Posts tagged ‘ice cream’
Happy Daylight Savings! I always get kind of mixed up around this time… is it really 11 or 10am? Maybe it’s partly because I got waaay too much sleep last night! Whenever I sleep 8+ hours I always feel more tired than I did in the first place. My long night’s sleep made my stomach extra rumbly this morning! I wasn’t quite in the mood for my standard morning options though, but wanted something fruit-centric so I figured “why not ice cream?”
I know it doesn’t sound healthy, but I promise you that this version is fit for breakfast or dessert! No sugar, no dairy, no artificial stuff… how could you go wrong? You could even add a little baby spinach for some added nutrition like I did in my Earth Day Ice Cream. There are so many different variations you could try based upon this recipe, but this morning I wanted plain ‘ol coconut.
Coconut Soft-Serve (makes 2 large portions)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 drops coconut extract
- 6 ice cubes
If you want something a little sweeter, you could add stevia or something, but I love this as is. Just throw everything in your vita mix and blend using the temper to push all of the ice cubes into the blades until soft, but not too long or it’ll be all melty! I decided to make it extra decadent and mixed together a little coconut milk, raw cocoa powder, agave nectar and a pinch of salt for a rich chocolate sauce.
That’s what I call a good reason to get out of bed in the morning! Off to yoga now… I’m on day 14 of a Bikram 30-Day Yoga Challenge right now. 30 yoga classes in 30 days, and while you can miss up to two days, you have to make up the classes by doing two doubles (ie. 3 hours of HOT yoga in one day).
I’ve tried this once before, back in September, but I had to bow out after day 19 because I had missed three days and only made up on of them. This time I’m hoping to get through straight through without missing any days – wish me luck!
Ice cream anyone? Well, not exactly – it’s Banana Soft-Serve!! I got this recipe from the lovely Gena of Choosing Raw and am in love my friends. Simply throw some frozen bananas in your food processor (and if you’re like me and love spice, add a big dash of cinnamon) and blend until the consistency of ice cream!!
On to the serious stuff… This morning I read a really inspiring post on http://ohsheglows.com/s blog concerning negative comments from others, which you guys should definitely read if you haven’t already: Click Here!
A part of life is learning to deal with the negative. Negative thoughts are bad, but at least you have the power to change them, negative comments from others, well… you don’t have much control there. What you can control though is how you let it affect you. Remember, most negative comments are a reflection of that person’s insecurities, not due to a problem with you.
I have gotten tons of negative comments related to not eating meat, running marathons, not drinking a ton… you name it. I admit these comments can be tough when I’m already having a bad day, but I always do my best to follow them up with a positive thought about myself in my head. Arguing with people who want to put you down will get you nowhere. People who think you’re a freak for not eating meat, will continue to think so no matter what you say until they decide to open their minds. One of my favorite quotes from “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer addresses this – “It’s always possible to wake someone from sleep, but no amount of noise will wake someone who is pretending to be asleep.” So true.
So lovies, do what makes you happy and keep your head high. On Monday I will set out to tackle the Boston Marathon. I will do this knowing that there are people out there who don’t understand what I’m doing, who have told me it will hurt me, kill me, render me unable to have children (umm yeah), etc. I will with those people’s negative comments pushing me from behind like a gentle wind helping me move forward, and I will not stop there. I will continue to race in the future. I will continue to make health-conscious food choices in the future. I will continue to silently prove the naysayers wrong. I don’t need a soapbox to change minds, I just need to be kind and show others by example that there is more than one way to live your life and be happy (and healthy).
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Big news… I finally got a Vita Mix 5200 and have to say – it’s pretty amazing. I had an awesome pilates session at Equinox this morning, (which I had never tried before and was really pleasantly surprised) and came back famished. I made a quick lunch, but was really just eager to get to dessert. What did I make?
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream!! Yup, that’s right… Ben & Jerry’s eat your heart out. Dairy-free and insanely delicious. I have been waiting so long for the opportunity to make Vita Mix ice cream after seeing it on other blogs and was so psyched to try out my recipe. I sorta followed the recipe in the Vita Mix cookbook for “Nut Freeze” with a few tweaks.
- 3/4 cup roasted peanuts, shelled
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used unsweetened Almond Breeze)
- 2 tbsp agave nectar, or more to taste
- 3 cups ice cubes
- 2 dark chocolate truffles, chopped (I made truffles over xmas so I used some from my freezer – you could use any chopped chocolate for this though)
Add the peanuts, agave nectar and almond milk into the Vita Mix and blend on Level 1 for about 30 seconds. Next add the ice cubes (I think I would add less ice next time) and blend for about 30-60 seconds, pushing everything down into the blades. I added the chocolate chunks afterwards by folding it in with a spatula, but I think it’s be nice to add about half to the actual ice cream towards the end of blending. I threw it in the freezer afterwards to firm up for a little bit, but got a tad impatient so I ate it while it was still a little melty. The fiance thought it was good, but could’ve used a bit of sweetness, although I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so it was perfect for me. Enjoy!