That trinity could be a lethal, or at least fattening, combination. In excess, anything is...but in moderation it keeps me typing and turning pages. Plus, I've found a great way to curb the calories, increase my tastebud joy, and save money: Make my own ice cream.
Does it work? Yes...I still need to get off my butt every day and exercise. But through experimentation I've created a relatively low calorie, cheap, and healthy recipe.
First, I bought a cute, little, red ice cream maker for $30. That's less than the cost of 5 pints of Ben and Jerry's.
Second, I tried different combinations of milks and creams and sugars. I found I could halve the suggested amount of cream, and use a stevia and erythritol or xylitol (the friendliest sugar replacement with no cancer causing crap), and goats or cows milk. I will be trying coconut milk next. I also need only a fraction of the sugar most recipes recommend. I just don't need it that sweet.
Third, I trusted the new science that debunks the myth that fat is terrible for you. We need fat. Our brains love it. Our bodies crave it. It makes our guts happy. I healed my critic poor digestion by indulging in fat this winter...with no weight gain. Carbs do that. See more about Paleo Diet here and high fat theory or GAPS Diet, here.
Fourth, and last, I eat my ice cream and enjoy it too. I had to stop editing yet another version of the beginning of my middle grade novel, Nyghtmare's Code, to write about the super fuel that was getting me through the revisions: Homemade, sarsaparilla, fenugreek, garam masala goat milk ice cream. Funky, tasty, and full of fuel for the fingers.
1 cup goats milk
1 cup cream
1/4 cup sugar of choice, I use Smart Sweet
1/2 teaspoon each garam masala and fenugreek
1 teaspoon each sarsaparilla and vanilla
Heat on low milk and sugar until sugar blends in. Put this in a blender with all spices and blend again. Chill this. Add this with cream to ice cream maker and follow machine's instructions, which for me is 20 minutes of watching the blade go round and round. It made the fluffiest ice cream, ready to eat, or freeze for more firm texture. Yum! Now back to my work...