy fats and plant-based protein. Enjoy!

TMJ Recipe: 2-Minute Chocolate Banana Pudding

Ingredients:

Choose organic ingredients when available

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 2 teaspoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder

Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir rapidly to combine into a pudding texture. Let it rest for a few minutes and devour.

 

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 1

Amount per serving

 

Calories 205

205

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8.7g

11%

Saturated Fat 1.7g

8%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 9mg

0%

Total Carbohydrate 31g

11%

Dietary Fiber 4.8g

17%

Total Sugars 15.2g

 

Protein 5.8g

 

Vitamin D 0mcg

0%

Calcium 29mg

2%

Iron 2mg

13%

Potassium 488mg

10%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food 
serving contributes to a daily diet of .2,000 calorie a day

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