Pickles and Chocolate Ice Cream

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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

After 16 LONG weeks of keeping this bun in my oven a secret, I’ve got major baby on my brain, and I’ll be talking about him/her a lot! If not about him/her, then I’ll talk about my belly, body, feelings, and pregnancy in general. It’s literally ALL I can think about…in the middle of season 3 airing, season 4 casting, 3 kids, one husband, moving to another state, career, extended family, and a partridge in a pear tree. So maybe I have a bunch on my plate…but it doesn’t keep me from seeing pink and blue.

I was SO thrilled to learn that today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! Surprised about my happiness toward such a topic? Me too. Coming from someone who (pre-pregnancy) rarely had cravings to veer from a plan that kept me in line and worked, I’m telling you – this growing bundle in my belly is changing my game … yet again! #cravingsgalore

So how do I tame these cravings? It’s tough, to be honest. So I’ve figured out how to indulge in a smart, healthy and moderated way. Moderation is key though! Most of us think that just because we eat organic and gluten-free means the calories stop counting…I hate to break it to you, but that’s a myth ;). Yup – calories still count, and for a pregnant woman in her second trimester, I only get 300 extra a day! That’s can be as little as one bagel, or a half of a muffin. It can also be as big as three whole pieces of fruit, or a tablespoon of almond butter with a banana and 3 rice cakes!

Lesson to learn: real, whole, natural foods carry a lot less calories for their bulk! Use nature’s desert (aka fruit) to tame that sweet tooth, whether you’re pregnant or not, to keep you full and get you the nutrients your body needs.

I can’t end this blog on National Chocolate Ice Cream Day without an ice cream recipe. So here is it, my favorite healthy ice cream…meant to be eaten in moderation!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
from Jacqui McCoy’s kitchen

What you’ll need:
1 banana, sliced and frozen
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon Justin’s chocolate almond butter

How you’ll make it:
1. Put the banana pieces, almond milk, and almond butter into a blender.
2. Puree, turning off the motor and stirring the mixture two or three times, until smooth and creamy.
3. Pour into a bowl and serve.

What’s in it:
215 calories, 9 g of fat, 33.5 g carbohydrate, 3.3 g protein.


  1. Leese - May 28, 2014

    Ignorance is bliss isn’t it? When I was pregnant I ate for 5 people. Well ok not 5 people but I ate a lot and often and gained about 90 lbs with the first and 60 lbs with the second. I do have some weird thing with my body even when I don’t really eat a lot I either maintain my weight or gain weight. It’s really hard for my scale to move. I was a fat kid though and lost all the weight in my teens and 20s and was fit as a fiddle going to the gym daily and eating well until I got pregnant. It was a difficult, long process to get pregnant so needless to say I gave up on myself and ate whatever I wanted. It didn’t help that family members piled food on my plate because I ate for 2. So that happened. Here I am. I need to lose a good 60 pounds to feel good about myself again! wish me luck!

  2. Jana Williamson - October 10, 2013

    Hi Heidi,
    How many Calories should a nursing mom have, My daughter wants to shed those extra pounds.

  3. Heather Whitney - August 9, 2013

    Yeah how exciting congratulations!!

    I had always made something similar Frozen bananas in the food processer then added a little Hersey cocoa powder blended till creamy. I am going to have to try this!!

  4. Enriqueta - August 8, 2013

    It’s enormous that you are getting thoughts from this article as well as from our discussion made here.

  5. Sandikaaa - August 8, 2013

    I will try this definitely!!! Love banana ice cream 🙂

  6. Kristi - August 8, 2013

    What a cute way to announce 🙂 Congrats, Powell Pack! I will have to Pin this recipe onto my “food to try” board 🙂

  7. pksocial.com - July 17, 2013

    I am truly thankful to the owner of this web site who has shared this
    impressive piece of writing at here.

  8. Brooke Holland - Strong - June 18, 2013

    Ohhh…I am SO trying this for a special treat. HOpefully the kids won’t know the difference!

