Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Ice Cream Substitution

Hello Friends!
I replaced today's run with a killer 1-hour circuit workout that consisted of:
Circuit One
1 set of:
Weighted jumps x 15 reps
Jump squats x 10 reps
Weighted squat x 15 reps
Jump squat x 10 reps
Weighted squat x 15 reps
Circuit Two
2 sets of:
Weighted squat x 15 reps
Side squat x 10 reps
Push up x 10 reps
Steam engine twists x 10 reps
Bicep curl x 15 reps
Hammer curl x 10 reps
Prone rows x 15 reps
Mountain Climbers x 25 reps
Lunge x 12 reps
Side squat x 15 reps
Bent over row x 12 reps
Running-High knees for 30 seconds
Concentration curl x 15 reps
Jump squat x 10 reps
Dumbbell flyes x 15 reps
Crunches x 20 reps
Hammer curl x 15 reps
Jumping jacks x 60 reps
Pendulum lunge x 5 per leg
Donkey kicks x 15 per leg
I felt great after the workout. It was a nice combination of strength training and cardio. You should give it a try! ;)
Did y'all know that July is the national month for ice cream? I'm not a huge fan of ice cream because, in my opinion, it's not healthy nor nutritional. Ice cream is usually loaded with whole cream, milk and sugar, which obviously makes it taste delish, but the calories and the saturated fats attached to it are ridiculous. If you're health conscious like me, there's different alternatives to ice cream. Let me show you:
Alternative 1: Frozen Yogurt or FRO-YO
Frozen yogurt is just that- yogurt that has been whipped and frozen. When choosing fro-yo make sure to pick the one that is made with low or non-fat dairy products or you could make it yourself.
How to make fro-yo:
1. 3 cups plain, vanilla, or flavored yogurt of choice
2. sweetener to taste, such as stevia or agave or sugar (amount will depend on your yogurt and whether you want tart or sweet froyo. Remember: the finished product will be less sweet, so make it just a little too sweet before freezing.)
3. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, unless using vanilla yogurt *optional

1. Stir all ingredients together.
2. Freeze the yogurt mixture, then re-blend in a Vita-mix or Blend-tech.

Alternative 2: Frozen Fresh Fruit 
Frozen fruit may not be as sweet and creamy as ice cream, but it definitely satisfies a sweet craving and it's as refreshing as ice cream.

How to prepare frozen banana covered in chocolate:
1. 8 medium bananas, peeled
2. 8 wooden popsicle sticks
3. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (make sure it's dark chocolate- at least 70% dark cocoa)
1. Line a sheet pan with waxed paper. Cut 1-inch off the end of each banana. Insert a popsicle stick into the cut-end of each banana, pushing the stick halfway in, leaving the other end exposed for use as a handle. Place the bananas on the sheet pan and freeze 1 hour.
2. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler by bringing 1 cup of water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Put the chocolate chips in a glass bowl, and place the bowl over the sauce pan. If the water in the sauce pan touches the bottom of the bowl, pour some out to avoid the chocolate from burning. Allow the chocolate chips to melt, stirring occasionally until the chocolate is smooth.
3. Dip the frozen banana inside of the chocolate covered bowl.
Alternative 3: Fruit Smoothie
Fruit smoothies offer a great alternative to ice cream because they're sweet and can be made creamy. Smoothies usually consist of yogurt, fruit and ice. The objective is to keep the smoothie as natural as possible, so avoid syrups and added flavors.
How to make a berry smoothie:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana, peeled
1-2 cups water or 1-2 cups almond milk or 1 cup yogurt
1/2 cup ice *optional (because the fruits are frozen)

1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Have you ever tried any other ice cream alternative?
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  1. I like to buy the Yoplait Whips at the grocery store and then toss them in the freezer when I get home. They actually taste great frozen!

    I'm definitely going to give the Fro-yo recipe a try!

    1. Hmmm, I've never tried the Yoplait Whips. Sounds delicious!

  2. Do you ever have a cheat day? Just for one day..go out to Sonic's or Dairy Queen and have a milkshake?

    1. I don't typically cheat, especially with ice cream. It's been a while since I've been eating healthy, so when I cheat, I get an upset stomach. That's why I avoid it altogether.

  3. I'm addicted to frozen yogurt. I actually just posted about it in my "100 Reasons I love Running" link up on beautyandthegreek.blogspot.com

    I said that running was my gateway drug to fro yo. I'm obsessed, with both...


    1. That's hilarious Emily! That's definitely a good reason to run ;).

  4. Freeze a banana, then blend with 1-2 tablespoons nut butter and about 3/4 cup almond milk (or any milk). Best milkshake ever!

  5. I use greek yogurt as an ice cream alternative all the time. Warm up frozen berries, add a little chocolate and top with low fat plain greek yogurt...can't even tell it's not ice cream!