As we ease into the New Year, I thought a nice and simple deliciously healthy ‘nice’ cream recipe would be most fitting. Something satisfying and really easy to make! We’re all slowly getting back into the swing of things, and complicated food recipes just won’t cut it.
This vibrant mango and strawberry nice cream recipe definitely ticks all those points. It’s great for breakfast or as a snack on a hot summers afternoon. It’ll go down swell with kiddies, and you can be 100% certain that there’s no added refined sugar, dairy or gluten!
You can get creative as you like with toppings! They always add an extra bit of texture in a nice cream bowl. For this recipe I added organic coconut shavings, fresh local strawberry slices and the humble goji berry. This amazing little dried berry is bursting with a ton of health benefits, and boosts this already vitamin vibrant bowl beyond measures!
Health Benefits of Strawberries
- Strawberries help burn stored fat. The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat.
- They boost short term memory. The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks.
- They are low in calories and high in fiber. One cup contains only 54 calories.
- Strawberries ease inflammation. They lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body.
- Help to lower cardiovascular disease due to flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease. Source
Health Benefits of Mangoes
- Mangoes prevent cancer. Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
- They help to lower cholesterol. The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)
- Mangoes clear the skin. They can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.
- Great for eye health. One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
- Mangoes alkalize the whole body. The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body. Source
Health Benefits of Goji Berries
- Similar to the benefits you get from eating other berries, goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene (a pigment found in plants and fruits) which helps promote healthy skin.
- Goji berries have also been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes.
- Goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms.
- Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants because of their oxygen radical absorbency capacity.
- As a plus, goji berries are low in calories, fat-free and are packed with fiber — which also helps you manage weight and keep you regular. Source
This is the type of meal I can have nearly every morning. I find that fruit for breakfast gives me so much more sustained energy through the morning.
I’ve often compared how I’ve felt after eating this kind of meal to a bowl of warm oats, and fruit wins hand down every time on the energy yielding front! So give it a go! See how you feel! And let me know because I love hearing from you guys! 🙂
- 2 Large Frozen Bananas - Peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Mango Chunks
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
- Nut Milk of your choice (I used organic almond milk)
- Goji Berries
- Coconut Shavings
- Fresh Strawberries
- Add the frozen bananas, frozen mango chunks and frozen straberries into a high speed blender. Pulse a couple of times to get everything moving.
- You can choose to leave out the nut milk and use your blender's tamper to push the frozen fruit into the blades, slowly slowly. Eventually the mixture will become smooth like ice cream texture.
- If you're hesitant to do this, out of fear of breaking the blender, add a little nut milk which will help the mixture blend down to the correct ice cream consistency. The choice is yours!
- Serve in a breakfast bowl and decorate with your favorite choice of toppings.
- Simple as that!
- Use organic where possible
- You can leave out the nut milk and use a tamper to yield a thicker and firmer nice cream.