Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dairy Free Pumpkin Ice Cream

In the end of summer / beginning of fall we are met with the conundrum of lingering warm temperatures & the overwhelming urge for everything PUMPKIN!  Now you can have the best of both worlds with this dairy free pumpkin ice cream (that's pretty much guilt-free too!)

4 frozen bananas
1 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix...the only ingredient should be pumpkin)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (go for the REAL thing, you'll thank me!)
1-2 tsp. ground cinnamon*
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg*
1/4 tsp. ground ginger*
1/4 tsp. ground all spice*
1/4 tsp. ground cloves*
*Adjust spices to your flavor preference.  You can also use a pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice.
Step 1: Break frozen bananas into chunks & place in food processor.  Pulse several times until the bananas look like small pebbles.
Step 2: Add in 1/3 cup pure maple syrup & 1 cup pumpkin puree.  Blend until almost completely smooth.

Step 3: Add the spices in the quantities mentioned above or to your flavor preference.
Blend until totally smooth.
You can eat the ice cream as a (very) soft serve at this point or spoon it into a resealable container & freeze for a few hours before serving.
I love to top it with pecans or even a few dark chocolate chips.  Yum!
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Family Flex Friday Contest

In our house fitness is a family affair.  We know that daily exercise helps us to relieve stress, have more energy, feel more confident, and more easily deal with the daily hustle & bustle.  We know the time we invest in our physical health & healthy eating habits pays off with less trips to the doctor, better over-all health, & God-willing, a longer life expectancy.
Momma does a variety of Beachbody home workout programs & teaches PiYo Live fitness classes.  Daddy is an avid runner & also incorporates Beachbody workouts.
All the kiddos pay soccer, love to run, play outdoors, ride bikes, and will sometimes jump in with Mom & Dad's workouts too!
I challenge you to make fitness a family affair in your house this fall!  Whether it is playing sports, taking a walk, going for a bike ride, or sweating it out in your living room...I want to see your family flex your healthy habits. 
Every Friday between now & the end of October I want you to share a picture of you & your family members on or Instagram (find me on IG @jhrbek22) with the hashtag #fitfamiliesflex
All participants will be entered into a weekly drawing for a FREE PRIZE!