  9. Krysty - June 14, 2013

    Congrats on baby #3 Heidi & Chris! I am expecting #1 just about 4 weeks before you! Thanks for this healthier “ice cream” treat! Since making The Bump, as I call my new little one, I have been dipping into the junk a bit too much, something I have not done in nearly 2 years since losing 40 pounds…so this treat will have to be a staple around here this summer!! Thanks again!! 🙂

  10. Maureen rough - June 7, 2013

    Oh, I forgot to say I live in Chandler.

  11. Maureen rough - June 7, 2013

    Congratulations to a wonderful family and all beautiful too! Are you all leaving Arizona?
    Heidi- do you know of anyone or a program that works with older folks? I am 65 and so want to have a few good years left! Love you and Chris; all of you are such an inspiration!

    • admin - June 10, 2013

      Grab Chris’ book “Choose More, Lose More for Life”. It is good for people of all ages 🙂

  12. Laura - June 7, 2013

    Thank you for mentioning the reality of additional calories a woman really needs pregnant. It’s so important and honestly one of the biggest places a woman can give herself an excuse that’s not valid. So many times I have even heard, it’s time to eat for two , so do it! I really was bothered by those comments. It’s a time to be healthy for even the baby. Love your comments. Thanks

  13. Debbie - June 7, 2013

    Ohhh this sounds yummy I will be trying this one out for sure! Ice cream is one of the things I have given up since starting my transformation. I haven’t even had it on my guilt free day. This recipe though has nothing to feel guilty about YAY! Thank you Heidi! 🙂 and congrats on the little bun in the oven I am so happy for ya’ll

  14. Tanya - June 7, 2013

    Yum! Almond butter is one of my favorite go to snacks with sliced bananas. I’ve never tried chocolate almond butter, so I know what I’ll be adding to tomorrow’s grocery list. Thanks for sharing! Many blessings to you and your family during this season of your life. You and Chris rock at inspiring healthy living. Our family enjoys watching Chris on Extreme Makeover: Weight Lost Addition. I’m so glad to be able to “meet” you with y’all’s recent appearance on the Katie Couric show. I look forward to hearing more from the Powell Pack. Extra blessings for the newest Powell bundle!!!

  15. T - June 7, 2013

    Your leaving Az 🙁

  16. Mandi - June 7, 2013

    Congratulations on the NEW bundle of joy, Powell Fam!!!!!

    AND Thanks, Heidi! This sounds great! Moderation is Key!

  17. Shelly - June 7, 2013

    Wonderful article! Congrats on baby #4! I have been a fan of
    Chris’s since I saw him on Dr. Oz and I love that you are
    Stepping into the spotlight as well! What a great team you are!!
    I didn’t get on the show but in the process of filling out all the paper
    Work I finally faced the realization that this is a matter of life and
    Death for me!! So I decided even if I wasn’t chosen this is my year!!!
    Thanks for all that you do!! Shelly Boyd

  18. Rachel - June 7, 2013

    Moving to another state? You guys are thinking of leaving AZ? 🙁 Congratulations on your pregnancy! The ice cream recipe is GREAT, thanks for sharing!

  19. Shirley - June 7, 2013

    Hi Heidi, and congratulations again to you and Chris! Where can I find Justin’s chocolate almond butter? Also, how long do the sliced frozen banana’s stay good in the freezer? 😀

    • admin - June 10, 2013

      Here is a link to look up retailers on their website: http://www.justins.com/shop.php

      We never leave fruit in the freezer long as we go through it so quickly. You could google that but many things shouldn’t be in the freezer longer than 3-6 months.

  20. vanessa - June 7, 2013

    Heidi, why do you cook without gluten ? anywhere in your blog you explain it ?

  21. Karen - June 7, 2013

    Heidi, so many recipes use bananas which I cannot stand the taste of. Is there a substitution that could be made in this case for a different ice cream treat? Thanks! And congratulations!!

    • admin - June 10, 2013

      I haven’t tried anything else in this particular recipe but you could experiment with frozen strawberries possibly.

  22. Holly Ellard - June 7, 2013

    I love frozen banana “ice cream” but I hadn’t figured out how to incorporate chocolate into it in a healthy way until now! Thanks for the suggestion!!

  23. Caneesha Medlock - June 7, 2013

    I love your family!!!!! The way Chris trains these ppl with his heart is so touching I can only hope to be a trainer like him one day!!!

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