Irene

How To Have Healthy, Yummy “Ice Cream”

In food, nutrition, vegan, weight, wellness on February 28, 2012 at 3:44 am

Yeah, I admit it.  I’m love ice cream; in fact, I’ve been known to eat it even in the dead of winter when most people crave warm things like soup.

I hate all the sugar, fat, calories and dairy, though.  But last week I had such a great treat my taste buds are still dancing!   

It’s really simple, because there’s only one ingredient:  Blended, frozen bananas.  When blended, the bananas have a smooth and creamy texture, and they taste just like ice cream–but without sugar, fat, calories, and dairy.  It’s also usually vegan, unless you add a non-vegan item.

For different flavors, use the bananas as a base and add things like berries, peanut butter, pecans–whatever you crave.  You can also turn it into an ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce and whipped cream; of course, it becomes less healthy and more calorie-laden.  On the other hand, though, you aren’t getting all the “gunk” of regular ice cream.

Since it’s only one ingredient, there really isn’t a formal recipe.  Just cut up frozen bananas and blend them in a food processor, vitamix or powerful blender.

Oh–and forget about waste–because those overripe, blackened bananas are perfect.

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Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP, is a nutrition/wellness coach who helps people instantly double their energy so they avoid that mid-morning or afternoon slump, get more done in less time and balance their lives.  She is author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways To Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life.  Her website is:  www.eating4achieving.com.

She also writes a popular pet wellness blog:  www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com.

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