Fox 9 News: ‘Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day’ created to support kids fighting cancer

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A Minnesota family from Forest Lake is overwhelmed by the worldwide support they’re getting for “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” – a day they created to honor their daughter Malia and other kids who have lost their lives to cancer, to support the kids fighting cancer, and to celebrate the survivors.

9-year-old Malia Grace passed away after a long fight with cancer on Dec. 7, 2010. One thing she loved was having ice cream for breakfast so her family remembered her each year on her birthday for doing just that.  (read more)

Bring Me the News: Ice cream for breakfast: Children’s cancer campaign started in MN goes global

Ice cream for breakfast: Children’s cancer campaign started in MN goes global

Ice cream for breakfast: Children’s cancer campaign started in MN goes global

As long-term diets go, it’s not the healthiest.

But as a once-a-year indulgence to honor a Minnesota girl who lost her life to cancer, “International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” is a seemingly perfect way to warm hearts across the globe.

Annette Peterson, of Forest Lake, started the awareness raising campaign in 2013 in honor of her daughter Malia, who just 9-years-old when she died in December 2010 following a 14-month battle with kidney cancer.  (read more)

Officially “A Day”

“Life’s short, eat Dessert First” is a phrase that has been bandied about by a lot of people for reasons both flippant and serious. Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is one of the more serious, serving to increase awareness about childhood cancer. For children for whom every day is a blessing, it only makes sense to indulge in life’s little pleasures, and Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast day brings that opportunity to everyone.  (read more)

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Forest Lake Times: Family promotes eating ice cream for breakfast in honor of young daughter

Forest Lake Times Story -  2.16.15

Forest Lake Times Story – 2.16.15

What began as one Forest Lake family’s effort to honor the daughter they lost to cancer at age 9 has turned into a worldwide phenomenon dedicated to all children with cancer. Feb. 18 has been deemed “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” in honor of the spunky spirit of Scandia Elementary student Malia Peterson, who died in 2010 after a 14-month battle with kidney cancer. The event was first celebrated in 2013.

“We wanted to honor our daughter on her birthday, but we weren’t emotionally ready for an actual party,” Annette Peterson, Malia’s mother, said. “We came up with the idea of an online party where we would ask close friends and family to photograph themselves eating ice cream for breakfast and upload it to our Facebook event page for Malia.  (read more)

So what do we mean by “international”?

So what do we mean by “international”? Overwhelmingly, we mean that we have people from 83 different countries– supporting, remembering & celebrating with us this year! Wow!! 83 unique, beautiful, sometimes disagreeing, separate government, COUNTRIES!! How many countries are there anyway?!!

Behold, the power of ice cream and a love of kids to unite us! #kidsgetcancertoo

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Behold, the power of ice cream and a love of kids to unite us! #kidsgetcancertoo

Angola
Argentina
Australia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Egypt
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Kuwait
Latvia
Macao
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Pakistan
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Republic of Korea
Romania
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Thailand
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam

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Paleo? Vegan? Gluten Free? Lactose free? Sugar Free? No problem!

HealthyI scream! You scream! We all scream for… ICE CREAM! Who doesn’t love the stuff? Last year we ate A LOT of ice cream on February 18th, but had a few folks who wanted to participate but couldn’t eat it due to dietary restrictions. This event is really all about supporting some pretty incredible kids with cancer, and not about the ice cream (even though it’s pretty awesome too)- so feel free to use substitutions as you support the fighting, remember the resting and party on with the survivors. We did find some pretty great ice cream alternatives though for anyone looking for some creative “ice cream” eating ideas that are outside the box. The box is over rated anyways. If you have a blender or food processor this post is for you!

Paleo? Vegan? Gluten Free? Lactose free? Sugar Free? No problem!  Check these recipes and links out to find something that might work for you!

Raspberry Ice Cream – Serves 2, 2 bananas, frozen
 and 1/2 cup raspberries, frozen Blend together ingredients until ice cream consistency is reached. Serve, enjoy!

Soft Serve Mango - 2 cups of frozen mango 2-4 Tablespoons of Organic Heavy Cream or Full Fat Coconut Milk 10 drops of liquid stevia (optional) Blend ingredients in a high speed mixer until smooth and creamy.

