Okay, I admit I am an ice cream addict.  If I have ice cream in the freezer it’s calling my name non-stop until it’s all gone.  When I first open the container I tell myself that this time I will be good.  I’m not going to eat it every day.   I usually start out with the standard 1/2 cup serving which is equal to about 1 scoop from an ice cream scooper, so not a big amount, just a mere 150 calorie special treat that I’m only going to enjoy maybe once a week.  But it tastes so good I always want to put just a little bit more in my bowl, so my portion size starts growing.  Then I start negotiating with myself to have it more than once a week. Within a few days of buying that carton of ice cream, I’m sitting down with a great big bowl of creamy goodness, heaped with toppings, a couple of times a day! 🐷

When I gave up eating processed food I thought I had kicked my ice cream habit to the curb for good.  Not so, said my addiction to my willpower!  I considered making homemade ice cream but that’s way too much trouble!  I tried the healthy substitute, frozen bananas with milk.  It was a good enough substitute to get me through a rough patch here and there, but let’s face it, it’s not as good as ice cream!  So there I was in the frozen foods aisle with numb fingers from reading the labels of hundreds of cartons of ice cream.  I was searching for the one with the least amount of offending ingredients like calcium sulfate, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, carrageenan, artificial flavors and color, guar gum, magnesium hydroxide, polysorbate, soy lecithin, the list goes on.  Yikes!  I know the side effects of those things well enough to put the ice cream back in the freezer case and back away quickly!

Then one day I discovered Blue Bunny premium vanilla bean.  The ingredients:  milk, cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, natural vanilla bean extract, vanilla bean specks.  That’s it.  Nothing weird.  Nothing that isn’t real.  It even has a few grams of protein, a little vitamin A, some calcium, and 140 mg of potassium if you’re really trying to make yourself feel less guilty!  At only $4.99 a half-gallon it’s a steal!  I try not to indulge my addiction very often but this week I was just getting over a cold and was feeling sorry for myself and fell right off the wagon!

Vanilla is my favorite.  There are so many options for toppings like coconut, almonds, and mini chocolate chips.

How about a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of toasted pecans?

Sometimes if I have any cold, leftover-coffee sitting in the coffee pot I stir it into a bowl of vanilla and sprinkle with chocolate chips, so yummy!

Let’s not forget the hot fudge!  I just melt some organic chocolate chips in the microwave with a small amount of water and it pours on just like hot fudge without all the fake ingredients and added calories like the store-bought stuff.

Occasionally I go the healthy route and top it with fresh strawberries, bananas, or chopped mint from my garden.

This has been by far, one of my most enjoyable posts to write!  Every time I finished taking pictures of a bowl of ice cream I got to eat it!  I have to do this for the blog, I kept telling myself!  It was a great excuse to gobble up all that ice cream! 😋

I had to remind myself that even just a 1/2 cup of ice cream with some of those toppings could weigh in at around 300 to 600 calories!  The ice cream alone has a whopping 15 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving so it’s definitely not healthy to indulge in, on a daily basis!  So… I’m on my way to check myself into the Blue Bunny re-hab clinic right now! 😰 🏎️💨