A healthy celebration of National Ice Cream Month

In 1984, Ronald Reagan marked July as the official month of ice cream. That presents 30 sweet years of history, so of course we want you to celebrate its anniversary – the cool-down, feel-good LifeVest way.

At LifeVest, we’d never prescribe a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (even in the most tearful situations, since dancing and taking a run are better, proven ways to cheer up quickly). But a simple, no-sugar-added, one-ingredient treat? Now that’s an ice cream we 100% stand behind. Today, we bring you our special, DIY banana ice cream.

Other than its capabilities of providing a naturally cool, creamy base to celebrate this month, there are numerous reasons why we are forever going bananas for bananas. Below are a few for why it can create a recipe that’ll outshine any other ice cream in your bowl:

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  • A potassium powerhouse: Containing over 10% of your Daily Value, a banana is the most convenient source of potassium, a nutrient good for your heart. Regular consumption helps guard against high blood pressure and stroke. It also aids in recovery following exercise, which is why bananas are often an athlete’s snack of choice.
  • B6 beasts: Technically an herb, the banana is notably high in vitamin B6, too, important for brain function, maintaining proper blood sugar levels, & producing antibodies for a stronger immune system.
  • A sweeter-than-sugar swap: Love to bake, but want to cut down on your sugar-intake? Look no further than the extra ripe banana sitting on your counter. For every 1 cup of sugar, combine 1 cup of mashed, overripe bananas with just a few tablespoons of water. Puree until smooth. Then, if using in baking, cut down on the moisture in your recipe by using a little less milk or water. Not a big baker? Use mashed bananas to sweeten up your breakfast, such as plain yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal, rather than buying sugar-added alternatives.
  • A WISE choice: Health aside, the scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men”. That fun fact makes us feel even more so that our ice cream recipe below is a smart choice.

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One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream 

The magic ingredient:

  • Bananas, ripened and peeled
  • Optional add-ins: PB & honey, walnuts, cocoa powder, maple syrup & tahini, berries, vanilla beans, cinnamon & strawberries, and the list could go on…

Directions:

  1. Cut peeled bananas into small circles. Freeze for 1-2 hours, until cold and firm, but not rock hard.
  2. Place into a food processor, if you have one. If not, use a blender. Process until smooth, using a spatula to scrape down the sides.
  3. Stir in any add-ins, if using.
  4. Relish your surprise in how creamy this ice cream is from one single ingredient. Then eat & enjoy.

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