For Your Healthy Eating Bucket List

It’s hot weather days!  An ice cream cone sounds like just the thing right about now, doesn’t it?  What if you were to run to the store and get the best bargain bucket of ice cream to indulge in and help you beat this heat?  Quite possibly, in addition to milk or cream and sugar, here is what you might find in your commercial ice cream product: calcium sulfate, polysorbate 80, magnesium hydroxide, xanthan gum, corn syrup solids, potassium sorbate, mono-and diglycerides, guar gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, and artificial flavors. These extra ingredients are added for shelf life, consistency, looks, etc., but unfortunately, they have no nutritional value, are a burden to your digestive system, and some may even be toxic. Statistics indicate we North Americans consume an average of 22 lbs of ice cream or frozen desserts per person each year.  For many, this will create a significant strain on their health. It’s always a good idea to read your labels, pay a little extra and buy the frozen dessert product with a short list of ingredients, preferably whole food. If you are intolerant to milk and other dairy products or find that dairy and refined sugar products are inflammatory, why not choose or make frozen desserts that do not contain these offenders? Here are a couple of ideas for super-easy, home made, healthy, dairy-free ice cream-like desserts. Avocado ‘Ice Cream’ Dessert: 3 avocados, ½ cup of honey, ¼ cup of lemon or lime juice. Blend, freeze and Enjoy! Chocolate ‘Ice Cream’ Dessert: 1 tsp vanilla 2 tablespoons of non-dairy, organic, non-gmo milk (hemp, soy, almond) A medjool...