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As National Ice Cream Sandwich Day quickly approaches on August 2, it is only logical to celebrate with a cool and refreshing treat! However, most of these delicious products sold at the grocery stores are full of fat, sugar and ingredients most of us cannot even pronounce. With that said, here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate this national holiday while still keeping it relatively healthy!
Make your own “ice cream” by freezing some ripe bananas, then blending them up! You can flavor the ice cream however you want by adding berries, unsweetened cocoa powder, peanut butter or coffee when blending. Then, sandwich the frozen concoction in between two graham crackers or rice cakes (any flavor you wish)!
Purchase a natural, hormone-free type of ice cream from your local grocer. It is best to choose one with less than five ingredients. If you do not recognize or cannot pronounce an ingredient within the list, it’s best not to get it! Then, make your own homemade cookies using healthy ingredients and sandwich softened ice cream between cooled cookies, then refreeze ice cream cookie sandwiches for 1+ hours to enjoy later. Some flavor combinations ideas include:
- Oatmeal (raisin) cookies + vanilla bean or ginger ice cream
- Chocolate chip cookies + chocolate or cookie dough ice cream
- Double chocolate chip cookies + strawberry, coffee or peanut butter ice cream
Slightly freeze Greek yogurt of your choice for about 30 minutes in its original five-ounce container, then remove from freezer and scoop out between a split banana.
How will you celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day? Share with us in the comments below.