Testimony of the Day
As “the skinny girl” my entire life it was a medical condition and the medications necessary for me to take for the rest of my life that packed on more than 50 lbs. in a very short amount of time at the age of 37 that led me places I had never been before. Although the medication was making me feel better, it was a different story when I looked in the mirror. I had never tried to be thin, i just naturally was, and it’s not like I wanted to weight 102 lbs on my 5’4″ frame, I always had a dream weight of 120. Something my doctor laughed at when I asked him how to keep some of my baby weight after I delivered my first baby, after all, being pregnant was the first time I actually got over 100#, something that had been a goal of mine since I was about 16. I know, poor thin girl … however, I was about to learn how body image affects so many aspects of a persons being, something I had never even considered. 20 days after starting my medication and I had already gained 27 lbs.
I was so shocked every time I looked in the mirror, I still expected to find my former self and seeing my friends visible reactions although they tried to be encouraging. I kept having to purchase larger and larger clothes and eventually peaked at plus 54 pounds. I had tried to “eat better”, you know, yogurt, fruit, vegetables, but in all honesty I am a bona fide, all out sweet tooth, always have been. Nothing seemed to help. My doctor and I decided to switch my medication to see if the side effects would alter. Hard to say if it worked, I didn’t change anything else, although eating my way across Australia on vacation did non add any weight. I took that as a good sign. Then I ventured back into the work force and was more mobile and managed to lose a bit of weight, about 10 lbs. But I still felt terrible, emotionally, physically, had the 3:00 “I’m so tired I could sleep the rest of the day” thing going on.
I had a couple of friends who started working with a nutritionist who were altering their lifestyles, but it sounded like an impossible plan, no sugar!! No gluten?? How could I live without dessert and bread, my life line? I happened to overhear a session my friend was having with this nutritionist and honestly, it sounded do-able. You could substitute healthy versions of sweeteners, not give them up completely. Might work. There were ways to make/buy breads that I could eat, who knew? I decided to buy the book and check into it. What I learned changed my life. I decided to go “all in”.
I scheduled a consultation with Maria (said nutritionist) attended her Healthy Metabolism Class and attend her grocery store shopping excursion. I could do this, no, I will do this. My family was in shock. I don’t think they gave me a chance, no sweets, no way. But I was determined. I did not eat one thing that wasn’t on Maria’s approved/recommended list. It definitely didn’t happen over night, but little by little, week by week I was losing weight. My clothes were starting to hang, people were taking notice. My goal … 120 pounds! Ironic right? My goal when thin and chubby was always 120! I honestly don’t know where I found the strength to do it, except by following Maria. Her constant encouragement and knowledge educated me in an area I didn’t even know I needed to learn, after all prior to medication I could eat whatever I wanted. I no longer had the 3:00 afternoon energy dip, and generally had a better outlook on life. I’m not saying it was completely easy, there were challenges … what to order if we went out to eat? I eventually did reach my goal and I owe it all to this book and it’s author, Maria Emmerich. Thank you Maria
This recipe is in honor of Jennifer! She loves my ice cream!
Baskin Robbin’s Mint Chip Ice Cream Ingredients: cream, nonfat milk, sugar, corn syrup, semi-sweet chocolate chips [sugar, chocolate liquor, chocolate liquor processed with alkali, milkfat, cocoa butter, soya lecithin (added as an emulsifier)], whey powder, emulsifier/stabilizer blend (cellulose gum, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, carrageenan, polysorbate 80), natural flavor, artificial color (blue 1, yellow 5).
Food dye is what makes this ice cream green! The most common food that American’s eat isn’t even a food…it is food dye! Americans consume five times as much food dye as they did 30 years ago, according to the Food and Drug Administration. But the trend in other countries may be turning. British arms of General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft, Mars, and McDonald’s, for example, use few or no dyes. In Europe, their “FDA” is requiring any food item with dye have a WARNING on them! “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”
BUT, The green color of this ice cream comes from one powerful antioxidant…Matcha Powder. Matcha powder is the leaves of green tea! The health benefits of matcha powder exceed those of drinking green tea because when you consume matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. Antioxidants are one of the biggest the buzzwords in nutrition; they are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Most people’s minds go to blueberries or fruits when they hear antioxidants, but I’m here to tell you that fruits don’t even come close to the benefits of matcha! Tufts University discovered that matcha has an amazing 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries!
