Summer is FINALLY here and what better summer staple is there than frozen treats, especially ice cream! If I could, I’d declare it as its own food group this time of the year (anyone else?!). One of my favorite phrases is, “everything in moderation”, and while moderation means something different for everyone, ice cream every day would be a little excessive for me...especially on top of the other summer treats I've been enjoying. So, I found a way to satisfy my craving while sneaking in some extra nutrition, and you better believe I'm sharing it with you all!
But before I do that, I have to make a quick PSA about the nutritional punch this ice cream alternative provides. The banana contains fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals. The dark chocolate also comes with its set of impressive health benefits. Dark chocolate contains flavanols, which have antioxidant properties that work to fight free radicals. These flavanols may help prevent the development of certain chronic diseases by fighting oxidation in the body. Research has even shown that dark chocolate may help improve blood flow and blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels! To reap the health benefits of chocolate, aim for chocolate bars that are at least 70% cocoa…the darker the more benefits!
With all that said, you're probably waiting for the recipe, so here it is!
While this has been my go-to these days, I do still enjoy the real thing in moderation. For me, that means making an afternoon out of going out and treating myself to my favorite ice cream parlors once every week or two.
Do you love ice cream as much as I do? What are your favorite flavors? Let me know in the comment section below! You can also connect with GE on Instagram by tagging @gavi.equestrian and using #GaviEquestrian.