These Are the Healthiest Ice Creams

Halo TopEven though I’m a dietitian, I still long for ice cream, gelato, and other refreshing frozen treats—especially on sweltering summer days. I’ve always noticed that eating a scoop of ice cream, fro-yo, or my favorite novelty (ice cream sandwiches, anyone?) instantly takes me back to my childhood, yet this connection is not surprising since researchers have found that food has the ability to trigger powerful memories.

However, the problem with this common craving is that ice cream and other frozen desserts can put a dent in your daily calorie, saturated fat and sugar budget.  To avoid the pitfalls of sweet summertime treats. use these tricks from registered dietitians to enjoy frosty delights without putting your diet on the deep freeze.

 Find the Healthiest Ice Creams

Some super-premium and premium ice creams pack in more than 250 calories and 44 grams (11 teaspoons) of sugar per 1/2-cup serving. The reason: They have more butterfat and less air whipped into them, so they contain the most calories (not to mention they’re the most expensive cartons you can buy).

The healthiest ice creams and frozen treats have less than 200 calories and 16 grams of sugars (4 tsp) per ½-cup serving. In fact, frozen yogurt is almost always lower in calories, fat, and added sugar than ice cream. Plus, the “light,” “reduced fat,” or “slow-churned” versions will have fewer calories than regular ice cream, as well. Some of the healthiest licks nutritionists recommend: Edy’s/Dreyer’s Slow Churned, Breyer’s Light, and Menchie’s frozen yogurt.

Eat Like a Kid Again

The key to eating ice cream is to keep the portion in check. Dietitians suggest that if you’re at an ice cream shop, ask for the smallest size cone—even the kid’s cone—to keep your serving to about a ½ cup. And it’s important to note that the “small” size cups sold at ice cream and yogurt shops today are closer to a cup rather than a half-cup. Need proof? Here’s the scoop: A DQ Kid’s Cone has 170 calories and 18 grams of sugar while a DQ Small Cone has 60 more calories and seven additional grams of sugar. Also, avoid candy or nut toppings as each can add (at least) 50 to 100 calories to your dessert.

Opt for High-Pro, Low-Sugar Ice Cream

Halo Top may be the answer to your prayers if you’re been hoping to find an ice cream that won’t derail your diet. Registered dietitians gush about its creaminess, high protein, and fiber counts, along with its minimal amount of added sugar.  “A half-cup has five to six grams protein, three grams fiber, and around a half teaspoon of sugar,” according to registered dietitian Katherine Brooking. “The combination of protein and fiber makes it a satisfying dessert, rather than simply empty calories.” A pint of Halo Top will set you back 240 to 360 calories compared to 1,000 calories in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen-Dazs. Grab your spoon!

Freeze Your Own Fro-Yo

Frozen yogurt usually has less unhealthy saturated fat, fewer calories, more protein and calcium than ice cream, but all are not created equal. A half-cup of store-bought fro-yo generally has about 100 to 120 calories and four to six grams of protein while soft-serve brands, like Pinkberry or Red Mango, range from about 80 to 200 calories per half-cup serving. Rule of thumb: Be sure to read the nutrition facts to know what you’re getting.

But keep in mind that it’s easy to whip up healthy, homemade fro-yo—all you’ll need is nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt and your favorite fresh or frozen fruit (honey or agave optional). Process the ingredients in a blender until smooth, then freeze for 30 to 45 minutes before serving. Not only will your DIY fro-yo pack in more protein, calcium, and potassium, it will be lower in added sugars compared to the store-bought options. For inspiration, try Chicago-based registered dietitian Deborah Davis’ Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt.

Create a One-Ingredient Soft-Serve Ice Cream in Seconds

“My family’s favorite healthy frozen dessert is banana ‘soft serve’ using the Yonanas device,” says registered dietitian Sandy Livingston of Palm Beach, FL. “You simply put peeled frozen bananas in the top of the machine, press the plunger down, and you get delicious banana soft serve out the other end.”  Yes, it’s that simple—100% of frozen fruit is instantly transformed into a family-friendly frozen treat. Now that’s sweet!

Indulge in a Greek Yogurt Bar

Greek yogurt bars are perfectly portioned to keep calories in check and are made with protein-rich Greek yogurt containing live and active yogurt cultures. The best licks: Atlanta-based registered dietitian Cheryl Orlansky recommends Yasso Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars that have five grams of protein 80-130 calories per bar. Just steer clear of the most decadent flavors, like peanut butter cup or coffee chocolate chip, to keep calorie counts down.

Suck on Fruit & Veggie Pops

Perfectly-portioned frozen veggie and/or fruit pops are the most calorie-conscious frozen treats—and that’s because they weigh in at less than 100 calories each and most are made with lots of real fruit and vegetable juice with little or no added sugars. And since they’re made with real juices, most of these pops can serve as a good source of vitamins A and C. For the best licks, check out options from Outshine and Fruttare.

 Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Skinny (Ice Cream) Sandwiches

 Ice cream sandwiches are in! Not only are they taking up more real estate in the cases at your local supermarket, food trucks in LA and other metro areas are selling gourmet ice cream sandwiches made with fresh-baked cookies and local creamery ice cream. While a handcrafted sammie can set you back 500 calories or more, portion-controlled supermarket options can be delicious calorie bargains. Best store-bought ice cream sandwiches include Skinny Cow (with 150 calories) and non-dairy Tofutti Cutties (with 130 calories and nine grams sugar).

These Are the Healthiest Ice Creams is a post from: Appetite for Health

Could This Low-Calorie Ice Cream Be the New Halo Top? — Grocery News

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In the last couple years, low-calorie ice cream has been taking over the freezer aisle. The creamy treat allows people to go to town on their favorite flavor without worrying about calories (whether this ice cream actually tastes good, of course, is totally a matter of preference.) You might already be familiar with new brands like Halo Top or Enlightened, but now a more established brand is hopping on the bandwagon and will give these trendy new guys a run for their money.


3-Ingredient Breakfasts Recipes For Weight Loss

When you’re in a rush, trying to make breakfast can seem like an impossible, time-consuming task. But, it doesn’t have to feel that way anymore with these 3-ingredient recipes that will have you eating and out the door in 10 minutes or less!


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This apple and peanut butter toast is extremely simple, and only has these ingredients: apples, peanut butter, and whole wheat toast! The peanut butter will give you protein and leave you feeling fuller for the rest of the day, while the whole wheat toast provides fiber. Apples are also extremely nutritious, and low-calorie!

This bacon, egg and cheese sandwich only requires those three items! Just simply cook your eggs and bacon, and use a low-fat cheese of your choosing! Make sure to avoid frying your egg, and don’t overload on the bacon and cheese.

Avocado toast is extremely healthy and easy to make. The whole wheat toast is filled with beneficial fiber, and avocados are packed with healthy fats to keep our bodies running smoothly! All you need is whole wheat toast, a whole avocado, and a pinch of salt for a healthy and yummy morning meal.

5 Healthy Ice-Creams You Can Make at Home This Summer

Ice cream is the best dessert, and people love eating it. There is an extensive range of flavors when it comes to the ice cream. Ice cream is an evergreen food that is eaten by people in every season.

If you think there are too many calories, in the ice cream and you are looking for healthier ice cream options, then you can always make it at home. Homemade ice creams are fun to make, and you can use all the healthy ingredients that you want. There is no limit to the flavors that you can create when it comes to the ice creams.

Here are some healthy ice-cream recipes you can try at home:[1]

Lemon and Buttermilk Ice Cream


It is a delicious ice cream made from five simple and common ingredients.


  • Sugar.
  • Fresh lemon juice.
  • Half and a half.
  • Buttermilk (fat-free).
  • Whole milk.


  1. Take a large bowl and combine fresh lemon juice and sugar in it.
  2. Use a whisk to stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved, you can add buttermilk, whole milk and a half and a half.
  4. Take a freezer can and pour the mixture in it and keep it in the freeze until it becomes hard. Use a container that is freezer-safe and cover it before putting in the freezer.

Dark chocolate peanut butter swirl ice cream


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It is a perfect ice cream to serve when you are short on time as it is easy and quick to make.


  • Greek yogurt (plain)
  • Bananas (frozen)
  • Maple syrup.
  • Natural peanut butter.
  • Cocoa powder.


  1. Take plain Greek yogurt, frozen bananas, and maple syrup and combine them in a blender. Blend the mixture until it becomes thick and creamy.
  2. Once the mixture is done, you should drizzle in the peanut butter and just pulse the blender two to three time so that butter becomes incorporated into the mix.
  3. You do not need to put it in the freezer, and it can be served just out of the blender.

Peach Ice Cream


It is perfect ice cream for summer as it is made up of two specialties of summer that are fresh fruit and ice cream.


  • Fat-free milk (evaporated)
  • Fat-free milk.
  • Sweetener (calorie-free)
  • Egg substitute.
  • Almond extract.
  • Frozen or fresh peaches.


  1. Take first five ingredients and combine them in a large bowl.
  2. Use a mixer to beat them at medium speed. Keep beating until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
  3. While beating you should stir the peaches in the mixture.
  4. When the mixture is ready, take a freezer container and pour the mixture in it.
  5. 15Store it in the freezer for at least an hour or until it becomes hard.

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The coconut ice cream is creamy, delicious and perfect for people who prefer dairy free ice creams.


  • Coconut milk (canned)
  • Flaked coconut ( unsweetened)
  • Vanilla
  • Maple syrup.
  • Frozen bananas.


