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Feed Your Soul - Healthy "Dessert" - Chocolate Ice Cream Yum with Pumpkin Pie Brazil Nuts

When you are surrounded by patients that have a sweet tooth but need to get a handle on balancing their blood sugar, then it's time to get creative.



Below is my "go to" recipe for those who want the experience of eating dessert that tastes decadent, but is really a healthy snack or meal.

If you've read any of my recipes before then you know my standard disclaimer - I'm not a cook or anything resembling a food blogger. So here goes nothing...

Recipe: (for 1 serving)

4 scoops of SP Complete-Chocolate

1/4-1/3 can of organic, unsweetened coconut milk (full fat)

ice cubes

7 brazil nuts, chopped

Pumpkin Pie spice (no sugar or other additives)

Pink Himalayan Salt

1/2 T butter (grass fed, organic or raw is best)

Blender

Pan

Here are my down and dirty, quick and lazy cooking tips:

Nuts:

Toss the butter in the pan

Chop up the 7 brazil nuts (they are large) fling into the pan

Add Pumpkin Pie spice and Salt

Stir nuts into butter and seasoning and briefly heat so gently toasted

Ice Cream:

Pour coconut milk into blender (be sure to get some of the liquid and some of the fat which may have hardened in the can)

Add 4 scoops of SP Complete-Chocolate (if chocolate is too strong, consider using 25-50% Chocolate and 50-75% Vanilla

Add several ice cubes - I use about 10 (makes it "slushy")

Blend away, pause to shake or stir as needed, blend again

Finished product is a thick, slushy "ice cream" similar to Dairy Queen

Plating:

Scoop blender mix ice cream into a bowl

Add roasted nuts over the top - they will sizzle!

Grab a spoon and enjoy the decadence :)

Time:

Prep is about 4-5 min

Blend 2 min

About 7 min total

Nutritional Info: (using online calculators)

Recipe as listed above: 417 calories, 14g total carbs, 8g net carbs (6g fiber), 33g fat, 14g protein

Recipe without the brazil nuts: 227 calories, 10g total carbs, 7g net carbs (3g fiber), 14g fat, 10g protein

Recipe without the brazil nuts or coconut milk: 140 calories, 9g total carbs, 6g net carbs (3g fiber), 5g fat, 10g protein

Other tips, tricks, variations:

Pour into a tall, cold glass with a straw to serve as a milk shake

Freeze in a bowl and you have "solid ice cream" - you'll have to thaw a bit when you are ready to eat it

Want something quick on the go and don't want to use an electric blender? Toss coconut milk or water in a portable blender cup to go, add SP Complete, add a few ice cubes if you want it cold and take with you - shake, shake, shake to enjoy (it will be like a thin drink)

Use SP Complete and add almond butter and raw, unsweetened coconut shavings, mix together and freeze in a flat (1/2") dish - then cut into pieces - viola- you have "fudge"

Recipe benefits include:

It tastes like dessert but Standard Process (SP Complete) protein powder contains: amino acids, nondenatured whey, flax meal powder, buckwheat leaf, brussel sprouts, kale, choline, inositol, alfalfa, carrot, grape seed extract & more totaling 21 whole foods & botanicals (each serving provides 10g protein, 6g net carbs, 5g fat totaling 140 calories)

SP Complete nutritionally supports intestinal, muscular & immune system health, promotes antioxidant activity, healthy liver function and the body's normal toxin-elimination function.

Coconut milk (if added) provides a good, organic source of saturated fat - read more about healthy fats HERE

Brazil nuts (if added) also provide a good source of fats and Selenium (an antioxidant that is also key in the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (active thyroid hormone) in the liver

The BEST BENEFIT - dessert for you or the kids that tastes awesome but really is a health food :)

Sweetened with Monk Fruit (aka Luo Han Guo) - 150-250 times sweeter than cane sugar but no calories and no effect on your blood sugar (safe for diabetics), also high in antioxidants, NOT an artificial sweetener

SP Complete-Chocolate uses raw cacao, also available in Vanilla and an unflavored version

A few considerations:

Make with just water/ice if you want less calories/fat (tastes best with the coconut milk)

Toss in handfuls of raw spinach if you want additional greens - it won't change the taste but turns it green

Make without the nuts if want less calories/fat (see nutritional information below)

Want it sweeter (doubtful, but who knows?) - add liquid whole leaf stevia (only 1-2 drops needed)

You have to order SP Complete from me or your licensed health care practitioner (it's not supposed to be sold on Amazon or through other sources so be careful, make sure it's not past expiration date and cost should be $65-68 for a large tub so make sure you aren't getting overcharged). You can make this recipe with other protein powders but they won't have the additional nutrients and benefits that SP Cleanse does and I can't vouch for unknown powders.

Want to know more about healthy eating? Read the "What to Eat?" article HERE. Want to know how to treat yourself kindly and heal your relationship with your body and food? Read the "What is Body Love?" article HERE. Want to learn more about the 10-step process to healing from injury or illness? Read the "Road to Recovery" article HERE.

Okay, that's it my friends - now you can turn a health food into dessert!

Serving Hands-On Healing,

Dr. Zachary




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