5 Healthy Alternatives to Ice Cream
The weather is heating up and so is the temptation to cool down with ice cream. We love ice cream too, but here are 5 equally delicious cool treats that will keep you looking Swimsuit Sexy!
If you’re craving something rich, cold and creamy, there’s no need to dive into that pint of Double-Double Chocolate Mocha Chip…. unless you’ve had a really, really bad day!
Try meeting your cold creamy craving with this naturally sweet treat:
Top a 6 oz cup of non fat Greek yogurt with a half cup of fresh Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries or Raspberries. This combines the creaminess of Greek yogurt with summer fruits at their peak — and for under 150 calories! Your taste buds — and bikini — will love you!
Although sorbet has sugar, it will save you a lot of calories and fat vs. traditional ice cream. In fact many sorbets contain no fat and a half cup serving is generally 150 calories or less. As a sorbet aficionado, some of my favorites include Whole Fruit Mango Sorbet, Haagen-Dazs Strawberry Sorbet, and Ciao Bella Lemon Zest Sorbet. They’re almost good enough to make you forget about ice cream!
A great berry smoothie is the perfect antidote for a hot summer day. It will help cool you down, and also fill you up with good stuff. A classic berry smoothie, made with fresh summer fruit and non fat yogurt or skim milk, provides calcium and potassium, along with a bonus of heart-healthy fiber and antioxidants.
For a simple and delicious berry smoothie blend berries of your choice with 1/2 cup skim milk and 2 tablespoons non fat Greek or non fat traditional yogurt. For some extra pizzazz, add a dash of vanilla extract, orange zest, and cinnamon.
Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
This one’s like the berry smoothie, but in frozen-on-a-stick form. And they’re a healthy alternative to sugar filled store-bought pops. Blend non fat yogurt with berries, pour into a popsicle mold and freeze — don’t forget the stick! Or to keep it even simpler, just pour into an ice cube tray and freeze with toothpicks.
Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas
Chocolate. Bananas. Need I say more? Oh, and there so simple to make you could practically do it in your sleep… although that could get a little messy.
Here’s what you do:
1) Freeze some bananas on a stick
2) Melt some chocolate (I prefer dark to counter the sweetness of the bananas)
3) Dip frozen bananas into the melted chocolate and freeze again for at least 30 min.
Then, you enjoy an amazing sweet treat for less than 180 calories* and wonder why everything in life isn’t this good! (*Assuming you keep to one small banana and don’t overdo the chocolate dipping).