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Wellness For The Family: Ice cream

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If you enjoy the occasional ice cream—and who doesn’t—there is a way to indulge without so much guilt.

Registered Dietician Grace Derocha, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, has the scoop on how you can scoop up yourself a healthier frozen treat.

Non-dairy, frozen banana ice cream

Freeze overripe bananas, cut them in half and puree them in a blender.

“I’m not against ice cream, but I swear this tastes just like ice cream,” Derocha says.

All that’s left is to add whichever toppings you want. Nuts, fruit, caramel, chocolate—anything.

This method makes a bowl of banana “ice cream” at around 100 calories, Derocha says. And a normal bowl of ice cream would be about 300 calories and packed with excess fat and sugar.

Derocha cautions against using green bananas.

“It won’t taste as good,” she says. “I remind people; you want to use bananas that are extra ripe because then the natural sweetness from the banana will come out.”

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