10.31.2011

Banana Ice Cream

Oh how I love my sister-in-law!  In an answer to my question about frozen fruits the other day, she sent me a great link to a Rachel Ray recipe for banana ice cream.  I'm usually skeptical about Rachel Ray recipes, and many that come from Food Network because they tend to have a lot of extra virgin olive oil, butter, or sugars in the recipes.  This one, however, is as simple as it gets with no added fat or sugar.  Here it is:

Banana Ice Cream
Ingredients: Serves 2
3 frozen peeled bananas
1/4 c almond milk

Directions: Place bananas and almond milk in a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Serve immediately.

Amy's Notes: Make sure to peel your bananas before freezing them.  If I don't get around to eating bananas before they turn bad, I always stick them in the freezer.  I have found that the riper (more brown) bananas are when you freeze them, the sweeter they will taste, with that delicious banana flavor. I topped my banana ice cream with a small amount of honey and some walnuts.  Mmmm!

So, again, I have not had a crockpot Monday, and the reason for this is because I have so many (SO MANY!) leftovers from the Halloween Party my roommate and I hosted on Saturday.  The schedule for the week is rearranged to be as follows:  Monday- Banana Ice Cream, Tuesday-  pictures from Halloween and strategies for eating and exercise during the holidays, Wednesday- World Wed. recipe, Thursday- Favorite recipe of the week.  Hope everyone has a great Monday, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I know that my bad season of eating is always from Halloween to after New Years.  What is your best strategy to staying fit and eating right during this tempting season?

4 comments:

  1. Planning my own Parties! Of course, I love doing this anyway, but I can also pick which foods to serve as snacks or main meals. This way I know that I can indulge in healthy foods.

    For traditional holiday meals, I've started helping my Mom with the cooking, so I can make things a little healthier. Like gravy made mostly from fat free chicken broth with just a couple of tablespoons of juices from the bird for flavor. Or using buttermilk in potatoes with garlic instead of regular milk with lots of butter. And yes buttermilk really isn't that bad for you. :)

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  2. Good ideas! I love little tricks to change recipes to be more healthy! I'm just worried about being away from home for Thanksgiving and being unable to cook for myself for a whole week. I'll have to suggest the Torres' let me make a side dish or two. :)

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  3. I hear you. Being in Germany for two weeks is going to be tough. Andy and I are bringing running clothes so we can run every day, and we plan on splitting meals so we don't eat too much. I find bringing my own snack supplies and other staples helps me when I'm traveling somewhere I can cook. Maybe have Kevin suggest that you could cook a few meals while you're there, too. That way you'll know you'll get in a few meals that are friendly to your diet plan.

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  4. I'm so excited that you guys are getting to go to Germany! What an adventure! I think Kevin's family is hoping that I make Cajun Seafood Pasta while I'm there, but I'm sure I can fit in a healthy meal to cook for them. His dad enjoys cooking just as much as I do, I'm really excited to get to have food chats with him haha.

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