Ice cream. Oh we love the stuff! New Zealanders consume the most per year with each person enjoying an average of 28 liters ( a little over 7 gallons) per year. The US is right behind them, consuming an average of 21 liters (around 5 1/2 gallons) per year (source: Business Insider).
Even animal lovers who choose not to consume meat may view dairy in a different light. After all, you don’t kill animals to produce milk, do you? Well, not exactly.
In order for a cow to produce milk, she must first give birth. Cows are artificially inseminated a little after one year old and first give birth at close to two years. Three days after giving birth, her calf will be taken from her, and they will not be reunited. Her baby will be fed a powdered formula, while the milk she produces for him or her will be sold to make ice cream, yogurt, cheese, and milk.
This cow will give birth approximately 4 times, then will be sold for slaughter.
If the calf is a girl, she may suffer the same fate as her mother. If it’s a boy, he will either be slaughtered for veal, or slaughtered for beef. So while dairy isn’t made from dead animals, it certainly leads to the death of animals, and a miserable life before that happens. Indeed, mother cows grieve for their calves, and the calves for their mothers.
For those of us who want to reduce our intake of dairy, there are some fantastic frozen dessert products out there, including many that are vegan. You can now buy “ice cream” made with soy, rice, almonds, hemp, or coconut.
My personal favorite is coconut milk ice cream.
To me, coconut milk frozen treats have a rich, creamy taste with the mouth feel of ice cream.
Of course, there’s a one-ingredient frozen treat recipe all over Pinterest that I’ve tried and I love!
Slice up bananas and freeze overnight. Put in a blender or food processer and process until cut up. And voila! Frozen dessert! I added blueberries to mine. I’ve also tried strawberries and peanut butter. Note to self: A little peanut butter goes a long way.
Have you tried any non-dairy frozen dessert treats? Tell us about what you like!
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