What better treat on a hot summer’s day than a nice dollop of ice cream? It’s creamy, delicious and a great way to cool down. But while dairy ice cream may seem like a cool treat, its effects in the body are, well, not so hot. Most store-bought dairy ice creams are filled with nasty additives, including carrageenan, artificial flavours, and lots and lots of refined sugar. But what if I told you that you can have your ice cream and have it nourish you, too?! My Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream is the perfect treat on a hot summers day, filled with lots of cool nutritious goodness. Here is what this ‘nice cream’ has to offer:
Strawberries: These vibrant red berries offer a wide range of nutrients, including vitamin C, folate, manganese and fibre. They are also a great source of antioxidants, which are very important for neutralizing free radical activity in the body. Learn more about free radical activity here.
Bananas: Rich in potassium, fibre, and vitamin C – but that’s not all! Bananas also contain some very important phytochemicals, among them pectin. Pectin is a source of fibre and has so many health benefits to offer. Foods containing pectin are great for removing unwanted metals and toxins from the body, and can also help lower cholesterol.
Next time you are looking for a cooling treat, why not do your body a favour too and try out my nourishing Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream!
Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream
Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
2 cups strawberries, frozen
2 cups sliced bananas (approximately 2 bananas), frozen
¼ cup water
1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until you reach a smooth consistency.
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