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 date
- 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large bananas sliced and frozen
Place the first 4 ingredients in a powerful blender and while blending add the frozen bits of bananas gradually. If necessary, add more non-dairy milk for desired consistency. Shhh, don’t tell them it’s sugar free.
Now these are some things you can add to your healthy-eating bucket list. ? Have a Healthy Summer.
Cathy Lidster, B.Sc., Health Educator, Holistic Health Practitioner, helps people improve their lives through targeted clinical nutrition and energy-based methodology. She can be reached at 250-819-9041 or [email protected] or visit www.cathylidster.com.