Sharon Reid

 

Eating clean is certainly challenging – I embarked on a healthy eating regime last summer and found it especially difficult during warm days; the temptation to chow down rich indulgent ice cream was real! Therefore I would have welcomed these healthy ice cream recipes from DW Fitness – free from processed sugars and packed full of nutritional value these delicious recipes are an ideal guilt -free treat.

Super easy healthy banana and cinnamon ice cream

Ingredients:

3 bananas

150ml of Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons of sweetener*

1 tablespoon of honey

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 tsp of vanilla bean paste

Fresh fruit to garnish

Method:

Chop your bananas into even-sized chunks and place in the freezer for an hour to 90 minutes.

Take them out and put them into a food processor with your yogurt, honey, vanilla bean paste and cinnamon.

Keep blending the mixture until it is smooth and creamy.

Place the mixture back in the freezer for up to an hour to 90 minutes.

Scoop it into a bowl and top with some fresh fruit of your choice.

What are the health benefits?

Greek yogurt is always a good alternative to things like cream or buttermilk. Not only is it extremely low in saturated fats, it’s also a decent source of protein and calcium. Although bananas are relatively high in natural sugars, they pack plenty of nutritional goodness. They’re a particularly good source of vitamin C and potassium.

Healthy blueberry ripple ice creambowl-932980_640

Ingredients:

100ml of Greek yogurt

150ml of vanilla yogurt

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

1 punnet of blueberries (around 150g)

1 lemon

A pinch of salt

4 tablespoons of sweetener*

Method:

You’re essentially creating two forms of ice cream and mixing them together to create a delectable ripple effect. Here’s the easiest way to do it…

Mix your blueberries with the Greek yogurt and two tablespoons of sweetener. Add in the juice and zest from your lemon.

Put this mix in the freezer for around 30 minutes (you want it to be a little bit stiff, but not fully frozen).

In the meantime, mix your vanilla yoghurt, bean paste, salt and remaining sweetener in a bowl.

Take your blueberry ice cream mix out of the freezer and start folding it into your vanilla mix.

Once you’ve combined the two, place the entire mixture in the freezer for an hour to 90 minutes.

What are the health benefits?

Whether you call it ice cream or frozen yogurt, there’s no doubt that this delicious recipe fits right into a healthy diet. Blueberries are often referred to as a  ‘superfood’ and it’s easy to see why. A fantastic source of vitamin K, blueberries have high levels of antioxidants and studies have suggested that they can lower a person’s risk of a heart attack.

 

Enjoy!

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