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VTPB: Banana Bee-Nut Butter Ice Cream

 

Salutations and good vibrations my Thursday party peeps!

 

Ahhh the weeks just seem to fly on by when the weather is warm. Ask me this again when it’s January. I think the weeks come to a standstill for a good 3 months during the Winter.

 

I’m trying to soak up these Sunny and rather humid days while I can. And what better way than hitting the road for 15 miles on the bike, and ice bath, and Spice World and a glass of wine.

 

 

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A mandatory step for any Wednesday workout. Studies show that it speeds up recovery and induces “Wannabe” to be stuck in your head for a week.

 

And can I just say how cute this Romaine is.

 

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I saw this on Buzzfeed and just had to try it. I’d have trouble eating this just because of how adorable it is.

 

 

But alas, it Thursday and Summer is coming to an end. But before it does there’s a couple things left to do.

 

Number one..

 

 

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Thursdays call for VTPBlog posts! And  number two..what better way to enjoy the last bit of Summer and warm weather than with…

 

 

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ICE CREAM!!! :D

 

You’re supposed to scream that.

 

But not just any old ice cream. Banana Bee-Nut Butter Ice Cream. Mhmmmm.

 

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What do you get when a frozen banana and honey peanut butter walk into a blender?

 

 

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Don’t make me scream it again.

 

 

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Banana Bee-Nut Butter Ice Cream {GF}
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-3
 
Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Sugar-Free
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
  • 2 tbsp Vermont Bee-Nut Butter ( or honey sweetened peanut butter)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp dairy-free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand)
Instructions
  1. Add bananas, peanut butter, and almond milk to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides of blender as you go.
  3. Serve and top with chocolate chips and additional peanut butter or a drizzle of honey
Notes
Veganize: Use honey-free peanut butter.

 

All ingredients are measured in 2. Can you believe it’s that easy?! You can serve it up immediately for some banana bee-nut soft serve, or stick it in the freezer to make it a little more solid. Which is impossible in my house. Most of the time I don’t even bother with a bowl…or a spoon.

 

 

So when you have all those bloody brown bananas (too much Spice World) rotting up your kitchen counter stop drop and make some..

 

 

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ice cream.
 
 
 
 

I whispered it that time just for you.

 

 

If you missed any of my previous VTPBlog posts or want to learn more about the Vermont Peanut Butter Company, hop on over here and check it all out!

 

 

Make it a great day!

Have you ever made ice cream with frozen bananas?

Have you ever regrown any veggies?

**Disclaimer: This post is on behalf as the official blogger for the Vermont Peanut Butter Company. I did not receive any compensation apart from a discount of VTPB products. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and recipes are my own.**

 

 

WIAW…this Summer

 

Oy Vey it’s Vensday! Vat are ve going ta do?!

 

 

…Let’s start with ditching the Russian accent. Thaaaat’s better.

 

I FINALLY got my arse to the beach where I spent the day getting my drawers dropped by waves, taking romantic walks along the shore…alone, and getting sandy Hulk feet with MJ.

 

 

 

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And that means my Summer is OFFICIALLY OVER. Okay naaaht really, but I’ve accomplished most everything on the list to make it officially a superb Summer.

 

 

And that leads me to taking a look back on what my eats of this Summer season consisted of for this week’s WIAW!

 

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Breakfast almost always consisted of omelets. I have been craving nothing but eggs and coffee first thing in the morning, and so 9 times out of 10 I would cave in and make an omelet.

 

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But we can’t forget about my beloved pancake Sunday which consisted up grainy coconut flour ones, favorite 2-ingredient ones, and it taste better than it looks pancake flip fails.

 

 

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Lunch can be summed up in one word and one word only. SALAD.

 

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I’m pretty positive I could eat salad at every meal during the Summer and be perfectly content. I even had salad with my omelet on a few mornings. Judge me.

 

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Fresh garden veggies. Eating on the deck. And warm Summer nights just scream for something green and crunchy with some sort of plop of protein on top.

 

 

Snacks…Wellll half the Summer’s snacks consisted of delicious pastries and lots of bread and cheese…

 

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While the other half was made of up macadamia nuts and key lime pie..bites!

 

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And lots of handfuls of fresh picked blueberries. Picking your own and biking with a backpack full of blueberries gives you free reign, right?

 

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Dinner was eaten mostly under the sea. To make up for not swimming as much as I wanted to, I ate lots of things that do.

 

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Salmon..omelet..patty…burgers?

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Zucchini Shrimp Scampi with recipe on my IG

And a trip to the beach isn’t complete without steamers and silver bullets.

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Chased with a split lobster roll…minus the roll. Once yearly lobster quota filled!

And desserts had to consist of something cold and creamy.

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20140722-120522.jpgThe best flippin’ coffee gelato EVER.

And a little teaser of what’s to come tomorrow…

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Don’t you just hate those little teasers?! You’re welcome. ;)

So that’s what I’ve been eatin’ on those Su-ah-mer……NNNNNIIIIIIIGGGGGGGHHHHHTTTTTTTSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Join Ms. Jenn and all those other food photogs over at Peas & Crayons for more WIAW fun!

Make it a great day!

What was one great thing you ate this Summer?

