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!

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday with Jenn from Peas and Crayons

What I Ate Wednesday: Short Sentence Addition

This past weeks eats started with this. What is this? Homemade coffee Oreo ice cream. Yes. I went to work, was talking about how I planned to buy an ice cream maker and lo and behold, we had one in the back. I’ve made about 6 batches of ice cream so far including 2 batches of this coffee Oreo, chocolate coconut, blueberry brown sugar graham cracker, chocolate chip and a few failed attempts at almond milk ice cream.

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My newest obsession: Carrot Cake Oatmeal. It’s creamy, delicious and tastes like a carrot cake. I’ve had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner all on different days. I’m all about vegetables in my oatmeal normally so this is just a vitamin and nutrient win.

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The perfect pick-me-up. Find this chocolate bar–it is perfection.

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Not working consistently has left me plenty of time to bake. This Pumpkin Protein Cake was the first thing I attempted this week and it came out delicious. I’ll be sharing this recipe soon.

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I also made these protein brownies–not ready yet but not terrible.

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Cucumber rolls–not a baked good of course but harder than they look!

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and these sweet potato cupcakes of course.

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What I Ate Wednesday

Welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

I slacked this week on photos of food. I’m usually that person that takes 15 pictures of my food while it’s steaming hot, at all different angles, then sits down to a cold plate. Foodie sacrifices I guess.

I also tried something new this past week with a few days on intermittent fasting, just to kind of evaluate my hunger and try it out. I did it the easy way where I didn’t eat from 8 or 9PM to 12 or 1 in the afternoon. I surprisingly had a lot of energy and felt really good but I don’t think it’s something i’ll be doing often. I missed my breakfast oats too much and had to eat too much at all other times of the day to make up for breakfast.

The week began with this ice cream cone.

Ice Cream cone

My sister and I stopped at the UConn Dairy Bar on Sunday where I got this Banana Chocolate Chip Cone. If you live in Connecticut or are ever in the UConn vicinity, stop at the Dairy Bar. This was only my second time there (my first was a few weeks before). All the ice cream is made on the premises from the milk of UConn’s cows. It just tastes..fresh. So creamy and delicious.

Also creamy and delicious, the hot chocolate I’ve been downing during the two snow storms we’ve had this week.

hot chocolate(The sprinkles on top obviously make it better)

Besides these treats, I’ve had a lot of repeat offenders. This is my own “stock” photo of a burger, sweet potato and veggies. Exchange the sweet potato for some squash and it’s the same meal!

Burger and Fries

I also brought back the stir-fry this week after a brief hiatus. I’m never leaving it for so long again.

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Another highlight I forgot to document? My first taste of the new Cookies and Cream Quest Bar. I had to ask for them at my GNC store because they weren’t on the shelves and I am so glad I did! This is my new favorite flavor! If you like Quest Bars or need a new protein bar to try, get these!

That’s what I ate. What did you have?

Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

But really. One of the things I get most excited about since going Paleo is the occasional ice cream.

After making some chia seed pudding the other day, I had leftover coconut milk and decided to play around a little. Ice cream was born!

You Need:

3/4 can of coconut milk (I’m going to assume this is about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon almond butter
1/2 tsp. honey

To Make:

Put frozen blueberries in a pan over low heat. Cook until the blueberries begin to burst.

Meanwhile, mix coconut milk and vanilla in a freezer safe container. When the blueberries are warm and bubbly, stir into the coconut milk.

Cover the container and put into the freezer for 1 hour. Remove and mix, scraping the icy parts from the sides. Repeat every few hours.

When the ice cream has firmed up a bit, mix the almond flour, honey and almond butter in a separate bowl then sprinkle into the ice cream. Mix and place back into the freezer.

Freeze until the ice cream is your desired consistency then scoop into a bowl. If you aren’t stirring it every few hours, it might need to sit for a few minutes to soften up.

**I did not add any additional sweetener to my ice cream because I think the blueberries are sweet enough. You might experiment with adding either a banana or some honey/coconut sugar/your sweetener of choice into the mixture if you like things a little sweeter or don’t love the taste of coconut**

This is Bananas

I don’t have a picture of the finished product nor is this a paid review but I just had to share my thoughts on the Yonana gadget with you after using it yesterday for the first time.

 

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This thing is bananas. All kidding aside and for real, you simply freeze a banana, put it into the tube, press down and await for your soft serve banana to come out. You can add other fruits in as well for a different flavored treat. We tried blueberries, blackberries and peaches which all made fabulous tasting ice cream. 

I’ve made banana ice cream in a blender before but this is different. It comes out the exact consistency of ice cream. 

This stuff makes an excellent ice cream replacement and if you’re like me and simply enjoy eating mashed up foods, this makes it even better. Not only is it soft and creamy but cold and delicious.

I forgot to mention healthy. It’s a banana! It’s ice cream! It’s the healthiest ice cream you’ll ever eat! 

I used this at my aunts house but I’m highly considering getting my own. The only reason (and I mean only) that I am hesitant is because I know I will start eating banana ice cream for breakfast. After all, it’s just a banana. Banana ice cream topped with a little bit of Steves Paleo Krunch sounds like the perfect breakfast to me. Or snack, because that’s what I ate yesterday.

If you don’t have or want a yonana, you can make banana ice cream on your own.

For a little chocolatier and very simple version, 

You Need:

1 peeled, frozen banana

1/8 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

Pinch of salt 

To Make:

Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process till smooth. Yum.

 

While on the topic of bananas, have you ever made avocado pudding?

1/2 banana

1/2 ripe avocado

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Put all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Avocado+banana=double delicious.

 

 

*Yonana did not pay me for this review. Steves Paleo Goods did not pay me for talking about their cereal. I simply love both of these products and decided to share with you.

 

Totally (a) Tuesday

People always think Mondays are the worst but I think Tuesdays are definitely the hardest day of the week. Sort of halfway but really not at all because the work week is Monday through Friday and the real week is Sunday-Saturday. Oh Tuesday, why do you have to be so in the middle?

This past weekend I stopped in Boston after attending a graduation party in Rhode Island where I indulged on the best dairy free, real sugar free, ice cream ever. It really tasted just like regular ice cream, if not creamier.  If you’re in the Boston area, check out FoMu.

One of my favorite parts of a new school year is picking out a new planner. As a grad student as opposed to a regular college student, I’m on the fence on whether or not I need to update my planner. Is it all leather from here or can I still get away with a fun one? (I’m really caught).

In the last few weeks as I’ve attempted to be Paleo, I’ve come across a bunch of new sites and books to read. Against All Grain is one of my new favorites. If you are Paleo, are considering Paleo, or simply want some recipes that are real good and good for you, check out her site.

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale ends on August 5th. If you like shopping, check it out.  Everything is way cheaper than it normally is. I got a new pair of boots (!!!) and some polka dot leggings (!).

I’m looking for a fun nut butter—any suggestions on something DELICIOUS and different that I could order (looking for anything not peanut).

Do you watch The Big Bang Theory? It’s one of my favorites and they just announced the season premiere will be one hour long! Yay!

Get over it. Sophie Martin helped me today. Being in your 20’s is hard. Forreal.

 

If you have any suggestions to my burning life questions above, help would be greatly appreciated. Have a nice rest of your Tuesday! 🙂