My plate now! Strawberry choco-cheesecake “Ice-Cream”!

And did I mention that it is clean? It’s also sugar-free, gluten-free, lo-fat and high in protein!

Not to mention that this decadent “ice-cream” is a perfect evening snack especially if you have had a hard workout the same day! More on this at the end of this write-up.

It’s been a hard week for me guys. One of those weeks where I can feel the planets working against my every effort. This is why I decided to think about ice-cream. Ice-cream makes me happy!

Strawberry cheesecake

The photo does not do the protein concoction justice.

Did I mention that I LOVE protein powder?!?! Well if not…I LOVE WHEY PROTEIN POWDER!

The “ice-cream” also really tastes so very yummy. Especially to those of us with an affinity for protein powders (whey).

Here is what you do! It’s super easy!

Combine the following ingredients together in a blender until it is creamy and fluffy. Add a splash of  almond milk or rice milk if it is too thick. Put the decadent mixture into your favorite bowl, cover it (saran wrap works well) and put it in the transformative freezer for 45 minutes – 1.5 hours. Take out, sprinkle with some raw cocoa nibs (optional) and eat. Easy and yummy!

Ingredients!

•    1/2 c low fat cottage cheese (2%)
•    1/2 scoop chocolate whey protein powder (Jay Robb Chocolate)
•    3 large frozen strawberries
•    stevia as needed

Calories: 168 kCAL
Fat: 2.0 g
Carbohydrates: 13.0 g
Protein: 24.0 g

Compare this with the nutrition of 1 cup of chocolate ice-cream. 246 kCAL, 14.0 g of fat, 40.0 g of carbs, and 5.0 grams of protein.

Adjust the ingredients as needed to meet your macros :-)! This recipe serves one! Double for a larger serving or triple to serve more people. Work your magic! You’ve got it!

Spice it up with a tablespoon or two of your favorite nut butter! Tastes great with peanut butter! Replace the frozen strawberries with some frozen banana slices. Have at it.

On the note of health benefits, there are so many primarily due to the protein combination that center around fat-loss and muscle-gain. This ice-cream combines both whey (fast-acting) and casein (slow-acting) and thus is excellent for an pre-bed snack on the evening of a hard workout.

Oh by the way, casein is naturally occurring in the cottage cheese!

Casein protein is the major protein found in milk. It makes up 80% of the beverage, with the rest being whey protein. Casein protein is a better choice than whey at bedtime due to its slow digestion and absorption rate. Your best bet is to use a protein powder that contains some micellar casein, an undenatured (unaltered) form of casein that will clump together in the stomach and form a gel, significantly slowing its digestion. This allows the protein to provide a slow and steady supply of amino acids to the body for up to seven hours, so it doesn’t have to take them from your muscles. And if you take enough casein before bed, the extra will go to your muscles for growth.

Yummy with a ton of benefits if you are working on losing fat and gaining muscle! Yummy if you just want a snack that is not going to add to your waist line.

If you ever find yourself with the night time munchies – this is a sure win-win.

Have a happy Sunday and until next time!

Ginger

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