Nice Cream For What?!
The healthier alternative to your favorite summer treat
"That's a real one in your reflection
Without a follow, without a mention
You really pipin' up on these niggas
You gotta, be nice for what, to these niggas?
I understand" - Drake
OK, look, it's hot asf outside already and we aren't even into actual summer yet! The way my love handles are set up, I can't just eat ice cream all the time; all that sugar and milk, and Sugar!!! This body has been feelin' so good lately eating a clean(er) healthier diet, adding unnecessary sugar to the mix just seems like a crime! My sweet tooth craves chocolate though, and if my needs aren't met, then I turn into some sort of monster.. and no one wants that, trust me. Insert "Nice Cream." This is such an easy treat to whip up and healthy too. You can literally add any and all flavors you want to this banana based frozen dessert. The frozen bananas act like a neutral base and will absorb the flavors of what ever you add to it. Personally, I'm a chocola-holic, meaning I must have some sort of chocolate every day! No joke! (In moderation) Dark chocolate is my all time favorite, as milk chocolate and white chocolate have too much sugar for my individual taste.
My nice cream always has a purpose. That purpose, this time, is protein, in the form of hemp seeds. I have been preparing myself for an intensive yoga teacher training coming up in the next couple months, and its important to get as much protein as I can to help rebuild my growing muscles. Imagine those hour and a half classes you take, but times 3 a day for a month!! Yikes! Thats a lot of yoga, and sweating, and just thinking about it makes me want to run to the fridge and grab the nice cream! Nevertheless, it been a passion of mine to complete for the last decade, and finally I have the chance! Ok, back to hemp seeds and smooth chocolaty nice cream. I love hemp seeds for protein, since 1 oz. of hulled hemp seeds contain 10.1 gram of protein it makes it a great "green" option. You get it? Green? haha! Hemp seeds are a superfood which contain:
- Excellent 3:1 balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health.
- High in GLA, an essential omega-6 fatty acid that’s been proven to naturally balance hormones.
- “Perfect protein” not only containing all 20 amino acids, but also each of the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce.
I also add Maca root powder. This is a fairly new protein for me and I don't use it as much as I should, but it has amazing health benefits too! Maca is a superfood, and also considered an adaptogen (a name given to certain herbs, plants and natural substances that help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, demanding job or illness.) Not only that, but maca provides a host of important micronutrients and is jam-packed with antioxidants, and it has been shown to improve sexual health, balance hormone levels, and boost energy, mood and memory. Hmm, I wonder what it would taste like in a blended coffee...
Raw cacao powder is one of the last ingredients I use for my dark chocolate nice cream. It gives it such a creamy, velvety, chocolatey flavor with tons of benefits! Cacao is a superfood too, having 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries, its the highest plant based source of iron, and is full of magnesium for a healthy heart and brain. Worried about your calcium intake? Cacao has more calcium than cows milk, and is a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant! It's a wonder why so many beings love chocolate... I'm definitely a fan.
Lets get into this recipe, shall we?
Chocolate Superfood Nice Cream
Prep time: 5 minutes
2-3 Frozen Bananas broken into 1 inch pieces
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
3 tbsp maca powder
3 tbsp hemp seed protien
1 tsp vanilla
Splash almond milk (if necessary)
Toppings: fruit, cacao nibs, chopped nuts, etc.
In a blender (I use a NutriBullet) combine frozen bananas, cacao, maca, hemp seed protein, and vanilla. Blend until you reach ice cream like consistency. Sometimes the bananas get all jumbled in the blender, which is why the splash of almond milk. Just add a splash to get the bananas moving and keep blending. If you choose, you can add your toppings into the blender to chop them up into the nice cream. If not, transfer to a bowl, top as desired, and enjoy!
*Please Note: Banana ice cream melts pretty quickly (just like regular ice cream). So make sure you eat it right away. You can also store in freezer and enjoy up to one week later.
*Note: If you've been with us a while now, you can use our recipe for canna-butter and make canna-coconut oil instead (which is super easy & you can follow the same instructions). This works wonders in your nice cream and adds another tier of holistic medicinal value.