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I can has ice cream??

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:51pm

(Those of you familiar with lolcats know the reference.)

But really, I can have ice cream? ?

Since I’ve been avoiding dairy, soy, and processed sugar these days, sweet treats like ice cream have been just out of the picture. And, really, even if I could eat soy…have you read the ingredients list on soy ice cream?! Yikes! all sorts of un-pronounceable stuff in there.

Ice cream has been a weakness of mine for a long while now. Oddly enough, my favorite ice cream is the soft serve kind, usually from dairy queen with pieces of heath bar…mmmm. Next to that, and on the other end of the spectrum, is the really dense, creamy kind, usually mint chocolate chip or cookies and cream. This past winter, I got in the habit of picking up a package of the dryers light ‘slow churned’ mint chocolate chip ice cream, eating a small amount of it as my evening treat. One package could last me weeks. Those days feel like ages and ages ago.

And I remember my study abroad days in Freiburg, Germany, where I would sometimes get an ice cream cone at the ice shop by the stadttheater, on my walk home from my social psychology class. I would sit on the steps of the stadttheater in the summer sunshine, people watch, and ponder life.

Upon returning to the states, I remember one sunny, fall day when I felt particularly nostalgic for my days in Freiburg. I decided to stop at Ben and Jerry’s for an ice cream cone to enjoy on my walk home. I remember my shock to find that a “small” cone looked like they had placed an entire pint of ice cream on top of a cone! Unfortunately, walking and eating became mutually exclusive events and I couldn’t even finish the whole thing! It was just another lesson in the proportion differences in the typical American diet compared to the rest of the world. I also answered my own question as to why I didn’t get ice cream cones more often “back home.”

But, I digress.

I have known about the coconut milk ‘ice cream’ made by Luna and Larry for a few months now, but I assumed it had refined sugar as a sweetener, so I mentally placed it in the “off limits” category. But, I began to get antsy the past few weeks, as summer came to an end, craving the ice cream I didn’t have all summer. I decided to take a good, serious, look at the Coconut Bliss ingredients.

I wanted to know if I could have it, even if it meant finding out that I couldn’t just yet.

Luna and Larry, you are my heroes. No refined sugar here! The ingredients are simple, and it is sweetened with agave, which I can eat on a rotational basis! The basic ingredients are coconut milk, agave nectar, and vanilla extract. And, lucky for me, I am a sucker for coconut flavored anything! They then add simple, whole ingredients, such as hazelnuts or cherries or cocoa, to make their various flavors. Genius.

I know it's not something I can eat every day, but it's certainly not harmful on a limited basis. After racing 5k in the Row for the Cure on the Willamette river this weekend, I happily dug into a pint. Mmmmm!

Oh, and go ahead, compare the nutrition information to a pint of Ben and Jerry ’s, if you think coconut milk has too much fat.

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