I is for “Incredible, Edible” Ice Cream

Chocolate ice cream

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As the days get hotter I only want to eat cool foods. Salads, fresh fruit, and of course, ICE CREAM!

I don’t always want ice cream, but when I do I often think this is the perfect food. Yes, I know it has lots of fat and calories and sugar, but, if you get the right kind of ice cream it fulfills all sorts of nutritional needs, besides the fact that it sooths the soul. ๐Ÿ˜‰ After all, most women don’t get enough calcium in their diet. What yummier way than to eat a little ice cream? But ice cream provides more than just calcium alone!

For example, yesterday after our quest for Dairy Queen failed (another count against this town) we ended up at Braun’s for ice cream and I ordered a small cup of German Chocolate. Now, in my naivetรฉ I thought that would simply be a rich chocolate ice cream, but of course it was actually German Chocolate Cake ice cream. So it included: pecans (protein and fiber) and coconut (protein, vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium) So, according to Calorie Count at About.com, my little journey into a decadent treat added this to my day (Note that I am actually writing this immediately after eating the treat, so these numbers will change later on):

  • 300 calories (okay, that’s not great, but I still have over 400 calories to eat today)
  • 36 carbs (but my carbs are still too low for the day)
  • 5 grams of protein. I still need more.
  • 16 grams of fat . . . um , I’ll just deny that. And I am still in the good range for the day.
  • 9 grams of saturated fat. Harrumph. ๐Ÿ˜›
  • 45 mg of cholesterol. Not great but not bad. And I just started a medication to beat that silly cholesterol out of my system. Do you think this will set me back?
  • 150 mg of salt. Not great, not bad. Why does there have to be salt in everything?
  • 1 g. of fiber. Woo hoo!
  • 35 g. of sugar. So . . . it is a treat!
  • 400 IU of Vitamin A. See, it’s got vitamins.
  • 1.2 mg of Vitamin C. You can’t get enough of that.
  • 150 mg. of Calcium. I’m going to get enough calcium today! Yay me!
  • 1.1 mg. of Iron. That’s pretty awesome

Now I just need to figure out how to get some potassium in there and it will be almost the perfect meal. Aha! Easy solution for that:

And of course, I chose an ice cream that includes the most important food group. Okay, it’s not listed on the nutrition charts, but most women will agree with me that the most important food group is . . .

CHOCOLATE!!!

Now, I would like to point out that I’ve lost 15 lbs recently and am on the road to many more. I’m taking care of my health and trying to get more exercise on a regular basis. Did you know that sitting and typing/ writing for about an hour burns approximately 143 calories?

But sometimes you still have to eat ice cream.

Who wants to join me in a banana split?

Ice Cream and Nostalgia

Addition on Monday morning . . .

Isn't that a great porch?

After I wrote the draft of this post, I headed to the William Inge Family home for a rehearsal of a scene that will be held there this week. I was a little early, so I sat on the fabulous front porch (my favorite part of the old house) and enjoyed the sunshine at the end of the day. The smell of lilacs wafted over to me from the tree nearby. Bright butterflies made visits, drawn by the sweet smell. In the distance, I though I heard a tinkle of music that sounded like someone’s cell phone playing a lively, old-fashioned tune. When one of my actors arrived, a local girl, I heard it even more clearly.

“What is that?” I asked.

“The ice cream truck.”

I sat back and smiled.

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lifeintheboomerlane
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 06:54:39

    Ice cream is a gift of the gods.

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  2. Aligaeta
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 07:01:13

    I was surprised the numbers weren’t worse. If you added that banana you would have had your potassium. I indulged last night also rewarding myself for a days hard work in the garden.

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    • Lisa
      Apr 11, 2011 @ 07:42:06

      I know. The numbers weren’t too bad. I love Calorie Count because it allows me to indulge a little. As long as I eat small portions I’m okay. The only thing that happened yesterday was that I had a B+ nutrition day instead of an A. I was still low on calories!

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  3. Ed Williams
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 07:06:12

    I miss the days of childhood when the only “grahams” we had to worry about were covered in cinnamon and sugar and a slather of marshmallow. sigh.

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  4. vixter2010
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 07:35:36

    I heart ice cream too – I went through a Ben & Jerrys addiction phase and used to eat a whole tub. I don’t buy it now, I like Magnums ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Lisa
      Apr 11, 2011 @ 07:40:41

      Ben & Jerry’s is my depression ice cream. Chocolate fudge brownie. I wanted to work for them at one time, because they give two pints of ice cream to their workers every week, I think (plus stock in the company). Dream job, ice cream tester. YUM!

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  5. nrhatch
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 11:38:30

    Perfect post, Lisa ~ just the right combination of humor with fact. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Barb
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 14:05:59

    Shall we meet at Herrell’s? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Kathryn McCullough
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 15:31:42

    I’m trying to improve my diet and increase exercise, so this post speaks to me today–not only that, but I love ice cream–though who doesn’t I guess——
    Kathy

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    • Lisa
      Apr 11, 2011 @ 17:21:38

      Kathy, I really recommend using Calorie Count. It has helped me so much. I refuse to diet, but I’ve lost about 15 lbs since January. (I would have lost more, but the chaos of getting my show up and then being really sick interfered). During the chaos time, I gained a little bit back, but since I restarted again (this past week) I’ve lost three pounds. While I have a goal of weight loss, for me it is about getting healthy since my brother had a heart attack when he was my age, and my whole family has heart issues. Plus, my dad has Alzheimer’s and there is a theory that that is related to diabetes. It’s all about the diet and the exercise, and I am determined to live a long, quality, life. Including ice cream!

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  8. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 21:17:31

    Love your new blog look! I used this theme at first. I like to change themes probably too much.
    I also love ice cream way too much. I had almost quit ice cream because I quit eating eggs, but now there is a new brand, Private Selection, that is made without eggs, but it still has a bunch of bad stuff.
    Congratulations on the weight loss. I was using loseit, but haven’t been doing great at counting calories lately. Have you checked out loseit?

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  9. amblerangel
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 22:51:34

    Love the new blog look! And your personal touch across the top!

    Dark Chocolate does ward off heart disease so make sure there are lots of those sprinkles on the top! Great job on the 15 by the way- hard work!

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  10. thepetalpusher
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 06:08:53

    A very enjoyable post with a lovely ending!!

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  11. egills
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 08:24:44

    Oh I just had to comment… my partner was so cruel to his kids when they grew up – he told them that when the ice cream van played music it meant there was no ice cream left. How cruel is that?!

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