Trainer’s Orders: Eat This Ice Cream After You Work Out!

Ice Cream

I don’t cook, let alone bake, and have never posted a recipe before. I also believe that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Not in this case!

Not only is this “ice cream” made from one natural ingredient, it helps you recover from a workout. I actually recommend it to my personal training clients and eat it myself!

My mother found this article after a cancer scare in my family. My parents became vegan to try to eat a diet that might help prevent a recurrence. She found the recipe at Food52​.com The website explains, “It’s one ingredient. It’s creamy. It’s frosty. It’s vegan. It’s raw. It’s ice cream? It’s bananas!

No really, it’s bananas, frozen bananas blended until something magic happens with the pectin in them, and the consistency changes to that of soft ice cream. No sugar or anything else added! Oh, the wonder of food science! We tested it on my dad who thought it was ice cream, and when and told him it wasn’t, he had no idea what it could be.

Fitness buffs know that the potassium in bananas helps keep your muscles in shape for tough workouts.The American Council on Exercise (ACE) explains,“According to exercise scientists, if you work out at a moderate– to high–intensity level for 90 minutes or longer, you should consume a healthy snack within 30 minutes post–exercise…Bananas are high in fructose (fruit sugar) and a high–glycemic carbohydrate that the body can quickly convert to energy. When you enjoy it with a small amount (1 tablespoon) of almond butter, you add protein.”

For me, I never really liked the flavor or texture of bananas, so I probably didn’t eat enough of them. Until now. Here is the “recipe” and a way for you to have your ice cream and eat it too! Trainer’s orders!

Making one-​​ingredient ice cream is as simple as this: Cut up bananas. Freeze them for about an hour. Whir them in a food processor for about four minutes until the consistency changes to that of soft ice cream (pictured here). Eat quickly, or refreeze and blend again. You can even get a machine specifically made for this trainer’s treat at http://​www​.yonanas​.com/.

Want to add some protein to your post-​​workout? Try this cashew cream topping from The Cancer Fighting Cookbook by Rebecca Katz.

Cashew Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cup
  • raw cashews
  • 2 cup
  • water
  • 2 tsp
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange juice
  • 1⁄2 tsp
  • sea salt
  • 1⁄8 tsp
  • freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions

Grind the cashews in a mini-​​food processor or nut grinder to give them a head start in the blender (if you have a Vita-​​Mix, you can skip this step). Put the water in a blender, then add the lemon juice, salt, nutmeg and cashews and blend until creamy smooth. This takes several minutes, but your taste buds will reap the rewards of your patience.

Fitness — fit it in! Nikki

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NikkiFitness is a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, writer and publicist living in New York City. She started as a cheerleader at Syracuse University, but became certified in fitness before her beach wedding so that she could get back in shape. Laura, a graduate student, working mom, and military wife, inspired Nikki's Military Wife Workout (MWW) for all military wives. Find more articles by Nikki at her Military Fitness Center archive. Learn more at www.nikkifitness.com.

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