It doesn’t make a difference whether it is summer or spring, ice-cream is always a satisfying option when it comes to sweet cravings.
No matter how ice cream sounds – creamy or melty scoop on a crunchy cone, the calories and the nutritive ingredients do matter when it is time to get on the scale. But if you are on a diet, we offer you a healthier alternative to satisfy your sweet cravings.
Yes, we still talk about ice cream, but this time healthier, tastier, richer in nutrients and monounsaturated fats, that is made of 6 ingredients in only 6 minutes with avocado, coconut milk and no dairy products.
Whether on a diet or not, the intake of healthy fats is crucial for the well-being of our whole organism, such as healthy skin, nails, hair, hormone balance, energy fuse etc. So whenever you are overloaded with stress, withered by your low-fat diet, this recipe would give you the energy and the fuel to seize the day.
The healthy fats that this ice cream contains are relevantly important for your cardiovascular system and overall health.
We recommend you to prepare 2 or 3 doses because the recipe is for smaller amounts of ice cream. The ice cream is ready for only 10 minutes.
Here is the recipe for this avocado – coconut milk ice cream:
• 1 avocado
• 1/3 cup cashews
• 1-2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
• 3 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
• 1.5 cups of coconut milk
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend the ingredients with high speed until the ice cream is smooth and solid-like. Then, place it in the freezer for couple hours and then enjoy your 6 – ingredient ice-cream.
Why should you prepare the 6-ingredient recipe ice-cream? Here are the benefits of these 6 ingredients:
The avocado is known as the unique type of fruit because a great number of researches have proven that. A study has shown that the people who regularly eat avocado are healthier than those who don’t. Unlike the rest of the fruit that contains carbohydrates, avocados are full of healthy fats and its benefits are proven by scientific research. It is extremely nutritive fruit and it contains the following ingredients in a single 3.5 ounce serving:
- Calories: 160
- Vitamin K: 26%
- Folate: 20%
- Vitamin C: 17%
- Potassium: 14%
- Vitamin B5:14%
- Vitamin B6: 13%
- Vitamin E: 10%
- Proteins: 2gr
- Healthy fats: 15 gr
- Trans Fats: Zero
- Carbohydrates: 2gr (low-carb, friendly plant)
- Fiber: 7gr
It also contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3
When it comes to this nutritive information above, it is important to mention that potassium is also a very important mineral that most people just don’t get enough of. Avocados have high amounts of potassium which should support healthy blood pressure levels. In a 100 gr avocado servings there are 14% potassium, compared to 10% in a banana.
The 7gr fiber that 100gr avocado serving contains have various benefits for weight loss and metabolism improvement. Also, avocados are rich in antioxidants such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin, that keep the eyes healthy and lowers the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Avocados are superfood in regulating your weight because of the fact that they contain low amounts of carbohydrates and are high in healthy fats.
Just like avocados, cashews are a great source of healthy fats, low levels of saturated fats and zero trans fats. But, unlike avocados that contain 2 grams of protein, cashews are rich in proteins. The cashews are the secret for metabolism improvement, because they help you burn the calories faster and more efficiently.
on’t get surprised if you find out people equally benefit from eating both avocados and cashews. Cashews also help people who have high levels of bad cholesterol, reduce the development of cardiovascular diseases up to 50%. That is why you should ensure you enjoy a handful of cashews in your diet at least 4 times a week, especially people fighting diabetes.
Cashews are among the 10 superfoods that are highest in copper amounts. For example, in 100 grams of cashews there are 2.22 mg (111% of Daily Value).
The copper is an essential component that is crucial for number of physiological processes such as: free radical elimination, bone and connective tissue development, production of melanin responsible for skin and hair pigment, energy production, provides the substance that makes the blood vessels, bones and joints flexible. Numerous diseases or infections may appear if the copper amount intake is low.
Coconut milk is a very nutritious food, rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6. Also, it contains lots of minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Coconut milk is lactose free that is adequate for those that cannot tolerate lactose.
Even though it contains saturated fats, the fats come in a form of Lauric acid that has effects opposite form the effects of the regular saturated fats. Lauric acid in the body turns into a very beneficial ingredient called monolaurin that is antibacterial and antiviral, that kills bacteria in our organism and protects us from bacteria, viruses and infections.
The benefits from avocado, cashews and coconut milk, as explained above are a good reason among many to try this incredibly quick recipe to make. This 6-ingredient recipe is worth the replacement of the usual 300-calorie, unhealthy ice-cream.