Low-Cal Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches
I want to share with you one of my new favorite desserts!
Start with some low calorie vanilla ice cream. I am loving Iskream reduced fat vanilla flavored with truvia. It’s only 110 calories per 1/2 cup with 4 grams of fat (2.5 saturated) and 4 grams of protein. Scoop out about a 1/2 cup and let it soften a bit in a bowl.
Next add some organic frozen cherries–I use Earthbound Farm Organic Cherries. I cut the cherries in halves or quarters and mix them in with the ice cream.
Mix the ice cream and fruit well.
Then, grab your favorite graham crackers plain or chocolate or even cinnamon dusted and place the ice cream concoction in between two sheets. The ones pictured here are Back to Nature, they are delicious. Depending on how much ice cream you put in between, you might use just 2 crackers or you can use 4 crackers. Put the sandwiches back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes then eat and enjoy!!!
You can experiment with the ice cream flavors, fruit and graham crackers you use. A few other favorites of mine include Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip (regular or 1/2 the fat) between two chocolate graham crackers. Arctic Zero’s strawberry flavor with sliced frozen banana pieces inside two regular graham crackers that have a thin smear of peanut butter or almond butter on them. Stonyfield Farms Blueberry Greek frozen yogurt with extra frozen blueberries between chocolate or regular graham crackers. Haagen-Dasz dark chocolate ice cream with frozen raspberries between chocolate graham crackers. Edy’s slow churned vanilla bean ice cream or peach frozen yogurt with frozen peaches between cinnamon graham crackers. I could go on forever!
All of these make great party treats as well and are fun to make with your kids or significant other. Valentines day make some of your favorite heart shaped cookies and add watermelon (a natural aphrodisiac) ice cream in between them for a sweet treat that won’t weigh you down before you snuggle in the covers together! If you’re super creative here’s an awesome recipe for watermelon ice cream: http://recipestonourish.blogspot.com/2011/08/creamy-watermelon-ice-cream.html courtesy of Recipes to Nourish. You can also buy or make your own delicious watermelon sorbet.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!