  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and keep blending until it becomes creamy and thick.
  2. When all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, you should transfer it to a loaf pan and put it in a freezer for at least four hours.

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It is an excellent homemade ice cream that is easy to make. It is a highly healthy option as has low sugar, calories and has a high content of fiber, resistant starch, and omega-3s.


  • Bananas (sliced, frozen and peeled)
  • Low-fat milk (1 %)
  • Chopped walnuts.


  1. Take a blender and put milk and all the frozen banana pieces in it. You can also use a food processor.
  2. Blend the mixture until it achieves the right consistency. It should be thick.
  3. Top it off with walnuts, and it is ready to serve.

These are some of the delicious and healthy ice creams that are easy to make and full of nutrition.

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The Guilt-Free Guide to Cooling Down in Philly: 10 Healthier Ice-Cold Treats to Eat

Summer weather has arrived, people. Which means the season of frozen treats filling freezers has arrived, too. But while a tub of Ben and Jerry’s is a tried-and-true standby, Philly is stocked with all sorts of other — healthier — cool-down treats, too. We’ve scouted out the frozen and iced-snack scene and gathered up a few of our favorites. Here, 10 guilt-free ways to stay cool in Philly this summer.

When you’re craving soft-serve ice cream … 

What: Banana Whip from The Chilly Banana

We don’t know what kind of sorcery they employ to do it, but this food truck dishes out soft serve-esque deliciousness made from frozen bananas. And this summer they’re teaming up with another local favorite, Crust Vegan Bakery, to bring you the tastiest nice cream sandwiches ever.
Where: You can stay updated on the truck’s whereabouts on their Instagram.

When you want an iced chai latte from Starbucks …

What: Iced Golden Latte from Bluestone Lane

Turmeric has blown up lately, thanks to its anti-inflammatory powers. And now you can down the root in latte form over ice. Mmmmmm.
Where: 530 East Girard Avenue, Fishtown.

When you’re hankering for a Unicorn Frappuccino … 

What: Point Break Smoothie Bowl from Stripp’d Juice

The folks over at Stripp’d make smoothie bowls that are way prettier than a Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino. And way healthier, too. Try out their Point Break bowl, a frozen Blue Majik creation available at their Fishtown outpost. 

1701 Locust Street, Rittenhouse, 1 South Penn Square, Center City.

When you just need a chocolate milkshake …

What: Almond Elvis from P.S. & Co.

On the menu under “Protein Shakes,” this protein-packed drink is loaded with chocolate-y and almond-buttery flavors guaranteed to nip your milkshake craving in the bud.
Where: 1706 Locust Street, Rittenhouse.

When you’re parched for lemonade …

What: Pineapple Charcoal Lemon-aid from Sip-N-Glo Juicery

Lemonade is the quintessential summer drink. And sorry, kids, but your lemonade stands just don’t compare to Sip-N-Glo‘s charcoal-spiked take on the classic drink.
Where: Multiple locations.

When you want some homemade, hand-scooped ice cream on a sugar cone …

What: Vegan Ice Cream from Little Baby’s Ice Cream

Little Baby’s Ice Cream serves up a whole slew of vegan ice cream flavors — think: coconut chai, cucumber dill, chipotle chocolate and many more — made with coconut cream. So … you’re right: It’s still ice cream, but if dairy gives you a stomachache, it’s definitely a more feel-good option.
Where: 2311 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown and 4903 Katharine Street, West Philly

When you just want a popsicle from an ice cream truck …

What: Fruit-Based Popsicles from Lil Pop Shop

Popsicles are usually a pretty low-calorie sweet treat, but they’re also usually sugar-loaded. Lil Pop Shop brings you the ice-cold goodness of a sugary pop, but some of their options are entirely made of fruit, with no added sugar.
Where: 265 South 44th Street, West Philly and 229 South 20th Street, Rittenhouse.

When you want straight-up fruit … 

What: Honeybar from Honeygrow

If you didn’t know your favorite fast-casual salad-and-noodle joint serves up sweet treats, you are behind the curve, my friend. Get familiar with the Honeybar: You pick three of Honeygrow’s seasonal fruits, a local honey drizzle, and two toppings, ranging from whipped cream, to chocolate chips, to yogurt.
Where: Multiple locations.

When you need Italian Ice …

What: Mango Ice from Franklin Fountain

Two words: Frozen mangoes. Does it get more refreshing? We think not.
Where: 116 Market Street, Old City.

When you’re itching for an avocado fix …

What: Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream from Pure Fare

Forget avocado toast, avocado ice cream is definitely the way to eat your avocados. Pure Fare’s got a bunch of awesome vegan ice cream flavors lined up for this summer, but the Chocolate Avocado is especially rich, as it’s made with real avocado. Some of grab-and-go spot’s other ice cream ingredients include activated charcoal and turmeric.
Where: 119 South 21st Street, Rittenhouse.

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