Health & Wellness

Let’s Scream! It is the Month of Ice Cream

Whether it be vanilla on a cone with rainbow sprinkles or a scoop of chunky monkey, ice cream has always been good to me. When thinking of ice cream, it automatically takes me to moments of happiness. Read More

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I have an everlasting love for ice cream.

Whether it be vanilla on a cone with rainbow sprinkles or a scoop of chunky monkey, ice cream has always been good to me. When thinking of ice cream, it automatically takes me to moments of happiness. Maybe I was spending time at the beach, at a family BBQ or just walking around with some friends, but, if it involved ice cream, I know it was a good moment. With the many different flavors, combinations and toppings, this is a treat that will last a life time and will never cease to satisfy.

But wait, isn’t too much ice cream a bad thing?

Of course, it is important for us to keep our bodies and minds healthy with a balanced diet. However, ice cream isn’t just a treat that’s filled with all the sugars and dairy that we expect it to have. It is possible to have this treat and to also not feel bad about it. Deiona, what are you talking about? How could ice cream ever be considered good for me? I love ice cream, but I can’t have it every single day. I honestly thought the same thing. When beginning to eat healthier and working out more, I thought that anything and everything that seemed like it contained a lot of sugar had to be completely cut out of my diet; this included ice cream. To my surprise, I soon discovered that ice cream is not as detrimental as we make it out to be.

ice creamFirst fun fact is that ice cream provides the body with a number of key nutrients, such as calcium and phosphorus to strengthen our bones, potassium to lower our blood pressure and B vitamins that boost our energy. It can aid in weight loss, potentially fight against infertility, and overall, it makes you smile! Who wouldn’t want a treat that physically puts a smile on your face?

So, you’re probably wondering what some of my favorite flavors are.

There are hundreds of ice cream concoctions, so it is extremely difficult to attempt to just pick one or two that are my absolute favorite. But, with my eating better journey, I’ve discovered two recipes that can easily be made at home, don’t contain a ton of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, and still bring me back to moments of happiness. Let’s visit recipe number one: blueberry-swirl buttermilk ice cream.

Time to gather all the ingredients. You’ll need:

  • 2 large eggs.
  • ½ cup of white sugar plus ¼ white sugar, keep these separated.
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 cup of buttermilk.
  • 2 cups of whole-milk plain Greek yogurt. If you don’t like Greek, just plain yogurt is fine as well. I, on the other hand, love me some Greek yogurt.
  • 12-ounce package of frozen unsweetened blueberries. If you wanted to switch it up and use a different fruit—such as strawberries, raspberries, pineapples, etc.—please, make the switch!
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Blueberries and mint for garnish—always optional.
  • Ice cream maker.
  • A whisk.
  • Large and small saucepan.
  • Large bowl.
  • Ice and water.
  1. First, we must acknowledge that ice cream takes a while to make. The preparation time is only about 20 minutes, but the ice cream won’t be ready until about 15 hours from when you complete mixing everything. With great patience, will come great ice cream.
  2. Whisk the eggs, ½ cup of sugar and salt in that large saucepan until it is slightly thick. Then, whisk in the buttermilk. Cook this combination over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until you see the mixture coat a metal spoon completely and is at 165 degrees; this should take about 10 minutes. After, set the pan in a bowl of ice water and still until it has cooled. Stir in the yogurt and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
  3. After that, combine the frozen blueberries, that ¼ cup of sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring this to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce the heat and let the combo simmer until it gets syrup-like, which should take about 5 minutes. Let it cool. Then, transfer it to a bowl and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
  4. Next, freeze the chilled buttermilk mixture in a 1.5 or 2-quart ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer’s directions. Then, transfer to a freezer container. Swirl in that blubbery mixture and let it all freeze together for 6 to 8 hours.
  5. Finally, let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving. Then, upon enjoying, use the extra blueberries and mint as a garnish.
That was a fun one, but here’s a healthy twist on a classic: vegan cookie dough ice cream.

Let’s get all our ingredients:

For the cookie dough, you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or Earth Balance Spread.
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
  • ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
  • 1/3 cup of white flour.
  • 2 tablespoons of vegan chocolate chips.
  • A pinch of sea salt.

For the ice cream part, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of raw cashews.
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup.
  • ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice.
  • ½ cup of water.
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
  • A pinch of sea salt.
  • 2 tablespoons of vegan chocolate chips.
  1. First, you must place the raw cashews in water, cover them and let them soak overnight. The next day, rinse and drain them.
  2. Next, we’re going to stir together the cookie dough ingredients, roll that concoction into marble-sized balls and let them freeze on a parchment-lined cookie sheet overnight or for at least an hour.
  3. Next, we’re going to combine the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until it gets all nice and creamy.
  4. Lastly, transfer this to a loaf pan and stir in the vegan chocolate chips and frozen cookie dough balls. Let this freeze for 4 hours before serving.

The fun doesn’t have to stop here. What are your favorite recipes? Have you ever tried making homemade ice cream? It is national ice cream month, so let’s make sure to keep a smile on our face and scream for this wonderful treat!