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Have Your Ice Cream and Eat It Too

Have Your Ice Cream and Eat It Too


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I am totally out of the closet regarding my love affair with Ben and Jerry. But to get a competition-ready physique, I have had to break up with them. Luckily, I have discovered a way to have my ice cream and eat it, too.

Lots of manufacturers have come out with lower fat ice cream alternatives ice milk, soy ice cream, sugar-free treats. You know what I have to say about these? Blech.

So, oh boy was I excited to discover an all-natural, healthy and tasty ice cream alternative, which I like to call Nice Cream.

In its simplest form, nice cream is a frozen banana blended up in a food processor. To turn it into a muscle-building snack, I add protein powder. This makes it more crumbly than creamy. The solution to that is to drizzle in some almond milk until the desired consistency is achieved.

When I blend up the banana with other fruits, like frozen strawberries or cherries, my bowl runneth over.

And better yet! Grate a wee bit of darke chocolate over the nice cream and toss on a crushed a walnut or two. Chunky Monkey eat your heart out!

And guess what? Your kids will love this, too. I have taste-tested it with no fewer than six hungry teenagers. Verdict: nice cream is as good as the "real" thing!

Another bonus: those with dairy sensitivity/lactose intolerance will not have to feel deprived of a frozen treat.

Win, win, win!

The following version of the dairy-free nice cream is dreamy. You don't have to wait for a hot summer day to indulge! I have eaten it for breakfast, actually.


one large banana, sliced and frozen
1/2 c. frozen mango chunks
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
about 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk

Add banana, mango and protein powder to a food processor and process until it reaches kind of a grainy consistency. Add 1/2 c. almond milk and process again until smooth and dreamy, I mean creamy. Add a few dribbles more of almond milk as needed to get the right consistency.

Calories: 331; Protein 24.5 g; Carbohydrates 57 g; Fat 4g

Author: Elaine Morales

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Is this something you can eat during a early competition prep phrase?

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