Favorite song from Grease? Mine’s actually “Freddie My Love” ..which I’m sure a lot of you are wondering if this was actually in the movie.

21 Day Restore: Results

 

Happy Monday lads!

I hope we all are alive and kickin’ this morn. I had a great weekend spent with family starting off with with a Red Sox game with the broskis.

 

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Despite the fact that the Sox blew it in the bottom of the ninth we had a blast. It’s always a good time when I get together with these goofs.

 

Saturday night was spent up at my brother Nate’s for dinner followed by laughing to the point of tears and watching horribly funny clips from Family Feud. You mean every family does do this?

 

And of course my usual pancakes on Sunday morning.

 

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I tried to make a batch of coconut flour pancakes to change it up. Mistake.

They were impossible to flip, gritty, and gave me a stomachache..which was probably due to the fact that they contained a whopping 13 grams of fiber!  But they were just overall untasty. I’ll stick to my 2-ingredient bad boys from now on.

 

Okay  so now on for the big reveal. The end of my 21 Day Restore!

 

 

 

If you missed out on my previous posts on it you can check out the story behind it here and my check-in here.

 

Pretty much I cut out caffeine, sugar, and “carbs” for 21 days to see how my body felt through the process. Here’s my main thoughts and outcomes from the past three weeks.

 

My energy levels feel more stable.

 

So the first few days were hard without coffee. Headaches. Body aches. Fatigue. But this just helped to show me my dependance on coffee. Once I got over that, I feel like my energy levels were much more stable after taking out the extra “carbs” from my diet. I put carbs in quotations since I did not cut out carbs completely, but took out all the foods people think of as carbohydrates. Bread, pasta, oats, cereal, etc, but still ate a pletherua (don’t you love that word?!) of veggies and some fruits, and nuts.

 

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When I used to eat something “carby”, I would always get ravenous for anything and everything, especially more carbs (enter half a bag of tortilla chips before you can say nacho supremo). And then I would want a warm bottle and a nap after. Once I replaced these with more protein and fats, my energy levels felt more stable, and my meals felt more satisfying. Which leads me to my next point..

 

 

I don’t get hangry as often.

 

Yes hangry, a technical term for gnawing your arm off. I used to get bad cases of hanger. If I didn’t get food in me every 2-3 hours, I was ready to take on Godzilla, Jaws, Frankenstein, and the Wicked step-sisters all at once for a carrot with peanut butter.

 

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…okay I may still do that but I don’t HAVE to. Now that I’ve listened to my hunger cues more and eating more satisfying foods, I can go a lot longer without my next meal. And if I’m hungry, okay but it’s not the end of the world.

 

Coffee is my friend.

Coffee was probably the hardest to give up for me. I don’t eat a ton of sugar, and carby foods are far inferior to peanut butter, but coffee? It was h-e- double hockey sticks to cut out.

 

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But I got used to decaf. And now, one cup is good for me.  And if I don’t have it? It’s not the end of the caffeinated world. It feels good to enjoy coffee without feeling like I’m the walking dead without it.

 

I wasn’t too strict.

So while I cut these things out for the most part, I still had some things on occasion. Some tortilla chips here and there (my downfall), a bite of spaghetti, and a bomb diggity Rita’s custard and Swedish Fish icee.

 

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But for the most part I was a good seed. And it was okay. I lived life. At the chips. And moved on. And having that freedom from guilt and shame is worth more than the 5 grams of weight I could have potentially lost.

 

I’m adding back…

So for the most part, this way of eating works for me. I enjoy eating eggs every morning. Until I make it back to France, bread is easy for me to pass on. And I did add back in coffee, but I also am going to add in lentils and beans.

 

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Since I still don’t eat red meat or poultry, meal options get a little more difficult to plan meals. I love salads for lunch so that’s no problem for me, but eating fish and broccoli for dinner every night is getting pretty darn boring. And eating tuna more often skeeves me out with the whole mercury level thing. So I decided to add more legumes, especially lentils into the rotation.

 

I am going to experiment with soaking them overnight to rid most of the anti-nutrients that beans and legumes have and to make them more digestible.

 

 

Oh yeah, I guess I have to show those before and after pictures, right? I was thinking you might forget about that part. Whelp, herrrrrrree comes Em-lay!

 

Before:

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Waist: 30″

Hips: 35″

Left Arm Circumference: 12″

Right Arm Circumference: 12″

Left Thigh Circumference: 20.5″

Right Thigh Circumference: 21″

Total Inches: 130.5

 

After:

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Waist: 29″

Hips: 34.5″

Left Arm Circumference: 12″

Right Arm Circumference: 12″

Left Thigh Circumference: 20″

Right Thigh Circumference: 20″

Total inches: 127.5

 

Soo no infomercial worthy weight loss or anything, but I’m perfectly okay with that. I’ve gained more freedom and energy that is worth more to me than losing weight. I’ve finally come to a point where I am okay with who I am today and enjoying the process to finding what works for me.

 

So that’s my journey and I’m stickin’ to it. And now I’m off to go get me my beach fix and some seafood!

 

Make it a great day!

What’s one thing you still want to do before Summer’s over?

 

Can you live without coffee?