It’s the heart of midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere, and during the hottest days of the year, you might crave a scoop (or two!) of ice cream.
But most ice cream brands contains toxic ingredients, so I’m excited to share with you three scrumptious, bone-smart recipes for cool, creamy treats that are full of nutrition and flavor. They’re just the thing when you’re hit with a craving for a sweet, ice-cold treat on a hot summer day. Plus they can be whipped up in minutes!
So what’s so bad about commercial ice cream? Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients, and then discover what’s so good about today’s alternatives.
Toxins In Ice Cream?
Commercial ice cream contains a startling number of chemical additives, often cloaked behind names like “natural flavor.” But if you take a look at the ingredients listed on a typical ice cream container, you’ll see a shockingly long list of unpronounceable substances, such as…
Benzyl acetate, which is synthetic strawberry flavor. Also, sodium benzoate, a carcinogenic preservative that seems to find its way into large numbers of processed foods.
In addition, ice cream often features high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors like Yellow #5, cellulose gum or gel, caramel color, modified corn starch, monoglycerides, guar gum, polysorbate 80, and more.
All of these are bone-damaging toxins.
But What About “Natural” Ice Cream?
Certain ice cream brands claim to be “natural” and have just a few simple ingredients, like milk, cream, and sugar. But every one of those ingredients is also damaging to your bones!
Milk and cream are, obviously, dairy products, which are not recommended on the Osteoporosis Reversal Program due to their extremely acidifying nature, the presence of hormones (even if the dairy farmer does not add hormones, the cow’s milk naturally contains growth hormones for the calf), and the fact that they are highly processed. Cultured and fermented dairy products, such as plain, organic yogurt, kefir, and sour cream are the only alkalizing dairy foods that are recommended for bone health.
Sugar is obviously very abundant in ice cream. A “serving” is listed as half a cup on the packaging, but most people eat far more than this in a typical bowl of ice cream (a half-cup serving is a fairly small scoop). Half a cup of vanilla ice cream typically contains around 15 grams of sugar, which translates to around three teaspoons. Considering most people eat two to three scoops at a time, it can add up to quite a bit of sugar – 30 to 45 grams, or six to nine teaspoons.
Sugar, as Savers are surely aware, is detrimental to bones, and there are many reasons to avoid too much of it.
But let’s face it – cravings happen, especially for sweets, and when you’re in the habit of eating ice cream in the summer it can be hard to stop. One thing to bear in mind is that eating a sweet ice cream treat once in a while, such as at birthdays or celebrations, is not a problem. You can easily adjust for the acidifying treat by balancing it with alkalizing foods. It’s eating large amounts of ice cream on a regular basis, especially as part of an already-acidifying diet that can do serious damage to your bones.
So What’s The Alternative?
One thing that’s very satisfying is to make your own bone-healthy ice cream using nutritious ingredients like bananas, cherries, and coconut milk.
But you may not have time to make your own ice cream; after all, it can take several hours for ingredients to freeze. So today I’m going to share three alkalizing recipes for an instant ice cream “fix” that will build your bones and instantly satisfy your ice cream craving.
For each of the following recipes, simply toss all the ingredients (preferably organic) into your blender and whirl until creamy. Voila!
1. Silky Cinnamon
- 1 frozen banana*
- 1/4 cup rolled oats*
- 3 dried figs
- 1 cup almond milk or your favorite milk substitute
- Cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste
2. Tropical Treat
- 1 frozen banana*
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple*
- 1 celery* stalk
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Vanilla extract to taste
3. Green On The Go
- 1 banana*
- 3/4 cup kale*
- 1 tablespoon raw buckwheat, soaked previously for at least 30 minutes (replace with rolled oats if you prefer, which will make the mixture pH-balanced)
- 1 teaspoon almond* butter
- 3 pitted dates*
- Vanilla extract and nutmeg to taste
Clearly, the list of ingredients in these cool, creamy treats is a far cry from the artificial toxins found in commercial ice cream. For example…
Bananas actually help your bones absorb calcium due to the presence of fructooligosaccharides, a healthful prebiotic that feeds the healthful flora in your gut. A thriving, balanced gut biome is an important link in building strong bones, even though it’s generally overlooked.
They contain magnesium, boron, and B vitamins. They also have potassium, an important electrolyte that balances sodium.
Pineapple contains the trace mineral manganese, and it is rich in Vitamin C, an extremely important vitamin and antioxidant that is required for the health of all body systems health, including your bones. They add a delightful sweetness and tang to the recipe.
Oats are an acidifying but healthful source of manganese, silicon, and B-complex vitamins. They also offer calcium and magnesium, both crucial minerals for building bone. When oats are blended, they contribute a creamy texture.
Celery is highly alkalizing, and an excellent source of potassium and Vitamin K. This crunchy vegetable also contains folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin C, manganese, and Vitamins B2 and B5. In addition, celery has boron and Vitamin A.
That’s a far cry from what you’ll find listed on a carton of ice cream!
Enjoy Cool, Creamy Treats Without Worry
Blending Foundation Foods into nutrient-rich, flavorful smoothies is one of the most convenient and delicious ways to enjoy bone-rejuvenating nutrition. That’s why Bone Appétit, the Save Our Bones cookbook, includes a separate recipe collection just for smoothies called Blender Magic.
Each delicious smoothie recipe lists the vitamins and minerals it contains, so you know just what Foundation Supplements your bones are getting. And of course, there’s plenty of room for creativity!
Eat Your Way to Stronger Bones!
Discover over 200 mouth-watering bone healthy recipes for breakfast, smoothies, appetizers, soups, salads, vegetarian dishes, fish, and plenty of main courses and even desserts!
Blender Magic is a convenient and versatile recipe collection that adds a sweet, cooling touch to bone-building nutrition.
Till next time,