Coconut Chip Ice Cream with “Transportation Jason”

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I love ice cream!

If you’re like me, at about 8:00 each evening, the freezer seems to have a strong magnetic force. It’s like there is a sweet, fatty, creamy gravitational pull that draws you in. While it’s easy to stock your ice box with store-bought ice cream, 99% of the stuff is so laden with sugar that you are better off making your own.

Today’s video shows how simple it is to do just that. My good friend, “Transportation Jason”, joins me to share his recipe and we have Paleo Soft Serve ready in no time. We leave the ice cream in the freezer overnight for a harder version and then allow that to thaw for a short time for a third option right in between.

The best part about this ice cream is that you can make it what you want. If you are just looking for the creamy fat, you can make it that way. If you want it sweeter and full of dark chocolate chunks, then you can do that too. Whatever you fancy, use this instructional as a guideline and let your creative juices run wild…

On the other side of the membership wall is a great discussion on the Zone breakdown of this ice cream vs. Ben and Jerry’s. While I won’t spill all of the marbles, I will share the summary from the conversation.

From The Zone zone:

My main focus here is sugar. Our ice cream is has half the glycemic punch of B&J’s. While maple syrup still has the same blood sugar effect as table sugar, we are limiting the overall sugar content, which is the important point. If you’re like me, you eat ice cream at night. One of the best things we can do, especially as athletes, is to eat a Zone favorable snack before bed. This sets us up for the maximum potential of HGH release, which lowers insulin and raises glucagon. You follow? The point is that you should eat “Transportation Jason’s” ice cream instead of Ben and Jerry’s. I mean, who are those guys anyways? They sold out to Unilever years ago and I can’t imagine that things have gotten better since that transaction…

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Okay. That’s all I’ve got. It’s been a long day that just finished with a 2 hour back to school night with 40 parents in a small 1st grade class!

I appreciate all of you and want to remind you that…

“You need more than a good memory to have good memories.”

Make every moment count, and while doing so, be sure to…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

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Coconut Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients List:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • dark chocolate chips, as desired

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.
  2. Place mixture in ice cream maker and run until ice cream is the consistency you wish.
  3. Top with chocolate chips and enjoy!

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (0)

There is negligible protein in coconut milk, so we will say zero blocks of protein.

Carbohydrates: (6)

I am only going to count the carbs in the maple syrup and will let you calculate the carb blocks for however many chocolate chips you choose to use, if any.

There are 2 teaspoons of maple syrup in one carbohydrate block. We are using 1/4 cup of syrup, which is 2 ounces or 4 Tablespoons. There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon, so 12 teaspoons total in our 1/4 cup. This gives us 6 blocks of total carbohydrate.

 

Fats: (50)

There are approximately 75 fat grams in a can of coconut milk. This gives us 25 blocks on the 3 grams per block calculation or a whopping 50 blocks on a 1.5 grams per block calculation.

Balancing Act:

As you can see, this is a tough one. Even if we are hitting it hard in the gym and using the 3 gram/fat block calculation, we still come up with a 0P, 6C, 25F breakdown.

So, instead of attempting to balance this, I am going to compare it to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, which is approximately the same volume as what you get with the above recipe.

For Ben and Jerry’s Salted Caramel Core (my favorite flavor), we have 20g Protein, 112g Carbs and 56g Fat. This breaks down to: ~3P, 12.5C, 18.5F on the 3g/fat block calculation. Overall, this is more balanced than our ice cream, but there are some major issues at stake that would make our ice cream a better option…

1. Ours lacks dairy, which is another conversation in itself, but suffice it to say that the PUFA’s in Ben and Jerry’s are high in omega-6’s.
2. Ours is lower carb, which is the real culprit in fat storage/loss.
3. Our fat is high in MCT’s, which only have 6-10 carbon links, are transported directly to the liver, and have been known to be anti-aging among other things. Again, an article in itself.

My main focus here is sugar. Our ice cream is has half the glycemic punch as B&J’s. While maple syrup still has the same blood sugar effect as table sugar, we are limiting the overall sugar content, which is the important point. If you’re like me, you eat ice cream at night. One of the best things we can do, especially as athletes, is to eat a Zone favorable snack before bed. This sets us up for the maximum potential of HGH release, which lowers insulin and raises glucagon. You follow? The point is that you should eat “Transportation Jason’s” ice cream instead of Ben and Jerry’s. I mean, who are those guys anyways? They sold out to Unilever years ago and I can’t imagine that things have gotten better since the transaction…

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