Low Sugar Coconut Beet Ice Cream with Ginger Chocolate Chips

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This recipe is based on my famous low-Gi Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. This could be made in the same fashion if you reduce the sugar further and add more stevia. You could also eliminate the crystallized ginger and add some nuts for a low-glycemic effect. Adding nuts even to the recipe below will lower the total gycemic number and the effect on your blood sugar.

I love to find ways to include beets in our diets (especially my family’s. I could eat them every day regardless of their preparation. Kids and husbands aren’t necessarily so agreeable.).From smoothies, to pickles, to brownies, to cookies, and now ice cream, I’m happy. This is so yummy and you can’t really taste any beet, only added sweetness. By using raw beets instead of roasted, many more nutrients (such as betalains, and vulgaxanthins, lutein and zeaxanthin {phytonutrients} are retained as well as enzymes—our food-life source.

Betalains are the pigments in beets. and if you’re a newbie to nutrition facts, the colors in our foods are where we get antioxidants, and phytonutrients that bring many of the anti-cancer, and basically anti-disease benefits.

Keep in mind that betalains are reduced during cooking and are present int he following foods: rhubarb, chard (mostly stems), amaranth (greens), prickly pear cactus, and Nopal cactus (the red parts).

One cup of raw beet greens may contain over 275 micrograms of lutein–a nutrient know to be super for eye health!

Some other healthy ways to prepare beets:

A Few Quick Serving Ideas from whfoods:

Simply grate raw beets for a delicious and colorful addition to salads or decorative garnish for soups.
Healthy Boil beet greens for 1 minute for a great tasting side dish, which is very similar to Swiss chard.
Marinate steamed beets in fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh herbs.

For the delish ice cream:

  • 2 cans organic coconut milk ( I used Native Forest)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup soymilk or almond milk
  • 1/2 beet, peeled
  • 2 tablespoon coconut crystals (a granulated sugar made from the sap of a coconut tree), or sucanat
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon stevia powder or a couple of packets to taste
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For the Ginger Chocolate Chips (alternatively use cacoa nibs)

  • 1 square unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia or a couple of packets, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

Put all ice cream ingredients, except coconut, into a Vitamix or  other powerful blender; pulverize until smooth. Pour into an ice cream freezer; follow manufacturer’s instructions. Add in the coconut and the ginger chocolate chips just before you turn off the machine. Serve right away or scoop ice cream into a seal-tight container and freeze. Remove a little while before you want it, because it will get pretty hard.

Topping ideas: Cacao nibs, chopped walnuts, shredded coconut, homemade hot fudge or coconut sauce

For the chocolate chips, stir the coconut oil, stevia and extract into the chocolate. Stir in the ginger and the 1 tablespoon coconut. Scrape onto a small piece of parchment paper; place in  the freezer. Remove after a few minutes; using a chef’s knife, chop the chocolate. If the chocolate is very hard, you will most likely end up with shavings—this is a good thing too!

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*visit whfoods for more nutrition facts on like a zillion other foods and nutrients.

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About Fit, Healthy, Happy Home

I now more than ever dedicate all that I do to the Lord and His purposes. As a trainer and natural foods consultant, mother of 3 and wife to an anointed husband, My blog reflects my walk with God and what He gave us, and how to prepare foods the best way possible, and my desire to get others in shape.
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