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  •  It's easy to make ice cream. (9+ / 0-)

    I mean, seriously easy. You buy an ice cream maker (Cuisinart makes good little inexpensive ones). Then YOU have total control over ingredients.

    Make sorbet. Make frozen yogurt. Make soy ice cream. She wants regular ice cream? Make it with less sugar.

    She wants it sweet but needs to use weight? Ask her physician which fake sugar product is best for her. Maybe you use half real sugar/half fake stuff.

    Once you get a basic recipe that works for you, you can tinker around with adding more healthy ingredients like whey powder for extra protein, for example.  I add ground flax seed to most berry ice creams where a bit of extra grittiness won't be noticeable.

    The most time-consuming part is macerating berries for berry ice creams. Make several batches ahead of time and leave in your refridge or freezer.

    The nice thing about little inexpensive ice cream makers? They're little. So portion control is built in. The ice cream tastes rich and creamy. So you don't want as much. But there simply isn't a lot.

    We keep our freezer section of the ice cream maker in our deep freeze all year. We don't make ice cream that often. But we NEVER buy it. When we really want ice cream, we make it.

    Amazon, Costco, all the usual suspects sell them during summertime.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:22:53 AM PDT

    •  typo: "needs to LOSE weight" (4+ / 0-)

      we'll wait to have her "using" weights for a little while, eh?

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:24:08 AM PDT

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      •  and for those of us who cannot use sweeteners? (2+ / 0-)
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        slowbutsure, worldlotus

        I've got a friend who goes into anaphylactic shock with SweetNLow, Equal, and Splenda, either the brand-names or the generics.

        Something in them is poisonous to her.

        I get migraines with SweetNLow or Equal. I can do Splenda, but it tastes nasty -- it's bitter.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 10:47:53 AM PDT

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        •  Try stevia; it is made from a plant (1+ / 0-)
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          worldlotus

          ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

          by slowbutsure on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 10:56:13 AM PDT

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          •  Stevia is more bitter than Splenda. I have tried (2+ / 0-)
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            worldlotus, slowbutsure

            the stevia blend, too.

            So far the least nasty thing I've tried is agave, but it doesn't sweeten.

            LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

            by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 03:12:01 PM PDT

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