Not only that, but it is also great for:
1. ACNE: If you’re looking for a free acne home remedy then you cannot beat matcha. Matcha powder has been shown to be as effective as a 4% solution of benzoyl peroxide without doing damage. It also rejuvenates dying skin cells; when exposed to the leaves of green tea, the old cells found in the upper layers of the epidermis appear to start dividing again. They make DNA and produce more energy and they are reactivated. So consuming matcha powder helps cleanse your system from the inside, but you can also rub the teabags over your skin to cure your acne fast without the detrimental side effects of prescription medications which have been found to increase depression and suicide.
2. ENERGY and ENDURANCE: In the past, researchers thought the energy boost from green tea was from the caffeine in matcha, but they found that it was actually the combination of matcha’s natural properties. It has been proven to increase physical endurance by 24%. This is most likely because of the natural rise in dopamine (things like aspartame are an excitotoxin which raises dopamine, but not without a cost…it over excites dopamine stores and causes depression; which is why you get addicted to diet soda). To read more on dopamine, check out my book: Secrets to Controlling Your Weight Cravings and Mood.
3. WEIGHT LOSS: Matcha boosts metabolism and burns fat. It has been found to help burn 4 times more calories! Just by drinking/consuming macha! Even cooler is that is it doesn’t raise blood pressure or heart rate like other scary weight loss products.
4. COLON HEALTH: The green color in matcha comes from chlorophyll; which is a powerful detoxifier and cleanser from the inside out. Chlorophyll eliminates metals and chemicals found in the liver and fat cells.
5. HORMONAL HEALTH: Green tea actually helps LOWER unhealthy estrogen, when black tea can raise it! High unhealthy estrogen leads to severe PMS, inability to lose belly fat and more severe issues such as fibroids.
6. DIABETES: Green tea has polyphenols and fiber which help control blood sugar levels.
7. CALM ANXIETY: Even though it has caffeine, it also has the amino acid l-theanine, which promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brains functioning. Excess stress increases beta waves, causing an agitated state, where l-theanine creates alpha waves, leading to a state of relaxed alertness; this naturally increases dopamine without over-exciting them. L-Theanine is found in all tea, BUT matcha has 5 times more than black teas and other green teas. L-Theanine also helps learning and memory.
8. CANCER: Matcha also has a special, unique antioxidant called catechins, which are only found in green tea leaves. The main ‘superpower’ of catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) is that it is a potent cancer-fighter. The catechins basically counteract the damage done by free radicals that form in our bodies due to chemicals, metals, UV rays, pollution, and radiation, which causes DNA and cellular damage.*NOTE: If you consume alcohol and have a diet with trans-fat and sugar, you can eat all the matcha powder you want and it won’t reverse the damage. These benefits are best felt with an addition to a “healthified” way of eating.
Mint Chip Gelato
- "HEALTHIFIED" GELATO
- 1 cup organic heavy cream or 2 cups for a creamier ice cream
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 TBS matcha powder green tea powder
- 1 cup Allulose
- 1 tsp mint extract or 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves...I used chocolate mint leaves
- 1/2 tsp Redmond Real salt keeps it soft
- In a large blender, combine all ingredients and blend until mint leaves are pureed.
- Freeze mixture in ice cream maker, following the manufacturer's instructions.
- Store the ice cream in an airtight plastic container in the freezer.
- Allow to freeze for at least 2-3 hours before serving.
- Top with mint chocolate chocoperfection chips, if desired.
"Healthified" Gelato = 82 calories, 8g fat, 1g protein, 4.4g carbs, 3.2g fiber (1.2 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Ice Cream (2 cups cream) = 114 calories, 11.8g fat, 1g protein, 4.5g carbs, 3.2g fiber (1.3 effective carbs)
This looks great and I can’t wait to make it, but I’m the only one in my family that likes pistachio gelato. I was wondering, could I use the same recipe but sub out the pistachio extract for peppermint and make mint chip gelato? My daughter love love loves the coconut mint chip ice cream from So Delicious but it is a little expensive.
