If there’s one thing I look forward to during the humid, triple-digit days of summer in the Midwest, it’s a big scoop of cold ice cream. The creamy goodness cools me down and cheers me up. But being healthy is important to me, so sometimes I need to rein in my indulgences. But that doesn’t mean I have to miss out altogether. Here are three healthy ice cream alternatives that are lower in fat, calories and sugar, but still big on taste.
This frozen dessert also starts with a custard base of cream, milk, and sugar, but it is a healthier option because it uses less cream and no cholesterol-heavy egg yolks. It’s also a lower-calorie choice than ice cream because homemade gelato incorporates less butterfat and sugar. A half-cup scoop carries a mere 120-250 calories, according to Health Magazine.
Did you grow up sipping on fruit-flavored icy drinks? Try the grown-up, more sophisticated version: Granita. Served in a bowl, this treat has the same texture as those childhood drinks thanks to the small chunks of ice and fresh fruit.
Granitas get an A+ for health because they’re made with either fresh fruit juice or puree. As a bonus, you don’t need a fancy churn to make a batch; granitas are frozen in a cake pan, then scraped into a bowl using a fork to give the dessert its classic flaky texture.
At a mere 70 calories per 1/3 cup serving, this cherry merlot granita from Cooking Light Magazine is a must-try for my next girls’ night.
Another icy indulgence to add to your menu is sorbet, which comes in fruit flavors, as well as classic chocolate and vanilla. If you’re lactose intolerant or follow a vegan diet, this dessert fits into your health needs. It’s made from fruit juices without any calorie-heavy cream. A half-cup serving ranges from 80 to 190 calories, depending on the flavor.
What’s your favorite healthy ice cream alternative? Make us drool in the comments below.
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