What can’t be said about ice cream? It’s sweet, delicious, and can be eaten whenever or wherever you want.
What’s not good about regular ice cream is the sugar and calories jammed packed into every carton making it easy to overeat, which may lead to weight gain.
So what about low-calorie options and do they meet our sweet tooth standards? Keep reading to find out if healthy ice cream is the best way to go to satisfy both a healthy diet and prevent weight gain.
Where To Start
Low-calorie ice creams are often made with low-fat dairy, artificial sweeteners, and/or milk alternatives.
Although this all sounds great low-calorie ice cream depending on the brand may be highly processed and could potentially contain more sugar than regular ice cream.
However, being aware of what to look out for by reading labels can help you shift out the best of the best when it comes to low-calorie ice cream.
Check Labels For This
- Ingredients list– A longer list on a product usually indicates that it has been highly processed. When checking labels be aware that ingredients are listed in order of quantity.
- Calories– Most low-calorie ice creams are under 150 calories per serving, however, this varies from brand to brand.
- Serving Size– A whole craton is rarely 150 calories in total which is why serving size can be deceptive. Smaller portions are fewer calories so double-check the serving sizes on the craton or when comparing brands.
- Added Sugar–Eating too much sugar is never a good thing. The best rule of thumb is to avoid ice creams with more than 16 grams per serving.
- Saturated Fat– The same reasoning applies to fats were eating too much is linked to numerous diseases. Look for alternatives with 3-5 grams per serving.
The Healthiest Low-Cal Brands
So Delicious Dairy Free
Ben & Jerry’s Moo-Phoria Light Ice
Low-calorie ice cream comes in a large variety from flavors to vegan, gluten-free, organic, and lactose-free options. Most of the top brands listed contain proteins and lower sugar/ fats quantities. Remember that healthier versions tend to have fewer ingredients.
Better Yet Make It At Home!
Healthy, low-calorie ice creams are easy to make at home with ingredients like cottage cheese, fruit, and nondairy milk.
The Cherry On Top
Everything in moderation right? In the case of low-cal ice cream, the answer is yes. If eaten in accordance with the recommended serving sizes low-cal ice cream can become a part of any balanced diet.
Just remember to keep an eye out for over-processed brands and unhealthy ingredients.
For an even healthier option, and to truly know what you’re going to get in each scoop try and make your ice cream at home!