Ice Cream

Sherrlyn Christmas-John

Sherrlyn Christmas-John

ALMOST 90% OF THE AMERICAN HOMES HAVE

ICE CREAM AT ANY GIVEN TIME!

As the world churns… America is right up there with New Zealand and Australia in the top ice cream consuming countries in the world.It’s a favorite of people of all ages. There is a love affair with ice cream and there likely always will be. It isn’t something that is for a warm day. It can also be a treat in the depths of winter when you’ve got a favorite movie on and the fireplace roaring.

Taste “Buds” Matter

Train Your Buddies to Work for You

We all have our “buds” that we cater to everyday, commonly known as taste-buds.  What is really nice is when your buddies give back to you not just at the moment but long, lasting beneficial results.

It’s a fact that 40% of kids that are born today are expected to develop diabetes at some point in their life because of their eating habits.  With that said, families are becoming more health conscious about the food choices they bring into their home.  If you don’t eat dairy you can still enjoy all the wonderful alternatives—cashew, almond, coconut, and even chocolate-avocado ice cream!

Interesting Facts:

Ancient Greeks ate a crude form of ice cream in the 5th Century, B.C.

The first ice cream parlor opened in New York City in 1776

Perfect temp for ice cream is between 6 degrees – 10 degrees

1 in 10 admit to licking the bowl clean after eating ice cream

1 in 5 share with their pet

Tips for Your Pooch:

Sugar is bad for all of us, but it’s terrible for your dog; and remember like people, some dogs are lactose intolerant.  Avoid giving chocolate to your dog, as they can get “theobromine poisoning.”  Avoid the sweetener xylitol as it can drop their blood sugar.

So, what flavors do dogs like? Here are a few:

Peanut butter (a fave), fresh strawberries, Banana, Bacon (not the grease), Sardine

Some of those flavors may seem bizarre, but your dog will love them!

Introduction to Making The Easiest Ice Cream With Benefits 

It is true, the best ice cream recipes are made in an ice cream maker.  I recommend the Cuisinart  .  It’s simple to use and affordable.  You can’t beat the creaminess that comes from churning! But ice cream is surprisingly easy to make at home. The simplest ice creams only require a handful of ingredients — cream, milk, sugar (of course, a healthy alternative), whatever flavorings you like, and some good recipes.  While you can make ice cream without any special equipment, it’s much easier to have an ice cream maker ready to go when the craving or mood strikes.  And since these gadgets require a relatively small investment, why not grab one before summer really heats up?

Keys to successful ice cream in your Cuisinart Ice cream maker:

  • The ice cream container must be frozen first, or no go.  I keep mine in the freezer, when not using so it is ready to use on the spur of a moment.
  • Second, after ingredients are blended in a blender, turn on ice cream maker so it is spinning before pouring mixture into container.  This is important to prevent the ice cream from getting frozen to the sides, which slows the machine from turning.
  • Liquid sweeteners are not recommended, as they usually make the mixture too icy.

Recipes

HOMEMADE ICE CREAM- Sugar Free and Dairy Free 

Creamy, Sweet and that cold treat you’ve been looking for.  Enjoy this healthy version of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate ice-cream and yes – dairy free and sugar free.

 

VANILLA ICE CREAM- S.F/D.F. 

Key:  When using canned coconut milk, it must be chilled prior to making the ice-cream

3 cups – canned full fat coconut milk (always buy full fat not “lite coconut milk” for ice cream)

½ c. organic coconut milk powder (Z Natural Foods-Amazon)

1/3  c.  Lakanto powdered sugar (monk fruit)

2 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients in the blender.  Turn ice-cream maker on and pour into container.  Follow instructions on your ice-cream maker.

NOTE:  May substitute ½ coconut milk powder by skimming the cream from a chilled can of full fat coconut milk; should equal approx. ½ cup. May substitute organic coconut milk powder with organic cashew milk powder (Z-Natural Foods-Amazon).

CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM-S.F./D.F. 

Key:  When using canned coconut milk, it must be chilled prior to making the ice-cream

1 can coconut milk + ¼ c. milk of your choice (always buy full fat not “lite coconut milk” for ice cream)

¼  c. organic coconut milk powder (Z Natural Foods-Amazon)

1/3  c.  Lakanto powdered sugar (monk fruit)

¼ c. cocoa

½ tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Blend all ingredients in the blender.  Turn ice-cream maker on and pour into container.  Follow instructions on your ice-cream maker.

NOTE:  May substitute ½ coconut milk powder by skimming the cream from a chilled can of full fat coconut milk; should equal approx. ½ cup. May substitute organic coconut milk powder with organic cashew milk powder (Z-Natural Foods-Amazon).

 

STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM-S.F./D.F. 

Key:  When using canned coconut milk, it must be chilled prior to making the ice-cream

1  can  coconut milk (13.5 Fl oz.) – always buy full fat not “lite coconut milk” for ice cream

1/2 c.(scant) non dairy milk of choice 

1/2  c. organic coconut powdered milk (Z Natural Foods-Amazon)

1/3 c. heaping – ½  c.  Lakanto powdered sugar (monk fruit) – adjust sweetener depending on strawberries ripeness

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 ½ c. chopped strawberries (if using frozen, slightly thaw strawberries)

Blend all ingredients in the blender.  Turn ice-cream maker on and pour into container.  Follow instructions on your ice-cream maker.

NOTE:  May substitute ½ coconut milk powder by skimming the cream from a chilled can of full fat coconut milk; should equal approx. ½ cup. May substitute organic coconut milk powder with organic cashew milk powder (Z-Natural Foods-Amazon).