PROTEIN ICE CREAMS, SUGAR FREE COCKTAILS HEALTH NUT TAYMER
I recently realised that it was the middle of summer and was not cooking much or even making recipes for my new book. It does not mean that I have not been writing the new book because I have, and within a few weeks I should be probably passing off something to an agent. More deets soon as more information comes my way.
Within the last couple of months I have turned into a “gym- geek” /”gym- freak” . I decided a few months ago that I did not like what I saw and I had the will to change it. I work out constantly and I hope to take my body to a place it has never been before. What does that have to do with this blog ???/…well…everything.. I wanted to share with you what I have been eating and drinking and, I will be doing that in the next couple of post. I will also reveal my new body then with before an after photos. No I am not looking for an exclusive on Doctor Oz but of all the so called journeys I have been on this is the most significant because I am doing it for me for the first time . Ok enough of that melodrama..lets get to this Sugar- free, almost fat free, dairy free ice cream. Before I get to the recipe here are some uses for Protein Ice cream.
1. A breakup: consume this ice cream through the tears but, the plus is you won’t gain weight. If you see your ex again you would have some sense of triumph.” Yeah I ate that ice cream but I still look great, take that”
2. After being fired from a boss that was intimidated by you because you had a degree and he did not. While you start to think of where you will be sending out CV’s next the comfort of this protein ice cream will pacify you without the guilt.
3. Finally for that night when you missed the sleep train and you watched a slew of Netflix movies and someone in one of those movies was eating junk and you wanted to do it too. Well grab a big bowl of protein ice cream and it is just a OK!
I use Nitrofusion protein. No this is not a sponsored ad, but I hope they would see it to be honest lol. I like this protein because it is soy free and it has 25 g of protein per scoop and it is vegan of course. Here is a photo of it.
For sweets I only use stevia but if I really want that luxury sweet taste to the ice cream I use a tablespoon of agave nectar and then pump up the sweeteness with a pack of stevia…no no I am not a health nut but there is no way I am going to let my good hard work go down the drain just because I want some icecream.
So the recipe is easy….
2 cups of non dairy milk
1 1/2 scoop protein powder
pinch of salt
1 tbs vanilla extract
sweetener of your choice
2 tsp xanthan gum
Add everything except the gum to the blender and blend until well mix. Add in the xanthan gum and blend under the mixture is thick and creamy.
At this stage you can freeze by placing the mixture in a container and going back to it after 2 hours and breaking the ice crystals with a spoon and repeating the process again OR you can put the mixture in an icecream maker and enjoy.
Now before I get to the technical pros and cons of this type of ice cream I must tell you that if you do not do some add ins this ice cream can taste very health nutty but still decent enough to fix your cravings.
Possible add ins in this recipe ( will change the profile of it being fat free) include 1/4 cup pecans, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1 tbs agave nectar, cocoa powder if using chocolate protein powder and a tsp of instant coffee if using chocolate protein powder. This recipe is forgiving so go ahead and customize it to suit your needs.
Technical Cons of Protein Ice cream
1. the slight banana taste, if you hate banana on its own like me you may not like the slight banana flavour.
2. the slight heavy mouth feel from the protein powder especially if you are eating this as soft serve and not in hard scoops.
3. Being that it is fat free it freezes rock solid and you have to thaw for a few minutes before attempting to scoop
1.You can a lot of it without feeling guilty
2.It can be used as a post workout substitute for a shake
3. It is a new and exciting way to consume protein powder
Here, my add ins were peanut butter and pecans. It was further dressed with agave nectar, bananas, chopped peanuts and melted pure dark chocolate.
Here I added in 2 tbs cocoa powder, 1 tbs agave and a heaping tsp of coffee to enhance the chocolate flavour.
Ok now to drinks…
Now most Caribbean people like “juice” with their meals because of the types of flavours that are in our food juice goes well with the dishes. Juice is bad news for me since want to have a lean body so i resort to just water and on special ocassions, I pick a coconut from my tree and drink the water…OR, I turn to Crystal Light when things get really bad.
Recently, I have been making a lot of drinks at home that would we welcomed by someone who does not consume sugar.
I present the Lime Kiss/ Lime Ginger Kiss/ Lime Strawberry Kiss
2 limes juiced
1 cup ice
1 cup water
5 mint leaves
1 tbs agave nectar
1 small pack of stevia
Method blend well and serve immediately.
For the Ginger Kiss add 2×2 inch of ginger to the recipe
For the strawberry Kiss add two strawberries to the recipe
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I will be in TDOT…do people still say that for the 29th Annual Vegetarian Festival. In my next blog post I will divulge all of the juicy news about it. Until then……