You are Better Than the Free Cone

DQ2Dairy Queen was giving out free ice cream cones last week and I mentioned to a past client that I didn’t like their ingredients. She commented leave it to a nutritionist to suck the joy out of a free cone. Ouch. I was going to apologize but I really wasn’t sorry.

I stand by it and own it. There are way better choices out there. Just because something is free doesn’t mean I need to go have it. (If Van Leeuwen wants to hand out free ice cream I will definitely wait in line). Read the labels on your ice cream, do you know the ingredients and do they belong in your food?

It reminds me of super-sizing an order. We go for it because it seems like such a good deal without regard to what it does to our bodies.Do you really need a jumbo soda, double burger and enough fries to feed a family for yourself? Do you need the Venti Mocha Frappucino from Starbucks with whip? (My friend had one of these every day and asked me what I thought the calorie count was. FYI: it’s 520 calories with 80 g of sugar. That is 20 teaspoons of sugar).

I love ice cream, it’s one of my favorites. My advice is to try to be mindful about the ingredients and make the better choice. Keep your portions manageable and enjoy every bite or sip of your treat.

Want a quick and easy treat? It’s not really a recipe because it’s ridiculously simple. No ice cream maker needed.

Banana Soft Serve

Freeze a large very ripe banana (peeled). Let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes and put it in your blender or food processor. Instant banana soft serve. You can add cacao, peanut butter, coconut or another frozen fruit if you like. I like mine with 1 – 2 TBS of cacao powder and a little almond butter. It’s satisfying, fun. and easy.

Need help in making better decisions in your eating plan? Not sure what portions should look like? Email me, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, and we can come up with a plan that works for you.