Who wants some ice-cream? Or, yet, a better question would be who wouldn’t want this quick, creamy ice-cream ?
Along with the heat came a challenge for me: taking my daughter out at the park where ice-cream and cotton candy stands are everywhere. So, instead of fighting the storm and the wind, I chose to take advantage of them. This is why I gave birth to an old idea: “healthy ice-cream”. “Healthy” you say?
It’s sugar free (because I do not want to overwhelm the pancreas at an young age and even if I did that when I was a kid this is the time to help it recover and I do not want “to steal” from the body calcium, magnesium and other minerals which are needed to neutralize the acidity caused by the sugar
It’s egg free (even if they are pasture raised, because I want to protect the heart from those saturated fats and any dietary cholesterol is unnecessary, as our bodies already produce more than enough for our needs)
It’s dairy free (because I do not want extra mucus in the body, airway blockage and along with that we avoid the drugs and the antibiotics given to the animals which are farm raised)
No guilt factor 🙂 – yes, the guilt of having eaten something delicious, something that infused your senses with pleasure
In my practice firstly with me and then with the women I noticed how much “guilt” we attach to certain foods. This mental behavior was mostly induced by the medical industry, the food industry, social media etc.
The way I approached this guilt at the beginning of my healing journey was by adopting a new practice: if I can eat delicious chocolate / ice-cream and I know deep inside my core (mind + body) that it’s medicinal and healing I am safely home. This is why I started twisting every single meal I knew into a healthy version of it.
Why? Because when we feel guilt and begin to judge ourselves for having eaten that ice cream / chocolate the hypothalamus will take this negative input and send signals to the sympathetic nervous system – which is responsible for the so-called “fight or flight” reaction. The result: digestion slows down (when in danger you need the blood to flow and oxygenate the muscles in order to run or fight, right?) So the ice-cream will not be completely metabolised, it may stay in your digestive system longer, which can diminish your population of healthy gut bacteria and increase the release of toxic by-products into the bloodstream.
Moreover, signals from the nervous system can decrease your calorie-burning efficiency via increased insulin and cortisol, which would cause you to store more of your guilt-infused ice cream as body fat.
So your thoughts and expectations with reference to the food that you eat instantly become reality in your body via the central nervous system.
So what is it made of in the end? Well it’s got fruits … and positive energy.
It takes 5 minutes to make it … the waiting time is so painful though ~1h in the freezer.
- 2 handfuls soaked cashews
- 4 handfuls of wild berries (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
- 1/2 ripe banana - optional
- 2 Tablespoons honey/ 2 handfuls soaked dates
- Soak the cashews in water with some lemon juice for 4-6 hours;
- Blend the fruits with the honey/dates
- Add the cashews and blend until creamy
- Pour the mixture into ice-cream molds and freeze for 1h.
- I did the recipe with one whole banana but I found it;s taste to be way too potent
- If you choose to leave out the banana you need to add a few tablespoons of coconut milk in order to make it blend-able; the problem with the milk is that when frozen it converts into crystals so your ice-cream will lack the creamy-ness that our tastebuds know from the well marketed products