Protein Ice Cream

I didn’t used to be a big ice cream eater. We always had ice cream in the freezer at my house and I rarely touched it besides a bite here and there. A weird thing happened two years ago when I had mono: I became an ice cream fanatic. Before I even knew I had been plagued with mono for the third (!!) time, I recall NEEDING ice cream one night so badly that I walked to my car, parked far away, in the pouring rain to go to the connivence store. When I got sicker and couldn’t stomach any food a few days later, I made my mom bring me a McDonalds ice cream cone. It was the only thing I wanted to eat.

Since that bout of sickness, I LOVE ice cream–both eating and making it. I try not to eat ice cream every day, but with this protein ice cream, I can. IMG_4345

Ingredients:

1 scoop protein powder (I used Royal Sport LTD Whey 100)
3/4 to 1 cup almond milk
About 10 ice cubes
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

To Make:

Place all ingredients in a blender, starting with 3/4 cup almond milk. Break up ice. Blend continuously until a soft serve consistency forms. If it’s too thick and icy, add a little more almond milk until it becomes the right consistency.

Scoop out and top with toppings of your choice (I like peanut butter, chocolate chips, sprinkles and whipped cream).

*If you enjoy trying new protein powders, are looking for one, or are ready to change up your normal routine, I highly recommend Royal Sport LTD Whey 100. I have tried and enjoy all of the flavors with the ice cream sandwich being my favorite. I usually experience bad bloating and stomach problems from protein powders and this protein does not cause that reaction. Each serving is only 100 calories and 20 grams of protein which is nice for a snack. The powder also mixes extremely well with water or milk without using a blender for a simple shake. Try it out!

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Hamstring and Glute Workout

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*Disclaimer: All workouts are developed by me based upon my own research and trial and error. I am not a personal trainer. All exercises can be found on BodyBuilding.com as well as other places on the Internet. Listing the weight I use for each exercise is meant to be a guide to show how I increased/decreased/maintained throughout sets. Please use a weight that is appropriate for you*

10 minute cardio warm-up (StairMaster)

Glute Kickbacks with low cable–100 per leg

Straight Leg Deadlifts superset with barbell glute ham bridges
95 pound DL’s and 65 pound bridges: 20 reps x 5 sets

Barbell back squats superset with deadlifts
95 squat, 85 DL: 20×2
115 and 85: 12
95 and 85: 20
75 and 65: 20
65 and 65: 20

Barbell good mornings superset with wide sumo squats with barbell
45 (bar) good mornings and 65# squats: 25×2

Linear leg press
90# added: 25×4

Glute press down on assisted pull-up machine
75.5# 100 per leg

Lying leg curls
25#-20 curls, 25 pulses, 5 curls, 25 pulses, 5 curls, 25 pulses, 5 curls, 25 pulses, 5 curls

50 glute-ham extensions

Hip flexor stretching

Total workout time: 1:21:00