Healthy “Ice Cream” + My Top 8 Add-Ins !

i have a major sweet tooth that is almost impossible to satisfy- but its actually not as hard as i thought it would be to find healthy substitutes !

instead of reaching for processed candy & chocolate bars – i make my own desserts using quality all natural products !

my biggest life savers have been: detoxinista.com, all natural honey, local bee pollen, cacao powder, & 80% or higher dark chocolate- they’ve replaced lindt chocolate truffles, hershey bars, & ice cream bars.

now that i have the vitamix i am experimenting with ice cream/ frozen yogurt combinations !

a general rule of thumb is to use frozen bananas as your base so its creamier- if that’s too much of a hassle lots of ice  cubes can be used but i always find it waters down the taste.

almond milk is also a good thickener & so is plain greek yogurt & if you want something extra rich & creamy- all natural organic peanut butter.

mix & match to fit your flavors- be sure to experiment ! it really is as simple as putting them in the vitamix & you’re just a quick blend away to a healthy dessert !

here are my top 8 healthy, fun, add ins:

1. fruit– cherries, mangoes, blueberries, apples cut into small pieces. these really help to add texture !

2. cinnamon– it helps to regulate blood sugar, its great for people trying to stabilize their energy levels &  their moods

3.  nuts– almonds & walnuts. these definitely add a crunch- unfortunately i had to give up my old favorite – sprinkles ! read the ingredient list on them, its scary !

4. local bee pollen– ENERGY, ENERGY, ENGERY. sweet, floral flavor. superfood.

5. granola– adds a crunch

6. maca powder– ancient Peruvian superfood highly prized by Incan warriors to increase stamina, boost libido, & combat fatigue- adds a thickness & mild root flavor

7. natural organic raw honey– this ones obvious. sweet & natural

8. natural organic peanut butter– yum this is just personal preferences. & it has protein

in other news- i found this great yoga activewear line http://www.spirtualgangster.com

i just ordered this tank & pullover – cant wait to get it in the mail !

ive been working on the next issue of MYM ( miami yoga magazine ) & we are collaborating with Cat Haayen of Yogathletica ! i cant give away too many details yet 😉 but i can say she is so sweet & great to work with ! looking forward to good things !

cathayeen

Cat Haayen with http://www.yogathleta.com- if youre in miami check out her classes at the SoHo House !

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