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Nice Cream Three Ways

It was Ronald Reagan back in 1984 that coined National Ice Cream Day, and ever since that iconic day 33 years ago, Americans everywhere enjoy summer’s favorite treat on the third Sunday of every July. As a passionate ice cream eater, I never miss my annual celebratory ice cream, but just like any other human, I need more than just one day to celebrate its deliciousness.

While I sure do love my ice cream, the nutrition coach in me has pride in emphasizing balance and moderation — clearly knowing and understanding that ice cream shouldn’t be considered a staple within the parameters of what we should consider a healthy diet. That’s where “nice” cream comes in. Nice in that it has half the calories and fat — of your regular old pint of grocery store ice cream — and twice the creamy goodness. Making it a treat that can be eaten more often. With just a few ingredients and a couple of staple kitchen tools, you too, can be enjoying a dish of nice cream in no time flat. Here's the nice cream scoop:


  • 1 frozen banana, cut into 1 inch quarters
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk


  • Cherry Chocolate Chip: Add ½ cup frozen cherries, 1 tsp almond extract and 2 squares organic, fair trade chocolate, chopped.
  • Piña Colada: Use coconut milk in place of almond milk and add ½ cup frozen pineapple and 1 tsp coconut extract.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter: Add 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tbsp natural peanut butter.


First, choose ripe bananas only. Once ripened, peel the bananas, cut into pieces, and freeze for at least six hours or until fully frozen. For one serving, toss one banana into a high-quality blender or food processor and blend on low, adding liquid (non-dairy milk or coconut water can be used) until you reach your desired consistency.

Once fully incorporated and smooth, you can eat it immediately or scoop it into a container and freeze until ready to eat!

Nutrition information

Servings: 1 

Calories: 101 Carbs: 23 Fat 1 Protein 1 Sugar 12

Cherry Chocolate Chip
Calories: 206 Carbs: 38 Fat: 5 Protein: 4 Sugar: 36

Piña Colada 
Calories: 140 Carbs: 34 Fat: 2 Protein: 2 Sugar: 20

Chocolate Peanut Butter:
Calories: 204 Carbs: 30 Fat: 10 Protein: 6 Sugar: 28


In health, Hanna Grinaker, Life Time - Corporate Registered Dietitian

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.


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