Finding The Sweetness in Life – Learning How To Make Refined Sugar-free Ice Cream

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Hola Mamis & G-ma’s!

I am another week into the no sugars (and many other things…) gut healing diet/cleanse and doing pretty well, but occasionally just really want a bite, or two, or maybe even three, of something sweet. So when my dear friend randomly mentioned some coconut milk-ginger ice cream she purchased from the store the other day, and that it just so happened to be delicious, it really got my mind thinking about it. Plus, we have a dinner guest coming over tonight and I was wondering what to have for dessert (he is also on a very strict candida healing diet), so double motivation.

My friend also happened to mention, that she then went home and threw a few things in the blender and made something fairly similar to what she purchased at the store, but she sweetened it with stevia! I asked her for the quantities and ingredients she used, but she didn’t write it down and had a slightly vague idea of what she did. That really got me thinking about it, because our healing diet allows us to add some stevia to things, and I thought maybe I could figure something out too… So, the quest began… I started searching on the internet in my spare moments and located a recipe that a number of people seem to think is tasty, so I am going to try it. I will probably modify it some just to help suit out tastes and use what I have on hand, but I am really looking forward to it.

It is based on a Vegan Chai Ice Cream recipe made using coconut milk and featured on The Minimalist Baker website (check it out here). I will let you know how it turns out, but in the meantime I also wanted to make a couple of other suggestions for things that have helped me maintain the “no sugar” lifestyle, but still allow me to taste some of life’s sweetness:

1- Sliced green apples (less sugar than the red varieties, but still sweet to people who aren’t eating “Sugar”) sprinkled with a little cinnamon or pie spice mix;

2- Homemade nut butter (I add a few drops of stevia to it along with coconut oil and a little bit of pink Himalayan sea salt when I make it and it is yum!!!). You can also put a little of this on the sliced green apples mentioned above for a double yum!!

3- Make some kind of fruit/veggie smoothie – I currently think of most of the smoothies I am making as some form of lemonade. This is because lemons are really helpful to detoxify so including them adds not only a refreshing flavor, but also more opportunity to detox. Because of this, they are pretty much a foundation in all my drinks. One I make quite often includes a whole lemon (with most the skin and the seeds removed), as well as a half a cucumber, a leaf or two of kale, a green apple (core removed), 16 oz. of purified water and ice to taste. Blend it all up and enjoy! I sometimes also add a small chunk of ginger into it before blending (good for digestion and added flavor). I have also made drinks with carrots, beets and parsley or use the above recipe and replace the kale with some spinach or power greens. The fun and variations are endless, tasty and good for you! Give it a try!!

While it is true that the first couple weeks of the gut healing diet were pretty challenging. I had very low energy (thank goodness I didn’t have headaches, nausea, etc, like many people who cleanse toxins and stuff from their body do), and the new recipes were very, very time consuming to make and adjust to, but I can tell it is much better for my body to stay away from sugar (this is really a biggie!!) and to rotate the foods that we eat. This helps our digestive system to keep from having large or small sensitivities or allergic type reactions to the things we eat over and over. I highly recommend doing your own experiment with this. It is not only healing and cleansing but helps to reduce inflammation in our body, which is critical to long-term health and wellness and a great role-model for all the Sweeties in the world!! You might just be quite amazed at what aches, pains, etc, you currently have that will reduce or fall by the wayside, as well as lose some unwanted pounds. (We do not eat grains (except a very small amount of quinoa) or legumes either.)

I hope this info has inspired you to play with making some healthier, refined sugar-free (this does not mean use the artificial sweeteners – super yuk!) treats and desserts, or to really encourage you to do an experiment with removing it from your diet for 2-4 weeks, or more if you are more motivated or have a serious health issue.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

Have you removed sugar from your diet for any length of time?  If so, what did you notice in your body, energy level and emotions?  Do you have any refined sugar-free recipes that you think are super yummy to share with us?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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