Monday, July 13, 2009

Healthy Ice Cream?!

I am an ice cream snob. I think it is a waste of calories to eat "no name" ice cream. I only waste my calories on top brands. My all time favorite is the Haagen-Daz chocolate ice cream bar . . . at 300 calories, and I don't even want to know how many grams of saturated fat (oops, I found out ).

Tonight, for family night, I made a Vita-mix strawberry frozen yogurt. It was so creamy and delicious that I consider it to be up there with my favorites. It only had 3 ingredients in it . . .

3 Cups Frozen Strawberries
1 Cup plain non-fat yogurt
1/3 Cup sugar

It not only tasted great, but for 1 Cup of it only has 212 calories, and no fat! You also get a bonus of 3 grams of fiber and 100% of your daily vitamin C. And don't forget about all the health benefits of yogurt.

Here is the directions for the recipe

You will probably need a Vita-mix for this, but it never hurts to try.

Place all ingredients in Vita-Mix container, yogurt first, then frozen strawberries, then sugar. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Use tamper to press ingredients into the blades while processing. In about 30-60 seconds, then sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form in the mixture. Stop machine. Do not over mix or melting will occur. Serve immediately.


  1. Yum, I want that ice cream NOW! But my vitamix is making it's way from Trinidad - very slowly

  2. Lisa! Have I told you lately you're my hero? I'm finally settled in PA and can now regularly stalk your blog. I love your posts! And cook47 too. And this may sound silly, but some of the healthy tips you post my mom taught me growing up, and I don't do them w/ my own kids because I'm either chicken or lazy. And your blog makes me feel neither chicken or lazy. So thanks!

  3. Jennie, I am glad I can remind you of some things your Mom taught you. Diane, I will have to bring my vitamix down next time we come down.

  4. Hi! Jen Hurst is my husband's cousin (we live in Fort Worth) and I love her cooking blog. I found yours and am an AVID fan of healthy kids and do some blogging about similiar things. One thing I wonder if you've read about or tried is (Volcanic--brand) Agave Nectar. We have cut sugar out of most of our diet with exception to this very low glycemic natural, organic sweetener. It's easy to find and reeks much less havoc with our blood sugar. We use it in our muffins (with whole wheat flour), smoothies, pancakes (as syrup--way lower calories and sugar/blood rush), and really anything else that calls for it. I think you'd be very interested in this sweet and healthier food product from what I've read on your blog. Other note: our holistic doctor warned us strongly against all lunch meats about 8 years ago and we have been eating a lot more organic peanut butter and tuna sandwiches. Plus nuts, whole wheat quesadillas, etc. I love reading blogs of other moms who know that we are what we eat and it takes a major amount of proactivity and positive attitude to teach our kids that food literally is fuel and shapes our bodies and minds and energy. Thanks! and I'm glad to connect with a blog like this!