Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Banana Peanut Butter Ice CreamPlease note that the picture to the left was not taken by me, but this is exactly what mine looks like when I make it. 🙂

So you love ice cream, but when you are watching what you eat, it’s not the best thing in the world to eat. Well here is the solution! BANANA PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM! It only has 2 ingredients and is super easy to make.

3 bananas (sliced about 1/2 inch)
1/4 c. peanut butter

About 2-3 hours before you would like your ice cream, slice the bananas and put them in the freezer. When you are ready, put the slightly frozen bananas in the blender, then add the 1/4 c. peanut butter. Put on blend until it’s well blended. You can eat it right then, or scoop it out into a freezer safe container for later. This recipe serves 2.

This is such a nice treat when you’re watching what you eat. It almost has a custardy texture to it, and it’s really the perfect amount of ice cream because it is pretty rich.

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Love To Snack? Choose One Of These Healthy Snacks.

Craving something crunchy, sweet, salty, or creamy? Well here is your go to guide for healthy snacks depending on your craving:

CRUNCHY:

  • apples
  • frozen grapes
  • rice cakes
  • light popcorn or plain popcorn
  • carrots
  • veggies and dip (like hummus, tabouli, vinaigrette)
  • celery & peanut butter
  • hummus & whole grain toast
  • nuts

SWEET:

  • wheatgrass
  • fresh fruit
  • yogurt & fruit
  • apples & almond butter
  • whole grain bread and jam
  • frozen yogurt
  • dried fruit
  • grains drizzled with maple syrup, cinnamon, bananas, etc.
  • smoothies
  • fruit ice cream
  • fresh squeezed juice
  • sweet veggies like yams, sweet potatoes, sqaush – try baking them and sprinkling them with cinnamon
  • organic dark chocolate

SALTY:

  • olives
  • pickles or pickled veggies
  • hummus
  • oysters
  • vegetables with umeboshi vinegar
  • tortilla chips with salsa and/or guacamole (go for a whole grain chip option)
  • sauerkraut
  • lemon juice in your water
  • edamame
  • organic cheese

CREAMY:

  • smoothies
  • yogurt
  • avocados
  • rice pudding
  • dips & spreads
  • pureed soups
  • sweet potatoes
  • coconut milk

 

Warm Up With Butternut Squash Soup!

 

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

2 TBSP butter
1 small onion, diced
1/2 c. celery, diced
1/2 c. carrots, diced
2 medium potatoes, cubed
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cubed
32 oz chicken or vegetable stock (Use vegetable stock if you want a vegetarian soup)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp dried basil
Parmesan Cheese

In a large pot, melt butter. Add all veggies to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring. Pour chicken stock into pot, bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 40 minutes. Once vegetables are tender, pour veggies into a blender and puree until desired texture is reached. Pour back in pot, and leave on low heat. Add salt, pepper, garlic and basil to soup and stir well. Keep on low for 5 minutes, then serve in bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cleansing & Nursing. Can You Do Them Together?

I’ve gotten a lot of questions in regards to doing a detox while nursing. While not all detoxes will be safe while nursing, the detoxes in the Seasonal Detox Guide by Elite Health Coaching are safe while nursing.

What makes this detox so much different than others on the market? The biggest thing with this detox is that you will get to eat REAL food! There are no pills or potions to purchase. It doesn’t include a liquid diet for 10 days straight. This detox is all about cleansing your body of toxins that may be stored in your body by eating whole, natural foods. You’ll remove sugar, gluten, refined foods, and more from your diet during this detox. Not only can it help you lose weight, it can help make your belly happy if you have digestive issues. It can help you feel less bloated, feel lighter, and it’ll boost your energy!

So what kind of foods will you be eating while following the Seasonal Detoxes outlined by Elite Health Coaching? You’ll eat foods such as Rosemary Chicken, Lettuce Taco Wraps with Watermelon Salsa, Taco Salads, and MORE! Each seasonal detox will lat for 7 days and it includes recipes that your whole family can enjoy.

Before doing a detox of any kind it is always best to speak with your physician. If you are wanting to order the Seasonal Detox Guide by Elite Health Coaching, please click here.

Always Running Around? You Can Still Eat Healthy!

As a parent, we tend to put everyone and everything before our needs. As we do this more and more, we often forget to exercise and eat well. We are always on the go, so how could we possibly eat healthy. Here is a list of Elite Health Coaching’s Top 10 Nutrition Tips for Moms & Dads:

  1. If you work at a desk most of the day, make sure you take the time and get up and stretch.
  2. Take the stairs, not the elevator or escalator.
  3. Prep healthy snacks ahead of time. This can include servings of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, pre-portioned whole wheat crackers, etc.
  4. Meal plan. Planning out your meals for the week will help you stay on track when it comes to eating healthy. Check out this post on meal planning!
  5. Drink plenty of water. Not sure how much water to drink per day? Read this article!
  6. Avoid high fat condiments. Salad dressing can typically be high in calories and fat. Search for a healthier option or make your own dressing.
  7. Don’t drink your calories. Stay hydrated with water. If you need an added energy boost, try drinking black coffee or unsweetened green tea. These are both low in calories and provide you a natural boost of energy.
  8. Slow down and chew your food. The more thoroughly you chew your food, the better.
  9. Only eat until you are about 80% full. Don’t over eat. Pay attention to what your body is telling you and don’t over indulge. If you are going to a dinner party or a place where you feel you will over eat, try to eat just a few bits of all the things you want to try. This will ensure you don’t eat until you are ready to pop.
  10. Exercise! This will give you energy throughout the day to help you be more productive and awake while you are working.
  11. Enlist the help of a health coach if you aren’t sure where to start! Elite Health Coaching can help you and your family make healthy changes without causing distress!

Peanut Butter Popcorn Recipe!

imagesWant a healthy snack that is sugar free and has some health benefits too? I came across this recipe, but I have NO idea where. The airpopped popcorn has lots of fiber, peanut butter adds protein, the honey adds a great sweetness without using sugar, and the cinnamon has anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

1 bowl of airpopped popcorn
1/4 c. peanut butter (all natural, no sugar added)
1 1/2 TBSP honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pop popcorn according to instructions. In a small microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon. Microwave for 30 seconds or until melted together. You can also melt these 3 ingredients together over medium heat on the stove. Once popcorn is done and peanut butter mixture is melted, pour over popcorn and mix well, then serve!

Avocado Dip

AvocadoPhotoWith summer quickly coming to an end, there is bound to be lots of BBQ’s and get-togethers where you need to bring a side. Try this Avocado Dip with a side of mixed raw vegetables like cucumbers, celery, carrots, and broccoli!

AVOCADO DIP:
4 servings
1 large peeled and pitted avocado
2/3 c. plain yogurt
1 tomato, diced
Dash or 2 of cayenne peppe
Sea salt & pepper to taste

Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth. Add yogurt, tomato, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. This may be done in a food processor, blender, or with a fork. Add sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste. Serve chilled with vegetables.
**Best made a maximum of 1 hour before serving.