Rodelle peaks at the end of each year, thanks to the holiday baking that goes on from Thanksgiving to the end of the year. We love being the center of so many sweet treats! But, when the New Year rolls around, we’ve found a couple of ways to keep your favorite vanilla and cocoa powder handy – without adding on any pounds or breaking any new diets.

A couple good things to know about vanilla extract:

  • Vanilla has been proven to curb the appetite in a study at St. George’s Hospital in London. The scent of vanilla can help reduce food cravings for most people – we’ll take it!
  • Vanilla is a flavor enhancer. Typically, it enhances the flavors of your sweet treats, but it can also take your healthy, savory, or spirit recipe to the next level.

So, this New Year’s, try one of our new, healthy recipes. Keep the Rodelle handy, we’ll have more on the way!

Power-packed green smoothie: Chocolate and peanut butter flavors are enhanced with a little vanilla extract and the spinach is a subtle sweet flavor that you barely notice. Plus, you get 2 servings of veggies and one fruit crossed off your list at breakfast!

Healthy chocolate pudding: We surveyed our friends on Facebook on whether they wanted a smoothie OR a pudding recipe, and the answer was overwhelmingly, PUDDING! This one has an active time of 5 minutes and a chill time of three hours – and our taste-testers never guessed the secret ingredient: avocado. Avocado and chocolate powder combine in this rich-tasting pudding to give you an indulgent flavor, but is light on the carbs and sweetener.

Want more? Check out our 30 Days / 30 Ways board on Pinterest for 30 healthy recipes!