My three favorite food groups are, in order of favoriteness, ice cream, Juicy Juice and sweet potatoes.
That’d be my last meal request, if I was ever so unfortunate as to find myself in place that has last meal requests.
I’ve reigned in my Juice Juice addiction, for now – it costs significantly more than $0, so I’ve been sticking with water. Once I’m one of those bigwig journalists with the six-figure salary (including the right of the decimal), I’ll fill jacuzzis with the stuff. And sweet potatoes are limited by the fact that it takes time to make it edible, and time doesn’t fit into my schedule at the minute.
So I’m left with ice cream, which is always easy, always delicious, always cold. And I’m not sure what the amount of ice cream consumed by the average American is, but if I’m not in the 90th percentile, I’d be surprised.
So today’s post is a rumination on healthy ways to kick the ice cream habit, but still have creamy, tasty treats on a daily basis.
Let’s start with some product placement for which I don’t, but should, get paid for.
This stuff is delicious – and it’s vegan, fat-free, HFCS-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and free of lots of other things as well. In line with our upside-down food production system, the fact that this has nothing in it makes it pretty expensive. It goes BOGO at Publix, though, so I’d snatch ’em up if you get the chance. The wife and I can knock one of these back together in one sitting, not that we did
last Friday afternoon.
Have less money? Here’s another idea, courtesy of a family friend: plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon and honey. Greek yogurt is all the rage at the moment. Go to the grocery store late at night, when the old folks and soccer moms are gone, and you’ll see all the hipsters with Chobani in their Earth-friendly totes.
I’ve been eating this regularly, and it’s a great stand in for ice cream (fat-free as well, if you care about that sort of thing).
Last but not least, we’ve got some vegan banana ice cream. I’ve made it, but didn’t take pics, so I’ll borrow from a good friend and super blogger, the Homemade Chocolatier.
The idea is simple – freeze a banana, then put it in a food processor until it’s blended smooth, and it has all the creamy of ice cream and none of the dairy (and almost none of the fat). You can add in other things, like cocoa powder, peanut butter or, in my case, a packet of hot chocolate mix to make it even better.
I know, I know, mashed banana doesn’t sound like the best dessert/desert, but I swear it tastes more like soft serve ice cream than fruit. Check out her post for more details.
That’s it for now, folks. If you’ve tried any of this, let me know what you think in the comments section. One lucky commenter will be selected at random to win a free virtual high-five courtesy of yours truly.