#4: I eat ice cream for breakfast

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For those who knew me during my high school and college years, you may not find this hard to believe. While at that time I did not start my day with a bowl of ice cream, I DEFINITELY thought about it. And if it happened to be in the freezer... it wasn't going to be there for long. Oddly enough, I never felt too great after eating ice cream... I won't go into details, but my stomach hurt, I felt bloated, and like I had just screwed up my healthy day. These reasons, however, were not enough too keep me from enjoying it and continuing to call it my "favorite food".

So when I decided to eliminate dairy from my diet, I most certainly stressed about how I would satisfy my craving for a creamy, frozen treat. My concerns were quelled by the promise of non-dairy alternatives like Coconut Bliss, So Delicious, Almond Dream, and even Steve's has some FANTASTIC non-dairy options. May I recommend the Coconut Bliss Ginger Cookie Caramel or Steve's Speculoos Cookie Butter as your first plunge into the world of non-dairy dessert. *PSA: These ice creams are NOT nutritionally approved as breakfast. They are only to be used as an infrequent treat, when life demands that one is needed.

Little did I know that my favorite food, always considered an unhealthy indulgence for my body but a much needed one for my soul, would become the powerhouse to fuel my day. Alright, now to tell you about my breakfast of champions....

ICE CREAM

Made with bananas!

Say what?!

BANANAS! Frozen bananas!

All you need to make a DELICIOUS and nutritious ice cream (which can be enjoyed at any time of the day) is bananas! But that is just the base my friends, there are infinite possibilities! Let me share with you a couple of my favorite ice creams that I have made and have enjoyed at any and all times of the day/

All of these ice creams have the same base.

Ice Cream Base

  • 2-4 frozen bananas (depending on intense exercise)
  • 1 big handful of kale, spinach, any green you like
  • 3 T of water or almond milk or coconut milk

Optional (and preferred) Add-ins

No recipe is incomplete without these but they just pack a nutritional punch and their flavor can at times enhance, but some (*spirulina cough, chlorella cough) often need to be masked. I usually add around 1 T of each.

  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Goji berries
  • Spirulina
    • *still adjusting to the taste, but the nutritional density of this cyanobacteria is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It boasts the highest protein per weight of any food in the world! 70% protein for all my protein lovers out there! 
  • Chlorella
    • *this is a green algae that has amazing detoxification properties because it is 7% chlorophyll by mass. 
  • Maca Powder
  • Hemp seeds
  • Vega Vanilla Protein Powder (plant-based protein, usually add if I am looking for some extra calories after a workout)

Some extra fun...

So my FAVORITE thing to do is line the bottom of the bowl with peanut butter, almond butter, chocolate hazelnut butter, etc. THIS IS A GAME CHANGER.

Alright, time for some recipes!


 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Isn't that gorgeous? It's also simple and packed with just what you need to start your day.

  • Base + optional add-ins
  • 10+ fresh mint leaves (I like mine super minty)
  • 1 T cacao powder
  • 2 T cacao nibs (added towards the end of the cycle so there is some crunch!)

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Fruity and Tart Ice Cream

I love something like this when I am feeling thirsty, maybe after a long, hot run or after a long hot day. The citrus makes it feel very thirst quenching.

  • Base + Optional add-ins
  • 1 handful of frozen mangoes
  • Toppings
    • Strawberries
    • Pumpkin seeds
    • Dried, unsweetened coconut
    • Oranges

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Blueberry Delight

  • Base + optional add-ins
  • 1 handful of frozen cherries
  • 1 handful of fresh blueberries
  • Toppings:
    • Fresh blueberries
    • Hemp seeds
    • Dried, unsweetened coconut
    • Pumpkin seeds

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Peanut Butter Granola Ice Cream

Well this isn't my best photography or presentation, but this bad boy hits the spot when I am craving some chocolate peanut butter goodness.

  • Base + optional add-ins
  • Line the bottom of the bowl with peanut butter
  • 1 T of cacao powder
  • Toppings
    • Hemp seeds
    • Oh She Glows Granola (only the most delicious granola ever, I left out the dried fruits)

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So there you have it folks. It feels like your indulging when you are really providing your body with all of the good stuff, first thing in the morning!

Anybody ever try this? Inspired to try it? I am always looking for some creative new recipes so spread the love!