Trainer’s Orders: Eat This Ice Cream After You Work Out!

I don’t cook, let alone bake, and have never posted a recipe before. I also believe that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Not in this case!

Not only is this “ice cream” made from one natural ingredient, it helps you recover from a workout. I actually recommend it to my personal training clients and eat it myself!

My mother found this article after a cancer scare in my family. My parents became vegan to try to eat a diet that might help prevent a recurrence. She found the recipe at Food52​.com The website explains, “It’s one ingredient. It’s creamy. It’s frosty. It’s vegan. It’s raw. It’s ice cream? It’s bananas!

No really, it’s bananas, frozen bananas blended until something magic happens with the pectin in them, and the consistency changes to that of soft ice cream. No sugar or anything else added! Oh, the wonder of food science! We tested it on my dad who thought it was ice cream, and when and told him it wasn’t, he had no idea what it could be.

Fitness buffs know that the potassium in bananas helps keep your muscles in shape for tough workouts.The American Council on Exercise (ACE) explains,“According to exercise scientists, if you work out at a moderate– to high–intensity level for 90 minutes or longer, you should consume a healthy snack within 30 minutes post–exercise…Bananas are high in fructose (fruit sugar) and a high–glycemic carbohydrate that the body can quickly convert to energy. When you enjoy it with a small amount (1 tablespoon) of almond butter, you add protein.”

For me, I never really liked the flavor or texture of bananas, so I probably didn’t eat enough of them. Until now. Here is the “recipe” and a way for you to have your ice cream and eat it too! Trainer’s orders!

Making one-​​ingredient ice cream is as simple as this: Cut up bananas. Freeze them for about an hour. Whirl them in a food processor for about four minutes until the consistency changes to that of soft ice cream (pictured here). Eat quickly, or refreeze and blend again. You can even get a machine specifically made for this trainer’s treat at http://​www​.yonanas​.com/.

Want to add some protein to your post-​​workout? Try this cashew cream topping from The Cancer Fighting Cookbook by Rebecca Katz.

Cashew Cream Ingredients

* 2 cup raw cashews
* 2 cup water
* 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange juice
* 1⁄2 tsp sea salt
* 1⁄8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions- Grind the cashews in a mini-​​food processor or nut grinder to give them a head start in the blender (if you have a Vita-​​Mix, you can skip this step). Put the water in a blender, then add the lemon juice, salt, nutmeg and cashews and blend until creamy smooth. This takes several minutes, but your taste buds will reap the rewards of your patience.

Fitness — fit it in! Nikki

NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 35-year-old fitness expert on Fox & Friends, and the star of 8 fitness DVDs including Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, a 200 RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor, author of the new book “SLIMNASTICS”, a fitness columnist for Shape.com and Military.com and a spokesperson for SilverSport antibacterial fitness products. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and cardio intervals to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!

Fall Back Into Great Fitness Habits-With These Finds!

Getting back into fitness or maintaining your drive during the changing seasons can be as easy as offering up some helpful ‘finds’ to get you motivated along the way.

GalTime fitness expert, Nikki Glor, offers us some of her favorite “Fall Finds” which keep her going.


Sweet Treat in Fall Colors That Won’t Break The Workout

Welch’s® Fruit Snacks (1.75 oz pouch is $.89)
Sometimes you just need that little taste of sweetness after a meal. Welch’s has created delicious little snacks in 10 assorted varieties of berry and grape gummies that curb your craving without the guilt. Every snack pack is made with real fruit and fruit juices, is fat free, gluten free, and contains no preservatives. They have 35 percent less sugar than other similar fruit snacks, contain 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 25% of Vitamins A and E. I prefer the convenient new 1.75 oz Single Serve pouch (only 80 calories) which I sometimes share with my toddler when he is good. This way we both avoid the cookies and ice cream calling us from the kitchen!

 

Rock the Yoga Mat and Running Trail in Orange, Red and Green

The Girls Apparel
I first discovered this company years ago when I bought their adorable Yoga socks with cute poses on them. Now i wear their workout pants when I have to be in front of class teaching “Read Attitude” or “Booty Camp” classes in NYC. They boost your booty. The Girls Apparel have the most fashionable socks leggings and other workout clothing around, but don’t just take my word for it. Katherine Heigl, Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes, Nikki Reed and many others are flocking to The Girls Apparel brand. Their super-comfy clothes are constructed with the highest quality yarns and just the right formula of nylon and spandex. After decades of producing women’s clothing and studying precisely where women want more support, The Girls™ developed the Blu-Tec Control System™ to slim, shape and contour the body in just the right places. Found only in The Girls™ Tummy Control styles, this special power mesh system is discreetly placed inside the clothing invisible to the rest of the world so only you know it is there. The best part is all the apparel is under $40 and available at major retailers such as Target, Sears and online! Every time I leave a sweat session at the gym or on a run, feeling dirty and in need of a shower, someone stops me for a compliment! Not to comment on my gross hair, but to ask where I got my orange tie-dyed leggings. It makes your endorphin workout high feel even better!

Tees by Tina
Unable to find the perfect tees to take her from working out to work, Tina, a certified Pilates Instructor and fashionista, came up with the idea for her seamless apparel collection. Made with seamless yarn that has a high level of stretch and recovery capabilities, the line always retains it shape, no matter what your size. Tees by Tina has attracted an impressive celebrity following with their affordably priced collection ($17-$110) including Stacy Keibler, Molly Sims and Maria Menounos. Don’t let the name fool you–they have much more than Tees. Aside from offering my favorite orange yoga leggings, their workout tank tops are so chic and comfy you’ll never want to take them off!I have worn the red and green ones already this month, and the black tank goes straight from under my suit jacket at the office into the yoga room or treadmill!

Motivate to Melt Fat and Work Out Longer
(MacMillan Audiobooks $20-30 dollars each)
I love an upbeat music playlist probably even more than the next person, but certain audiobooks make me put Madonna and Maroon 5 on hold.
The nonstop twists and turns in Hank Phillipi Ryan’s THE OTHER WOMAN will have listeners pushing through their workouts to find out how the action-packed mystery unfolds. The narrator, Ilyana Kadushin, keeps the pacing tight and the suspense level high, while Ryan’s leading lady represents a new breed of tough, fearless, shrewd problem solvers who will inspire anyone to be the absolute best that they can be. You’ll soon find that your normal 3 mile jog has turned into an effortless 6 mile calorie-torching run, and you’ll want to hit the bike before bed to get to the next chapter. Other titles on my list for fall jogs in the park: Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader, Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly, Rogue by Mark Sullivan, and Tier One Wild by Dalton Fury.

NikkiFitness, Nicole Glor, is 35-year-old fitness expert on Fox & Friends, and the star of 8 fitness DVDs including Hard Core Abs DVD, Fit Travel Workout DVD, Booty Camp, Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s workouts have been featured in over 100 national media outlets. She is also an AFAA certified NYC personal trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, a 200 RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor, author of the new book “SLIMNASTICS”, a fitness columnist for Military.com and a spokesperson for SilverSport antibacterial fitness products. Her “Slimnastics” workouts focus on multitasking toning and cardio intervals to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Get her newsletters, music playlists, video demos and DVDs at www.nikkifitness.com Search for “NikkiFitness” on Facebook and Twitter!