What about healthy breasts?
It is possible to enjoy an ice cream this summer, without sacrificing your breast health However, we're not talking about the stereotypical tub of ice cream that is loaded with artificial falvourings, refined sugar, and dairy. With so much uncertainity around the level of hormones and antibiotics found in dairy, eating ice cream all summer long is probably not the best idea for your breast health.
The cells found in breasts are sensitive to hormonal changes in the body, so any consumption of synthetic hormones, such as xeno estrogens (found in the environment in such things as plastic products) can interfere with the proper balance of hormones in your body. Non-organic dairy products tend to contain a wide variety of hormones, such as Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), which is used to increase the amount of milk that cows produce. rBGH can cause excessive growth inside the human body too, which poses a risk for cancerous cells growing in breast tissue.
What kind of ice cream are you talking about?
So, if you have a deep love affair with ice cream, we are not trying to win you over with this alternative recipe (well, maybe, just a little). Our philosophy is that you have to love the food that you are eating. And if you are going to indulge in eating something that is not necesarilly the healthiest choice, such as normal ice cream, enjoy it as an ocassional treat and aboslutly love every moment of the experience.
However, for your every day enjoyment this summer, you can try out this delicious alternative, which is made without any dairy at all! Plus, enjoy this recipe if you are gluten free, sugar free, or following a diet that requires you to eliminate many foods.
Banana Cream Chocolate and Chunky Almond Ice Cream
1 frozen banana (cut into pieces prior to freezing for ease) 1/3 cup alternative milk of your choice (almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk) 1/4 cup super dark chocolate chunks or chips (or use cacao nibs instead of in addition) 1 Tbsp chunky almond butter
*Feel free to use the banana and alternative milk as the base for any type of ice cream. If you don't like chocolate or almonds, you can mix in other ingredients to create a different flavour. For example- you could do berries or peanut butter or fresh mint leaves.
Directions: 1. Use a high power blender (such as a Vitamix). Blend together the banana and choice of milk until creamy and thick. 2. Remove from blender and stir in the chocolate pieces and almond butter. 3. Serve immediately! If you want to freeze this for later, you will need to take out of the freezer about 20 minutes before eating in order to soften the ice cream.