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Summer Passion ice-cream

summer passion icecream pictureSo who doesn’t love a delicious creamy ice-cream on a hot summers day (well my friend Carol for starters she doesn’t do creamy s***e – memories memories) and that’s the thing certain foods do evoke memories of happy fun times – I mean who hasn’t practiced their French asking for “fraise glace” on holiday or a school trip or shared a huge ice-cream for 4 after a meal with friends and there was only 2 of you!

I can remember many a food induced hangover from sharing a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Phish food – other ice-creams are available and realising that even though the mini tubs of carte d’or I was scoffing each day were only 250 cals the sugar and dairy was keeping me booby and belly apple shaped! Yes I enjoy my ice cream only thing is it doesn’t enjoy me so much, so it’s been off the menu or a rare treat to enjoy knowing I will suffer the consequences for the next few days!

So enough reminiscing what’s the recipe you shout!ripe bananas

It’s simple really and lets you use up those bananas that are just about to get the black spots on the skin – some people love them like this others don’t but you want to use them at this stage.

Ingredients per person:

Bananas 1

Tbsp. coconut / almond / hemp milk

Mango fresh or frozen about ¼ finely diced

Tsp. cocoa nibs

Tsp. chia

Tsp. desiccated coconut nut (you can get sugar free)

 

Method:

frozen bananaFreeze your bananas peeled and chopped into ¼’s and store in the freezer until you need them.

Defrost for about 5-10 minus before you want to serve.

Place in a bowl ( as I am only making one I just use a measuring jug and my stick blender BUT if you are making a lot you may want to put in a food processor)  with the milk alternative of choice.

Whip to a smooth consistency.

Place in your serving bowl and gently fold through ¾ of your diced mango.

Sprinkle the cocoa nibs, chia and coconut on top and add the rest of your mango.

Find a sunny spot, sit back and enjoy every mouthful.

 

I would serve this as an occasional treat on treat days if you are following a nutrition plan that follows this model such as KSFL ® or at a family gathering where dessert is expected and you don’t want to be serving highly processed poor quality desserts, or whenever you want it if you just love eating real food and want to nurturing yourself WELL.

Obviously you could swap the fruits and toppings about and just like my friend KT try a different flavour every day – it would be great if you could share your pictures and recipes below!

Banana: a good source of natural potassium and phosphorous, essential for a heathy heart beat and an excellent source of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). An excellent bone and nail builder. Bananas do contain fructose, glucose and sucrose giving an instant boost of energy with a sustained and controlled release of blood sugar, but unlike your shop bought ice cream bananas also contain Vit A, B, C beta carotene and folic acid as well as magnesium, calcium, selenium and sodium, which is why they help boost our moods and our immune system as well as staving off symptoms of PMS and can help lower cholesterol and help with colitis.

Mango: Helps to mops up free radicals, is an internal body cleanser, stimulates the immune system and disinfects the body and reduces body odour! Rich in beta-carotene a precursor to Vit A and potassium too as well as Vit B and C, calcium, copper, magnesium phosphorus and iron!

Cocoa nibs:  rich in anti-oxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper Vit C, Omega 6, Phenylethylamine (the chemicals we produce in our bodies when we fall in love ), Anandamide – the bliss chemical, tryptophan a mood enhancing nutrient, serotonin which helps us build our stress-defence shield – our feel good neurotransmitter and fibre few!

You could use raw cacao powder and blend into banana to make chocolate ice-cream!

Chia: anti-oxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals, amino acids and omega 3 all of which help increase energy and help ward of a range of illnesses. Their presence also helps slow down any sugar absorption so helping anyone with blood sugar imbalances to stay a little more stable.

Coconut:  improve digestion, boost your immune system, improve utilization of blood suagrs and lessen the effects of hypoglycaemia and improve the absorption of the right kinds of calcium and magnesium ions – I think that’s enough to be going on with!

Not sure about you but my shop bought ice cream doesn’t do me this much good!

STAY FABulous x

 

 

 

 

 

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