Beansandyoga

Practical, healthful eating and living.

Ice Cream May 5, 2009

ice-cream One of my all-time favorite foods is ice cream.  Interestingly, since I’ve been eating more pinto beans, black beans and so on, my cravings for ice cream have decreased.  But it’s still a treat.  I’ll always love it.

I encourage you to eat the real thing.  Don’t go for low-fat.  Skip anything with artificial ingredients.  Ice cream is meant to be eaten in its original form.  Go for home-made with real cream.  Don’t worry about the fat content.  What happens is that when you eat real, “original fat” ice cream, you fill up more quickly, and therefore eat less.  It’s more satisfying, so it doesn’t leave you wishing for more. (I made up the term, “original fat.”)

My favorite brands are by two local makers.  Who makes the best home-made ice cream in your town?

Favorite Ice Cream Brands

1.  Tied: Sebastian Joe’s and Sonny’s.

(Local to Minneapolis)

2.  Whole Foods’ 365 house brand.

This is a great little secret.  Twice as much for about the same price as a pint of other brands.

3.  Ben & Jerry’s.

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Easing into Warmer Weather April 25, 2009

Ah…the shedding of the sweaters, the return of sunny weather and neighbors dawdling on their patios.  As the weather changes, my cooking changes, too.

Rather than turn on the oven, I indulged in fresh hummos from Whole Foods, spread over a whole wheat tortilla.  I added a few slices of fresh tomato, romaine lettuce and some black olive tapenade.  Heaven.

If you’re in the mood for a heartier tortilla, try Ezekiel 4:9 New Mexico style sprouted grain tortillas. I heat mine in a toaster for just a moment or two.  They are made of organic sprouted wheat, organic sesame seeds, organic sprouted soybeans, organic sprouted barley, organic sprouted millet, organic sprouted lentils and organic sprouted spelt.  I know, it sounds like a lot.  No need to feel intimidated.  It looks just like a tortilla, and I find it more filling than a traditional whole wheat tortilla.  I stumbled upon them at Whole Foods several months ago and have been a fan ever since. Check the refrigerated tortilla section, usually near Mexican food or cheese.

Incidentally, if you have a Whole Foods in your area, despite its reputation for being expensive, I find excellent deals there.  The 365 house brand is very reasonable, and many items in the bulk food section cost less than comparable items at the rest of my neighborhood grocery stores.