Frozen Summer Dessert
I love my job as a dietitian and nutrition blogger! This month I was “required” to try out some frozen treats, in the name of research.
One of my favorite desserts is ice cream, so I was more than happy to taste test what’s on the market. As with any treat, try to practice “Sensible Splurging.” The recommended daily budget for “simple” sugars is 100 calories a day for women and 150 calories a day for men.
When you’re shopping for ice cream bars, look at the serving size and how many calories are in a serving. Aim for 150 calories or less. It’s easier to manage portions when you buy individually packaged items. I definitely recommend choosing a bar or sandwich that’s self-contained like this, instead of buying a whole gallon of ice cream. Check out how much fat and artery-clogging saturated fat is in a single serving. Look for no more than 2-3 grams of saturated fat. You may also want to look at the total carbohydrates, grams of sugar and see if there’s any fiber benefit. Finally, check out the calcium content and look for 10% or greater for a good source.
Here are some of the “good-for-you” frozen treats I recommend:
Yasso Greek Yogurt Bar:
I was very excited to try out this new product, “Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars,” made from Greek yogurt. This is not your average bar! For only 70 calories you get the nutritional benefit of 6 whole grams of protein! It’s fat free and contains 150 mg of calcium. That’s the amount of calcium in a half a glass of nonfat milk! It tastes creamy and smooth and not too sweet.
Weight Watchers Giant Latte Bar:
Weight Watchers makes a Giant Latte Bar which is a delicious coffee treat with only 90 calories and 1 gram of fat. An ice cream bar with fiber? There are 4 grams of fiber per serving, none of which you can taste. When they call this a Giant bar, it’s generous size really stands up to it’s name! You can savor it for a long time.
The Skinny Cow Truffle Bar:
The Skinny Cow Truffle Bar has just 100 calories and 2 ½ grams of fat. If you’re looking for a calcium boost, you are in for a real treat. One serving contains 200 mg of calcium, which is 20% of the daily value. This ice cream bar is extra creamy and comes dipped in a smooth chocolate drizzle that just melts in your mouth. I have to admit that White Mint is one of my favorite flavors!
So, this summer you can enjoy some yummy frozen treats that don’t derail your diet. And remember, practice moderation as key to a healthy lifestyle.
What are some of your favorite frozen treats?