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1/13/10 1:06 P

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Boy, that sounds good. I bet you could throw it into a blender with some frozen banana chunks too.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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1/12/10 2:19 P

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In a back issue of clean eating mag there was a frozen yogurt recipe: (I've never tried it so don't know if its any good)

1 1/2 c strained low fat plain yogurt
1/4 c Agave nectar
2 tsp vanilla extract

mix all ingredients and spoon into a shallow 9x9 in non reactive freezer safe container. Place into freezer and chill until the edges freeze slightly, about 45 min. Scrape ice crystals from edges with a spatula and mix thoroughly back into yogurt mixture. Continue to blend until creamy again, 2 min. Return to freezer and repeat process 2 more times. After the 3rd mixing return container to freezer until ready to eat, 2-3 hrs. use with in 3 days.

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1/5/10 7:45 P

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I love banana "ice cream"!
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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1/5/10 4:56 P

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I have seen lots of clean ice cream recipes online if you have an ice cream maker. there is also a clean eating magazine issue that has a whole section on it.

the easiest thing to do is freeze bananas in chunks and process them in a food processor. They hit softserve consistency and you can add any clean topping or mix in you like. I eat this several times a week and it is the equivalent of just eating a banana but much more fun and satisfying.

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1/4/10 12:46 P

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I just did a very quick search about agave, "raw" agave, different colors and types of agave and there seems to be a lot of differences. One factoid that stands out that would be of interest to people who like to do "raw" foods is that the term "raw", just like the term "natural" is NOT regulated and therefore can be put on food labels indiscriminately for marketing purposes.
It's not nice to fool a smart Sparker!!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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1/4/10 12:34 P

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Here's an interesting web page blog about agave with a video showing a harvest. As the writer points out it is interesting to note that the "finished" product is light colored and thinner (more watery) than what we find on the grocery shelf.
Anyway, the writer brings up some things worth thinking about when considering using agave. Thought some of you might be interested.
www.thelivingvision.com/blog/?p=443

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 1/4/2010 (12:41)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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1/4/10 8:26 A

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After eating store bought light/low fat ice cream for years, it's definitely going to take me some time to find a healthier (more natual) substitute. I certainly understand the negative effects of sugar, but want to believe it's ok in moderation. As I mentioned, I'm new to this so I have a lot to learn. Thanks, all, for your insight!

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1/4/10 12:36 A

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Well said on clean vs. diet Aniduckthistle, I totally agree with you. To me, eating clean just means eating food in it's most whole and natural state. That means I don't put the kaibosh on high fat foods or foods with real sugar. I do, however, have a lot to lose, so I closely watch my calories.

With regards to agave, there is a form of agave that's suitable for raw foodies. I'm by no means an expert on raw foods, so I'm not sure how it's made. I just know that at my local Whole Foods, there's a pretty big raw foods section and there's agave in it. I'm intrigued by raw foods, but couldn't imagine it as a way of life. I've bought a couple of raw foods cookbooks but have never been brave enough to try any of the dishes. To be honest, they don't sound very appetizing! LOL. I'm betting they taste better than they sound though. As an occasional thing, it could be fun.

Edited by: SONJASTWIN at: 1/4/2010 (00:37)
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1/3/10 10:38 P

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Juice concentrate plus sugar is a very heavy sugar mix. Just because something doesn't have fat in it doesn't make it either healthy or non-fattening. Fruit juice, while a ton better than soda pop is still going to give your body a rush of sugar. Concentrated it's even stronger. Whole, fresh fruits on the other hand are a natural mix (synergistic) of everything God and nature have put in the food to make it work with our body's needs for nourishment. Maybe you can find a recipe that uses the whole fruit--like frozen smoothies.

There are sugars that are minimally processed and have less chemical and heat-related downsides. Look for "raw sugar" and "evaporated cane juice" if you are going to use sugar. But don't kid yourself; sugar is still sugar and it will affect your insulin response, blood sugar level, and will translate to fat and loss of energy in your body.

The "healthiest" sugars that we can add to our foods are the ones that are completely natural like raw honey. I can't even think of another purely natural sugar. Agave syrup and maple syrup are both processed with heat which isn't really a problem for me but is for raw foodies. The heat probably does kill some of the good elements of the syrups but we're not going to eat much of those things anyway...are we?

Some of us have found stevia a workable sweetener for some dishes. I use it on hot cereal sometimes and to sweeten ice tea in the summer.

Don't mind me; I read too much and write too much!!



Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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1/3/10 8:35 P

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Thanks, everyone, for all of your feedback. I appreciate the ideas and will definitely give some of them a try. I made some orange sherbert this weekend with orange juice concentrate, milk and sugar. It was pretty good ... and clean, I think.

To be honest, I'm a little confused when it comes to sugar. What are the most natural forms? Where does regular granulated sugar rank?

ANIDUCKTHISTLE - You raise some good points. Weight loss wasn't my main motivation when I decided to eat more cleanly. I never intended to completely remove sugar from my diet (cutting out artificial sweetner has been hard enough!).

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1/3/10 1:32 A

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I think we get the "clean" and "diet" categories crossed, mixed, blended and confused.

Just because a food has extra calories doesn't mean it's not clean...IMO anyway. Sure, if you are trying to lose weight then you have to consider calories (to a point) And if you are trying to eat absolutely healthy-no-exceptions then you will want to eliminate all added sugars of any kind and only eat the naturally occurring sugars in fruits and other foods.

To me that's not what "clean" eating is about. "Clean" eating is about eating food in it's natural state or as close to it's natural state as possible. Doing that is going "clean".

Weight loss is a different subject. Within the Clean Eaters contingent there are many who not only want to get all the toxic stuff out but who also want to lose some weight. For them something like ice cream must be severely limited mainly because of the added sugar no matter how "clean" the sugar is. It's added sugar and it will sabotage your weight loss efforts. Of course ice cream is also loaded with fat but I don't believe the fat in the ice cream is as "fattening" as the sugar unless it's a poor quality ice cream.

There are very good, clean ice creams on the market--no fillers, all organic, raw sugar, real cream, eggs. Making ice cream yourself is fun, fulfilling and...a little time consuming. You choose.

But, please, don't confuse weight loss with clean eating. I know Tosca does and I disagree with her on that. I think the two things are two separate issues that only overlap within an individuals personal preferences.

I would like to not be misunderstood here but misunderstandings happen. Here's my disclaimer: If a person is way over-weight and has gotten there by eating not only large portions of food but also by eating a lot of toxic, highly refined foods, then if they start eating clean foods they will probably lose some weight for a while even if they still eat too much...for a while. But to get serious about weight loss then portion control must come into the picture because too much food and unbalanced food choices (even the very best organic foods) will keep that weight on.

I really want people to understand the difference between "clean" eating and eating to lose weight. BOTH of them must happen for all of us in different degrees (unless we are under-weight!).

Of course there is clean ice cream!!! And there are ways to make it with less calories if that is an issue for you.

She went off again!! I guess I forgot to put that one in my New Year's resolutions.
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Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 1/3/2010 (01:39)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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1/2/10 10:33 P

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DH and I made ice cream summer before last using coconut milk (we make it ourselves from a powder we get online from Wilderness Family Naturals) - we made it especially thick - cocoa powder and agave (there are lots of natural sweetners/substitutes you could experiment with) and walnuts. It was yummy! and clean!

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I'm finding smoothies made with frozen fruit, yoghurt and crushed ice, etc can help to satisfy a desire for ice cream. Another thing I've done is to freeze chocolate soy milk in small 1 cup containers. Although it doesn't have the consistency of ice cream, it satisfies my need for something cold and chocolatey, and when I'm done, I feel like I've had a 'treat'!

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1/2/10 2:27 P

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of course there's such thing as clean ice cream...make it yourself!

i have been misinformed up until recently that 'sugar' is not clean....my fault completely..it is clean if you can get it in it's most naturally occuring state...

i am still trying to figure out who is the real 'clean' expert out there....

follow me on my personal journey to feed my family nutritious food while examining the cost in time and money to do it!

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1/2/10 11:57 A

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If there is I need it. I don't know how clean it is but here's a recipe on Oxygen's website. I haven't tried it but would love too.

www.oxygenmag.com/icecream

I know in the summer issue of clean eating there were ice cream sandwiches on there too. I would love the recipe. I need to find some alternative or just treat myself to a little every so now and then but I have a hard time stopping at one serving when I've been without it for awhile.

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1/2/10 11:05 A

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I would save ice cream for a once in a while treat. It seems like everyone has a different definition of clean eating. Some completely ban sugar and other people find alternatives. For me, I try to only eat it once in a while. Making it from scratch would be the best option so you can avoid additives. We follow the recipes that comes with the machine.

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Hi, all! I'm new to this team and to clean eating. One of my all-time favorite treats is ice cream and I'm hoping there are some clean alternatives out there. Are you all familiar with any products available in the grocery store? What about recipes for homemade ice cream? Sorbet? I have an ice cream maker so I could make it at home. Looking forward to your responses. Thanks!

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