The Scoop on Picking Out the Right Ice Cream

With National Ice Cream Day coming up this Sunday, July 20, what better way to enjoy a hot summer afternoon than with a scoop of your favorite ice cream to melt away any stresses from the week? However, if you’re trying to melt away any extra calories, the last thing you’ll want to do is fill your cone or cup with more sugar and grams of fat than yummy goodness.

No fear, ice cream lovers! You can still enjoy your favorite summertime treat without the guilt of ruining a healthy diet. In one of our “Love it, Like It, Hate it” segments, we address our top picks for ice creams that will help keep your figure summer-ready while leaving your taste buds happy at the same time.

LOVE IT!*

*All of the ‘Love it’ picks are all-natural, no artificial sweeteners

So Delicious No Sugar Added Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert

  • ½ cup:  120 cal – 9 grams plant-based sat fat – 18 grams carbs – 1 gram sugar – 0 calcium
  • Made with coconut milk; sweetened with Erythritol instead of sugar

Lifeway Frozen Kefir

  • Per ½ cup: 90 calories – 0 sat fat – 18 grams carbs – 16 grams sugar – 150 mg calcium
  • Contains 10 probiotics from active cultures; 99% lactose free

Arctic Zero

  • Per ½ cup: 37 calories – 0 sat fat – 6 grams carbs – 5 grams sugar – 20 mg calcium
  • Whey protein is first ingredient after water (3.4 grams protein per serving)

LIKE IT!

Blue Bell

  • ½ cup: 160 cals – 5 grams sat fat – 18 grams carbs – 17 grams sugar – 150 mg calcium

Kemp’s

  • ½ cup: 150 cals – 5 grams sat fat – 17 grams carbs – 14 grams sugar – 100 mg calcium

HATE IT!*

*Cream, sugar, and egg yolks are the common theme of Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs

Ben & Jerry’s

  • ½ cup: 290 cals – 9 grams sat fat – 37 grams carbs – 27 grams sugar – 100 mg calcium

Haagen-Dazs

  • ½ cup: 340 cals – 10 grams sat fat – 26 grams carbs – 22 grams sugar – 100 mg calcium

Blue Bell No Sugar Added (Artificially sweetened with Splenda and acesulfame potassium)

  • ½ cup: 90 cals – 2 grams sat fat – 15 grams carbs – 6 grams sugar – 150 mg calcium

For more details on this topic, watch Molly’s “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segment on WGNO New Orleans.                                                                      

Molly Kimball

Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD
Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD is a Sports and Lifestyle Dietitian, Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics by the American Dietetic Association.  She... read more