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Google “comfort food” and you’ll see the proof: Pudding is what we choose to comfort our hardships and celebrate our happiness. There’s just something about its creamy, sweet goodness that feeds the soul. Luckily, on Nutrisystem, you never have to do without. Yes, pudding is on the menu, and we’ve got quite a few pudding recipes you’re going to want to whip up!

Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a sweet treat, an array of delicious pudding recipes can certainly become
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some of your go-to snacks for any occasion. With its versatile nature, pudding is a classic treat that can be whipped up in minutes.

Here are 12 pudding recipes that are likely to become your favorites:

1. Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding >

To kick off our pudding recipes, we have a fruity, sweet and vibrant pudding. Cheesecake, pudding and strawberries—it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s an easy-to-make, 98-calories-per-serving, combo of fat-free cottage cheese and a smidge of low-fat cream cheese blended with fresh or frozen strawberries and vanilla extract. Done in a flash for instant comfort. The recipe, which makes two servings, counts as one PowerFuel and one Extra.

2. Mint Chocolate Chip Pudding >

You’re going to be shocked at what makes this pudding thick and healthier than any other pudding recipes you’ve ever eaten… Chickpeas! No, don’t turn up your nose! Chickpeas are often used in desserts because they have a neutral flavor that’s easily masked by other flavors and add body and a healthy dose of protein. Just add one can to a mix of ultra-sweet medjool dates, one percent milk, cocoa powder, almond butter, vanilla and mint extracts, and stevia, an all-natural sweetener derived from a plant. Blend. Add cacao nibs as a topping and enjoy! Makes four servings at 192 calories each. On Nutrisystem, this counts as one SmartCarb and one PowerFuel.

3. 3-Step Banana Pudding >

Warning: This recipe may bring back happy memories of childhood. At 149 calories per each large serving, you’ll be savoring every bite without any guilt. And it’s easy to make. Put one percent milk, one large banana, some corn starch, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and stevia into a blender and puree till smooth. Place the mixture into a pot and bring to a low simmer until thick. Chill for two hours and top with fat-free whipped cream. Mmmm. This tasty treat counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and two Extras.

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4. Chocolate Pudding “Masonable” >

At 248 calories, this dessert/snack can also serve as a flex lunch. It uses a Nutrisystem Chocolate Turboshake > as the source of its chocolate-y goodness, with chia seeds added for thickness, along with milk. Store in a mason jar with an empty fruit cup on top where you can place pomegranate seeds to add or eat separately. This recipe counts as one SmartCarb, one Power Fuel and three Extras.

5. Vanilla Chai Chia Pudding >

Yes, you read that right. Flavored with vanilla and chai spices cinnamon, ginger and cloves, this creamy, thick concoction contains chia seeds for body, mixed with nonfat Greek yogurt (even more body!) along with skim milk. At 278 calories, it also supplies an awesome 24 grams of satisfying protein. It counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Extra.

6. Peach Melba Pudding >

Pretty to look at, this diet-friendly version of an old-fashioned favorite replaces ice cream with nonfat yogurt and is filled with raspberries and peaches, the fruits most reminiscent of summer. But you don’t have to wait till summer to enjoy it. Frozen berries and canned or frozen peaches in their own juice will work, too. The recipe makes four servings at 111 calories each. Count this as one SmartCarb and one Extra on Nutrisystem.

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7. Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bread Pudding >

This spectacular dessert covers all your comfort food needs. It’s starchy, salty, sweet, chocolate-y, chewy and creamy all at once. And it all starts conveniently with one Nutrisystem Whole Grain Soft Pretzel > Defrost the pretzel and allow it to harden overnight. Then you simply tear the pretzel into bite-sized pieces and place in a ramekin, then cover with mini chocolate chips and a mixture of egg whites, almond milk, stevia and vanilla extract. Baked at 350 degrees for about half an hour, it’s sprinkled with chocolate chips and a sprinkle of salt once it’s slightly cooled. Eat warm or cold. It’s 213 calories and accounts for one Nutrisystem snack, one Power Fuel and one Extra.

8. Red, White & Blue Pudding Cup >

No need to save this recipe for the Fourth of July. Patriotism is in style any old time. The red comes from a red-colored sugar-free gelatin that you make first and refrigerate until it’s set. The blue comes from the cup of blueberries and the white from fat free nondairy whipped topping. The recipe makes four servings at only 71 calories each. It counts as two Extras.

9. Berry Easy Bread Pudding Mug Cake >

There’s nearly instant gratification with this recipe, which is cooked in a mug the microwave. All you need is whole wheat bread, egg whites unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, stevia and berries (your choice). Place the mixture in two mugs, microwave and enjoy! (Save one for later.) At 127 calories, this counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra on Nutrisystem.

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10. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Rice Pudding >

One of the chief benefits of this recipe is that it makes eight servings. One of the drawbacks is that it’s so delicious, you may need to hide it from the family! It’s a mixture of short grain brown rice, vanilla almond milk, canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, allspice and ginger), all sweetened with stevia baking blend. It’s done in three hours, but you’ll love waiting for it to finish cooking since it will fill your home with the comforting scent of Thanksgiving. When it’s done, top it with some sugar free maple syrup and pumpkin seeds. Counts this delicious recipe as one SmartCarb.

