Welcome to Crave’s first installment of #FrozenFriday, where we’re sharing a drool-worthy frozen treat recipe or hotspot every week this summer!
With temperatures shooting up, I know I’m not alone when I say: bring on the CRAVE-worthy, cooling treats! As a health and wellness expert, I specialize in helping you live healthy without feeling obsessive or guilty. So today’s healthful banana ice cream #FrozenFriday recipe -- which uses those browning bananas you’d otherwise toss -- is designed to have your tastebuds, insides, and conscience rejoicing... all at once.
I recommend using this recipe in several specific ways:
- Pair it with a protein as a post-workout treat. I ask my clients to enjoy a simple carbohydrate (for example, a banana!) plus a protein source after exercise to recover and replenish their energy stores. This recipe is a refreshing, delicious way to do just that!
- Opt for it as a way to feel satisfied and find pleasure in food -- without reaching for processed options or eventually overindulging. Data suggests that deprivation can cause unwanted overeating. So instead of attempting to avoid sweet foods altogether, it’s in our best interest to find healthful and pleasurable “dessert” options to make our healthy eating lifestyles sustainable!
- Whip it up for your kids, friends or guests as a dessert option you feel great about sharing!
With that, let’s get to the makin’.
QUICK AND EASY HEALTHY BANANA ICE CREAM
Prep Time: 2-3 Hours
Make Time: 5 Minutes
Yields: 3-4 Servings
- 2-3 browning bananas
- Ice cream serving bowl
- Glass bowl
- Food processor
- Chop up the bananas, place them in the glass bowl, and pop them in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
- Once they’re nearly frozen, toss them into the food processor and blend until smooth.
- Serve in a pretty ice cream serving bowl and eat with a spoon!
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 Source indicating the importance of having a carbohydrate post-workout: http://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00007256-200333020-00004
 Source indicating that deprivation leads to overeating: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/eating-disorders/binge-eating-disorder.htm
Written by: Valerie Bisharat