Ice cream is one of those treats that seems to be the choice dessert.
Case and point:
- Celebratory sundae scoops – everyone goes out for ice cream!
- Birthday party favorite – a la mode or with cake.
- Break-up soother – pint, spoon, Netflix. We’ve all done it.
- Stress snacking – craving something and you go for the quick and trusted, good ol’ frozen treat.
Who can relate? I know I never looked at the label or counted the fat and sugar. As long as the package was enticing, that pint was mine!
Well, now I’m older and wiser. I read labels. You know what they say,
it’s all fun and games until your pants don’t fit!
That was me, until I asked why. Why was I so drawn to this stuff, knowing it gave me a sugar high (and consequent low)? Knowing it sabotaged my weight loss goals too!
The answer is because it is so ingrained in our memories. We all have an emotional attachment to food because we associate so many positive memories with the food we enjoyed at the time.
Next time you reach for something you know is bad for you, ask yourself why? If you really want it, have it. But, if you can change your pattern and swap out a sugar-laden food for a much healthier option, more power to you. You have the power to change your habits, your life, your future.
One decision at a time is what leads to health and disease prevention. Punishing yourself at the gym can never be as beneficial as conquering cravings. After all, it’s 80% what you eat and 20% exercise.
I’ll even give you a perfect ice cream swap idea!
Raspberry Swirl Nice Cream:
- 3 bananas, sliced & frozen
- 1 Tablespoon Tocos powder (adds to the creamy/vanilla texture & flavor-but it’s optional)
- 1/3 cup coconut water
Blend in high speed blender until smooth. Garnish with bluebs and fresh swirls of raspberry jam! (super easy recipe below)
Quick Raspberry Jam:
- 1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries (Trader Joe’s sells a great one, or check this one out online)
- 2 Tablespoons water (or enough for desired consistency)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (agave works too)
Mix all ingredients together. Set aside for a few minutes to plump. Make sure to lick the spoon! 😉
Let me know if you try this swap! What other foods do you crave but wish you could swap for something good-for-you instead?
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