Metabolism boosting ice cream? Yes- you heard that right! Let’s talk about why…
Coconut milk: While traditional ice cream can be a great treat for many, many people with sub-par health can have dairy allergies or sensitivities, making it more stressful to digestion and the immune system (not the best thing for boosting the metabolism and fat loss). Coconut milk as a base on the other hand is a very tasty alternative with some excellent benefits. Coconut milk is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, stimulating to the metabolism, easy to digest, and full of antioxidants.
Chocolate: Dark chocolate is chock full of magnesium which is needed as an important cofactor for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Not only is magnesium lacking in the American diet (due to soil depletion & processed foods), but your body also wastes magnesium under stress. Magnesium helps to counter the stress responsive to support the metabolism.
Calcium: According to Dr. Ray Peat, PhD, calcium is a huge stimulator to the metabolic rate.And so that means that additive free dairy products like whole milk, cottage cheese, ice cream and other cheeses can be a great choice, since dairy is packed with high quality protein, fats and calcium. But in this case, because this is a dairy free ice cream, it uses a small amount of homemade very finely powdered eggshell calcium. It’s completely optional, but adds a special nutritional component if you want it!
Organic sugar: Not only is real sugar extremely easy to digest (especially when dissolved like here), it also provides your body with quick efficient energy to feed your cells and stimulate the metabolism! Did you know that your liver stores sugar (called glycogen), and that you NEED a steady flow of sugar to keep glycogen stores topped off? Without a healthy storage of glycogen, your liver won’t convert thyroid hormone T4 (inactive) to T3 (active form) — which FUELS your metabolism. As Dr. Peat puts it, “The liver provides about 70% of our active thyroid hormone, by converting thyroxine to T3, but it can provide this active hormone only when it has adequate glucose.” If you think your sugar free diet is doing you any favors, check in with your body temperature in the morning- a waking temperature of less than 97.8 degrees is a sign that your metabolism is lacking (and that thyroid conversion isn’t happening like it should).
Pastured egg yolks: According to Catherine over at the Butter Nutrition blog, eggs are like nature’s multivitamin containing everything needed to create life! Each egg contains about 6 grams of protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, B2,B5, B12, choline and cholesterol. Getting a few eggs per day with a few extra yolks is a great way to give your body MORE of the nutrients it needs.
Collagen: This is completely optional, but adds a little extra anti-inflammatory protein to support your liver and phase 2 detoxification.
Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream via Butternutrition.com
1 can coconut milk (like this additive free brand without guar gum)
3 pastured egg yolks*
4.5 tb pure cacao powder ( this one)
2 tb dark chocolate chips (finely shredded)
1/4 cup + 2tb organic cane sugar
1 tb collagen hydrolysate (optional, like this)
1/2 tsp finely powdered eggshell calcium (optional)
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1) Combine 1/2 can of coconut milk and all of the sugar in a saucepan on medium, and heat until dissolved (this inverts the sugar and makes it easier to digest, particularly for those on GAPS or SCD diets). Let this cool in the fridge for about 1 hour.
2) In a blender combine the chilled coconut milk/sugar mixture, the rest of the coconut milk, egg yolks, vanilla, & salt. Blend at a low-speed until combined.
3) Add cocoa powder, gelatin (optional) and eggshell calcium (optional). Blend.
4) Pour in ice cream maker and wait patiently.
5) Top this chocolate coconut milk ice cream with shredded chocolate chips or stir in to combine. Enjoy!
*Raw egg yolks can be lethal and are not appropriate for everyone, especially those with weakened immunity. Please do your own research and make your own choice on whether they are right for you. You may also view our disclaimer here.
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