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Best Healthy Ice Cream Alternatives

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Refreshing, frozen treats can be especially satisfying during the summer months, providing some sweet relief during the hottest days of the year. While these treats can occasionally run a little high in extra fat and sugar, many may be healthier for you than you think.

The good news is that options for health-friendly ice cream at the grocery store are steadily on the rise, as consumers have started to shy away from high-fat ice cream bars. Single-serve individually wrapped treats also mean the portion control is done for you, leading to less over-indulging.

While making your own popsicles may still be the best way to avoid extra sugars and artificial flavors, here are a few of our favorite (and not so favorite) store-bought ice cream alternatives that we highlighted in one of our recent “Love it, Like It, Hate it” segments:


ProYo Protein Push-Up Pops

  • Push-up pop meets protein shake with these high protein frozen “smoothie” tubes
  • Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Blueberry Pomegranate and Banana Vanilla, found locally at The Fresh Market
  • Ingredients include: skim milk, whole milk, whey protein concentrate, stevia and cane sugar
  • 140 calories, 1 gram sat fat, 17 grams carb, 14 grams sugar (milk sugar + added sugar), 20 grams protein

Mad Minis Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

  • Ingredients include: milk, cream, sugar, wheat flour, milk powder, which make up a relatively simple ingredient list
  • 60 calories, 1 gram saturated fat, 8 grams carb, 5 grams sugar, 1 gram protein


Whole Foods Greek Yogurt Bars

  • Ingredients include: organic nonfat milk, cultured Greek yogurt, cane sugar, fruit, cream
  • 90 calories, 0 saturated fat, 15 grams carbs, 12 grams sugar, 4 grams protein

Weight Watcher’s Snack Size Chocolate Fudge Bars

  • Ingredients include: skim milk, milk, sugar, corn syrup
  • 45 calories, 0 saturated fat, 11 grams carb, 7 grams sugar, 2 grams protein


Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches | Regular + No Sugar Added

  • “Regular” ingredients include: milk, corn syrup, sugar, cream, wheat flour, cane sugar, palm oil
  • 170 calories, 2.5 grams saturated fat, 29 grams carb, 15 grams sugar, 4 grams protein
  • “No Sugar Added” Ingredients: milk, sorbitol, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, wheat flour, maltitol
  • 150 calories, 1 gram saturated fat, 28 grams carb, 5 grams sugar, 4 grams protein
  • “No sugar added” version only shaves 20 calories, but adds a blend of two artificial sweeteners plus sorbitol and maltitol, two sugar alcohols with potential for GI upset

Dove Ice Cream Bars|Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bars

  • Ingredients include: cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks, with a “chocolate and vegetable oil coating”
  • As much as 310 calories – 13 grams saturated fat – 21 grams carbs – 18 grams sugar
  • More calories than a McDonald’s Cheeseburger and nearly 3x the saturated fat

For more details on this topic, see Molly’s full Get the Skinny Segment on WGNO’s Good Morning New Orleans.

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