I think you could add any flavoring you want and it would work. Enjoy! 🙂
Hi Maria!! Love your blog! Is there a way to make this without an ice cream maker? Thanks!
Hmm. That is a tough one. You have to churn while it freezes. You could try a steel bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice and then churn the mixture while it freezes. You will get an arm workout! I highly recommend this though if you make ice cream like we do in the summer! Just pour it in and turn it on. Ice cream in just a few minutes! 🙂 http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B003KYSLMW
This looks great! I am always looking for cool treats for the summer months. If I remember correctly, you posted a popscicle recipe using Jay Robb whey protein. Would you be willing to share that recipe again with the readers. Thank you for all your time and wonderful knowledge.
I have a couple Popsicle recipes. Here is one. 🙂 http://mariahealth.blogspot.com/2010/06/strawberry-creamy-pops.html
Maria, where do you purchase your Matcha? I just looked online at several sites and it is pricey! Is one brand better than another?
If you click on the ingredient above it will take you to my astore where I get it. I have a couple other options too. http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=78
I love pistachio ice cream. I also love that instant pistachio pudding that is neon green. I am so excited to try this.
I’ve ordered some Matcha tea. To drink it as tea, should I use a “ball strainer”?
If you ordered the powder that I linked to you just mix the powder with water. 🙂
which keeps the ice cream soft? swerve or the other sweetener? would stevia extract (NOW brand) keep it soft?
i WANT MINE TO BE SUPPER SOFT AND CREAMY!
It is hard to get an ice cream to stay soft in the freezer. You need an additive like vegetable glycerin (which I am not real fond of). You could put it in single serving containers and let it thaw a little before you eat it. That is what I do. 🙂
If you use Just Like Sugar, it will stay nice and soft, but it is a bit more expensive. 🙂 http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B003O6YWHE
okay I have seen that you did reccomend swerve for ice cream, is that correct? and i will def. leave out the vegetable glycerin, youre the boss here.
I am ordering these tonight through your amazon tonight but I just want to be clear..
Swerve or just like sugar for ice cream? I am on a tight college studnet budget and cant afford both at the moment, especiall if i am already buying the ice cream maker you recommend! 🙂
I recommend Swerve for most things, but for the softest ice cream nothing beats Just Like Sugar! Thanks for your support!
oh gees. okay I think I will just sacrifice fall clothe shopping this time and get those 3 things, ice cream maker, and the two sweeteners, you rock!
Sorry, last question. Theres a few “just like sugar” sweeteners, baking, brown sugar, and concessioners… which one do you use for the ice cream?
I use the one I linked to above. It
Is also the cheapest one! 🙂
can i replace heavy whipping cream for half and half?
Why would you want to use half and half? It is much creamier with heavy cream. 🙂
but i COULD STILL USE IT, RIGHT?
I didn’t mean to upset you. I was just wondering why you wanted to use half and half.
No no! You didnt upset me! 🙂 my phones really irritating touch screen does this,anoying things sometimes… Well necause I have a lot of half and half from costco .i mean,a lot a lot and would like to uae that up first and once done, I can go shopping for whipping cream.
No problem. 🙂 Yes it will work. All I was going to point out is that I prefer the health benefits of the full fat cream vs. half and half. Enjoy! 🙂
Do you think it would be good and/or possible to put avocado in this recipe? I’m going to make this without the matcha and I’m hoping it will turn out right.
I think that would be fine. You could also just make it without the matcha. 🙂
I made this according to the recipe but without Matcha. The flavor is good but it’s more watery/icy than creamy. Do you make your own almond milk? I buy mine. Maybe that’s the difference.
I usually buy my almond milk. Maybe cut back on it next time if you like it creamier. 🙂
Made this last night. I think the stevia glycerite was too strong. Was I suppose to add that in if using the JLS? We love matcha in our house. Could I make a shake with it?
