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Enjoy Not-So-Mainstream Ice Cream During National Ice Cream Month

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July was declared National Ice Cream Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Ice cream is a sweet, booming business in the United States.

The IDFA.org site says, “About 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation's dairy industry.”

Like most desserts, ice cream is okay for most people in moderation -- and should not be indulged in straight from the carton. Ice cream is rich in carbohydrates, with about 15 grams in a one-half-cup serving.

According to SFGate.com, “A serving also contains about 7 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein, making it an energy-dense food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one-half cup of vanilla ice cream provides 137 kilocalories of energy, about twice the amount in one-half cup of whole milk.”

But, what about those of us who are lactose intolerant? National Ice Cream Month, or no National Ice Cream Month, not every American can handle mainstream ice cream.

Fortunately the days of having to suffer or do without are over. With a few substitutions, even the lactose intolerant can enjoy not-so-mainstream ice cream.

Below are some of my delectable alternatives made with your choice of protein powder whether it be vegan or whey, etc. You can also use almond or coconut based yogurts and milks.

COCO-BANANA FREEZE

• 2 frozen bananas
• 1/2 Cup of yogurt of choice
• 1/2 Cup of unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
• 2 Cups of ice cubes
• 2 Scoops of chocolate protein powder

Blend all ingredients together in blender until smooth.
Freeze in airtight container for one hour.
Makes Two Servings

DOUBLE MOCHA COCOA

• 1/2 Cup of cold brewed coffee
• 1/2 Cup of yogurt of choice
• Dash of cinnamon
• 1/2 Cup of chocolate almond milk
• 2 Cups of ice cubes
• 2 Scoops of chocolate protein powder
• 2 Packets of stevia powder

Blend all ingredients together in blender until smooth.
Freeze in airtight container for one hour.
Makes Two Servings

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