A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I’ve kept 20 pounds off for several months – and that’s a RECORD for me!  In the past I was the quintessential yo-yo dieter, making bargains with myself that I will get back on the horse, but when I start to climb the ladder to mount the horse, I slip and land on the proverbial ground instead.  Keto is different – it’s less of a traditional diet and more of a lifestyle change that uses common horse sense instead of rules, regulations and restrictions.  It’s a smart way of eating.  Yes, there’s portion control – there has to be – but I have not felt deprived like I have before.  I’m never hungry.  If I feel hungry, I can have all the fresh vegetables I want.  I get keto friendly veggie dip – and have a virtual feast at snack time!

But…  what about ice cream – for breakfast???  Hmm…  Lucinda thinks it’s perfect!  😉

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Thanks first to my Heavenly Father, of course, for without HIM – well – I’d not get anything done!  I’m thankful to my friend Dana for adding me to a great group on facebook called Keto 2nd Breakfast – and all the other meals!  I’ve gotten such help and support there – and then I turn around and share what I learn in my group (which is more or less health-related – well, we try)…  A Second Helping of Wellness…  with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith. 

Then, I’d like to thank the academy, and all the little people, for without the little people, I would not have had the stick-to-it-tive-ness to achieve success!  Okay, now I’m being silly.  Too much coffee maybe?  Oh…  surely not!  There’s no such thing!!! 

Of all the foods that are on the high carb side – I miss ice cream the most.  I pass the Braum’s store and nearly have a fit – I want ice cream – well, a twist frozen yogurt, to be exact…  so bad!!!  But I think there’s a wonderful solution – and I found a post from Amanda Balster in the group – about Halo Top.  I’ve decided that’s a great name for it, because it feels as though Halo Top is Heaven sent!

A 1/2 cup serving is 80 calories, 2.5g fat, 7g net carbs, and 6g of protein.  I call that a WIN!

Thanks Amanda for these photos!  🙂

16195856_10102165268262236_4125207851832379837_n16298581_10102165261994796_4571245357092043781_nEveryone says that all the flavors are good – except lemon.  I don’t know because I’ve not tried it yet.  I’m blogging without trying the product first hand, which I rarely do, but I trust my friends to steer me in the right direction – they always have.  Shoot, I’m just happy to hear about a legal ice cream alternative!  😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTH

TL JULY IS NATIONAL BLUEBERRIES MONTHThere’s nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day.  Most of us won’t indulge because of the high fat and sugar content, although thankfully there are some low-carb options available with lower sugar.  I’ve not seen one that is blueberry ice cream, but I found a sugar-free recipe that is fairly easy to make, and guess what?  It’s made with…  you guessed it – blueberries!BLUEBERRY ICE CREAMINGREDIENTS:

3 C. blueberries, fresh or frozen

6 eggs

1/4 tsp. Stevia extract, pure

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. xylitol, powdered

2 c. heavy cream

1 c whole milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

If you have granulated xylitol, run it through a food processor to make it into a powder.  If you’re using frozen blueberries, put them in a colander and run warm water over them so they will be mostly thawed.  Beat the eggs, xylitol and Stevia together until well combined.  Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix for a few seconds, just until the blueberries are a little broken up.  Pour cream mixture into an ice cream maker and run according to manufacturer’s suggestions.

Eat immediately and enjoy!

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR
Today is the first day of summer. I have enjoyed seeing vacation photos as well as kids at the pool posted on facebook. I am enjoying the day indoors under the fan in my living room. After I finish the round of antibiotics I’m taking I may venture outdoors a little more. For now, this is my spot to stay cool.

My motto was to keep swinging.  Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.  – Hank Aaron

A few people have told me they enjoy the hottest days of summer, but most of us dislike the extreme temperatures I think. Just as the coldest days of winter are uncomfortable, so are the hottest days of summer. Whatever you prefer, nature has seen fit to offer a variety. I guess God does not want us to get bored!

