First things first though –
Sweet cravings usually means you are:
1. Sleep Deprived (go to bed early tonight)
2. Stressed (take one thing off your to-do list)
3. Hormonal (eat the dam chocolate)
4. Reinforcing bad habits by always turning to something sweet in the afternoon.
On the matter of sleep. If you deprive your body of the necessary shuteye required for repair your body will try to ‘repair’ itself the next day.
To do this, your body releases growth hormone, stimulating ghrelin – your hunger hormone.
Needless to say you crave easy, accessible forms of energy i.e. sugar.
Regardless of this rant – I too am human and like something sweet in my life. Particularly with this warmer weather I ADORE ice cream. But I am not keen on most store bought products as they are filled with suspect numbers, soy lecithin and vegetable gums…to name but a few.
Hence, I invented my next best alternative!
Sugar Free, Protein Packed Ice Cream!
If you are keen for ice cream but hate the preservative ridden alternatives and lack time – try this on for size!
Protein Cheesecake Low Carb Ice Cream for ONE!
150g of cottage cheese or ricotta cheese (good quality means everything on the label makes sense to you)
¼ cup of water/almond milk/coconut milk
1 scoop of protein powder
Pinch of Vanilla powder
1 tsp of liquid stevia
1 tray of ice cubes (about 10-12 small ones)
1 tbs of Chia seeds (not necessary – they were sitting next to my blender so I thought why not?)
Combine ingredients, except for water in a blender or magic bullet. Add half the water and blend. If more water is required – add the remaining water. The water is purely to get the blender going – less is more. Puree the mixture until smooth and free of lumps, scraping down the blender as required.
Serve immediately, otherwise the ice will melt somewhat. (Which is ok – just more of a thick smoothie then)
I love this at the moment- especially with this beautifully balmy weather we are having.
Oh – and for the purists who read my blog – (I love you…BUT) yes this isn’t typical ice cream, made with quality egg yolks and milk. However- as a kitchen cheat – this deserves me a gold medal!