Is Social Media making us fat? If so, go make some Coffee Vanilla ice-cream fluff:)

IMG_20150813_191758There are very few of us around who don’t have accounts on social media. Even if you despise the idea of it, you belong to at least one of them. You might not be using it, but you’re “on it”. However, most of us use social media, we do it so that we can keep up on things that interest us, keep in touch with friends and family etc.. I use it to keep up on fitness and nutrition related subjects, I follow/subscribe to fitness and nutrition writers and other enthusiasts that I deem might have something interesting to say on these subjects.  

So what do I get out of social media? Mostly, good articles, books to read, other people’s experiences and let’s not forget good recipes. Now, before I get to those good recipes I have to mention the plethora of misinformation out there. You’re thinking “duh!”. Right? Yes, I know this is not any sort of revelation. Everybody knows that you need to be very cautious out there in the virtual space when you go on researching any subject. But let’s take an unsuspecting overweight person who has just decided to get fit and do something about their eating habits.

Before the internet era you’d probably have to go to the library or a bookstore, or maybe you’d seek help with your physician or other such professional. Today, your first point of information is the internet. You’re browsing facebook, twitter feeds and instagram and all of a sudden you realize that you can follow all sorts of people with pretty, delicious looking food on their instagram feeds. Not only that, but they also sport pictures of their physiques and you realize they all look better than you and you put 1 and 1 together and the next thing you know you’re assuming that these people eat all this delicious food and they still manage to look this good!!?? Hey, maybe there is hope! You can be skinny and eat your cake too! So you dig deeper.

You are now looking up certain tags on IG because you’ve acquired some knowledge and you know where to look. Before you know it,  you have found the latest craze that seems to be making people take selfies of themselves because the craze is supposedly making them look good. It’s called “If It Fits Your Macros” aka “IIFYM”, some call it “Flexible Dieting”. All you know, is that these people claim that you can and should eat candy and sweets that you love so much and still be able to look good. The proponents of this diet say that you don’t have to give up the foods you like to be fit and healthy. In fact, in order for your diet to stick and be sustainable (oh it’s a big word out there!) you need to eat what you like, as opposed to all that boring broccoli and chicken!! You come to the conclusion that these people must have it figured out (hence all the selfies) and the more you think about it the more it starts to make sense. It is quite sustainable and manageable to eat the foods that you enjoy, rather than the ones you don’t enjoy, that’s not rocket science. It’s easier to stick to it if you can eat candy all day and surely you will fall off the wagon if you have to eat the same boring veggies and lean meats. The question is : “Can it really be done?” Eating crap and looking good, that is? You try it and you buy into this idea and wait for it to work. But what exactly are MACROS? Oh you don’t intend to dig this deep. It’s supposed to be easy, right? So, you keep eating all the snickers bars, pop tarts and ice-cream because all the most hard core IITFYMers are doing it and taking pictures of it, so it will eventually work, you just need patience.  

But what you don’t know is that there are actually very few of these IIFYMers that do it right or for whom this Flexible Dieting is working. Very few of them are ripped and those who use this principle correctly are not sitting on the couch eating candy all day. The ones that make IITFYM work for them do it smart.

Of course it’s not all bad news and there are things you can take away from them. That’s the beauty of social media, one person creates something and others can learn from it, change it, modify, redistribute it. But ultimately it’s up to us, social media consumers, to sift through, observe, learn, discern, do more research but never blindly follow. You have to use your brain.

So here is what I’ve taken away from all the hype; the recipe for the Protein Ice-Cream Fluff is by no means my invention. Different versions of it have beenIMG_20150813_191750~2 floating on social media, particularly on IG for a while. Take from it what you want or need. I swear by it for the sole reason that you can make it very low calorie for a lot of volume and at night I am a volume eater. Today, my basic recipe (ice-cream only) will only be 189cal! Now, what you put on top of it is what will bump up the calories. The one pictured is 350cal, but if you skip the cream cheese and the nuts you can bring it way down.

INGREDIETS for Ice-Cream Fluff:

  • 1-1/5 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 scoop of Casein Protein Powder
  • 6g Guar Gum (some people use Xanthan powder)
  • Extracts of choice I used coffee and vanilla
  • 1 tsp of instant coffee

Process on high in a food processor for 10-20 minutes until it becomes fluff. Place in a large bowl and put it in the freezer for cooling.

INGREDIENTS for Chocolate “brownie” curtesy of Kalli Youngstrom:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp Walden Farms Syrup of choice 

Mix everything in a small bowl until it becomes a paste. Pour into a nonstick frying pan and fry, breaking it up so that it’s not flat, but rather crumbly like a brownie.  

INGREDIENTS for cream cheese spread:

  • 30g light Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 5g protein powder
  • 10g Natural (no sugar, no oil added) peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tbsp Walden Farms Syrup of choice

Mix well. 

To assemble your ice-cream fluff you will take the ice-cream bowl out of the freezer after couple of hours. Put your crumbled “brownie” on top, smear the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie and add any other desired toppings. Mine had carmel Walden Farms syrup and 10g of dry roasted peanuts. 

350cal, 36p, 11c, 17f. 

This one kept growing like a building under construction right in front of my own eyes. I did not plan it this elaborate right from the get go.

This is what went into the freezer with the thought that there will be some toppings in the form of the brownie and Walden Farms syrup.
Here I added the brownie, Walden Farms and cream cheese mixture crept in.
And here I decided that there is lack of texture in my recipe and if this was on Food Network’s Chopped Chef Geoffrey Zakarian would surely chop me 😉

So here you have it, my nightly shenanigans with food 🙂 

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