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
– Bern Williams

Romance is the fault of June, as is baseball and people on diets eating ice cream. I’m just extremely glad we can get outside and do things! I still remember last March when cabin fever nearly drove me over the edge! There are only so many jigsaw puzzles you can put together, ya know!

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. – Gertrude Jekyll

The best weddings happen in June. Ball games and fireflies entertain us on a June evening. It’s the beginning of summer. We all give in to our wanderlust this time of year. We almost feel like celebrating by the time we make it to summer. After all, we survived the harsh winter months and we deserve a prize for that!

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Wow – learning makes me hungry! How about some ice cream??? 😉

NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY

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What is a Creamsicle?  Creamsicle is a brand name owned by Unilever, for a frozen dessert which resembles an ice pop, with a center composed of vanilla ice cream, and an exterior layer of flavored ice (all around a wooden stick). Popular flavors for Creamsicles include orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape and raspberry. Creamsicles are available in several varieties, including 100 Calorie Bars, Low Fat Bars, No Sugar Added Bars and Sugar Free Bars.

Summer treats and swimming pools are all the rage today!  It’s NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY!!!  Cool and creamy, these ice cream frozen snacks are sure to be a hit.  August is the perfect time to enjoy a Creamsicle in your choice of flavors.

Did he say blueberry swirl???  Yum!  I guess my favorite flavor will always be orange and vanilla.  I have some very good memories of the ice cream truck slowly driving around our neighborhood.  The kids would scatter to go get a dime from their moms.  Yes, I said a dime!  LOL!

I was not aware that there was a LEGO Commodore Creamsicle, were you?

 What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?  – Lin Yutang

Although it’s officially a brand of frozen popsicle, the Creamsicle craze has touched every market — from cupcakes to Jell-O — with its dreamy orange and cream combo.  Here are some recipes from food.com.

 Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.  – Voltaire

As you relax today, make one of these great recipes or buy some Creamsicles to enjoy.

This probably goes without saying, but I would choose the sugar-free Creamsicles.  If I was making one of these recipes, I’d use Splenda in the recipe instead of sugar.

 Ice cream is happiness condensed.  – Jessi Lane Adams

Happiness???  Well, I’m all for that!!! 

 

 

NATIONAL ROCKY ROAD DAY

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Some special holidays are to be enjoyed with wild abandon, while others need to have a voice of common sense and moderation inserted. Let me be that voice. Today is NATIONAL ROCKY ROAD DAY!!!

 Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.  – Jim Fiebig

On this date in 1929, Mr. William Dreyer came up with a new flavor of ice cream and it sold like crazy – Rocky Road! The texture and crunch of this ice cream became so popular and is still one of the biggest sellers that Dreyer’s carries. Something good did come from the Depression era, huh??? Rocky Road is traditionally chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and nuts. When Mr. Dreyer made that first batch of Rocky Road he used chopped walnuts, but now they use almonds.

Here’s where the voice of reason comes in. For just one cup of Rocky Road Ice Cream you get:

300 calories
16g fat
8g saturated fat
30mg cholesterol
90mg sodium
40g carbohydrate
34g sugar

So… maybe 1/2 cup would be a better idea. You can celebrate – you just can’t eat a lot of “real” Rocky Road ice cream. Obviously there are also low-sugar and low-carb varieties. There is a way around the dreaded WEIGHT BOMB!!!

Ice cream is happiness condensed.  – Jessi Lane Adams

If you eat too much “real” Rocky Road ice cream and you will find out what a rocky road REALLY is – especially if you are diabetic!  I don’t like it when my jeans suddenly don’t fit either.  You can only blame the dryer for shrinking them so many times.

Here’s the recipe for the real deal…  use responsibly.

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Enjoy some Rocky Road ice cream in moderation today. It’s ok… don’t deny yourself. Just be smart about it. ❤