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Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream {dairy free, soy free, gluten free, paleo} and tips for how to make your homemade ice cream soft and creamy | Vibrant Life Army Wife

I have been loving making homemade ice cream lately. I’ve made some traditional vanilla ice cream and a little more unconventional ice cream made from frozen bananas. Regardless of the method, it’s all good to me, mostly because I know exactly what’s in it. Dairy free store bought ice cream, although lacking the dairy, typically comes with a whole host of other wonky ingredients like guar gum, soy lecithin, carrageenan, and of course lots of sugar!

One of the problems with homemade ice cream however, is that it can get icy and hard. I certainly haven’t cracked the code on how to prevent this because it’s nearly impossible while keeping the ingredients 100% clean (this is where the refined sugar, stabilizers, and emulsifiers used in store bought ice cream come into play), but here are the tips and tricks I’ve learned during my ice cream making adventures.

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The Best Burgers Ever

Best Burgers Ever {grain free, gluten free, paleo} | Vibrant Life Army Wife
My husband is a genius when it comes to grilling burgers. He makes the juiciest and most delicious burgers. And it’s for that reason that I put burgers on our weekly meal plan almost every week! That and the fact that pretty much the only time he helps with the cooking is if there is grilling involved.

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Pea-not Butter Banana Ice Cream [dairy free, paleo]

Pea-not Butter Banana Ice Cream, a delicious nut free 3 ingredient ice cream | Vibrant Life Army Wife

So I finished the 21 Day Sugar Detox on Sunday and I feel great! I’ll do a full recap later this week but for now I want to share the last 21DSD friendly treat that I created to help me through any lingering sugar cravings: Pea-not Butter Banana Ice Cream! This “ice cream” recipe- I put ice cream in quotes because I’m not sure you can call something ice cream if it has no (dairy or coconut) cream in it- has only three ingredients and you don’t need a fancy ice cream maker to make it, just a food processor or a high speed blender.

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21 Day Sugar Detox Mocha Frappuccino Recipe and My Love-Hate Relationship with Coffee {Beyond Food Fridays}

Beyond Food Fridays
Welcome to Beyond Food Fridays where I share my thoughts on non-food topics such as skin & hair care, body image, and other fun tips and tricks for how to be healthy and vibrant inside and out!

21 DSD Mocha Frappuccino and My Love-Hate Relationship with Coffee | Vibrant Life Army Wife

I loooooove coffee. I love the taste of it, the smell of it, the whole experience of drinking it. But the problem is, the coffee doesn’t really love me. When I drink coffee I get crazy jittery, like hands shaking feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest jittery. I also sometimes get a stomach ache. Not a horribly bad one, but it’s uncomfortable enough to put a damper on my morning. Worst of all though is the headaches. I get them when I drink coffee if I haven’t been drinking it, and I get them when I don’t drink coffee if I have been drinking it. See what I mean about the love-hate relationship thing now?

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