The best chocolate chip ice cream

Ok so this ice cream is not dairy or egg free but it is still raw and is the BEST tasting ice cream ever!

During the school holidays Jannine and I enjoyed two evenings where each of the kids prepared a 3 course meals, including a drink. They also cleaned up after themselves! My daughter decided she wanted to make ice cream for dessert – chocolate chip. Wow what a dessert. So if you love ice cream I guarantee you will love this one.

IngredientsIce cream

  • 4 large organic eggs separated
  • 1 cup sweetener*
  • 1 litre pure organic cream**
  • 3/4 cup of grated organic raw chocolate

Directions

  1. Beat cream until thick, the consistency that would be used to for cake filling.
  2. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  3. Beat egg yolks and sweetener until mixture is a yellow colour. Depending on the sweetener used depends on the yellow colour – this can range from pale to a golden yellow.
  4. Slowly fold in one third of the cream into the yolk/sweetener mixture.  Followed by one third of the egg white mixture.
  5. Repeat folding in another third of cream into the yolk/sweetener mixture then a third of the egg white mixture.
  6. Repeat folding the  last third of cream into the yolk/sweetener mixture then the last third of the egg white mixture.
  7. Gently fold in grated chocolate.
  8. Pour into container and place in freezer until set.
  9. To serve scoop ice cream into bowls and with sprinkled grated organic raw chocolate.

The secret in light ice cream is in the folding. Gently and not over folded. Oh and of course ‘love’ my daughter always puts love into each dessert she makes.

* When I first learnt to make ice cream the sweetener used was icing sugar. Now days I use either maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar.

** 1 litre of cream will make 2 litres of ice cream

In good health, Vicki

Is fat bad for you?

Guest blog post by Fiona Kane from Informed Health

Fat is NOT bad for your health! In fact, fat is required to absorb important vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat is the very important building block to creating a healthy body, insulating organs, making healthy functioning cells, nerve function, energy production, making hormones (eg oestrogen, testosterone). Fat also makes you feel full and satisfied and most importantly fat does not make you fat!

There are two types of fats that we get from our food; synthetic (bad) and natural (good) fats.

Natural (good) fats

Contribute to healthy cell and body function and are found in whole natural foods including:

  • AvocadoButter
  • Seafood/fish including skin (wild)
  • Eggs (free range)
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Meat/animal fat (grass fed/finished – pasture raised)
  • Coconut
  • Butter/full fat dairy (from grass fed/finished produce)
  • Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Flaxseed oil

Fat that is stored in your fat cells from the above sources will provide protective cushioning of vital organs including your heart. Fat cells provide heat in your body providing protection against external elements and playing a critical role in metabolism.

The fat soluble vitamins play a critical role in your body:

  • Vitamin K is necessary to support brain, eye and bone health. Vitamin K will reduce the risk of developing dementia and is critical for normal clotting so you don’t bleed to death.
  • Vitamin A is important for brain development, vision and immune function.
  • Vitamin D is involved in the prevention of chronic diseases, cancer, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, auto immune (type 1 diabetes), depression and osteoporosis.

Synthetic (bad) fats

Synthetic fats on the other hand have a harmful effect on health! They are often called trans fats, hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated oil and vegetable oil. These are found in your processed foods including:

  • Take away foods eg pizza, burger, fries etcunhealthy food composition
  • Packaged foods eg dried fruit, biscuits, cakes, tomato sauce, bbq sauce, chocolate, muffins, cakes
  • Sugary drinks eg chocolate/coffee milk, soft drink, juices, energy drinks
  • Frozen foods eg pizza, lasagne, meats, ice-cream, desserts
  • Canola oil, soft butters, margarine, sunflower and other vegetable oils

These fats drive inflammation which leads to auto-immune conditions, cardiovascular disease, dementia, weight gain, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and many other health issues. Unfortunately, our body cannot differentiate between synthetic and natural fats which mean if you consume synthetic fats and vegetable oil; these fats will be used to make up new cells and create the protective layer around each of cells. The problem here is that the synthetic fat is unable to exchange nutrients properly through the cell. This will reduce the cells ability to function. This means that organs will not be getting adequate energy and the person will become more fatigued and lethargic.

Avoid vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils (eg rice bran, canola, sunflower, margarine), they drive macular degeneration, increase inflammation and the risk of cardiovascular d

coconutsA note on the health benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil provides a unique combination of fatty acids can have great health benefits. The main fat in coconut oil is a type of saturated fat which previously was thought to be unhealthy, now we know that saturated fat is an essential nutrient for health. Coconut oil has a special kind of saturated fat called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).

MCTs are metabolized differently to other fats and oils, they go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.  Ketone bodies can supply energy for the brain and researchers have found that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s. A new Alzheimer’s medication being trialled is made from MCTs.

MCTs also have a thermogenic effect which basically means they increase your energy expenditure and help increase your metabolism. Because coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it can also help you lose weight.  It is especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which is the kind associated with chronic disease such as diabetes.

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Clinical Nutritionist

Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre