My new Vita Mix machine comes with an introductory DVD that shows a woman making several really attractive-looking items. One is extremely simple – Peach Ice Cream. You combine frozen peaches, skimmed milk, some sugar and a flavoring or two in the Vita Mix for around a minute and, Voila, peach ice cream. At the end of it the woman says, “You can do this with any fresh fruit, just add ice cubes.”
Now, we are going through a tropical heat wave here in Chicago. There were severe heat warnings issued about caring for the very young and the elderly. They made me uncomfortable about my morning bike ride. I did it, but felt uncomfortable about it. Anyway, the thought of making instantaneous (and healthy) ice cream in my new machine was just too much temptation.
I went down to the grocery store in my building and got a fresh mango. I don’t know that I have ever had mango, but this was an experiment. Why not try new ground?
I followed the instructions on the DVD. I put in 1/4 cup of milk, all of the mango that I could get free of the peel. Some sugar (obviously, this has to be ‘to taste’). Two cups of ice cubes later and I was ready to power up.
The Vita Mix blended and pulverized the contents of the container inside of a minute and just like in the DVD I had a lovely frozen treat. I got lucky on the amount of sugar because my mango ice cream was delicious. I ate up what was probably two cups of it and I consumed little more than 100 calories.
Keeping in mind the lessons we learned from the Portion Plate, the two cups of delicious homemade ice cream I consumed would equal around 600 calories of store bought ice cream.
One cup of sliced mango has 107 calories, no fat or cholesterol, 3 mg of sodium, 28 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and one gram of protein.
An awesome cold treat on the steamy hot Chicago summer days, and it was extraordinarily simple to create.
I recommend it.
Other Vita Mix recipe posts include:
How to Vita Mix a Low Cal Copy of the Jamba Juice Orange Dream Machine,
Vita Mix – Drinking a Watermelon
Vita Mix – Hot Chicken Soup
Vita Mix – Another Green Smoothie
A St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie – Vita-Mix
Vita-Mix – Cold Peach Summer Smoothie
Vita-Mix – Cold Green Soup
Vita-Mix – Green Smoothies
Vita-Mix – Watermelon Sorbet Recipe
Vita-Mix – Garden Fresh Cocktail