July is National Ice Cream Month and what better way to celebrate than indulging in this refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day? Ice cream does have calcium which is good for your teeth, but it is also loaded with refined sugar. Limiting the frequency of sugar intake is essential for a long-lasting, healthy smile.
For those looking for a healthier alternative that will satisfy your ice cream cravings, never throw away very ripe bananas. Just peel, place in a freezer bag, and freeze. Frozen bananas can be used to make smoothies and homemade banana ice cream! The natural sugars in bananas are much healthier than the refined sugars found in most sweets.
Here is a quick recipe for preparing banana ice cream without the fat, refined sugar, and additives:
- 1 to 2 frozen bananas cut into chunks
- 1/ 8 to 1/4 cup almond milk or another dairy, alternative milk
- Toppings: fresh fruit or nuts of your choice such as sliced strawberries
- Place banana chunks in food processor
- Add almond milk to desired consistency
- Process bananas until smooth
- Scoop out ice cream and place in a small bowl
- Top with the fresh or nuts
- Yields 1 or 2 servings
Bananas are only about 100 calories each and have a healthy source of dietary fiber. Bananas are high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, a good source of potassium, and is low in sodium.
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At Palm Harbor Premier Dental, we encourage our patients to enjoy the best things in life in moderation. Ice cream is a favorite desert or treat for many, just remember to brush away the sugars and floss to get rid of the food particles as soon as you can after your sweet treats. Stay on top of your dental checkups and cleanings to maintain the best smile possible. Give us a call at (813) 289 – 0560 to schedule your next dental checkup. It’s recommended to maintain a 6 month exam and cleaning so make sure you are not overdue.