fitness fit health

Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding

It happens. It’s 4 PM and you’re PMSing hard. You’ve done dynamite all day, have an itch you want to scratch, but don’t want to drop a bomb down a well. It’s OK. This pudding is dairy free, high in iron, high in calcium, and can be sugar-free if you prefer that. It feels and tastes every bit like pudding while being a bit lighter than your store-bought counterpart.

  • 3 TBSP cornstarch (curious to try arrowroot powder)
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • 3 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sweetener (I used stevia)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½  tsp espresso powder

Directions: Dissolve cornstarch in water. In a large saucepan, combine all the ingredients including the cornstarch slurry and stir frequently until it begins to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and continue stirring until it begins to thicken. Let it cool for a few minutes before transferring to the fridge and letting it cool and thicken more. Split with a friend or keep it all to yourself.

The 5 Components Every SMART Goal Contains

Most people tend to set goals, but do not think about how to set up their goal in a successful manner.  The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time Based.  Setting your goals around each one of these concepts can help ensure success with a goal, but there are also other actions you can do to be sure that your goal gets achieved.

1.    Writing It Down 

Writing down a SMART goal can make the goal seem more real and tangible.  If you decide not to write down goals, it can lead you to forget them, or even lose focus towards the goal. Post the goal in a place you can see it every day so you can more easily stay on track.  

2.    Have A Purpose

The purpose of each goal you set should be clear.  For any goal to be reached, there needs to be a powerful reason behind it.  In order to gain energy and motivation to work towards your goal, look at the pros and cons of achieving it and determine how important this change could be in your life.  Once the full effects of accomplishing your goal are realized, it will be easier to motivate yourself.

3.    Rewards

When setting goals, make miniature goals that will lead up to the result. Each miniature goal you accomplish should earn you a reward that will help you build self-esteem and reassure you that you can accomplish the goal.  Good examples of goal-achievement rewards are going out to the movies or buying new shoes.

4.    Accountability

Identifying the people in your life that can help you become successful in your goals is especially helpful during the process.  Ask your friends to help and encourage you stay to on track.  For fitness goals, workout partners act as an extra layer of accountability who will meet you at the gym, encourage you on days you’d rather not go, and discouraging your next brownie binge.  If you surround yourself with people who appreciate your goal, the support can help you through the rough patches.

5.    Look It Over

Take time to look at the method you’ve decided is best to achieve your goal and be sure that the method fits your lifestyle and commitment level. Lack of motivation occurs when people are overwhelmed and overloaded; so be sure you choose a method that fits your pace for the best chances of success.

Goal-setting can be difficult because habits and behavior change is slow and gradual.  Use these tips when setting your next goal. Always stay focused and be confident in your ability to reach your targets for the best chances of success. If your goal is fitness-related – weight loss, cross-training, or improved health, Aqua Boot Camp can help you achieve that goal.


Recently came across Tay Chayy on Instagram and YouTube and she is such an inspiration in setting goals and consistently working toward them in life. If you’re looking for motivation or inspiration in your health and fitness journey, you might want to check out some of her videos and tips, because honestly, she is a great role model.