It is possible to watch your weight, and eat ice cream. Here are some delicious suggestions to help you achieve both goals. In general, if you are at an ice cream shop without calorie information, the sorbet tends to be the most diet-friendly, followed by the frozen yogurt and light ice cream. The full-fat ice cream (particularly flavors rich with nuts, caramel, and chocolate) tends to be a calorie killer. If you are enjoying ice cream at home, all of the recommendations below run under 150 calories per half-cup serving, and have no artificial sweeteners. Remember to skip the cone, and consume in moderation!
1. Breyers Blasts! Ice Cream Breyers Blasts! are my top pick on taste for light ice cream. The flavor selection is amazing. The Girl Scout Cookies Samoas flavor is my family’s favorite ice cream of all time, and it is a mere 140 calories per serving! Our second runner-up is the Sara Lee Strawberry Cheesecake flavor, and it is 130 calories per serving.
2. Edy’s Slow Churned 1/2 Fat Ice Cream Edy’s also makes a nice selection of light ice creams that taste great, though the selection of flavors is a bit more traditional. My favorite is the Cookie Dough ice cream, at 130 calories per serving. We also like their limited edition flavors, many of which are light. The Coffee & Cookies Delight, available through the end of April, is only 110 calories per serving.
3. Turkey Hill Light Ice Cream Turkey Hill has a line of light ice cream, and also a line of “no sugar added” ice cream. Be sure to stick with the light ice cream if you are avoiding artificial sweeteners. I recommend the Moose Tracks flavor, at 140 calories per serving. I also like all of the flavors in their “Stuff’d” ice cream line, which are not marketed as light, but happen to run 150 calories and under per serving.
4. Arctic Zero Frozen Dessert Sometimes I want to eat a large amount of ice cream, but I do not want the calories that come with that. That is when I reach for Arctic Zero, which is only 150 calories per pint. It does not taste quite like normal ice cream, so I think of it more as a frozen protein shake. It curbs my cravings for a cool summer treat, and is widely available in stores.
5. DIY Banana Ice Cream You can easily make your own ice cream at home, and it is less expensive (and healthier!) than store-bought. Use a food processor to blend a frozen peeled banana until smooth. Add cinnamon if desired, and enjoy. This dessert is around 100 calories, depending on the size of the banana you use. Peeled, frozen peaches can also be blended to make a tasty, creamy dessert.