When it comes to ice cream temptation, it's hard to resist. Most likely, you will surrender. If you’re watching your diet, do you think that all your effort is already worthless if you give in to a scoop of your most favorite ice cream? Will it make you a failure? Absolutely not! The secret is moderation and control. If you make smart decisions, you can still continue your healthy eating habits even without sacrificing your sweet indulgence. Read our blog to learn what ice cream to eat if you're watching your diet
Gain knowledge on Sweets: Ice Cream vs. Yogurt vs. Sorbet
There are so many delicious choices, yet such little time to taste them all. But this temptation can be very dangerous if you lack knowledge. You have to understand that not all frozen desserts are created equal, therefore, knowledge is power. In the aspect of control, if you have to count calories, you can still eat delicious healthy summer desserts.
This list can be a big help:
- Regular Ice Cream (1 scoop) - 300-400 calories
- Reduced Fat Ice Cream (1 scoop) - 270-300 calories
- Non-fat Frozen Yogurt (1/2 cup) - 100-110 calories
- No Sugar Added, Non-fat Frozen Yogurt (1/2 cup) - 80-90 calories
- Sorbet – Non-dairy (1/2 cup) - 90-100 calories
It’s true that variety adds spice to your life, but don’t let it get you in trouble. There are many healthy summer treats that are delicious as well. What’s good about that is today’s food technology produces tasty and satisfying low-calorie and low-fat dessert choices. You can also opt for non-dairy sorbets for refreshing taste.
Gain knowledge on Containers: Cup vs. Cone
You often hear a question; “Which is better for the ice scream: scoop, cup or cone?” You may think this doesn't matter, but it does. Here’s a list to make it clear for you.
- Waffle Cone: 120-160 calories
- Sugar Cone: 60-130 calories
- Cup (inedible): 0 calories
Consider your dessert goal at this point of time. It’s okay to crave ice cream, but don’t forget avoiding excess calories from your diet. Eating your dessert out of a colorful ice cream cup is much wiser because it gives you full benefit of an ice cream indulgence while saving calories.
Gain Knowledge on Toppings and Mix-ins
Let’s presume you’ve made it to the frozen jungle, until you reach the toppings display. Don’t worry because you can still add toppings while watching your diet. Here’s what you should know:
- Peanut Butter cup (1 large cup): 190 calories
- Cookie Dough (1 oz): 180 calories
- Chocolate pieces (1 oz): 170 calories
- Candy Bar pieces (1 fun size bar): 150 calories
- Walnuts (1 oz): 130 calories
- Granola (1 oz): 120 calories
- Gummi Candy (1 oz): 120 calories
- Chocolate Cookies (2 crushed cookies): 120 calories
- Fat-free Fudge (1 oz): 80 calories
- Sprinkles – Rainbow or Chocolate (1 oz): 25 calories
- Raspberries, strawberries, or pineapple (1 oz): 20-50 calories
Fruits are great additions to frozen treats. Just limit it to 20 calories and you can still add taste and texture to your dessert. However, there are toppings with added sugar, so beware of them. Take note of the list above.
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