Bringing {Ice Cream} Back

by Sara on April 30, 2012

It’s moving day!

I was up at 5:00am this morning so that I could sneak in a leg workout before I finish packing frantically stuffing the last few items into boxes. I filled six huge bags of trash yesterday, and four of them contained hard-to-part-with essentials.

these were the ones that didn't go in the trash!

Magazines! πŸ˜‰Β  I have a pretty serious magazine addiction. They pile up in my room and I just keep stacking them in different places. It’s especially hard for me to get rid of issues of Oxygen and Cooking Light; they’re my bibles for everything fitness and cooking.

Anywhooo, the movers are coming soon and I still need to shower, but I want to talk quickly about something that happened Sunday that was pretty big deal.

Last week I told you about three foods I want to bring back into my life. Well, yesterday I started tackling that list.

I can’t remember the last time I had full fat ice cream! Frozen yogurt? Of course. Coconut milk ice cream? Almost every day. Arctic Zero? Always stocked in the fridge. However, when I started my new meal plan a few weeks ago, Tara suggested that I treat myself to real ice cream once each week instead of eating fake fluff every day. I thought it was a brilliant idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Pinkberry and Edy’s Slow Churned, but let’s not kid ourselves: nothing beats the real thing. πŸ˜€

So, after spending most of the day packing, Alec, Stephen and I walked to Pitango, a locally-sourced gelato shop.

We stood at the counter sampling flavors for nearly 10 minutes. I tried hazelnut, pistachio, chocolate noir, almond and crema before deciding on cardamom and vanilla.

God bless patient ice-cream scoopers. πŸ˜‰

Both flavors were smooth, creamy and prefectly sweet. I’d never tried cardamom ice cream, and became an instant fan; it tasted likeΒ  spiced chai tea!

I’d be lying to you if I said that I wasn’t a bit apprehensive about bringing real ice cream back into my life. Ice cream—and I’m talking the kind from a shop that doesn’t display nutrition information—has been a “no-no” food for a long time. My old logic was this: too much sugar + too much fat +no nutritional benefits = no reason for eating, especially when lighter versions are available.

However that logic was depriving me of something I enjoyed. Something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. And that deprivation led me to consume a myriad of foods that were worse for my body than real ice cream (hello sugar-free pudding and fat free Cool Whip!) made from nothing more than milk, cream and sugar.

The portion was perfect—-just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, but not too much to make me uncomfortable. :)

After finishing our ice cream, we ducked into Whole Foods and stole a few soup samples (who says you can’t have savory after sweet?), and headed home to watch Mad Men.

Halfway through the show, I realized that I was hungry again, so I made a batch of egg white clouds to munch on. Since making an Egg in Cloud a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to get enough of these babies!

they may look funky, but they're crispy, crunchy and oh-so addicting

Egg white clouds are a fun, healthy snack you can make in minutes. Just beat as many egg whites as you want until stiff peaks form (I usually use three or four), add a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, and bake for 5-7 minutes at 450.

I also munched on a small piece of pumpkin spice chocolate chip bread, which was sent to me by Alley!

So Sunday may not have been the cleanest eating day, but I’m hopping back on board with healthy food today! I sure did enjoy my weekend treats!

That delicious pumpkin spice chocolate chip bread (SO good!) is a perfect segue to discuss Foodie Pen Pals!

My Foodie Pen Pal for the month of April pulled out the stops! Alley, from At Home with Alley, treated me to an incredible package filled with homebaked treats.

She also included the SWEETEST note. <3

Not only does Alley have a HUGE heart, but this girl sure knows her way around the kitchen! Inside my package I also found buckeyes (chocolate-covered peanut butter balls <–omg!), caramel popcorn dark chocolate trail snack mix (made with mini popcorn!), white chocolate caramillicans, chocolate-raspberry hot chocolate, a chocolate bunny, and recipe cards for everything included.

Everything was delicious! THANK YOU, ALLEY!

If you’re interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal, check out the details here. Lindsay has put together an amazing program that now has 600+ participants. You don’t have to be a blogger to enter!

Okay, time to wrap this up! The movers will be here any minute. Guess what that means? No shower for this girl!

But really, who smells good on moving day? πŸ˜‰

Are you a magazine junkie like me? Which magazines do you subscribe to/buy on a regular basis?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Have you ever tried any “strange” flavors like cardamom?

I’m a big believer that vanilla is NOT boring! But it’s best when studded with peanut butter cups. πŸ˜‰



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I have a stack of magazines too! I like to think that I save them to tear things out later on or something, but honestly I read through them in 15 or 20 minutes and then never touch them again. Drives my husband crazy! :)

    • Sara Stewart

      I do exactly the same thing! I justify keeping them around “just in case” there’s something I want to look at again. Do I ever look at them again? NOPE!

