Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
This delicious, sweet and creamy Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream is all natural, secretly healthy and totally good for you. You’d never know this sweet dessert is low calorie, low fat, low carb, sugar free and packed with protein!
Soooo this is the first time I have ever used half-and-half as an ingredient on this blog…
*makes shocked face*
Seems kinda strange, right? Especially since I’m not a huge fan of butter or heavy cream. Now, I’m sure some of you are asking, “Why the heck is Jessica using half-and-half??” Well, the only reason I have avoided butter (and the like) for the past few years is because my family struggles to keep their cholesterol levels in check… and also because I had the same problem when I was back in high school. Today, though, my cholesterol levels are pretty darn good (low LDL, high HDL, etc) and they have been since I started eating healthy. My LDL (“bad cholesterol”) number in high school was higher than my total cholesterol number now! So, I’m starting to use exclusively organic, non-GMO and grass-fed half-and-half, cream and butter. I’m a bit anal on the whole “grass-fed” part because the cows aren’t fed GMO-corn that they can’t digest, their milk contains a higher omega-3 content over omega-6 (an unbalanced ratio of too much omega-6 to omega-3 causes inflammation), the cows are treated well, etc etc etc. I totally understand that this is difficult to find sometimes, even at Whole Foods, so regular organic half-and-half should do it Please please please buy organic, unless you like the flavor of growth hormones, estrogen and pesticides on your tongue…
But really now, who cares about my blood test numbers? I snagged a carton of half-and-half at Whole Foods for a really good deal (and seriously, when does that ever happen?). I was also buying a small tin of matcha and BOOM!
Ice cream popped into my head.
And then this (green) magic happened…
Nutrition Label Showdown Time!!
Here I compare my Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream recipe with the Häagen-Dazs Green Tea Ice Cream. The Häagen-Dazs nutrition label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:
Wow, what a difference. That’s kind of insane, yes? Not only is my ice cream lower calorie, lower fat, lower carb, sugar free and high protein, but it’s all natural and uses organic ingredients too. Now I’m wondering where Häagen-Dazs gets their cream from… definitely not a happy healthy cows, that’s for sure!
This ice cream is delicious served with all natural white chocolate chips (be careful, some brands contain hydrogenated oils), fresh raspberries or spoons alone