Try my healthy Ice cream. Avacado Ice-cream

Try my healthy Ice cream. Avacado Ice-cream

avacado_icecreamI have a major sweet tooth!!! I just love ice creams and chocolates. But now I have learn t to resist these temptations. But can you imagine a life with out these goodies. As a dietitian, I should be saying I can live with out  , but trust me, I am as normal as you are, hence I do occasionally give in to my temptations.

A large Death by chocolate ice cream (Oh!!my gang love this one) has about 600-800 calories. It makes up three-fourths of my calorie intake as I follow a 1200Kcal diet. So definitely its a no-no for me. I generally end up eating a meager scoop for which I keep insisting to serve me the smallest scoop possible.

I came to know I am strong willed when last week end, I just avoided the dessert, when all my friends and my husband were indulging. I was relieved that I saved alot on calories. But I thought, is there a replacement for ice cream? How can I eat good food minus the icky calories?

Then I got a brain wave. The answer to my question was Avocado ice cream.

I picked up fresh avocados from the super market and I was planning to include it in my diet for this week.  And now it has become my healthy ice cream.

Here is the recipe for those who want to try it.

Scoop out the flesh of the avocado. (Preferably they should be firm, other wise, it will dribble.)
2. After scooping, Freeze the fruit in ice cream bowls (Freeze for 2 hours,  so that it gets the firm texture.)
3. Before serving, sprinkle a teaspoon of crushed nuts over it. You can also pour a teaspoon of date syrup or honey rather than caramelized sugar before you freeze it.

My avocado ice cream gives 150-200 calories. You save about 400-600 calories (Yay!). You can serve yourself smaller portions by sharing a whole avocado between a friend, as in my case my husband, my diet buddy. The creamy texture makes you feel you are eating ice cream.

You get to eat monounsaturated fats which is good for your heart compared to the saturated fat in ice cream.

Avocados are packed with nutrients. Rich in vitamin A, vitamin E and potassium, they are useful sources of vitamin B6. Due to their high vitamin E content, avocados have powerful antioxidant properties which help slow down ageing, protect against cancer, heart disease and many other problems. They are low on sugar compared to ice creams…

However, avocados are high in calories and should be eaten in moderation on any weight loss diet. This is a rare indulge but a guilt free one….But it is much healthier than ice cream….

Go ahead and try it out!!!!!

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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