  • Anna

    Oh I spent all day packing up yesterday too! Moving is so stressful…definitely calls for full-fat ice cream :)

    I am a magazine lover too! I used to have about 10 subscriptions, no lie. Now I’m just down to Oxygen and Glamour…I think… :) Oh and Redbook, that was on sale!

    Favorite ice cream flavor…so hard to choose…either Strawberry Cheesecake or one time I had this peanut butter WITH cookie dough..I die!

    Good luck with moving!

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh my gosh…peanut butter with cookie dough?! That sounds absolutely incredible! Where did you find it?

      Good luck with your move!! <3

  • Gothextramileblog

    How amazing is gelato?! I swear, it’s so much better than regular ice cream. So yummy! I’m moving today too! Good luck with the move πŸ˜€

    • Sara Stewart

      Today must be moving day! I hope your last final went well! Yay for summer! xoxo

  • Alexandra

    I’m a magazine addict too heehee πŸ˜‰
    And AHHH GELATO IS MY FAVORITE!!! You have to try Paciugo if there’s one in your town, it is so darn delicious. Yay for new adventures with foods!
    Oh and best of luck with the move friend! :)

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Alexandra! I haven’t heard of Paciugo, but I’m going to look it up right now. And yes, cheers to adventures with foods! It’s the simple pleasures, isn’t it? :-)

  • Julie

    Cheers to two big changes in your life! A move and the return of ice cream! I hope everything goes well today and that you’re able to settle in to your new place and get a good sleep tonight!

    I’ve tried lots of “strange” ice cream flavors…When I was in San Francisco we went to a place called Humphrey Slocombe and they had some very interesting combinations! Some of my favorites were cream cheese chocolate chip, white chocolate lavender and balsamic caramel!

    • Sara Stewart

      I’ve heard about Humphrey Slocombe and am vowing to go next time I’m in San Francisco! Every single one of those flavors sounds amazing!

  • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Ahhh I’m so proud of you!!! I’ve always been a supporter of having the real thing over the fake versions. I think having the fake ice cream every day was only fuelling your sweet tooth, and you were probably becoming addicted to having something sweet every night/at the end of every meal, right? Not to mention the nasty side effects of artificial sweeteners. I know, I know, there is stevia, but I don’t use it. It hasn’t been around long enough for any true side effects to be realised.

    I would much rather just have my real treat once a week than pretend with those sad, pathetic foods. I used to drink Diet Coke but I found it left me wanting more sugary foods, so I stopped. When I go for gelato, I’m thinking it’s much healthier than ice cream!! Haha I had ice cream last night, and I woke up with a killer six pack today – I find that every time I have carbs at night, I wake up ripped, can’t complain πŸ˜€

    • Sara Stewart

      You’re SO right–eating artificial sweets always makes me crave them more! Yet I notice when I “indulge” in the real thing, the cravings are gone. I think fitness/diet magazines need to start promoting full fat ice cream for a svelte beach bod look, yeah? And maybe carbs at night for a six pack?! πŸ˜‰

  • STUFT Mama

    Yay for ice cream!! I’m totally with you on vanilla and Reece’s peanut butter cups, although I’ve always been a huge fan of cookies and cream and mint chip, too! Magazines are dangerous…I realized I was spending $30/month just buying them off the shelf, so I finally caved and subscribed to some of my favorites. I love Oxygen and Cooking Light, and I also get Bon Apetit and Women’s Health.

    Good luck with the move today!

    • Sara Stewart

      Thank you! It went really well and was much easier than I’d expected. :)

      I have the same problem: I buy nearly every magazine full price! Subscriptions often save 75%! Why is it so hard to commit?

  • Caroline

    Hope the move goes smoothly! I love cake batter ice cream – it’s the best! Otherwise, I love chocolate brownie chunks in ice cream – so good! Your box is making me consider joining foodie pen pals – all that stuff looks amazing :)

    • Sara Stewart

      You should definitely join Foodie Pen Pals! It’s a fun program, and a great way to meet a new blogger.

      How had I forgotten about cake batter ice cream? Yum! The only way it *might* be made more delicious is with chunks of cake and rainbow sprinkles on top. :)

  • Debbie (Accidently Delish)

    I am so glad you let yourself indulge! that is one thing my nutritionist always tells me I need to do. Because honestly. One day won’t kill you. And if you enjoy it. EAT IT. A classmate of mine made a few of us chocolate balls. Yes. Chocolate dipped in more chocolate. I ate it. And guess what. IT WAS AMAZING. (and i didn’t gain a pound. probably not even an ounce. haha)

    We both got spoiled with our foodie pen pals! everything looks delish!