Soft Serve Mango – 2 cups of frozen mango
2-4 Tablespoons of Organic Heavy Cream or Full Fat Coconut Milk
10 drops of liquid stevia (optional)
Blend ingredients in a high speed mixer until smooth and creamy.

Ingredients • 1 pint heavy whipping cream • 1 can sweetened condensed milk • 1 13.5 oz can Coconut Milk • 2 teaspoons coconut extract • ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes Instructions 1. Place the heavy whipping cream in a large freezer safe bowl with lid. Beat with an electric mixer on high until the cream forms stiff peaks. Then add all remaining ingredients into the bowl, except the coconut) and combine on low speed until fully incorporated. Top the cream with the coconut flake and seal with the lid. 2. Freeze for at least 4 hours (maybe longer depending on the depth of your bowl) or overnight. Serve frozen topped with more coconut flakes.

Homemade Coconut Ice Cream
Ingredients
• 1 pint heavy whipping cream
• 1 can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 13.5 oz can Coconut Milk
• 2 teaspoons coconut extract
• ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
1. Place the heavy whipping cream in a large freezer safe bowl with lid. Beat with an electric mixer on high until the cream forms stiff peaks. Then add all remaining ingredients into the bowl, except the coconut) and combine on low speed until fully incorporated. Top the cream with the coconut flake and seal with the lid.
2. Freeze for at least 4 hours (maybe longer depending on the depth of your bowl) or overnight.
Serve frozen topped with more coconut flakes.

CHOCOLATE BANANA SOFT SERVE VEGAN "ICE CREAM" INGREDIENTS •2 bananas, chopped and frozen •¼ c unsweetened cocoa powder •5-7 Tablespoons non-dairy milk of choice (almond, soy, coconut) •mini chocolate chips optional for topping Blend and serve!

CHOCOLATE BANANA SOFT SERVE VEGAN “ICE CREAM”
INGREDIENTS
•2 bananas, chopped and frozen
•¼ c unsweetened cocoa powder
•5-7 Tablespoons non-dairy milk of choice (almond, soy, coconut)
•mini chocolate chips optional for topping
Blend and serve!

Healthy STRAWBERRY Frozen Yogurt Ingredients: 4 cups frozen strawberries
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice Blend and serve! (or) Healthy PEACH Frozen Yogurt 1 (16-oz.) bag frozen peaches or 4 cups fresh peaches, frozen solid
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or whole) 
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice Blend and serve!

Healthy STRAWBERRY Frozen Yogurt Ingredients:
4 cups frozen strawberries
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Blend and serve!
(or) Healthy PEACH Frozen Yogurt
1 (16-oz.) bag frozen peaches or 4 cups fresh peaches, frozen solid
 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or whole) 
 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Blend and serve!

Pineapple Whip
makes 4-6 servings Adapted from ice-cream-freaks.com Ingredients: 1 frozen pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon honey (optional, for authentic sweetness) Blend and serve!

Pineapple Whip
makes 4-6 servings
Adapted from ice-cream-freaks.com
Ingredients:
1 frozen pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon honey (optional, for authentic sweetness)
Blend and serve!

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt Ingredients (makes 4 1/2 cup servings) 1 cup canned pumpkin
 1 cup Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
 3 tablespoons honey
 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Skinny Pumpkin Pie
Frozen Yogurt
Ingredients (makes 4 1/2 cup servings)
1 cup canned pumpkin
 1 cup Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
 3 tablespoons honey
 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon allspice. Blend, then freeze in container with lid for 24 hours. Scoop and serve!

2015 Promotional Materials

This little flyer will be hanging in our local Culvers ice cream shop and our local Children’s hospital is handing it out to all of its oncology kids and families in February, both in-patient and in the clinic!   We are so blessed to be working with them to support more kids in the very place where Malia went through so many long months of treatment.  Friends were made and lives were changed.

We will also be handing out many more flyers in our area.  So, we wanted to share it with you, in case you’d like to “pound the pavement” along with us.  Available in jpg or pdf formats, you can use this it to reach out to businesses, local oncology units or any other way you’d like to.  And as always let us know if there is anything else you need and who you get to join us.

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