The Scoop on Diet Friendly Ice Cream

ice creamNearly everyone loves some ice cream every once in a while, but if you’re trying to lose weight or be healthy then it’s not exactly on the top of your list of “healthy foods”. If you’re an ice cream lover trying to stay fit, then there is good news for you! There are options out there for the health conscious folks with a sweet tooth. So, here’s the scoop on how to make ice creams friendly to your diet.

Just the Facts

If you don’t know how to read a nutrition label then there’s no time like the present. If you want ice cream to be incorporated into your diet then you need to know what to look for on the nutrition label.

You may be thinking that ice cream is a great source of calcium and while it does contain calcium, you’re better off getting it from other foods that are lower in fat and lower in calories. You also may have noticed “light” versions of ice cream in your grocer’s freezer. What this means is that the ice cream is sweetened with artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. Just be warned that some people may be sensitive to these substitutions and could be in for tummy troubles.

Pay attention to the amount of calories on the label per serving size. Serving size is really important because if you want to have a little ice cream and not blow your diet then you have to limit your servings. Most ice creams have about 140 calories for a half cup serving. So, read that label to see what you’re in for!

The Alternatives

If you find you want to indulge in a sweet and creamy treat but you don’t want all the calories or fat, then there are some options. You can try:

  • Fruit Sorbet, it has about 60 calories per serving
  • Fat Free Ice Cream, which has about 90 calories a serving
  • Frozen Yogurt, which has about 100 calories a serving
  • Rice Milk Frozen Dessert (non-dairy), which has about 150 calories per serving

The thing about a diet is that it has to be something you can sustain long term. Totally cutting out the things you enjoy, like ice cream, really isn’t a sustainable plan. You don’t want to deny yourself then find yourself at the bottom of a half-gallon ice cream binge. So, have a little here and there. Pay attention to serving size and read you labels and you should be good to go!

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