Yes, I add the stevia too. But you could leave it out if it is sweet enough for you without. This would probably make a great shake. 🙂
You could use the matcha in my shamrock shake! 🙂
If I use it in the shamrock shake, do I just add as an additional ingredient or as a substitute for what? (the avocado?) Thanks Sarah
I would just add it to the mixture. 🙂
I printed off the ingredients for your Mint Chip Ice Cream yesterday and now I can’t find the recipe on your blog. I did a search as well. Am I totally missing/losing it? It sounded so yummy! =)
Here you go. 🙂
Have you read at all about milk protein’s effect on antioxidants? I stopped drinking my matcha as an iced latte for the time being until I find a better collection of sources, but supposedly milk protein inhibits the absorption of antioxidants – observed in the long term effects of tea in Asian demographics (all straight tea, usually green) and British/Colony demographics (usually black tea with added cream, and sometimes sugar).
Such a bummer because matcha + ice + heavy cream was my favourite summer drink ever! I hope it turns out that the required milk protein to have that effect is much higher than any of us ingest, as tends to happen with studies on antioxidants.
Hmm, I will have to look into that. 🙂
Could you make this ice cream with spirulina? I don’t have matcha powder, but it defiantly looks yummy!
That should work. 🙂
I’ve just ordered the ice cream maker you recommend. I’m excited to start making healthy ice cream for my family at an affordable price. I can get ‘no sugar added’ coconut ice cream at whole foods but it’s over 6$ for a pint! Ai yi yi!
My question for this recipe is if I use the 2 cups of cream (yum) do I need to reduce the almond milk from 2 cups to 1 cup?
Thank you for your help!
Nope, you can leave it and get more ice cream out of the batch. Otherwise, if you reduce it to 1 cup almond milk, then you will have a really creamy mix (which is ok too). 😉
Hi Maria, I made this yesterday and it turned out tasting AWESOME…However, the consistency was VERY grainy. I made it prior to watching a video in which you make custard type ice cream. I noticed you didn’t dump all the mix/batter in at once, and I DID! Do you think this had something to do with it? FYI- I used 2 cups heavy cream and 2 cups almond milk!!!
You can try Swerve confectioners. It is a finer grain. 🙂
I just purchased a 1 quart ice cream maker does this recipe and many of your other ice cream recipes make 1 or 1 1/2 quarts? Thanks for this recipe! I do not like mint chip but my hubby and kids do and I’d like them to have this better alternative.
I think a quart should work. 🙂
I’m thinking about making this and wondering if adding a small amount of MCT oil would raise the freezing point of the mixture enough to let it maintain a creamier consistency. I know alcohol is also a frequent addition to ice cream mixtures because it prevents ice cream from freezing rock hard. Those are the only two easy additions I can think of that might help with textural issues for those using Swerve or Erythritol, but I’m going to give the MCT oil a go and see what happens. Freezing it might lose some or all of the nutrients but that’s a small price to pay for proper gelato! I’ll report back once I’ve actually made it. Kitchen chemistry is pretty much the best part of cooking! <3
A couple tablespoons of vegetable glycerine will help keep it from getting too hard. 🙂
Looks great! My daughter was wondering if wet green tea bags would work on her acne? How would she use Matche…it is a loose powder?
We have tried everything and it still is a problem. Her skin is too sensitive to use benzoyl peroxide (looks like chopped meat afterwards). She is off sugar and gluten and we went the DR route.
Thanks! Not sure. It may. I have a supplement plan for acne right here. 🙂
I have your Healthy Metabolism book and she is taking the supplements, but it is too hot where she works to use the coconut oil on her face and she was thinking the tea might feel refreshing on her skin.
I noticed in my plan that lots of green tea is recommended in the daily menus. This recipe looks delicious, however i’m extremely sensitive to caffeine. Other than chocolate (and sometimes i even react to that) i gave up caffeine over 12 years ago. Why is so much green tea recommended? Does decaf green tea have the same benefits? I normally don’t drink decaf anything as it still has enough to cause my heart to race and it just tastes terrible. Should i just stick with water? I actually love water so that’s not an issue.
Yes, decaf is great. Green tea has many health benefits. You can use a recipe like this or just use water as well to get your liquids. 🙂