Thursday, October 22, 2009

Better than Ice Cream

Mango, Pistachio and Lemoncello from Gelatone

I am sharing these tasty flavors with you before they melt! Yes, I am back to my ice cream-eating days. Like any woman of substance, I resisted the call of ice cream for so long. But when I started exercising, I realize that "everything in moderation" is actually working for me. No more binge eating of ice cream and chocolates at 2 am.

I read that ice cream, when eaten as part of a healthy diet, may actually melt fat, helping you lose extra pounds faster than you have abstained. The secret is the calcium. Experts say calcium helps people lose weight because when your body doesn't get enough calcium, it triggers fat cells to store fat and get bigger.

After "inspecting" the scene of the crime in Greenbelt 5 on early Sunday evening, we walked to Greenbelt 3 and passed by Gelatone. Naturally, I didn't resist. Gelatone's heavenly gelato is pricey at P100 per scoop---and a scoop wouldn't do it for me. After trying their Mascarpone and Panna Cotta, my sister and I decided to bring home 1/2 kilo (P550) with 3 flavors---mango, pistachio and lemoncello. Gosh, I've never tasted ice cream this good!

Gelatone's gelati are made with healthy skimmed milk imported from Australia and the flavors are all imported from Italy.

Pistachio from Fruits in Ice Cream

Another favorite ice cream stand that I usually go to after exercising is Fruits in Ice Cream at The Fort Strip. I love their Mangoes and Cream and French Vanilla flavors from the FIC Lite line (P55 a scoop). FIC Lite ice cream has no added sugar and only 50% of the fat content in regular ice cream. Yes, FIC Lite is diet ice cream, and it's delicious!

And when I need some energy-giving calorie, I go for their gourmet ice cream---an avalanche of chopped, toasted pistachio in rich pistachio ice cream base. And I'm on cloud 9!

All along, I thought that gelato is simply ice cream in Italian. I was wrong. Gelato is made with some of the same ingredients as most ice-creams around the world---milk (and cream), sugar (and other sweeteners), flavorings (fruits, nuts, essences, etc.) and air are the main ingredients. But unlike many types of ice cream, gelato often does not contain eggs. And like high-end ice cream, gelato generally has less than 55% air, resulting in a denser product.

So don't despair, diet ice cream does exist.

Life is short, let's eat lots of ice cream!


Photo Cache said...

You made a good point about why we should be eating ice cream "in moderation" like every thing else. You really are in your "marketing" element here in this post. And what lovely visual aids you have to drive your point across. :-D

Susan Ellis said...

Ice cream, nice cream, we scream for ice cream! Yum... and yes, everything in moderation.(Except if its triple churned vanilla)

Unknown said...

@ Photo Cache, how i wish Gelatone and Fruits in Ice Cream would pay me (lol).

i didn't know about calcium until recently. so now, i eat ice cream guilt-free.:P

Anya said...

ang sarap... un lang kaya ko sabihin promise.

witsandnuts said...

I'll add to the last line - and cakes, too!

I just had a banana split from London Dairy 3 hours ago. =)

Chubskulit Rose said...

Oh my lordie, my daughter and husband will love those!

Our Snack Attack

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

yup! Ice cream is good for the soul! :)

Race said...

you're right life is short and we must enjoy life with eating our favorites hahaha! thanks for the info and even without it i'll still eat ice cream :-)

♥peachkins♥ said...

Oh I love Gelato from gelatone! Great post!

Toe said...

Oh, I love this post... such good news for an ice cream lover like me... now to go to GB3 for Gelatone. :)

maiylah said...

now that's good news (about ice cream being actually good for one's diet)!!! i love eating ice cream though the ones i prefer aren't really on the 'healthy' side, lol.

thanks for playing again, LM
happy weekend

ps. the comments on my blog is moderated ... that's why maybe you didn't get to see your comment right away. nakakaasar kasi yung mga spammers...ang dami nila! :(

Sunshinelene said...

Hi Luna, thanks for sharing this info. It's been awhile i had ice cream. Though am now at the stage of shunning sugar but will take your info here a consideration in the future.

Sorry for the late visit. i had a busy weekend!

Got old pasta photo as an entry this week.