Healthiest Ice Creams

Yes, this will soon become your favorite topic for discussion.

Nothing beats the cold, creamy deliciousness of ice cream. It can turn a dark, cloudy day into a bright and cheery afternoon. Make the dullest of events something to be cherished. Turn enemies into fast friends. So why does it have such a bad rap?

After all, studies have shown the mental benefits of ice cream. It tastes good and makes you feel even better. Shouldn’t that be enough of a reason to look past the unhealthy and unnecessary calories? No. Fortunately, there are some ice cream choices you can eat without breaking your calorie promises day after day. Is your sweet tooth salivating yet? Read on to find out what ice creams are the healthiest.

In the Bowl

For ice cream purists, the only kind of ice cream worth eating is found in the bottom of a big bowl. Fortunately, there are a handful of bowl-friendly ice creams that won’t push your waistline beyond your belt too fast. The secret is to make sure you don’t eat too much during a single sitting.

A couple of the best are Edy’s slow-churned strawberry and Breyers double-churned cookies and cream light ice cream. Both have the magnificent flavor and texture you seek from ice cream, and neither is too high in fat or calories. Go for a serving of this at the next birthday party you attend and you’ll be licking every low-fat drop from your lips without feeling guilty in the least!

I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream. – Heywood C. Broun

In Your Hand

When you need portable ice cream, nothing will do but a fudge bar. With a Skinny Cow fudge bar, you’ll get a meager 100 calories and 1 gram of fat. There is also a vanilla bar coated with fudge from Healthy Choice that has even fewer calories. Not bad for something that tastes so naughty.

In the unlikely event that cold chocolate doesn’t sound quite right, you can always go for a snow cone. Since they’re mostly made of ice, snow cones are consistently low in calories and fat. On days when you’re feeling particularly creative, make your own homemade popsicles using real fruit juice for a tasty treat with practically no calories or fat grams.


If you’re in the mood for something a little bit different from your typical milk-based ice cream fare, it may be time to turn to sorbet or other non-milky cold delights. One of the best when it comes to good health is Häagen Dazs Brazilian açai berry sorbet. High on flavor and vitamin C and low in calories and fat, açai berry sorbet is a great addition to any hot day.

Prefer the flavor of ice cream but not the fat content? Either pick some healthy choices from the “In the Bowl” section or go with low-fat frozen yogurt. Most yogurts attempt to be lower in fat and calories than their ice cream counterparts, and Stonyfield does it better than most – and they do it organically!

Now that you know you can have your ice cream and eat it too, figure out what flavor you want and prepare for a wonderful after-meal extravagance!

On Your Own

Want to pick out some healthy ice cream on your own? Here are some helpful tips that will ensure you indulge in the healthiest ice cream possible. A half cup of the healthiest ice cream has no more than…

…120 calories…
…15 grams of sugar…
…10 milligrams of cholesterol…
…4 grams of fat or 3 grams of saturated fat.

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