Education.com
Try
Brainzy
Try
Plus

Healthy Ice Cream? The Goods on a Good Thing

Healthy Ice Cream? The Goods on a Good Thing

Related Articles

Related Topics

based on 6 ratings
By and
Updated on Jul 6, 2007

Too much sugar is a bad thing. But experts say that "tempting foods" like ice cream actually help us maintain a healthy diet. And in recent years, the frozen food section has undergone somewhat of a transformation. There are actually quite a few "healthy" options out there in the ice cream arena – all-fruit gelato with no added sugar, goat milk treats with more vitamin A and D than their cow milk brethren, and regular old lower fat versions with ingredients you can actually pronounce.

Trolling the aisles, looking for the perfect pint? Here are a few tips:

 

  • Less is More.  Search for brands with five to eight ingredients or less.
  • Skip the Mumbo-Jumbo.  You shouldn't need to be a chemist to understand the label.  Search for brands with familiar ingredients – things like milk, sugar, and cream rather than gums, additives, or artificial color.
  • Slim the Sugar.  When in doubt, go for fruit flavors. High fruit content means less added sugar. 
  • High fat is bad.  Some ice cream can have 20 grams and up per serving – that's more than a T-bone steak!  Look for frozen yogurt, sorbet, and gelato, all of which tend to be significantly lower in fat. No or low saturated fat is best, ideally less than a gram.

 

We took the liberty of testing some pints here at the office (all in the name of research, you understand.)  Here were some of our staff favorites:

  1. Laloo's: In addition to being just plain yummy, goat milk ice cream is also often easier on kids with lactose intolerance.
  2. Ciao Bella: Gelato is rich and creamy, but lower in fat. You'll never miss what's missing.
  3. Whole Fruit: All fruit, all the time. And there's even a "No Sugar Added" option. The lemon flavor is especially good. And it's less than 60 calories per serving!


Once you've found your dream pint, take it home for a family date night.  Slap it between two homemade cookies and you've got ice cream sandwiches-- a real treat anytime of the year. 

Add your own comment
DIY Worksheets
Make puzzles and printables that are educational, personal, and fun!
Matching Lists
Quickly create fun match-up worksheets using your own words.
Word Searches
Use your own word lists to create and print custom word searches.
Crossword Puzzles
Make custom crossword puzzles using your own words and clues.
See all Worksheet Generators