    • Sara Stewart

      I love this comment. :) Isn’t it silly how we’ve convinced ourselves that enjoying a “no-no” food will do something very, very bad to our bodies? Or that somehow all of our healthy habits will crumble? Cheers to knocking down those myths! πŸ˜€

  • Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    I love gelato! And it is the perfect size!
    I really need to make those eggs..they sound amazing!! I think I may just do that right now.
    My sister had me watch a few episodes of mad men. I really liked it! I want to start at the beginning though.

    • Sara Stewart

      Let me know if you make them! I eat so many eggs each week, so it’s been a fun way to mix up the routine a bit. :)

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying Mad Men! This season has been CRAZY (in a very good way). I’d definitely recommend starting at the beginning though; it provides a lot of insight into each of the characters!

  • Danielle D

    That gelato looks amazing! I missed Mad Men last night,but will definitely be catching up on it tonight! Wow you really got spoiled with your Foodie Pen Pal package!! hope you’re having a good Monday! :)

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Danielle! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Good luck moving girl!! I hope that everything goes smoothly today! Good for you for taking that step and bringing real ice cream back. I absolutely love gelato and it’s definitely a favorite indulgence! I was actually at Smitten ice cream in sf and they had cardamom as a flavor! It sounded intriguing! And glad to know I’m not the only magazine junkie! I have piles of mags in different locations as well! I do Bon App, Cooking Light, Health, Fitness, Glamour, Marie Claire, VF, W, Lucky, Self and a few more!!

    • Sara Stewart

      Thanks, Emily! The move went very well; in fact, it almost seemed too easy! :-p I love your magazine choices…You named all of my faves, plus I’d add People Style Watch and Food Network. :)

  • julie

    baahhh i want a foodie pen pal! i think i’m going to sign up in fact! yay for gelato! we have this fabulous gelato shop out east on the island and i cant wait for summer to dive right in! yay for bring full fat ice cream backkkk!! i wish i wasn’t lactose or else i would be diving into vats of mint chocolate chip!

  • julie

    baahhh i want a foodie pen pal! i think i’m going to sign up in fact! yay for gelato! we have this fabulous gelato shop out east on the island and i cant wait for summer to dive right in! yay for bring full fat ice cream backkkk!! i wish i wasn’t lactose or else i would be diving into vats of mint chocolate chip!

  • Meg

    Oh my gosh, I seriously have a magazine problem. I try not to buy many besides Women’s Health that I subscribe to, but for some reason I have the hardest time throwing them out! Sometimes, I leave a couple in the locker room at the gym or at my salon so that other people can enjoy them! :)

    I LOVE gelato! I went to a little gelato shop when I was visiting my mom in Oregon and I had nutella and banana flavors (I think it was banana). Mmmm.. so good. I firmly believe that if we were only meant to eat for nutrition, we wouldn’t have taste buds! Sometimes it’s definitely ok to indulge in a treat that is just for the tongue!

    Love u!!

  • Sally

    What?! You got up at 5am? Glad the move went so smoothly! Your ice cream trip sounded fun…especially trying all those flavors. I’ve never heard of cardamon ice cream! We’ll do lots of tasting this summer!!

  • Emily

    Yay for bringing ice cream back into your life! I’m sure the more you eat it, the more you’ll wonder why you waited so long to eat it. Having it as a once-a-week treat is a great goal!

  • Jentry Nielsen

    I have quite the obsession with magazine collecting as well! I don’t know why, there have been very few times I actually go back to them, but I just can seem to get the courage to throw them away when they have such good info in them! hahaha
    And that pumpkin spice chocolate chip bread look so delicious!!! I have got to try this out pronto! ha
    Glad you enjoyed your ice cream! :)

  • Lisa

    Good luck with the move darling! I just moved this weekend. I am tired. So happy you brought back real ice cream!! :) Now that is a challenge I should be completing too! It has been WAY too long since I’ve had some! And I love the looks of the eggs in a cloud, they look delicious! I have got to try them. I heart mad men too, isn’t it just the best?! I also love me some magazines, I can never decide which I want to buy because they all make them look so good.

  • Rach

    Yay for real ice cream!! :) And hey, good luck with the move!

  • Terri

    I hope you are able to get over your food fears and exercise obsessions. Are you healthy? Healthy bones? Amenorrheic? Even if you are not, you are bone-thin and have obvious restrictions and food fears.
    You ought to have giant bowls of ice cream when you like. Laugh and be free. You are so young and you don’t even realize. I hope you are getting in enough calories…

  • Jenny Mendez

    Vanilla ice cream is definitely served best with pb cups! And my favorite ice cream flavor is AmeriCone Dream from Ben and Jerry’s πŸ˜€

  • Amy

    i have a serious magazine addiction…at least now i subscribe to oxygen and women’s health…but still buy like, every other one on the stand haha it drives my husband crazy. i hate getting rid of them too-espcially oxygen!

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