“I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For… ?”
I love ice cream. If I ever found out I was lactose intolerant, ice cream would be the most devastating loss for me. That said, even though I technically can eat it, it doesn’t mean that this is without repercussions. Ice cream, as delicious as it is, is crammed with sugar and fat. It’s not bad for rare occasions, but I can’t eat it nearly as much as I crave it.
As a result, I’ve had to come up with a list of alternatives to help me get through the days when all I’m living for is that next taste of butterscotch ripple. I’ve called my list “Leesa’s healthy go-to alternatives for ice cream cravings,” and I’ve attached the list to my freezer door so when I go to the kitchen to take out the rocky road, I remind myself that there are other options. Nine times out of ten, it works (I’m only human!).
Here are the options on my list of delicious ice cream alternatives:
• Frozen peanut butter chocolate banana bites – These are the ultimate healthy food that tastes like it couldn’t possibly be anything but naughty. I make this in batches and freeze them in containers so I can grab a couple of them when my intention had been to take out the ice cream instead. This is a “gotta try.” The trick is to stop yourself at one or two, though! I just cut banana into slices and make little peanut butter “sandwiches” out of them. Then I dip them into melted dark chocolate and pop them into the freezer.
• Sweet and refreshing watermelon sorbet pops – Blast watermelon in a blender then pour it into frozen treat moulds or even into an ice cube tray. The result is delicious, sweet and very low in calories.
• Frozen grapes – It’s just as easy as washing grapes, drying them and freezing them. I don’t know what magic happens to a grape when you put it into the freezer, but suddenly it is far more delicious than it was at room temperature or even straight out of the fridge. I try to get organic grapes when I can, though, because these little delights are notorious for being full of pesticides.
• Banana non-ice cream sandwiches – Freeze banana and blend until smooth. Add some pure cocoa powder and spread in a dish for a layer ½ to 1 inch thick. Freeze until it is solid enough that you can cut out squares the size of a graham cracker and make an ice cream sandwich with the creamy chocolate banana filling.