11. Mango Vanilla Chia Pudding >

This recipe starts conveniently with one Nutrisystem Vanilla TurboShake > added to milk with one cup of small mango chunks and one tablespoon of chia seeds to set it pudding-style overnight. One serving counts as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels and two Extras.

12. Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipe >

We may have saved one of our absolute BEST pudding recipes for last. The Instant Pot makes this rice pudding a cinch to make. Combine all the ingredients—brown rice, raw cranberries, skim milk, coconut milk, water, cinnamon and stevia—in the Instant Pot, set the knob to “sealing,” then turn on Porridge or Manual pressure on low for 20 minutes. Once you allow the pudding to settle, it will firm up and will be ready to eat. At 152 calories, it counts as one SmartCarb and one Extra.

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Is there anything more discouraging than stepping on the scale after a week of dieting and exercise and getting a sense of déjà vu? “Isn’t this what I weighed last week?” Or worse, “Eeek! I gained two pounds!”

Yes, it could be water weight. But there are some other, more surprising reasons you may not be losing pounds—or even ounces—despite your best efforts. Here are seven reasons you’re not losing weight and what you can do to get diet results:

1. The most obvi
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ous: You’re eating too much.

It may seem like a pain, but keeping a food diary is one of the best ways to pare off those pounds. A 2008 Kaiser Permanente Study of more than 1,700 people found that keeping track of everything you eat can double your weight loss. In a 2012 study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, women who kept a diary listing everything they ate from soup to nuts to condiments and sauces lost six pounds more than those who didn’t. If you have a smart phone, you don’t have to carry a little notebook with you. There are dozens of great weight loss food diary apps that will even count your calories for you.

2. You’re skipping meals.

Women in the Fred Hutchinson study who skipped meals lost almost eight pounds less than those who stuck to a minimum of three squares a day. The reason? The researchers speculated that skipping meals can lead to hunger and binge-eating, may alter the metabolism which makes weight loss more difficult, and could reflect a too-busy lifestyle that encourages not only meal-skipping but eating out. Most studies find that we underestimate what we’re eating when it comes to restaurant portions.

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3. You’re eating “healthy.”

Studies by Food & Brand Lab at Cornell University—the folks who study the psychological effects of food labeling and portion size—found that people tend to eat more if foods are labeled “healthy” or “organic.” That’s even when they contain the same number of calories (though may substitute sugar for fat) as the “regular” versions. The researchers found, for example, that consumers assume that cookies labeled “organic” have fewer calories and less fat than “regular” cookies. This is called the “health halo” effect, and applies to foods labeled “nonfat” and “low sugar.” Don’t be fooled. Read the nutrition label for healthier and low calorie food options.

4. You have portion distortion.

One serving of food in most restaurants today was actually two servings 20 years ago, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, which set up a website, choosemyplate.gov, to combat “portion distortion.” One serving of meat or chicken, for example, should be no more than the size of a deck of cards. So if you’re eating a whole chicken breast, you’re getting double the calories. Test your size savvy with this quick portion size quiz.

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5. You’re exercising too little.

Exercise burns calories. If you’re not doing any or very little, you’re relying entirely on the amount of calorie burn you get from simply being alive—and it might not be much—to help you lose weight. Exercising regularly—a mix of cardio and weight training—offers a big assist, though it’s not as important as cutting back on calories, according to several newer studies.

If you find your weight loss slowing or that you’re not losing weight at all, pick up the pace now and then. New studies have found that kicking up your regular activity a notch—known as “interval training”—can help reset your metabolism to burn more energy for a few hours. If you’re a walker, for example, add a little jogging for 20-30 seconds every five minutes and build up to a minute or more. You should be breathing hard during those intervals. Talk to your doctor before undertaking any new weight loss exercise program.

6. You’ve hit a plateau.

If you’ve already lost 10 pounds or so, you are suddenly a smaller person so it takes fewer calories to keep you going than it did before. You can do one of two things—cut back on your calorie intake or up your exercise a little. A good diet and exercise plan adjusts for your lowered energy needs as you lose weight. Don’t stress. While it’s discouraging, it happens to everyone and you’ll get past it as long as you stick with the plan.

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7. You’re gaining muscle.

If you’ve been working out regularly, especially if you’re weight training, you’re probably building muscle and possibly increasing bone density which can keep the scale at a standstill for a bit, and even inch it up. Don’t rely just on your scale to judge your progress. If your clothes are fitting better or your Body Mass Index is getting smaller, you’re on the right track to losing weight, no matter what the scale says.

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The Irish Coffee drink has become as classic as whiskey itself. For a traditional Irish Coffee, you need stout syrup, whisky (of course), coffee, cream, and some nutmeg to really get the perfect combination of flavor, according to Teeling Whiskey.

How to Make a Traditional Irish Coffee

In Ireland, there’s a little bit of a debate about who exactly came up with the name of the drink, but at the end of the day, it’s a staple of the whiskey family.

One story about the origins of Irish Coffee comes from a
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man named Michael Nugent, who was a mixologist at a hotel in Dublin. Nugent had a client that wanted a drink that heated him up from the cold weather outside, but that also took the edge off a bit—and thus, an Irish Coffee was born, according to the whiskey experts at Teeling.

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Now, while you can add your own flourishes to your Irish Coffee, if you want to get the real thing, stick with those classic ingredients put together by Teeling—you can’t go wrong.

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