If your heart skips a beat at the sound of the ice cream truck, and your eyes widen at displays of round tubs of ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, and sorbet at your supermarket, it must be ice cream season! There’s nothing like a frozen treat to make you feel like a kid again, taming summertime heat and satisfying a sweet tooth with each ice-cold spoonful. Love it as we do, these cool scoops can pack a less than cool excess of calories, added sugar, and saturated fat. Happily, there are healthier options that are very enjoyable.
As an occasional treat, your favorite frozen indulgence can definitely be part of a healthy diet. If soaring summer temps have you reaching for the ice cream scoop more frequently, scale back on portion size and toppings, but there is an impressive array of innovative frozen treats to meet a variety of dietary needs and preferences.
Ice cream is technically made with milk, cream, and sugar, plus extra flavors and add-ins, like fruit, cookies, or fudge. When products are made with more milk than cream, or contain no cream at all, like gelato, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and sorbet, they are lower in fat or fat-free. Many products contain less or no added sugar, but they will more than likely contain sugar alcohols, which may upset the digestive system.
Helpful hints: Give these tips a try before your next frozen treat foray.
(Reprinted with permission from Environmental Nutrition, a monthly publication of Belvoir Media Group, LLC. 800-829-5384. www.EnvironmentalNutrition.com.)
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