How to enjoy guilt-free icecream this summer | The LDN Gal

Enjoy guilt-free ice cream this summer

With summer just around the corner and the sunny weather making an early appearance this year, I have been craving more of my favourite summer treats.  However, like most people, I don’t like the idea of consuming all those dreaded calories or paying an excessive amount of money to do so either. Which is why I have teamed up with Peak Body to put together a simple recipe for guilt-free ice cream recipe you can enjoy this summer.

Ice cream doesn’t have to be a one-off treat you have once a week, you can make your own protein ice cream for less money and half the time.

In order to get the same creamy texture and tasted of full-fat ice cream, I would recommend using bananas as the main ingredient. It’s as easy as peeling and chopping your banana, before popping them into a freezer bag. It doesn’t really matter what size you chop the bananas just as long as they are even chunks that will blend well when frozen.

Just when you thought this ice cream couldn’t get any better, by adding vanilla protein to the mix this tasty treat is perfect for helping to recover and build muscle when training hard for that bikini bod. As well as being to the full to the rim of nutrients and flavours, this ice cream can also be enjoyed by vegetarians, just use soy protein as a substitute. Here is how to enjoy guilt-free ice cream this summer:

Method

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 500g frozen bananas
  • 4-6 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (use 3 scoops of soy protein for vegans/vegetarians)
  • 250ml fat-free yoghurt (use dairy-free for vegan)
  • 50ml milk (can use almond to give it more flavour)

Method:

  1. First, blend all ingredients together (once the banana is fully frozen) until they’re just about smooth. Try not to over process the mixture as this may cause overheating and the mixture will begin to liquify. Which is subsequently means you can’t eat the delicious ice cream straight away.
  2. Get yourself an ice cream scoop or spoon and run it under a tap so you can make yourself a bowl up.
  3. Pour the remaining ice cream into a sealable Tupperware container and freeze for more servings.
  4. To keep your protein ice cream creamy you can mix it up every hour for the first 4 hours of freezing. If this seems like to much hassle just leave the mixture and thaw the ice cream out before helping yourself to another serving.
  5. Top with your delicious and nutritious toppings like blueberries, cinnamon, strawberries, dark chocolate flakes or sugar-free syrup.

What do you think of this guilt-free recipe? What are your go-to icecream toppings?

Stephanie xox

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How to make healthy banana pancakes at home

So, you are looking to make healthy banana pancakes at home? Well you are certainly in for a treat with this simple, swift and scrumptious recipe.

Healthy banana pancakes ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of oil or a few squirts of Frylight
  • A drop of vanilla eccense (optional)
  • Toppings to suit (optional)

Preperation time: 5 mins

Healthy Banana Pancakes recipe

These delicious homemade banana pancakes are a healthy morning alternative to your usual breakfast. These banana pancakes are great for a variety of reasons, they are easy to make, cheap, and only require two ingredients! Bananas and eggs.

To start off, you are going to want to whisk your two eggs up a treat and set them aside. Next, get your two bananas and mash them to oblivion with the back of a fork or masher. Then, pour the whisked egg into the mashed banana and stir it all in – it isn’t going to look too pretty.

Optionally, you can add vanilla essence (opt out if you prefer) or even oats and other fruit into the mix. Heat your oil or Frylight in a pan and pour a small amount of mixture (think medium sized pancake). Allow for a few minutes to golden up on each side before serving.

For toppings, get creative and embellish with seeds, fruit, yogurt or syrup – saying that, they are delicious on their own. 

This recipe creates around 4 medium sized banana pancakes. If you would like more, simply double up! You can always save your leftover mixture for tomorrow’s breakfast, line the bowl with cling film and pop it in the fridge.

These gluten-free and dairy-free homemade banana pancakes are just fabulous in the morning, or even as a snack throughout the day. They are low in calories and fat, high in protein and simply delicious. What more could you want?

What do you think of these healthy banana pancakes? Which ingredients would you add into the mix?

Stephanie xox

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Spinach, Chickpea and sweet potato curry recipe

Ingredients:

♥ One sweet potato

♥ 1/2 tin of chickpeas

♥ 1/2 tin of spinach

♥ 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

♥ Half an onion diced

♥ 3 spoonfuls of curry paste

♥ Two tablespoons of olive oil

♥ Cup of wholegrain or white rice

The perfect simple vegetarian curry

Dice your sweet potato and onions and place the two tablespoons of olive oil into a frying pan at a moderate heat. Add the curry powder and the drained chickpeas, spinach, and chopped tomatoes, stirring the contents before leaving it to heat and simmer for up to 30 minutes (ensuring your sweet potato is cooked through).
Place a cup of your desired rice to boil for 10 minutes and voila chickpea, sweet potato and spinach vegetarian curry with rice!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Total cooking time: 30 minutes

What do you think of this simple curry recipe? Do you enjoy vegetarian curries?

Stephanie xox

 

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How to make a skinny pizza recipe

The ‘skinny’ pizza is a low-fat, healthy and delicious alternative to the usual cheese and dough loaded affair  – and it is made with just a few simple ingredients!

Gather the following together:

  • White or whole grain tortilla (depending on  your preference)
  • Tomato purée
  • Low-fat soft cream cheese
  • Your choice of toppings (I opt for vegetarian such as sweetcorn, pepper, and onion but the possibilities are endless, get imaginative)

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Skinny pizza recipe instructions

  1. Place your tortilla on a baking tray and smooth over a tablespoon of purée and follow with the cream cheese. Spread these evenly.
  2. Add your toppings as desired. If you are using meats, then be sure to have them cooked if required beforehand – vegetarian skinny pizza gets my vote every time. 
  3. Simply pop into your preheated oven at 200 degrees for a couple of minutes.
  4. Voila, you have a skinny pizza, low in calories, which is swiftly made and very filling. Plus, there is no guilt if you eat the entire thing!

See this recipe in The Currys Student cookbook, which is available to download for free here. It is packed with delicious, easy to make and nutritious recipes – not just for students!

What do you think of this healthy alternative to pizza? Would you try it?

Stephanie xox

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