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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Super Food Saturday- Honey Vanilla Ice Cream

Honey Vanilla Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberries

I've been on a journey to improve my eating habits over the last couple of years. I've taken small steps on a consistent basis. I think taking small steps will make for a more permanent change, then if I tried to make drastic changes.

Since I have cut back on eating sugar, I have craved having ice cream every so often.

But here is a list from some commercially made ice cream:

  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Cream
  • Whey
  • Mono and diglycerides
  • Carob bean gum
  • guar gum
  • Carrageenas
  • Natural flavor
  • Annatto
  • Vitamin A Palmitate
  • Tara gum
I don't even know what some of this stuff is, so why would I want to put it in my body.  I decided to try my hand at making ice cream. I bought a Gourmia ice cream maker from Amazon.  I like this machine because it has a compressor that chills the bowl. No putting the bowl in the freezer and no need for salt or ice.

I want to be able to use coconut milk to make ice cream since it is hard to find in the store and when I do it is $7 for a pint. Plus I thought it would be nice to make some fruit sorbet.  I decided to break in the machine by doing this recipe for vanilla ice cream. I am looking forward to creating other healthy treats in the future.

Honey Vanilla Ice Cream
1 cup whole organic milk
2 cups heavy organic cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt.

Put the milk, cream, honey, sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir and cook until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture reaches a simmer.  Remove from heat and put into a bowl. Add the vanilla. Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight.

Take the mixture and pour into the ice cream maker.  There will be more mixture than the freeze can hold. Reserve the rest for a 2nd batch. Churn for 1 hour. Scoop into a freeze container and chill 4-6 hours before serving.

Makes about 1 pint.

The maker is rather small, if you have a family to feed, look into a different maker. This works fine for me. The ice cream is quite rich and one scoop is usually enough for me.  This ice cream tasted better than what I usually get at the grocery store. It tasted great topped with fresh berries.

Super Food: Raw Honey


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

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Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 208 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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